British Cycling Mountain Bike Leadership Level 3 Assessment

The two-day assessment includes a personal riding test, showcasing MTB techniques on day one, and a leadership evaluation in Level 3 MTB terrain on day two, all set amid Europe's premier mountain biking routes.

Plas y Brenin

2 Days

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Plas y Brenin


2 Days

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You’ll take this practical assessment over two days. The first day looks at personal riding standards, which will include an all-day mountain bike journey during which you’ll be able to demonstrate your MTB techniques, navigation, and trailside repairs.

On the second day, you’ll lead some clients in the Level 3 MTB Leadership terrain, where we’ll be assessing your leadership skills, group control, and organisational skills, self-sufficiency.

We’re surrounded by some of the finest mountain biking routes in Europe, with world-class single track routes, including the Gwydyr Forest trails and the Penmachno Trail right outside our back door. Other classic trails at Coed y Brenin and Coed Llandegla are only a short drive from our centre. Plus, there’s the iconic ride of Snowdon.

But you’ll also find purpose-built skills and coaching circuit and bike workshop facility with a wide range of tools and resources, plus maps to help you get the most from the area.

The Objectives 

If successful, you’ll be qualified to lead rides in accordance with British Cycling Level 3 guidelines.

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What to Expect

Day 1

You’ll be assessed on route planning and preparation, trail side fixes, leadership navigation and incident management

Day 2

You’ll be assessed while you lead a ride with real clients.

Experience Required

You should have completed and logged your British Cycling L3 training and experience.

How Should I Prepare?

Assessment routes are commonly 40km + with up to 1500m of climbing, navigation will be in both forest and open mountain side, so it’s well worth getting out in the hills and forests to be well prepared for your assessment. You should also ensure that you have returned your completed home paper to PyB at least one week before the start of the assessment.

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Why Plas y Brenin?

Plas y Brenin is at the forefront of outdoor instruction. Whether you are starting a career in the outdoors, or just want to take an adventure holiday, PYB is the place for you.

We inspire explorers. We train trainers. We’re internationally recognised. We’ve been around since 1798, with our earliest guests including Queen Victoria. Since then, we’ve focussed on providing the best customer experience, working alongside some of the greatest, 007 included.

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You’ll receive expert supervision from fully qualified and psyched instructors, creating the perfect environment to learn and enjoy something new!

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Your experience will take place in the heart of the extraordinary Eryri National Park. Our National Outdoor Centre features accommodation, a bar, dining, and more. And while you’re here, why not check out some local gems?

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Everyone at Plas y Brenin, from staff to visitors, is excited about adventures and inspired to get outside. Our guests return year after year to experience all that North Wales offers.