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Bike For Life

Bike For Life



"I signed up for Bike for Life course some 6 weeks ago now. It was undeniably 
the 
best value I ever got for €30 in my life. The leaders were inspirational and taught us how to be safe on a bike and have respect for other road users. 
I'm delighted I signed up for the course"



This is a "sofa to saddle" cycling programme that caters for all cyclists, from the person who has just rediscovered their bike, to the more accomplished rider who wants to take on greater challenges.

The skills and knowledge gained in this programme will make the world of cycling more accessible to everyone, with the main focus being on learning skills, enjoying the bike and meeting new like-minded people.

Delivered by qualified coaches, the  programme brings the cyclist on a journey of learning, where they are educated on the various skills, aspects and components of cycling in a safe, welcoming and social environment.



 

What will you learn?

·         Preparing for a Bike Ride: What to wear, what to bring.

·         Riding Safely on the Road: Basic road skills,advanced road skills, riding in the dark.

·         Riding as a Group: Riding in pairs, riding as a group, group riding etiquette.

·         Using Shared Facilities: Riding in low volume traffic, riding in higher volume traffic.

·         Bike Handling Skills

·         Nutrition & Hydration: Basic requirements, requirements for a cyclist.

·         Bike Repair & Maintenance: Basic bike maintenance

·         Training for your Riding Goals: Getting Started, going further and cycling challenges.



Bike for Life participants receive a course logbook, cycling buff and insurance for the duration of the programme.


 

Bike for Life is sponsored by the HSE, under their Get Ireland Active initiative, as well as receiving funding from Women in Sport. One of the aims of Bike for Life is to close the gender gap in cycling through the creation of “Meet and Spin” groups of people of similar speeds and abilities. 



If you want to register for a Bike for Life course you can find a list of trained Bike for Life leaders HERE or contact programmes@cyclingireland.ie for more information. 

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  • q What is Bike for Life
    A Bike for Life is a beginner's cycling programme, in which a cyclist is brought through the various skills and techniques involved in cycling over an 4 to 10 week period (length is tailored for each group). The focus of the programme is on learning and meeting new people, with the group cycle a prominent feature in the programme.
  • q What do I learn in Bike for Life?
    A

    In Bike for Life, you will learn a variety of skills related to cycling. The basic content can be seen below, with the level of learning depending on the start point of the rider.


    1.     Preparing for a Bike Ride: What to wear, what to bring.

    2.     Riding safely on the road: Basic road skills, advanced road skills, riding in the dark. 

    3.     Riding as a group: Riding in pairs, riding as a group, group riding etiquette.

    4.     Using shared facilities: Riding in low volume traffic, riding in higher volume traffic. 

    5.     Bike handling skills: Basic bike handling skills, advanced bike handling skills.

    6.     Nutrition & Hydration: Basic requirements, requirements for a cyclist.

    7.     Bike repair & maintenance: Basic bike maintenance.

    8.     Training for your cycling goals: Getting started, going further and cycling challenges

  • q How much does it cost?
    A A Bike for Life Programme includes coaching, a training logbook and Bike for Life cycling buff or bottle as well as full Cycling Ireland insurance for the duration of the programme. The total cost may vary due to location, group numbers, location and other costs for the coach. Contact your Bike for Life club or coach for details. 

  • q What are the three levels in Bike for Life?
    A The three levels in Bike for Life are as follows: 

    Level One: A level one cyclist is someone who has a bike and wants to use it more. They may have bought it on the Bike to Work scheme, but are a bit rusty in terms of their cycling skills. It is someone who might be using cycling for rehabilitation from an injury or illness, or someone who is nervous cycling on the road, and wants to learn the basic skills. The focus in this group is on building confidence and competence, and introducing the concept of group cycles.

    Level Two:  A level two cyclist is someone who has reasonable fitness, and already uses the bike for commuting or leisure. They may already be able to cycle or exercise for up to an hour, but want to take cycling a little bit more seriously. This cyclist will be interested in building up their ability to cycle for two hours, or do a middle distance cycling challenge (eg. 50km or 60km). 

    Level Three:  A level three cyclist has already a good level of fitness, and perhaps wants to transfer their fitness to a new sport. They are interested in increasing their cycling knowledge and fitness, and the skills will be focused on competency in groups and skills at a faster pace (for example descending in a group, or taking a drink at pace). This cyclist will be interested in  doing some of the longer distance cycling challenges (eg 100km - 150km), or interested in racing. 
  • q How does Bike for Life work?
    A Bike for Life is delivered by trained leaders who are located around the country. These leaders complete a one day training course which then allows them run the programme in their locality. You can find a list of all the leaders HERE. If you are interested in becoming a Bike for Life leader you can email programmes@cyclingireland.ie for more information.

    To take part in a Bike for Life programme you can contact a leader in your area to find out when they are running their next course.
  • q How do I know what Level I am?
    A At registration the Bike for Life Leader will give you a questionnaire to complete, which will establish what level you are at. 

    Bike for Life is designed in a matrix format, so while you may be a Level Three in terms of fitness, you may be Level One in terms of skills, the Bike for Life Leader will design the training programme according to where your start level of skill and ability is.
  • q I have completed Bike for Life, what next?
    A Once you have completed Bike for Life you can either progress to the next level in the programme, or you can join a Cycling Ireland club, if you are not already in one.

    Bike for Life is designed so that it can function as a pathway into the sport, while also giving the Cycling Ireland clubs a tangible programme that they can use to help develop the riders in their clubs. 

    If you really enjoyed the programme, you might be interested in becoming a Bike for Life Leader, so that you can pass on your knowledge and enthusiasm to other people, If you are interested in becoming a coach, and a Bike for Life Leader, just register your interest by emailing programmes@cyclingireland.ie 
  • q Why become a Bike for Life leader?
    A Are you passionate about getting more people cycling? Do you like the idea of helping others become more confident on their bikes? Are you patient and positive? Why not become a Bike for Life leader?

    As well as the enjoyment of helping others to start or get more from cycling, each Bike for Life leader receives training from a Cycling Ireland certified tutor, programme training guide and log book for each person on their programme. Bike for Life leaders also receive funding to cover costs of running the programme. 
  • q How do I become a Bike for Life Leader?
    A To become a Bike for Life leader you must complete a one day Ride Leader training course. This qualifies you to facilitate led rides for groups of cyclists. It will also allow you to run a Bike for Life programme at Level 1.The Ride Leader assessed course costs €50. Email programmes@cyclingireland.ie for more details. 

    To run Bike for Life at Levels 2 or above you must also hold a minimum Foundation Level Cycling Ireland coaching qualification. For more details on our coaching qualifications click HERE

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