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Winter road rides

posted 12 Nov 2018, 11:07 by Phil Shemmings

What are they?

These are road rides held during the winter season. They will be arranged at short notice when we have a reasonable idea of the weather. There will be various rides from 20 miles at a pace to suit anyone from Bigfoot Youth to up to 60 miles at a particular ride pace for the club's stronger riders only.

Who can join in?

These rides are generally only open to Youth members. On some of the rides we can include the stronger racing riders from our other branches - if you think that may be you, email Adam at Generally we need parents / carers to accompany the young riders. Where that's not possible and the young rider is aged 10+ please contact Adam and we'll see if we can arrange arrange a Ride Buddy.

Where to go?

Adam would like the club's young riders to determine the ride distance, ride speed and route they would like. If you would like to choose this for a ride, please email Adam at

Finding out about the rides

You can find out what rides are happening and when either by asking that Adam puts you on his mailing list for such rides, or going to and selecting ‘Club Rides’ from the menu and checking for updates.


Monthly meetings

posted 12 Nov 2018, 11:06 by Phil Shemmings

The club has a monthly meeting to plan and organise the club’s activities. We welcome anyone from our club to come along to the meeting, whether to provide comments, to get involved in running the club, or just to see what we get up to! The next meeting is on Wednesday 21 November at 6.30pm. If you would like to come please contact Adam who will provide details. You can email him at

Emergency contact and medical details reminder

posted 12 Nov 2018, 11:05 by Phil Shemmings

Please remember to keep emergency contact details up to date in your British Cycling dashboard. If we need to get hold of you during a coaching session these are the contact details we will access. If you are not sure what emergency contact details we hold for you please ask at one of the sessions or email

You should also tell us if any of the medical or disability information that you told us about when you joined the club has changed. Once again email if you would like to confirm what information we currently hold.

Please note that all our young riders should at all times carry a card or envelope containing emergency contact details, along with any medical details or disability details. This helps us to deal with the situation more quickly if your child becomes ill at a coaching session or on a ride, or has an accident.


Transfer to Bigfoot Youth Cycle Club Ltd

posted 30 Oct 2018, 02:56 by Phil Shemmings

On 18 August, the club's EGM unanimously decided to move the club's activities from being run by an 'unincorporated' organisation to an 'incorporated' Company Limited by Guarantee. The reason for the change was to enable to club itself (rather than individual committee members) to enter into contracts and hold assets on behalf of the club. Full details about the EGM and the proposal are on the website here.
From Monday 29 October all the membership, activities, contracts, assets and key organisational documents have moved from Bigfoot Go-Ride to Bigfoot Youth Cycle Club Ltd, and Bigfoot Go-Ride will now be wound up.
How does it affect you? And what do you need to do?
There is no need for anyone participating in the club to do anything.

  • The club will continue to be run by volunteers and be non-profit making.
  • The fees set for this season will stay the same.
  • The venues we are using will stay the same, as will the dates and times of all sessions.
  • You'll still see the same familiar faces among the coaches, welfare officers and other volunteers.
  • Our plan for coaching and non-coaching activities (rides, outings and races) remains the same.

Should you be interested the Memorandum and Articles of Association of Bigfoot Youth Cycle Club Ltd, plus its Special Resolutions (that guide our objectives and procedures) can be found here.
Although there will be some changes behind the scenes to our bank account and our club membership database these should have very little impact on you as club members - we'll keep you posted if anything changes.
If you have any questions please contact:

Membership and Volunteer Involvement

We have always been keen to get parents, coaches and volunteers involved in helping to run the activities of our club and this remains the case with Bigfoot Youth Cycle Club Ltd. We are keen to have representatives at our meetings from parents, coaches and our Youth members. Interested? Would like to know more? Please contact:

Bigfoot Youth: Langley Park Road Circuits - Monday 15 October

posted 12 Oct 2018, 09:08 by Bigfoot Go-Ride

Croydon Arena isn't available on Monday 15 October, 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 15 October at 6.15pm (ride leaves at 6.30pm sharp) and we will be finished by 7.30pm.

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 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.

The Team Cup – Sunday 7 October

posted 28 Sep 2018, 07:44 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 28 Sep 2018, 07:46 ]

The Team Cup is a new event for this year. Riders from four local Go-Ride clubs will take part in a round of the London Cyclocross League on Sunday 7 October. Each rider takes part as an individual, scoring points towards their club's total.

We're keen to get a good turnout from our young Bigfoot riders, to take on teams from Penge CC, Limited Edition CC and Herne Hill Youth – and hopefully win! 

We want girls and boys from our club racing in all the age categories, whether or not they've raced in the South London Go-Ride Racing League this year. 

The Team Cup rules are simple – you ride as individuals, not as a team, the best placed riders from each club score points, the team with the most points wins!

There are two cups: one Team Cup reserved for riders who have taken part in this year's South London Go-Ride Racing League and another Team Cup where all riders in our club can help us to win!

This is a cyclocross race that takes place on grass and mountain bike trails.

Herne Hill Velodrome,104 Burbage Rd, London SE24 9HE, 

Registration and entry:
Registration is either on the day or online via RiderHQ.  There is a one-time league entry fee of £5 for the SLGRRL riders, plus the race fee: £1 for U10s, and U12s, £6 for Youth. You can find out more at:

Race timings:
  • U10s - 10.00am (10 mins race)
  • U12s - 10.20am (15 mins race)
  • Youth (U14 and U16) - 10.50am (30 mins race)

As usual, turn up an hour beforehand to get a practice lap in , register and pick up your race number.

Age categories for the Team Cup:
  • Under 10 born in 2009 or later
  • Under 12 born in 2007 or 2008
  • Youth – Under 16 – born 2003 or 2004
  • Youth – Under 14 – born 2005 or 2006

Will be published in our club newsletter.

The event is big and exciting with adult races following after our races – so you can watch them in action too! There will be on site catering and the pavilion cafe in operation. 

Car parking is extremely limited on site - you need to park in the streets around the venue or come by train.

More information:

Websites are listed below which also give information about other races you may like to do:

RiderHQ:   Search for 'LCCA' to find the event - online entries close October 5th

London League website:

Bigfoot are Go-Ride Racing Regional Champions!

posted 19 Sep 2018, 04:04 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 19 Sep 2018, 05:31 ]

Congratulations to our team of ten novice racers, who on Sunday beat stiff competition from Go-Ride clubs across the South East to be crowned Go-Ride Racing Regional Champions!

Held at the Cyclopark, the competition involved seven Go-Ride clubs from South London, Surrey, Kent and Sussex. After a range of team and individual races and skills tests, held on tarmac, grass and off-road trails, the Bigfoot team won with a score of 368 points. The team won by a comfortable margin ahead of Pedal Heaven in second place with 266 points.

Team coach Simon Spearmann-Oxx said afterwards: "What a team! I'm so proud of these young cyclists for their achievement today at Cyclopark. Such a conclusive win against six other teams, really showing their Go-Ride skills and their racing skills to win by such a huge margin. Fantastic work!"

Go-Ride Racing Regional champions

The team members (pictured above) were:

William Mitchell 
James Cook
Eleanor Thompson 
Will Dennis 
Frans-Louis van Schalkwyk
Sami Kechiche
Aaron Medlyn
Sara Kechiche 
Joseph Spearman-Oxx
Charlie Hay

You can view a gallery of photos from the event on our Flickr page.

Special coaching session on Saturday 15 September

posted 6 Sep 2018, 10:28 by Bigfoot Go-Ride   [ updated 6 Sep 2018, 10:28 ]

There will be no regular Go-Ride or MINI coaching sessions at Hayes Primary school at 9:00am, 10:00am or 1:30pm on Saturday 15 September.
Instead we have hired the off-road trails at Herne Hill Velodrome, and we'll be coaching you in off-road riding skills. It should be great fun, and will also be good practice for the Go-Ride racing event that's being held on the same trails the following Saturday.

Come with either a mountain bike or a cyclocross bike. If you're not sure if your bike will do ask one of our coaches in advance. We may even have the odd mountain bike that can be borrowed, but you'll need to arrange this in advance.
Anyone from our Bigfoot Mini and Go-Ride Saturday morning and afternoon clubs is welcome to come, along with Bigfoot Youth riders.
We would also welcome some parents offering to help on the day.
Venue: Herne Hill Velodrome, 104 Burbage Rd, Herne Hill, London SE24 9HE. Parking is available on site.
Timing: Arrival and Register 1.45pm, riding from 2.00 to 4.00pm
There is no charge as this event replaces one of our regular coaching sessions.

Go-Ride Racing Saturday 22 September - no sessions at Hayes

posted 6 Sep 2018, 10:25 by Bigfoot Go-Ride   [ updated 6 Sep 2018, 10:26 ]

The first event of this season's South London Go-Ride Racing League has been arranged for Saturday 22 September. It will be off road racing at Herne Hill. There will be no coaching sessions at Hayes that day, as we strongly encourage all our riders to attend. The racing takes place on the Herne Hill mountain bike trails, so MTBs or cyclocross bikes are needed.

Taking part in racing is a key aspect of our Go-Ride Gears coaching programme and the South London Go-Ride Racing League is a fun and friendly introduction to bike racing.

Full details are on the SLGRRL Facebook page.

We need a team for the regional Go-Ride Racing finals

posted 6 Sep 2018, 10:21 by Bigfoot Go-Ride   [ updated 6 Sep 2018, 10:21 ]

We're looking for ten riders to represent Bigfoot at the South East Go-Ride Racing finals which are being held at the Cyclopark on Sunday 16 September. You'll be racing against other Go-Ride clubs from South London, Surrey, Kent and Sussex.

There are a range of team and individual races and skills tests, with trophies and medals being awarded.

We need ten riders of all ages, from Under 8 to Under 16 categories. You must have taken part in some previous Go-Ride Racing, but you must still be a novice (no more than one season racing at Regional level).

If you want to be considered for the team complete our online form here.

Complete the form as soon as possible, and we'll announce the team soon.

We'll be picking ten riders from across the club, based on a mixture of racing league position and performance at club sessions.

Racing takes place on a mixture of tarmac, grass and trails, so CX bikes or MTBs are needed - the circuits aren't suitable for road bikes.

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