Course Details

Mountain Bike Leader

Group being led through the trees by a CTC Mountain Bike Leader
Learn the skills to guide group rides on off-road routes.

Mountain biking is one of the most accessible, enjoyable introductions to group cycling. CTC'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.



2.5 - 3 days
Non-technical riding - relatively smooth tracks and trails

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

What you need

  • At least one year's experience of regular riding in easy off-road terrain - a minimum of 30 rides.
  • Minimum age 18


What next?

You may find that the Trail Leader provides all you need. Where you wish to lead in further environments, once the Trail Leader Award has been achieved, followed by completion of  a minimum of 6 led rides you may progress to the Technical Leader Award.

Trail leaders may take the Go MTB Skill Awards and Go MTB Leader and Instructor Orientation course.

Trail Leaders can also go on to deliver Young Leader and Ride Supporter courses by taking the CTC Trainer course.


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