Youth Development Session

Sunday 11th April – Please arrive at 09.30 hrs for a 10.00 hrs start.

South Winchester Park & Ride, SO21 2FG

What’s It About?

The coaching and racing team are combining to offer an endurance-based (road) coaching session for all youth A and youth B members (under 16 and under 14) as preparation for a return to competitive racing following the latest lockdown. Head coach and race team manager Toby Leyland will be leading the on-bike coaching session with riders supported (hopefully) by some of our race team. Youth Racing Officer Stuart Gilmour will run an information session for parents whose child may be new to racing covering some of the myths and mysteries associated with bike racing.


This is a club activity and you do not need to pre-register, however, it would be helpful for us to have an idea of how many riders are likely to attend so that we can plan appropriate group training drills and divide in to potential training groups if necessary. Please notify your interest by email to Stuart at


FREE – Yes, you read that correctly. This is a free coaching session. All you need is enthusiasm and a commitment to work hard.

Information for Riders

Riders should treat the session like a two-hour road ride and be suitably equipped. Recommended kit list, 2 bottles, food, race cape, spare tube and a pump is the minimum, plus loads of enthusiasm…..and of course a bike in roadworthy condition. The session will run in all weather conditions other than snow so please bring suitable clothing as temperatures can vary drastically during a morning at this time of year.

Information for Parents

The information session will be outside under the VC Venta gazebo. Please bring appropriate clothing, garden chair or seating of your choice and a flask or bottle containing the drink of your choice.

Covid Guidance

This session will be run in compliance with the latest guidance from British Cycling regarding coaching activity. The British Cycling Document “The Way Forward” outlines what activity is permitted but as of 29th March we can offer outdoor coach-led club training. Please continue to respect other people’s personal space when not on the bike.

If you have any questions or queries about this session, please email Stuart on