Features

Editorial: young riders on EPO…?

10 December 2015

18-yr-old time trial champion Gabriel Evans has admitted to using EPO. This is the first time that such a young club rider in domestic UK racing has been found to have used drugs. How confident are we that our own kids could never find themselves in that awful position?

Competition: win a brand new Frog 70 road/CX bike!

15 November 2015

Win a brand new Frog Road 70 worth £450 courtesy of The Little Bike Company. That’s the same versatile model that we tested in our mega group test of 26″-wheel road/cyclocross bikes.

A racing trip to Belgium

19 October 2015

It’s surprisingly easy for adventurous families to make a cyclocross racing trip to Belgium, the sport’s heartland. Sam Asker had always wanted to emulate his Belgian heroes, so last season he and his dad did a little homework and made their first ever trip. Here are their own accounts of their mini-adventure.

Youth MTB racing in the USA

07 July 2015

Here in the UK young MTB riders soon find out how to get involved in racing and develop within the sport. But how are things done in the USA, the original home of mountain biking? Sixteen-year-old US champion Veda Gerasimek (“Darth Veda”) tells us all about it.

Youth cycle racing – which way now?

14 June 2015

We’re living in a golden age for youth cycle racing – it’s surely the best time ever to be a young rider? But lots of experienced parents & coaches think it’s a bit more complicated than that, and British Cycling has announced changes which will affect every child. So here’s Youth Cycle Sport’s take on the current state of youth racing.

Club focus: Solent Pirates Youth CC

08 May 2015

The South Coast club’s purpose is clear: “To have fun on bikes with friends; to discover a sport for life; to develop skills and fitness; to compete”.

Club focus: i-Team

10 April 2015

“A coach-led club with a big focus on youth development…” Portsmouth-based club i-Team lives and breathes the spirit of our “Rules” for young racing cyclists. In this feature head coach Guy Watson explains how the club sets up its kids for a lifetime of cycling enjoyment and success.

“The Rules” – rewritten for young racing cyclists

31 March 2015

Lots of cyclists quote from “The Rules” – it’s entertaining but full of terrible advice for youth riders! So here’s the YCS version of The Rules, rewritten for young racing cyclists to help them enjoy our magnificent sport. You’ll find sound advice from world-class riders, from great coaches, and from experienced parents.

Amira Mellor: My World Championships

11 February 2015

17 year old Amira Mellor has emerged as a British cyclocross sensation. She earned selection to ride for GB at the World Championships in the Czech Republic ten days ago. We asked Amira to write about her preparation for the big race and what the experience meant to her.

Club focus: Salt Ayre Cog Set

09 February 2015

Salt Ayre Cog Set has achieved huge success by developing children’s love of cycling, through access to a great cycling facility, and with the vision and hard work of volunteers.

Tracy Moseley interview: why young riders should see the bigger picture

22 January 2015

World Champion Tracy Moseley is one of the most versatile riders in pro cycle sport. She tells us why young riders shouldn’t specialise too soon, why children & parents should take a longer term view, and about the support she’s had during her career.