Cycle Training

Donna - from learning to cycle to learning maintenance

Donna has learned to ride on the roads, even tackling her toughest roundabouts and taken a two-week cycle maintenance course. We spoke to her in the autumn, and here are her plans for more cycling, and reflections on what cycling has meant to her thus far.
Donna working on a wheel

Why did you take up adult cycle training?

Donna came to Adult Cycling sessions to work toward being a first-responder-on-a-bike in St John’s Ambulance. She is already an advanced first-aider, but needed to learn to ride on the road. She saw others in the park wearing bright yellow vests, and then an instructor came to the Fit and Active group Donna attended, and offered free cycling courses to people who were trying to get fitter.

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Adult Cycle Training opportunities - January 2014

Upcoming cycle training opportunities for adults (16 plus) in Leicester
Adult trainee and instructor

Please contact leicester-cycle-champions@ctc.org.uk or 0116 252 6536 to book a free place to learn to ride or gain confidence on the road.

 

Please also note monthly mountain biking opportunities at Rally Park. listed separately.

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Becoming a cyclist – a New Year’s resolution

The glory of mastering the bike, the road and a ‘clumsy’ childhood. Read this story directly from one of the trainees on the Leicester Cycle Champions programme.
Cynthia ready to ride
As trainers and organisers, this is the result we hope for, give our time for. We love your hard femme self, Cynthia.  And hurrah to Leicester City Council for continuing to fund free Adult Cycle Training, organised by CTC.
 
More free courses and rides starting week of 13 January 2014 in Leicester
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Triathlon England brings in CTC, the national Cycling Charity to train ride leaders.

Triathlon England has chosen CTC, the national cycling charity to design a training course for volunteer ride leaders.

The CTC’s Club Leader course is a one day course aimed at competent club cyclists to give them the tools to lead a club run in perfect confidence. The first tranche of courses take place this weekend.
The club’s AGM at Loughborough University will host one of the CTC’s CL courses and see the senior Triathlon England Managers  put through their paces and learn how to set up, assess and manage a club ride from CTC Senior Cycle Training Officer Greg Woodford.

Contact Information: 

Senior Media and Communications Officer Laura Raymond 01483 238315 or 07960 349405

How to change someone's life - cycle training Oxford undergraduates

After local MP Nicola Blackwood questioned the lack of cycle training for new students at Oxford during the 'Get Britain Cycling' debate last August, CTC stepped in to offer a day of free sessions for freshers.
Student and cycle instructor

Recruiting people for cycle training is harder than you might imagine. Which is strange when you consider that there can’t be many other human activities that people do without training: swimming, riding a horse, driving a car – would you attempt any of these without being shown how to by an expert first? Often the ones that could do with cycle training the most don’t  take it, even if it’s offered for free. The exceptions are usually women who are nervous riders but realise that a bit of instruction can help build confidence.

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Parent and Child Cycle Training in Reading

In order to encourage parents and children to cycle together, CTC and Reading Borough Council are offering parent and child cycle training to improve their cycling confidence.
Learn to cycle as a family on those short journeys

CTC and Reading Borough Council offer Parent and Child Cycle Training sessions to improve the cycling ability of both parents and children.

Sessions begin at Palmer Park and continue throughout the roads in Wokingham, so the experience gives parents and children practical experience on both quiet and busy roads.

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Pedalling through the barriers to cycling

Lorraine Stone, our Fundraising Officer, writes about her journey back to cycling, thanks to a CTC project with her local council.
Advice during cycle training

Being somewhat of a scaredy cat, and living on a rather off-putting 'Big Hill', I admit to being a lapsed cyclist. Living only a short walk (downhill!) to my local town, not possessing a cycle carrier for our car, and residing around 25 miles (along a very busy ‘A’ road) from my place of work, are just some of the excuses I've trotted out to preserve the status quo.

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2 courses - First Aid and National Standards Instructor

We need more instructors! And we want people to be as confident as possible taking others cycling, so here are two FREE course that are coming up: First Aid in the Outdoors (2-day); and National Standards Instructor Training
We need more cycling instructors!

Both courses are offered free to those who live in the LSTF (Local Sustainable Transport Fund) area of Leicester*.  Priority is also given to people outside the area who are happy to help us offer cycling projects, including cycle training, in the area.

We have a date for the First Aid in the Outdoors course:  16 and 17 November (venue to be decided).

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Freshers' cycle training after call from Oxford MP to improve safety for students

Oxford University freshers to get free cycle training as CTC answers MP’s call at the ‘Get Britain Cycling’ debate
Riders on a street

During last week’s well-attended cycling debate in Parliament, Oxford West and Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood questioned the lack of cycle training for students coming to the city and cycling for the first time on unfamiliar roads.

After campaigning with other cycling organisations for the debate, and the recent ‘Cycling Revolution’ cash announced by David Cameron, CTC the national cycling charity, has offered to help.

Contact Information: 

CTC Press Office
Email: publicity@ctc.org.uk
Telephone: 0844-736-8453

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Cycle instructor wins Local Cycling Hero award

One of our most dedicated cycle instructors, Maryam Amatullah, has won the Midlands region Local Cycling Hero award this week.
Maryam enjoys passing on her expertise

Originally trained by CTC, Maryam is definitely one of the most popular cycling instructors in the city! Everyone who has been taught by Maryam describes her support and dedication, her quiet determination that they too can cycle if they want to.

 For some trainees, her support in Hindi as well as English is especially welcome.  We appreciate that our award winner will start two more 6-week sessions for adults next week.  

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