Cycling has something for everyone, and the ability to influence significant outcomes in society. It provides children and adults with a medium for sport, recreation, health and transport throughout their lives.
Education is key for accessing cycling’s vast opportunities, building riders skills, capability and confidence. Cycling New Zealand works with regional partners and clubs supporting the delivery of best practice education and training programmes throughout the country.
Below are some of the programmes on offer. For more information on programmes in your region, contact your local Regional Sports Trust, local club(s), or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn to Ride
Designed to give children and adults the core skills to ride a bicycle, this programme is aligned to the New Zealand Transport Agency’s grade 1 cycle skills and is currently taught in 11 regions throughout New Zealand by fully qualified instructors.
As a pre-cursor to Learn to Ride Sport Taranaki and New Plymouth District Council have developed a pre-school resource.
Introduction to Road and Everyday Cycling
A programme designed to teach children and adults the necessary skills and techniques for riding on the road. The programme is currently taught in 7 regions and is aligned with the New Zealand Transport Agency’s grade 2 cycle skills.
Introduction to Track Cycling
A programme designed to give children and adults the skills and techniques to confidently ride a fixed wheel bicycle on a velodrome and be able to participate in basic racing.
Introduction to Mountain Bike
A programme designed to give children and adults the core skills and techniques to enable them to confidently ride mountain bike single-track.
A programme designed to teach road and mountain bike riders how to confidently and competently lead groups on the road, or on the trails.
A bunch cycling education programme to improve road user behaviour. This programme was developed and piloted in Auckland, with Cycling Action Auckland and Auckland Transport.
EAT WELL, RIDE WELL.
Something that makes a big difference to riding is nutrition; eating and drinking the right things at the right time.
Here are a few tips on nutrition which can help you get the best out of your body and mind when out on the bike.
When doing a race or a big ride, ideally a meal 2-3 hours before you start is the way to go. Obviously it's not always easy to plan your meals around riding, especially when you train or race early in the morning, but try your best. If doing a ride in the morning, have a smaller meal, then eat more food during the ride than you would in the afternoon.
When going out for a ride, it's always better to pack more fluids and food than you think you might need. It's better to have too much than too little. Camelbacks are a handy way of making sure you have enough fluid, there's nothing worse than drinking out of a muddy drink bottle!
Drink and eat on a ride or in a race before you are thirsty or hungry; if you wait until you're desperate, those hills will start to seem bigger and bigger. Try to remember to sip a drink every 10-15 minutes, and remind your riding buddies to do the same.
Try to make these simple tips a part of your cycling routine. Nutrition is essential to getting the best out of your body and making cycling that much more enjoyable.
KEEP YOUR GEAR IN ORDER
Auckland Transport provide training to 10,000 children each year in Auckland primary and intermediate schools.
Harbour Sport provide instructor training to teachers in Harbour primary and intermediate schools and Cycling New Zealand rider programmes including Learn to ride and Introduction to Road and Everyday Cycling.
Counties Manukau Sport provide the Cycling New Zealand learn to ride programme in South Auckland Schools.
Bay of Plenty
Kids Can Ride – if you are looking for your child to learn to ride and ride safely on the road contact Tauranga City Council.
Sport Hawkes Bay provide training in primary, intermediate and secondary schools in the Hawkes Bay. Contact Lyndal Johansson (email@example.com) at Sport Hawkes Bay for more information.
Hastings District Council is a model community, providing cycling friendly infrastructure and education in Hastings District schools, as well as some adult education.
In Gisborne, Katrina Duncan (firstname.lastname@example.org) provides Cycling New Zealand learn to ride training in schools.
Sport Manawatu and Cycling New Zealand have teamed up in the Manawatu to provide cycle training for children and adults in the Manawatu region. For details contact Phil Stevens - email@example.com
Sport Wanganui have a cycling coordinator Norman Gruebsch, developing community cycling.
Pedal Ready, through Greater Wellington Regional Council and Sport Wellington provide cycle skills training in Wellington schools.
Districts councils and Sport Tasman have joined forces in the Tasman region to achieve some great cycling outcomes through the Ride On programme. Click here for more information.
Christchurch City Council have the longest standing cycle skills training programme in the country. Their programme, called Cycle Safe reaches over 3,000 students each year teaching them off-road and on-road training.
Cycling Southland provide Cycling New Zealand’s Learn to ride training in primary schools, and at the velodrome. Cycling Southland also provide training for students to achieve NCEA credits (level 2) for track cycling.