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Off road coaching at Herne Hill - 9 February

posted 4 Jan 2019, 06:08 by Phil Shemmings

On Saturday 9 February we will be holding a special off road coaching session for all club riders  (Mini, Junior and Youth sections) at Herne Hill Velodrome.

There will be no regular Junior or Mini coaching sessions at Hayes Primary school on this date.

We have hired the mountain bike trails next to the Herne Hill Velodrome for some off road action. It's great fun and will develop your cycling skills. A mountain bike or cyclocross bike is ideal, but most other bikes will do at a push (maybe not your best road bike though).

Anyone from our Mini and Junior (Saturday morning and afternoon) sections; and anyone from our Youth section is invited to come along, and we'd also welcome some parents offering to help on the day.

The venue is Herne Hill Velodrome, 104 Burbage Rd, Herne Hill, London SE24 9HE, and parking is available on site.

Timing: Arrival and register at 1:45pm, riding from 2:00 to 4:00pm.

 Cost: this is included in your fee for the Spring 2019 term.

Hugh Webb Merit Award 2018

posted 4 Jan 2019, 02:50 by Phil Shemmings

Our club is full of young riders with excellent qualities – dedicated, committed, fun, determined, helpful, happy, hard working, smiling, energetic, enthusiastic, encouraging – they're great role models, and they can ride bikes too!
Once a year our club's coaches and volunteers nominate young riders for the Hugh Webb Merit Award - a prize donated to us by our friends at Bigfoot CC (the adult club) to be awarded each year to one young rider in our club in recognition of their outstanding achievement or contribution.
We are proud of all our young riders and we are sure you are too.
Below is a list of those who are highly commended. But the club's committee had to pick the one award winner. We shortlisted to three riders for this award. They all epitomise the club's qualities, and they are all special:
Eleanor Thompson (age 8) - a keen cyclist, a regular at coaching sessions, the winner of this year’s South London Go-Ride Racing League for her age category, she has also taken part in loads of Regional cycle races, and she rode Hayes to Brighton this year (including cycling all the way up Devil’s Dyke non-stop!)
Isaac Rehman (age 9) - also a keen cyclist and a regular at coaching sessions, plus helping out at these sessions. He came second in this year’s South London Go-Ride Racing League for his age category, he has taken part in more Regional cycle races than anyone else in the club, and also is now acquitting himself excellently well at our Monday night training sessions with the big kids.
Roisin Smith (age 15) – another brilliant cyclist, Roisin has been with the club about 8 years, and is a regular club member taking part in loads of events and rides over the years (including rides to Brighton on and off road, BMX, track bikes, our ride to Dunwich and riding in France); she is the winner of the South London Go-Ride Racing League for her age category. And more, she now has been a brilliant volunteer with our young riders at coaching sessions and earlier this year was part of the team that arranged our very first awards night!
There can only be one winner, and the winner is ROISIN SMITH!

CONGRATULATIONS and well deserved!

Hugh Webb award 2018

She was presented with her award at the recent Bigfoot CC Christmas social, and our friends at Panagua Bikes are also providing special discounts for a year to the three shortlisted riders.

Those highly commended (in no particular order):

Frans-Louis van Schalkwyk
Zoe Howard
James Harwood
William Mitchell
Ben Frost
Lucy Stevenson
Rachel Young
Rob Mills
Ian Hudson
Matthew Brogan
Isabelle Stoneham
Henry Davies
Joseph Spearman-Oxx
Dale Nelson
Greta Wilkinson
Grace Turner
Albie Peate
Aaron Harris
James Cook

A new club name for 2019

posted 12 Dec 2018, 04:36 by Phil Shemmings

Earlier this year the club decided to form a non-profit Company Limited by Guarantee to deliver coaching services and run the club's operations. In 2019 we'll be starting to use the new club name Bigfoot Youth Cycle Club, rather than Bigfoot Go-Ride. The names of our club branches will also change as follows:

  • Bigfoot Mini will become the Mini section.
  • Bigfoot Go-Ride Hayes will become the Junior section.
  • Bigfoot Youth will become the Youth section.
Everyone will be a member of Bigfoot Youth CC.

We will gradually be changing our website, newsletter and other communications to reflect the new names, but please bear with us if old and new names are used alongside each other for a short time.

If you are joining or renewing your British Cycling membership, you may need to select the club that you are a member of. This will now be Bigfoot Youth Cycle Club Ltd, rather than Bigfoot Go-Ride.

Similarly if you are entering races via the British Cycling website, your club will now be Bigfoot Youth Cycle Club Ltd.

We'll keep you posted over the coming weeks, but if you have any questions just ask.

Bigfoot to Brighton 2019

posted 5 Dec 2018, 09:13 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 18 Jan 2019, 03:03 ]

Bigfoot to Brighton is our club’s big Spring event - it's a great opportunity for our young riders (plus their families) to do some riding in the local countryside, and maybe make it to Brighton! Riders can do as many or a few rides as they wish.

It’s a series of road rides, mainly on quiet country lanes. The first ride is a 15 mile loop from, then rides of 20, 25, 30 and 35 miles. The last ride is 54 miles from Hayes to Brighton! Riders can do as many or as few rides as they like. 

We have groups for different ability levels. Each rider can take on the distances they fancy, and can always come back to do longer distances next year. You can do the rides to challenge yourself or just those you want with leisure in mind.
The rides are in supportive and friendly groups, lead by experienced cyclists. Last year we had between 120 and 150 on each ride, in groups of around 12 to 15.
Everything you need to know can be found on our website at

Who is it for?

The ride series is aimed at children, their parents / carers; and novice adult cyclists (we have some adult only groups) – for those who prefer some support and encouragement along the way by being in a ride group. We have had riders from 7 to 70 take part. It’s an open event – so riders may join in whether or not they are a member of our club, bring family and friends!
Want to join in?

If anyone wants to ride in some or all of these rides you must register – every child and every adult must register – to do this click on the link below and enter your details and repeat as many times as needed (the link for registration is also in the Information Leaflet in the above mentioned website):



The whole event is run by volunteers – and we need more volunteers as Ride Leaders. Nothing to it! – if you can read a map, help repair a puncture and have experience of riding in groups; then you are perfect! We can help with everything else you need to know. Interested? – please email Adam at 

Ride dates
Listed below are the ride dates for your diaries:

Sunday 17 February 2019 – 15 miles, plus a longer option at 21 miles
Sunday 3 March 2019 – 20 miles, plus a longer option at 28 miles
Sunday 17 March 2019 – 25 miles, plus a longer option at 34 miles
Sunday 31 March 2019 – 30 miles (Mothering Sunday – but you can always squeeze in a ride!)
Sunday 14 April 2019 – 35 miles
Sunday 5 May 2019 – all the way to BRIGHTON! 54 miles.

2019 Youth spin sessions

posted 29 Nov 2018, 02:34 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 3 Jan 2019, 10:46 ]

As in previous years we've arranged a series of indoor spin sessions to replace the Thursday evening Bromley College sessions between Christmas and Easter.

These sessions will be open to any member of our Youth section, although due to limited capacity priority will be given to those who have participated in Regional racing over past months, those who were part of the last Bromley Youth Games team, and those riders who are only able to attend Thursday sessions.

For full details please read the information sheet below.

Coaching sessions on Saturday 8 December

posted 22 Nov 2018, 08:07 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 5 Dec 2018, 09:12 ]

Because of the Hayes School annual Christmas Fair we're unable to use the school on Saturday 8 December. Instead we've obtained permission to hold our coaching sessions in Beckenham Place Park. The park offers some great riding terrain, including a network of off road paths, and some decent hills. It's a great chance to work on some skills that we can't practice at Hayes.

The session will run from 10.00 to 12.00 and is open to riders from all our club branches (MINI, Go-Ride and Youth).

Meeting point:
  • Park entrance gates at the end of Westgate Road, BR3 5DE (on the corner just past St Mary’s Primary School) 
  • Meet for 10am (riding off at 10:10) returning for collection at 12 noon. 

Required equipment:
  • Bicycle suitable for off-road riding e.g. mountain or cyclocross bike (not a road bike with skinny tyres)
  • Helmet and clothing appropriate for weather and muddy conditions
  • Inner tube/s in case of puncture and parents' contact details in case of emergency.

Session overview:
  • Ride around marked route (download map below) in small groups.
  • Suitable for all sections of the club as we will split into groups based on ability. 
  • Several skills zones marked on map for short coaching sessions to punctuate ride.
  • Parents welcome to join in providing they wear a helmet and have appropriate clothing/equipment.

All riders to:
  • Behave respectfully towards other park users 
  • Be alert to hazards, particularly dogs off leads
  • Communicate clearly with others in your group
  • Tell ride leaders about any problems.

Other information:
  • Toilets available near Manor House (see map) but should only be used if absolutely necessary. 
  • Various areas out of bounds which are marked on map.

Bedgebury off road day - this Saturday

posted 22 Nov 2018, 07:51 by Phil Shemmings

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 information sheet.

Winter road rides

posted 12 Nov 2018, 11:07 by Phil Shemmings

What are they?

These are road rides held during the winter season. They will be arranged at short notice when we have a reasonable idea of the weather. There will be various rides from 20 miles at a pace to suit anyone from Bigfoot Youth to up to 60 miles at a particular ride pace for the club's stronger riders only.

Who can join in?

These rides are generally only open to Youth members. On some of the rides we can include the stronger racing riders from our other branches - if you think that may be you, email Adam at Generally we need parents / carers to accompany the young riders. Where that's not possible and the young rider is aged 10+ please contact Adam and we'll see if we can arrange arrange a Ride Buddy.

Where to go?

Adam would like the club's young riders to determine the ride distance, ride speed and route they would like. If you would like to choose this for a ride, please email Adam at

Finding out about the rides

You can find out what rides are happening and when either by asking that Adam puts you on his mailing list for such rides, or going to and selecting ‘Club Rides’ from the menu and checking for updates.


Monthly meetings

posted 12 Nov 2018, 11:06 by Phil Shemmings

The club has a monthly meeting to plan and organise the club’s activities. We welcome anyone from our club to come along to the meeting, whether to provide comments, to get involved in running the club, or just to see what we get up to! The next meeting is on Wednesday 21 November at 6.30pm. If you would like to come please contact Adam who will provide details. You can email him at

Emergency contact and medical details reminder

posted 12 Nov 2018, 11:05 by Phil Shemmings

Please remember to keep emergency contact details up to date in your British Cycling dashboard. If we need to get hold of you during a coaching session these are the contact details we will access. If you are not sure what emergency contact details we hold for you please ask at one of the sessions or email

You should also tell us if any of the medical or disability information that you told us about when you joined the club has changed. Once again email if you would like to confirm what information we currently hold.

Please note that all our young riders should at all times carry a card or envelope containing emergency contact details, along with any medical details or disability details. This helps us to deal with the situation more quickly if your child becomes ill at a coaching session or on a ride, or has an accident.


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