Coaching News May 2018

Club sessions 

Our first club session back on the new track will be the Wednesday rider’s session on May 30, 6-8pm, then we’re back to regular times for all sessions with no cancellations yet over the summer.

The circuit session at Tameside for Saturday May 26 has been cancelled as it clashes with other events and we won’t have sufficient coaches available. We hope to rearrange this for later in the summer. Details of BC holiday sessions at Tameside are below.

Knowsley track – club session this Sunday 27th, 9-12. Riders in club teams at the Herne Hill Team Track champs – please make sure you attend this session.

Track session planning

We’ve had two coach’s meetings over the break and have a few changes to the old format. For Saturday riders we will make the objectives of each group, and the expectations for rider’s progression, clear to riders and parents. We hope to have these on the club website shortly and will go through them briefly at the session. For Group 3 riders there will be fixed accreditation dates (at least four annually), the next one will be on September 1. Group 2 riders will not be moved to Group 3 if there are less than four sessions until the next accreditation.

Wednesday sessions – completing track accreditation does not mean a rider automatically moves up to Wednesdays. Riders are expected to be competing regularly in open track events before they are invited to Wednesdays. There is a four sessions attended probationary period before regular attendance is confirmed. Riders are expected to bring rollers to each session and to use the correct gearing.

We are planning phases of sessions throughout the year, based on rider’s training requirements, and in June and July we will be focusing on preparation for the Youth A and Junior Track Nationals, which are in Newport at the end of July. More info and entries here. In order to plan these sessions it would be useful if riders could let us know what events they are thinking of entering – just reply to this email. We will also be having a meeting for Wednesday riders and parents straight after our first Wednesday session back on May 30. Coaches will try and answer any queries about the Nationals. Please note that this first block of Wednesday sessions isn’t just for Nationals riders. If you’re a Wednesday Youth B or not doing the Nationals you will still benefit from them as we’ll be covering things like starting gate practice, Individual Pursuit etc that we don’t do much throughout the year.

BC holiday sessions at Tameside Circuit

BC coaches Craig Ansell and Si Wilson will be running a two day race coaching camp at Tameside on May 30 and 31, offering 4 hours of riding and around 60-80k covered each day. Info and booking for Wednesday and Thursday.

Track relaunch event

The NCC are planning an event to relaunch the new track and would like 16 riders from Eastlands and Sportcity Velo to take part – this will include an opportunity to ride the track. The event will be on Wednesday June 6 from 1-2pm. If you are a club youth or junior member and would like to take part then please let the NCC know – – first 16 get the places.

Track omniums

Still more track Omnium opportunities – On Sunday September 23 the club is promoting the Sportcity round of the National Mens and Womens Sprinters League, with generous sponsorship from RRG Skoda. The event will also include Youth A/B Omniums – details here.

The following month, Sunday October 14, there will be a Youth A Omnium at Derby as a support event for the National Senior Omnium champs – details here.


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Tim Ferguson
Coaching Secretary