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 which 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
  • Assessment

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:

Safeguarding Requirements for Scotland

These can occur after your Fundamentals of Mountain Bike Leadership course.

In order to benefit from British Cycling's Insurance for Coaches, Leaders and Instructors, in addition to the above you are required to hold British Cycling Membership of Ride level or above.

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
Wye MTB Cannop Valley 2nd January 2024 15th & 16th January 2024  Book
Pedal MTB Coed y Brenin 19th January 2024 3rd & 4th February 2024  Book
Plas y Brenin Plas y Brenin 5th February 2024 17th & 18th February 2024  Book
Wye MTB Cannop Valley 13th February 2024 26th & 27th February 2024  Book
Plas y Brenin Capel Curig 11th March 2024 23rd & 24th March 2024  Book
Pedal MTB Coed y Brenin 25th March 2024 6th & 7th April 2024  Book
Wye MTB Cannop Valley 26th March 2024 8th & 9th April 2024  Book 
Pedal MTB Coed y Brenin 20th May 2024 1st & 2nd June 2024  Book
Wye MTB Cannop Valley 28th May 2024 10th & 11th June 2024  Book 
Pedal MTB Coed y Brenin 22nd July 2024 3rd & 4th August 2024  Book
Wye MTB Cannop Valley 27th August 2024 9th & 10th September 2024  Book 
Pedal MTB Coed y Brenin 23rd September 2024 5th & 6th October 2024  Book
Wye MTB Cannop Valley 29th October 2024 11th & 12th November 2024  Book 
Pedal MTB Coed y Brenin 25th November 2024 7th & 8th December 2024  Book
Plas y Brenin Capel Curig 3rd February 2025 15th & 16th February 2025  Book
Plas y Brenin Capel Curig 10th March 2025 22nd & 23rd March 2025  Book

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