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British Cycling Night Leader – Assessment

Qualify LEVEL | 1 day(s) | From £190.00

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The Night Leader assessment consists of a theory assessment completed in advance and a practical assessment. The theory assessment comprises an open book home study task including short answer questions. The practical assessment comprises tasks and applied leading of peers to evidence your competencies and experience. It is one day’s duration starting from early afternoon through to the evening and full darkness. Expect at least 3 hours on the trail in dark conditions. Precise course timings may vary according to the time of year. You will be expected to have pre-ridden the (provided) assessment route in advance of the practical assessment.

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To attend the assessment you will:

  • Fulfil all the pre-requisites for the Night Leader Award training
  • Have successfully completed the Night Leader Award training or approved alternative*
  • Have completed any advisory actions identified at your training
  • Have further substantive experience of riding in dark conditions, with a minimum of ten rides additional recorded in your logbook, each of not less than 2 hours (minimum 20 rides total since prior to training)
  • Provide appropriate and suitable personal and leading equipment to lead a group on a mountain bike ride in the dark, in the conditions of the day

*Direct entry to the assessment may be permitted where the Leader can evidence extensive and substantial prior experience of leading and of leading in the dark and prior training such as MBLA Night Leading Module. Final approval is made through a discussion with the assessor prior to application.


Full details of the application of the Night Leader Award are available within the Leadership Guidelines.  In summary, with this award, Level 2, Level 3, Trail Cycle Leaders and Mountain Bike Leaders can operate in environments and circumstances that:

  • Match their current MTB Leadership Award from those identified above
  • Occur outside of the hours of daylight*
  • Use trails that are clearly defined and can be followed with the use of a low powered light in an emergency
  • The route (including likely contingencies) are known to the leader and have been pre-ridden for the purposes of safety and suitability evaluation around a night ride
  • Ensure all participants carry a method of communication with the rest of the group
  • Ensure all participants carry mountain bike appropriate lighting on both handlebars and helmet mount in order to see and be seen
  • Include additional safeguarding implications being specifically evaluated and addressed

*Dark conditions are considered to be those that are not daylight, ie twilight and hours of darkness

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To get the most out of the two days it is important to be comfortable in your gear and with your equipment. Therefore, it is always best to have your own and have used it before coming along on a course. You’ll get a better fit maybe, but definitely you’ll get to choose the colour. However, there may be some items that you don’t have or maybe you wish to try something else. In that eventuality we have a well kitted out Stores facility. Listed here are the essentials; this is not an exhaustive list though. Should you be missing something then some of the items below are also available in stores if needs be.

If you do not have your own bike or are unable to bring it with you to the Lodge, we have a limited fleet of Trek bikes available for use. Please get in touch to arrange this prior to your course. E-bikes can be ridden on any of our qualification courses provided this has been discussed prior to attendance and approved by the course instructor.



Small bike lights front and rear

Small Biking Day pack – 25L max


Eye wear

Bike Computer

Compass – Silva type 4 recommended

Map (sheet 36, 1:50 000)

Map Case

Thin woolly hat or buff for under helmet

Gloves – thin, full finger cycling gloves are perfect

Warmer Cycle friendly Full finger Gloves – just in case its cold

Water proof jacket & trousers – Suitable for cycling

Padded cycling Shorts – there really are worth it for comfort!

Outer Baggy Cycling Shorts

Thin fleece or similar

Full leg covering – for cold days e.g. cycle tights or cycling leg warmers

Warm outdoor wear

Insulating layers – a variety of base layers are useful to control your temperature

Small personal first aid kit

Drink system – hydration pack / water bottle

Spare inner tube x2 for your bike

Spare Brake pads x2 for your bike

Spare Rear Gear Mechanism hanger for your bike – Call your local bike shop for help with this

Small Trail Toolkit – Pump, multi tool and chain breaker at least

Emergency survival bag

Head torch


Personal toiletries & medications (towels are provided)

Suncream – you just never know!


We have Laundry facilities here and a fantastic drying room so there is always the option to wash stuff as you go. Glenmore Lodge also has a pool & climbing wall – so don’t forget your swimming/climbing kit!

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