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Young riders gear up for Cycle Skool

Young Borders cyclists of all abilities are being offered the chance to make the most of their bikes through sessions taken by expert coaches from local clubs.

Cycle Skool is a joint initiative being offered by the Borders Cycling Development Group, Scottish Cycling and Live Borders where fun, cycling sessions will give primary school kids and a chance to gain a certificate at one of six levels on a new cycling award scheme.

The programme will run over four sessions in numerous areas across the Scottish Borders, Peebles, Lauder, Tweedbank, Earlston, Lauder, Kelso, Duns, Jedburgh, Hawick,

starting week commencing May 1.

Chris Bryant, Borders Cycling Development Group, said: “The Skills Award scheme is new for 2017 and we are very much looking forward to delivering it in Borders.

“The scheme is similar to a swim or gym badge scheme with riders who have demonstrated key competencies during their coached sessions being given certificates at an appropriate level.

“Subsequent cycle sport programmes (in the Borders Cycle Pathway) will require riders to possess certain abilities which will help ensure a higher quality of opportunity can be offered to participants. It is hoped that clubs can use this scheme to ‘benchmark’ new members.”

Cycle Skool is open to all Primary School children and is a great way to develop their confidence and competence when on a bike or give them the experience they need to progress to more advanced programmes offered by Live Borders and local cycling clubs.

Sessions will consist of quality coaching covering aspects of all levels, focusing on teaching riders basic bike handling skills in a safe environment, progressing to techniques used in racing and off road riding. All riders must be able to ride a bike (mount, set off and stop using brakes) unassisted. Children can join in at the level most appropriate for their age and level of ability.

Each rider will get a certificate upon completion of every level, giving them the desire and motivation to keep riding.

Sessions start week commencing May 1 (2 x 4 week blocks) Cost: £14 per block.

• Participants must bring their own bike & helmet and be able to ride their bike.

• All bikes must have two operational brakes

For more information contact Live Borders 01896 661 166 or email aoliver@liveborders.org.uk

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