HCT Instructors

Becoming an Instructor

If you are interested in finding out more about how to become a Cycling Instructor, please look at our ITO (Instructor Training Organisation) pages or contact us for more details.

Our Instructors

Our Assistant Instructors

  • Natalie Quinn
  • Andy Friedli
  • Graham Davies

Fiona Quinn - InstructorFiona Quinn

As a teenager I cycled to school, despite the fact it was not considered ‘cool’! I loved the freedom cycling gave me to go out without relying on my parents for a lift. When I was a student I lived in Germany for a year and used my bike every day, often cycling along the Rhine path between Cologne and Bonn. Once I began work, petrol price increases convinced me to use my bike instead of my car for a 12 mile journey each way, which also helped me get fitter.

Cycling took a back seat when my children were small, but as they grew up I was able to cycle with the two youngest to school. I became involved with HCT as a volunteer in 2005, until 2008 when I decided to train as an Instructor myself. I became fully accredited in February 2009. Since then I have also trained to become an Instructor Trainer, teaching others to become Accredited Bikeability Instructors.

I am delighted to be able to help young people learn about and use safe cycling practices and to achieve the sense of freedom and fitness cycling can give you. I would also like to encourage more adults to take to the road on their bikes through training and simple maintenance skills so they can join in the fun too!

Fiona Quinn
Chairman, Haddenham Cycle Training
Accredited National Standards Cycling Instructor & Instructor Trainer

Send an email to Fiona
April 2015

Francesca Flaxton

Francesca FlaxtonI am proof that it is never too late to get back on your bike! Having not owned a bike since I was a teenager, I started cycling again some 12 years ago, when my husband and I bought new bikes. I remember feeling very nervous to start with, having to cycle with my son in the baby seat behind me. I soon caught the cycling bug and our children both cycled to school on Haddenham's roads since until they moved up to secondary school. We enjoy cycling as a family and often take our bikes on holiday with us.

I was the Chairman of Haddenham Cycle Training May 2005 - July 2014. I became a National Standards Bikeability Instructor because I feel passionately about helping people to cycle safely on the road. Over the years, I have trained thousands of children and adults from all over Bucks and further afield and I feel it is a privilege to have the opportunity to make a positive difference to people’s cycling confidence, ability and enjoyment. Since HCT became an Instructor Training Organisation, I have also had the opportunity to train many new instructors and have seen HCT grow from a small community group of volunteers to a strong team of professional Instructors. I am always pleased to hear from anyone who would like to talk about what we do and how they can get involved.

Francesca Flaxton

Accredited National Standards Cycling Instructor
Send an email to Francesca
April 2015

Helen Krauze - InstructorHelen Krauze

As a student and then as a working girl in London I cycled everywhere and knew no fear!

Times change, and by the time I had moved to Buckinghamshire, 11 years ago, with a very young family, my bike soon started to gather dust in the garage. There is a limit to how many children you can carry on a bike at any one time, especially when I had twins! My husband moaned at me to get rid of my bike …

Then, in 2007, I moved to Haddenham (children much bigger by now) and soon realised it was the perfect place for cycling. Haddenham is a big village, and a bike is just the thing for getting around quickly without resorting to the car. Out came my bike again! When Haddenham Cycle Training asked for volunteers I was keen to become involved.

All the instructors with HCT are passionate about what they do. Their professional approach was really inspiring. So much so, that in March 2009 I exchanged my volunteer status for that of a Fully Accredited Instructor.

I love being part of a community organisation and doing something really worthwhile. It’s fantastic to watch the children grow in confidence with their cycling and know that we give them the skills to become independent cyclists.

I hope that by adding to the complement of instructors, I can help Haddenham Cycle Training to offer more in the way of courses and clubs. Lots more confident children cycling safely on the road, now that has to be a good thing!

Helen Krauze
Accredited National Standards Cycling Instructor & Instructor Trainer

Send an email to Helen
April 2015

Vashti Bedwell

I became involved with Haddenham Cycle Training in 2006 as a volunteer helping out with Cycle Awareness Days at Haddenham Infant School. At the time my children were 6 and 3 and I was very keen for them to learn good road awareness so that they would be able to cycle safely around the village and beyond. They have both progressed through the Bikeability scheme and have gained so much confidence in doing so.

In 2011 I was asked to take over the role of Treasurer and before I knew it I was training as an Assistant Instructor and signing up as a Director for the Company!

I love the ethos of the Company. The instructors all have a great passion to share cycling knowledge and to provide life skills and confidence to all they train. I am very proud to be involved with HCT.

Vashti Bedwell
Assistant Cycling Instructor

April 2015

Rachel Friedli

Hi, my name is Rachel Friedli and I am an Accredited Instructor with HCT. I decided to train as an instructor after seeing an advert regarding the course. At the time I was working as a dinner lady at my daughter's school but I wanted a job where I could have the flexibility to choose the hours I wanted as well as excellent job satisfaction. I love the freedom that cycling gives you and wanted to pass on my experience to others.

I have taken my daughter on bike rides since she was little; firstly she was in a bike seat, then she progressed to a trail-gator and now she rides her own bike alongside us along bridleways, cycle paths, towpaths and roads. Before I had my daughter I worked in the NHS as a Play Specialist and I loved the buzz it gave me when you saw a child overcome their anxieties and develop their confidence. Working as an Instructor with HCT gives me this and so much more and I feel safe in the confidence that so many children are able to cycle safely with my help - it's a huge boost to one's self-esteem.

Rachel Friedli
Accredited National Standards Cycling Instructor

April 2015