Smartphone App

The new ATG Training i-phone app is now available from the i-tunes market. Just search ATG Training and you will find it. Smartphone App home page screen
Alternatively follow this link.http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/atg-training/id558805801?mt=8
The app features
•         Part of a bike
•         Cytech Training course information http://cycletraining.co
•         120 question quiz, broken into 10 random questions bite sized peices
•         Google maps of the training venues
•         Our social media pages
•         Contact information with direct phone and emails from the app 
It is free to download. An Android version will shortly be available too for those of you who have that technology.

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Cycle Show 2012 Cycle Show 2012 – 28th-30th September 2012. NEC, Birmingham – Stand F60

The Cycle Show will return to the NEC, Birmingham on 28th – 30th September 2012 with a number of heavy-weight bike brands, such as Specialized, Trek and Madison, joining the line up from last year.

This year the show will host an array of new interactive features. After the show closes on Saturday, the action will move outside for a super criterium featuring an elite line up of international riders.

Running alongside the show on Sunday will be the last Tour Ride of the season – with a challenge and pro sportive. Inside the show, you’ll find a new MTB pump track, electric bike village, and a VIP lounge where you can meet pro riders, medallists and celebs. Visit www.cycleshow.co.uk for more information.

Whether you are looking for the latest innovations from specialist brands, wanting to try out a new bike or see the best riders compete, The Cycle Show offers an amazing day out for everyone.

Cytech Technical Advice Area Various demonstrations and Q&A sessions will be available from ATG training. Cytech experts will be provided for the duration of the show along with tool benches and demo bikes.

You’ll have the chance to learn skills that are essential in the world of bikes and discover the career possibilities if you became a Cytech qualified mechanic.

We look forward to seeing you at stand F60.

 

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It is day 4 of National Apprenticeship Week 2012!

Today we are in Hale Leys Shopping centre discussing #apprenticeships with passers-by.

Future Centre

Future Centre

Last night the Government confirmed an incentive of a £1,500 Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds. More details are on our website www.atg-training.co.uk

 
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It’s Day 3 of National Apprenticeship Week 2012!

If you haven’t already logged on to our website, www.atgapprenticeships.com, and looked at the wide range of Apprenticeship vacancies we’re currently recruiting for, then do it now!

There are oportunities in fashion, marketing, gardening and manufacturing.

If you need any advice, call 0845 8949530 and we’ll be happy to help!

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It’s Day 2 of National Apprenticeship Week 2012!

CEO Ian Harper will be on the radio today discussing the current issues pertaining to apprenticeships. The following stations will carry the message.

  • BBC Radio Oxford
  • Big L
  • BBC Radio London
  • www.AdferoNews.com
  • Inspiration Fm
  • 106 JACK FM Oxfordshire
  • Represzent 107.3

If you are in the High Wycombe area, come and see us at the Job Centre Apprenticeship Fair being held in the AMF Bowling Centre from 2pm to 4pm this afternoon. We’ll be able to answer all your Apprenticeship-related questions and discuss our current vacancies with you.

See you there!

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London Bike Show – Free Prize Draw Winners

The London Bike Show returned bigger and better than ever for its second year at the ExCel, London.

There was a much larger bike presence than the previous year, with the cycle’s area dominating a whole hall.

The ACT were at the show to promote WorkRiders, the new cycling to work programme, and ATG Training, ActSmart’s partner Cytech provider.

The ACT partnered with the London Bike Show to support the Cycling Stage which was host to Cytech demonstrations delivered by ATG Training, guest speakers and auctions throughout the four day show.

 
Cytech Technical Advice ActSmart’s runner up Partner of the Year 2011, and Cytech Training Providers, ATG Training were on hand at the Cycling Stage to offer technical advice and carry out demonstrations. The demos were a huge success with crowds gathering to learn about everything from preparing your bike for commuting to truing a wheel.

 After watching Cytech demos, visitors were glad to learn that it has never been easier to get qualified as a cycle mechanic, with Cytech Technical One Theory now available completely online, and until the end of February, with 50% off the price.

The interest in Cytech courses was evident through ATG’s prize draw to win home mechanic gear, with over 1000 entries received. 

Of all the completed entries received the first to be drawn by the independent adjudicator was:

Mr David Coxhead. Proprietor, Bristows Cycles

David wins the Wheel Truing stand 

Park Tools

Park Tools Wheel truing stand

Next to be drawn was:

Mr Robin Warr
from Greenich – London
Robin wins the Advanced Park Tools mechanic kit

Park Tools Advanced Mechanic Tool Kit

Park Tools Advanced Mechanic Tool Kit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Congratulations to both Messrs Coxhead and Warr. 

If you have not won a prize don’t be sad, there is much to be gained from attending a Cytech course at one of ATG Training’s world class cycle workshops. Course dates and venues can be found here www.cycletraining.co

Thanks to all of you who entered.

 
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Ian Harper at the London Bike Show 2012

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ATG Training were at the London Bike Show between 12th and 15th January 2012. CEO Ian Harper took a few moments out from speaking to some of the 1,000+ visitors to the Cycle stage we shared with The Association of Cycle Traders, to share his knowledge and experience of the event. This short video will give you a flavour of what happened at Excel in London Docklands.

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Thank you

Welcome to ATG Training and thank you for visiting us today. If you are a new visitor, we hope you can find the information you are seeking. If your are a returning visitor you will notice a few changes to the site, which we hope you like. Over the coming weeks futher enhancements are due, so please come back from time to time to see the updates.

We now have dedicated sites for all the different markets. So those of you who have been following our cycle news, there is a new home for this at http://cycletraining.co/news/. Save this address to follow and contibute to the cycle industry.

We would love to hear your opinions so please use the feed back forms on the site to let us know what you think.

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Level 3, this time it’s road…

Those of you following us here at ATG-Training will know that we ran our first Level 3 course that was aimed purely at the road scene last week.

What a week it was! We started out by building factory wheels from DT Swiss Shimano and Mavic and showed how to lace Snowflake, Crows Foot and Three leading three trailing patterns. We also showed learners how to tie and solder and correctly install tubulars.

We had a day focusing on the technical developments of the road bike and discussed things like frame materials and geometrys, how to switch a set up from one bike to another bike so that it rides exactly how the last set up did and looked breifly at the different types of fit system there are to fit bike to rider. We also demonstrated the correct steps to take to perfect clipless pedal set up and worked out the similarities and differences between gear inches from a standard and compact chainset.

The last couple of days were devoted to high end groupsets. Learners had the chance to experience the latest from Shimano (Dura-Ace 7900 and Di2) Sram (Force) and Campagnolo (Record) learning how the different gruppos required different installation and set up techniques and how to get the maximum from them with a great looking set up that a Pro would be proud of.

Everyone had a fantastic week and learned loads of valuable tips that will see them achieving a great riding road bike – every time!

If you fancy learning more about the Road bike, then book yourselves onto Level 3 road!

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Uphill battle in Swiss Alps

The fourth round of the World Cup circuit was contested this past weekend in Champéry, Switzerland, in the Alps near the
Swiss, Italian and French borders. The race also served as a precursor to the world championship event that will be held there
in September 2011.
The course in Champéry is already one of the most technical on the circuit. A true mountain
biker’s course complete with rocks, roots, drops, and steep descents; all of which present a challenge
even in the most perfect conditions. That was before the previous days rain turned the
course into a peanut butter mess, which had the riders now even more worried about keeping
themselves from crashing.

For Willow, it reminded her of her trails back in Asheville, so she felt confident about her fitness
and bike handling. And it showed early on, as she was part of the early break-away group on the
first lap. She and two other riders opened up a gap on the rest of the field, and continued to do
so for the next five laps. Headed into the final two laps where the three riders separated, with
Willow trailing in third. She chased hard to try and catch second who was her biggest threat for
the leader’s jersey. She managed to close the gap, but could only halve the distance before the
finish. She still remains in second overall in World Cup standings, now just trailing by 15 points.
Unfortunately for Heather, her race did not go as envisioned. She was involved in a opening lap
tangle with another rider, that saw her get spun completely around into oncoming racers. They bumped her around like a pinball.

Once the chaos cleared she found herself almost dead last in the field of over 100 starters. Furiously, she chased to try and get
back towards the front of field. At the end of the first lap she was eighty-eight. Her push caused her to fade a bit on the finals
laps as her energy levels from the accelerated efforts. She managed to claw her way back up to forty-third by the end of the
race. A salvageable result, she now stands seventeenth overall.
The course did manage to dry out a bit more for the men’s event that followed, which made Jeremy,
Sam and Russell a bit happier. Granted both Sam and Jeremy, respectively felt that “
our bikes were perfect on the course; with full mud tires mounted on our big wheels it was like
riding around on a tank (in a good way).” “The bike floated through deep mud very well, and was
also a very confidence inspiring setup, which made a big difference on such a technical course.”
Both riders managed to move up into the top-30 on the initial lap which buoyed well for them.
JHK just could not bridge up to the top-20 group that was just ahead of him. However, he was
pleased with his 22nd place finish, having gain more than 31 spots from the start. This was best
world cup result of the season, which helped to boost his morale and confidence for late season
racing form.
Unlike his teammate who managed to advance throughout the race, Sam started to fade mid-race and had to try and fight tooth-and-nail to keep from getting passed by other racers, itching to get by. He managed to hold off most challengers and only loose five spots from his initial 43rd start. He’s looking forward to a re-do opportunity this coming world cup race weekend. Handicapped with a high start number of 145th out of 175 entries, Russell made strong headway in the field and moved up to 109th before being pulled with two laps remaining in the race.
For only his first season of racing elite category, his development is proceeding nicely. The team’s world cup schedule now has them travelling across the border to Italy and the ski region of Val di Sole, site of the 2008 MTB World Championships. Stay tuned for more news as the 2010 Subaru-Trek team races around the globe.

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