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Trail Cycle Leader Award
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Trail Cycle Leader Award

The SMBLA Trail Cycle Leader (TCL) Award is a Level Two Award (Level Two is the entry level) aimed at all people who want to become leaders for mountain biking. The TCL Award consists of a two day training course followed by a one day assessment.

Over the two days of training all aspects of leading by mountain bike are covered including:

  • How to carry out pre-ride bike checks
  • Trailside repairs
  • Leadership
  • Navigation
  • Riding skills and how to teach them
  • Group management
  • Equipment
  • Dealing with emergencies and much more.

At the end of the training your Tutor will give you an Action Plan for assessment.

After consolidating for a minimum of 30 days and working on areas highlighted in your Action Plan you must then attend a one day assessment. If you have experience and meet certain criteria you can get exemption from this consolidation period. (see below).

Following a successful assessment you will then by able to lead groups on terrain of a low to medium technical difficulty up to 600 metres in altitude and no more than 30 minutes walk from safety.

Before attending a TCL Training Course

You must:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Have joined the SMBLA at a cost of £48 which gets you:
    • the SMBLA Official Training Manual
    • course documentation
    • Logbook sheets and route cards*
    • forms to join British Cycling
  • Have logged 20 recent mountain bike rides which must be sent to us at least a week before training
  • Have read the SMBLA Training Manual
  • Have your own bike which is fitted with a bike computer (in km) for use in the navigation section.

 *Logbook sheets and route cards are also available to download from the SMBLA Website.


Before attending a TCL 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 and worked on your Action Plan during a minimum 30 day consolidation period.


TCL Consolidation Exemption Form

If you wish to apply for exemption from the minimum 30 day consolidation period between Training and Assessment you must complete a TCL Consolidation Exemption Form (available from the
SMBLA Website) and send it to your Tutor whose decision on whether you meet the necessary criteria is final.


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