Course Details

Mountain Bike Leader

Learn the skills to guide group rides on off-road routes and trails.
Key Content: 

Mountain biking is one of the most accessible, enjoyable introductions to group cycling. Cycling UK's Mountain Bike Leader course enables you to lead groups on gentle terrain - less than 600m above sea level and without the need for riders to steer a path around obstacles.  The course includes tuition for your own off-road skills, and assessment of your new-found skills.

Please note: During the course you may ride at a level above that of Trail level terrain. 



2.5 - 3 days
Non-technical riding - relatively smooth tracks and trails
Basic. Hold a valid first aid certificate
Price: £360 (£324 for Cycling UK members)

Course outcomes

Course outcomes: 

This course will equip you to:

  • Lead groups of adults, young people and children on rides
  • Manage groups with a range of riding experience 
  • Prepare for rides, anticipate and minimise safety factors
  • Develop and apply risk assessments, operating procedures and dynamic risk management
  • Provide fun, engaging and developmental sessions for your participants
  • Understand access rights across the UK and beyond
  • Complete and review rides, using self-reflective principles


Please contact the Courses & Training Helpline to find out if this course is available for booking: 01483 238 337

Available courses

What you need

  • At least one year's experience of regular riding in easy off-road terrain - a minimum of 30 rides.
  • Comfortably ride in Red Terrain.
  • Have ridden in poor weather.
  • Logbook of rides.
  • Ability to ride 16km in Off Road terrain.
  • Minimum age 18


What next?


After achieving the Mountain Bike Leader award, your next step may be to consider becoming an Advanced Mountain Bike Leader - enabling you to lead rides in more challenging terrain. 

A new award has been developed with the European organisation of Mountain Bike Instructors - Guides (E0-MTBInG) and in association with the Association of British Mountainbike Guides - 

Cycling UK has mapped across the awards together with MIAS, MBCUK to develop a European Licence for MTB Guides.


Expedition Module  - New for 2017. This module covers all aspects of multi day riding.

First Aid

1 Day First Aid in the Outdoors.

2 Day First Aid in the Outdoors. This course meets the requirements of a number of National Governing bodies including MLTE.

Both courses have been developed with cyclists in mind.

Please see the Course Calendar for more information.


Resources for the course: 

Resources are available to all members of Cycling UK.
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