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BC Mountain Bike Leader Award Level 3 Training

Qualify LEVEL | 3 day(s) | Ratio 1:6 | From £390.00

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The Level 3 Mountain Bike Leadership Award is aimed at highly experienced mountain bike leaders looking to lead groups and individuals in wild, more remote and / or more technical terrain than the Level 2 / TCL award remit allows. It is the most up to date and appropriate guiding qualification in the UK for technical riding.

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This 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.


To attend the course, you will need to:

Be a qualified BMBLA Level 2 MTB Leader, Trail Cycle Leader (TCL) or Mountain Bike Leader (MBL)

Be a member of British Cycling and registered with the British Mountain Bike Leadership programme

Hold a current two-day Outdoor First Aid Certificate issued by an HSE registered provider, or equivalent, and provide British Cycling with a copy

Provide British Cycling with logbook evidence relevant to the Level 3 Award (you will be provided with a logbook prior to the course. This needs to be completed before you attend the course in order to provide evidence of your mountain bike riding and leadership experience).


The Level 3 Mountain Bike Leadership Award is aimed at highly experienced mountain bike leaders looking to lead groups and individuals in wild, more remote and / or more technical terrain than the Level 2 award remit allows. The award particularly focuses on group management in technical terrain, navigation in challenging conditions with few navigational features and incident management in remote environments. Your log book must consist of at least 30 quality days since the completion of the BMBLA Level 2, TCL or MBL. 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. Consult British Cycling for criteria needed to qualify as a Quality Day.


3 days of training in all aspects of guiding and leading groups and riders in wild and technical terrain.

Topics will include

  • Trail selection
  • Attentional Focus
  • Navigation
  • Leadership styles and techniques
  • Bike set up
  • Trailside repairs
  • and more…

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Date24/06/24Cost (with accommodation)Call Us – Prices from £60pnCost (no accommodation)£390.00Places
Date05/08/24Cost (with accommodation)Call Us – Prices from £60pnCost (no accommodation)£390.00Places
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Need a different date? Call 01479 861 256 to arrange your own date, or email [email protected]

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Use of kit

Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day

In-course transport


Accommodation in an en-suite bedroom.  If booking as an Individual, you will not be asked to share with a stranger.

Breakfast on each course day

Dinner on each course day (except the final day, and on one day or 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.



You will ideally come along ready to ride wild and technical trails. You will bring your Level 2 / TCL leader’s kit and a bike suitable for the adventure. This is a training course for the Level 3 Leadership qualification and in that respect you should come along kitted out as a Level 2 / TCL holder. We will then develop your knowledge of the essential equipment a Level 3 Leader would need to carry in addition to the usual kit. However, there may be some items that you don’t have or maybe you wish to try something else. In that eventuality we have a well kitted out Stores facility. Listed here are the essentials; this is not an exhaustive list though. Should you be missing something then some of the items below are also available in stores if needs be.

If you do not have your own bike or are unable to bring it with you to the Lodge, we have a limited fleet of Trek bikes available for use. Please get in touch to arrange this prior to your course. E-bikes can be ridden on any of our qualification courses provided this has been discussed prior to attendance and approved by the course instructor.



Small bike lights front and rear – always a good idea to carry just in case!

A Leader’s rucksack – incl trail tool kit, spares and emergency equipment. You can borrow a group shelter from stores if needed.


Eye wear

Bike Computer – essential for leadership courses. A lap distance function is the most useful function if you are looking to purchase one

Compass – Silva type 4 recommended

Map (sheet 36, 1:50 000)

Map Case

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

Water proof jacket & trousers – Suitable for cycling

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

Head torch


Personal toiletries & medications (towels are provided)

Suncream – you just never know!


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 & climbing wall – so don’t forget your swimming/climbing kit!

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