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A fantastic day of Ride Leader training was held on 28th April at the Sydney Olympic Park.  Nine candidates were put forward for training and these candidates were supported by 30 volunteers from Bicycle User Groups who delivered and coordinated the training exercises with great enthusiasm. 

Bicycle NSW CEO Peter McLean welcome participants with Master Ride Leaders David Martin and Alan Corven (Image: Bicycle NSW)

Candidates were required to show a strong understanding of the Ride Leader Manual, demonstrate ride planning skills and undergo the Practical Ride Leading assessment. Head here for more info about the structure of the course. 

Candidates are briefed about the day ahead (Image: Bicycle NSW)

Ride Leaders of all ages and abilities  

One of our candidates, Gary Hackett undertook his training on a tandem bicycle – a Hase Pino - with passenger William who is visually impaired.  “Both Gary and William had a great time!” says Bicycle NSW CEO Peter McLean. “It is pleasing to see how Ride Leader training can be adapted to suit all bicycle riders.” 

Out on the Practical Ride Leading assessment, where newfound skills are put to test by leading a group of volunteers on a short ride. The candidates are expected to solve problems and react to unexpected crashes, flat tyres and disappearing! (Image: Bicycle NSW)

"The candidates did a great job. They learnt practical skills and received feedback to apply in their local communities,” said Peter McLean. “Candidates will now need to apply this learning and feedback before receiving final certification from their affiliated Bicycle User Group and Bicycle NSW." 

For more information about what is involved, please click >> here << The Ride Leader Manual is >> here << and other course materials can also be found >> here <<.

Big thanks to all the volunteers

Bicycle NSW sincerely appreciates the incredible hard work put into making the Ride Leader training day a huge success.  Thank you to David Martin and Alan Corven for organising along with the other Master Ride Leaders Alison, Mike, Ellen, Doug, Anne and Wayne for leading and assessing the training rides.  Thank you to the other Ride Leaders and volunteers who all helped in delivering the exercises and training. 

“Without each and every one of you, the training simply wouldn't be possible,” says Peter McLean.

A wonderful gang of candidates and volunteers at the April 2024 Ride Leader Course. (Image: Bicycle NSW)

More courses are coming soon!  

There is demand for more Ride Leader training in 2024 so we are currently looking at some dates in September or October.  We'll let you know as soon as possible. 

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