British Cycling’s Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Award enables experienced mountain bikers to safely guide others on off-road terrain so you can all have more fun on bikes.
NB The Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Award replaces the MBLA’s Trail Cycle Leader award as the entry-level award for MTB Leaders.
The Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Award is ideal for anyone with experience in mountain biking who is either working or looking to work in the outdoor sector or simply has a personal interest in gaining all the information needed to go out on their mountain bike, be safe and have fun. The majority of the 2-day training course is practical and takes place out on the trail in some of the best MTB areas in Scotland.
A practical assessment will follow after a consolidation period of approximately six weeks allowing sufficient time for you to hone the new skills and knowledge you have obtained during training.
The course covers a wide variety of topics including:
- Planning and delivery of rides that are appropriate for your group.
- Leading techniques for effective group management.
- Map reading and navigation for a flowing journey.
- Management of accidents and emergency situations.
- Equipment set-up and trailside repairs.
- Core mountain bike techniques.
To attend the training you will need to:
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Be registered with British Cycling’s MTB Leadership Programme.
- Have mountain biking experience of at least 15 rides within the last 12 months in a variety of terrains and conditions of which a minimum of 11 rides of 2-3 hours duration and 4 rides at least 4 hours duration. At least half of the 15 rides have been on natural trails, as opposed to trail centres. (You will need to provide logbook evidence of these – a logbook will be sent to you prior to training.)
- Be competent in the techniques and skills required to safely negotiate the typical trail features encountered at this level of award (as a general guide this is comparable to red graded purpose-built trails).
- Have an appropriate level of physical fitness for a day’s riding in the level 2 leading environment.
- Hold a current two-day outdoor First Aid certificate (this can be handed in at a later date, but must be submitted before assessment). For further details on context and outdoor industry best practice guidelines please see the Institute of Outdoor Learning’s Outdoor First Aid Training Framework
Assessment for the Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Award consists of a practical assessment and a written assignment.
The practical assessment consists of an all-day mountain bike journey during which each candidate will be assigned to lead a section of the assessment route of up to 10km working with a ratio of 1:5. You will be expected to deliver a flowing journey whilst demonstrating good leadership and navigational skills.
The assessment procedure is informal and is designed to help you develop your skills as a mountain bike leader. The group you lead can consist of other riders who are also being assessed on the same day and/ or riders who are there, simply to fulfil the role as participants on the ride.
The written assignment is an open book home study task and comprises of a range of short answer questions. This task is based on the information included in the British Cycling Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Handbook and other resources provided on the course.
Once payment has been received for your assessment place, the assessment questionnaire will be sent to you via e-mail (paper copies are available upon request) and should be returned to your course provider no later than seven days prior to your practical assessment date. Please ensure you allow plenty of time to complete and return the questionnaire before your assessment day.
Registration with British Cycling’s Mountain Bike Leadership Programme
Prior to booking onto a training course you need to pay a one-off cost to register with British Cycling’s MTB Leadership Programme.
BC will then provide you with the training manual, log book, free Ride Membership valid for one year and your log in details for the online learning programme NSPCC Child Protection Awareness in Sport and Active Leisure which you need to complete as part of your pre-course work.
- Registration with BC – £104
- Training course with Cycle Wild Scotland – £180
- Assessment with Cycle Wild Scotland – £100
(Please note that we are happy to accept payment in instalments.)
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