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.
The mission of the RDP 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.
JRP Term 3, 2022 will see a return to our regular skills sessions. We’ll have groups for 5-12 year olds, catering for beginners to experienced riders.
Sessions will be run weekly from Thursday 21st July to Thursday 15th September, between 4.15 – 5.15pm. All sessions are run weather permitting.
Term cost is $35 per child with current AusCycling/ Beechworth Chain Gang membership required, a free trial membership is possible for first-timers.
Kids just need to bring their water bottle, helmet and a bike in good working order.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org