Juniper Cycles was set up to encourage greater participation in cycling. We aim to help increase representation and diversity within the cycling community though facilitating safe cycling practice and awesome cycling adventures.
We provide beginner and improver sessions that help young people enter the world of cycling and help adults get back into riding. Have a look through our sessions to see what would benefit you. Individual and group sessions are available. We also run regular social rides, that don’t focus on coaching but help increase confidence and build your riding network with likeminded individuals.
Hi, I'm Sophie. I'm a keen cyclist. Mountain Bike, Gravel Bike or Road Bike I love to spend time cycling. I'm a qualified MTB Leader and Cycle Instructor. I am also an outdoor instuctor at Herd Farm Activity Centre, managing their MTB provision.
Before becoming an outdoor instructor, I was a teacher for 5 years and have been coaching sport for the last 12 years.
I love a challenge and spend my spare time bikepacking, hiking, riding with friends and walking my two dogs.
Experience and Qualifications
First Aid Qualifications
- Paediatric First Aid (12 hrs)
- Anaphalaxis Awareness
- Epilepsy Action Training
- Outdoor First Aid (16hr)
Education and Coaching Qualifications
- PGCE (Primary)
- Level 2 Award in Instructing Cycle Training (Bikeability)
- British Cycling Ride Leadership Award Level 1
- British Cycling Fundamentals of Mountain Biking Leadership Award
- British Cycling Mountain Bike Leadership Award Level 2
What does a guide carry?
A cycle guide or leader will be carrying a bag or hip pack with a range of things in. They will carry spares, tools, emergeny shelter and a first aid kit for everyone. On top of this they will be carrying their own kit. A guide will ask you to carry a few bits for yourself, this will usually include a bottle of water, snacks and a waterproof jacket.
Why should I employ a guide?
Good question, there are plenty of people who feel confident with their navigation and bike handling over challenging terrain - those people don't need a guide or leader to open up the great outdoors for them.
It's worth employing a guide if you feel unsure about riding your bike. Whatever the reason, it could be that you can't navigate, you're are worried about falling off and becoming injured, you hate traffic or that you can't motivate yourself alone.
Remember that your guide is well trained and qualified, they know their job, are helpful and personable, and are there for you - to make your time in the outdoors more fun.
What sort of bike should I have?
The answer to this depends on the sort of riding that you would like to do. There are three disciplines that I offer guiding in; road, gravel and mountain biking.
If you have a road bike that has thin tyres and rigid forks then you are limited to road cycling.
If you have a hybrid bike which has rigid forks but thicker tyres then you should be able to access road and gravel riding.
If you have a mountain bike with thick tyres and suspension then you can ride in any discipline, but the bike is most suitable for gravel or montain biking.