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CANCELLED: Mountain bike coaching session at Herne Hill: Saturday 15 February

posted 12 Feb 2020, 08:11 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 15 Feb 2020, 04:24 ]

Session CANCELLED due to severe weather warning.

Apologies for the late notice, but we've only just been told by the venue.


On Saturday 15 February we've booked the mountain bike trails at Herne Hill Velodrome for some bonus coaching sessions for our club members.

These sessions are open to all club riders, including Mini, Junior and Youth section members.

There's no need to book, just turn up and ride!


Where
Herne Hill Velodrome: 104 Burbage Rd, Herne Hill, London SE24 9HE, limited parking available on site, otherwise on
surrounding streets.

When

Saturday 15 February 2020.  Arrival and Register 1:45pm, riding from 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Full details in the information sheet below.

Go-Ride Racing CANCELLED Sunday 9 February

posted 8 Feb 2020, 01:16 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 8 Feb 2020, 01:16 ]

We have been informed that the South London Go-Ride Racing League event at Croydon Arena has been cancelled tomorrow (Sunday 9 February) due to the amber weather warning and forecast high winds. As this is a novice racing event, it was decided that Storm Ciara posed too great a risk to the safety of riders.

The organisers will try to reschedule to race for another date.

Youth coaching session cancelled Monday 10 February

posted 6 Feb 2020, 00:56 by Phil Shemmings

Unfortunately we have to cancel the Youth session at Croydon Arena on Monday 10 February because of a football match. However, we've arranged an additional session in half term week to make up for it.

Additional session session Monday 17 February

To make up for the cancellation of the session on 10 February, we have arranged an additional session at Croydon Arena on Monday 17 February at the usual time.

Afternoon coaching session CANCELLED Saturday 1 February

posted 31 Jan 2020, 15:50 by Phil Shemmings

We are very sorry to announce that the afternoon coaching session at Hayes has been cancelled tomorrow, Saturday 1 February.

We appreciate that this is late notice, and will come as a disappointment to our junior riders. Unfortunately we only had one volunteer coach available for tomorrow afternoon, and something unavoidable has come up which means he is no longer able to take the session.

As you know we try our hardest to run all our planned sessions but we do have a limited number of volunteer coaches and on this occasion we've been unable to find anyone who can step in to help.

As a consolation we do have an additional (free!) coaching session planned at Herne Hill on the afternoon of Saturday 15 February, when our normal coaching sessions are suspended for half term.

Please accept our apologies.

Hugh Webb Merit Award 2019 - Henry Davies

posted 15 Jan 2020, 10:23 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 15 Jan 2020, 10:40 ]

Our friends at the Bigfoot Cycle Club (the adult cycle club) have kindly donated us an award, the Hugh Webb Merit Award, awarded each year to one young rider in our club in recognition of their outstanding achievement or contribution. Many nominations were received in particular for young riders taking part in races and for volunteering – indeed one had ridden up one of the Tour de France mountain climbs! This year five young riders were shortlisted and invited to the Bigfoot CC Christmas party to see who had won. First let's tell you about the short listed riders:


Eleanor Thompson

Her second year of being shortlisted. One of four riders taking part in more regional races than others in our club. She came 2nd in the South London Go-Ride Racing League race series, u10 girls; 1st in the Crystal Palace Crits race series and 3rd in the Spring in the Park race series. She was part of the Bromley London Youth Games team (riding against riders much older than her).

She has also done some Triathlons, along with hundreds at these events – firstly in July competing in the Trinity Triathlon TriStar1 Group - importantly for us being the fastest girl for cycling in her race category. Then in September, competing in the Hever Castle Triathlon, again the fastest girl for cycling in her race category.

Also for the second year she joined us and rode all the way from Hayes to Brighton, along with joining lots of other rides.

Eleanor is currently competing in the KinesisUK London and South East Cyclocross League and positioned in 4th place in the u10 Girls category at the moment. She complains that she doesn't like cyclocross and riding on wet grass but still gets up in the dark each Sunday morning to go out and represent the club. She must secretly love it!
 

Henry Davies

Starting at the club nearly 10 years ago, aged 8, Henry's membership of Bigfoot Youth is almost as old as the club itself. Over the years he's been an active participant at club sessions, off road rides, races and he has done our club ride to Brighton on many occasions.

In the last three years he has turned his attention to volunteering on Saturday mornings with our younger riders. Two years ago he trained to become a Level 1 British Cycling Coach, and he's a qualified first aider too.

Henry has been an incredibly regular volunteer over those years, with his first duty being to unlock the school grounds and set up riding courses (meaning certain adult coaches don’t have to get out of bed quite so early!)

Some quotes from those who know him - "Henry is always smiling and ready to help", "Despite lots of homework and other commitments Henry arrives bright and early to set up the course for Saturday sessions, he's smiley, helpful and a great young man", “thank you for your years of excellent volunteering, you are an essential and fantastic part of the Saturday morning team of volunteers – keep coming!”
 

Aaron Harris

Like Eleanor, he is one of the four riders taking part in more regional races than others in our club. Another racer – his successes are: 2nd in the South London Go-Ride Racing League race series, u12 boys; winning a race at the Cyclopark’s Spring in the Park series and going on to be 1st in the Crystal Palace Crits race series (in fact winning all of the final 6 races!); another member of the Bromley London Youth Games team, personally coming 2nd in the London Youth Games Time Trial. He also came 3rd place in the Bigfoot 10 mile time trial – youth – with a time of 27 minutes 16 seconds.

He is a regular and lively and fun member of our club’s Youth section, riding with us on Monday and Thursday evenings and, as voted for by his fellow riders, has just won a Jack Petchey Achievement Award. He is also a regular road rider, riding to Brighton on many occasions.

He is now going on to be sponsored by Panagua bikes, to support him in his future racing.
 

James Cook

Again, he is one of the four riders taking part in more regional races than others in our club. Another racer – 1st in the South London Go-Ride Racing League, u10 boys; 3rd in the Spring in the Park race series; and he managed a 4th place in the u10 support race at the Youth National Circuit Races at Hillingdon (racing against riders from as far afield as Manchester and Wales). Part of the Bromley London Youth Games team (riding against riders much older than him).

And on a track bike he has also reached the podium at two of the Hackney Primavera races held at the Lee Valley Velodrome.

He regularly attends club coaching sessions in all weathers, and volunteered to help with this year’s awards night. When not out racing or training, James is partial to riding on Zwift and has recently conquered the ‘Alpe du Zwift’. Twice. Keen, eh?
 

Albie Peate

The fourth of the riders taking part in more regional races than others in our club – riding in the very tough u16 category. Part of the Bromley London Youth Games team, top 10 finisher, u16 boys. 1st place in the Bigfoot 10 mile time trial – youth - best time 24 minutes 23 seconds. The fastest rider in Bigfoot Youth CC!

He is the youth rep on the club's committee and is often seen taking photos for the club.

He has been in the club 7 years, taking part in loads of racing and loads of riding – twice winner of the South London Go Ride Racing League race series; often rides with the adult club at level 2 or 3; has done our HOUR record averaging over 20mph; first rode to Brighton aged 9 and rode Brighton and back (110 miles) aged 12.

He has skill – he is really quite evil in the Box Game - hopping backwards and sideways on his bike, trapping and forcing out other riders. He is fun and he is enthusiastic.

 

But there can only be one winner and it is:

HENRY DAVIES

Congratulations!

Henry is pictured below receiving his award from Spencer.






 

Below is a list of the many other young cyclists nominated and awarded special commendations  - but truth be told we are very lucky to have a club brim full of great kids

 

SPECIAL COMMENDATIONS (in no particular order)
 
Aaron Medlyn
Alfie Holland
Ben Frost
Calder Wilkinson
Charlie Hay
Connor Medlyn
Emily Drake
Grace Turner
Greta Wilkinson
Ian Hudson
Isaac Rehman
Isabelle Stoneham
Jacob Chambers
James Harwood
Joseph Spearman-Oxx
Nathan Monks
Robert Dayman
Roisin Smith
Safaa Haque
Safir Haque
Sami Kechiche
Sannah Zaman
Sara Kechiche
Sophie James
William Mitchell
Zoe Howard

Youth section spin sessions 2020

posted 6 Dec 2019, 02:40 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 5 Jan 2020, 09:12 ]

As in previous years, for 2020 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, and are being held at the Pavilion Leisure Centre.

Spin sessions will be held on the following Thursdays:
  • January 9, 16, 23 & 30
  • February 6, 13 & 27
  • March 5, 12, 19 & 26
  • April 2nd.

Arrival and registration by 5:45pm at the latest in the main reception area. Spin class from 6pm to 7pm.

There will be no club session at Bromley College on these dates.

No previous experience on spin bikes is necessary, and the session caters for all abilities. This is a great opportunity and was very popular last year.

Places are limited to 24 at each session. We are fairly confident we can accommodate everyone who turns up, so just turn up and ride when you want. If after some sessions we need to ration spaces we will introduce a booking or priority system.

The cost of these sessions is included in your termly coaching fee, no additional payment is required.

For full details, including information about what to bring and drop-off/collection arrangements, please read the information sheet below.

Online registration is now closed, so if you are not already registered you need to email Adam at adam@bigfootcc.co.uk who will let you know if there is a place available.


Bigfoot hoodies available to order

posted 30 Nov 2019, 12:00 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 30 Nov 2019, 12:01 ]


We're placing a club order for Bigfoot hoodies, pictured above. The closing date for orders is Monday 9 December, which should ensure delivery by Christmas. 

The hoodies are priced at £25. 

Use our online order form to place your order - they are available in both childrens' and adults' sizes - details are in the order form.

Specifications

Colour: Navy blue
Zip: Full length
Material: Soft cotton faced fabric
Fabric Weight: 280gsm
Branding On Front: Small Bigfoot CC logo on left breast
Branding On Rear: Large Bigfoot CC logo
Child Sizes: 7-8 30", 9-11 32", 12-13 34"
Adult Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL

Payment will be required once the hoodies are delivered.

No Youth coaching on Monday 18 November

posted 12 Nov 2019, 02:51 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 12 Nov 2019, 02:58 ]

We are unable to use Croydon Arena on Monday 18 November due to a football match. As a result there will be no coaching session on Monday.

As a replacement we will be doing a YOUTH road ride on the morning of Sunday 17 November. We'll be leaving from Panagua Bikes at 9.30am. If you're coming make sure you bring a spare inner tube, drinks, snacks, etc. and dress appropriately for the weather conditions.

There will be a 30 mile route which is here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/5481521.

There is also an option of a 20 mile route for any strugglers: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/5481288.

Please load the routes onto your GPS if you have one.

No afternoon coaching sessions on Saturday 16 November

posted 12 Nov 2019, 02:50 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 12 Nov 2019, 02:58 ]

Because of the Go-Ride Racing event on Saturday there will be no afternoon coaching sessions this week. Afternoon members who aren't racing are welcome to come along to the Bigfoot Junior AM club section instead at Hayes Primary School at 10:00am. The MINI sessions will be running as normal.

We appreciate that this is an inconvenience for afternoon members. Where possible racing events are organised on a Sunday - of the six race events confirmed so far this season, four are on a Sunday. Where a Saturday race meeting is booked, we will always try to run as many coaching sessions as we can with the volunteers we have available.
 

Go-Ride Racing - Saturday 16 November

The South London Go-Ride Racing League puts on entry level 'Go-Ride' children's cycle races in south London. The league is organised by four local cycling clubs including Bigfoot Youth CC.

We encourage all of our members to take part, because getting kids racing bikes is what our club is all about! 

The next race is on Saturday 16 November, at Herne Hill velodrome (using the off road course). Registration starts from 9.30am.

All the details can be found at www.southlondongoracing.org

Coaching sessions and Go-Ride Racing - Saturday 5 October

posted 28 Sep 2019, 08:55 by Phil Shemmings

For those who don't want to try their hand at Go-Ride racing next Saturday (see below), we have arranged for the following sessions to still take place:

  • Bigfoot MINI – 9:00am will still take place as usual
  • Bigfoot MINI+ – 10:00am will still take place as usual
  • Bigfoot Junior AM – 10:00am will still take place as usual
  • Bigfoot Junior PM – this session will not take place, however members of this section may on this occasion pop along and join the Bigfoot Junior AM club section (at Hayes Primary School 10:00am)

Go-Ride Racing - Saturday 5 October


The South London Go-Ride Racing League puts on entry level 'Go-Ride' children's cycle races in south London. The league is organised by four local cycling clubs including Bigfoot Youth CC.

We encourage all of our members to take part, because getting kids racing bikes is what our club is all about! 

The next race is on Saturday 5 October, at Alexandra Junior School in Penge from 9.30am.

All the details can be found at www.southlondongoracing.org  For riders in our Saturday clubs, this Saturday race is free!

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