A little one learning to cycle: Sanober's daughter (age 7), Witton, August 2021 "My 7 year old was very anxious and lacked confidence in learning how to ride her bike. However, by the end of 3 lots of 45 minute sessions with Fiona, she was doing laps of the park with Fiona and I simply standing on the sidelines cheering her on. Fiona clearly has an ability to make children feel at ease with her friendly, positive approach as she takes them through each step of the process. My daughter went from a “what if I can’t do this?” approach to “I want to ride again and again!” within 3 days and the transformation was a joy to see. This was all down to Fiona! Thank you so much :-)"
Learning to cycle as an adult: Nick, Isleworth, September 2021
"I had no experience whatsoever riding a bike and within 3 hours of lessons, I felt confident and was able to ride with control. Fiona put me at ease from the start and always kept me safe - simple but effective techniques allowed me to learn very quickly. 100% would recommend to beginners whatever age and I still may come back for the advanced road course at a later date!" Nick and I also went for a cycle together.
Road safety training for Susan's son and his friend (age 11), Kingston, April 2022: "I asked Fiona to take my son and his friend out for a couple of sessions to introduce them to cycling on roads as we had not been able to access the Bikeability course through school. My son throughly enjoyed the 90 minute sessions and came back confident to ride on busy roads, with a strong knowledge of bike and road safety. I am so pleased we contacted Fiona - as well as being efficient, punctual and friendly she had a lovely way with the children. She was very knowledgable and provided excellent feedback about what the boys had done and what their next steps are. Thank you!"
Road safety training organised through school: Zack (11), Kew, March 2015
"It was fun and enjoyable and not at all boring. I learnt a lot of new things and was able to master them quite quickly." Zack completed a course based on Level 2 of the National Standards for Cycle Training.
Giving a teenager freedom and his mum less anxiety: Jennie's son (age 15), Putney, June 2020
"Fiona is the Mary Poppins of the cycling world. My teenage son had no experience of road cycling whatsoever and was keen to start. He somewhat reluctantly agreed to have a few lessons and I am so pleased he did. I think he realised afterwards how important it was, and he now has a really good grasp of road safety. I would recommend Fiona to everyone. Happy son, calmer mum!"
Getting back on a bike with confidence: Jennifer, Tooting, January 2018
“At 64 I thought my cycling days were over but then I was given a bike and had the good fortune to find Fiona. After several sessions with her I now have sufficient safety and road craft skills and confidence to set off regularly by myself and even to sign up for some group rides. Her friendly manner, professionalism, enthusiasm and ability to motivate plus meticulously planned and researched routes make every outing a most enjoyable adventure. She has opened up a whole new chapter for me and I couldn’t recommend her highly enough.”
A mum wanting to gain her road confidence so she can ride safely with her children: Coralie, Kew, July 2015
"I booked a 2 hour session with Fiona to improve my technique and boost my confidence, for cycling by myself and also with my children. I found the session extremely useful – Fiona gave me key techniques and tips which will be useful in any situation. She explained and demonstrated everything very clearly. I now feel much more confident, and will take her tips and try to teach them to my children when we are cycling together. I would definitely recommend Fiona."
A new commuter who wanted help with her route: Emma, Tooting, June 2017
"I contacted Fiona at CycleWithMe as I wanted to cycle to work from Tooting to the Tottenham Court Road area. I felt some trepidation at the prospect and was unsure of whether I would be able to do it. After 3 sessions with Fiona I have completed the commute there and back on my own with confidence and with a massive sense of achievement. Fiona gives very clear and practical guidance and has a calm and reassuring style of instructing. She cycled with me on a practice attempt and this provided me with the support and encouragement I needed to get started plus some excellent information on keeping safe and following the rules of the road. I would highly recommend Fiona's service to anyone who feels a bit daunted by the prospect of cycling and needs the tools to get started"
A regular commuter wanting advanced road safety skills so a course was organised through her employer: Laura, Business Client, Sept 2017
"Thank you! It was a great session and I’ve already seen a huge difference in my cycling since Friday! I’m so much more confident and comfortable on my bike and am enjoying my commutes more and more. It’s such a valuable session and your patience and clarity really made it informative and enjoyable so thank you. I’ve already recommended it to friends and family!!" Laura completed the advanced course based on Level 3 of the National Standards for Cycle Training
First big event, Hot Chillee's London to Paris at a specific speed arriving in Paris to meet the Tour de France, January 2019: Elizabeth, Balham
"In January 2018 I made the crazy decision to take part in a group ride from London to Paris. This was no ordinary cycle ride as I was about to find out, 100 miles a day for 3 days running, at speed, is quite a challenge for a seasoned rider and I was a complete novice. This was where Fiona came in, a friend who had taken up cycling and worked with Fiona to train for Ride London, introduced me to Fiona, and I honestly could not have made it without Fiona’s training and support. Fiona had to go back to basics with me, how to use the gears, brakes, road safety, and then moving on to using cleats and optimum nutrition. Fiona is always encouraging, and makes you feel you can achieve anything, she also shuts down any negative thoughts you might have. After 7 months working with Fiona I did the ride and whilst it was incredibly tough for me I could not have been more well prepared by Fiona. Fiona’s husband also deserves a mention as he supported on some of the longer training rides, setting a pace to push my speed. I cannot recommend Fiona more highly, she is incredibly professional, goes more than the extra mile, and makes the rides great fun." Elizabeth is still cycling with me.
Aiming high, literally, to the top of the Tour de France's famous Mt Ventoux! Anita, Ealing, July 2017:
"I was bought a beautiful, road bike for Christmas which sat unused for 3 months. In order to get cycling I set myself the challenge of riding up Mount
Ventoux! With very little previous road cycling experience I needed help. Luckily Pearsons Cycles in Sheen recommended Fiona to me.
Fiona is an excellent cycle trainer. Right from the start she listened to my goals and organised my training accordingly. From ensuring that I was road aware and cycling safely to developing my technique I felt that I was in a competent and safe pair of hands. Starting with shorter, relatively flat routes Fiona tailored each subsequent ride to increase my stamina and improve my hill riding ability. Each session was really well organized allowing me to totally concentrate on my riding whilst also taking in the spectacular views of the Surrey Hills!
However the best thing about my training is that Fiona’s love and enthusiasm for cycling is infectious. She is great fun to cycle with and I would recommend her to others whatever their level and previous experience. She will definitely help you to improve.
So did I get up Mount Ventoux? With all my superb training, you bet I did!"
Pearson Cycling Club, March 2015, Ride Captain Training
"...the training was very well presented and informative ... we will discuss the potential for training further members at a later date." The club followed up with more training in 2016 and 2018.