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Trailriders are the only providers of the Mountain Bike Leader Award (MBLA) qualification courses in Southwest Ireland. The MBLA scheme is the only leadership award administered by the National Governing Bodies, Cycling Ireland and Coaching Ireland. It is widely regarded as the most comprehensive and respected mountain bike leadership qualification available. If you are in a position to lead groups on any trails you should aim to gain this qualification above any others!

Our Trail Cycle Leader (TCL) course has been developed to provide you with strong leadership and progressive coaching skills in order to allow you to learn and develop your personal leadership skills, effective group management and riding techniques. It also provides you with MBLA directed skills in trailside repair, nutrition and coaching methods. The training course includes theoretical sessions but has a strong emphasis on practical training which will utilise the great trails at Ballyhoura Mountain Bike centre.

Course Dates:

MBLA TCL Training - Postponed for foreseeable future contact

Course Content:
1. Leadership skills.
2. Navigation.
3. Group Management. CI MBLA
4. Bike Adjustment.
5. Risk Assessment.
6. Fundamental Coaching Techniques.
7. Nutrition.
8. Leader/Group/Personal Equipment.
9. Bike knowledge.
10. Trailside Repairs.
11. Core Mountain Bike Skills.
12. Planning and Preparation.
13. Dealing with Emergencies.
14. Environmental Awerness.

Pre-Course Requirements
You must register with the Cycling Ireland MBLA scheme and hold Cycling Ireland membership.
All candidates must be over 18 years of age and provide Log Book evidence detailing a minimum of 20 separate mountain bike rides in appropriate terrain and in a variety of weather conditions. They should all be a minimum of 1.5 hours in duration, with at least 8 rides being at least 2-3 hours and 1 ride being 6 hours.
If you want to discuss your suitability for the TCL Training course please contact us and we will be happy to discuss any concerns you may have.
On receipt of your booking the relevant course details will be sent to you.

Cost: €170
Ratio: 1:8
Duration: 2 days

mbla training assessmentOn successful completion of your Trail Cycle Leader (TCL) Training course and having spent a minimum of 30 days developing the points outlined in your 1:1 feedback you are then eligible to undertake your TCL Assessment.

TCL Assessments take the form of a one day ride in suitable terrain for the award during which, in order to pass, you must demonstrate an understanding of relevant criteria.

Pre-Assessment Requirements:
You should be competent and effective in all areas of the syllabus before applying for Assessment. You should be familiar with the Assessment requirements as detailed in the MBLA Training manual – provided to you on registration with the Cycling Ireland MBLA scheme.
You must have completed a minimum of 30 logged mountain bike rides and there should be a 30 day consolidation period since your TCL Training course. The consolidation period can be reduced in certain circumstances depending on your experience and TCL Training feedback.

Course Dates:
MBLA TCL Assessment - Postponed for foreseeable future contact

Assessment Content:
1. Equipment.
2. Planning & Preparation.
3. Personal Bike skills.
4. Dealing with Emergency scenarios.
5. Navigation.
6. Environmental Awareness.
7. Leadership.
8. Group Management.
9. Fitness.
10. Fuel & Hydration.
11. Trailside Repairs.
12. Bike Set-Up.

Upon successful completion of the Trail Cycle Leader (TCL) Assessment you will be sufficiently skilled in mountain bike leadership to lead groups of up to 8 riders throughout Ireland as detailed below:

  • On public highways, way marked routes, rights of way on which cycles are permitted all 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 meters in elevation.
  • In normal summer conditions during daylight.
  • On multi-day trips where the group does not require to be self-sufficient.
  • On receipt of your booking the relevant Assessment details will be sent to you.

Cost: €100 CI MBLA
Ratio: 1:4
Duration: 1 Day


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Co. Limerick


087 2717330


6 days
Tues - Sun
And Every Bank Holiday
09:00 - 17:00
All Bikes to be returned by 16:00

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