Did you know that more people cycle in the world than drive? By introducing your child to the world of cycling he/she could enjoy increased independence by cycling to school or to see friends. There are many opportunities to join a variety of clubs catering for road-biking, mountain-biking or BMX biking. Your child could cycle for fun or start training to have the chance to be involved in competitive cycle races.
Cycling was invented by Kirkpatrick MacMillan, a Scot, and, until recently has been viewed as either a means of transport or leisure. However, cycling has recently become an important competitive sport and hit the headlines in 2012 after Team GB won 10 gold medals at the Olympics and Bradley Wiggins became the first Briton to win the Tour de France! Could your child be a future GB medal winner?
Some questions to ask when choosing a cycling club or group for your child;
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British Cycling is the national governing body for cycling and works across all levels and six disciplines of the sport (BMX, Mountain Bike, Cyclo-Cross, Road, Track and Cycle Speedway), from providing the support and encouragement people need to get riding their bikes for the first time, to being home to the hugely successful Great Britain Cycling Team.
Cycling Weekly is an online cycling magazine.
Bikeability is the national programme for cycle training in England and Wales (or in Scotland - Bikeability Scotland). It is based on the National Standard for Cycle Training, a UK Government standard run by the Department for Transport and approved by RoSPA, LARSOA, British Cycling, CTC, Sustrans and Cycling England.
Bikeability is an all-ages programme. The lower levels replace the Cycling Proficiency scheme, which was targeted mainly at children. There are three levels to Bikeability:
A child will typically start Bikeability lessons once they have learnt to ride a bike, with 10-11 year olds progressing through to Level 2, and then Level 3 at secondary school (11-18 year olds).
British Cycling offers cycling coach training
Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Cycling (L1CCC)
Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Cycling (L2CCC)
1st4sport is an awarding body recognised and regulated by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) and the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). They offer
Level 1 Award in Coaching Cycling
Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Cycling
Cycling is a great activity to improve your child’s physical fitness and being a low- impact form of exercise, there is a reduced risk of injury to joints.
Joining a cycling club will give your child the opportunity to meet other children with a similar interest who may be outside their regular group of friends. While at the club they will learn about related issues such as road safety and traffic awareness.
Helping your child become confident on a bike will mean they will always have a cheap, healthy and Eco-friendly alternative to using cars or public transport.
Sir Chris Hoy (born March 23, 1976) who has won a total of 6 Olympic Track Cycling Gold medals, was first inspired to ride a bike at the age of 6 after watching the 1980 film E.T. Before track cycling, Hoy raced BMX between the ages of 7 and 14 years old and was ranked second in Britain and ninth in the world.
Victoria Pendleton MBE (born September 24, 1980) who has 2 Olympic Track Cycling Gold Medals and is the current World Champion in the sprint event, was once described by her French Canadian coach as being unsuited for cycling; on meeting her, he said “You’re too skinny, too puny to be a sprint cyclist.”
Bikeability at school.
Cycling has always been a hobby of mine since I got my first bike before I can even remember. It is a great way to stay fit and healthy and get a good dose of fresh air! I consider myself as a casual cyclist but there is a large community of proper cyclists where I live including some of my friends. Some days I enjoy a bike ride with my headphones on, listening to my iPod. It lets me clear my head of the days stresses and can think about other things. Other times, I will go on a bike ride with friends. We are just socialising as we would over any other activity but we are doing exercise at the same time without really realising.