Road Riding Information
As we are all aware, cycling on the public highway has a certain amount of danger and risk attached to it. However, at some point in a young rider’s career, it would appear necessary to begin to ride on the open road if they are to maximise their potential. This is essential during the transition from Youth A to Junior, as many of the races will move away from traffic-free courses, onto road circuits with greater distances.
The majority of rides within the Southern Junior Cycling Development Programme will be conducted on the open road.
This we feel is extremely beneficial to the junior development, not purely in terms of improving fitness but also providing additional group riding - riders will build their skills very quickly in this environment.
We would like to assure you that prior to every group ride a risk assessment of the route is completed in line with British Cycling’s coaching and Health & Safety guidelines and, although it is likely that some major roads have to be negotiated during a road ride, small, quiet, country roads are always sought for this activity. The rides do not take the form of coaching sessions – so the ride is a steady state group ride either in the style of a ‘club run’ (where riders ride in pairs) or on occasion as a ‘through and off’ type formation (this is the style of riding a breakaway group in a road race would employ to enable the workload to be shared and the group to travel faster). Specific tasks are not prescribed to the riders during these sessions. Whenever available, an experienced adult will ride in the group to ensure everyone rides in a safe manner. We will also provide when available a base-point with adult cover. Pre-designated routes will be promulgated, enabling riders the ability to download onto various devices. The focus will be group riding and where feasible a repetitive 'loop' course (e.g. 10 mile loop etc.) will be used to provide 'bench-marking', the ability to cover larger distances will repetitive loops and simulate 'race scenarios'.
Group rides will also ride regularly used local race courses (e.g. Owslebury, Stockbridge) this will enable riders to be familiar with course environments and terrain.
Should you have any question on the Southern Junior Cycling Development Programme, please do not hesitate to contact myself on 07427530627