A PROJECT aimed at teaching the elderly to cycle has been hailed a success.

The six-week free beginners course called Up N Cycling was created to improve people's confidence and bike riding abilities.

So far eight people, ranging in age from 40 to 85, have taken up the challenge at the athletics track at the County Ground.

Carole Jones, a health and fitness development officer for the Lifestyle Centre, said: "Some have never ridden before while others have not cycled in the last 20, 30 or even 40 years.

"But they have all had a brilliant time and are looking forward to continuing the training.

"It builds confidence and improves fitness.

"They also go round obstacles and learn about the mechanics of the bikes."

The courses were led by a fully-qualified cycling instructor and it is hoped that an intermediate session will be organised in the not too distant future.

The next course is due to begin next month, although the exact date is yet to be confirmed.

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