The British Cycling Mountain Bike Night Leader Award enables existing British Cycling qualified mountain bike leaders to lead beyond the hours of daylight, extending the opportunities for your groups to be led through twilight and darkness.
Cyclewise are proud to announce the arrival of the new BC Night riding Award and will be one of the first Mountain Bike Training companies to deliver both training and assessments from our Whinlatter base in the beautiful Lake District.
The BC Mountain Bike Night Leader Award enables existing British Cycling qualified mountain bike leaders to lead beyond the hours of daylight extending the opportunities for your groups to be led throughout twilight and darkness.
Night Riding Overview
The Night Leader Award is aimed at qualified mountain bike leaders with substantial night riding experience looking to lead groups and individuals confidently and competently after sundown. Leaders retain their ability to lead in the same conditions as their main mountain bike leadership award, extending their capacity to lead beyond the hours of daylight.
The Night Leader Award comprises three parts - pre-training tasks, a training course and a subsequent assessment.
*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. Please contact us if you feel you would be eligible for direct entry to the assessment.
The training course comprises one day’s duration starting from lunchtime and running into the evening, although specific timings may vary according to the time of year. Candidates can expect at least 3 hours on the trail during darkness.
Utilising your existing mountain bike leadership experience and knowledge, this course focuses particularly on safe and effective leadership skills used during dark conditions including those of communication, motivation, organisation and decision making coupled with detailed route planning and navigation. It expands on the development and implementation of robust emergency action and late back procedures.
The course also covers additional risk factors when leading in the dark and at night:
- Environmental and social responsibilities
- Impacts on riders of being active at night,
- Lighting with battery theory and additional equipment,
- Reflective clothing and highway factors comprising legal lighting requirements and managing groups on the road in the dark
Note that this course is not an introduction to night riding and expects an existing level of personal confidence and competence of riding at night.
Ratio’s follow those already in place with the Level 2 and 3 Awards: 1 tutor to 6 candidates for training and 1 tutor to 4 candidates for assessment.
Pre-requisites To Attend Training:
To attend the training course you will need to:
- Hold an existing mountain bike leadership qualification approved by British Cycling
-British Cycling Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Award
-British Cycling Level 3 Mountain Bike Leadership Award
-MBLA Trail Cycle Leader
-MBLA Mountain Bike Leader
- Be registered on the British Cycling Mountain Bike Leadership Award Scheme. Holders of the Level 2 or 3 qualifications will already have completed this. Holders of TCL or MBL Awards will need to register, where they haven’t previously. You can register here.
- Hold current British Cycling membership at Ride level or above, which includes Leader insurance.
- Hold current 2 day outdoors first aid and safeguarding training. Copies of your certificates must be supplied to [email protected] with your membership number in order to be held on your record.
- Have substantive mountain bike leading experience in daylight conditions
- Have substantive experience of riding in dark conditions, with a minimum of ten rides recorded in your logbook, each of not less than 2 hours
- Provide appropriate and suitable personal equipment for yourself to mountain bike in the dark, and for leading in daylight in the conditions of the day.
Pre-requisites To Attend Assessment:
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.
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
Remit of the Night Leader Award
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
Training Course Date: 1st December 2018 (Can be booked via the website below)
Training Course Date: 9th February 2019 (Can be booked via the website below)
Assessment Course Date: 2nd December 2018 (Please contact us to make a booking)
Assessment Course Date: 2nd March 2019 (Please contact us to make a booking)
Instructor Ratio Training: 1:6 or 2:12 maximum
Instructor Ratio Assessment: 1:4 or 2:8 maximum
Cost of Training: £125 per person (1 day)
Cost of Assessment: £125 per person (1 day)
Course Venue: Whinlatter Forest Park. Braithwaite, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5TW
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Referral and Reassessment
It is the intention that you are provided with enough information and guidance through training and prior to assessment that you are able to have a successful outcome. There are however occasions where this may not be the case and referral can occur. Depending on which criteria have not yet been met, a variety of actions can fulfill a future reassessment, for example written evidence, a one to one demonstration with a tutor or attendance on another assessment day.
If you have a gift certificate to redeem or would prefer to be invoiced for your course place rather than booking online please contact [email protected] and we will organise that booking for you.
Upon qualification British Cycling will provide you with the relevant certification and add your details to a database of guides to promote your guiding services.
We can also run courses on request for your center or group, please contact us for more details.
Gift Certificates are available for all our courses and are the perfect gift for any family or friends who ride. Please contact us for more information
Contact us on 01768-898775 or e-mail [email protected] for more information about our courses.
COSTS & DETAILS || ONE DAY COURSE £125.00
Sat 09 Feb 2019
1:30PM - 9:00AM
Whinlatter Forest Park, Whinlatter Forest Park, Braithwaite, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5TW, United Kingdom
6 places available on this course.
If you would like to take the course of a date not shown please get in touch to organise a day to suit your needs.
Please email us on [email protected].
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