Most of us can remember learning to ride – and probably have a funny story about swerving into a stream or almost knocking a parent off of their feet. While it perhaps wasn’t the smoothest process at the time, cycling is a skill I’m so glad to have had growing up. Plus as a family we try to ride our bikes rather than take the car whenever we can.
Learning to ride when you’re young effectively gives you a super power, where you never forget that feeling of lifting your feet up and pedalling for the first time. It’s also a lovely thing to share with parents, brothers and sisters, where cycling together opens up exciting days out and a great way to explore.
With cycling so close to my heart, I jumped at the chance to support British Cycling with HSBC UK Ready Set Ride – their new learn to ride programme. It was created with parents in mind and you don’t need any cycling knowledge to get started, where the three-step process breaks the skill down into over 20 fun games to play together.
You don’t even need a bike to get started, as the first step is all about improving movement skills that will help with braking, steering and pedalling. What’s great is that these same games also help the kids to hold their knife and fork, tie their shoelaces and enjoy lots of other activities.
While I’ll let the experts at British Cycling and the Youth Sport Trust get you started over on the Ready Set Ride website, I wanted to share my top tips for many miles and many smiles in the saddle.
Win a learn to ride package
Visit the website and register by 15 July to be in with a chance of winning a brilliant learn to ride package from Ridgeback Kids. The winner will receive a bike, helmet and Tiny Explorers goody bag to get ready to ride.
Share your story #readysetride
If you’re out and about learning to ride this summer, share your photos, videos and My journey montage with us using the #readysetride hashtag.