British Mountain Bike Leadership Award Level 2 

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    Duration - 2 Days
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2 Days
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    Suitable Bike - Mountain Bike
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Suitable Bike
Mountain Bike
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Fitness Grade
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    Fitness Grade - 2
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    Skills Grade - B
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Skills Grade
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1 day assessment

2 days training

Trailside repairs

Core mountain bike techniques

Mountain Bike Leadership Award

British Cycling Level 2

Guidance in registrations and insurance

Professional instruction

Map reading and navigation

Leading techniques

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British Cycling Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Award

British Cycling’s Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Award is the entry-level qualification for anyone with experience in mountain biking who is working or looking to work in the outdoor leadership or education sector. It is also a useful course for people who simply have a personal interest in gaining all the information needed to go out on their mountain bike, be safe and have fun.

This two-day course, followed by a one-day assessment, covers a whole range of skills from bike navigation to trailside repairs and basic skills sessions.

There are restrictions to where you can lead with this course (altitude / distance from help / level of terrain) but for most outdoor centres and private leaders it is the new benchmark qualification that makes biking safer and more enjoyable for all future clients.


Our training courses are run from the CycleActive centre at Brougham Hall in Penrith and our assessment courses are run from Ambleside in the heart of the Lakes. This gives you access to great local trails, carefully organised teaching areas and a good range of accommodation choices nearby too.

Further details of the BC Level 2 syllabus, pre-entry requirements and other useful facts are below the course dates (Keep scrolling). If you want to talk through your suitability for this course before applying, contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss your questions or concerns.

You will need a "16 hour Outdoor First Aid" before your assessment. We recommend Vital Signs First Aid

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If you want to arrange a group BC course, Contact Us and we can arrange to travel to any location in the UK if needed.

Training       £185.00 Buy Now small

Assessment £99.00  Buy Now small

Price (per person)

Course Dates below - keep scrolling   calendar

Bike rental: £30 - £50
Helmet rental: £5

2 days training
1 day assessment

The biking:
every day, plus classroom sessions
Fully guided
Fitness grade 2
Skill grade B
Group size 4-6 training
Group size 3-4 assessment

(Trip grades explained)


What’s included:

Professional instruction from an experienced Tutor
Training room facilities
Guidance in registrations and insurance
Pre-course information pack
2 days training or
1 day assessment
Course Dates:

2 Day Training
The Lake District - Penrith
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20 – 21 November   Wed & Thursday


1 Day Assessment 
The Lake District - Ambleside
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27 November   Wednesday

BC Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Award Prerequisites

Course content

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.
  • Have mountain biking experience in a variety of terrain and weather conditions.
  • 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 issued by an HSE registered provider (this can be handed in at a later date, but must be submitted before assessment) We recommed Vital Signs First aid for courses and training
  • You will need to provide us with logbook evidence of having undertaken a minimum number of rides in the appropriate terrain within the last 6-12 months. A logbook will be sent to you prior to training.



Assessment for the Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Award consists of a practical assessment and a written assignment.

Practical assessment

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 7km working with a ratio of 1:4. 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.

Written assignment

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

When you have reserved your space on one of our courses you need to register with British Cycling’s MTB Leadership Programme at a one-off cost of £102. They 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.



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