Following successful test events last year, the Croston Velo Youth Section is about to commence a programme of monthly group rides between April and October 2018.
The rides are aimed primarily at youths aged 14+ who are already confident riding on the road and who wish to gain experience of group riding. The purpose of the Youth Section is to support youth riders in acquiring the technical skills, road awareness and endurance base needed to transition to the main Croston Velo group rides.
The distances covered in the Youth Section rides will be determined on a ride-by-ride basis and will be tailored to the capabilities of the riders and the prevailing weather conditions. We anticipate running the first rides over distances of between 12-18 miles, building up to rides of 20+ miles later in the year.
We plan to run one ride per month between April and October. The confirmed dates of the rides are as follows:
- Wednesday 11th April 2018
- Wednesday 2nd May 2018
- Wednesday 6th June 2018
- Wednesday 4th July 2018
- Wednesday 1st August 2018
- Wednesday 5th September 2018
- Wednesday 3rd October 2018
All rides will depart from the Sports Club at 18:30. However, we ask riders to arrive at the Sports Club 10 minutes before departure so that we can provide a pre-ride briefing and check all bikes are roadworthy. All riders are required to wear suitable clothing. Helmets are mandatory. Riders are encouraged to ride road or hybrid bikes, but mountain bikes are also acceptable. All bikes must be roadworthy and have front and rear lights.
Anyone who would like to join us for a youth ride must email the ride co-ordinators in advance at CrostonVelo_WelfareOfficer@yahoo.com . We can then discuss the ride programme with the potential rider and ensure that we take riders’ capabilities into account when designing the routes. We will also require parental consent for the rider to take part.
The rides will be co-ordinated and led by the two Club Welfare Officers, David McLennan and Dave Cane, both of whom have been through the DBS vetting process. Risk assessments will be undertaken prior to each ride and all other necessary safeguarding processes will be followed.
We do hope these youth rides are a success. Please do encourage young people with an interest in cycling to give it a try! We will be advertising the rides at Bishop Rawstorne secondary school and through the Club’s social media.
We’d also be very grateful for any offers of support from other Club members, particularly in terms of joining a ride or two and sharing valuable knowledge and experience with the younger riders.
For any queries, please contact us on the email address above.