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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

Bigfoot Youth: Langley Park Road Circuits - Monday 23 April

posted 19 Apr 2018, 07:55 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 19 Apr 2018, 08:00 ]

Because our session at Croydon Arena has been  cancelled on Monday 23 April we've lined up a replacement activity - 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.

Bigfoot Youth: sessions cancelled on 16 and 23 April

posted 9 Apr 2018, 12:05 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 9 Apr 2018, 23:42 ]

The Bigfoot Youth sessions at Croydon Arena have been cancelled on Monday 16 and 23 April, due to rearranged football matches at the venue, following the recent bad weather.

Our apologies, but our use of Croydon Arena is conditional on the venue not being required for football matches.

Bigfoot Youth: Beyond Brighton rides - summer cycling

posted 6 Apr 2018, 06:58 by Bigfoot Go-Ride   [ updated 6 Apr 2018, 06:58 ]

These rides are for our most able Youth riders, who are able to comfortably ride to Brighton at a respectable pace – and who are looking for a bigger challenge. These are not punishing training rides, and it’s not about how quick you can ride the routes. They are meant to be challenging but enjoyable group rides out in to the countryside – culminating in taking on a 100 mile ride. Riders can do as many or as few of these rides as they want.
If you are planning on racing this year please check with the coaches as to which rides may or may not help with your racing.
Here below are the dates and routes, if you have any questions please contact Adam on If you're interested in joining in some or all of the rides please register your interest here:
If you want to do these rides it is recommended you also first do the remaining B2B rides (30 miles, 35 miles and 54 miles to Brighton. And don't forget the next Brighton training ride is on Sunday 15 April - details here.
Sunday 13 May – training session at the Cyclopark (details here)
Sunday 27 May – 9am at Panagua – 40 miles, 890m climbing
Sunday 3 June – 9am at Panagua – 33 miles, 630m climbing
Saturday 9 June – 8am at Panagua – Hayes to Canterbury, 66 miles, 1180m climbing (everyone to arrange return journeys, or overnight accommodation)
Sunday 17 June – training session at the Cyclopark (details here)
Saturday 30 June – France (details here)
Sunday 15 July – 8am at Panagua (without Adam, as he will be on his way to John O’Groats) – The Zig Zag – 75 miles, 1250m climbing
Sunday 29 July – training session at the Cyclopark (details here)

Summer holiday ride dates will be confirmed in consultation with those on the earlier rides, routes may include:
33 miles, 800m climbing -
43 miles, 880m climbing - and
The Hayes Hever Hundred – 100 miles, 1300m climbing -
As a comparison here are some details of other rides you may have done:
Stephen’s standard 30 mile training ride – 30 miles, 520m climbing
Bigfoot to Brighton 30 mile route – 30 miles, 640m climbing
Hayes to Brighton Ride – 54 miles, 970m climbing
Adam will need a bunch of adults to help on the rides – if interested contact Adam on:
And if you come on the early rides, you must keep encouraging Adam – as he will be using these as training before riding Lands End to John O-Groats in late July!

Bigfoot Youth: France trip - 30 June 2018

posted 28 Mar 2018, 04:59 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 28 Mar 2018, 04:59 ]

For the second time Bigfoot Youth is riding in France! This day trip is open for Bigfoot Youth members, their accompanying parents / adult friends of the family and our adult club volunteers. We can provide Ride Buddies if needed

This is a chance to ride on the wrong side of the road, speak another language, enjoy the food, see some French countryside and visit a sandy beach too!

It's 40 miles in the French countryside starting and finishing in the town of Rue. If you can comfortably ride to Brighton on road in a day, this challenge is for you.

Full details are in the PDF information sheet and you can view the route here:

To register your interest, complete our online form:

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