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MBLA Awards

The MBLA scheme offers awards at two levels, the Trail Cycle Leader (TCL) and the Mountain Bike Leader (MBL). The comprehensive syllabus for each award includes mountain biking skills, trailside repairs and bike set-up, navigation and leadership. Click here to see the Cycling Ireland MBLA Learning Programme

  • q Trail Cycle Leader (TCL) Award
    A
    The Trail Cycle Leader Award consists of a 2 day training course, followed by a 1 day assessment. On successful completion of TCL Assessment the participant will be sufficiently skilled in mountain bike leading to lead groups of up to 8 riders throughout Ireland. 

    TCL should be able to make appropriate leadership decisions and use good judgement. TCL should be able to comprehensively risk assess the level of challenge a route provides and match experience, abilities, motivation and equipment of the group to the terrain and routes being considered. 

    TCL are qualified to lead under the following conditions: -

       -  Public highways, way-marked routes, rights-of-way on which cycles are permitted, identifiable routes, tracks and trails
          with obvious navigational features.
       -  Routes which are 90-95% rideable over their total length. 
       -  Terrain no more than 30 minutes walk from either
                   -  The nearest accessible (by ambulance) road 
                   -  A shelter from where it is possible to summon help
       
    -  Height of no more than 600m 
       -  Terrain matched to the skills and riding competencies of TCL 
       -  Normal summer conditions, during daylight 
       -  Multi day trips where the group does not have to be self sufficient 
       -  A Trail Cycle Leader could also act as an assistant to a Mountain Bike Leader (MBL)

    The TCL Assessment
    Candidates should be effective in mountain bike leading on applying for assessment.  They should be familiar with the course requirements and syllabus, as detailed in the course materials.  An outline of the assessment procedures and criteria will be provided on the training courses.

    Candidates will be assessed in the following areas: 
       -  Logbook Experience and Evidence
       -  Clothing & Equipment
       -  Planning & Preparation
       -  Riding skills
       -  Emergency Planning
       -  Navigation
       -  Access Rights & Responsibilities
       -  Leadership
       -  Fitness, Fuel & Hydration
       -  Trailside Repairs & Bike set-up
       -  Hazards & Risk Management
       -  Weather
       -  Legal Issues & Liability

    Where candidates have attended and successfully completed another Trail Cycle Leader course provided by other award schemes they will be entitled to an exemption from TCL Training but must successfully complete TCL Assessment in order for their accreditation to be recognised by Cycling Ireland.

    Vetting Check
    Candidates attending TCL training will be required to undergo a vetting check as part of their certification.  Candidates resident in the South of Ireland are required to complete a Garda Vetting application and those resident in the North of Ireland are required to complete an Access NI application. Both applications are now processed online. For more information regarding the NVB eVetting process please click here

    Certification
    A TCL or MBL certificate will only be issued if the candidate possesses an appropriate and current First Aid certificate (Wilderness First Aid Level 3 or Remote Emergency Care Level 3), membership of Cycling Ireland (minimum requirements, Non-Competition Licence) and completed appropriate criminal background check Access NI and/or Garda Vetting.  Both First Aid and Membership must be kept current for a TCL or MBL qualification to remain valid.

    Please contact mbla@cyclngireland.ie for details on Membership options and insurance entitlements.  Entitlement to Professional Indemnity Insurance is outside of the scope of Cycling Ireland Membership but can be sought through Cycling Ireland as a separate Insurance Policy.

    Leaders who are working for a Local Authority, Outdoor Centre, or some organisations may be covered by their employer's insurance policy.  It is important to check this and to check the details of the policy so that all conditions are met.

    It is the responsibility of every Leader to check the details of the Insurance Policy (or that of Employer) under which they are operating, and abide by the conditions.
  • q Mountain Bike Leader (MBL) Award
    A The Mountain Bike Leader Award consists of a 2 day training course, followed by a 1 day assessment. On successful completion of MBL Assessment the participant will be sufficiently skilled in mountain bike leading to lead groups of up to 8 riders throughout Ireland. 

    MBL should be able to make appropriate leadership decisions and use good judgement.  MBL should be able to comprehensively risk assess the level of challenge a route provides and match experience, abilities, motivation and equipment of the group to the terrain and routes being considered.


    MBL  are qualified to lead under the following conditions:-

     

    ·         Public highways, way-marked routes, rights-of-way on which cycles are permitted, identifiable routes, tracks and trails with obvious navigational features.

    ·         Routes which are 90-95% rideable over their total length.

    ·         Terrain more than 30 minutes walk from either

    -          The nearest accessible (by ambulance) road

    -          A shelter from where it is possible to summon help

    ·         Any height above sea level or open moorland.

    ·         Terrain matched to the skills and riding competencies of MBL.

    ·         Normal summer conditions, during daylight.

    ·         Multi day trips where the group does not require to be self sufficient.   

    ·         A Trail Cycle Leader could also act as an assistant to a Mountain Bike Leader
       

     
    The MBL Assessment

    Candidates should be effective in mountain bike leading on applying for assessment.  They should be familiar with the course requirements and syllabus, as detailed in the course materials.  An outline of the assessment procedures and criteria will be provided on the training courses.


    Candidates will be assessed in the following areas:-

     
       -  Log Book Experience and Evidence
       -  Clothing & Equipment
       -  Planning & Preparation
       -  MBL Riding Skills
       -  Emergency Planning
       -  Navigation
       -  Countryside and Terrain Knowledge
       -  Leadership & Teaching
       -  Fitness, Fuel & Hydration
       -  Trailside Repairs
       -  Multi Day Trips
       -  Cycle Sport


  • q Night Time Riding Module
    A The Night Riding Module is open to anyone with a TCL qualification who wants to learn about night riding or be able to lead groups in darkness. Night Riding Leaders operate in the conditions which are applicable to their level of award (TCL/MBL). A Night Riding Leader can work in conditions outside the 'daytime only' remit of the TCL/MBL awards. The duration of any route chosen must also be within the battery life of lights used.

    The course will consist of a 7 hour training course, with at least 50% of the practical element to be undertaken in darkness.

    This course will be offered in 2015 to qualified Trail Cycle and Mountain Bike Leaders.  More details coming soon...  
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