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Off-Road Track Training

We have teamed up with Abbey Road Primary School in West Bridgford and British Cycling to fund the building of a safe, off-road trail within the grounds of Abbey Road School.
  • Abbey Road Off-Road Skills Track
  • Abbey Road Off-Road Skills Track
  • Abbey Road Off-Road Skills Track
  • Abbey Road Off-Road Skills Track
  • Abbey Road Off-Road Skills Track
  • Join the Club
  • Book a 'block' of sessions in the right age group
  • Places are limited - so get in touch soon!
  • £10 per 'block' of 6 or 7 sessions
Nottingham Clarion Cycling Club is very happy to have co-funded a new off-road cycling facility at Abbey Road School in West Bridgford. This is a partnership between the Club, School, and British Cycling's Places to Ride programme #OwnTheRide.

As a result, we've got a fantastic all-weather outdoor gravel track, approximately 350 meters long and available for use by the Club, school and the community.

Off-Road Training Sessions

Training sessions on the track will take place weekly, Fridays from 18:30 to 19:30 in blocks of 6 or 7 sessions. The children will be coached in three groups with other children of a similar age by British Cycling qualified coaches, all of which are first aid trained and have up-to-date DBS.

Places are limited to 12-riders per group so, if you would like your child to join these sessions to learn invaluable riding skills, please contact us for more information.

The planned blocks of sessions are as follows:
  • 2021 Summer Sessions: Friday 11th June to Friday 23rd July
  • 2021 Autumn Sessions: Friday 3rd September to Friday 15th October
  • 2022 Spring Sessions: Friday 22nd April to Friday 27th May
Note: Current Covid restrictions mean only the riders and coaches are permitted onto the school site. However, this will be reviewed as and when the current restrictions change, at which point parents and guardians will be welcome to spectate.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

We want to make this as inclusive as possible and keep the costs to a minimum. Each block of 6 or 7 sessions will last half a term (dates above in red box) and will cost just £10 – this equates to less than £2 per session. The only other cost is membership to Nottingham Clarion Cycling Club at £5 per child per year.

Who are these sessions aimed at?

The sessions are aimed at children that can already ride a bike and are in school year groups 1-9. The current plan is to split the children into three groups as follows and allocate a coach to each group:

  • Group 1: school year groups 1, 2 and 3
  • Group 2: school year groups 4, 5 and 6
  • Group 3: school year groups 7, 8 and 9
What sort of bike will they need?

Any bike that is in good working order, has both a front and rear brake, more than one gear and is an appropriate size for the rider. A hardtail mountain bike (no rear suspension) is a good, versatile bike that is perfectly suited to the trail. Cyclocross bikes or road bikes with wider, knobbly tyres can be used but are not ideal.

What other equipment / clothing will my child need?

A well-fitting cycling helmet is mandatory. The only exception will be when the wearing of a cycling helmet is not compatible with a religion or faith.

Riders do not need to buy cycling-specific clothing. We just recommend clothing that is comfortable and safe for riding, taking consideration for the changing weather conditions. General close-fitting sports clothing is suitable; baggy clothing can get caught in moving parts of the bike as it moves around.

What training did the coaches undertake?

All coaches successfully completed their British Cycling Level 1 Award in Coaching Cycling, which covers topics such as the role of the coach, safeguarding, planning and delivering coaching sessions, techniques and skills, equipment, safety and risk assessment.

In addition, each coach holds a valid first aid certificate and has undertaken an enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check.

 

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