Sky News presenter praises Shropshire run bike training course

Sky News presenter Kay Burley praised the cycle training she received from Cycle Experience when she got back in the saddle to prepare for the world’s best known bike race – with the help of Shropshire’s TTC Group.
Kay will cycle the short course before the start of the first lap of the 101st  Tour de France with colleagues from Sky Sports and cheer on  defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome  and Team Sky when it sets off from Leeds to Harrogate on July 5.
As she hadn’t ridden a bike on traffic congested roads for a number of years, the popular presenter went on a Bikeability training course in London with Cycle Experience, part of the TTC Group, the UK’s leading road safety education organisation.
Getting back on the road was a “scary thought,” confessed Kay, who said the course in London with Cycle Experience’s Regional Coordinator Louise Gold helped her to build up her confidence.
“Louise immediately put me at my ease. We began off-road to build up my confidence and proceeded at a pace that was comfortable for me,” said Kay (53).
She learned “many things” that she didn’t know or had forgotten but a “top tip” was to leave a car door and a half space between her bike and parked vehicles to avoid an accident if a car door opens suddenly.

Cycling in cities such as London can be hazardous, said Kay, without proper preparation, guidance and advice.

The cycle training had encouraged her to cycle more and she urged other people whatever their ability, who wanted to cycle, to “go for it” and do the training.
“I feel much happier at hand signals and positioning my bike where it needs to be for my optimum safety and so other road users can see me.”

Cycle trainer Louise said Kay took part in the first two levels (Level 1 and 2) of Bikeability cycle training and recommended she return for the next level of training. Bikeability Level 3 training includes riding on busier roads and learning road skills such as how to use difficult junctions and multi-lane roads, understanding blind spots, passing traffic queues and reacting to hazardous road surfaces.
For more information on improving bike skills for everyone, from toddlers to octogenarians, visit www.cycleexperience.com

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