Re: Breeze Champions
- Hi Jane
I did the champion training and to be honest thought it was inadequate. As someone who is an avid cyclist, but with no previous experience of ride leading, I thought it was pretty poor they gave us the qualification having only had about 5 minutes actual riding practice, the rest of the course was all theory. That is perhaps the fault of the course structure which was run by BC, but not ideal, in my opinion, especially as they are aiming at inexperienced cyclists who will be nervous and need lots of attention on rides; you really need a confident ride leader for that. When I voiced my concerns they were brushed off.
I have pulled out, in part due to lack of confidence in being able to do it properly, part completely unimpressed with their organisational skills, and part annoyance at exactly how much they expect you to do; to do it properly would be kind of like having a part time self employed job; been there, done that, no desire to do it again!
Sorry this is a rather negative email, it's a real shame as I was so enthusiastic about the fact that this was targeting women, and really wanted to get involved; I take your point about there already being rides led by women, open to women by local groups like this one, but there are also a lot of women out there who would feel uncomfortable about cycling with any men at all due to personal circumstances, and it would have been great to be part of something offering a safe environment to these women....the cycling world is, if you'll excuse the phrase, very cock heavy, and can be an intimidating place for a female newbie to enter!
Anyway that was meant to be two pence worth, looks more like a pound, I'll shut up now :)
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Jane Davis <saoirse.davis@...> wrote:
> Does anyone have any experience of these training courses and the Breeze initiative in general.
> British Cycling are really pushing them at the moment via quite a few of our borough group elists and a couple of people have been in touch with me personally, trying to encourage me to sign up. I am undecided, firstly because I have always thought BC was more the competitive end of cycling in which I am no longer interested and secondly, because I think the local London borough groups are already out there offering rides which welcome women and indeed are often led by women. But, I would like to find out a bit more if possible, and see if my anti BC stance is pure prejudice. I have read all the publicity on and offline that BC themselves produce about this, I'm looking for more personal experiences, possibly of the training and what's expected afterwards.
> Best Wishes, Jane