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Mountain biking at Herne Hill – Sunday 9th May

posted 19 Apr 2021, 02:29 by Phil Shemmings

We have organised this outing to the wonderful mountain bike trails at Herne Hill – this place is fun and it’s a great way to develop your cycling skills. This activity is open to all Youth Branch riders and the stronger half of our Junior Branch riders. Full details are in the information leaflet and Covid Action Plan below.
 
Don’t worry, there will be another session here for the rest of the club!
 
In particular parents of Junior riders should carefully read the information leaflet and follow its guidance.
 
Having read everything – use the link below to register, spaces are limited!
 

Bigfoot CC 10-Mile Time Trials - 2021 dates announced

posted 19 Apr 2021, 01:23 by Phil Shemmings

Bigfoot Youth riders (aged 12 or over) have been invited to take part in 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. They take place on a Wednesday evening so unlike previous years, they don't clash with the Youth section's regular activities.

The time trials take place out on the road and so every young rider must be escorted round the circuit by an experienced adult. We are looking to arrange an introductory ride so riders can get acquainted with the route before the time trials, ask questions and generally familiarise themselves with it all.

In previous years, many of the current crop of Youth riders have taken part including Zoe Howard, Jacob Chambers,  Aaron Harris, Grace Turner, Calder Wilkinson, Aaron Medlyn and Joshua Benfield, so have a chat to find out how much they enjoyed them!

The seven dates for the 2021 series have now been finalised so put them in your diary now:

  • Wednesday 26 May 2021
  • Wednesday 9 June 2021
  • Wednesday 16 June 2021
  • Wednesday 23 June 2021
  • Wednesday 7 July 2021
  • Wednesday 21 July 2021
  • Wednesday 4 August 2021

In the next week or so we will confirm the process for entry, including registering for a chaperone and the consent form that you will need to complete.


If you are coming, please arrive no later than 7:00pm in the lay-by near the top of Polhill. This will give you time to register and pay, put your race number on and warm up. Riders will be set off from the opposite side of the road from 7:30pm.

Parents, family and friends are encouraged to support their children, but please bear in mind the current government guidelines when it comes to social distancing and mass gatherings. Unlike previous years there will be no-one to hold/push the rider off at the start, and unnecessary waiting around at the end of the event is discouraged where possible.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Matt Benfield at youth@bigfootcc.co.uk


Youth Branch rider survey results

posted 19 Apr 2021, 00:45 by Phil Shemmings

A massive thank you to all the youth Branch riders who took part in our rider survey at the start of the year. We had a great response to the survey, and although lockdown unfortunately put a hold on our activities, now that we're starting up again we will use the information to plan and deliver activities that meet your goals and interests. You can download a summary of the survey results below.



Easter bank holiday Youth MTB ride

posted 25 Mar 2021, 11:46 by Phil Shemmings

We're running a Youth branch mountain bike ride around Hanging Wood and Bletchingley Quarry on Saturday 3 April.

We'll start at Woldingham train station and head out through Woldingham School. We'll cross over the A22 footbridge into the woods, and then down to the Quarry and back. The route can take up to one and a half hours.

The trail has some very steep sections of descending and climbing and isn't suitable for very young riders or those with little or no MTB experience. Please bear that in mind when booking your child on this ride. 

For this first MTB ride of the year we're restricting the number to riders to six Youth riders. There will be two adults (a Level 2 coach and an assistant).

To book a place, visit the British Cycling website as you would when booking a coaching session. Book your place here: http://tiny.cc/bigfootyouthregistration

Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis, and you must be a club member with up-to-date British Cycling membership to book a place.

If you have not booked please do not turn up on the day as unfortunately you will not be allowed to take part.

Ride details


Meet at 8.30am for a 9.00am start at Woldingham train station. There is ample free parking along Church Road.

Remember that we need to be vigilant when riding off road, and be considerate to other trail users such as dog walkers, fellow MTB riders and horse riders.

Riders should ensure that their bike is in good working order and carry with them spare tubes, a pump, a bidon with their favourite drink and a snack for when we finish.

Please make sure you have read and understood the club's Covid 19 guidelines for external rides which you can download below.

Should you need any more information regarding this ride, please contact Marcel Rizza (Youth branch Level 2 Coach) at: coachcyclingonline@gmail.com

Coaching sessions to resume after Easter

posted 10 Mar 2021, 08:38 by Phil Shemmings

We are delighted to be able to announce a timetable for resuming Bigfoot Youth coaching activities, following guidance released yesterday by British Cycling.

The guidance confirms that our coaching activities can resume from 29 March, so for us this means a full return to coaching activities after the Easter holidays. Provided there are no further changes to the timetable, our first sessions will be on the following dates:

  • Youth at Croydon Arena - Monday 19 April
  • Youth at Bromley College - Thursday 22 April
  • Mini, Mini Plus and Junior at Hayes School - Saturday 24 April

All sessions for the Summer term are now published on our online calendar.


Pre-booking of sessions


Social distancing measures will continue to be required for some time. This means capacity is limited and all riders must be pre-book their place.

All our sessions for the Summer term are now available to book on the British Cycling website.

Click here to book your sessions: http://tiny.cc/bigfootyouthregistration

You must be a club member with up-to-date British Cycling membership to book a place.

If you have not booked please do not turn up on the day as unfortunately you will not be allowed to take part.


Coaching fees


With a full term of coaching activity ahead of us, we will be charging coaching fees again from April. Fees must be paid before the start of the term.

The fees for each branch are:

  • Bigfoot Mini  and Mini Plus - £25 (10 one hour sessions)
  • Bigfoot Junior - £40 (10 two hour sessions)
  • Bigfoot Youth - £65 (23 two hour sessions)

All coaching fees must be paid online through British Cycling’s club subscription payment interface, which can be found here: http://tiny.cc/bigfootyouthpayments

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

Note that your child must be a British Cycling member and you must be logged into your child’s British Cycling account in order to make the coaching fee payment.

If you have more than one child you will need to log into each of their British Cycling accounts to make their coaching fee payments.

Resumption of coaching sessions - the Government roadmap

posted 22 Feb 2021, 16:16 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 22 Feb 2021, 16:18 ]

You will be aware that the Government today announced its "roadmap" for easing lockdown restrictions. Full details are here.

The guidance states that from 29 March (the start of the Easter school holidays) "formally organised outdoor sports – for adults and under 18s - can also restart and will not be subject to the gatherings limits, but should be compliant with guidance issued by national governing bodies."

We are awaiting confirmation of any specific arrangements from British Cycling, but our current assumption is that we will resume coaching activities at the start of the Summer term, after the Easter holidays.

Our first sessions will therefore be:

  • Youth at Croydon Arena - Monday 19 April
  • Youth at Bromley College - Thursday 22 April
  • Mini, Mini Plus and Junior at Hayes School - Saturday 24 April

We will continue to require places to be pre-booked as there is limited capacity. We will publicise booking arrangements nearer the time.


These dates are subject to confirmation and may be amended.

All coaching sessions suspended during national lockdown

posted 6 Jan 2021, 03:11 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 6 Jan 2021, 03:29 ]

You will be aware that the government announced a new national lockdown on Monday 4 January. As a result British Cycling has suspended all sanctioned activities until further notice.

Unfortunately this means that we are unable to run any coaching sessions until the suspension is lifted. This is currently not likely to be until after February half term at the earliest. We will keep you informed as the ongoing situation evolves.

Under the new restrictions you are allowed to carry on riding your bike, but should only ride alone, with your household or one other person. British Cycling advises cyclists to stay local, ride within your limits and ensure you are self-sufficient.

We really hope to see you all soon, but in the meantime stay safe and keep active.


Postponement of January sessions for two weeks

posted 1 Jan 2021, 09:46 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 1 Jan 2021, 10:19 ]

You will be aware that on Wednesday the government announced that all secondary schools will be closed for an additional two weeks in January, together with primary schools in areas with high Covid-19 transmission rates, including Bromley.

In the light of this we have taken the decision to postpone the start of all 2021 coaching sessions for at least two weeks.

This isn't a decision we've taken lightly, and it's certainly not the way we wanted to start the new year. However, with the high levels of transmission in the local area, our primary responsibility is the health and welfare of our young riders, their families, our volunteers and the wider Bromley community.

We hope to commence our coaching sessions in the week beginning Monday 18 January, to coincide with the return to school, but will update you as the situation evolves.

We know that this will be disappointing news, but we hope you understand that we have made the decision with everybody's best interests at heart.

In the meantime we encourage you to keep active, keep riding and stay safe.

Croydon Arena is back!

posted 30 Nov 2020, 09:18 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 30 Nov 2020, 09:43 ]

After months of uncertainty we are pleased to inform you that our Youth branch coaching sessions are returning to Croydon Arena on Monday evenings.

Mondays at Croydon Arena are road bike training sessions. The Arena is an excellent venue, with space for some really good cycling. You can expect a proper workout, perfect training for riders who participate in cycling as a sport, and great fun for those who want to improve their skills and fitness.

We have the Arena  booked on Monday 7 and 14 December, and sessions will resume after the Christmas break. Sessions run from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
 
Please note that Croydon Arena is not suitable for mountain biking and riders should bring a road bike.

Croydon Arena is at Albert Road, South Norwood, Croydon, SE25 4QL – beware the vehicle height barrier at the car park entrance.



Pre-registration required

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all coaching sessions must be pre-booked, and there is limited capacity due to social distancing requirements. Book your place here: http://tiny.cc/bigfootyouthregistration

You must be a club member with up-to-date British Cycling membership to book a place.

If you have not booked please do not turn up on the day as unfortunately you will not be allowed to take part.



Monday night off-road rides cancelled

The planned Monday night off-road rides (which had been arranged in place of the Arena sessions) will not now be held, although we will try to arrange some mountain bike sessions on other dates.

If you have pre-registered a place on either of the two planned off-road rides, your registration(s) will automatically be transferred to the Croydon Arena coaching sessions instead. If you don't wish to come along to the Croydon Arena session(s) please can we ask that you cancel your registration(s) by following the instructions below.



Cancelling your pre-registration


If you have pre-registered a place at a coaching session but can no longer attend, please remember to cancel your registration to free up the place for another club member. Follow these simple steps:


2. Find the session you can no longer attend. If you are booked on the session and logged into your child's British Cycling account it will say "I'm In" next to the session.
 
3.To cancel your registration, click on the X next to "I'm in", then click CONFIRM on the dialogue box. You will receive a confirmation email.

Coaching activities to resume on Thursday 3 December

posted 30 Nov 2020, 09:00 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 30 Nov 2020, 09:43 ]

We are pleased to announce that coaching activities for all branches of the club will resume from Thursday 3 December.

All sessions for the remainder of 2020 are on the online calendar, and we have now re-opened pre-registration for all sessions up until the end of term.

Pre-registration will continue to be required for all sessions, and there is limited capacity due to social distancing requirements. Book your place here: http://tiny.cc/bigfootyouthregistration

You must be a club member with up-to-date British Cycling membership to book a place.

If you have not booked please do not turn up on the day as unfortunately you will not be allowed to take part.

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