A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMME COVERING ALL AREAS TO IMPROVE YOUR CYCLING
Cycling when you were a kid was one thing, but now that you're an adult, suddenly there are road signals, mechanics, bike gadgets, and navigation thrown into the mix. When did that happen?
We've got you covered.
Our Beginner Cyclist programme covers every aspect to build your cycling confidence from key bike handling skills, tips on what to wear and when, bike mechanic basics, prepping for your ride, understanding cycling jargon and so much more. All in an easy-to-follow programme.
WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS?
This programme is suitable for anyone who identifies themselves as a beginner cyclist. Whether you are interested in road cycling, commuting, cycling for leisure, or racing, this programme can help you. Not sure what stage you are? Click here.
HOURS PER WEEK
This programme can be completed at your own pace and in any order that you choose so you don’t need to commit to a certain number of hours each week. However, when learning new skills, we recommend regular practice to help it become second nature to you.
This is an evergreen programme, meaning you can sign up, start, and do the course in your own time and at your own convenience.
You will have lifetime access to this programme in order to complete the content at your own pace and have the ability to refer back at your own convenience.
This programme takes you through everything you need, step by step, to build your ability and confidence to ride a bike safely and comfortably.
Our Beginner Cyclist's Programme has been specially designed by experienced British Cycling certified coaches for those who are new to cycling. It's helped hundreds of new cyclists get to their next ride or commute with confidence.
DOES ANY OF THIS SOUND FAMILIAR?
Our Beginner Cyclist programme is designed to solve and answer the most common challenges and questions that the global community of beginner cyclists deal with on a regular basis:
"I'm scared of learning to ride in cleats in case I can't unclip in time and fall over."
"I'm worried to cycle in a group because I don't want to be left behind or slow the group down. How can I become a faster, more efficient rider?"
"I can't ride for too long before my body starts feeling tired and overworked."
"I'm so intimidated by hills! I dread encountering them on my rides"
"What are the basic rules of the road and how do I enjoy a ride without frustrating drivers and other cyclists, or getting myself hurt?"
"There are so many options to choose from when purchasing a bike – like, what's the different between a mountain, hybrid, gravel and road bike? – that the decision overwhelms me."
"There are so many different components on my bike, each with their own function, that I feel like I'm not getting the most out of my bike and rides."
"I can't change gears smoothly while riding."
"Do I really need to get my bike professionally fit?"
"How high should my saddle be and why does the height of a saddle matter?"
"How do I get into my small chain ring?"
"How do I even begin fixing a puncture? I want to learn to do it myself so I don't always have to ask other people."
"I didn't even know cleaning my bike was a thing – should I be doing it regularly?"
"What clothing and equipment do I really need?"
"What do I need to carry with me when I ride?"
Are all bicycle saddles uncomfortable?
"Ride as much or as little, as long or as short as you feel. But ride."
- Eddy Merckx
COMPREHENSIVE COURSE CONTENT
DETAILED COURSE RESOURCES
MULTIPLE EXPLAINER VIDEOS
WHAT TO EXPECT
Module 1: Cycling Lingo
If this is your first bike we know it can be hard to get your head around all the different components and simply knowing where to start with the cycling jargon everyone seems to be using online or in shops. This module will help you get more familiar with your new bike and when you do need to go into a bike shop, you know a thing or two already.
Module 2: Your Bike
This module is all about making your feel comfortable around your new bike. We will cover everything from choosing your bike, how to get yourself fitted onto your new bike, a safety check you should complete before you go out and also look at specific pedals, saddles and tyres in more detail. This section is great to get you set up on your bike and ready to start learning the key skills.
Module 3: Cycling Kit and Tools
This section will dive into essential tools we recommend you have at home to maintain your bike, to clean your bike and to take out on a ride with you in case of emergencies. We will also introduce you to the key cycling kit we recommend for the different seasons.
Module 4: Cycling Skills
Learning the basics is key to help you be safe out on the road and to ensure you get the best from your ride. This section will cover all the basic cycling skills from setting off, braking, gear selection, climbing, descending and much more. You will also receive coaching tips and drills to help you put each new skill into practice.
Module 5: Basic Mechanics
This section will cover basic bike mechanics. We're not expecting you to be able to give your bike a full service or replace complicated components. Instead its learning the basics on how to be able to care for your bike and ensure it is in good working order. Knowing these basics will extend the life of your bike and to ensure you are safe when out on the road. This section will take a look at bike care including cleaning and will also cover that dreaded bike puncture and how you can repair it.
Module 6: It's All About The Ride
This section will help ensure you are well prepared for your ride, have everything you need from snacks, routes, tools and more to being fully aware of the rules of the road to recovering well at the end.
By the end of this section you will be ready to go out and enjoy your ride.
TOP 10 REASONS WHY BEGINNER CYCLISTS LOVE THIS PROGRAMME:
1. A safe environment to learn basic cycling skills 2. Interacting and connecting with riders of a similar ability 3. Designed and led by coaches who have been in your shoes before and who are happy to help and guide you as you grow as a cyclist 4. The ability to learn at your own pace 5. Easy to follow
6. Guaranteed results or 100% of your money back 7. Increased motivation levels 8. Combination of demonstrations, written communications and images to improve learning 9. Challenging but achievable 10. Designed to help you achieve your long- and short-term goals
SELF PACED (RECORDED)
Our self-paced option allows you to complete the programme at your own pace. Good for those on a budget or with busy schedules.
ONLINE GROUP (LIVE)
For those that prefer to train and learn with other people, this option is for you. We run a group Beginner Cyclist Programme every quarter live over Zoom and in person.
OUR GUARANTEE TO YOU
We're convinced there's no better programme out there. In fact, we feel so strongly about this that if you follow the programme and all our recommendations and you don't see anyimprovements, we'll give you 100% of your money back.
That means if you think this programme can help you even just a little bit, you can enroll risk-free, knowing that you're either going to see results or you're going to get your money back. There's no in between. That's our promise to you.
“Cyclists see considerably more of this beautiful world than any other class of citizens. A good bicycle, well-applied, will cure most ills this flesh is heir to.”
- Dr. K. K. Dotty
NJINGA = PROVEN RESULTS RIDER REVIEWS FROM OUR COMMUNITY OF CYCLISTS
We've built Njinga Cycling from the ground up, all for and because of our incredible community who continues to reap the rewards of their dedication to their cycling and wellness.
Whether you're a beginner, intermediate, advanced or elite rider, we've trained and worked with cyclists like you before with outstanding results.
“You either love spinning the pedals and watching scenery whiz by, or you don’t. And if you love it, not much can sour you on the idea of riding your bike.”
- Keith Mills
Togo, head performance coach at Njinga Cycling Academy, launched Njinga in 2012 with his co-founder, Leigh Rogers. Together they have built Njinga from the ground-up, starting as a small bespoke cycle coaching business with ambitious plans to now a successful global transformational Cycling Academy it is today.
As a coach, Togo is a force to be reckoned with and those who know him don’t doubt this for a second. He operates at three times the speed of a normal person and six decibels louder. His energy, background and wealth of experience have created the rich foundation on which Njinga is built: an ex-Wasps rugby player, three-time Team GB racer at the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships, experienced British Cycling Coach, REPS Personal Trainer to endurance athletes, Wattbike Performance Coach, Holistic Nutritionist and Natural Health Coach.
As a visionary, Togo is passionate about helping people become their best selves and achieve optimal performance through cycling. From the start of his 20-year career, Togo has worked with thousands of beginner cyclists, transforming them into more confident, stronger and faster riders.
Togo’s approach to his work and training is a comprehensive, unparalleled 360 degrees. You can read more about some of his rider success stories here.
Michelle is a keen cyclist who grew up not very sporty at school but always loving sport. She came to the world of cycling when she moved to the UK from South Africa (nearly 20 years ago) as she needed to have an outdoor activity and has always owned a bike. She started off mountain biking every weekend, did some events and made some amazing friends (including meeting her husband!)
Michelle is a qualified occupational therapist and specialised in working with children with disabilities. More recently, children with autism. She has a real interest in physical activity and the relationship it has with our mental and physical health and well being, to include that ‘purposeful activity’ occupational therapists, emphasise on a daily basis.
Michelle decided that becoming a Level 2 cycle coach and indoor cycling instructor would give her the confidence to work with her client group as well as others to develop their cycling skills and in some cases, ignite a new hobby or even passion. Michelle’s special interest has been in the new rider as well as women’s cycling. She started a women’s cycling group a few years ago as there was nothing available for women new to cycling. The idea was to provide a safe and supportive group and environment for women to ride and learn about cycling on the roads and off roads.
Michelle has also raced and have done several major sportives, multi day events and for several years she has ride captained all levels of riders both domestically and internationally.
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No, it isn't essential that you own a bike before you start this programme. Though having a bike will help you learn the information more practically and immediately, the content of this course can be easily applied once you've bought yourself a bike. In fact, part of the content is to help you choose the right type of bike for yourself.
The group option will allow you to train and learn with other people at the same time. The programme will start on a specific date and include live class options so you can all train together online. We look to run a group Beginner Cyclist Programme every quarter throughout the year.
Nope, you can complete the programme in any order that suits you. Our recommendation is to complete it in the order we've designed it but we understand that there might be some sections you're more interested in than others, or that are more urgent to understand and grasp for your own cycling activity! So if you do happen to complete it in a different order, that's totally okay, too.
If you follow the entire programme and all our recommendations – and, most importantly, prove you've done so – and you don't see any improvements, we'll give you 100% of your money back. No strings attached.