This MTB award focuses on core aspects of leadership in the outdoors and prepares you to lead groups and riders on suitable mountainbike rides. 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.
The course covers a wide variety of topics including:
The L2 leading environment - 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?
Your own bike in good working order and riding kit. 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. You will need to complete a logbook as evidence of your recent rides in appropriate terrain (minimum of 15 in the past 12 months)What Next?
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.
This environment is as follows: is rideable at walking speed
is - rollable on descents so that wheels are not required to leave the ground - has an obvious line choice - is 90% rideable by the entire group - is no more than half an hour’s walk from where an ambulance can get to - the maximum leader-to-rider ratio should not exceed 1:8 - rides take place during daylight in normal summer and intermediate seasonal conditions.
Before coming on your course you first need to register through Scottish / Welsh or British Cycling for the award. This registration includes all your course documents as well as access to online safeguarding training with NSPCC and membership of British Cycling if required.