National Cycle Skills Courses

Whether you’re a first-time rider or a regular cyclist looking to improve your skills, many UK local authorities fund National Cycle Skills Courses – free, tailored courses to suit your individual abilities and goals.

What is The National Cycle Training Standard?

The National Cycle Training Standard was developed by over 20 organisations, all leading bodies in cycling. By establishing the National Standard, the Government has set out a nationwide, uniform programme of formal cycle training, providing  essential skills wherever they live.

This brilliant initiative brings a range of free cycle skills courses to people across the country, regardless of ability. Also provided are free bikes and helmets during the training, which takes a friendly informal approach. Get fit, stay safe and give your confidence a boost with a cycle training course.

Let’s take a look at the types of courses on offer:

Basic cycle skills

Learn to cycle with a free session tailored to you. You’ll practice in a safe, off-road environment with a fully qualified instructor. In a session you’ll learn the basics, build skills and gain confidence to navigate around your local area.

Urban cycle skills

You’ll start in a safe off-road environment to refresh your cycling technique and develop new skills before moving on to practice on quiet roads.

Advanced cycle skills

Perfect your cycling techniques with a free one-to-one session from a fully qualified trainer. Improve your performance when dealing with complex junctions, heavy traffic or cycling at night and receive assurance that you are cycling efficiently and effectively.

Family cycle skills

Gain confidence and learn skills to cycle as a family with a free family cycling session. In the session a qualified instructor will teach you how to cycle with children, using quiet routes and parks. These sessions offer the opportunity to build on, or prepare for, Bikeability skills taught in schools.

Younger cyclists

Cycling is a fun way for youngsters to keep fit while getting around their local area. Cycle training will teach them the skills they need to ride more safely.

The Bikeability scheme rewards youngsters for taking part in cycle training. They can work their way through the following three levels as they move from primary to secondary school.
• Level 1: Learn to control your bike in a safe, off-road environment
• Level 2: Cycle safely on the road with other traffic on quieter roads
• Level 3: Cycle on busier roads and manage complex junctions

If your child’s school doesn’t already offer cycle training, the school can contact their local authority’s road safety/school travel team for information on how to book a course.

During your cycle training you will:
• Learn skills to cycle safely
• Learn about road positioning and how to be seen by traffic
• Get tips for cycling at night-time or in bad weather
• Learn all about cycle safety, clothing and other equipment
• Gain knowledge from cycling professionals

Training is delivered by fully accredited instructors, courses are available during daytime, evening and weekends. If you or your family are still developing your cycle skills, don’t miss out on these excellent free sessions.

“Once you are ready to start your cycling skills course, be sure to arrange decent cycle insurance!
Contact us today on 01606 814477 for a competitive quote!”