Youths/Juniors (under 16s)

Charlotte at a road race (photo: John Pick)

The future of cycle sport lies with the youngsters we can encourage into organised events. Poole Wheelers have invested in members who are qualified to coach our younger members. The Coaches are parents themselves and understand the importance of making it all fun as well.

If you have children who are keen to get involved in cycling contact Poole Wheelers.

Every Monday evening we have club track session 6.00pm – 7.00pm for younger youth and novice riders and 7.00pm to dusk for intermediate and experienced riders. Cost is £7 for the session fee which includes bike hire and then £2 for the club, (if taken up regularly you can buy an annual membership for £50 covers all session fees and bike hire for a year and if they become a member of Poole Wheelers the £2 is reduced to £1). We have a range of hire bikes, including some for very young riders in the Under 8 category.

Danny Byrne at the Jurrasic Beast Sportive

Even if you think track riding might not be the right thing, coming down on a Monday evening could be a good idea as you can meet other members and possible plan rides with them at other times.

We do ask that parents stay at the track sessions while their children are taking part.

There are also a number of off road events which are suited to the younger riders.

Time trialling on the road for the older children (minimum age is 12 years) is possible but only with parents written consent and support. The CTT lay down exacting conditions to reduce risks to young people when competing.

Tom Day at Calshot (photo: John Pick)

Road racing for youth riders is always done on closed circuits and details of these can be found on the British Cycling website.

Track racing for youth riders are typically part of day events or so-called omnium. Poole Wheelers organise one annually, which is part of a series of Omnium events especially targeted at Under 16 riders.

To participate in competitive road or track races, you need a racing licence and the club is happy to help guide anyone requiring one.

Kids having fun at Calshot velodrome (photo: E. Thorsen)

Graham Hurst is a parent and one of our coaches and would be happy to hear from any parents who want to encourage their children to cycle. Contact Graham

The current Poole Wheelers junior club captains are:

Junior Captain (Ladies): Lucy Gadd
Junior Captain (Boys): Sam Wadsley