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British Cycling Level 3 MTB Leadership Training (Lake District)



The 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.



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  • Course Description

    The Level 3 Mountain Bike Leadership Award is aimed at experienced, qualified MTB leaders who are ready to take the next step and increase their ability to create inspiring and long-lasting experiences. This could be for companies, clients or friends, operating in remote environments and on physically demanding trails of high technical difficulty.

    Delivered by our British Cycling licenced tutors, The Level 3 Mountain Bike Leadership Award is aimed at experienced MTB leaders who are ready to take the next step and increase their scope for creating inspiring and long-lasting experiences, for clients or friends, through guiding rides in remote environments and on physically demanding trails of high technical difficulty. This award is the next progression from the Level 2 Award and is the highest level of MTB Leadership Qualification offered by British Cycling. Leaders at this level will need to be proficient in all areas of mountain bike leadership, as well as being highly-skilled mountain bike riders. The three day training course builds upon the skills and knowledge gained at Level 2, with specific topics covered in more depth.

    The Level 3 Mountain Bike Leadership Award particularly focuses on leading groups in technical terrain and trails of technical difficulty. The training covers the following areas;

    • Advanced trail side repairs
    • Route planning and navigation strategies for technical terrain
    • Group management in technical terrain
    • Risk assessment
    • Managing accidents and emergencies
    • Promoting hydration and nutrition
    • Methods for developing attentional focus 

    Pre-requisites - To attend the training, you will need to:

    • Be at least 18-years-old
    • Be well practiced and fully qualified in the Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Award (or TCL or MBL Awards as appropriate)
    • Be a committed mountain biker prepared to ride all day in challenging, up to black-graded terrain, with energy in reserve
    • Be a skillful rider, competent at negotiating the typical trail features found in Level 3 terrain, where obvious line choices and rollable options are often not available. Required techniques include step-up, bunny-hop and drop-off skills
    • Be comfortable with setting a map, taking bearings and creating flow in a trail environment
    • Have a working knowledge of the variety of mechanical systems on current mountain bikes and a desire to increase this knowledge
    • Hold a current two day outdoor First Aid certificate
    You will be required to send your log book to us, demonstrating that you have fulfilled the following minimum requirements for training. In preparation for the Level 3 Mountain Bike Leadership Award, you should log at least 30 quality days since the completion of Level 2. The majority of these should be within the last 12-18 months and represent all the UK has to offer. At least 12 of these rides should be as group leader or assistant leader.

    If you would like to gain the British Cycling Level 3 Leadership award but are not sure if you have the necessary experience or you have any other questions regarding the course, please give us a call on 01768 -898775 and we will be happy to assist you.


    Prior to booking onto a training course you need to pay a one-off cost to register with British Cycling’s MTB Leadership Programme. If you have already completed British Cycling’s Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Award, then you will already be registered and have completed the necessary pre-course work. If you are already qualified as a Trail Cycle Leader (TCL) or Mountain Bike Leader (MBL) through the MBLA, then you will need to register with British Cycling’s Mountain Bike Leadership programme. British Cycling will then provide you with the Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Award training manual, log book and free British Cycling Ride membership valid for one year. You will also receive 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.

    Instructor Ratio: 1:6 or 2:8 maximum
    Cost of Training: £295 per person (3 days)
    Cost of Assessment:
    £150 per person (2 days)
    Course Venue:
    Hawkshead YHA 

    Covid 19 Statement

    Throughout our 16 years of delivering high quality Mountain bike courses, our client’s health and well-being has been our number one priority. This priority has not changed.
    Cyclewise has endeavored to meet and adhere to all current Covid-19 guidelines. We will, where applicable, offer the required PPE to our clients and follow robust hygiene guidelines when delivering any of our courses. If you have any questions or concerns before or during the course, then please do communicate these questions to either our Bookings Manager Sue or to your Cyclewise Tutor.
    In line with our Covid-19 operating procedures, all attendees on a Cyclewise course will become part of our “Track and Trace” policy for a period of 21 days after your course. After this period our normal GDRP policy is evoked. 

    Cyclewise – Covid-19 – What we will do.
    Upon arrival on your course, Cyclewise will provide liquid refreshments in disposable cups for the duration of your course. We will provide, where applicable, vinyl gloves and hand sanitisation.

    Cyclewise – Covid-19 – What you will do.
    We require you to bring your own snacks and any stationery items required for your course. Facemasks or face coverings are not mandatory outdoors, however you may wear one if you choose too. (Please bring your own if you wish to wear one or are attending an indoor course)

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    If you have a gift certificate to redeem or would prefer to be invoiced for your course place rather than booking online please contact [email protected] and we will organise that booking for you.

    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.

    Gift Certificates are available for all our courses and are the perfect gift for any family or friends who ride. Please contact us for more information. 

    Free Entitlement: When you come along on your Cyclewise course you will be given a discount card that entitles you to 10% off shop purchases for the duration of your course. 

    Contact us on 01768-898775 or e-mail [email protected] for more information about our courses.


Fri 23 Apr 2021 - Sun 25 Apr 2021

8:45AM - 7:00PM

The Yan, Grizedale Vistor Centre, Grizedale, Hawkshead, Cumbria, LA22 0QJ,

6 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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