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Fundamentals of MTB leadership

This award is the entry point for Inexperianced mountain bike leaders. The award 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?


  • Access to 3-4 hours of e-learning via British Cycling Learning

  • All training content, tuition and resources

  • Assessment

What are the pre-requirements to attend? 


  • You require a British Cycling Membership at a minimum level of "Ride Membership"

  • The minimum age to attend a course is 16 (Scotland) or 17 years old (England and Wales). 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.


Whats included in the two day training course? 

  • 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.

There is no stand alone assessment for this award, the course is run so that you will be continually trained and assessed on your skills and knowlage within the course.

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.


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

Training dates & venue

To make a booking on this course please contact us to check our availability before you book.

Further information 

If you need extra support to undertake this course because of a physical or learning need contact us to discuss any reasonable adjustments that would support you on this course. 

£250 per person

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