Improving

At a zebra crossing, photographer Sam Sills, image courtesy of Cycling Scotland

Improving your cycling skills can increase your confidence, enable you to commute, equip you to ride further or even tackle new terrains or ride competitively.

In addition to teaching you to cycle, Glasgow’s cycling organisations offer group and led rides, an informal opportunity to pick up skills from ride leaders and fellow cyclists, plus formal skills development courses, including riding off road and commuting to work, such as Bike for Good’s Curious Commuter.

Mountain Biking

image courtesy of Bike for Good

If you seek the thrill of single track or downhill, or simply have a desire to get off road and enjoy long distance trails or technical rides through forests, across country and into the mountains then Cycling Scotland’s Go Mountain Bike achievement award is for you. The award will enable you to advance your technical riding skills and learn how to look after yourself, your bike, environment, and other people. Catering to all levels of experience, novice to expert, the award’s themes are riding skills, sharing the outdoors, first aid, and being independent and self-supporting.

You’d be forgiven for thinking the city doesn’t offer many opportunities for mountain biking. For Glasgow this isn’t the case. You can try out and practice your off road skills at Pollok Park’s skills trails. And if you head further south, those wanting a taste of the trails ridden by mountain bike competitors in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, you can ride Cathkin Braes Country Park’s three skills circuits offering a mix of terrains and features.

Competitive Riding

Glasgow has world class sports facilities for cycling in the form of the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in the east end. Whilst you might think it is reserved for lycra clad elite athletes, the track is open to anyone to have a go and enjoy track riding. Scottish Cycling, the governing body for cycle sport in Scotland, offer more information about track cycling and other competitive riding.

Improving in Glasgow

  • Bike for Good

    Group and individual on-road and confidence building cycle training sessions for complete beginners and those looking to commute by bike, plus cycle training for staff at companies.

    65 Haugh Road, Glasgow G3 8TX, UK 539 Victoria Road, Glasgow, G42 8BH

  • Drumchapel Cycle Hub

    Skills sessions available at Sunday Kid’s Bike Club, Ladies Monday evening group and the adult group on a Wednesday morning, plus one-to-one cycling instruction.

    Drumchapel Sports Centre, 195b Drumry Road East, Glasgow, G15 8NS

  • Free Wheel North

    A dedicated team of cycle trainers with many years experience in delivering specialist group and individual instruction, teach and encourage people of all ages and abilities to cycle.

    Glasgow Green Cycle Centre, Templeton Street, Glasgow, G40 1AT The White House, 1641 Maryhill Road, Glasgow, G20 0DZ

  • Glasgow Eco Trust

    Led cycle rides for adults looking to improve their cycling and explore their local area.

    Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, 64 Balmoral Street, Glasgow, UK o De'ils On Wheels Ground Floor, 40 Kingsway Court, Glasgow, G14 9SU

  • On Bikes

    bikeability classes and after school club sessions.

    30 Langdale St, Glasgow G33 1EW

  • Soul Riders

    Supporting people to learn to ride for the first time or creating elite SoulRiders.

    4 Forth Street, Glasgow G41 2SS

  • South West Community Cycles

    Cycling tuition and lessons 1-2-1, group or bespoke depending on ability and skill level with a cycle coach.

    Pollokshaws West Railway Station, 2092 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G43 1AT

Bike for Good

65 Haugh Road, Glasgow G3 8TX, UK

Drumchapel Cycle Hub

Drumchapel Sports Centre, 195b Drumry Road East, Glasgow, G15 8NS

Free Wheel North

Glasgow Green Cycle Centre, Templeton Street, Glasgow, G40 1AT

Glasgow Eco Trust

Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, 64 Balmoral Street, Glasgow, UK

On Bikes

30 Langdale St, Glasgow G33 1EW

Soul Riders

4 Forth Street, Glasgow G41 2SS

South West Community Cycles

Pollokshaws West Railway Station, 2092 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G43 1AT

Bike for Good

539 Victoria Road, Glasgow, G42 8BH

Free Wheel North

The White House, 1641 Maryhill Road, Glasgow, G20 0DZ

Glasgow Eco Trust

o De'ils On Wheels Ground Floor, 40 Kingsway Court, Glasgow, G14 9SU