FOLLOWING on from a successful spring programme, Cycle Skool Rider Development squad (RDS) is ready to launch the next stage of its cycle sport pathway.

This new programme, aimed at developing confidence and competence when riding, will continue the development of youngsters who have experienced Cycle Skool starter sessions throughout the community.

Fun, motivated and progressive sessions led by expert qualified coaches will focus on teaching enhanced bike handling skills in a safe environment before developing onto off road techniques and trail ridings.

Grouped into six progressive skill levels each focussing on core elements, catering for appropriate ages and ability, the sessions will cover techniques from cornering to gear changing, track stance and hopping.

Led by charitable trust Live Borders, in conjunction with the Borders Cycling Development Group and Scottish Cycling, a 10-week block starting on Friday, July 27 will take place at Tweedbank Sports Complex.

Chris Bryant, Cycle Development Coordinator said: “Once young riders have learnt how to set off, brake and turn correctly with speed and control, it is important to keep that learning curve going.

“Cycle Skool RDS, builds on the fundamentals in a multi-level programme teaching new skills in familiar environments.

“The new squad is open to all primary school children but will require riders to possess certain abilities as this scheme builds on the foundations set during the initial Cycle Skool block.

“It is hoped that riders can use this squad as a progressive benchmark for their continuous cycle development.”

Alan Oliver, Live Borders Sport Development Officer, added: “We are always looking to enhance our Cycle Skool offering and the introduction of the RDS completes the pathway as we concentrate our efforts in progressing young bike enthusiasts who may take cycling into new avenues.

For more information contact Live Borders Sports Development team on 01750 700 110 or email