Our Aim:

The aim of our junior coaching sessions is to develop all of our young riders and their love of cycling, in a safe and welcoming environment. As well as giving them a better understanding of cycle sport, whilst also helping them to become the best they can be. Our coaching sessions are challenging but above all FUN.

Current Coaches:

David Webster (British Cycling Level 2 qualified coach) which also includes sports coach UK’s Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Emergency First Aid at Work (Sports). KL MTB Welfare Officers:

David Webster, Neil Allen, Steve Collins, Tracey Cubitt

Weekly Coaching times 

Intermediate Group (9 years and over)
Beginners Group (Under 9)

The provisional junior coaching dates for 2019 are as follows:

Formal coaching for all age groups commence

March – 2nd, 9th, 23rd & 30th

April – 27th

 May

4th – Junior Time Trial

11th – Coaching

18th – Junior Time Trial

June

1st – Coaching

8th – Junior Time Trial

15th – Coaching

22nd – Junior Time Trial

29th – Coaching

July

6th – Junior Time Trial

13th – Coaching

20th – Junior Time Trial

27th – Coaching

September – 14th, 21st, 28th

October – 12th, 19th, 26th

These dates will be confirmed as the year progresses.

There will be a couple of changes to the format of the junior coaching during 2019. We will be holding 6 time trials this year, all on the same day as the adult time trial at West Bilney Woods (time to be confirmed, but the juniors will ride before the adults).

The coaching session times will need to change to align with my personal commitments and the development needed for the junior riders.

8 yrs & under (beginners) – 11:00 to 12:00

9 yrs & over (improvers) – Session 1 core skills workshop 12:30 – 13:20

Session 2 XC race skills training 13:30 – 14:30

Session 1 Core Skills workshop will be a relaxed, low key workshop to work on a different core skill each week eg, jumps, drops, wheelies, manuals etc all the basic core skills needed to improve confidence and skills on the trail.

Session 2 XC race skills training will be preparing the riders to race on the single track (especially useful for the time trials coming up this year). The session will involve improving fitness, speed, techniques and rider knowledge that is required to either race faster or just rider better if racing isn’t your thing.

I am hoping the 9 yrs and over group will do both sessions but if the rider can’t make one of them just attend the session you are available for.

I have just started studying with the Association of British Cycling Coaches, level 3 course, which is a distance learning course that I am working on in my spare time. Once I have done enough of the course to back up my experience I will start to offer club members assistance with fitness training plans to suit their needs and goals, eg. General fitness, race training plans, event specific plans etc. More information to follow on this in the coming months.

If any adult club members wants any technique specific assistance please let me know and we can arrange some core skills workshops for adults at a convenient time to suit demand or sessions for individuals as required.

For further info’ on the coaching email Dave on coaching.klmtb@gmail.com

Location

Meet at Shouldham Warren, Main Car Park.
Unless a Time Trial and this is at West Bilney Woods.

Who Can Attend?

The expected age range could vary between 5 to 16 years although; there is no actual minimum lower age limit but the rider must be able to ride their bike unaided (without stabilisers).  Due to the popularity of the coaching the sessions will be split into two groups.  The Beginners group is for children aged under 9 and the Intermediate groups is for riders aged 9 to 16.

You just need to fill out the British Cycling Rider Info Consent Form, found here, and email to David (coaching.klmtb@gmail.com) before the coaching session.

How Do I get Started?

You will need a road worthy mountain bike, an approved cycle helmet, a completed rider information form, in fact you don’t even need to be a member of KL MTB club, just come along and have a go, give it a try and join later if it’s for you.

What Do We Do

Our sessions are aimed at beginners and riders who want to improve their cycling techniques and skills. We teach riders:

  • Equipment Safety Checks
  • Warm up / Cool Down
  • Bike Handling Techniques
  • Balance and Coordination
  • Mounting / Dismounting
  • Pedalling / Braking
  • Cornering
  • Gear Selection
  • Climbing
  • Descending
  • Group Riding Techniques
  • Racing (for fun and competition)

We aim to be supportive and encourage riders to develop and learn at their own pace. These sessions are useful for all bike riders, even if you are not sure about racing it doesn’t matter come along and have a go!

What Should I bring? 

A road worthy mountain bike, an approved cycling helmet, appropriate clothing (nothing baggy that might get caught in a wheel or chain), a basic cycling jersey is a good start as well as clothing appropriate for the British weather and a 500ml water bottle (in a bottle cage on the bike if possible).  You don’t need an expensive bike though to get started!

New members are always welcome, ideally contact us first at coaching.klmtb@gmail.com before your first session.