A holiday firm is offering to help children get through that rite of passage of dispensing with stabilizers, leaving parents free to relax on their break in the French countryside.
For the 2011 season Keycamp is offering cycle training expert BikeRight’s ‘Learn to Ride’ programme at six French parcs, including: Les Deux Fontaines and Les Menhirs in Brittany and Les Sablons, Club Farret, Camping La Chapelle and Cala Gogo, all in the Languedoc region.
On day one, the kids learn to balance using specially created 'Zoom' bikes, while on day two they'll get to practice their new skill and learn to pedal and brake. Finally, on day three, they’ll get to have some fun on their bikes and be in line for a certificate for completing the course.
Of course, for many parents the idea of not being there when the stabilizers come off their children’s bikes is unthinkable, but if you’re in line for a holiday in France and want to leave cycle-training duties to the experts see: keycamp.co.uk and for information about BikeRight, visit: bikeright.co.uk.