A fun way to start
riding your bike more

Attention Borders Women!

Easyriders 2019 is go!

Following its huge success in 2018, the fun way to start riding your bike more is back!

Join us for an enjoyable programme of four sociable women-only 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. All ages and all levels welcome (though if you’re already a hot-shot racer, this probably isn’t for you)

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

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. Our first block of courses held in Galashiels, Peebles and Selkirk are coming to an end. The second block of sessions in Hawick, Jedburgh, Kelso and Peebles will start in August. Book your place today!

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 four sessions – one a week for four 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 award winning tuition providers, Ridelines - they’re an epic bunch of people!
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! Well done if you've complete the Easyriders course, we're super proud of you! We hope you've had lots of fun and also gained the skills and confidence to ride your bike more.

Please take a few minutes to complete our post-course questionnaire, we'd love to hear your feedback from the course so we know what worked well and also how we can improve too. Hit the link below.

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.

Try Mountain Biking…

You all know the Ridelines instructors, so why not continue learning with them and develop the essential skills for tackling  common mountain biking trail features? You can book onto their ‘Essential Mountain Bike Skills for Beginners,’ course here! 

 


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. Join her on Facebook and explore her latest courses here. 

Easyriders Event!

Watch this space! A ride to celebrate Easyriders will be announced soon!

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.