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First the instructor will discuss with you your reasons for taking cycle training. What are your personal goals and ambitions? How fit are you, do you undertake any similar activities, are there any health issues? Do you have particular concerns about cycling or past experiences?
At the start of each session a check will be made of the roadworthiness of your cycle. Minor defects may be put right be the instructor, but for anything more serious you will be directed to a bike shop.
If you can already cycle, there will be an on-bike assessment, noting how you ride and undertake basic manoeuvres.
For people who cannot cycle or who are not proficient in the basic skills (balance, starting/stopping, braking, looking behind, signalling and changing gear) the instructor will assist you to master these skills one by one. Progress at first may seem slow, but will soon pick up as you undertake drills designed to teach the skills step by step. This initial training will be undertaken off road or on roads with very little traffic.
With the basic skills established, training moves on road and is accompanied by discussion of the theory of cycling. You will learn not only how to respond to particular circumstances, but why and what factors should be taken into account. A core principle of National Standard training is to teach the individual cyclist how to evaluate the best course of action in any circumstance, not to follow predetermined rules.
Level 2 training takes place on quiet roads until you have gained the confidence to proceed further. For more ambitious riders, Level 3 training takes place on roads of increasing traffic volumes and complexity, with the aim of enabling you to ride safely and competently on almost any road in the area where training is undertaken.
All training sessions should end with recapping what has been learnt and deciding what should be practiced before the next lesson.