Jenny has been riding a bike for over 30 years and is more than comfortable doing what it takes to get back home if something goes wrong.  Steve has been riding a bike since he was a kid and has rarely needed to take his bike to the shop to get fixed.  During these sessions you will learn some of the essential skills and knowledge behind how things work and how best to ride on some of the quietest roads you will ever go on.

Intended items to cover include;
Riding skills
Group riding
Fitness tips
One handed cycling
    Drinking from a bottle
    Signalling in traffic
Basic bike maintenance
    Fixing a puncture
    Adjusting brakes
    Changing pedals
Basic bike fit

All of the above are essential things that will help you get the most out of your bike and take the stress out of riding.  Mornings will normally be running through the theory sections and will be based in our Open Barn making use of the projector and comfortable seating area, the afternoons will generally be out on the bike practicing what we have learnt.

These sessions will be relaxed and fun with no pressure on individuals and no prior knowledge required, if you have a question just ask away, so you can go away feeling more confident on a bike and can leave Civray gites ready to face the open road.

We have added 2 mixed sessions to the calendar, these are week commencing 22 June and then again 3rd August, one inside and one outside of the school holidays, get in touch here for more info or drop a mail directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Do I have to be super fit?

Certainly not.  The intent of these sessions is to increase confidence, ability and skills on the bike.  We will take some leisurely rides, these will usually include a stop at a cafe to discuss how things are going.  We will include flat, uphill and downhill, all on quiet and well surfaced roads allowing us to practice to content learnt through the sessions

What will be covered?

The syllabus will include the essentials maintenance areas such as changing a tyre, fixing a puncture, understanding gears, general bike wellbeing, and will also include the skills needed for riding a bike such as how to take a drink while riding, signalling in traffic, effective braking.  We can also look at bike position, how to use pedals with cleats and various other topics.

How will the days run?

There will be a certain amount of flexibility around the days to allow us to get the best out of the conditions, however, we will generally take the mornings to do the theory sessions, grab a light bite to eat then in the afternoons we can go on the roads and put what we have learned into practice

How does the pricing work?

We do the pricing on a per gite basis, if, for instance you take ‘Ciel’, you will have a maximum capacity of 4 people (one double bed upstairs and one sofa bed downstairs, each with their own toilet and shower room). Fill the gite in the best way that works for you.

Can I bring my family?

Sure, as above, the pricing is per gites, so feel free to take it to the maximum occupancy with friends or family who can either partake or just relax

What is there to do for people not taking part?

Gites at Civray is the ideal place to relax.  Bring a book or alternatively use the free wifi to catch up on who is doing what with who and where!  As you would expect there are many bike rides or runs to occupy the time, cafes can be found in most villages, within an hour in the car there are multiple Chateaux to visit alternatively various theme parks and animal parks can be found reasonably close by