About

Go-Ride is British Cycling’s development programme for young people aged 7 to 16.  The programme provides a fun and safe way to introduce young riders to the world of cycle sport and provides a platform to improve bike handling skills.

Our main session takes place on Saturday morning at 10:00 AM, see the Sessions page for details of time and venue.

Parents can find out more about Go-Ride on the British Cycling website HERE.

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The Swindon Go-Ride sessions are open to all young riders who enjoy riding their bike and want to improve their cycling skills in a safe and fun environment.

The Go-Ride coaching sessions last approximately 60 minutes in total.  Each session is structured around developing and improving particular skills such as:

  • Balance and co-ordination
  • Starting and Stopping
  • Pedalling
  • Braking
  • Cornering
  • Gear selection
  • Group Riding
  • Mounting and Dismounting
  • Climbing and Descending

The exercises are designed to challenge and improve the riders technique and can be adapted to meet the needs of all ages and abilities.

The coaching is progressive and takes riders from beginners learning core skills through to advanced riders learning techniques such as group riding and skills applicable to a racing environment.

The sessions may also incorporate elements of cycle racing disciplines such as BMX, road racing, mountain biking, track (velodrome) racing, cycle speedway, time trialling and cyclo-cross.

Often a Go-Ride coaching session will finish with a race type exercise so riders can practice their bike skills in a competitive, but fun environment.

The overall aim of each coaching session is to develop the riders skills and confidence, as well as having fun on a bike.

To take part you need the following ;

  • A completed Parental Consent Form  (click HERE)
  • A bike with gears that is in good working order (and is suitable for riding on grass/parkland)
  • A cycle helmet   (must conform to CE standard, which most do)
  • A £1 donation to help with equipment costs  (coaching is all voluntary)

Note:  The minimum age to participate is 7 and riders must be comfortable riding a bike with gears and brakes.  Sorry but no single gear bikes, balance bikes or BMX style bikes.

All coaching is by British Cycling Qualified Coaches, all of whom have ;

  • Approved cycle coach training
  • Emergency First Aid Training
  • Enhanced DBS check
  • Child Safety/Welfare training
  • Insurance cover

Session Timetable

  • 10:00 Arrive to register
  • 10:10 Coaching Starts
  • 11:15 Coaching Ends
  • 11:20 depart

The coaching starts with a briefing and bike check at 10:10 so please be on time so all riders are present and we can allocate groups.

Groups

Depending on the number of riders and coaches the session will be run as either one, two or possibly three groups. Each group will be no more than 15 riders.

  • Group 1 – Younger/novice riders, age range 7 to 9
  • Group 2 – Older and/or more experienced riders, aged 8 to 11
  • Group 3** – Older riders aiming to take part in competitive events, aged 10 to 13

** The Group 3 session will take place if we have sufficient riders and coaches. Otherwise we will just have two groups.

Be prepared

  • Make sure the bike is in good working order
  • Make sure helmet is in good condition and fits correctly
  • Wear appropriate clothing (nothing loose that can catch on the bike)
  • Gloves or cycling mitts are recommended
  • Bring a drink in a suitable container
  • In cold weather wear layers that can be removed when riders warm up
  • In sunny weather apply sun screen beforehand
  • In wet weather have some spare clothing and maybe a wet jacket

 

Cancellation

The session will go ahead even if it is wet.  Showers and damp ground are fine.  In the event of extreme weather then the session will be cancelled.  We have not had to cancel a session yet due to weather.  A session may also be cancelled at the request of the park ranger due to unforseen circumstances.  Check this website for latest information on dates, times and venues.

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