Youth section

Click here for our guide for young riders starting out in cyclo-cross (Word document). Or take a look at our promotional video.

Club Cyclo-Cross Training Sessions

(These are sessions being held in the 2012-13 season. Watch this space for updates, or contact the organisers to see what's happening.)

CC Hackney: Cyclo-cross training on Wednesday nights from 6:00-7:30pm, meeting at the club HQ: 6 Olympus Square, Hackney, London E5 for youth and adults. for more details see www.cyclingclubhackney.co.uk.

Older Training Sessions

(These were the sessions being held in the 2011-12 season. There may be sessions happening this season, but we haven't had confirmation. Your best bet is to conatct the organisers.)

CC Ashwell: Cyclo-Cross training at the Knights Templar Sports Centre. Wednesday evenings, 7:00 8:30pm. Cost is 3.50, 2.50 for Under 18s. Changing rooms will be open. Bring trainers as there is a running warm up.

Colchester Rovers: Saturday morning coaching at Hilly Fields, Colchester. Every week through to Christmas except when there is a Saturday Cross event. Meet 9am at Sussex Road entrance - more info on our web site www.colchester-rovers.org.uk. Any enquiries to David Triggs 07806 267619.

Ipswich Bicycle Club: See website for details of sessions: ipswichbicycleclub.co.uk/coaching.

Kings Cliffe Flyers: Every Thursday 7:30 8:30 at Kings Cliffe Active Site Kingsmead, Station Road, Kings Cliffe, PE8 6YH. 2, contact Mark McVitty on 07834 264948.

Maldon & District: Please call Darren Steward on 07812 570767 for further details.

Welwyn Wheelers: Wednesday evenings at Welwyn Track, Gosling Sports Park, Stanborough for 10 years upwards. 7:30 pm start. Check www.welwynwheelers.org.uk for more information.

If your club runs Cyclo-cross training and you want to be included in this listing then contact the webmaster.

EC-CA Youth Squad

The EC-CA runs a youth squad to develop our best riders aged Under 16 and Under 14. 8 riders are selected early in the season. The Youth Squad Manager is experienced senior rider Nathan Miller.

What are the benefits of being a member of the squad?

Squad riders get support from experienced Cyclo-Cross coaches and riders. You can ask for race feedback or advice on equipment or training. There is a discount on TORQ products and financial assistance to enter and travel to the National Championships and some National Trophy events. In addition squad riders get to wear the squad jersey and warm up jackets at races with pride!

How do I get on the Squad?

The squad selections are made after the first 3 or 4 races of the year. We are looking for those riders performing at the top end in league races or that show considerable potential. Squad members will be expected to attend local club training sessions to work on their technique.

What will I be expected to do as a Squad member?

Under 16 squad members are expected to be competing at National Trophy rounds all season and will be expected to enter the National Championships.

Under 14 aged riders will be expected to ride the Ipswich round of the National Trophy and compete at the National Championships.

All youth squad members will be expected to be available for selection for the Inter-Area Championships.

Squad Training Sessions

There will be 2 or 3 squad training sessions run during the course of the season. These will be high intensity sessions based on short sharp racing efforts. These sessions will not be about learning dismounting/remounting/hurdling technique, we expect you to be working on those at your club sessions.

For more information about the youth squad, talk to Nathan or Mark Wyer at race events.