Scottish Cycling About MBLA & TCL


About Mountain Bike Leadership & Trail Cycle Leadership MBLA Scheme


The MBLA scheme has been developed by Scottish Cycling, in conjunction with the Scottish Advisory Panel in Outdoor Education (SAPOE), in order to provide a framework and qualification for Leaders to deliver mountain biking as a safe and enjoyable sport and activity.

The course is endorsed by the Adventure Activity Licensing Authority (AALA) and Mountain Leader Training Scotland (MLTS), and recognised by British Cycling (BC). Scottish Cycling is the governing body for cycle-sport in Scotland and is an integral part of British Cycling.

The scheme provides training and assessment in mountain biking and leadership skills.

Scottish Cycling and SAPOE bring together a broad base of expertise across recreational and competitive mountain biking as well as outdoor education and leadership schemes in other activities.

Trail Cycle Leader and Mountain Bike Leader

The 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.

The Trail Cycle Leader Award consists of a two day training course, followed by a one day assessment. Holders of a Trail Cycle Leader Award can progress to Mountain Bike Leader, with a further 2 days training and one day assessment.

Additional Modules

Both TCL & MBL award holders can further the scope of their award by undertaking any of the additional modules:

  • Expedition Module
  • Night Riding Module
  • Winter Conditions Module