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UKMBLS Mountain Bike Leader Level 3 Assessment

Qualification Level - 2 days

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews

Cost (with accommodation): £300.00
Cost (no accommodation): £250.00
Cost (with accommodation): £300.00
Cost (no accommodation): £250.00
Cost (with accommodation): £300.00
Cost (no accommodation): £250.00
Cost (with accommodation): £300.00
Cost (no accommodation): £250.00
Cost (with accommodation): £300.00
Cost (no accommodation): £250.00
Cost (with accommodation): £300.00
Cost (no accommodation): £250.00
Cost (with accommodation): £300.00
Cost (no accommodation): £250.00

A 2 day practical assessment based around leading groups in L3 terrain in the UK in summer conditions.

The assessment consists of a homepaper, prior logbook experience and two rideouts of around 40-50kms



The current situation and then the future of MTB Leadership in the UK

Scottish, British and Welsh Cycling have been working closely with other partners over the last two years to create and develop a new suite of Leadership awards for the UK, the UK MTB Leadership Scheme. The original MBLA scheme is being phased out by December 2015.

What is happening to the current MBLA scheme?

If you currently hold a MBLA qualification or are about to complete one then this qualification will remain valid and accepted by the outdoor industry as appropriate qualification for leading Mountain Bike rides. The MBLA scheme will cease to exist from 31 December 2015. If you are part way through your qualification you will need to have completed your assessment before this date.

What is replacing the MBLA scheme?

The new UK Mountain Bike Leadership Scheme is already in operation and there will be a gradual transition to the new scheme from the MBLA, with current MBLA tutors undergoing an orientation process to deliver the new scheme. For the period up to 31 December 2015 the two schemes will run in parallel, with more opportunities to enrol onto the new scheme.

The new scheme consists of three levels:

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

Level 2 is of a similar level to the Trail Cycle Leader award

Level 3 is of a similar level to the Mountain Bike Leader award. Whilst the new scheme has a degree of equivalence, there are significant improvements and differences, in particular at Level 3. For example, the new Level 3 has been developed to better reflect the current needs of guiding riders in wild and technical terrain. It has therefore become three days training and two days for assessment.

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.

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Is It For Me?

A two day assessment process to complete the L3 qualification.

The practical assessment is carried out over two days and is also complimented by a Home paper.

Please email to request a copy of the home paper, this must be returned to us no later than 1 week prior to your assessment. The paper is marked prior to your assessment.



Course Aims

Upon succesfully passing the assessment you will be qualified as a UKMBLS Level 3 Leader.

Course Content

  • The first day looks at personal riding standards and competance in appropriate trailside fixes. it will include a mountain bike journey during which each candidate will be able to demonstrate their personal riding ability in Level 3 terrain. You will also be navigating throughout the ride..
  • The second day will be focussed around leading a group in Level 3 MTB Leadership terrain. During this day, all aspects of the syllabus maybe covered.

On the assessment it is expected that you will lead both the other candidates but also on day 2 some mock clients.

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, your Level 2 Leader’s Certificate and any relevant paperwork from the Level 3 leadership training course.



Below is a simple kit list to help you come along prepared.However, there may be some items that you don’t have or maybe you wish to try something different. In that eventuality we have a well kitted out Stores facility.

We work closely with our new sponsors Scott Sports and hold a demo fleet of bikes from hardtail to long travel full suspension. If you wish to use a bike please contact us in advance to reserve one. Our stores are also equipped with a great range of Scott helmets, gloves, rucksacks, jackets and waterproof shorts. Why not visit them at

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 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
  • Thin woolly hat or Buff for under helmet ***
  • Gloves – thin, full finger cycling gloves are perfect ***
  • Warmer Cycle friendly Full finger Gloves – just in case its cold ***
  • Cycle specific Water proof jacket & shorts
  • Padded cycling Shorts – there really are worth it for comfort!
  • Outer Baggy Cycling Shorts
  • Thin fleece or similar
  • Full leg covering – for cold days e.g. cycle tights or cycling leg warmers
  • Warm outdoor wear
  • Insulating layers – a variety of base layers are useful to control your temperature
  • 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 ***
  • Bike Lock
  • Whistle ***
  • Personal toiletries & medications (towels are provided)
  • Suncream – you just never know! ***
  • An alarm clock

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 Pre-Requisites

  • A current member of BC
  • Succesful completion of the Level 2 Leadership award
  • Succesful completion of the Level 3 Leadership training
  • All logbook requirements up to date and recorded

Logbook requirements:

At least a further 20 quality days since undergoing Level 3 training. Again, these should largely be in the last 12 months before assessment and cover a range of locations throughout the UK. At least five of these rides should be as assistant leader in Level 3 terrain.

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews Read all reviews

Excellent well delivered assessment from Al. Friendly manner, never felt under too much pressure
Alex Reid Reviewed on 15/11/2016
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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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