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Bigfoot are Go-Ride Racing Regional Champions!

posted 19 Sep 2018, 04:04 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 19 Sep 2018, 05:31 ]

Congratulations to our team of ten novice racers, who on Sunday beat stiff competition from Go-Ride clubs across the South East to be crowned Go-Ride Racing Regional Champions!

Held at the Cyclopark, the competition involved seven Go-Ride clubs from South London, Surrey, Kent and Sussex. After a range of team and individual races and skills tests, held on tarmac, grass and off-road trails, the Bigfoot team won with a score of 368 points. The team won by a comfortable margin ahead of Pedal Heaven in second place with 266 points.

Team coach Simon Spearmann-Oxx said afterwards: "What a team! I'm so proud of these young cyclists for their achievement today at Cyclopark. Such a conclusive win against six other teams, really showing their Go-Ride skills and their racing skills to win by such a huge margin. Fantastic work!"

Go-Ride Racing Regional champions


The team members (pictured above) were:

William Mitchell 
James Cook
Eleanor Thompson 
Will Dennis 
Frans-Louis van Schalkwyk
Sami Kechiche
Aaron Medlyn
Sara Kechiche 
Joseph Spearman-Oxx
Charlie Hay

You can view a gallery of photos from the event on our Flickr page.


Special coaching session on Saturday 15 September

posted 6 Sep 2018, 10:28 by Bigfoot Go-Ride   [ updated 6 Sep 2018, 10:28 ]

There will be no regular Go-Ride or MINI coaching sessions at Hayes Primary school at 9:00am, 10:00am or 1:30pm on Saturday 15 September.
 
Instead we have hired the off-road trails at Herne Hill Velodrome, and we'll be coaching you in off-road riding skills. It should be great fun, and will also be good practice for the Go-Ride racing event that's being held on the same trails the following Saturday.

Come with either a mountain bike or a cyclocross bike. If you're not sure if your bike will do ask one of our coaches in advance. We may even have the odd mountain bike that can be borrowed, but you'll need to arrange this in advance.
 
Anyone from our Bigfoot Mini and Go-Ride Saturday morning and afternoon clubs is welcome to come, along with Bigfoot Youth riders.
 
We would also welcome some parents offering to help on the day.
 
Venue: Herne Hill Velodrome, 104 Burbage Rd, Herne Hill, London SE24 9HE. Parking is available on site.
 
Timing: Arrival and Register 1.45pm, riding from 2.00 to 4.00pm
 
There is no charge as this event replaces one of our regular coaching sessions.

Go-Ride Racing Saturday 22 September - no sessions at Hayes

posted 6 Sep 2018, 10:25 by Bigfoot Go-Ride   [ updated 6 Sep 2018, 10:26 ]

The first event of this season's South London Go-Ride Racing League has been arranged for Saturday 22 September. It will be off road racing at Herne Hill. There will be no coaching sessions at Hayes that day, as we strongly encourage all our riders to attend. The racing takes place on the Herne Hill mountain bike trails, so MTBs or cyclocross bikes are needed.

Taking part in racing is a key aspect of our Go-Ride Gears coaching programme and the South London Go-Ride Racing League is a fun and friendly introduction to bike racing.

Full details are on the SLGRRL Facebook page.

We need a team for the regional Go-Ride Racing finals

posted 6 Sep 2018, 10:21 by Bigfoot Go-Ride   [ updated 6 Sep 2018, 10:21 ]

We're looking for ten riders to represent Bigfoot at the South East Go-Ride Racing finals which are being held at the Cyclopark on Sunday 16 September. You'll be racing against other Go-Ride clubs from South London, Surrey, Kent and Sussex.

There are a range of team and individual races and skills tests, with trophies and medals being awarded.

We need ten riders of all ages, from Under 8 to Under 16 categories. You must have taken part in some previous Go-Ride Racing, but you must still be a novice (no more than one season racing at Regional level).

If you want to be considered for the team complete our online form here.

Complete the form as soon as possible, and we'll announce the team soon.

We'll be picking ten riders from across the club, based on a mixture of racing league position and performance at club sessions.

Racing takes place on a mixture of tarmac, grass and trails, so CX bikes or MTBs are needed - the circuits aren't suitable for road bikes.



Family ride: the Ramblers Rest Ride - Sunday 30 September

posted 6 Sep 2018, 10:06 by Bigfoot Go-Ride

Adam at Bigfoot CC has arranged a lovely easy ride to some hidden countryside and woods in and around Hayes, plus a stop at the Ramblers Rest pub. It's suited to anyone who fancies an easy ride of just 14 miles, or an even easier ride of 6 miles.
 
Suitable for young people, adults and children – anyone who fancies a nice easy ride. Open to members and non-members of the the Bigfoot Cycle Club and it's free! Details are in the information sheet below.

Bedgebury off road day - Saturday 24 November

posted 6 Sep 2018, 09:58 by Bigfoot Go-Ride

On Saturday 24 November our club coaching sessions will be held at Bedgebury. 

We will use the forest cycle trails with all their twists, turns, lumps, bumps, muddy bits and puddles.

There will be sessions suited to all our young riders from all our club branches (MINI, Go-Ride and Youth). We also would like lots of parents to come along and join in too. 

Riders aged 9 or under will need to be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult at all times (see information sheet for more details).

If your child is in our MINI club branch – please speak to one of our coaches just to be sure it will be ok for your child. 

There will be no club sessions at Hayes on this day.

We will meet at Bedgebury Forest, TN17 2SL by the bike shop at 10.30am for an 11.00am start. We'll finish about 2pm (probably finishing earlier for our younger riders, we will decide on the day).

All the information you need is in our PDF information sheet below.

Extraordinary General Meeting update

posted 6 Sep 2018, 09:26 by Bigfoot Go-Ride   [ updated 6 Sep 2018, 09:26 ]

On 18 August, the club held an EGM to decide whether to move the club's activities from being run by an 'unincorporated' organisation to an 'incorporated' Company Limited by Guarantee. The reason for the proposal was to enable to club itself (rather than individual committee members) to enter into contracts and hold assets on behalf of the club. Full details about the EGM and the proposal are on the website here.
 
The EGM agreed to the proposal unanimously, and we have now set up a new company, called 'Bigfoot Youth Cycle Club Ltd' and we will now begin the process of formally moving the club, and its contracts and assets to the new company.
 
How does it affect you? And what do you need to do?

There is no need for anyone participating in the club to do anything, the transition will happen automatically.
  • The club will continue to be run by volunteers and be non-profit making.
  • The fees recently set will stay the same.
  • The venues we are using will stay the same, as will the dates and times of all sessions.
  • You'll still see the same familiar faces among the coaches, welfare officers and other volunteers.
  • Our plan for non-coaching activities remains the same (rides, outings and races)
We'll keep you updated with progress over the coming months.

Bigfoot Youth cancelled on Monday 3 September

posted 29 Aug 2018, 04:58 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 29 Aug 2018, 04:59 ]

We're really sorry to inform you that the first Bigfoot Youth session of the new term is cancelled on Monday 3 September.


We share the use of Croydon Arena with a football club, who take priority over our use of the facility. Normally the football club don't use the Arena on a Monday, but unfortunately they have been drawn at home in a cup match next Monday. 

Normally we'd organise an alternative session, but as it's the first one of the year we didn't feel it was practical to do so on this occasion.

The first Youth session will now be on Thursday 6 September at Bromley College.

We're sorry again for the inconvenience.

Coaching fees now due for Autumn 2018

posted 19 Aug 2018, 12:02 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 19 Aug 2018, 12:03 ]

The new cycle coaching year starts in just two weeks, which means that it’s now time to pay next term’s coaching fees.

The coaching fees for the Autumn term are:

  • Bigfoot Mini - £25
  • Bigfoot Go-Ride (Hayes AM and PM) - £40
  • Bigfoot Youth - £65 (covers two sessions per week)

Now that we are using British Cycling’s membership manager for our club records, all coaching fees must be paid online through British Cycling’s club subscription payment interface, which can be found here:



Make sure that you select the correct branch subscription to avoid your payment being rejected.

Note that you must be logged into your child’s British Cycling account in order to make the coaching fee payment. If you don’t know your child’s British Cycling membership details please complete our form at www.bigfootgoride.org.uk/help and we’ll do our very best to help you.

Please do not make payments by bank transfer as this will lead to delays in your membership being confirmed.

As this is a new payment system we appreciate that it might take a while to get used to it. If you experience any difficulties or have any questions please let us know by completing the online form at www.bigfootgoride.org.uk/help which will ensure that we have all the information we need to help you.

All fees set out above include a £1 administration fee which is charged to us by British Cycling.


A note on British Cycling membership


As you know, Bigfoot Go-Ride doesn’t charge an annual membership fee to our Mini, Go-Ride and Youth members. However, we do require all our club members to join British Cycling, the national governing body for cycling sport.

The British Cycling membership level that Bigfoot Go-Ride members need to have is “Race Silver”. This offers a number of benefits, including liability insurance, legal support, a provisional race licence, and access to a wide range of expert training advice.

Please note that from next term (January 2019) you will not be able to pay Bigfoot's coaching fees unless you are a current British Cycling member, which will affect your club membership.


Leaving the club?


While we never like to see members go, we appreciate that kids move on, and there are only so many clubs and activities that can be squeezed into a busy week.

If you are leaving the club this term and don’t intend to renew your child’s membership then disregard this payment notice. However, please let us know by emailing info@bigfootgoride.org.uk.

This will stop you getting reminders about unpaid coaching fees, and it will allow us to offer a place to one of the many children on our waiting list.




Family Ride: Sunday 26 August - the Cuckoo Trail

posted 14 Aug 2018, 09:18 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 14 Aug 2018, 09:52 ]

Starting in the small market town of Heathfield in East Sussex the next summer family ride takes in the Cuckoo Trail - an old disused railway line which is flat and with no cars! For those with a little more energy and time we will also explore some local country lanes.
 
This ride is organised by Bigfoot Cycle Club. It's suitable for young people, adults and children – anyone who fancies a nice easy ride. Open to members and non-members of the the Bigfoot Cycle Club and it’s free!

Full details are in the information sheet below.

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