Get on your bike and boost your pedal power with Ian and Dave in Tring

Anyone looking to boost their biking confidence should join cycle instructors Ian Taylor and Dave Bembridge in a series of free escorted rides this summer.

The qualified and experienced pair are fonts of all knowledge when it comes to transport of the two-wheeled variety.

On your bike! Gazette reporter Becca Choules, centre, is escorted on a cycle ride by instructors Ian Taylor, left, and Dave Bembridge, right

On your bike! Gazette reporter Becca Choules, centre, is escorted on a cycle ride by instructors Ian Taylor, left, and Dave Bembridge, right

They guide groups of novice cyclists on gentle routes around local country lanes, all interspersed by a leisurely cup of coffee.

Designed to encourage people to get out on two wheels, the Cycle Chilterns project is focusing on ‘gateway’ towns including Tring and Berkhamsted, both of which have easy access to the hills.

Senior cycling development officer Sara Randle said: “These rides are a great way to explore your local area and meet new people.”

All rides start at 4.30pm on Saturdays following a quick bike check undertaken by Ian or Dave, and tend to be between eight and nine miles.

The journeys usually take around one and a half to two hours and cater to the needs of everyone in the group, ensuring no one is left behind.

The rides are ideal for families or those who are nervous about biking on the roads, as Ian and Dave take safety very seriously. Cyclists are taught how to move off safely and how to conduct themselves on main roads, among other skills.

Children are very welcome but need to be accompanied by an adult, and be able to ride comfortably for up to an hour. Parents can bring younger children along using trailers and bike seats.

The next ride leaving from Tring is on August 24 from outside St Peter and St Paul’s Church on the High Street. Spaces are limited, so to book call Ian Taylor on 07801 560496.

For more information and future ride dates, click here.