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Instructor of the Year!

At Outspoken, we are incredibly proud of all our cycle instructors who deliver enthusiastic, life-changing training every week. We were therefore delighted that one of our instructors, Chris Lee, won the ‘Instructor of the Year’ category at this year’s Bikeability Awards.

Chris has been delivering Bikeability cycle training for nearly 5 years and such is his love for getting more people cycling, Chris travels far to deliver training throughout Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Suffolk. Last year Chris enthused hundreds of pupils across 80+ schools, delivering the following courses/training:

• Bikeability Level 1,2 & 3

• Bikeability Balance (balance bike)

• Bikeability Fix (bike maintenance)

• Bikeability Learn to Ride

• Bikeability Ride

• Bike Clubs

• Safe Urban Driving

• School assemblies

• Adult 1-2-1 cycle skills

• Cycle maintenance

• Dr Bikes

This included going beyond expectations at Gosberton House School where he was initially booked to deliver Level 1 training with their autistic pupils. The school were nervous about allowing any road training but after some persuasion, Chris took the group out on the road giving them the opportunity to attempt the Level 2 outcomes and reach their full potential. The school were delighted:

"I would just like to let you know personally how fantastic your instructor Chris was at our school. He took into account the needs of all our pupils (Autism), was very flexible and not only took the pupils out on the road for the first time but also gave them the opportunity to attempt all the Level 2 outcomes."

Other achievements this year include:

• Delivering Bikeability Balance to cerebral palsy students at two schools, enabling them to achieve the outcomes.

• Mentoring 10 new instructors to help them develop and progression towards becoming talented qualified National Standard Instructors.

• Acting as a positive role model by cycling to training venues including from Peterborough to Cambridge and back to deliver cycle maintenance training twice a month.

• Looking after an instructor who fainted in the staffroom during the later stages of pregnancy.

• Raising £900 for Macmillan doing the London Nightrider.

• Teaching his grandson to ride after buying him a balance bike for his first birthday.

Chris was overjoyed with the award and commented:

“It was great to be recognised for just doing my job. I am very lucky to do a job which I have a real passion for and see as a hobby. The real award is being able to pass on some knowledge and enthusiasm to future generations of cyclist!”

We are thrilled that Chris has been recognised for regularly going above and beyond in his mission to enthuse more people to cycle. Winning this award in an industry with more than 6,800 instructors is a fantastic achievement and we hope he enjoys his success. Congratulations Chris!

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