Whether you want to start riding to work or just around Canberra for fitness – a bike rider’s best weapon is confidence.
Understanding your equipment and how and when to use your gears, your own personal strengths and weaknesses on the bike, not knowing how to ride safely on the road or knowing people to ride with are often reasons why a person might not want to use their bike for transport or fitness.
Our New Horizons program has been tailored for people who want to find confidence on the bike so they are capable of riding anywhere and more often, while meeting like-minded people to join in their bike riding journey with.
75% of respondents from our last New Horizons course said they now feel more confident on the bike after participating in the program.
The next New Horizons program will begin on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 October 2018.
Course participants must be members of Pedal Power ACT.
Member rate for New Horizons course is $295.
Non-members can purchase a package including registration and discounted membership for $359. (20% off standard individual membership rate of $80)
Please enter your details to be placed on our Expression of Interest list for Spring 2018 so we can let you know when registrations open. When you receive your confirmation email, click on the link to complete your subscription.
About the program
New Horizons is a cycling development program that will:
- help you gain confidence and enjoyment in riding your bike
- teach bike safety principles and bike handling skills
- show you how to look after yourself and your bike
- help you become comfortable riding your bike on bike paths
- teach road safety skills and traffic awareness in low traffic environments
The riding skills sessions and the rides are all conducted by qualified cycling instructors and accompanied by experienced cyclists. They are on shared cycle pathways and some on-road sections with the distance increasing for each ride. There is always a café stop along the way for refreshments and a chat.
To participate in New Horizons you need:
- a bicycle in good working order;
- a helmet that is under 3 years old, undamaged and complies with the Australian/New Zealand standards;
- to be able to ride a bike (but that need not be very far or with much confidence);
- willing to learn by participation;
- to want to improve riding knowledge techniques and proficiency
Program participant feedback
“Had a great time all round and am raring to go with more biking adventures and the pleasure of sharing my experience. Now I am into competitive mountain bike riding with my son and friends.” Pam
“Just amazed how after each week I am getting fitter, and its such a fun and supportive group to be part of. Having three punctures in one day made me realise the necessity of getting some Kevlar tyres. Now I concentrate on checking tyres and can change them myself from go to whoa. It took an hour but I did it. Have nicks, handlebar bag, gloves and wet weather gear. I did not ride in the rain before. And I now ride to work.” Janice
“I can now changes tyres successfully thanks to the New Horizons. And they taught me what to do and gave me the confidence to have a go — knowing that l could do it. So to you all, if l can do it, everyone can!” Julie
“Thanks to the ‘team’ who helped me so much. Someone has to be bottom of the class—l didn’t expect to be so fearful. But thanks to the great help from everyone there l got over it. I really appreciate the way it was done and the calm and collected way everyone in the ‘bottom percentile’ was helped in an unobtrusive but very effective fashion.” Margaret
Sounds too advanced?
Not a problem! We also run a ‘Cycle Well’ course for complete beginners. Check out more details here.