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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Darwin residents begin AustCycle training

AustCycle courses have begun in Darwin recently, with accredited Teacher Ian Symonds working on getting local residents healthy and active.

“My first session was with a lady who has only successfully ridden a tricycle. We set up the bike without pedals to simulate a balance bike and we made some progress however more time and practice is needed”.

“In the next session the lady who attended made excellent progress, going from being nervous and unsteady, and not being able to correctly mount the bike”.

“After three two-hour sessions, she was riding safely on the streets in low traffic and doing basic route planning. It was a real buzz and very rewarding to see her progress through the sessions”.

“I think I got as much thrill as she did. I found it enormously rewarding”. 

Ian runs his AustCycle programs at the Road Safety Centre on Saturday mornings, typically from 8am to 10am, and is looking for more people from the Darwin or Palmerston areas to participate.

For a limited time, there are free cycle classes offered as part of the Australian Government’s Healthy Communities Initiative. Adults of any skill level can apply from absolute beginners to those already with some bike skills. 

So if you’re interested in getting back on a bike and improving your health, contact Ian on 0418 827 344.

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