Posted 10th April
More information for riders and parents can be found here
To maximise the legacy of London 2012, British Cycling is encouraging Go-Ride clubs nationwide to sign up to a summer festival of Go-Ride Games. These exciting Olympic style events will offer inspired young participants a taste of cycle sport in the two weeks immediately after the games.
At the Go-Ride Conferences in March 2012, the Development team engaged with young volunteers, club volunteers and coaches from 100 clubs from around the country to refine the ways in which clubs can attract more young people to the sport of cycling at Olympics time.
Volunteers can sign-up to the programme to access resources to assist in the delivery of club events held between 11th - 19th August 2012, right after the Olympic period. British Cycling will provide both practical resources and guidance to clubs who sign-up to stage Go-Ride Games, as we look to ensure the next crop of racing cyclists are well catered for long after the Olympic flame has left the capital.
''The Go-Ride Games provides the opportunity for more young people to try out our fantastic sport. With our clubs developing their activities all the time, the Olympics can kick start the involvement of many young people for years to come as we embed more opportunities to participate, race and volunteer'' said Andrew Chaston, British Cycling’s Development Manager for Clubs and Volunteers.
What's in it for riders?
The Go-Ride Games are a great way to try cycling with a club near you for the first time.
Each Go-Ride Games event will be different, as clubs are free to design their own activity. Most will have some skill and challenges before putting you to the test with some exciting racing.
A full list of Go-Ride Games events can be found via our events calendar by clicking here.
What's in it for clubs?
The Go-Ride Games will enable clubs to attract enthusiastic new riders by being part of a national programme targeted directly at the Olympics. To support clubs we will provide those who sign-up to deliver a Go-Ride Games event with race resources and a promotional pack to ensure their event is as good as it can be.
How can clubs find out more?
If you have any questions please contact your Regional Development Manager or Kelly Burdett from British Cycling HQ on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0161 2742126. Regional forums in the coming months will enable clubs to meet to discuss their events and ask for advice from the regional staff.
How do I get my club involved?
For now clubs only need to complete one expression of interest form per club and send to email@example.com by 27th April 2012. Further details about the event registration procedure and resources to help you plan and deliver events will follow in early May.
All club volunteers can play a significant role in delivering successful Go-Ride Games events, while young people who are already club memebrs can also assist in the promotion and delivery of the events to inject their own enthusiasm for the sport and to inspire new cyclists.
What does an event look like?
Each club will decide what it's own event entails. It could be an open day of various activities for all the family, it could involve coaching, Olympic themes, activities in different disciplines or racing. From feedback at the Go-Ride conferences, most clubs are planning to have some coaching and skills work followed by racing. This is also a great chance to host a Go-Ride Racing event as most riders will not have raced before. Suggestions and advice will be distributed in early May and the regional forums will also assist with club's planning.