Just Ride Cycles has been keeping busy with AustCycle courses in Lismore, running a women’s only group that is learning to do hill climbs for the first time, while also teaching a young adult with down syndrome how to ride safely in traffic.
Accredited AustCycle Teacher Rachel Sipple said the family of the boy approached her for AustCycle training because he is moving out of home and needs to be able to commute safely around town.
“The course has been extended to cope with the demands of riding a bike in a new environment, like quiet roads and shared paths”.
“The adaptions I have made [from the regular course] are: more practice, bringing a sense of humour, and watching him like a hawk as he is quite cheeky. He will do what you ask and then change to a harder gear as soon as he thinks you are not watching”.
Alongside the one-on-one training, Rachel has also been running a ladies social ride.
“The ladies social ride is all about gaining confidence riding on the road and doing it with like minded ladies. Motivations for coming along were to gain confidence, maintain fitness (one is doing a bike tour in Cambodia in February) and to develop their riding skills”.
“One lady said to me that if you told her she would be enjoying riding 20+kms every Wednesday and owning a bike with gears she would have laughed at you. Now she admits that she looks forward to our rides and was even seen doing a happy dance when she conquered a sharp hill yesterday”.
“We have also expanded to include a ‘because we can’ ride on Friday’s where we challenge ourselves to ride up a hill as well as riding around 30kms on the ride”.
The ladies will continue to ride together into 2013, even taking into account school holidays, making the commitment to do their ride in the early mornings. In the New Year it is hoped they can participate in a 100km charity ride.
To find out more about AustCycle training in Lismore, or to contact Just Ride Cycles, call Rachel on (02) 6622 5775 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.