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, pedalling and how to use gears.

Summer sessions take place on Tuesday evenings from 18:15 to 19:15 on the playing fields opposite Rowheath Pavilion, Heath Road, Bournville, but this autumn we will also be running a couple of cyclo-cross training sessions under floodlights at Holders Lane. We also run some coaching and racing at an outdoor track at Manor Road, Halesowen, and some Go-Ride informal racing on Saturday afternoons 14:00-16:00, also at Rowheath, Bournville.

The first session is free, so you can give it a try without cost, and then youth membership is just £10 per year (family membership is also available for £25), and then it’s £1 per session. To buy membership, please click here.

Signing on for the Rowheath sessions opens at 18:15. Any well-functioning bike (tyres pumped up, both brakes working) and helmet (which must be worn at all times during sessions) is all that is required. Please see here for British Cycling guidance on bikes, helmets and clothing.

The weather can occasionally be quite cold at Rowheath, so please ensure that participants have suitable clothing for the weather conditions. Gloves are strongly recommended and warm clothing are essential in colder weather.

Running fortnightly on a Tuesday evening in the summer, with occasional additional Saturday sessions, we can offer something for all. The Saturday sessions are Go-Ride informal races, so that our riders can have locally based friendly competition with young riders from other local clubs.

Autumn 2018 Holders Lane dates:

1 Tuesday 9 October 18:30 (postponed due to problems with the floodlights)
2 Tuesday 23 October 18:30

Previous 2018 Rowheath dates:

1 Tuesday 8 May 18:15-19:15
2 Tuesday 22 May 18:15-19:15
3 Tuesday 5 June 18:15-19:15
4 Tuesday 19 June 18:15-19:15
5 Saturday 21 July 14:00-16:00 (Go-Ride racing)
6 Saturday 18 August 14:00-16:00 (Go-Ride racing – results here)

Please check the Beacon Cycling Academy Facebook page for updates on sessions, as we post any cancellations or alterations to sessions there.

We have a rolling programme of activities to keep the children engaged. Each week the children all have the opportunity to develop their skills and have races with the emphasis very much on fun.

Whilst it’s all about fun, some children choose to race representing the club in the West Midlands Circuit, West Midlands Cyclocross League, British School Cycling Association races, and the Halesowen Friday Night Track League. Our sessions are structured to give young riders all the skills they’ll need to enjoy racing. Our focus is always that young riders enjoy their cycling and there is no expectation that riders will move on to competition. We run occasional sessions at Halesowen track for specific skills. All abilities, girls and boys and all ages from five upwards are welcome at the coaching sessions.

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.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our sessions. If you have any enquiries, please contact the Academy co-ordinator Adrian Ravenscroft.