Covid-19 in Scotland Nov 2020
The new 5-tier system is forcing all of us to make risk assessments and difficult decisions concerning our activities.  Cycle Wild Scotland’s National Governing Body courses are all vocational and are therefore deemed essential under the new regs which means you are permitted to travel from a Tier 3 area to a Tier 1 or 2 area to participate.  We have a Sportscotland-qualified Covid-19 officer who will be ensuring that everyone is sticking strictly to all of the safety guidelines on our courses.  However, if you are concerned about travelling to one of our courses (from a different tier) or have any other Covid-related concerns and want to have a chat about these, do get in touch.  The full Scottish Government information can be found on this link We urge you to read this and assess how it affects you and your planned activities.  Ultimately each one of us will have to decide what is the right course of action at any given time and we at Cycle Wild Scotland will support whatever decision you make.

British Cycling’s Award Scheme: British Mountain Bike Leader Award (BMBLA formerly UKMBLS)

NB The British Mountain Bike Leadership Awards (BMBLA) were formerly known as the UKMBLS and British Cycling’s Mountain Bike Leader awards. 

For more than 10 years, Cycle Wild Scotland was the biggest independent provider of Scottish Cycling’s Mountain Bike Leader awards.  Now that SC has harmonised with British Cycling, Cycle Wild Scotland provides all three levels of the new UK-wide scheme and will also provide the new Night Leader award.

There are currently three levels of qualification for mountain bikers who want to lead groups or individuals, with Level 1 providing a site-specific award, while Level 2 and Level 3 are for those wanting to work or volunteer as a mtb leader and share their passion for mountain biking with others.

Level 1

Level 1 Mountain Bike Leadership is a site-specific award designed for organisations such as Outdoor Education Centres. The aim of this award is to upskill members of staff to a standard that enables them to lead introductory level mountain bike rides on set routes in a safe and enjoyable environment.

If you would like more information about the Level 1 award and think it may be useful for your business, please contact us.

Level 2

British Cycling’s Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Award gives mountain bikers the skills and knowledge to safely guide riders in mountainous terrain and provide them with a great trip or day out.

The award is ideal for anyone with experience in mountain biking who is working in the outdoor sector (or wants to), for teachers, club helpers or youth leaders, or those with a personal interest in going out on their mountain bike, being safe and having more fun.

Level 2 award holders work in the UK and all over the world for mountain bike parks, schools, outdoor centres and holiday companies.

For more information go to our dedicated Level 2 page.

To see our scheduled courses have a look at our Course Dates.

Level 3

The Level 3 Mountain Bike Leadership Award is aimed at highly experienced mountain bike leaders looking to lead groups and individuals in wilder, remoter and/or more technical terrain than the Level 2/TCL award remit allows.

It is the most up-to-date and appropriate guiding qualification in the UK for technical riding.

Level 3 award holders work all over the world, often for high-end guiding companies, taking groups on adventures in the world’s high mountain ranges and wildernesses.

For more information go to our dedicated Level 3 page.

To see our scheduled courses have a look at our Course Dates.

To make a booking or ask any questions about the BMBLA, call or email us on 07547181595 /