A fun way to start
riding your bike more

Attention Borders Women!

Easyriders aims to get you out on your bike!

All ages and all levels welcome (though if you’re already a hot-shot racer, this probably isn’t for you)

Join us for an enjoyable programme of six sociable get-togethers to improve your cycling confidence, skills and fitness. The sessions are all limited to a maximum of eight riders and we’ll be stopping for coffee and cake along the way. There’s even a celebratory ride-out event to aim for at the end of the course.

There are so many benefits to getting out on your bike, and that’s what this project is all about:

  • Be more healthy and active
  • Learn new cycling skills
  • Feel more positive and energised
  • Change your travel habits
  • Feel less stressed
  • Feel more confident riding on the road
  • Enjoy cycling with friends

Easyriders course information can be found here

The Session

Courses are taking place all over the Scottish Borders with different and flexible times and days of the week available so you can pick whichever time suits you best.

All the courses are FREE to take part in. The courses will be held in the Peebles, Innerleithen and Walkerburn area and also in the Kelso, Hawick, Galashiels, Melrose and Lauder area. They’re open for registration now.

FAQs

Who is this project suitable for?
The Easyriders project is aimed at all women who think they might like to ride their bike more – for fun, for travel, to go to work, to go out with friends... it doesn’t matter! It’s particularly aimed at those women who think they would benefit from the encouragement and confidence that some friendly instruction can give.
Who will be in the groups?
There’s a limit of eight women per session - it’s always women-only (apart from some instructors).
Do I need my own bike?
Yes, we don’t provide the bikes, but we will give your bike a check-over at the start to make sure it’s OK. Please make sure your bike is in working order before you come though – take it to your local bike shop if you’re not sure.
Tell me more about the sessions?
There are six sessions – one a week for six weeks, and they last two hours each time. They’ll cover basic bike skills, and give you the knowledge and help you need to ride your bike with confidence. There’ll also be some fitness work included to help you feel physically better for biking too.
I've not been on a bike in years, is this course right for me?
Yes, absolutely. Everyone must have ridden a bike before at some point as it’s not intended to teach you how to ride a bike for the very first time. We’ll also check the bikes and give some tips on looking after your bike too.
What happens if I miss a session?
We’ll put info on the website with some detail about what the sessions are covering, so you can do homework if you like.
Who leads the instruction sessions?
All the sessions are led by local qualified instructors and cycle training businesses with the relevant experience in delivering this sort of coaching and training – and they’re all nice people too!
What should I wear, and do I need to bring water/snacks?
Suitable clothing like leggings and comfortable sports clothes, and trainers. Some sessions will have coffee/cake stops but feel free to bring water and snacks in a backpack.
Do I need a helmet?
Yes, you must wear a helmet while doing these sessions.
Are there any associated costs?
No, but bring money for a cuppa and cake if you want to, on the sessions with café stops.
Are there minimum age requirements to take part in the courses or the event?
Yes, you must be 16 years old or over. There’s no maximum age.
Who is behind this project?
The project is being managed by Hillside Outside Ltd, the Peebles cycling and outdoor events company who run TweedLove Bike Festival, Tour O The Borders and other outdoor events. The project is being funded by Paths For All and Transport Scotland’s ‘Smarter Choices, Smarter Places’ initiative, through the direction of Scottish Borders Council.

Keep the wheels turning!

Congratulations to all the 2018 Easyriders that have completed the course!

We’d love you to keep riding so here’s all the information you need to help do just that…..

Local Groups

HSBC UK Breeze offers fun, free bike rides for women of all abilities across the UK.

It doesn’t matter if you’re keeping fit, young at heart, wise beyond your years, or even if you don’t know how to change gears. Every woman is welcome on the HSBC UK Breeze rides.

If you’d like to join a local supported ride for women, there are Breeze groups across the Borders. British Cycling train enthusiastic Breeze Champions to organise free and friendly rides on great routes.

You can register at www.letsride.co.uk and search for a ride local to you, with preferred times and distances.

Or find these Breeze groups via Facebook

Andrea Pogson – Braw Breeze Galashiels

Laura Nisbet – Kelso Breezers

Lizzie Miller Mitchell – Hawick Belles

Jodi Gordon Peebles Breeze

Try Mountain Biking…

Our Peebles, Innerleithen and Walkerburn Easyriders instructors from  Ridelines have created a progressive course especially for our Easyriders to build mountain bike skills and confidence here in the Tweed Valley.

Easyriders Mountain Bike Workshops

3 x 2 hour sessions on Tuesday mornings starting 30th October 10am – 12midday at Glentress, near Peebles £95
Sign Up Now

Essential Mountain Bike Skills

Ridelines are also running a one day for Beginners course on various weekend dates throughout the next year at Glentress, near Peebles £95
Sign Up Now

 

Craig Hardie Guided Mountain Biking Service

Find our Galashiels, Melrose & Lauder instructor on Facebook. He offers cycle tuition, mountain bike coaching and guided rides.

 


Lucy Husband runs Swift Trails – the first women specific MTB guiding and tuition company in the Tweed Valley. Lucy runs monthly guided friendly ride-outs, a womens MTB group and MTB skills courses specifically for women. Find on Facebook.

Swift Trails – Introduction to MTB – Core Techniques Sat 20th Oct

Join a cycling club…

Peebles Lady Roadies

Pippa Tanner runs this group for women in the Peebles area who enjoy road riding, whether you are a beginner a more advanced – nobody is left behind! She runs evening rides through most of the year, and in winter months, runs a turbo session at OmniFitness. For more info, visit Peebles Lady Roadies on Facebook.

Peebles Cycling Club

New members are always welcome. If you wish to join the club page please use the “Join Us” tab on their website.

Gala Cycling Club

Kelso Wheelers Cycling Club, Hawick Cycling Club & Lauderdale Cycling Club. New members are always welcome, find all clubs on Facebook. View website.

Set yourself a challenge…

Find motivation to keep riding by signing up for an awesome cycling event next year. Tour O The Borders on Sunday 1st September 2019 is a closed road sportive right on your doorstep – the event starts in Peebles and follows traffic free back roads through the Scottish Borders. We promise the stunning scenery will make the climbs worthwhile! Riders of all abilities take part, and are cheered on by encouraging marshals, making for a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Choose from the 88km or 120km route, we’ve also heard rumours of a new shorter route so watch this space…