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Youth Development Program

The Verulam Cycling Club youth development programme is gaining momentum.  We now have different activities designed to introduce under 18s to road cycling, racing and develop their skills to prepare them for competition for those that wish to try racing. These sessions provide the necessary cycling knowledge and skills for youths to progress to riding safely and efficiently in the regular Verulam Cycling Club adult club runs and activities.

Check the Facebook Youth Development Page and Twitter Feed for the latest information on coaching sessions.

MUDDY MONSTERS

Verulam Cycling Club is hosting its first Muddy Monsters Cyclo-Cross event Saturday 10th February.

The Verulam Cycling Club are very proud to be hosting Round 5 of the Muddy Monsters Cyclo-Cross / MTB series on Saturday 10th Feb 2018 bright here in St Albans at the Marlborough Club (off Cotton Mill Lane)

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Sign-on by 9:30am for races between 10am and 12pm. A 1-lap sprint, a 2-3 lap endurance race and a 2-3 lap handicap race. On-line entries available at:

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/167432/Muddy-Monsters—Round-5

The series is about giving young people (under 16) the opportunity to try cycle sport in a supportive environment with a focus on having fun. Entrants should not be competing regularly in regional Cyclo-Cross or Mountain Bike series events. The events are off-road and suitable for mountain bikes or cyclo-cross bikes. Riders will need a helmet and a bike with two working brakes. Each round can be entered on the day for only £4. There may be a few spot prizes on the day but most of the awards are given for the overall series. The best 5 results from the 8 rounds to count for the overall series.

Muddy Monsters Beds and Herts will be an 8 round series at 6 different venues.

Rd 1     28th October      Welwyn Wheelers          Welwyn Track

Rd 2     11th November   CC Ashwell                   Ashwell Grass Track

Rd 3     27th January       Icknield RC                   Harlington Village Green

Rd 4     3rd February       Beds Road                   Priory Marina

Rd 5     10th February     Verulam CC                   Marlborough Club, St. Albans

Rd 6     24th February     CC Ashwell                   Ashwell Grass Track

Rd 7     3rd March           Hitchin Nomads             Venue TBC

Rd 8     10th March         Welwyn Wheelers          Welwyn Track

There is a new website for the series which is where results and tables will be published. https://muddymonstershertsandbeds.wordpress.com/

Track Sessions

track coachingOur coaching/racing sessions are held at Welwyn Track (Gosling Park Stadium, Stanborough Road, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6XE). These take place on Saturday afternoons, usually starting at 14:00 in the summer and 12:00 in the winter, although times may change depending on other events on particular dates. All sessions are run by our qualified British Cycling coaches, who are members of Verulam Cycling Club. Our training sessions are well planned, being prepared and designed in accordance with British Cycling coaching guidelines. More importantly these sessions are designed to be fun and enjoyable! Our Track Sessions include:

  • Under 12s learning bike skills using British Cycling coaching gears 1-4. Basic requirements are that riders must be able to confidently ride a bike e.g. successfully completed primary school cycle proficiency course. Experience riding for 1-2 hours on a single bike ride is also helpful but not essential
  • 9-12 years old learning advanced skills and introduction to track cycling and track specific skills using British Cycling coaching gears 1-6
  • 12-18 years old learning advanced track skills and track cycling using British Cycling coaching gears 5-6.

Kids need to bring their own bike (preferably a road bike), helmet and gloves. Each session is £5 to cover the cost of hiring the velodrome. Please contact davinder@gmail.com if you are interested.  

Cyclocross Sessions

IMG 5239smallDuring the Autumn/Winter months, and on alternate Saturdays when we are not at the Welwyn Track, we run cyclocross training sessions at Marlborough Club (Old Oak off Cottonmill Lane, AL1 2EF) St. Albans. Using elements of both the BMX circuit and a carefully laid-out cyclocross course, we teach our youths how to mount and dismount quickly and safely on the flat, then move onto core cornering techniques, mounting and dismounting on uphill/downhill sections, practice riding close to each other in a group, and show them how to improve off road cornering whilst climbing and descending. We then progress onto cyclocross specific skills; these sessions include:

  • Teaching skills in maintaining speed throughout a Cyclocross course
  • How to approach and negotiate steep ascents - dismounting/running/remounting or power pedalling
  • How to negotiate steep descents quickly and safely
  • Cyclocross overtaking techniques.

Our overall aim is for our youths to perform well at cyclocross races, and have great fun practicing these skills. Please note the these sessions are not suitable for road-bikes - riders should bring either mountain bikes or cyclocross bikes.

Sunday Morning Club Runs

Road cropVerulam Cycling Club's youth-specific Sunday Club Runs cover 25-35 miles in about 2 to 3hrs. Basic requirements are that riders must be self-sufficient on the roads (typically age 12+), have a proper road bike, suitable clothing, a helmet and adequate fitness for a 25-35 mile ride. Our routine is for departure from St Albans at 9:00am with a coffee stop at 10.15am and to be back by about midday. We have a quality club road bike that can be arranged in advance for hire at £5 for the day.

All riders on Sunday morning rides must be Verulam Cycling Club members and have British Cycling membership/third party insurance. Please contact davinder@gmail.com if you are interested. 

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There is a lot going on for you to take advantage of in addition to the official Sunday Club runs. Here are some of the ways to enjoy your cycling with other VCC members!

Organsied Rides:

Sundays - Club runs

Some 10 groups with different speeds and distances are well established and highly popular. In addition, there is a regular 'Early Birds' group and also an occaisional 'Back by Eleven' group on some Sundays. Details are circulated in the weekly comms email sent to all members each Friday. The aim each week is for each group to have a nominated Runs Leader and we ride in groups no greater than 12. There is a channel for each group on Slack where Runs Leaders usually post the GPS route for your Garmin or bike computer. More details available here.

Other Self-Organised Activities Through The Week:

Mondays - Club nights from 8.00pm at Townsend Sports Club, 8 Waverley Road, St Albans, AL3 5PA.

Our weekly social get together for a varied list of talks on cycling topics, discussions, meetings and shows of cycling related items. Plus you can try on samples of our Club kit - just ask for Bill Sibley, or just meet up and talk cycling, with fellow club members! No meetings on Bank Holidays or throughout August. More information here.

Tuesdays - A group of generally older VCC members meet at Vanstone Garden Centre for tea and very lively chat. Also a venue for the Lanterne Rouge who are an invitation only club to which some VCC members belong.

There is also an impromptu group which starts at the Hub in Redbourn, meeting at 10:00am.  This ride is between 30 and 50 miles at an average of around 12-14mph with a cafe stop returning to the Hub by 14:30.  A great unofficial ride to complement the regular Sunday club run for those wanting to get in some extra miles during the week.

Also in the summer months the Tuesday evening 10s (10 mile time trials) take place on the Codicote to Hitchin road. A popular event with prizes awarded on a points basis. More informatuion available here.

Wednesdays - an impromtu group have a morning ride of around 40 to 50 miles (Mods/Inters pace) to a wide variety of venues, often to places that the club runs don't go. Everyone welcome. Leaving from Harpenden Green, near Chef Peking in the center of Harpenden at 09.30am. 

Thursdays - a group of retired members meet at Frithsden Vineyard, Potten End, near Berkhamsted for coffee and banter. Make your own way there and ride back as a group.

Friday - an imprompyu group rides quite regularly from the Beech House, St Peter's Street, St Albans (Intros / Social Inters pace). If interested, check out the Intros and Meetup channels on Slack for details.

Also, in the summer a great evening's entertainment can be had at the Welwyn track meeting with races for all ages. Bikes for hire so you can try a ride on a bike with a fixed wheel and no brakes!

Saturday - an impromptu group, frequently lead by Don Andrews, do a round trip of 35 to 40 steady miles (Mods pace), sometimes non-stop (weather dependent). From outside the Cricketers, Redbourn Common at 09:30am.

Also, on the last Saturday of every month, Peter Hordern runs the club mountain bike ride which is increasingly popular. Usually taking in local trails, the group does 20-25 miles at a pace to suit the riders taking part.

Additional Activities:

In addition the club helps to organise other cycling events each year including:

The Chiltern 100 Sportive (see here) held in July is a very highly regarded (and very hard!) event which attracts a large entry of around 2000 riders.  Now run by Human Race in association with VCC, the organization of this Sportive needs the help and involvement of a good number of our members both on the day before, putting out signage and especially on the day, manning the feed stations. To volunteer contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The club organises the Verulam Open 25 mile time trial each year (usually in July) which is in its 52nd year. Normally held on the F1, a fast course based on the A1, see here, it often produces some very fast times.

We are also involved in local cycling events in particular the Fete du Velo, Redbourn Common (see here).

The club also has members travelling across the UK and overseas to ride Sportives, Audax, Randonnees, and even L'Etape du Tour, a stage of the Tour de France!

Training weeks take place on an ad hoc basis in places with warm climates, normally early in the season. This year the club is going to Mallorca again for a 'training' week in April/May (more info here).

We may also organise a Road Racing day at the Hog Hill circuit, Redbridge to give members a taste of mass-start racing.

There are also other ad hock trips organised to venues such as the Lee Valley and Manchester Velodromes to see events like the World Cup Series and some real cycling stars!

Anything else? Well the club is always open to suggestions on what it should take part in and welcomes people with the energy to organise these activities. Got a suggestion?