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BMBLA Mountain Bike Leader Level 2 Assessment

Qualification Level - 1 day | Prices from £135.00

Course Rating: 4.0 Rated 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews

A practical assesment based around leading groups in L2 terrain in the UK in summer conditions.

The assessment consists of a homepaper, logbook experience and a practical rideout of around 40km.


*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 MBLA scheme to the new UKMBLS

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): £160.00
Cost (no accommodation): £135.00
Cost (with accommodation): £160.00
Cost (no accommodation): £135.00
Cost (with accommodation): £160.00
Cost (no accommodation): £135.00
Cost (with accommodation): £160.00
Cost (no accommodation): £135.00
Cost (with accommodation): £160.00
Cost (no accommodation): £135.00
Cost (with accommodation): £160.00
Cost (no accommodation): £135.00
Cost (with accommodation): £160.00
Cost (no accommodation): £135.00
Cost (with accommodation): £160.00
Cost (no accommodation): £135.00
Cost (with accommodation): £160.00
Cost (no accommodation): £135.00
Cost (with accommodation): £160.00
Cost (no accommodation): £135.00
Cost (with accommodation): £160.00
Cost (no accommodation): £135.00
Cost (with accommodation): £160.00
Cost (no accommodation): £135.00
Cost (with accommodation): £160.00
Cost (no accommodation): £135.00
Cost (with accommodation): £160.00
Cost (no accommodation): £135.00

Is It For Me?

The assessment for the Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Award consists of both a practical assessment and a written assignment based around the syllabus of the Level 2 training course.

Course Aims

Upon succesfully passing the assessment you will be qualified as a BMBLA Level 2 Leader.

Course Content

Please follow the link at the bottom of this page to access the Written Assignment.

Practical assessment

The practical assessment consists of an all-day mountain bike journey during which each candidate will be assigned to lead a section of the assessment route of around 10km working with a maximum ratio of 1:4 (40km for the whole route). You will be expected to deliver a flowing journey whilst demonstrating good leadership and navigational skills.

The assessment procedure is informal and is designed to help you develop your skills as a mountain bike leader. The group you will lead generally consists of the other riders who are also being assessed.

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 BMBLA Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Handbook and other resources provided on the training course.

This must be returned to us no later than 1 week prior to your assessment. The paper is marked prior to your assessment.

Please click the link at the bottom of this page to access the Written Assignment

Once completed please email the document back to [email protected]

What Will I Need?

You should attend with

  • Your own Mountain Bike and appropriate leader’s rucksack and equipment
  • Your completed logbook
  • All appropriate paperwork incl First Aid certificate, BC membership card and any relevant paperwork from the Level 2 leadership training 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.

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 as part of your navigation tool kit and a must have for leadership courses.
  • 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!
  • A Leader’s rucksack – incl trail tool kit, spares and emergency equipment. You can borrow a group shelter from stores if needed.
  • 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
  • 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.

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 Documentation

Course Pre-Requisites

Prior to booking you must ensure that you have first attended a UKMBL L2 training course, that you are a current member of British Cycling, that you have fulfilled the logbook requirements needed and that you hold a valid Outdoor First Aid certificate.

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Really good day even though an assessment day.
Mark Ward Reviewed on 26/08/2015
Course Content
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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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