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Bigfoot Velodrome Track Sessions - July 2018

posted 2 Jul 2018, 10:35 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 2 Jul 2018, 10:53 ]

These events are for Bigfoot Go-Ride (Hayes AM and PM) and Bigfoot Youth members aged 8 and over.
Another exciting opportunity from Bigfoot - come and ride on a velodrome on a track bike! 

No previous experience is needed - we have coaches to help everyone have a go. Everyone coming will get a series of sessions on the velodrome at Herne Hill.

Herne Hill Velodrome supply the track bikes - these have a single gear, no brakes, and no freewheel. So you have to pedal all the time while the bike is moving and you pedal slower to slow down.
The dates are Saturday 14th July and Sunday 22nd July. Full details are in the information sheet below. 

Bigfoot Youth open evenings 2018

posted 26 Jun 2018, 14:25 by Phil Shemmings

For those of our young riders who are moving to secondary school this September, we have two open evenings so you can see Bigfoot Youth in action and ask any questions. Riders can come and watch, or bring their bike and join in. Parents are welcome to attend too.
The open evenings are on:

Monday 9 July 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Croydon Arena (riding on the running track), Albert Rd, South Norwood, London SE25 4QL. Free parking is available in the adjacent car park.

Thursday 12 July 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Bromley College rear car park, Rookery Lane, Bromley BR2 8HE. Free parking in Rookery Lane.

Come along to either session (or both) and meet our current Youth riders, coaches and other adult volunteers.

You can then choose to move to Youth or stay at your current branch of the club – but you can’t do both. Also if your child moves to Youth, finds it is not for them and wants to move back to their current club branch – that is no problem and can be arranged.
Our information leaflet below gives background information about Bigfoot Youth.

No sessions at Hayes on Saturday 30 June

posted 26 Jun 2018, 14:01 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 26 Jun 2018, 14:11 ]

There will be no Go-Ride or Mini sessions at Hayes on Saturday 30 June because of the Hayes School summer fair.

However, there's a great alternative, in the form of the South London Go-Ride Racing League! Round 8 is being held at Herne Hill from 3pm on Saturday, and if you've not taken part before this is the perfect chance to come along and have a go. 

It's a fun and friendly introduction to racing, and best of all, because we had to cancel this week's coaching sessions, it's FREE for our Saturday riders! The racing takes place on the Herne Hill mountain bike trails, so MTBs or cyclocross bikes are needed. And there's even a barbecue afterwards!

Full details are on the SLGRRL Facebook page, or in the flyer below.

Bigfoot Youth: Langley Park Road Circuits - Monday 18 June

posted 15 Jun 2018, 13:15 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 15 Jun 2018, 13:15 ]

Croydon Arena isn't available on Monday 18 June, so we're having another session of the Langley Park Road Circuits.

Meeting point: Eden Park end of Hawksbrook Lane near Langley Park Boys School.

Time: Monday 23rd April at 6.15pm (ride leaves at 6.30pm sharp) and we will be finished by 8pm.

Essentials: you must have front and back lights on your bike as well as an inner tube, pump etc.

Support: We will need several parent/volunteer helpers so we can run multiple groups safely.

We will split into small groups of similar speed riders and cycle left hand turn only laps of one (or both) of the road circuits shown in the gps link and map below.

Please note this will be a training ride not a coaching session. There will be a full ride briefing before we start and zero tolerance to misbehaviour as we are cycling on public roads with traffic.

Family ride: Saturday 26 May - the Deer Run

posted 22 May 2018, 06:15 by Phil Shemmings

The next Bigfoot family ride takes place in Richmond Park on Saturday 26 May. Organised by Adam, this ride is suited to all ages young and old. It’s only 10 miles and not too hilly, on a purpose made cycle path. Full details are on the PDF information sheet below.
The ride is open to members and non-members of Bigfoot Cycle Club and it’s free!

Off road coaching session - Saturday 2 June

posted 22 May 2018, 06:12 by Phil Shemmings

We have arranged an additional (free!) coaching session on the last Saturday of the half term holidays.
We've hired the mountain bike trails at Herne Hill Velodrome. These are great singletrack trails which are fun to ride and will help develop your cycling skills. Ideally you need to bring a mountain bike or a cyclocross bike. You'll probably be okay on a hybrid, but not a lightweight road bike!
We'll also be racing here as part of the South London Go-Ride Racing League later in June, so this is a chance to get acquainted with the course.
Who can come? Anyone from our Go-Ride Saturday morning and afternoon clubs and our Youth riders. Sorry not suited to our MINI riders. We welcome some parents offering to help too.
Address: Herne Hill Velodrome, 104 Burbage Rd, London SE24 9HE, parking available on site
Timing: Arrival and register at 12.45 pm, riding from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm
Cost: free!

Bigfoot 10 time trial series

posted 22 May 2018, 06:09 by Phil Shemmings

Bigfoot Youth has been lucky enough to secure ten places for our young riders to take part in most of Bigfoot CC’s 10 mile time trial events this year.

You can take part in as many or as few as you like – so keen riders can hone their skills and strengths over the series of time trials. Or just come along, spectate and support! You can join in for the first time, or if you are one of our seasoned riders you can try to improve on last year’s time! Open to riders aged 12 and above.

The time trials take place on local roads - it's your chance to see how quickly you can ride the 10 miles. Bigfoot Youth can help arrange chaperones for riders on some of the dates. Full details are on the information sheet below.

Bigfoot Velo Awards - The 2018 Winners

posted 16 May 2018, 00:38 by Phil Shemmings

Thank you to everyone who attended our very first awards night and made it such a big and friendly success.
Congratulations to all our winners, who are listed below.
And a special thank you to our young riders Rachel and Roisin for organising the event, and for the great support from their parents Anna, Megan, Mike and Mark. Plus a special mention to Roisin's sister Rhiannon for all the photos and help with the music.

Most Committed Rider

MINI (joint winners) - Tamara Counsell and Gareth Counsell
HAYES AM - James Harwood
HAYES PM - Calder Wilkinson
YOUTH - Albert Peate

Most Improved Rider

MINI - Dylan Plail
HAYES AM - Aidan Plail
HAYES PM - Brodie Wilkinson
YOUTH - Nathan Monks

Most Fun and Enthusiastic Rider

MINI - Adam King
HAYES AM - Huxley Ratcliff
HAYES PM - Safir Haque
YOUTH - Zoe Howard

Most Supportive and Helpful Rider

MINI - Sophie Howie
HAYES AM - Callum Howie
HAYES PM - Safaa Haque
YOUTH - Roisin Smith

Merit Award

MINI - Noah Doda
HAYES AM - Eleanor Thompson
HAYES PM - Finlay Bell
YOUTH - Henry Davies

Rider's choice - Cyclist of the Year

MINI - Dylan Plail
HAYES AM - Joseph Spearman-Oxx
HAYES PM - Safir Haque
YOUTH - Marco Overbeeke

Rider's choice - Volunteer of the Year

MINI - Spencer Harradine
HAYES AM - Paul Stevenson
HAYES PM - Lee Suker
YOUTH - Stephen Peate

Chair's Choice


Bigfoot Velo Awards Night - Saturday 12 May

posted 28 Apr 2018, 09:52 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 28 Apr 2018, 09:52 ]

Book your free tickets now!

Come and celebrate! Come and party! 

As many of you will know, two of our youth riders, Rachel and Roisin, have been working behind the scenes to organise our first ever awards night on Saturday 12 May. Please come and enjoy the event, celebrate the achievements of our young cyclists and make this event a big success!

There will be awards presented to our Young Riders from all sections of the club (Minis, Go-Ride AM, Go-Ride PM, Youth) and even some for our volunteers.

There will be free food, a pay bar, a quiz (optional), prizes and music too!

The event kicks off at 6.30pm at the Ex-Blues Clubhouse, 118a/120 Pickhurst Rise, West Wickham BR4 0AW and goes on until late. The awards presentations will be at 7.30pm with food straight after. All of the club’s young riders, coaches and volunteers are invited, as are the families of our young riders, coaches and volunteers.

Outdoor games – if the weather is nice, please bring along some outdoor games too.

Supervision – all children must be accompanied by and supervised by a parent or an adult friend of the family.

Dress code – there is no dress code, dress however you wish!

Parking – there is limited parking in the club car park, otherwise parking is available in the surrounding streets.

Any questions? – please contact Adam at:

So to book your place please click on the link below ASAP, as numbers are limited. We will announce ticket allocation in a newsletter or via email shortly before the event.

Gears assessments starting this term

posted 19 Apr 2018, 08:36 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 19 Apr 2018, 08:36 ]

Bigfoot Go-Ride is pleased to announce we will running the Go-Ride Gear One assessments in the next few weeks to recognise and reward our members for their hard work in developing their cycling skills and fitness. 

For a part of each session we will be recapping the techniques covered so far this year at Hayes and testing a few of them week by week . On the final Saturday of this half-term (19 May) we will combine them all in a fun event with the Gears One award for those who attain the level and prizes for all!

We will be starting this Saturday with some scooting and stationary balance along with some mounting and dismounting. 

The Go-Ride Gears programme is based on the activities set out in British Cycling's Go-Ride Gears Coaching Workbooks. You can find out more here

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