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Mountain Bike Leader Award

You can only attend a SMBLA Mountain Bike Leader (MBL) Training Course if you hold the SMBLA Trail Cycle Leader (TCL) Award. The MBL is a Level 3 Award and is aimed at leaders who wish to lead in remote and technically difficult terrain.

After attending the two day training course and a successful one day assessment you will be able to lead groups in technically difficult terrain up to any altitude and any distance from safety.

Areas covered in the training include:

  • Complex trailside repairs
  • Navigating in remote terrain
  • Technical riding
  • Teaching technical riding skills in different styles
  • Situational leadership
  • Dealing with emergencies in remote terrain
  • Planning, preparation and much more

At the end of the training your Tutor will give you an Action Plan for assessment. After consolidating for a recommended minimum of three months and working on areas highlighted in your Action Plan you must then attend a one day assessment.
 

Before attending an MBL Training Course

You must:

  • Hold a valid SMBLA TCL Award
  • Have logged 20 recent mountain bike rides in MBL terrain which must be sent to us at least a week before training
  • Have read the relevant sections of the SMBLA Training Manual

 

Before attending an MBL Assessment

You need:

  • A valid British, Scottish or Welsh Cycling membership. Join online at British Cycling or download 'SC-BC Senior Membership Form' from the SMBLA Website.
  • A valid First Aid Certificate. (See our First Aid Training Courses)
  • To have logged 10 more rides, some of which must be as a leader, and worked on your Action Plan.

 

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