2021-09-27 12:35:45

Riding a bike... summer feedback!

We recently received this marvellous feedback from a client who took part in cycle training with Jonathan Tutte during summer 2021:

"I just wanted to email you to let you know about my summer.  I decided at my grand old age of Really Old, that it was time to learn to ride a bike.  I never learned as a child and I'd been scarred for life by being given a bike at a Summer Mix afternoon session I was helping at years ago, and just told to 'get on and ride' by the instructor.  I had told him I couldn't ride a bike and after seeing this was true, he just left me there, in the car park at Plymbridge Woods, with a bike I could do nothing with while he took the kids out for about 9 hours.  After that I decided that clearly, riding a bike was not for me.  But after much Googling and talking to my friend who does something in Sports Development, I found the fabulous Jonathan Tutte who, it turns out, was the answer to my prayers.

The website said no group sessions were running anytime soon, which was almost the end of the road for me.  But I emailed to ask when they would be back, and he said he did one to one sessions.  And ever since then he has been a revelation. I was petrified of being seen by people and felt pretty rubbish about needing stabilisers, or falling off my bike to my death, or even worse, dying of embarrassment at being a Full Grown Adut needing lessons.  But Jonathan was amazing - he was OK with my hysterical need to go somewhere quiet so I wouldn't be seen, he was fine when I was almost always 5 minutes late (sometimes slightly later), he was great when I did something useless BUT most importantly, he was calm, considerate, patient, friendly, encouraging and he did the job! I am now a proper cyclist!

I am over the moon because at no point in time did I think I'd get here, and certainly not in this time frame.  From not even being able to balance on a bike to being able to go round Burrator twice by myself and only stopping to avoid a herd of angry cows, in a matter of weeks, is astonishing. I am a changed woman!  I can't believe I didn't do it earlier, but I guess some people are in the right place at the right time.  I can't thank him enough for what he has done.  My only gripe is now I have learned about hydraulic brakes and gripshift gears is that is going to be an expensive new hobby.  But there are worse things to spend your money on, I suppose.  If I could only convince my employer to get involved with the Cycle to Work scheme, I'd be fine!

Anyway, I will just end this with my heartfelt thanks to you and Jonathan and anyone else who might do this sort of stuff because I have overcome a massive fear and been able to learn something I have always wanted to do in under eight weeks, from first contact until today, and that is mainly down to Jonathan. He is brilliant and I cannot thank him enough for giving me not only confidence on the bike, but confidence to give new things a go and not worry about what other people think.  He is fantastic!"

We wholehartedly agree with all of the comments from this client.  Jonathan is the most patient man on the planet and is a wonderful teacher.

If this inspires you to try cycling, contact Jonathan to book in some free 1:1 training; jtutte@sjhcsc.co.uk or call

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