British Cycling Mountain Bike Leadership Level 3 Training
British Cycling Award
You're an experienced, qualified leader who wants to reach the next level and increase your ability in remote environments, and on physically demanding trails of high technical difficulty, creating inspiring and long-lasting experiences for your groups. Our experienced instructors will work with you during this three-day course, honing the skills and knowledge you gained at Level 2, covering specific topics covered in more depth. You'll cover; advanced trailside repairs, route planning and navigation strategies for technical terrain, group management in technical terrain,
risk assessment, managing accidents and emergencies, promoting hydration and nutrition, methods for developing attentional focus.
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.
You'll improve on your Level 2 skills and developed leadership skills for groups in technical terrain and trails of technical difficulty. Read more at https://www.britishcycling.org.uk
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
Advanced Trail side Repairs
Reading riders skill set
Attentional focus in MTB leadershipNavigation
Leadership in advanced terrain
Navigation (maps, compass, GPS)
Putting it all together on the trail
You will need to;
Be at least 18-years-old or over
Be well practised and fully qualified in the Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Award (or TCL or MBL Awards as appropriate
Be a fit and committed mountain biker prepared to ride all day in challenging, up to black-graded terrain. You should be able to do this with energy in reserve in order to demonstrate appropriate levels of fitness
Be a skillful 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 skills
Be comfortable with reading 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
Be proficient in all areas of mountain bike leadership, as well as demonstrating that you're highly-skilled mountain bike rider through your logbook
Hold a current two-day outdoor First Aid certificate.
Our instructors are some of the UK’s most experienced. We train other instructors and help to write the national syllabuses for NGB qualifications in mountaineering, paddlesports, cycling and climbing. Our goal is to teach you skills to last a lifetime, and at Plas y Brenin you know you are getting training from the best.
If your course is based at Plas y Brenin, the residential price includes accommodation for the night before, and the duration of your time here. If you’re staying with us, we also provide delicious meals to keep you going as you learn, meaning you can concentrate on enjoying yourself. We may also be able to arrange a transfer from Llandudno Junction train station, subject to availability. We would need a minimum of one week’s notice prior to your course start date – please contact reception to learn more.
When it comes to equipment, at Plas y Brenin we have a wide range of top-quality kit for you to use, all included in your course fee. This means if you’re just starting out, there’s no need to rush out and buy a load of expensive gear, and if you’re already pretty well kitted-out, it’s a great chance to try something new.
As both your body and mind will be working hard whilst you're with us, we want to help you focus on achieving the goal you've set yourself. So if you're staying with us, comfortable accommodation (with WIFI included) and home-cooked meals are part of the deal, you don't need to think about sorting this out for yourself. Support is on hand from our friendly, and exceptionally well qualified staff, to help develop your understanding and personal skills. They also help you to formulate an appropriate action plan for your further development. We'll also provide you with maps, transport, all extra tools for the Level 3 leader.
You'll need to bring full leaders equipment, bike, and riding gear.
You should have been out on your bike enough to have consolidated your experience since your Level 2 assessment. You should also ensure that you have registered for this award with British Cycling BEFORE you book your place with us.