Cycle skills

Instructors remind themselves how learing to ride feels
Spot the problem - a course tutor learns how it feels to start riding
Top cycling tips from first straddling a bike through to confident riding in road traffic and technical off-road trails.

CTC has been cycling for longer and teaching people to cycle for longer than anyone else. Our accumulated knowledge is unmatched in its depth.

With 29 different courses, as well as tutors and affiliate partners throughout the UK and further afield, there's bound to be a CTC course and venue within your reach.

Information on CTC courses is available in Cycle Courses & Cycle Training section or by calling 0844 736 8460 (on road), 0844 736 8463 (off-road and mountain biking).

A few tips in the meantime:

  1. Learning to ride a bike
  2. Cycling on the road for the first time
  3. Gaining confidence riding in traffic
  4. Heading off-road
  5. Building mountain biking skills

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Two cyclists in the summer
If you are a completely new cyclist, beginner cyclist or returning to cycling it can seem like a daunting task. However, learning to cycle can be one of the most rewarding things you can do. Here are Cycling UK's top tips on learning to ride a bicycle.
A model cyclist and toy car
Riding a bike for a journey, or for leisure is a really valuable thing to do. It's quick, easy, healthy and green and you have a plethora of quiet roads and cycle paths to choose from close to home.
Really using your bike, whether to commute, for leisure or just to get a pint of milk from the local shop is a great way to save money on fuel, time and to set yourself up fresh for the day.
Riding off road can take you to the most fantastic places, whether it be the local woods, or the wild moors. From quiet places to unbelievable scenery.
Although practise helps a great deal, and there is no substitute for learning techniques on a Cycling UK course, some basic principles will help you gain confidence on single-track, drops and technical trails.

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