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TCL and MBL Assessments

Once you have successfully completed your TCL or MBL training course and spent the consolidation period working on the development points outlined in your feedback you are then eligible to undertake assessment.

 

Assessments take the form of a one day ride in suitable terrain for the award during which, in order to pass, the candidate must meet the relevant criteria.

 

Candidates should be effective in all parts of the syllabus before applying for assessment.  They should be familiar with the assessment requirements as detailed in the MBLA Training Manual that is provided on registration. 

 

Candidates will be assessed in the following areas:

Clothing & Equipment, Planning & Preparation, Personal Performance (bike skills), Dealing with Emergencies, Navigation, Countryside Awareness, Leadership, Fitness, Trailside Repairs, Bike Set Up, Coaching Skills.

 

Trail Cycle Leader Assessment

On successful completion of the TCL assessment the candidate will be sufficiently skilled in mountain bike leading to lead groups of up to 8 riders throughout the UK and Ireland as detailed below;

- On public highways, way marked routes, rights of way on which cycles are permitted, identifiable routes, tracks and trails with obvious navigational features and routes with low to medium technical difficulty. 

- On routes which are 90 to 95% rideable over their total length. 

- In terrain no more than 30 minutes walk away from a shelter with communication and to be no more than 600 metres in height. (i.e. in AALA defined non-licensable terrain).

- In normal summer conditions, during daylight.

- On 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 to gain experience towards attaining the next level of award.

 

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.

 

Trail Cycle Leader Assessment

Cost: £90

Ratio: 1:4

Number of days: 1

 

Upcoming Dates

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Mountain Bike Leader Assessment

On successful completion of the MBL assessment the candidate will be sufficiently skilled in mountain bike leading to lead groups of up to 8 riders throughout the UK and Ireland as detailed below;

- On public highways, way marked routes, rights, of way on which cycles are permitted, identifiable routes, tracks and trails with obvious navigational features and routes requiring considerable technical difficulty. 

- On routes which are 90 to 95% rideable over their total length. 

- In terrain more than 30 minutes walk from the nearest shelter with communication. (i.e. in AALA defined licensable terrain).

- To any height above sea level. 

- In normal summer conditions during daylight.

- On multi-day trips where the group does not require to be self sufficient.

 

The MBL assessment is designed to be very tough involving two physically and technically demanding days of coaching and leadership.  It is expected that candidates will excel in all assessment criteria.  Maintenance, focused coaching and teaching, planning and preparation, leadership, navigation, fitness and personal biking skills are rigorously tested.  We recommend that you only attend once you are sure you meet those criteria.

 

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.

 

Mountain Bike Leader Assessment

Cost: £200

Ratio: 1:4

Number of days: 2

 

Upcoming Dates

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