British Cycling Level 1 Mountain Bike Leadership is a site specific award designed specifically for organisations such as outdoor education centres, schools, colleges and community organisations.

Before staff or volunteers can be trained, the centre must first complete their Centre Accreditation with British Cycling and then the Level 1 training is site-specific to the that centres approved site and MTB trails. The minimum age for level 1 Leaders is 18 years old.

The aim of this award is to upskill members of staff or volunteers, either from a basic level of MTB proficiency or from 'in-house' training. The Level 1 Leaders will be trained to a standard that enables them to lead introductory level mountain bike rides on limited pre-determined routes in a safe and enjoyable environment. This limits the level of route planning and navigation skills required by the individual and places greater emphasis on the centre’s standard operating procedures.

Essential Information


Training and Assessment

£180.00 for up to 8 learners from your centre.

Course Duration

One day, on your facitilies British Cycling approved MTB Trail & site

Course Dates

Specific to your centre, please contact us to discuss your individual requirements.


Level 1 training

The one day Level 1 training course includes training and assessment of:

As it is a site-specific course, the centres’ existing procedures such as Emergency Action Procedures are incorporated into the training. This will give the leaders all the skills necessary to operate in their specific environment.


There is no formal assessment during this programme; the assessment for this course will be ongoing throughout the day. Upon successful completion of the required criteria staff will be signed off by the tutor. This will enable them to lead rides on the site specific route.

What can I expect on the level 1 training course?

A one day training course with ongoing assessment by the tutor throughout the day.  All training/ assessment must take place at the centre requiring the training and using the route(s) used for leading mountain bike sessions.

The course has a mix of practical and theory sessions. There will be some classroom sessions and some practical sessions around the venue.

Centre Accreditation

Centre approval is carried out by a British Cycling inspector. It provides quality assurance and confirms that the organisation meets relevant criteria concerning the following key areas:-

Appropriately trained “Senior Leader” British Cycling (or MBLA) Level 2 (TCL), Level 3 (MBL)

Pre-requisites of candidates

The course will solely cover the cycling specific aspects of leading group rides. It is the organisation’s responsibility to ensure staff are trained in the following key areas:

•   General Group Management

•   Communication

•   First Aid (proof to be provided to British Cycling)

•   Safeguarding Children (proof to be provided to BC)

•   General safety briefings

•   Dealing with challenging behaviour

Please contact us if you require further information