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Trail Cycle Leader

'I have taken part in all sorts of training all around the world and I have to say that I honestly think that was the two most enjoyable days I have ever spent training.  You have a great way with people and it is clear that you are genuine and passionate about not only the sport but also bringing the people on that you are working with'

- Gareth


Rock and Ride Outdoors are the only providers of the Mountain Bike Leadership Award tutoring courses in Northern Ireland. The MBLA scheme is the only scheme administered and recognised by both Cycling Ireland and British Cycling 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

Trail Cycle Leader is the entry level MBLA award aimed at all people who want to become leaders in mountain biking.  It’s the benchmark award for anyone wishing to take groups out on the trails and our TCL candidates come from diverse backgrounds including teachers, outdoor instructors, scout leaders, guides, youth leaders and people who simply want to improve their personal knowledge and safety.  The TCL Award consists of a two day training course followed by a one day assessment.  In order to complete the award you must adhere to the prerequisite requirements.


Course Content

Day One

Introductions, MBLA Background, Bike Parts, Leader Kit, Trailside Maintenance, Core Skills, Coaching and Teaching, Navigation.

Day Two

Bike Adjustments, Leadership, Risk Assessments, Practical Leadership and Navigation, First Aid, Summaries.


Before Attending

You must register with the MBLA and join Cycling Ireland.

Candidates must be over 18 years old and have log book evidence of at least 20 mountain bike rides of 1.5hrs duration in appropriate terrain and in a variety of weather and terrain conditions. Longer runs of 2-3 hrs duration, with at least one being 6 hours must also be demonstrated.


Evidence of having acted as an assistant leader with a group is recommended (but not essential) to help acquaint the candidate with the skills and issues covered by the course. Ideally candidates must own their own bike or at least have easy access to one as bikes are not provided on the course. Bikes should ideally be fitted with a bike computer for use in navigation.


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.


If you would like to gain the Trail Cycle Leader award but are not sure if you have the necessary experience please give us a call and we will be happy to discuss this with you.


Trail Cycle Leader Training

Cost: £165

Ratio: 1:8 Max

Number of days: 2 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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