Scottish Cycling MBLA

Scottish Cycling MBLA


About Mountain Bike Leadership & Trail Cycle Leadership MBLA Scheme

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Please note: If you are new to Mountain Bike Leadership, it is recommended you join the UK wide Scheme by clicking here.  The MBLA scheme will cease to exist from 31 December 2015. If you are part way through your qualification, then you will need to have completed your assessment before this date.

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. For more information read our updates:

Mountain Bike Leadership Scheme Update July 2013

Mountain Bike Leadership Scheme Update October 2013

Mountain Bike Leadership Scheme Update January 2014

Mountain Bike Leadership Scheme Update March 2014

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

All MBLA courses are run by MBLA Tutors registered with Scottish Cycling. Scottish Cycling is the administrative and awarding body for all MBLA qualifications. All Candidates must register with the MBLA before undertaking a TCL training course.The Mountain Bike Leader Award (MBLA) scheme is recognised as a model of best practice throughout the UK.

If you have any questions on the MBLA award scheme or feedback on courses you have attended please send them to Scottish Cycling:  or telephone on 0141 554 6021.