About

Please note that due to various factors we will not be running any youth cycle coaching sessions for the foreseeable future.

Swindon Cyclones Youth Cycling Club is open to all young riders who enjoy riding their bike and want to improve their cycling skills in a safe and fun environment.

Coaching is by British Cycling qualified volunteer coaches.

Age Range

We cater for young riders from 7 to 14+.

note:  We do admit some Under 7s so long as they have a suitable bike and have enough ability to participate in an hour long active session.

Club Membership

Membership is automatic when you attend your first session and continues until you stop attending and six months has elapsed since you last participated in a coaching session or ride.

Costs

There is no charge for membership and coaching sessions are run on a voluntary basis.  A donation of £1 for each rider at each session is appreciated as this helps us cover costs for equipment and bikes.

Taking Part

Anyone is welcome to join our sessions and you can attend either regularly or just occasionally as fits in with other activities and family commitments.

Riders need:

  • 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
  • A £1 donation to help with equipment costs  (coaching is all voluntary)

We meet at 10:00 AM and we will allocate riders to groups at 10:10 AM so please arrive in time.

Bikes

Riders use their own bike which must have front and rear brakes and gears.

Balance bikes, single speed bikes and BMX style bikes are not suitable.

We also have some loan bikes which riders can try out.  See the BIKES page for more information.

Coaching Sessions

The majority of our sessions take place on Saturday mornings at 10:00AM at venues in Swindon, mostly Lydiard Park and Shaw Forest Park.

For the upcoming sessions see the SESSIONS page.

We usually divide the coaching sessions into three 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 10
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.

The coaching sessions last for 60 minutes and are designed to develop various aspects of cycling techniques such as:

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

The coaching 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 sporting or active leisure ride.

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.

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

Coaches

Each group will be led by a British Cycling qualified coach.

All coaches 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.

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

Bikeability

We don’t teach bikeability (or cycling proficiency).  This is usually taught by other instructors via a school or council activity.  Bikeability is about teaching young riders how to ride on the public highway.  Contact your school to see if they can offer this.

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.  Cancellation will be notified on this website and also an email will be sent out to all parents the evening beforehand.