NEWS

MAY 19TH 2017

“Teaching others is really satisfying”

Lance Corporal Kevin Smith

Lance Corporal Kevin Smith

A reservist from Louth has explained why he finds teaching others to ride mountain bikes so satisfying.

Lance Corporal Kevin Smith, aged 33, serves with 160 (Lincoln) Transport Squadron (160 Tpt Sqn) and recently spent a week in Capel Curig in Wales teaching military personnel of various sporting abilities to ride a mountain bike as part of Exercise Log Ride 2017.

Working as a Company Director at a packaging company in his civilian life, Kevin enjoys getting out on two wheels riding wherever and whenever he can and is determined to pass his enthusiasm for biking onto his fellow reservists.

Exercise Log Ride is an annual event that includes both regular (full-time) and reservist soldiers who sign up to complete both road and mountain bike training for one week.

130 Riders joined Kevin in Wales for tuition, he explained: “Teaching others is really satisfying. During the week I was responsible for taking groups of six riders out on numerous trails, some of which were more difficult than others. The exercise is open to anyone who wants to take part, including those who haven’t ridden before.

“An individual in one of my groups had not ridden a bike for 15 years but was keen to improve his fitness and learn some new biking techniques. Seeing him progress from not being able to ride a simple trail to riding confidently when climbing, cornering and rolling over small obstacles like rocks was fantastic.”

Kevin learnt to be a mountain bike instructor after joining the Army Reserve a number of years ago. His military career began with 3 Royal Anglian in 2005, but he transferred to 160 Tpt Sqn around two years ago to re-train leaving his infantry roots behind to join a logistics unit.

Thanks to his passion to encourage others to mountain bike, Kevin is planning to travel to Bavaria, Germany in late June to teach soldiers from 102 Log Brigade, before taking part in a sports tour in France over the summer.

Concluding, Kevin said: “There are loads of adventure training opportunities open to reservists in the Army Reserve. I understand that mountain biking may not be for everyone, but there are lots of other outdoor pursuits that can be enjoyed like hiking, rugby and football to name a few.

“I’d encourage anyone who wants a new challenge to join the Reserve Forces. At 160 Tpt Sqn you can work towards driving qualifications as well as taking advantage of sporting opportunities suited to your own capability. When I teach I don’t put pressure on individuals, I help people to develop their confidence and technique and before you know it their biking skills are growing.”

To find out more about joining 160 Tpt Sqn, 158 Regiment, call 01522 529082 or email 158rlc-160-rsuso@mod.uk

“An individual in one of my groups had not ridden a bike for 15 years but was keen to improve his fitness and learn some new biking techniques. Seeing him progress from not being able to ride a simple trail to riding confidently when climbing, cornering and rolling over small obstacles like rocks was fantastic.”