This is the brilliant new leadership course from British Cycling, a perfect entry point for those riders wanting to start out on the leadership ladder. The course will take place over 2 days, which will include training and assessment, allowing leaders to work with children and adults in easy off road environments.

The course 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?

  • 3-4 hours of e-learning
  • 16-hour training and assessment course

How much does the course cost?


Before you register

  • The minimum age to attend a course is 16 (Scotland) or 17 (England and Wales) years old. 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.
  • You will be asked to complete a logbook to evidence your recent rides. We recommend a minimum of 10 rides of at least one hour and five rides of at least 2.5 hours duration (inclusive alternatives are available by request) over the last six months.

Download our logbook to complete electronically or print.

What else do I need to do?

In addition to successful completion of your Fundamentals of Mountain Bike Leadership, you are required to:

  • hold current 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 you are leading in.

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

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