Firstly ‘Thank You’ to everyone who has passed through our doors and trained with us this year. We loved to hear your success stories, your mechanical struggles, and we are always here to support you where we can. We have started to display the new businesses you have created on our website. If you haven’t already, sent us your logos and we will feature you also.
So what have you all been up to since training with us? And what have The Bike Inn Team been doing??
Well, between us, we have had a busy 2019, and the relocation to Cumbria in 2018 seems a lifetime ago. We have met some awesome characters and developed good contacts with our Bike Inn students, not to mention some excellent celebratory nights out!
In May, as a thank you for the support given to one of our Partners, Henrietta Colborne, we took the opportunity to supply mechanic support at The Etape Du Dales, an epic sportive on our doorstep. The event is organised by The Dave Rayner Fund, a charity who support young cyclists to live and race in teams abroad (U23yrs). The charity have been fundamental in allowing Henrietta to support herself and race in Holland and Spain. We will be supporting them again in 2020.
In September, we contributed prize money to the Inaugural ‘Struggle Hill climb’ in The Lake District, again on our doorstep. A fantastic day was had by all. ‘The Bike Inn’ ensured that for once, female prize money was equal to men!!
In between delivering training courses The Bike Inn staff also offered event and mechanic support across 9 countries.
So what’s new??
The Bike Inn training programme has expanded!
Continuing with the accrediting body IMI, we still deliver our core 2 week L2/3 qualification but we have now extended the course by an optional 3rd week to offer L3 qualification, the highest cycle mechanic qualification that can be attained.
This is aimed at time served mechanics with prior knowledge or those who have already gained a L2 qualification. The course can be split into individual days, allowing everyone to taste a bit of what interests them, from E-bikes, to electronic groupsets, advanced hydraulics, performance software and bike fit. 3 courses in and we are pleased that the investment is offering trained mechanics the opportunity to expand their portfolio of experience. Also, if you have ever been 1st on scene at an accident or whilst out cycling you will know how crucial first aid is. Hence we have developed a Cycling Specific first aid course, delivered in 1 day by a local Paramedic, This certificates you for Event support First and First aid in the workplace, It is now offered as an add on to the L2/3 course.
We are really excited about more new projects and courses in the pipeline for 2020, but more about that in the new year.
And to finish, for those of you who met Henrietta, a little bit about her race season. The early race season got off to a promising start in Belgium, with good performances in the Spring classics. Coming off her bike at high speed resulted in a series of post-trauma infections and time off the bike mid-season … and a grumpy Henrietta! Fortunately, she finished the season strong, and in full health. After some social downtown at The UCI World Championships in Harrogate, she is now based in Spain for her winter training prior to returning to Belgium for her 2nd season with the Dutch team ‘Biehler‘. Here’s hoping she stays upright on her bike!
Here’s wishing you all a Happy Christmas from The Bike Inn Team!
Please continue to keep in touch.
Jean, Jon, Henrietta and David