Juniors

Kendal Cycle Club offers juniors a development pathway through the early years of cycling.

LEVEL 1 – Reception, Year 1/ 2 – Core Skills
LEVEL 2 – Year 3/4 – Core Skills
LEVEL 3 – Year 5/6 – Core Skills MTB
LEVEL 4 – Year 7 – 12 – Core Skills MTB
LEVEL 5 – Age 12-18 – Club Group Road Ride.12 to 14 year olds will need to ride with a parent or guardian. 14 to 16 year olds will need to ride with a responsible adult.

We currently have a waiting list for all groups. To join the waiting list, please email juniors@kendal.cc with your child’s name, date of birth, cycling experience and the level they wish to join. 

Sessions run during term time from April through to October. Levels 1 and 2 are Tuesdays, 5.30 pm at Kirkbie Kendal School and Levels 3 and 4 are Thursdays, 6 pm at Holmescales Activity Centre.

Please see the FAQ’s below for more information on whether your child is ready for our Junior sessions

PLEASE NOTE: All participants of Junior sessions must be a member of Kendal Cycle Club (for insurance purposes) – junior membership costs just £8.50 per year, and can be bought here once your child has a confirmed place.

Kendal Cycle Club is a British Cycling registered Go-Ride club with ClubMark Status. Go-Ride is British Cycling’s development programme for young people. The programme provides a fun and safe way to introduce young riders to the world of cycle sport and provides a platform to improve bike handling skills.

If you need to contact our welfare officer, email Simon Frost male-welfare-officer@kendal.cc or Christine Nelson female-welfare-officer@kendal.cc

There is a committee of parents to help develop the juniors section of the club. Please email if you’re interested in getting involved.

Kendal Cycle Club Go-Ride Sessions for children

Frequently asked questions about Kendal Cycle Club Juniors:

What age can my child come to Junior sessions?

To take part in the Kendal Cycle Club Junior General Bike Skills and Mountain Bike sessions your child must be able to cycle confidently, and have the concentration span and fitness, to safely take part in an hour long coaching session alongside children of different ages and abilities. Our experience is that this can be from the time they enter Year 3, but each child is different.

For younger children we are offering Kendal CC Mini’s during the summer term. This is aimed at younger children, in Reception, Y1 and Y2. Your child must be able to pedal (no balance bikes or stabilisers), start cycling without a push, and stop themselves. The Mini sessions will run for about 40 – 45 minutes, as we find the younger children prefer not to ride for the full hour.

Do I have to be a member of Kendal CC for my child to join the Juniors?

No, you don’t have to be a member, but your child does. We offer family membership for £30 and junior membership for just £8.50.  Membership runs for 12 months from purchase. JOIN HERE.

Does my child have to be a member of British Cycling to join the Juniors?

No – whilst they have to be a member of Kendal CC, they don’t have to be a British Cycling member. However, if they wish to take part in the British Cycling organised holiday clubs, or race on behalf of Kendal Cycle Club, then they will need to be members of British Cycling

Does my child have to be able to ride a bike?

Yes – the sessions are aimed at improving bike handling skills, and your child must be able to take part in an hour long coaching session.

My child uses stabilizers – can they come?

Sorry – your child must be able to ride their bike without stabilizers before coming to the Junior sessions

What type of bike does my child need to attend?

Your child must have a well maintained bike that is the correct size for them.  If they are enrolled on a Mountain Bike specific course, they must have an off road suitable bike

Can I turn up on the night with my child?

No – we have limited spaces available on the Junior sessions, and run a waiting list. This is due to the number of riders each coach is allowed per group. Please do not turn up without having a confirmed place, as your child will be turned away.

Can I pay cash on the night?

No – please pay in advance via Spond.  Blocks of sessions are sold each half term – we cannot accept payment on a weekly basis.

Do I have to stay and watch my child during their Junior sessions?

We ask that you stay for your child’s first session, to ensure that they are capable of completing the session. Thereafter you can leave your child with our qualified British Cycling coaches. Please ensure that your emergency contact details are up to date.

Does my child need to wear a helmet?

Yes – a correctly fitting helmet is mandatory for all sessions and Kendal CC club rides.

Does my child need special cycle clothing for sessions?

No – the only thing they need is a cycle helmet. Please make sure they are wearing clothing that is comfortable and safe to ride their bike in for an hour.

  • Layers are recommended, especially on cold days. Your child will warm up as the hour progresses
  • Cycle gloves help keep fingers warm on cool evenings
  • Waterproofs are needed during wet weather

Who will be coaching my child at the session?

We have a group of volunteers and coaches who work together with young cyclists to increase their skills, fitness and knowledge of cycle sport to make them better bike riders.

Kendal Cycle Club currently has the following qualified coaches:

Iain Childs:

Stewart McWilliam:

Paddy Finn:

Paul Troughton:

Kath Finn:

Bee Childs:

Derek Queenan:

Susan Little:

Simon Thomas:

Duncan Nash:

Max Davies:

What age can my child ride on the Saturday club rides?

Juniors can join the Saturday club ride at the following ages:

What other opportunities do you have for junior cyclists?

We can also introduce girls and boys to a wide range of cycle-sports, including mountain biking, cyclo-cross, circuit racing and track racing. For more information please email juniors@kendal.cc

My child is interested in racing – where can I find out more information?

Please contact our race secretary for details of training and racing opportunities. Further information on race categories and opportunities can be found on the British Cycling website.

Watch British Cycling’s video about Go-Ride