Exmouth people will get the chance to have some free cycling confidence lessons, with a scheme being run by Devon County Council.

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The sessions are available to adults living or working in Exmouth, and are suitable for those who’d like to give cycling a go but have never tried it before, or lack the skills or confidence to go out and explore Devon’s roads and cycle paths.

The sessions are being paid for with funding from the Department for Transport, and county bosses hope the scheme will meet the surge in cycling interest following the Olympics.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, cabinet member for highways and transportation, said: “We’re experiencing a real boom in cycling in Devon, and it’s no wonder, with the recent Olympic cycling successes of Team GB, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome on the podium at the Tour de France, and with Devon hosting the penultimate stage of the Tour of Britain next month.

“Our cycle training is ideal for anyone who wants to learn to cycle or improve their skills and, as it’s free in most areas, is the perfect opportunity to take up a new sport, get fit and have fun.”

Cycle Devon’s Colin Savage said: “Our sessions are for everyone who may need a little cycling help, whether it’s learning to ride a bike from scratch or brushing up on their skills - maybe to start cycling to work.

“Our instructors can help with learning to ride a specific route, for example to work, and give advice on suitable routes.”

For more information on cycle training log on to www.cycledevon.info or follow @CycleDevon on Twitter. For sessions in Exmouth, call 01395 562507 or email outreach@ledleisure.co.uk.

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