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5.1. Planning and preparation

Use the Activity Templates to plan your cycle training sessions. We recommend that you deliver these activities in the order we have suggested. This will help riders to meet the National Standard step by step and move to more complex activities as their confidence grows.

Bear in mind that riders will have different training needs and abilities: you’ll need to make sure your activities are flexible enough to suit everyone in the group. You should teach the activities at sites riders will use often in the future; think about routes that are close to the riders’ school or work or other training base, home or point of local interest.

How to plan for cycle training courses

  • Complete a risk benefit assessment of all training sites and routes and record the results.
  • Have a plan for each training activity – use the Activity Templates or a local training provider’s plan. 
  • Understand relevant health and safety, safeguarding and emergency procedures.
  • Make sure all riders have written consent to take part in the training. 
  • Confirm course timings, content and ground rules with riders and organisers.
  • Establish riders’ current cycling abilities (this is called a baseline assessment) and identify any special or additional learning needs.
  • Adapt plans to meet the baseline assessment of riders.
  • Make sure you have all the resources you need to meet the needs of riders.