Over 70% of the cyclists who will be competing for Great Britain at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in London took their first steps into racing at Go-Ride Clubs.
There are over 300 Go-Ride Clubs around the country delivering coaching and racing activities for young people each week. The clubs provide a friendly and safe environment for young riders, offering them an opportunity to get their first taste of cycle sport.
Go-Ride is the first step onto the Great Britain Cycling Team Performance Pathway; the success of which is highlighted by the number of Go-Ride graduates who will take to the boards at the home round of the world cup.
Laura Trott, Go-Ride ambassador, will be aiming to emulate the success she achieved on the same boards back in 2012 and recognises the role that her Go-Ride Club, Welwyn Wheelers, played in her path to the podium:
“Without support from the volunteers at my Go-Ride Club, it’s possible I wouldn’t be where I am today," said Trott.
“The Go-Ride programme is doing a brilliant job of harnessing the enthusiasm of young people and encouraging more youngsters to get involved. It really is going from strength to strength and it’s unbelievable to hear about the increasing numbers of young riders putting power to the pedals.”
Go-Ride’s success in giving young people an opportunity to progress from the playground to podium has been further emphasised this week following the recent announcement of the Great Britain Cycling Team squad for the 2014/2015 season, with over 60% of these riders progressing from Go-Ride Clubs.
The inspirational factor of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup on home turf will undoubtedly encourage more young people to have a go at emulating their cycling heroes, with Go-Ride Clubs across the country providing the perfect opportunity.
To find your nearest Go-Ride Club, please use our club finder.
Young riders can also don their first race bib at Go-Ride Racing entry-level events. Find out more about events in your area.
Go-Ride graduates taking part in the UCI Track Cycling World Cup, London:
To see the full team selection, take a look at the team announcement.