Youngsters enjoy Spalding’s first Go Ride session

HAVING A GREAT TIME: Youngsters and coaches at the first of Spalding Cycling Club's Go Ride sessions held at the Castle Sports Complex on Saturday.
HAVING A GREAT TIME: Youngsters and coaches at the first of Spalding Cycling Club's Go Ride sessions held at the Castle Sports Complex on Saturday.
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The first of Spalding Cycling Club’s Go Ride sessions at the Castle Sports Complex attracted a dozen participants of all ages and abilities with some complete beginners.

Go Ride is British Cycling’s programme designed to help get young people aged five to 16 cycling confidently and safely.

Coaches Stewart Elderkin and Shane Norton provided the youngsters with a number of group and individual tests designed to improve personal 
confidence and basic bike handling skills.

Off the bike activities included walk rounds to demonstrate the layouts of the courses. One-to-one help was also available for the less confident.

Having completed the lessons and to put everything learnt during the morning each participant rode a short time trial – a race against the clock.

By doing that each Go Rider will be able to see how their cycling skills improve after each session.

Assisting the coaches were club members Megan Kendall and Ben Norton, both highly experienced and capable Go Riders keen to pass on their knowledge and advice.

Kendall is working through the British Cycling Young Achievers programme which involves helping with coaching and organising events in the region, including a Tour de France themed Go Ride event last summer.

Norton has progressed through Go Ride to racing and become very successful as have other Go Riders in the club.

Constant encouragement from the parents and the other club staff as well as reasonable weather enabled all to enjoy and get something out of the session.

The next session will be at 10am on Saturday, April 23.

For more information, contact Stewart Elderkin on 07831 737715 or visit the club website spaldingcc.org.uk