Since forming in early 2009 Thanet RC's Go Ride section has gone from strength to strength. Sessions are run under the organisation of our Head Coach, Level 3 qualified Colin Robinson, assisted by Richard Bazin, Steve Quincey, Steve Langman, Annie Davis, Teresa Childs, Helen Hill and Jo Smith (all are British Cycling Level 2 qualified coaches). Additionally, we have David Redmond, Maddie Basin, Dan Martin and Ollie Robinson (all British Cycling Level.1 qualified coaches) and a number of experienced cycling volunteers from Thanet RC.
Non-members are welcome to come along to their first Go-Ride session and try it out for free. Subsequent sessions cost £2 per child, plus yearly club membership of £6 per child or £35 per family (2 adults and children U18).
The youth section has grown from 1 to 80 members aged 6-16 since 2009, a third of which are girls. Coaching sessions and races cover the disciplines of mountain biking, road, time trials and CycloX mainly at Betteshanger Country Park (formerly Fowlmead), though also includes track riding with visits to the London Olympic Velodrome. Family rides and opportunities for youth volunteering make the club experience fun and developmental for young members. The club runs weekly Saturday coaching sessions as well as weekend races and weekday evening races, which include regional championships (see website for dates and locations). With such opportunities club riders are achieving impressive results. In 2015 four boys and one girl qualified for National Time Trial Championships and four riders took part in the National Road Race Series. With such an impressive level of performance it is no surprise that the club are currently South East Go-Ride Club Champion. TRC young rider Ollie Robinson also represented the South-East of England in the inter-regional road cycling Youth School Games 2015.
The Go Ride Saturday sessions are aimed at improving cycling skill levels using British Cycling's Gears 1,2,3 and 4 of the Go Ride Handbook, with an emphasis on simplicity. Instruction is given on all the basic cycling techniques with the goal of helping riders to become confident with their bikes. However, from our experience so far, the best part about it is that it's GREAT FUN for the riders, helpers and the mums and dads!
Subjects covered include:
- Balance and co-ordination
- Gear Selection
- Group Riding
These skills underpin almost everything that is important in cycling, whether it is for leisure or in more competitive events. Lots of our sessions employ short races, time trials and team events which are great for practicing these skills.
Under British Cycling's Go Ride Racing format, we have also organised a number of race meetings ranging from grasstrack, time trials, mountain bike and circuit racing (making use of the excellent facilities at Betteshanger). The aim is to introduce younger and less-experienced riders to competitive cycle racing in a friendly, non-pressured environment. The club have also introduced a youth development team for riders aged 12-16. This is for riders competing at regional level and looking to gain extra skills and fitness levels required to perform at national level.
any of the coaches for more details.
Ovenden continues to be our proud sponsor of the Tour Series
White's Transport are the sponsor of Thanet RC Whites Summer Series and GoRide Racing Whites MTB Series
Thanet RC Go-Ride Section Achievements
Thanet RC Achievements 2016
Thanet RC 4th team in Regional Go-Ride Team Championships
Thanet RC are the most success club in South-East time trial races with the club also winning 3-up KCA Championships
Chris Fennell breaks numerous club and course time trial records in 2016 and takes numerous top 10 finishes in national time trial races
Ollie Robinson wins Full Gas Track League at London Velodrome, South-East Junior Road Championships, races for the South-East in International UCI stage races and is top British Cycling points scorer in 2016
George Pittock top British Cycling Youth TRC point scorer with a number of road race wins in 2016. Also raced National Championships in 2016 at Redbridge and won most improved rider of the year 2016 (Pat Baxter Trophy)
Lance Childs is 2nd in age group at London Youth Track League 2015-16 and positions 5th in age group at GHS National Time Trial Championships
Joshua Chivilo wins Go-Ride Rider of the Year with many fine road race performances and fine improvement in 2016
Max Robinson 2nd in Spring in the Park Road Series and won TRC Summer Series
Hamish O’Reilly, Alex Ashman and Flynn Robinson ride for South-East Team at School Games
Toby Perry gains many podium finishes in regional and national cycloX races
Ludghaigh Cook wins club CycloX trophy for his many podium places in regional races
George and Lance competing in 2016-17 London Youth Track League
Teresa Childs qualified as British Cycling Level 2 Track Coach
Colin Robinson qualified as British Cycling Level 3 Road and Time Trial Coach
Three TRC members (Dan Martin, Megan Griffiths and David Redmond) are successfully elected to British Cycling National Youth Forum
2014 National runner-up Go-Ride club of the year
Thanet Road Club Go Ride was awarded runner-up in British Cycling’s National Award scheme. The Go Ride Club was recognised by the national sporting body for its commitment to developing young riders through coaching and racing. With over 280 clubs nationwide this is an impressive achievement.
The Regional British Cycling Coach, Tim Sales, said
“This is a great achievement and well done to everyone at the club. This award is down to the good work of the coaches and volunteers who are dedicated to organising and running the numerous events and sessions which provide opportunities to our developing riders on a regular basis. We are glad to be able to support the club and as a region we are very proud that Thanet Road Go Ride Club has gained this recognition out of all Go Ride Clubs across the country.”
Thanet Go Ride has been awarded runner-up in British Cycling's Go Ride Club of the Year Award (out of 280 clubs)
2015 South-East Time Trial Champion and 7th Nationally – Ollie Robinson
2015 South-East Track Championships 3rd place – Ollie Robinson and Lance Childs
2015 South-East Road Youth Runners-up – Lance Childs and Ollie Robinson
2014 South-East Time Trial Champion – Ollie Robinson
2014 Event Organiser of the Year - British Cycling (South-East) – Colin Robinson
2013 Club of the Year– Thanet Sports Awards 2013
2013 South-East British Cycling Go-Ride Club Champions (Cyclopark)
2013 South-East Time Trial Champion – Oliver Dickson
South-East Road Race Champion- Ollie Robinson
2012 Thanet RC organise the most Go-Ride Racing events in the UK
2011 Coach of the Year - British Cycling (South-East) – Colin Robinson
2010 Sports Coach of the Year – Thanet Sports Awards
2009 Thanet RC Go-Ride section formed