Sydney Bike Skills
To create a company that provides excellence in teaching and coaching bicycle skills (both on road and off road), by making it fun and safe. The outcomes are more proficient riders, and the improved health and wellbeing of participants. Another goal is to provide commuters with the skills necessary to ride to work safely and therefore help reduce traffic accidents and car fuel emissions.
''Can't thank you enough Lisa for showing me,(mountain bike skills and tips),but more importantly, for challenging me"
Chris Belyea- Intermediate Mountain Bike Skills Lesson Participant.
“A fantastic teacher, full of patience and really clear. I will be contacting Lisa for some private follow up lessons.”
Francesca Ferrari-mother of Alexandra (9 years old)
“The girls had a great time and loved the fact that they made huge progress.”
Sophie Tavener-mother of Jemima and Poppy (9 years old)
"I recommend this program, particularly for the stage 2 students, as this is an excellent support for bike safety units. The staff are very professional and extremely confident in their management of the students. My group would have happily continued their lesson for another couple of hours!” Jules McKenzie- Assistant Principal North Narrabeen Public School
“Sydney Bike Skills ran a most practical course with our primary school students that covered cycling, basic bike maintenance and road safety. The students improved their riding skills and gained valuable knowledge during their sessions. The staff had a great rapport with the children, were highly organised and effective." Margaret Lesley-Assistant Principal Willoughby Public School.
In December, Lisa and twelve other coaches from around Australia and New Zealand took part in the first accreditation of level 2 mountain bike coaches within Australia.
We spent 7 days living in the accommodation based at the Super Centre in Runaway Bay, Qld. The coaches took part in a number of practical coaching sessions and theoretical presentations. It was a fairly rigorous process which culminated in the completion of a 2 hour written exam.
All coaches were also required to practise coaching their class mates. The 5 core skills that were taught were the manual, power assisted manual, rear wheel lift, track stand and attack position(ready position).
Lisa passed the course and is now one of only 10 UCI Level 2 Mountain Bike Coaches in Australia. This qualification is recognised by the International Cycling Union (UCI), World Cycling Centre and Mountain Bike Australia.
I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the beginner mountain bike skills clinic on the weekend.
I thought I might have been a bit too advanced for the beginners skills clinic, however on reflection I gained a lot from it and I’m glad I stayed in the beginners group.
I really appreciated the focus on technique such as riding position when cornering and braking, as well as how to best position yourself and your bike to get over obstacles.
I thought the course was well organised and flowed really well! I think we were given just the right amount of time to learn new skills and then practice them. I felt like you divided your time up between all participants evenly and I know that I gained insightful individual coaching from you. Thanks!
In my opinion, what we practiced in the morning translated really well into what we did after lunch so for me that was a really good progression to put my new skills into practice.
I thought the course length was appropriate and I also found the discussion about safety gear, tyre pressure, adjusting your seat and cleaning your bike valuable as well.
I’m sitting here trying to think of some constructive criticism for you but I don’t have any! Maybe if you could control the weather a bit better next time… to be honest I wasn’t even bothered by the rain.
The course will be well recommended by me to my family and friends.
Lisa McHarg and Liz Bennett from Sydney Bike Skills won the 2014 Pairs Cross Country Mountain Bike Event at the Kings School Mountain Bike Classic.
They are photographed here with the Kings School Headmaster and Mountain Bike Coach.
The Victorious Pymble Ladies' College Mountain Bike Team 2014
Sydney Bike Skills coached Pymble Ladies' College Mountain Bike Team to a first place podium finish at the recent Jetblack NSW All-Schools Cross Country Mountain Bike Championship at Yellomundee.
This is the second year in a row that the girls have dominated the competition. The girls won all three divisions, Junior, Intermediate and Senior.
As a result, Pymble LC were named Champion School in 2013 and 2014. This means that not only did they win the girls point score, but they also topped the boys point score as well. A great achievement !!
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