Training Schemes

In-House Cycle Ride Training Scheme

This two day in-house training course is mandatory for all council employees planning to lead groups on cycles either on or off road unless they hold a nationally recognised cycling qualification such as a TCL or MBL. Holders of awards different from these should contact Adventure Scotland for advice. On successful completion of training, the course tutor will sign off log books to specify the areas and routes where individual staff can operate with groups of up to eight people. These areas will be restricted to terrain that is designated as LOW LEVEL (below 300 metres above sea level) and are likely to include public roads, simple paths and tracks that are close to public roads and possibly some specified forest trails. The standard of riding is technically non challenging but participants should have some experience of using bikes on roads and easy off road trails. There will be one trainer to a maximum of six participants.

Dates: 2nd – 3rd April & 1st – 2nd October 2016cyclist

Dates by arrangement - contact Adventure Scotland

If you have 4 or more interested people and wish to request a specific date or location please contact us with as much fore-warning as possible at info@adventure-scotland.com

Mountain Bike Leader Association TCL and MBL

Nationally recognised awards for leading groups outside the Council geographical area or on more "mountain biking" terrain including single track trails.

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

The scheme offers awards at two levels - Trail Cycle Leader (TCL) and Mountain Bike Leader(MBL). Each award covers mountain biking skills, repairs and cycle set-up, navigation and leadership of groups with up to eight people.

Trail Cycle Leader Award

The Trail Cycle Leader Award consists of central registration, a two day training course, followed by a consolidation period and then a single day assessment. It is the appropriate award for those wishing to lead groups on mountain bikes on recognised trails and paths of low to moderate technical difficulty.

Aberdeenshire Council in accordance with the Trail Cycle Leader scheme requires that the terrain on which a Trail Cycle Leader may operate is restricted to LOW LEVEL and LOW HILLS. It must therefore be less than 600m above sea level and not more than 30 minutes WALK from the nearest road or place of emergency contact.

Holders of a Trail Cycle Leader Award can progress to the Mountain Bike Leader Award, with a further two days of training and one day of assessment. Entry to the Expedition Module*, Night Riding and Winter Modules will be available to both qualified TCL & MBL award holders. Leaders considering these activities should seek further advice from the Adventurous Activities Consultant.

Multi-day trips* will require the carrying of additional equipment and planning and management of groups on such trips. See below for our come and try expedition event in May.

Prior to any training course you must first register with the MBLA. Your registration pack includes the MBLA Training Manual which contains all the topics covered in TCL and MBL training and assessment, together with all the documentation you require for the course, including log sheets and membership forms. Registration can be done on-line via the web ‘Shop’, or download a Registration form and send it with a cheque to Scottish Cycling. Current Registration fee is £50.00.

2. Logbook

Candidates must be over 18 years old and have Log book evidence of at least 20 mountain bike rides of 1.5hr duration in appropriate terrain, and in a variety of weather and riding conditions. Longer runs of 2-3 hrs duration, with at least one being 6 hours and 2-3 detailed route cards should also be included. The terrain covered should be appropriate to the level of award sought. Logbook sheets are provided within the MBLA Training Manual, included in candidates' Registration pack.
Evidence of having acted as an assistant leader with a group is recommended, to help acquaint the candidate with the skills and issues covered by the course.
Ideally candidates must have their own bike or at least have easy access to one, e.g. through their Centre or School. Bikes are not provided on the course.

Dates by arrangement - contact Adventure Scotland

Cost: £200.00 per person (8 person maximum)

If you have a 4 or more interested people and wish a specific date or location please contact is with as much warning as possible as info@adventure-scotland.com

Assessment Courses Dates
Dates by arrangement - contact Adventure Scotland

Cost: £150.00 per person (4 person maximum)

If you have a 4 interested people and /or wish a specific date or location please contact us with as much warning as possible at info@adventure-scotland.com

 

Mountain Bike Leader Award

This is the minimum nationally recognised award for leading cycling activities on upland (above 600m), remote or rugged off-track terrain, also includes terrain which has significant technical riding difficulty.

On successful completion of the MBL assessment the participant will be sufficiently skilled in mountain bike leading to lead groups within Scotland and the UK as detailed below:

  • Public highways
  • Way marked routes
  • Rights of way on which cycles are permitted
  • Identifiable routes and tracks with obvious navigational features
  • Routes requiring considerable technical ability which are ride-able for 90-95% of their total length.

The award covers normal summer conditions at any height above sea level and more than 30 minutes walk from the nearest shelter with communication. Multi-day trips* will require the carrying of additional equipment and planning and management of groups on such trips.

(*NB expeditions, camp craft and the leadership and management of self-sufficient groups in expedition situations will be covered in an additional, 3 day expedition course with continual assessment*)

Please Contact us at info@adventure-scotland.com to register interest in training or assessment courses.

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