Our Junior Ride Program has gone from strength to strength over the last few years and we are excited to now be expanding the options for rider development, including the Granite Girls Program which started in 2021 and the Granite Guys which started Spring 2022.
The mission of the JRP is to create greater enjoyment of mountain biking by BCG club members, through improved technique, higher endurance, wider trail experience and riding friendships. The BCG Committee wants to see members share knowledge, ride together and embed mountain biking as a core component of our lives.
Our incredibly popular junior ride program is for children age 5-11. We take children with very little mountain biking experience and equip them with the skills and confidence needed to enjoy mountain biking at our park and other trails in the region. It’s amazing to watch a 10 year old take on the difficult blue trails at our mountain bike park, knowing that they are in control and enjoying themselves thanks to the instruction they’ve received from us over time. Some of our JRP alumni have even gone on to become very competitive at a national and state level.
The JRP is for beginner and intermediate riders and is capped at 60 riders. All groups except the very beginner groups are set up by ability rather than age.
For all groups, the emphasis is on making sure the kids enjoy their riding. Sessions are typically 20-30 minutes of instruction followed by 30-40 minutes of riding and putting new skills into practice.
Junior Ride Program Term 1 features regular group skills sessions. We’ll have groups for 5-12 year olds, catering for beginners to experienced riders. Groups are run with a minimum of 1 AusCycling qualified instructor and 1 helper per group, with group sizes no greater than 10.
Term Dates & Time
Sessions will be run weekly from Thursday 8th February to Thursday 21st March, between 4.30 – 5.30pm. All sessions are run weather permitting – updates will be provided via the BCG Junior Riders WhatsApp group.
All participents require a current AusCycling Beechworth Chain Gang membership, a 4 week free trial membership is possible for first-timers. You can sign up on the Aus Cycling website: https://www.auscycling.org.au/membership/other/free-trial
IMPORTANT: Please add your child’s Membership Number and Expiry Date into the DETAILS field of the registration form.
Term cost is $40 per child
What to bring
Kids just need to bring their water bottle, helmet and a bike in good working order. Please check that:
– the brakes are working but not rubbing.
– the gears shift without the chain falling off.
– helmets are a good fit with straps tight enough that the strap cannot be easily pulled over the chin. See guide here
Instructors & Helpers
If you are interested in helping out, please get in touch via email. We love parent helpers getting involved. It is great fun, and very rewarding to see them improve each week.
All instructors and helpers require a current working with childrens check as per the BCG Child Safe Policy.
For any further information, please contact email@example.com.
Bikes and helmets are scrutinised each week for suitability in off-road use. Bikes or helmets that are deemed unsafe by the coaches will not be permitted to be used in the sessions, resulting in your child (or you) being unable to ride.
Essential gear includes:
The ride location for each group is published each week on that group’s WhatsApp message board. Locations include:
BCG coaches and leaders use the WhatsApp service to communicate each week with other leaders and members for immediate information.
BCG Leaders will use email, Google Groups, and the Facebook page for more general and non-urgent information.
Please ensure that where possible, members or guardians can access these services
For all enquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to help? Please do! BCG always needs more parents to assist this expanding group. From helping out in the car park to riding with the groups as a parent helper, we welcome you getting involved.
If you can commit to being one of our instructors, we’ll help to organise the Level 0 Instructing course with AusCycling and your First Aid Certificate. You’ll need to complete a “working with children” check too.
To get involved, email email@example.com