Couch to 50km - Cycling Course (women only)


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, 6.30-8pm  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.

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: or telephone: 01684 862475

Please note, to make an online payment visit: (click on Community Services, then Community Health)


Polly, who graduated in September 2018, said: "It must be over 20years 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!"