British Cycling Level 2 Mountainbike Leader Award
Bettina Kluettgens and her group of British Cycling qualified Mountainbike Leaders.
Bettina was recently awarded her Level 2 Leaders Award following a British Cycling training weekend. She has hundreds of hours of experience, both in the Alps and the UK, so if you fancy a weekend ride, perhaps a women only group ride, get in touch.
Helping launch the Devon stage of 'The Tour of Britain' Cycle Race
Execel is using its existing links in schools to provide support when Stage 6 of The Tour of Britain,' the UK's premier bike race, comes to Devon on Friday 20th September. Ross Clarkson, one of our cycling instructors will be leading a group of local school children to roll out the start of the stage in Sidmouth, ahead of the professional riders. The riders will then complete a gruelling 137 km ride to finish at the summit of Haytor on Dartmoor, a race 'first' with Devon hosting a summit finish. This is potentially one of the hardest stages and is a 'must see' event!
See http://www.southwesttourofbritain.co.uk/ to find out more, including all the spectator information you will need to make the most of the day.
Come and join us for a leisurely 'Family Ride' in East Devon
We have again colaborated with Leisure East Devon to deliver a series of guided family rides in East Devon villages this Summer. These are led by experienced an qualified instructors who will show you around some of the amazing network of quiet country lanes in our great county. So, dust off those bikes and come and explore the Devon 'Cycling Playground' with us.
Cycling and Walking Works!
Execel at Cycling have a team intructors working in partnership with Plymouth School Sports Partnership to provide cycle confidence sessions for people who want to get back on their bikes or develop their confidence on road or even just riding for the first time!
The Local Sustainable Transport Fund from the Department for Transport has been allocated by Devon County Council to help support people in cycling and walking to work.The overall aim is to reduce single occupancy car journey's, but this initiative offers the additional multiple benefits of reducing congestion, maintaining and improving health, contributing to lower carbon emissions, as well as being great way to see our stunning county!
See our Adult Cycle Training page http://execel.co.uk/free-adult-confidence-training.html for more information about how to get involved.
Provision of guided rides and routes for the Active Villages project in East Devon
Execel at Cycling have teamed up with Leisure East Devon (LED), the co ordinators of the project, to work on 'Active Villages' in East Devon. This project is a 3 year funded programme which supports village communities in Devon to provide long term sustainable sports participation opportunities. The Active Villages concept is positioned in the introductory/informal sport segment of the market and is aimed at getting people into sports participation. Its main purpose is to offer people of all ages opportunities to experience the fun of sport. For more information on the Active Villages project across the county, please click here...
We have developed a series of self-help leaflets that contain information and maps of family rides that start and finish in the village. There are 3 rides per village which are progressive, so beginners can start at No. 1 and move to No. 2 and 3 as confidence and skills improve. The villages that are currently involved in this exciting innovative project are: Clyst St Mary; Sowton; Rockbeare; Colaton Raleigh; Plymtree; Broadhembury and Membury. For more information on the project in general and how you can get involved in East Devon contact Lottie Young, the Outreach Manager for LED at the Exmouth Leisure Centre - for details click here.
To 'kickstart' the event in each village, there will be guided rides provided by 2 professional instructors who will take up to 12 members of the community on an appropriate route for their skills and ability - generally in under 2 hours. All guided rides are suitable for beginners, although they will need to be able to ride on the quiet roads around the village roads safely - children are also welcome with their parents. Look out for leaflets and posters in your village for more details on dates of the rides.
Supporting role at Killerton House Cycle Festival 23/24th July
The Execel team will be providing logistical support and mechanical expertise at this exciting event on the weekend. You will find us outside the Discovery Centre for the whole weekend managing the cycle hire, as well as providing a helping hand should any mechanical issues arise. We will have with us a small stock of replacement parts, so you can also bring your bike along for a small service or for getting those little niggling things fixed that you have been meaning to do for ages! For further information on the event you can visit the National Trust site, or download a poster on the Cycle Devon 'Organised Rides' tab. Hope to see you there!
Execel help launch the Devon Stage of Tour of Britain
Local school children from Topsham School and Bassett's Farm School, Exmouth, joined the Rapha Condor Sharp pro team riders and Team Qoroz/Southwest Bike Academy as part of Devon County Council's launch event to promote the 5th stage of the Tour of Britain that comes to Devon later this year. On a ride from Darts Farm, using the newly opened Exe Estuary Trail link between Odhams Wharf and Exton, the riders chatted and enjoyed the picturesque views and warm weather. The Execel Team were commissioned by Devon County Council to organise and guide children from Darts Farm to Exmouth for a series of photo shoots along the trail, followed by drinks and cakes on Exmouth seafront. In fact, they were having such a great time that they called up their schools and arranged to do the return trip too!
Devon will host its first ever full stage of the Tour of Britain on Thursday 15th September. Starting in Exeter, the 110 mile route will take a challenging loop into the Dartmoor National Park. Sixteen world class teams will battle it out over some of the toughest terrain in this years Tour, eventually heading back to finish at the Clock Tower on Exmouth seafront. The Exe Estuary Trail makes an excellent link between these two locations, enabling cyclists to see both the start and finish of this amazing spectacle, whilst enjoying the delights of this excellent route along the Exe.
For more information on the Devon stage of the Tour of Britain please click here: http://www.devontourofbritain.co.uk/schools/
RSPB Bird Watching Tours
A unique partnership between Execel at Cycling and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has culminated in the creation of the Exe Estuary Bird Watching Tours. We have agreed to run these tours all year round in and around the Exe Estuary - bird dependant!
The summer tours are based around Exminster Marshes where the majority of the birds in the area live and bring up their young from April to September, whereas the winter tours are based along the Exe Estuary when the waders return every year from October to March. Please go to our 'guided rides' tab to find out more details. All bookings are taken at the RSPB shop at Darts Farm on the outskirts of Topsham.
Exciting new partnership in East Devon!
Execel at Cycling has formed an exciting new partnership with the East Devon School Sport Partnership to provide, organise and delivery the children’s Bikeability training in East Devon on their behalf.
By working closely with the SSP and their team of co-ordinators we are able to offer a greater number of training courses and places for young people both in school during the curriculum and out of school time either as an after-school club or during the school holidays.
Please go to our ‘training’ page for further information on what courses we are currently offering.
Execel at Cycling Ltd. has acheived Scheme Organiser Status...
Following a rigorous application process with both the Department of Transport and Devon County Council at the beginning of 2011, Execel at Cycling is one of the first private companies in Devon to become a recognised Scheme Organiser.
For further details on the national scheme and how you could be involved visit the Department for Transport Bikeability website.