For 2020 we are offering our residents the opportunity to try cycling as a way of helping people to lead a more active lifestyle, improve their well being and fitness. 

The 8 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 Nicholls will also be providing advice and support to help people progress to building up your miles on a bike. 

The course costs just £30 per person, which includes cycling proficiency and graduation certificate. A graduation ride will take at the end of the 8 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

Starting Monday 14th September 2020, 10.30-12noon from Hanley Swan. 


  • Week 1 will take place in a traffic free area e.g. tennis court or large tarmacked area in Malvern, venue TBC. 
  • Week 3 will take place on Wednesday 30th September instead from 10-11.30am.  
  • Our graduation ride will take place on Monday 2nd November at 10am-1pm from Hanley Swan. 

How to book (Booking essential)

There are only five places available per course, with a minimum of three 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 week programme and the graduation ride. 

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

Please send your booking form FIRST, before making an online payment which can be found here - Pay it webpage, click on Community Services, then on Community Health, Sofa to Saddle.


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!"