Events to take place at Wimbledon, Spitalfields and Mortimer Street

Bike retailer Evans Cycles has teamed up with Cycle Training UK to host seminars at three of its London stores this month aimed at building the confidence of people new to cycling, as well as existing riders.

The group sessions, which will all start at 6.30pm and end at 8.00pm - the training itself lasts an hour, and there will be refreshments - take place at the company's stores in Wimbledon (18 February), Spitalfields (19 February) and Mortimer Street (20 February).

Each is free to attend, but Evans, which last year backed the London Cycling Campaign's #Space4Cycling campaign, says that space is limited; that makes booking essential, and you can sign up here.

As part of their partnership, Evans and Cycle Training UK are offering a 10 per cent discount on the latter's 1:1 individual lessons - Michelle Arthurs of Evans took part in  one of those last year and you can read her thoughts on it here.

Speaking of this month's seminars, she said: "Whether you’re a regular cyclist, or brand new to riding, a short training course that takes just two hours could do a lot to help you hone your skills, and address any concerns or worries you have.”

Evans also recommends that cyclists in London check with their local borough to see if free cycle training is available.


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 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.