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Kids Cycling @ VCC's Youth Development Program

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The Verulam Cycling Club youth development programme is gaining momentum and in March 2019 the club achieved British Cycling's Clubmark status. 

We now have different activities designed for 5 to 18 years old children who are already can ride their bike. These sessions provide the necessary cycling knowledge and skills for youths to progress to riding safely and efficiently in the regular Verulam Cycling Club adult club runs and activities.

Check the activities here, Facebook Youth Development Page and Twitter Feed for the latest information on coaching sessions.

Track Cycling Sessions - April to September - 2pm every Saturday @ Welwyn Track

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All sessions are run by our qualified British Cycling coaches, who are members of Verulam Cycling Club. Our training sessions are well planned, being prepared and designed in accordance with British Cycling coaching guidelines. More importantly these sessions are designed to be fun and enjoyable! Our Track Sessions include:

  • Under 8s learn bike skills using British Cycling coaching gears 1-4. Basic requirements are that riders must be able to confidently ride a bike e.g. successfully completed primary school cycle proficiency course. Experience riding for 1-2 hours on a single bike ride is also helpful but not essential.
  • 8 years old and above learning advanced track cycling and race craft, preparing for final Welwyn track accreditation and racing!

We have our track bikes available for hire too!

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested.  

Cyclo-cross Cycling Sessions - September to March - 9am every Saturday @ Cottonmill Community & Cycling Centre


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Finally our new cyclo-cross facility is now available and wow its worth the wait! Loads of permanent features and with our temporary course we are taking cyclo-cross to a new level. Photos coming soon.

Using a carefully laid-out cyclocross course, we teach our youths how to mount and dismount quickly and safely on the flat, then move onto core cornering techniques, mounting and dismounting on uphill/downhill sections, practice riding close to each other in a group, and show them how to improve off road cornering whilst climbing and descending. We then progress onto cyclocross specific skills; these sessions include:

  • Teaching skills in maintaining speed throughout a Cyclocross course
  • How to approach and negotiate steep ascents - dismounting/running/remounting or power pedalling
  • How to negotiate steep descents quickly and safely
  • Cyclocross overtaking techniques.

Our overall aim is for our youths to perform well at cyclocross races, and have great fun practicing these skills. Please note the these sessions are not suitable for road-bikes - riders should bring either mountain bikes or cyclocross bikes.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested.  


Sunday Morning Club Runs - Every Week @ 9am


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Verulam Cycling Club's youth-specific Sunday Club Runs cover 35-50 miles in about 3hrs. Basic requirements are that riders must be self-sufficient on the roads (typically age 12+), have a proper road bike, insurance, suitable clothing, a helmet and adequate fitness. Our routine is for departure from St Albans at 9:00am with a coffee stop at 10.15am and to be back by about midday. We have a quality club road bike that can be arranged in advance for hire at £5 for the day.

All riders on Sunday morning rides must be Verulam Cycling Club members and have British Cycling membership/third party insurance. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested. 



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