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Afternoon session cancelled tomorrow - 16 March

posted 15 Mar 2019, 13:43 by Phil Shemmings

Because of the forecast high winds tomorrow, which are due to get worse later in the day, we have decided to cancel tomorrow's AFTERNOON coaching session.

We try not to cancel sessions if we can possibly avoid it, but we hope you will appreciate that the safety of your children is our first priority.

Bigfoot 10 - the 2019 time trials series

posted 2 Mar 2019, 05:46 by Phil Shemmings

Bigfoot Youth has been lucky enough to secure ten places for our young riders to take part in all of the main Bigfoot club'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! These races are open to riders aged 12 and above.

The time trials take place on local roads, and it's your chance to see how quickly you can ride 10 miles against the clock. Bigfoot Youth can help arrange chaperones for riders on the dates. 

Full details in the information sheet below.

The Bigfoot Hour is back for 2019

posted 2 Mar 2019, 05:32 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 2 Mar 2019, 05:33 ]

This is your chance to ride on the Herne Hill Velodrome track and see just how far and how fast you can go in an hour. 
The event is open to all our club cyclists of all abilities (sorry, not MINI riders)
Save the dates in your diaries:

  • Sunday 2 June 2019,  11.45am registration, event from 12noon to 2pm (including warm up and warm down) 
  • Sunday 14 July 2019, 2.45pm registration, event from 3pm to 5pm (including warm up and warm down)

Riders are welcome to try this for the first time or come and see if they can beat last year’s record! Riders can take part as an individual or as part of a team. All the details are in the information sheet below.

The record book for last year is available here.

Any questions, ask Adam (

All sessions CANCELLED today due to snow - Saturday 2 February

posted 2 Feb 2019, 00:20 by Phil Shemmings

Because there is still quite a lot of snow and ice in and around the Hayes School playground we have decided to CANCEL all today's coaching sessions for safety reasons.

There will be no Mini, Junior AM or Junior PM sessions today. 

Bigfoot 10th Birthday Party and Awards Night - Saturday 18 May

posted 1 Feb 2019, 03:22 by Phil Shemmings

Yes, our little club is coming up to being 10 years old. So we are having a combined Birthday Party and Awards Night.
It will be happening on the evening of Saturday 18 May at Park House FC, Barnet Wood Road, Bromley, Kent, BR2 7AA. 

We will have a quiz, birthday cake competition (you are the judges), award presentations, free food, pay bar, games, music and if you are brave... dance!
Spaces are limited to 120, nearer the time we will explain how you can request to come.
In the meantime......

Thinking hats on – in March we will be asking all our young riders who they choose to be ‘Cyclist of the Year’ from their section of the club, and also who they choose as ‘Volunteer of the Year’ (all our adults involved in the club are volunteers, and you can also vote for someone from our Youth section who helps you out too)

Talented and creative cake bakers – if any of our young riders fancies making a cake for our birthday cake competition (with mum / dad’s help) please contact Adam at

Coaching sessions on Saturday 30 March at Beckenham Place Park

posted 1 Feb 2019, 03:18 by Phil Shemmings

Because of an event at Hayes School we're unable to use the school on Saturday 30 March. 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.

Annual Club Meeting and Rollapaluza Night - Saturday 2 March 2019

posted 1 Feb 2019, 03:09 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 28 Feb 2019, 12:01 ]

This is your chance to find out what our Club has been up to and what it plans for the future, to discuss these plans and to have your say. It is important for the Club that lots of people attend as we want to hear from as many people involved in the Club as possible.

AND straight afterwards we are having a Rollapaluza Night – a chance to pedal fast! - which is free to our Young Riders, their Parents / Carers and all our Adult Volunteers – there will also be free food and drink, plus our club kit will be on show to try and buy.

And of course you're very welcome to the Rollapaluza night and not pedal – just enjoy the food, drink and the social!

Ideally come to both, but if that is not possible please come to whichever you can.

Annual Club Meeting

Where and when? 
The meeting will be held at Hayes Village Hall, Saturday 2nd March from 5:30 to 6:30pm. Full details are contained in the Agenda which you can download below.
Who can come to the meeting? 
Any and all of our Young Riders, their Parents / Carers and our Adult Volunteers (Helpers, Coaches, Welfare Officers etc) are all welcome and encouraged to come.
A little bit of helpful background to our new club structure and the agenda:

  • The Club is run by our Company – Bigfoot Youth Cycle Club Ltd. The Members and Directors of this Company are Jo Neath, Sandra Eder, Stephen Peate and Adam Shepherd.
  • As a Company we are keen to hear from anyone involved / participating in the Club to help in steering what we do, so please come to the meeting.
  • We are also keen to get the support and help of people involved in the Club. To that end we would like to have Youth, Parent and Coach Representatives at our management meetings (usually 10 meetings per year, or come to as many as you can attend, free tea and coffee!). If you would like to find out more please contact Adam.
  • This year it is proposed that the Company will continue with Jo Neath, Sandra Eder, Stephen Peate and Adam Shepherd as Members and Directors. However we are also very happy to have others as Members of the Company, some of whom can also become Directors if they wish. If you would like to find out more please contact Adam.
  • If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like something raised please contact Adam.
  • Adam can be contacted at
The minutes of the 2018 Annual General Meeting of Bigfoot Go-Ride can be downloaded below and if you are very keen you can read the Memorandum & Articles of Association and Special Resolutions of Bigfoot Go-Ride Youth Cycle Club Ltd here – including the exact mechanisms for the interaction between Club Members and the Company, which is detailed in our Special Resolutions.

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.

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