Beacon RCC is a British Cycling Go-Ride club. Through our Academy, we provide a programme of activities and Go-Ride coaching sessions aimed at young riders. The Academy was launched in 2015 and is the youth section of Beacon RCC that provides cycling coaching for children aged five and upwards who are able to ride a bike without stabilisers. The emphasis is on fun and improving bike handling skills and confidence and ability to ride and race safely around others. Members learn lots of skills including cornering, braking, riding close to others, racing, dismounting, pedaling and how to use gears. We use a number of venues in south and central Birmingham.
There is no pressure put on our members to enter competition. Young riders are free to take their participation to a level appropriate to their needs. We are proud of our track record in developing skills that have enabled our diverse group of young riders to race with confidence. In 2022, 12 riders represented the club in competition – nine of these were debut performances. Beacon riders have appeared in podium positions at several regional competitions and have taken three regional titles. We celebrate the personal achievements of all our riders.
Coaching sessions are free to members, and you can give it a try for just £2. Junior membership is just £5 per year (family membership is also available for £25). To buy membership, please click here. The weather can occasionally be quite cold at the venues we use for Academy events, so please ensure that participants have suitable clothing for the weather conditions. Gloves are strongly recommended and warm clothing are essential in colder weather.
Please check the Beacon Cycling Academy Facebook page for updates on sessions, as we post any cancellations or alterations to sessions there.
As part of our Go-Ride accreditation, we follow best practice in child protection, coaching and competition, equality and club management. For parents or young cyclists, the Go-Ride recognition provides confidence to know that our club is safe, well managed and an exciting place to be. All our coaches have enhanced DBS status and are first-aid trained. Our club Welfare Officer is Kate Dighton, who can be contacted by email at .
We look forward to seeing you at one of our sessions. If you have any enquiries, please contact the Academy co-ordinator, Adrian Ravenscroft, at .