Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership pathway

Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership pathway

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Please find below a full outline of the process from registration to qualification.


Register with the MTB Leadership Programme

Prior to booking onto a training course, you need to register with British Cycling’s MTB Leadership Programme. We will then provide you with the training manual, log book and free Ride Membership valid for one year.  If you have completed safeguarding training and assessment, you should send a copy of your certificate to mtbleadership@britishcycling.org.uk.

Alternatively, if you regularly work with young people, a letter from the organisation you work for verifying your competency in a safeguarding role also satisfies this requirement. If you do not regularly work with young people or do not have evidence of completing safeguarding training, we will provide you with details for an online learning programme 'Child Protection Awareness in Sport and Active Leisure'. You will then complete this programme as part of your pre-course work.

Select and book onto a training course

The awards are delivered by British Cycling licenced tutors, please contact individual providers for course and dates and costs.

Complete logbook and pre-course work

Prior to training, you need to provide your tutor with a logbook of evidence of having undertaken a minimum number of rides in the appropriate terrain within the last 6-12 months. Your logbook entries will need to comprise of at least 15 mountain bike rides in a variety of terrain and weather conditions of which a minimum of 11 rides should be of 2-3 hour duration and four rides of at least four hour duration. Individual providers will let you know how they want this done at the time of course booking.

Submit proof of Outdoor First Aid Training

In order to receive a licence from British Cycling as a Level 2 Mountain Bike Leader, you must have a two-day Outdoor First Aid Certificate issued by an HSE registered provider dated within the last three years. The first aid qualification can be obtained after the training course has taken place, but must be completed before assessment. The certificate must be submitted to British Cycling not your tutor.


Training takes place over two days at your selected training venue. The majority of the assessment is practical and takes place out on the trail in some of the best MTB areas in the UK.


Post-training, we will update your licence with the provisional Level 2 Mountain Bike Leader status, which means that you are insured by British Cycling to assist on rides with a qualified Level 2 Mountain Bike Leader in charge provided you hold a current certificate in two-day Outdoor First Aid, have completed your online safeguarding module and have a valid British Cycling Ride, Silver or Gold membership. The provisional Level 2 Mountain Bike Leader status will be valid throughout the period between your training course and an assessment (maximum 18 months).

We generally recommend a period of approximately six weeks allowing you enough time to practise all the new skills you have obtained during training. Once you feel ready, contact a licenced provider to book your assessment day.


In order to become qualified as a Level 2 Mountain Bike Leader you need to successfully complete your assessment within 18 months after training.

Written assignment

Following your booking, your tutor will send you a written assignment, which you will need to complete and return to the tutor (not British Cycling) prior to assessment day.

Practical assessment

In your practical assessment you are expected to demonstrate competence in leading a group in the Level 2 leading environment. The assessment procedure is informal and is designed to help you develop your skills as a mountain bike leader.


Once you have successfully completed all of the assessment requirements and submitted all relevant paperwork to British Cycling we will send you a certificate and update your license with your new Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership status.

Contact British Cycling regarding the MTB Leadership Award

If you feel you might need extra support to undertake a training course or assessment because of a physical or learning disability, please contact the Mountain Bike Leadership Team ahead of booking. We can then discuss any reasonable adjustments that would support you to become a Mountain Bike Leader.

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