The British Cycling Level 3 Mountain Bike Leadership Award is aimed at experienced, qualified leaders who are ready to take the next step and increase their ability to create inspiring and long-lasting experiences. This could be for clients or friends, operating in remote environments and on physically demanding trails of high technical difficulty.
Assessment for the Level 3 Mountain Bike Leadership Award consists of a formal two-day practical assessment and a written assignment. The assessment procedure is designed to help you further 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 riders who are there simply to fulfill the role as participants on the ride.
It is recommended that you take approximately six weeks between training and assessment to allow sufficient time for you to hone all those new skills and knowledge you have obtained during training. Once you have completed your training course our tutors will be able to give you a good indication of how ready you are for assessment and give you a list of any areas you may need to work on before returning for your assessment. The assessment is designed to put learners under a proportionate level of pressure that reflects the role of a Level 3 Mountain Bike Leader. The tutor will facilitate your assessment throughout the 2 days to also encourage an environment of continuous learning. They will support all learners to understand where their personal skill set meets the qualification requirements including explaining where and why, if it is not yet at the required standard. All learners will be provided with personal action plans for future development after the assessment.
The practical assessment is held over two days, with the first day primarily assessing the candidate’s competence in trail side repairs, navigation strategies and techniques required in technical terrain, as well as a peer-led ride through technical terrain. The second day enables the aspiring Level 3 to lead a group of participants around a technical route, demonstrating all the required competencies of the Level 3 Mountain Bike Leadership Award. Each candidate will lead a section of the assessment route for approximately 1 hour with a ratio of 1:5. You will be expected to deliver a flowing journey, demonstrating excellent navigation skills, and be able to locate your position on a map at all times. The assessment procedure is informal and is designed to help you to 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 fulfill 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 3 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 email (paper copies are available upon request) and should be returned to Cyclewise 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.
Instructor Ratio: 1:4 or 2:8 max
Cost of Assessment: £150 per person (2 days)
Course Venue: Hawkshead YHA[email protected] and we will organise that booking for you.
Referral and Reassessment
It is the intention that you are provided with enough information and guidance through training and prior to assessment that you are able to be successful. There are however occasions where this may not be the case and referral can occur. Depending on which criteria have not yet been met a variety of actions can fulfill a future reassessment, for example written evidence, a one to one demonstration with a tutor or attendance at a new assessment opportunity. You are encouraged to discuss the assessment with the tutor you book with and with British Cycling prior to attendance to ensure that you are ready for the day.
Upon qualification British Cycling will add your details to a database of guides to promote your guiding services. We can also run courses on request for your centre or group, please contact us for more details.
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COSTS & DETAILS || TWO DAY COURSE £150.00
Sat 28 Apr 2018 - Sun 29 Apr 2018
8:45AM - 5:30PM
Hawkshead YHA, Esthwaite Lodge, , Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0QD,
0 places available on this course.
Thu 21 Jun 2018 - Fri 22 Jun 2018
8:45AM - 5:30PM
The Yan, Grizedale Vistor Centre, Grizedale, Hawkshead, Cumbria, LA22 0QJ,
4 places available on this course.
If you would like to take the course of a date not shown please get in touch to organise a day to suit your needs.
Please email us on [email protected].
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