Downland Cycles Training Centre.
Based near Canterbury in beautiful rural Kent.
Julie and Bryan established their Cycle Shop and Training Centre in Canterbury 1997.
The exemplary training facility was relocated to their purpose built premises in 2012. The new premises offer a peaceful rural location with on site accommodation to immerse yourself in learning, riding, excellent food and if you have time the odd local ale.
Bryan and Julie welcome all levels of cycle mechanics from complete beginners who want to fettle their own bikes, to experienced mechanics who want to develop their skills and knowledge for career progression within the cycle industry, with formal Vocationally Recognised Qualifications. Teaching and time given to learning is of the highest standard, their commitment and drive to inspire the highest standards of cycle mechanics is reflected in the quality of training and the success graduates have in working in the industry.
Aspiring frame builders are taught by Bryan, himself a master frame builder with his own brand of Invicta Custom frames. He has trained some of the best frame builders in the business and sets the highest standards in teaching to continue the proud legacy of British Frame Building.
Trainer/Assessors are Bryan (ex-pro team mechanic and shop owner) and Martyn (master wheel builder and mechanic).
Quality Control/IV/Co-Ordinator and cook is Julie.
Downland Cycles is a public and trade Campag Service, Shimano and SICI Bikefit Centre.
Custom handmade frames are built on site and public are welcome to visit to see this in progress. Bryan designs and builds his frames under Invicta Hand Made in Kent brand. He is an industry design consultant and SICI qualified.
Julie managed their own race team and the South East Road Race League for many years, with memorable Sportive and Nocturne events, appearing on BBC on 2 occasions with their events.
Julie ran cycle training in schools and Bryan worked as a pro team mechanic for Navigators and Recycling teams in the Tour of Britain and in Europe and were invited by Transport for London to help research the routes for the Tour of Britain and the Tour de France for the Canterbury finish. They organized the cycling festivals for both occasions. The promotional videos featured Downland Cycles race team and club members when pre-riding the routes for TFL.
They have real experience and knowledge of the industry and will help you with your skills development, component compatibilities, sourcing tools, equipment and parts and setting up business or gaining employment.
No expense is spared on providing the right equipment, individual work stations fully stocked with tools and spares in light and airy workshops.
Purchase tools, parts and accessories at generous course discounts and maximum 5 people per mechanics course and 3 people per frame course means individual attention from Bryan, Julie and Martyn.
On site accommodation is just £42 per night including all meals, home cooked by Julie using local meat, bread and home grown veg.
The idea is, you come and stay, ride in the evenings, immerse yourself in the cycle training, utilise the workshops in the evenings for practice.
Julie says: we are on site out of teaching hours to support and assist you so you leave feeling confident and having the confidence in your skills.
It doesn’t stop there, we will support you with no time limit when you need us, advice or help given by email, telephone or coming back down for a refresher or to solve a problem at no additional cost.
We assume no previous knowledge when you arrive, and will train you in all types of components and systems, from 1950s internal hubs through to the latest electronic gearing technology, frame building, and everything you need to know about wheels, hubs, frames, brakes and suspension systems.
All this offers a real opportunity to learn the skills and trade in the context of a comprehensive leading industry cycle business.
We can supply contacts for our course references from people who have trained with us and set up their own businesses, or now work as employees within the bike industry.
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