FREE adult cycle training

FREE cycle training sessions are available to jobseekers in Mansfield and Ashfield.

Working in partnership with Via East Midlands, cycling training courses are delivered by experienced instructors. With four different levels of training available, there is something for everyone! 

Training is delivered in groups or 1:1, in line with the latest Government guidance relating to Covid-19.

Training sessions available

  • Learn to Ride – For adults who have never learnt to cycle (Duration: 1 hour) Without any pressure or embarrassment, all sessions will start using an adult balance bike (no pedals!), sit and glide, step by step, tailored to you, at your pace – build confidence, increase balance and then progress to a pedal cycle.
  • Level 1 – Beginners/ off road (Duration: 1 hour) Refreshing basic cycling skills including; stop/start, one-handed riding, controlled braking, emergency braking, controlled slow riding and manoeuvring when sharing space with other riders and around cones.
  • Level 2 – Improvers/ quiet roads (Duration: 2 hour) Starting to ride independently on roads including; start/stop, passing parked cars, U-turns, road positioning, when it’s appropriate to share or control the road, understanding road priorities at junctions. Planning a journey and understanding road signs and floor markings.
  • Level 3 – Advanced/ busy roads (Duration: 2 ½ hours) Cycling skills for busier roads including; advanced road positioning techniques, multi-lane roads, passing slow moving traffic, roundabouts, traffic lights and if practical, infrastructure on the roads designed for riders’ safety and ease.

Depending on ability and availability, it may be possible to complete ALL levels in just one session.

What you will need for the session

  • It is best to use your own bicycle you are familiar riding on. If you don’t have access to one, we may be able to lend you a bicycle to use on the day (advance notice is required).
  • We promote safe cycling and would recommend you wear a helmet; bring your own or let us know if you need to borrow one (advance notice is required).
  • Please wear comfortable clothing and footwear, suitable for cycling. Extra layers and waterproofs are always recommended.
  • Bright coloured clothing is recommended. A FREE Hi Viz tabard will be provided for every rider to keep for future use.

If you bring your own cycle, our instructors will help you carry out a basic maintenance check, also known as the ‘M check’.


  • Face masks are not required with outdoor activity.
  • The instructor will spray your bicycle with a sanitising spray before and after making any adjustments.
  • All sessions are delivered in accordance with latest Covid-19 government advice.

Ashfield and Mansfield jobseekers - If you wish to sign up or for additional information, please contact Ross Paradise, Travel Choice jobseeker lead (07503 627302 / or your Ashfield JCP work coach.