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
- 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
- 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.
To Book on to a Course
See Dates and Fees for SMBLA Courses