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Cyclewise Academy

Our Aim

The aim of the Cyclewise Academy is really quite simple:
1. To provide opportunities for young bikers to enjoy fun, safe and exciting mountain biking in one of the world's best places to bike... the Lake District.
2. To provide a progressive structure of coaching/sessions to enable the riders to improve their technique/understanding of the sport and get more enjoyment from their riding.
3. If applicable, help identify the future champions of the sport and assist in realising their potential sport and assist in realising their potential. 
4. Enable young riders to meet other like-minded young riders.

Our Club
Cyclewise Academy was founded in 2010 with a goal of “Making it Happen” for our young riders. We have a dedicated team of qualified volunteer leaders and a dynamic and growcyclewise academying membership of 8 to 18-year-olds who join us regularly to enjoy this fantastic opportunity.
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Cyclewise Academy was the first club to gain British Cycling ‘Clubmark’ accreditation in the North of England.

What We Do
We have been fortunate enough to engage Cyclewise instructors during most of our sessions - they have delivered some fantastic coaching and skills training to all our groups throughout 2015. Our goal is to continue this throughout 2016.

Our Cyclewise Academy leaders are proficient in providing and delivering a variety of led rides, with assistance from qualified coaches, incorporating sessions on navigation, leadership, first aid, mechanics and maintenance, hydration, nutrition, racing and kit required. This fantastic environment sets the skills associated with the sport of mountain biking and above all makes our sport SAFE and FUN!

Building on our past experiences, for 2016 we are developing a programme of Academy sessions, with a structured and logical approach. This will see strategically planned away days to practise and embed the learning in different environments. The first planned 'away day' will be the April Academy when we will be meeting at Grizedale Forest in the South Lakes. At our AGM in December 2016, the floor will be given to the kids to help develop our activities for the next year - “The Academy belongs to the members”.
On a Whinlatter-based day, Academy members meet at the Academy clubhouse behind the Cyclewise Whinlatter shop. The summertime programme runs from 10am - 3pm and wintertime from 10am - 1pm.

Our Leaders
The Academy is managed by a team of dedicated volunteer leaders, many of whom have their own kids in the club. We have fully qualified British Cycling Leaders, who have undertaken a 2-day Outdoor First Aid course, Child Safeguarding courses and are checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS check, previously CRB).

As a voluntary run organisation we are always on the lookout for extra helping hands to aid, develop and expand the Academy. With this in mind, we encourage parents to come and ride with us and join in the sessions (at no charge).

If you enjoy the participation and activities with us, we can recommend the British Cycling Leader training programme – click here to find out more.

Our membership is open to girls and boys aged 8 to 18. The current fee is £30 for one year of membership and £4 subs for each Academy session attended (£3 in the winter).
Club cycling jerseys are available to purchase for £30.

New Members
Please contact Sarah Thurell who is the Academy membership officer -
Please note: applications made before the child’s 8th birthday will be held on file and contact will be made when a suitable induction session is available. During the induction, all new members will be assessed and put into groups of ascending skill levels - Green, Blue, Red or Black. We also have a fantastic Girls’ group if any girls would prefer to ride separately to the boys.

Cyclewise Academy Committee
We have a dedicated core of super-dynamic committee members all with the main aim of "Making it Happen" for our young bikers. These guys meet once a month for some behind-the-scenes organisation, ensuring we continue to provide as many opportunities as possible to ensure a good-quality experience for all. The club would simply not exist without these dedicated people.

If you are interested in being involved with the committee please don’t hesitate to contact Les Barker, Club Secretary, at

Club Contacts
Sarah Thurell is the Academy membership officer - - but for any other correspondence, please e-mail Les Barker at or call Rich Martin from Cyclewise on 017687-78711.

Academy Dates 2016 – Meeting Times
Jan -March 2016 1000hrs-1300hrs
Clocks go forward 27th  March, so then 1000hrs -1500hrs
Clocks go back 30th Oct, then 1000hrs –1300hrs

Academy Dates 2016 – Session Plan 
Sunday 20th March – Loweswater  / Sunday 17th April  - Whinlatter / Sunday 15th May – Whinlatter / Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th June – Glentress /  17th July –  Whinlatter / 18th Sept - Whinlatter / 16th October – Whinlatter / 27th November - Whinlatter /11th Dec (AGM) – Whinlatter.

Cyclewise academy ribbon cutting

                                 Academy member Louis opening the new Cyclewise Cockermouth store