Fundamentals of MTB Leadership

Fundamentals of MTB Leadership

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Sharing your favourite trails is a wonderful feeling – and something that can really improve access to the outdoors for your friends, club mates, students or the wider cycling community. Whether you’re already familiar with the idea of mountain bike leadership or looking to find out more, we can support you to gain a qualification that will enable you to lead groups of riders for a brilliant day on the bike.

Together with Scottish Cycling and experts in the outdoor industry, we have developed a course that combines online learning with face-to-face training and assessment to give you all the skills you need to lead mountain bike rides. Though you might already be a regular on group or club rides off-road (and therefore wondering where this award fits in), there are a few important elements to the qualification that will both empower and protect you for future activity:

  • Learn leadership principles and skills from the most experienced mountain bike tutors in the country.
  • Get the most out of your route planning with a dedicated module.
  • Keep rolling with the knowledge to fix simple trailside repairs.
  • Be prepared with plans to manage accidents and emergencies – plus you’ll undergo first aid training in order to qualify.
  • Get protected with leader insurance.

The course is ideal for anyone who wants to lead groups using mixed road and off-road environments. This might include rides that are already taking place but require development and insurance, or perhaps you are looking to organise activity for your school, college, activity centre – or simply a group of friends. Your remit would be to lead on terrain that ranges from the urban fringe and gravel tracks through to open countryside, woodland and most trail centre blue routes.

What does the course include?

  • 3-4 hours of elearning via British Cycling Learning
  • 16 hours training and assessment course with a British Cycling Accredited Provider

How much does the course cost?

Indicative course costs are £205-275, plus registration with British Cycling (£30), and will depend on your choice of provider - some providers include food and accommodation as part of the course.  Course price is inclusive of:

  • Access to online learning
  • All training content, tuition and resources

Groups looking for whole course bookings should contact providers directly for costs and availability, as well as to determine if a course can be delivered from your location.

What do I need to be able to register

  • The minimum age to attend a course is 16  (Scotland) or 17 (England and Wales) years old. Note you will only be able to lead independently once aged 17 in Scotland and 18 in England and Wales.
  • You must be able to ride a mountain bike (or another appropriate bike for the terrain) comfortably on roads with some traffic, off-road and mountain bike trails up to blue grade, be regularly riding and have an appropriate level of fitness
  • Complete a logbook to evidence your recent rides. We recommend a minimum of ten rides of at least 1 hour and five rides of at least 2.5 hours duration (inclusive alternatives are available by request) over the last six months.  We have a downloadable Logbook that can be saved electronically or printed if needed.

What else do I need to do to achieve the Award?

In order for your award to be accredited in addition to successful completion of your Fundamentals of Mountain Bike Leadership, you are required to:

  • hold British Cycling Membership of Ride level or above.
  • attend and evidence a two-day outdoor First Aid course
  • undergo and evidence safeguarding training appropriate to the country they are leading in

Safeguarding Requirements for Scotland

These can occur after your Fundamentals of Mountain Bike Leadership course, but your award will only be provided on receipt and acceptance of these.

Upcoming courses

Course booking links below will take you to the Provider delivering the course. The course is not booked directly with British Cycling.

*Enrolment and registration must be done before the day of the 'start date (compulsory pre-course learning)' shown below.

Provider Location Date Enrolment Closes (Compulsory Online Modules Begin) Assessment Dates Online Booking

Plas y Brenin 10th June 2022 2nd & 3rd July 2022  Book
Wye MTB Pedalabikeaway 23rd May 2022 13th & 14th June 2022  Book
Wye MTB Pedalabikeaway 20th June 2022 11th & 12th July 2022  Book
Pedal MTB

Coed y Brenin 15th July 2022 6th & 7th August 2022  Book
Exmoore  Child Oakford, Dorset 18th July 2022  8th & 9th August 2022  Book
Cycle4Adventure Hamsterley Forest 22nd July 2022 13th & 14th August 2022  Book

Plas y Brenin 29th July 2022 20th & 21st August 2022  Book
Cycle4Adventure Hamsterley Forest 16th August 2022 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th  September 2022  Book
Wye MTB Pedalabikeaway 22nd August 2022 12th & 13th September 2022  Book
Glenmore Lodge Aviemore 11th August 2022 1st & 2nd September 2022  Book

Plas y Brenin 2nd September 2022 24th & 25th September 2022  Book
Wye MTB Pedalabikeaway 19th September 2022 10th & 11th October 2022  Book
Pedal MTB  Coed y Brenin  11th September 2022  1st & 2nd October 2022  Book
Wye MTB Pedalabikeaway 10th October 2022 31st October & 1st November 2022  Book
Cycle4Adventure Hamsterley Forest 13th October 2022 3rd November 2022  Book

Plas y Brenin 14th October 2022 5th & 6th November 2022  Book
Pedal MTB

Coed y Brenin 11th November 2022 3rd & 4th December 2022  Book
Wye MTB Pedalabikeaway 28th November 2022 12th & 13th December 2022  Book

Plas y Brenin 27th January 2023 18th & 19th February 2023  Book

Plas y Brenin 3rd March 2023 25th & 26th March 2023  Book

If there is no course available nearby, please complete our short form to express interest. This will help us to plan for future courses and let you know when a nearby date has been added.

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