This year the Club has had to consider additional factors resulting from the difficult pandemic year. The balance of offering our sessions to Junior members and balancing the risks has been at the forefront of our decision making, including following both the Government ‘Roadmap out of Lock-down’ and British Cycling guidance.
BFCC offers within its Junior membership access to the wonderful sport of Mountain Biking and our aim is simple – to introduce the enjoyment and sense of achievement that riders of all ages and ability can reach by participating in cycling.
We are delighted by the number of Junior’s who participated in the Saturday Club each year and we continue, albeit limited opportunities this year, our successful formula of offering two ability streams for our Junior Club members –
the Saturday Junior Club and the Advance Junior Club.
What has changed this year…
The first big change is the timing. In order to avoid the peak/high volume visitor times at Bedgebury expected this year, the Junior Clubs will now run between 2pm and 4pm.
The Saturday Junior Club will be limited to just 15 riders for each session, which brings with it the difficulty of meeting the expected high demand from our members. Therefore, in order to maximise the number of opportunities to as many Junior members as possible, we will be running coaching courses in blocks of 4-weeks. There will be five blocks of courses throughout the year. However, Junior members can only book one 4-week course this year. It will be compulsory for members to book their course to avoid disappointment.
Riders within the Saturday Junior Club may be invited join the all-year-round Advance Junior Club when their ability reaches a competent level and thus enjoy the great British winter weather. Our focus for Advance Juniors will be coaching to race, outride’s, having fun and learning to develop their skills.
If any Parent/Guardian or rider has any questions, please refer to the Junior Club – FAQ sheet or better still do speak with any of our professional coaches – we are a friendly bunch and we are here to encourage cycling and to make it enjoyable & fun for all.
We look forward to welcoming back our Junior’s to a long-awaited season of cycling.
Head Coach/Go-Ride Coordinator.
P.S. For more information and dates, please see our Coaching page or click on the following links:
NOTE: Unfortunately, free trial session for those juniors considering joining the club WILL NOT be available, due to the limited places available, this year.
Advance Junior Club participation
All Junior members of the Club will be invited to join the Advance Junior Club by our coaching team should they spot a talented rider within the younger Saturday Junior Club riders. Participation at an advanced level is based on MTB technical skills ability and not by the rider’s age.