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Free training plus kit and membership on offer as interest in cycling booms

British Cycling is calling on cyclists to sign up for free training as Ride Leaders to help it capitalise on the surge in interest in cycling following Great Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic success last year and of course Bradley Wiggins’ victory in the Tour de France.

The organisation says that its Ride Leadership Award “empowers and supports individuals to lead and deliver group bike rides in their local area and shares tips and advice on all practical aspects of a ride. No need to be a cycling expert, just be confident riding in groups and have heaps of enthusiasm. “

Courses are available in Dudley, Carlisle, Cheshire West and Chester, Coventry, Derby, East Berkshire, Essex, Havering, London, Knowsley, Lake District National Park Authority, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Newcastle, North Lincolnshire/NE Lincs, Nottingham, Somerset, Staffordshire, Torbay, Warwickshire and Wiltshire.

Joel Lavery, National Partnerships Manager for British Cycling commented: ‘2012 was a truly fantastic year for cycling, with Bradley Wiggins becoming the first British winner of the Tour de France, the success of Team GB cyclists at the Olympics and Paralympics and Sport England’s announcement that 200,000 more people are now cycling more regularly than in 2011.

“All aspects of cycling are booming and that’s why we’re particularly excited about the course and meeting the inspirational people who’ll be encouraging the local community to get on their bike and have fun.”

Following completion of the course, newly graduated Ride Leaders will receive free British Cycling membership and kit.

More details can be found at goskyride.com or by emailing //skyride [at] britishcycling.org.uk" target="_blank">skyride [at] britishcycling.org.uk to “tell us a little about yourself and why you would make a great Ride Leader and start the New Year with a bang.”

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 3 years ago
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I looked at this, but not wanting anyone in Scotland for some reason...  20

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Semitae [20 posts] 3 years ago
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or Wales...........

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Tony Farrelly [2856 posts] 3 years ago
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No Wales or Scotland, we'd better ask them why

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Marko Le Rosso [11 posts] 3 years ago
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Or Hampshire.

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 3 years ago
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Mostly likely because its another "legacy" idea and everything is staying in England....

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Bill McLaren [7 posts] 3 years ago
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There are Skyride schemes in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Glasgow has been going for a few years now, Edinburgh started last year. I am one of quite a number of leaders in Scotland. As well as the formal lead rides during the summer months there are also "Social cycling" groups which carry on all year, there is an active one in Glasgow (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Glasgow-Spokes-Cycling-Group/259449960759801).
I think the list of areas where there are training courses is more down to new start ups (e.g. Newcastle) or areas where they think there are not enough leaders for the expected number of participants in this coming year.
There are also off roads rides being run in some areas now with an additional training course required to lead those.

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Tony Farrelly [2856 posts] 3 years ago
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Thanks for letting us know Bill, I did wonder if it might be something like that.

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Campag_10 [153 posts] 3 years ago
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The Skyride programme is delivered in a partnership between British Cycling and individual local authorities. BC will be recruiting ride leaders for the new partnerships starting this season.

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a.jumper [845 posts] 3 years ago
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No courses in cycling city Bristol, Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Devon, Norfolk or Suffolk. It's a very strange list which looks like local council "contributions" play a part. So the areas with useless councils, where riders need most help, don't get any help?

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djpalmer32 [77 posts] 3 years ago
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Whilst there are no courses in Milton Keynes I was told by a Sky Ride leader that Milton Keynes Council have signed up for Sky Rides for another 3 years. Last year the nearest leaders course for MK was Watford.

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a.jumper [845 posts] 3 years ago
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djpalmer32 wrote:

... that Milton Keynes Council have signed up for Sky Rides for another 3 years. Last year the nearest leaders course for MK was Watford.

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