Sacred rider offers National Standard instruction to children (and adults) of all ages.

From pre school to post school, we offer a wide range of cycling instruction to suit all abilities.

 National Standards Instruction



What is National Standards Instruction?

In a nutshell, the old cycling proficiency test, but for the 21st century. It has been designed to give the next generation the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today's roads.

There are 3 National Standards levels. A child will typically start NS lessons once they have learnt to ride a bike, with 10-11 year olds progressing through to Level 2, and then Level 3 at secondary school (11-18 year olds). Certificates and badges for each level are awarded to children who successfully complete each course and children are encouraged and inspired to achieve all three levels, recognizing that there is always more to learn and to enjoy on a bike.

Level 1:

During Level 1 training, you learn to control and master your bike. The training takes place in an environment away from cars or traffic - usually in a playground or closed car park. You will gain basic cycle control skills including starting and pedaling; stopping; maneuverer; signaling and using the gears on your bike. Training will be in groups of 6 cyclists, although individual training may also be available in your area.

Session length is 1x 2 hours.

Level 2:

During Level 2 training you will get out on the roads! Level 2 gives you a real cycling experience so that you are able to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to school. Training takes place in groups of 6 cyclists, although individual training may also be available in your area.

Session lengths are 3 x 2 hours (6 hours total) but can be ran to suit your needs. 

Level 3:

During Level 3 training you will learn the skills to tackle a wider variety of traffic conditions than on Level 2. When you reach Level 3 standard you will be able to deal with all types of road conditions and more challenging traffic situations. The course covers dealing with hazards, making 'on-the-move' risk assessments and planning routes for safer cycling. Normally you will do this once you have started secondary school. As with Levels 1 and 2, you will usually be trained in groups of 6, although individual training may also be available in your area.

Session lengths are bespoke but 2 hours minimum required.

Off road skills

Sacred Rider offers a unique 'off road - on road' skills course which can be ran anywhere, and is an ideal introduction to learning riding off road skills but in a more controlled environment.

Children will learn about balance and control over a series of man made obstacles, that will enrich their riding skills and give them more confidence to ride in local authority skate parks as well as on local  dirt trails.

These sessions can take place in the school yard or on the playing fields, and are a great way of introducing more advanced riding skills within a controlled setting.


Nick recently passed his National Standards level 1.

His mum wanted him to gain more experience whilst riding down local tow paths and in the local woods.

So a quick splash and dash session in those woods, did the trick.

Here he is tackling some roots, and yes that is a BMX bike.