A TRAINING provider has teamed up with a cycle scheme to breathe new life into tired old cycles - and recruits rode away with the spoils.

Education officers at Training 2000 in Blackburn has been working closely with Cycle Roots, the not-for-profit recycling initiative based off Lower Audley Street.

An engineering traineeship is offered by the training provider three times a year and placement officer Edd approached Blackburn with Darwen Council to enquire about their Connect cycling promotion scheme.

This led to an introduction to Cycle Roots, run by Emma McNally, to learn all about a greener approach to biking.

Council bosses also donated 12 cycles for trainees to refurbish, under the guidance of Cycle Roots. Once the sessions had been completed the young people involved could give their bikes a full service, from tyres and gear to handle bars and chains.

This was followed by a cycling tour of the area, by one of the outfit's instructors, so they could learn about the various methods used to promote the pursuit across the borough, including the new Cycle Centre at Witton Park.

Mr Belshaw said: "The main reason that I wanted my learners to participate in the Connect cycle scheme was to encourage them to use bikes as a healthier and greener mode of transport.

"This was also a great avenue to allow them to use tools and work with moving parts, which would in turn enhance both their engineering and personal future.”

Following the exercise the trainees were allowed to keep their refurbished bikes.