Level 3 British Cycling Mountain Bike Leadership Award Training
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Leaders at this level are expected to be proficient in all areas of mountain bike leadership. The three day training course builds upon the skills and knowledge gained at Level 2, with expansion on specific topics that are then covered in more depth.
The award particularly focuses on group management in technical terrain, navigation in challenging conditions with few navigational features and incident management in remote environments.
Reflecting the training format at Level 2, the majority of the course will take place in the environment that is relevant to the course, with plenty of opportunities to practice. This is the ideal preparation for the practical assessment and the written assignment, which you will need to complete at a later date to gain the qualification.
When attending a Level 3 training course, you will need to fulfil the following pre-requisites:
- Be well practised and fully competent in all aspects of the Level 2 MTB Leadership Award (or TCL or MBL Awards as appropriate).
- Be a committed mountain biker prepared to ride all day in challenging, up to black-graded terrain, with energy in reserve.
- Be a skilful rider, competent at negotiating the typical trail features found in Level 3 terrain, where obvious line choices and rollable options are often not available. Required techniques include step-up, bunny-hop and drop-off techniques.
- Be comfortable with setting a map, taking bearings and creating flow in a trail environment.
- Have a working knowledge of the variety of mechanical systems on current mountain bikes and a desire to increase this knowledge.
You will also be required to send your log book to the provider demonstrating that you have fulfilled the following minimum requirements for training:
In preparation for the Level 3 Mountain Bike Leadership Award, you should log at least 30 quality days since the completion of Level 2. 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.
With MEALS & Accommodation:
NO MEALS OR Accommodation: £315
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11 - 13 Apr 2017
07 - 09 Jun 2017
23 - 25 Aug 2017
16 - 18 Oct 2017
Detailed Course Notes
You should be 18 years old to attend this course.
This Training course is a 3 day programme that covers all areas of the syllabus, the course is aimed at qualified Level 2 (or TCL, MBL) and experienced leaders wishing to take riders into more remote and challenging terrain.
- Advanced Trail side Repairs
- Reading riders skill set
- Attentional focus in MTB leadership
- Leadership in advanced terrain
- Navigation (maps, compass, GPS)
- Water Hazards
- Mountain Weather
- Putting it all together on the trail
- Emergency Procedures
What's Included In The Price?
Whether you choose to stay with us or you have alternative accommodation nearby, the following items are included in the total cost.
If you choose to stay with us, these items are also included in the total cost:
Accommodation For This Course
Plas y Brenin Main House
Your course is based at Plas y Brenin, The National Mountain Sports Centre in Capel Curig, North Wales, LL24 0ET.
If you are staying with us,
If you have chosen to add accommodation onto this course or holiday it is usually in the main house in a comfy en-suite room (normally shared with another guest). Each room has tea and coffee making facilities and all bed linen and towels are provided.
This includes accommodation the night before your first day. Your room will be available from 6pm. On your last day you will need to vacate your room by 10am. It is sometimes possible to arrange to stay an extra night please phone 01690 720214 for availability and cost.
Secure storage facilities, showers and toilets are available for you to use on your departure day once you have checked out of your room should you need them, please ask at reception.
Also included if you chosen to add accommodation are all your meals - breakfast, packed lunch, afternoon tea and freshly baked cakes and a three course evening meal. Please bear in mind an evening meal is not provided on the night before your course or on the last day of your course but our bar will be serving meals from 7.00pm until 8.45pm.
If you are are not staying with us but coming in each day,
If you choose to come in daily for your course or holiday you will need to arrive ready for a 9am welcome talk on the first day. For the rest of your course or holiday you will need to be here for 9.15am. We return from a full day of activity, usually in time for tea and cakes at 5pm (included).
There are more activities from 5.30 - 6.30 on some days of your course or holiday, please check on the first day.
For most of our awards and qualification courses there will be further evening sessions on some days which you need to attend, please check on the first day.
There is an 8pm adventure talk by one of our coaches on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday evenings which you are welcome to come to.
On the final day you will be finished by 5pm.
For courses based on-site our bar will be serving lunches from 12pm until 2pm or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch.
If your course is based away from the centre then you will need to bring a packed lunch with you. Each evening our bar serves evening meals from 7pm until 8.45pm if you wish to eat here.
You can arrange to have any of the following meals - breakfast, packed lunch and a three course centre dinner, by contacting our customer services team on 01690 720214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?
- British Cycling Handbook and registration number
- Suitable mountain bike (in good working order)
- Cycle helmet and gloves
- Cycle computer in kilometres or GPS, iphone with GPS
- Cycling glasses
- Suitable clothing for a days Mountain bike ride
- Backpack, with spare clothing
- Tool kit, including pump and inner tubes
- First Aid kit
- Permanent pen for writing on maps
- Compass (Silva Expedition 4 recommended) (maps will be provided)
- Bike specific multi tool and Chain tool
- Lunch bag/box
- Drinks bottle/hydration system
- High factor sun screen & midge repellant
- Notebook and pen
Not found what you were looking for?
You can hire one of our coaches instructors or guides from only £250 per day. They'll tailor the day to suit your aims and aspirations perfectly.
You can enjoy one to one coaching for that cost or if you get together as a group, depending on the activity, you can split that cost between up to 6 of you. If you are a group we can run any of our courses on a date that suits you and your friends. Or you could just write your own agenda for a week or weekend and we'll price it up for you - with or without accommodation. What's more, just like out normal course fees, our private instructor hire charge covers all your equipment too. Click on the link below to fill in a request form and one of our coaches will call you back (or e-mail if you'd prefer) to discuss things in detail with you.