Cycle confidence

Want to improve your cycling skills?

Unsure where to position yourself at junctions? Fancy cycling to work but need help to practise a route? Never been on a bike?

My Journey is offering FREE cycle confidence sessions for residents of Southampton, through local social enterprises Monty's Bike Hub. Sessions are for adults and families (including at least one adult) and are suitable for both new and returning cyclists

To book a session, please email or message Monty's on Facebook with the following details:

  • Your home postcode

  • Your availability (days/times)

  • Your current cycling level

  • Whether or not you have access to a bike

If you are not based in Southampton or would like to use an alternative instructor (at your own cost), here is a list of other fully qualified National Standards Instructors based locally:


Dilys Gartside, telephone: 01258 860 157 or 07751 044365, email

"Having cycle commuted to work for years as a solicitor, in 2005 I qualified as a freelance cycling instructor and set up Cyclewise to teach both children and adults, abled and disabled, the joy and skills for safer cycling as a mode of transport. When not doing that, I'm leading guided rides and Breeze women's rides for British Cycling or campaigning for safer cycling. I work from North Dorset to Southampton."


Vincent Licence, telephone: 07845 306940, email

"I provide cycle skills tuition to all age groups, from absolute beginners to more experienced cyclists, in groups or 1-1 tuition. As an experienced HGV and car driver as well as a cyclist, I can provide tips on assessing risks at challenging junctions and ways to improve communication with other road users. In addition, I specialise in providing cycle skills to children and adults with special needs."

Sound Cycling

Eleanor van der Hoest, telephone: 07952 314768, email

“I learnt to ride as an adult myself so I understand what it’s like to make that leap of faith! The thrill and freedom of going places under my own steam is still with me.  Many years of cycling later, I was inspired to train as a cycling instructor to help others start or restart riding. There are so many good reasons to cycle and my friendly, supportive, one-to-one tuition can give you the skills and confidence to get riding - and be a positive presence on our roads.”

On Your Bike Cycle Training

Adrian Woolley, telephone: 07900 016716, email or visit Facebook.

"My mission is to get more people cycling for everyday journeys by coaching safer cycling. I'm currently a Child Workforce School Sports Coach and have been since September 2013. I have skills, expertise and interests in sports and outdoor activities and I have proven experience of building rapport and engaging with trainees. I pride myself in motivating others to reach their full potential."

Happy cycling!