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Mountain Bike Leader

Rock and Ride Outdoors are the only qualified providers of the Mountain Bike Leadership Award courses in Northern Ireland. The MBLA scheme is the only scheme administered and recognized by both Cycling Ireland and Coaching Ireland and is widely regarded as the most comprehensive and respected mountain bike qualification available.  If you are seeking to take groups out mountain biking then the MBLA awards are the ones your insurers would like you to have.


Course Summary

Mountain Bike Leader is the advanced level MBLA award aimed at people who have already attained their TCL and who wish to guide in more remote locations on more extreme terrain.  It is a much more challenging course that requires a far higher technical skill level, coaching delivery and advanced leadership management   The MBL Award consists of a three day training course followed by a two day assessment.  In order to complete the award you must adhere to the prerequisite requirements.  Ian was central to the development of the qualification in Ireland, re-writing and improving key aspects of the original Scottish Cycling syllabus to make the Cycling Ireland MBL award hit all the 'Advanced' level criteria demanded by Coaching Ireland.  It is now gaining widespread recognition as the most comprehensive and high quality MTB award available, as such it is definitely difficult to attain.


Course Content

Day One

Introductions.  Advanced Leader Kit.  Advanced Mechanics.  MBL Riding Skills.  Teaching and Coaching Techniques. Leadership.

Day Two

Session Planning and Observed Coaching Sessions.  How to Coach Advanced Riders.  Feedback Skills and Practical Use Of Advanced Coaching Techniques.  Business Planning and Development.  Navigation.

Day Three

Focused Route Planning and Practical Risk Assessment.  Practical Navigation Skills.  Group Management on Technical Terrain.  Fitness, Fuel and Hydration.  Trail Definition.  Emergency Scenarios.  Summaries.


Before Attending

You must have up to date Cycling Ireland membership and bring your TCL certificate to the course.

It is assumed that you are an active user of your TCL with a solid experience of group leadership in many situations and environments.  There is also a presumption that your own personal riding is of a suitably high standard with the ability to ride confidently in highly technical terrain.  Skills such as drop-offs, step-ups, bunny hops and pumping should be second nature. If you feel you need to work on these skills it is strongly recommended that you attend an Intermediate Skills course before attending MBL training.


Following training there is a minimum 3 month consolidation period before assessment.


In order to hold the award you must also have completed a suitable 16hr First Aid qualification within the last three years and also completed the Safeguarding forms through Cycling Ulster or Cycling Ireland.


Mountain Bike Leader Training

Cost: £295

Ratio: 1:8 Max

Number of days: 3 days.

Included: All instructional fees, insurance, necessary teaching resources.

Not included: Transport to and from the course venue, lunches and personal equipment.

Accommodation: Is available in the local areas.  Enquire for recommendations and cheaper prices!


All the course information is sent to you via e-mail once we have received your booking.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our courses, we are very happy to help.


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