Our youth coaching sessions start in February and continue through to December before we have a break over the Christmas period. They take place between 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm on Monday evenings at the Cycle Circuit in Middlesbrough Sports Village. The dates for the sessions can be found in the calendar here.
We also run a Racing League, League 2000, over the summer. For more information about that, please click here.
We also coordinate sessions with Go-Ride coaches from British Cycling as well as running our own themed rides at Easter, Halloween and just before Christmas.
Our sessions are £3 per rider and are open to anyone from the age of 4 to 16 regardless of ability or experience. You don’t need to be a member of Cleveland Wheelers to take part although it’s recommended and membership for youths (under 18s) is totally free. If you’re interested in joining there’s more information here.
However, please note that if you are a first timer to the sessions, you will need to bring a consent form along with you. The form can be downloaded here. You will also be given an induction by a coach so that you can get to know the area, meet everyone and also allow us to assess your ability.
The sessions are designed for us to cater for each rider’s cycling needs. We work off a British Cycling Road Training Plan and the Go-Ride Gears Books. We cover everything from the basics to intermediate bike handling skills and techniques. We incorporate games into our sessions so that they are more enjoyable and exciting for everyone involved whilst still providing a competitive edge. We aim to work with riders with little or no experience all the way to those who have mastered the basic and intermediate skills and want to develop further.
On the night, we split up into age and ability groups, usually having three different groups that will do different drills, skills and techniques. We then get together as a group towards the end of the session and run races or competitions so that each rider can demonstrate what he/she has learnt in the session. No one is thrown in at the deep end and you are never forced into doing anything that you do not feel comfortable with. As coaches, we work to our riders’ capabilities, not our own. Finally, there is also a treat at the end of the session for riders to take away with them.
If you want a poster with a summary of what we provide then please click here.