Malvern Hills District Council is delivering a women only Couch to 50km programme aiming to help people lead a more active lifestyle and improve fitness and well-being through cycling.

The 8-10 week programme will incorporate cycling proficiency (known as Bikeability) to help build individual’s confidence of cycling on the road, improve cycle skills as well as build confidence of riding in a group, improve fitness and stamina.  Instructor, Rachel Vann will also be providing advice and support to help people progress to the overall 50km ride.

The course costs just £35 per person, which includes cycling proficiency and graduation certificate. A graduation ride will take place on a Sunday at the end of the 8-10 weeks.   

This course is suitable for anyone who perhaps hasn’t ridden since they were a teenager or simply hasn’t ridden for a while.  You might also have limited confidence of riding a bike, especially on the road.  We recommend either a mountain bike or hybrid bike for this course.

Future course dates

  • Tuesday 12 May 2020, 6.30pm - 8pm  Graduation ride Sunday 19 July 2020.

Week one will commence from Sport Dyson Perrins and continue from Victoria Park and Hanley Swan for the remainder of the course.

  • Wednesday 13 May 2020, 9.30am - 11am (meet at Upton Rugby Club) – graduation Sunday 26 July 2020.

How to book (Booking essential)

There are only eight places available per course, with a minimum of five people for the course to run. If for any reason a course cannot be run then any booked participant will be given the option of a full refund or transfer to a future course.  You must also be able to commit to the full 8-10 week programme and the graduation ride. 

To check availability and to book your place please email us via: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone: 01684 862475

Please note, to make an online payment visit the Pay it webpage, click on Community Services, then on Community Health.


Polly, who graduated in September 2018, said: "It must be over 20 years since I'd last ridden a bike. The thought of cycling on today's busy roads filled me with horror, completely overwhelmed me. My confidence was zero! Then I heard about Rachel's Couch to 50km programme, and joined.  I didn't think for one minute that I would enjoy, or finish the programme. How wrong I was. Rachel's friendly, welcoming manner, and excellent tuition had me hooked. Riding in a group, which is women only, with Rachel at the front and Mel Jones supporting at the back, in no time at all my anxiety was gone. Each week I felt fitter, had more energy and stamina. I would thoroughly recommend this programme to anyone to gain confidence and enjoy cycling!"