The British Cycling Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Award enables qualified leaders to use their experience to safely guide others on off-road terrain. The award is ideal for anyone with experience in mountain biking, who is either working in the outdoor sector, volunteering at a club or simply has a personal interest in gaining additional skills.
We are an accredited provider to run these 2 day training courses and we make the most of our excellent British Cycling approved trainer, onsite bike tracks & skills park, training rooms and our fantastic location in the heart of the Peak District. The majority of the two day training course is practical and you will be riding in both the limestone White Peak and gritstone Dark Peak areas; giving you a great variety of terrain to learn new leadership skills.
Training Course Pre-requisites Set by British Cycling
- Be 18 years old or over
- Be competent in the techniques and skills required to safely negotiate the typical trail features encountered in the Level 2 environment. As a general guide this is comparable to red-graded purpose-built trails
- Register for the award with British Cycling (£121.00 for non-members and £77.00 for existing members, prices correct as of March 2021)
Between your training and assessment courses there is a consolidation period which allows you sufficient time for you to hone all those new skills and knowledge you have obtained during training
To Complete the Award Candidates Need to
- Hold a current two-day outdoor first aid certificate – such as our Outdoor First Aid
- Complete a written assignment (sent to you once you book on to an assessment course).
- Provide your assessment course tutor with a logbook of evidence of your recent rides in appropriate terrain (we recommend a minimum of 15 quality rides in the 12 months prior to assessment, four of which should be 4 hours or more in duration)
- Pass a one day practical assessment course
Training Course Content
The course covers a wide variety of topics including:
- planning and delivery of appropriate rides 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
- Day 1: 9am – 7pm
- Day 2: 9am – 5pm
Candidates should arrive each day with their own bike, food and equipment for a day of riding whatever the weather, along with a change of clothes for the indoor sessions.
Accommodation and Catering
Our courses are non-residential however, if you require accommodation during the course it may be available onsite (at an additional charge)- please phone to enquire. If accommodation is not available here we will give you details of alternatives available in the area upon request.
We provide hot drinks and other refreshments during the course but meals are not provided – you will need to bring your own packed lunch each day.
The safety of our course guests, staff and the local community is obviously very important to us. In order to comply with the guidance around social distancing, enhanced cleaning and other measures that are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we will be adapting how we offer this training course. We’re confident that we can offer a Covid-secure training course and look forward to welcoming you to the centre. Further information will be supplied ahead of time and if you have any questions or concerns, we are always available to speak on the phone.
For further details on the award please see the British Cycling website.
For written directions see our contact us page or use our grid reference: SK196 710.
Full course details will be sent to applicants by email before the course. For further details please get in touch with us.
Please note that British Cycling have set a minimum number of candidates for a course to be able to run. The deadline for bookings for this course is 2 weeks before the course start date.
Please read our course booking terms and conditions.