1. Course Description

This course is the bolt-on two-day expedition module TTLE. It trains and assesses the candidate’s ability to plan an overnight journey; to effectively lead and coach whilst on the multiday journey including night riding and bivouacking; The overseas module trains candidates to lead and coach overseas.

2. Aim

To train and assess the candidate’s ability to lead and coach on multi day journeys, on and off-road. This course trains and assesses the candidate’s ability to night ride and manage an overnight bivouac with a group. It is also aimed at training and assessing the candidate’s theoretical and practical ability in, navigation, safety and group management, trailside maintenance, planning and risk assessments, coaching and instruction, and emergency procedures whilst journeying.
An overseas module covers the candidate’s ability to operate overseas.

3. Pre Course Standards

A Minimum age of 18 years (TTL or equivalent) with 20 logged, off road rides, including coaching and leading groups on varied terrain and Mountain Bike environments. (Overseas experience highly recommended). Must be a competent Level 2 in personal cycling skills and be proficient in a hill walking environment.

4. Liabilities and Limitations

The Technical Trail Leader (Expedition) TTL (E) may lead and coach on cycle permitted areas or unmarked cycle trails (including overseas), on multi day journeys and at night with a risk assessment. Terrain can be up to and including Difficult, but must not be defined as mountainous unless technically proficient in that terrain.
Furthermore the Coach Leader must be operating within the limitations of their current logbook experience, with a maximum instructor to student ratio of 1-6. An appropriate and valid first aid certificate and insurance must be held.

5. Course Outcomes

On receiving a pass it is recommended that the candidate gains further Coaching and Leading experience, using their Action Plan, before applying for the Mountain Bike Coach MBC award. A defer must apply for an assessment after completion of an Action Plan, and a fail must re-sit the course after a minimum time of 6 months.
All candidates will receive an immediate verbal feedback followed, by a written report and Action Plan.

6. Transfer of awards

Candidates with equivalent qualifications from other awarding bodies i.e. BC, MBLA, CTC, MIAS, Mountain Bike Leader Awards, may apply to transfer their awards to MBCUK.