British Cycling Mountain Bike Leader Level 2 Training

The qualification for mountain bikers looking for the knowledge and skills to lead rides


The smile that is created by the thrill of a fast technical descent can not be beaten, right? WRONG! Giving someone else the skills and experience to create their own adrenaline fueled smile is a thousand times more rewarding. Time to upskill your ride!

British Cycling Mountain Bike Leader Level 2 Training

Price : £199.00 per person

Location : Peak District

Duration : 2 Days

Ratio : 1:6

Minimum age : N/A

What's Included :

  • Complimentary refreshments 
  • Free parking 
  • Personal development plan
  • 5% discount on equipment in our shop

Share Course :


  • Excellent Facilities 
  • Experienced Instructors 
  • Become a Mountain Bike Leader

Course Overview

British Cycling's Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Award is the entry level qualification for anyone with mountain biking experience who is looking for the knowledge and qualification to lead mountain bikes rides. The award 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. 

 The majority of the training is practical and takes place out on the trails in the Peak District a superb venue for mountain biking and arguably with some of the best trails in Derbyshire. A practical assessment will follow after a consolidation period of approximately six weeks.

Course Outcomes

  • Navigation and map reading 
  • Planning and delivery of rides suitable for your group 
  • Management of accidents and emergency situations 
  • Equipment set up and trailside repairs 
  • Core mountain bike techniques 
  • Leading techniques and effective group management 
  • Trail etiquette

Course Information

Suitable mountain bike in good serviceable condition
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  •  Have some mountain biking experience in a variety of terrain and weather conditions. 
  • Be competent in the skills and techniques required to safely negotiate the typical trail features encountered at this level of the award (as a general guide this is comparable to red graded purpose built trails). 
  • Have an appropriate level of fitness for a days riding in the level 2 leading environment. 
  • Send us a logbook with 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 when you register with British Cycling.

Before attending a training course you need to pay a one-off cost to register with British Cycling’s MTB Leadership Programme. British Cycling 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. Failure to register with British Cycling will mean that you can not attend the training course. All our course details will be sent to you once we have received your booking.


Start time: 09:30 - Finish time: . Please note, these times are approximate and could be subject to minor changes. Please leave plenty of time when booking public transport.
For our mountain biking courses, we give participants the option to bringing their own bike or hiring one. If you aren't sure about the suitability of you bike, please call us to discuss. Any modern and well serviced hardtail or full suspension bike should be suitable. 

Bike hire is in addition to the course fee and costs £30 for a full day or £25 for a half day.
Almost all courses begin and end at our base, The Adventure Hub, where you will have access to complimentary tea and coffee. 

We do not provide food as part of our courses and you will need to bring a packed lunch along for each day. There is a cafe on-site that can provide you with sandwiches, cakes and drinks. If you pre-book a lunch with them they will deliver it fresh to our offices first thing each morning. Taste Buds cafe can be reached directly on 01433 208008.

Bookings can be made online or over the phone. All of our courses can be booked in 3 ways:

a) Attend a scheduled course. 

These are open to the public to anyone that meets the pre-requisites. We often advertise many dates for each course, we generally always list 12 months of available dates. This is the most popular and often works out the most cost-effective way of attending our courses.

b) Add a date to our schedule. 

On some courses, we can add extra dates to our schedule, providing you are booking for a certain minimum number of participants, this could be as low as only 2 people. To give us plenty of time to assign staff to your course, you can only add a date to the schedule if it is more than 7 days in advance.

c) Make a private booking.

All of our courses can be booked privately, with a private instructor just for you or your group. This gives you the flexibility to book any date that suits you and also it means the instructor can fine-tune the course content to suit your aspirations. To make a private booking, you just need to fill out a booking request, we will then get back to you with availability and a price. 

d) Book our premium 'Private Booking Plus+' service.

All the benefits of the private booking service, with lots of additional extras including meet & greet at your hotel, luxury picnic hamper including Champagne, digital photo pack, flexible booking arrangements and a pre-activity consultancy to allow your first-class instructor extra time to design your special day. To make a private booking plus+ booking, you just need to fill our a booking request, we will then get back to you with availability and a price. 

We are exceptionally lucky to be located a 5 minute walk from Bamford Train Station on the railway line that links Sheffield to Manchester. This also means we are very easy to get to from London.

We have noticed that the first connecting train from London is often around 09:36am, and courses often start at 09:30am, if you let us know that you are coming in on the train, we will happily delay the course start to suit.

We try to stick to our published course finish times but occasionally conditions on the day mean we overrun slightly. If you are travelling home by train please ensure that you have left sufficient time after the course end time and inform your instructor on the day of your travel plans.

Anyone aged 13 or over can attend any of our scheduled courses with the exception of Mountain Biking and Winter Skills where the minimum age is 18 unless accompanied by a parent.

We hold an AALA license and are able to take out children who are younger than 13, however we only offer this on a private guided basis. See our private guiding rates, as this can work out very competitive, especially when booking as a family. There is no maximum age, if you feel young enough to attend then you are very welcome!

It is essential that you let us know about any medical condition or injury when booking and that you also let your instructor know on the starting day of your course. This information will remain completely confidential but is essential to allow us to tailor our activities to suit you and to ensure the safety of other group members.
Yes of course, you are welcome to leave anything (luggage) at the training centre during your course with us.

There are currently no course dates listed for this course, please contact us if you are interested and we can let you know when dates will be published.

Our instructors can be booked privately to deliver this course. Benefit from private tuition, pick a date that suits you and your instructor can design the day to suit your needs. You can hire one of our instructors from just £240 inc vat per day. (Click here to book a private course)