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BC Mountain Bike Leader Award Level 3 Assessment

Qualify LEVEL | 2 day(s) | Ratio 1:4 | From £330.00

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The Level 3 Award is aimed at qualified mountain bike leaders, who wish to extend their remit to include remote terrain and trails of severe technical difficulty. The award also focuses on group management in technical terrain, navigation in challenging mountain conditions with few navigational features and incident management in remote environments. It is the most up to date and appropriate guiding qualification in the UK for technical riding.

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Upon successfully passing the assessment you will be qualified as a BMBLA Level 3 Leader.


A current member of British Cycling

Successful completion of the Level 2 Leadership award and level 3 training

Downloaded, completed and returned the Level 3 Written Assignment 1 week prior to the practical assessment.

All logbook requirements up to date and recorded

Your own Mountain Bike and appropriate leader’s rucksack and equipment

All appropriate paperwork included First Aid certificate, BC membership card, your Level 2 Leader’s Certificate and any relevant paperwork from the Level 3 leadership training course


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 written assessment. Please click the link at the bottom of this page to download a copy of the written assessment, this must be returned to us no later than 1 week prior to your practical assessment. The paper is marked prior to your practical assessment


  • The first day looks at personal riding standards and competence 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 focused 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 and also on day 2, some mock clients.

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 an Assistant Leader in Level 3 terrain.

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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 (except one day and back-to-back courses).

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 an assessment for the Level 3 Leadership qualification and in that respect you should come along kitted out as a Level 2 / TCL holder. You will be expected to have the essential equipment a Level 3 Leader would need to carry in addition to the usual kit. Equipment Below is a simple kit list to help you come along prepared. 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.  




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!


An alarm clock 


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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