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Find us on the cycletrack at the Richard Dunn Sports Centre, Bradford on Saturday Mornings.
ECC is affiliated to BSCA, this means that our youth members (all members under 18) can enter the BSCA events without having to pay a surcharge, but members do need to apply for a BSCA membership card, which we can do through the club, (BSCA is not a large organisation and is run by volunteers, so it is not practical to automatically register all our youth members) please contact Joanne if your child would like to be registered. There are races locally and nationally, which are listed on the BCSA website under events with a specific list for Yorkshire if you go to the regional list on the bottom left of the page. The regional events start in September. Points are awarded at each event and work towards a regional championship. Races are open to all children and you don’t have to ride all events. BSCA membership is needed, but is free and the children ride under their school name, not the club name. Most events are entry on the line but some have a closing date for entries.
Age group details are:
Nursery, Reception, Years 1 and 2 are under 7s
Years 3 and 4 are under 9s
Years 5 and 6 are under 11s
Years 7 and 8 are under 13s
Years 9 and 10 are under 15s
Years 11, 12 and 13 are over 15s
All young riders, under 16 years of age, have a gear restriction for their age group.
This varies slightly depending on the di
fferent type of event and the different
Why have gear restrictions?
- It ensures all riders compete together on a fair and equal standing
- It helps to reduce the risk of overuse injuries and avoid imbalances in young
riders; it may also help riders to develop good pedalling technique.
- It encourages young riders to race using tactics as opposed to using bigger
gears to go faster. This will help to support the riders in learning new
techniques which they will need throughout their competitive career.
British Cycling organise lots of different events, also at regional and national level. The racing is in age groups and follows the age the child is on the 1st of January, of that current year. The table below explains :-
British Cycling Age Categories.
Youth E - Under 8 - Until 31 December in year of 8th birthday.
Youth D - Under 10 – From 1 January in year of 9th Birthday until 31 December in year of 10th birthday.
Youth C - Under 12 - From 1 January in year of 11th Birthday 'til 31 December in year of 12th birthday.
Youth B - Under 14 - From 1 January in year of 13th Birthday 'til 31 December in year of 14th birthday.
Youth A - Under 16 - From 1 January in year of 15th Birthday 'til 31 December in year of 16th birthday.
Junior - From 1st Jan of year in which 17th birthday falls to 31st December of year in which 18th birthday falls
Different types of events are organised all year round. Races are open to all children. A British Cycling racing licence is required for most races. This is free to B.C. youth members but not Junior riders. Gear restrictions apply to all riders, and vary depending on the type of event. Most events are entry on the line but some have a closing date for entries . A list of the regional events is compiled under” events.”
All young riders, under 16 years of age, have a gear restriction for their age group. This varies slightly depending on the different type of event and the different organisation.
Why have gear restrictions?
·It ensures all riders compete together on a fair and equal standing
·It helps to reduce the risk of overuse injuries and avoid imbalances in young riders; it may also help riders to develop good pedalling technique.
·It encourages young riders to race using tactics as opposed to using bigger gears to go faster. This will help to support the riders in learning new techniques which they will need throughout their competitive career.
BRITISH CYCLING GEAR RESTRICTIONS - MAXIMUM GEAR
Category Road Racing Track Racing Roller Racing
Youth A Under 16 6.93m 6.93m 7.93m
Youth B Under 14 6.45m 6.45m 7.4m
Youth C Under 12 6.05m 6.05m 6.94m
Youth D Under 10 5.4 metres for all events
Youth E Under 8 5.1 metres for all events
The gear size in metres is how far the bike travels for one complete revolution of
the crank. All bikes are checked by the o
fficials before a race, and sometimes after
the race for the winners.
The table below shows the relation to the number of teeth on the front
chainwheel and the rear sprocket, to the gear size in metres. This table is only
for 700c wheels and 23mm tyres
. This Gear Table should only be used as a
It is the rider’s responsibility to ensure their bike is within the
restriction, no matter what combination of tyres, chainring and sprockets they
have on the bike.
To restrict the gears, simply adjust the limit screws on the rear derailleur, so a