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BMBLA Mountain Bike Leader Level 2 Training

Qualification Level - 2 days | Prices from £245.00

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 7 reviews

*Please note this course starts at 08:30, and finishes 19:00 on the first day.  Second day it starts at 08:30, and finishes 17:00*

The Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Award is ideal for anyone with experience in mountain biking, who is either working or looking to work in the outdoor sector leading biking groups or simply has a personal interest in gaining all the information and skills needed to go out on their mountain bike, be safe and have fun.

The new scheme consists of three levels:

Level 1 is specifically designed for outdoor centres or similar site-specific venues.

Level 2 equips you to operate as an independent Mountain Bike Leader. There are some restrictions on the technical difficulty of the trails and how remote the journeys you plan for your group to help make your decision making easier at the start of your leadership pathway.

Level 3 is a top end leadership award. Many of the restrictions placed on you at Level 2 are removed to allow you to use your highly developed judgement to deliver top days out for your clients.  This award is cutting edge in its thinking and will equip you to individualise your leadership; navigate in challenging terrain and use your strong riding skillset to lead trails of a high level of difficulty.

Can I transfer from the old MBLA scheme to the BMBLA

Yes. Any TCL or MBL holder can transfer onto the new scheme by registering with BC. MBLA award holders will then need to complete the home paper for the Level 2, ensure they fulfill the pre-requirements needed and then book onto a Level 3 training.


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Dates & Prices

Cost (with accommodation): £295.00
Cost (no accommodation): £245.00
Cost (with accommodation): £295.00
Cost (no accommodation): £245.00
Cost (with accommodation): £295.00
Cost (no accommodation): £245.00
Cost (with accommodation): £295.00
Cost (no accommodation): £245.00
Cost (with accommodation): £295.00
Cost (no accommodation): £245.00
Cost (with accommodation): £295.00
Cost (no accommodation): £245.00
Cost (with accommodation): £295.00
Cost (no accommodation): £245.00
Cost (with accommodation): £295.00
Cost (no accommodation): £245.00

Is It For Me?

*Please note this course starts at 08:30 on the first day*

This MTB leader’s award is built around core aspects of leadership in the outdoors and focusses on everything you will need to know to start your journey leading groups and riders in the terrain appropriate for the award. The award is terrain specific. (This refers to the ability of your group, the distance from help and the type of trail being ridden primarily) The award is valid all year round, however, it is not for leading and riding in ‘winter’ conditions.

Before booking you first need to register through Scottish / Welsh or British Cycling for the award. This registration is the complete package and includes your membership of British Cycling. You will need to do this in plenty of time to allow essential resources for the course to be mailed out to you.

Once registered book on a course with us and come along to enjoy two great practical days that explore a wide variety of topics.

As a guide a practical assessment will follow after a consolidation period of approximately six weeks minimum. The award must be completed within 18 months of completing the training.

Course Aims

To prepare you in all key aspects of the L2 syllabus. You will then need to consolidate this training with your own experiences prior to attending an assessment.

Course Content

The course covers a wide variety of topics including:

  • Defining L2 Leadership terrain and remit
  • Planning and delivery of rides that are appropriate for your group.
  • Leading techniques for effective group management.
  • Map reading and navigation for a flowing journey.
  • Management of accidents and emergency situations.
  • Equipment set-up and trailside repairs.
  • Core mountain bike techniques.

What Will I Need?

Ideally you will come along with your own bike and riding kit. it is always best to practice and train with your own kit and bike if possible. However we have a selected range of cycling specific clothing and even a small fleet of mountain bikes should you need to borrow something for your course, if you are needing to borrow a bike it is essential you book in advance.

This is a training course for a Leadership qualification and in that respect you don’t need to come along kitted out as a leader. We will develop your knowledge of the essential equipment a Leader would need to carry if leading groups off-road on bikes during the course.


Below is a simple kit list to help you come along prepared.

With this in mind though, we do only have a limited supply of Mountain Bikes available through our Stores.

We work closely with Focus Bikes and Ride Cairngorm and hold a small fleet of bikes for use on our courses.

If you need to borrow a bike then please call us in advance of your course to check availability and sizing as we cannot guarantee that there will be a bike available if not.

Listed here are the essentials; this is not an exhaustive list though.

Should you be missing something then the items below in bold are also available in stores if needs be. Items marked *** are available in our shop to buy – subject to availability.

  • Bike – Call us if you don’t have one in advance of the course
  • Bike computer *** – essential for leadership courses. A lap distance function is the most useful function if you are looking to purchase one.
  • Small bike lights front and rear – always a good idea to carry just  in case! We don’t aim be out at dusk or in the dark – but you never know!
  • Small Biking Day pack – 25L max
  • Helmet
  • Eye wear
  • Buff for under helmet, in the spring and autumn ***
  • Gloves – thin, full finger cycling gloves are perfect ***
  • Warmer Cycle friendly Full finger Gloves – spring and autumn ***
  • Cycle specific Water proof jacket & shorts
  • Padded cycling Shorts – there really are worth it for comfort!
  • Outer Baggy Cycling Shorts
  • Several non-cotton layers to adjust your temperature whilst out riding.
  • Knee or Leg warmers or Long tights if cold weather is forecast during your course (i.e. sub 15 degrees Celcius)
  • Warm outdoor wear
  • Insulating layers – a warm synthetic duvet jacket or a couple of thin fleeces
  • Small personal first aid kit
  • Drink system – hydration pack / water bottle
  • Spare inner tube x2 for your bike***
  • Spare Brake pads x2 for your bike
  • Spare Rear Gear Mechanism hanger for your bike – Call your local bike shop for help with this
  • Small Trail Toolkit – Pump, multi tool and chain breaker at least ***
  • Emergency survival bag ***
  • Whistle ***
  • Personal toiletries & medications (towels are provided)
  • Suncream – you just never know! ***

Remember, if you book the residential package, the package is all inclusive

We want our customers to easily know what their course will cost, up front and in the open. Accommodation on the night before and the nights during your course, pick up from the train station (Friday and Sunday evenings only), breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and cake and dinner are all included. All transportation on the course, centre facilities & any equipment you borrow are also part of the package.

If you book the non-residential option the lunch and afternoon tea and cake are still provided.

We have Laundry facilities here and a fantastic drying room so there is always the option to wash stuff as you go.

Glenmore Lodge also has a pool, gym & climbing wall – so don’t forget your swimming/gym/climbing kit!

Course Pre-Requisites

Prior to attending training you will need to:

  • Register on the Leadership scheme with British Cycling in advance to allow essential resources required for the course to be sent to you-
  • Be at least 18 yrs old
  • Have Mountain biking experience in a variety of terrain and weather conditions
  • Have an appropriate level of physical fitness for a day’s riding in Level 2 terrain
  • Provide a log of you experience prior to training. A logbook will be sent to you once you register on the scheme through British Cycling

Ideally you will also hold a valid 2 day Outdoor First Aid certificate. You will need to have a valid certificate for assessment.

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 7 reviews Read all reviews

Great facilities, instruction and environment. Hope to be back soon!
Bruce Ritchie Reviewed on 29/09/2015
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Excellent personalised tuition. Course content and aims clear; concisely delivered. Good balance of theory and practical. Comfortable accommodation. Very friendly service.
Alistair Troon Reviewed on 31/07/2015
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Highly experienced staff in a great location for outdoor courses which has been recently re-stocked with first class equipment for all to use when required. Would recommend to anyone.
Mark Ward Reviewed on 21/05/2015
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Was my first time at the lodge, and i must say i enjoyed every minute of being there.

Wasn't sure what to expect with the accommodation, but i was very impressed with the facilities, and the food was absolutely brilliant.

Our instructor Jon Jones was absolutely great and made the whole course very enjoyable and easy to learn, and would always be very helpful explaining if you didn't quite understand the first time around.

Cant wait to come back again!
Tom Simpson Reviewed on 21/05/2015
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I had a great time staying at glenmore lodge whilst on my course. Everything you could need was there and all the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Thank you very much, I am already looking to my next course at Glenmore lodge!
Alexander Budge Reviewed on 19/04/2015
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The course proved interesting and informative. In particular the instructors were excellent. They provided a forum for us to learn was required but most importantly in a way that encouraged us develop a way of thinking as a leader so that we can deal with the unexpected and cope with the challenges that are often present in leading mountain bike groups in a way that doesn't impact the enjoyment of the participants.
Thomas Cole Reviewed on 16/04/2015
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A very good course. Al Gilmour was brilliant.

Barry Kemp Reviewed on 16/04/2015
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What’s included on your course

  • Instruction
  • Use of kit
  • Shuttle bus to Glenmore Lodge (departs Aviemore station 5:20pm on Friday and Sundays)
  • Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day
  • In-course transport

What’s included if you choose the residential option – As above PLUS

  • Bed in shared en-suite room – available from 3pm on day before your course starts *

(Single rooms may be available for a supplementary charge, please ask at reception when you arrive)

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner for each course day (except one day and back-to-back courses)
  • Use of the facilities at Glenmore Lodge
  • Linen is provided along with a towel, you may wish to bring an extra towel if you would like to use the facilities or are on a paddlesport course

Arriving at Glenmore Lodge

  • For more information on travel to the Lodge click here
  • Your first inclusive meal is breakfast (7:45 -8:30am) An evening meal is not provided on your arrival night, but bar meals are available in our Lochain bar 5pm to 9pm (5-7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Packed lunches are collected at breakfast
  • On Mondays and Saturdays only there will be a 10 minute welcome talk at 8.15am, on other days you will meet your instructor at 9am. The daily programme of your course will be discussed with your instructor when you first meet, taking into account aspirations and prevailing weather conditions

On your last day

  • Check out time is 10am on the final day of your booking, we have changing areas, showers and left luggage facilities on site
  • All courses will finish by 5pm
  • On Fridays and Sundays we offer a drop off to Aviemore station, leaving Glenmore Lodge at 5pm, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to book this service

*some exceptions – see detailed course notes

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