Training & Development

Rollers or turbo trainer…?

21 May 2015

Rollers and turbo trainers are both great tools for young riders. Which is best for your child though, and which type of riding is each one best suited for?

Fixed wheel in winter, smooth in summer..?

02 February 2015

In the good old days most racing cyclists would ride a fixed-wheel bike for road training throughout the winter. Mark Wyer looks at how this can be great racing preparation for today’s youth riders too.

Olympic dreams: young talent and the Performance Pathway

19 December 2014

The Performance Pathway is the talent development structure underpinning Great Britain’s astonishing elite racing success. With its new Olympic Development Apprentices programme, how well does it serve ambitious youth riders? Our in-depth feature includes an interview with Ian Yates, the man at the helm of the Pathway.

What can cycling learn from football?

10 November 2014

GB has been a super-power of cycle racing for as long as most youth riders can remember. So surely our talent development process must already work perfectly then? We identify important issues affecting your child’s development and enjoyment of the sport.

Time trialling for youth riders

24 September 2014

Riders like Sir Bradley Wiggins and Emma Pooley have given time trialling a high profile. Huw Williams tells us all about time trialling for youth riders, what it can do for them, and how they can deliver their best possible performances.

Skills analysis: road race cornering

10 June 2014

Being able to corner fast, safely and effectively is a key road racing skill that youth riders should master. Our skills analysis video of the recent Ixworth Criteriums shows the key points that a youth rider should work on to improve their road cornering.

Assen – more preparations for racing

28 May 2014

In our third Assen article Richard Maynard gives extra information to help you prepare as we get closer to the event. First he looked at transponders and now he gives advice on fitting bike numbers, with more to come.

Cycling, racing and coaching for young diabetic riders

15 May 2014

Willie Watt tells us about how youth riders with Type 1 diabetes can take a full part in cycle racing with the help of technology, parents, and coaches.

Youth rider Kai Watts – training and racing with Type 1 diabetes

15 May 2014

Kai Watts is an Under 12 member of CC Hackney with Type 1 diabetes. His mum Karen tells us about how Kai, his parents, his club and its coaches all help manage the condition.

Setting up drop handlebar bikes for young riders – Parts 5 to 7

28 April 2014

Here are Parts 5 to 7 of our major video feature showing how to set up a drop handlebar bike for a young rider. Work through the whole seven-part feature to give your child a great overall riding position.

Setting up drop handlebar bikes for young riders – Parts 1 to 4

25 April 2014

In this comprehensive feature we show how to set up a drop handlebar road, track or cyclocross bike for a young rider. Our guide tackles every stage of setting up the riding position in seven separate videos.