What we do at Go-Ride

Go-Ride is British Cycling’s development programme for young people.

The programme provides a fun and safe way to introduce young riders to the world of cycle sport and provides a platform to improve bike-handling skills. This is done in a traffic-free environment through a mixture of games, exercises and races.

With most of the Great Britain Cycling Team having starting out in Go-Ride clubs, they are a great place for aspiring champions to start.

Our club is Clubmark accredited and affiliated to British Cycling, with its activities covered by BC insurance. All coaches are trained to Level 1, Level 2 and have Level 2+ track and road/time trial awards. All have regular DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks and have up-to-date first-aid certificates.

Penge Go-Ride currently has 50 members and we are always looking for new keen young riders. Most of our members are from the Penge, Sydenham and Beckenham areas but anyone from anywhere is welcome if you can get to the sessions.

We also hold occasional sessions and family rides at local parks such as Crystal Palace Park, Beckenham Place Park and South Norwood Country Park and have races at Cyclopark and Herne Hill Velodrome so please check upcoming events/youth in case we are somewhere else on the weekend you plan to come along.

For our sessions we use the grounds of Alexandra Junior School on Cator Road, Sydenham, SE26 5DS. Sessions run most Saturdays (during term time), signing on from 10am, with the sessions running from 10:15am to 12:00pm (noon). We have coached groups on the tarmac and grass areas. Riders are placed in the groups which match their ability and age and we currently have around 4 groups including the beginner’s group.

Beginner’s group

The beginner’s group is for young riders on balance bikes, bikes with stabilisers or those new to cycling. A fun introductory group with lots of activities on and off bikes. This group has a shorter session time than the other groups but you still need to register from 10am. We require parents to stay for this session and be at hand to help their kids with balance/control (even running beside them if need be). If you’re trying to get kids to ride without stabilisers we suggest taking the stabilisers off their bike, adjusting the saddle height and using their bike like a balance bike, and then they are welcome to join the beginner’s group with a parent helping with balance/control. Sorry – but coaches are not allowed to make these adjustments for you at the school. Please note – if parents are trying to get their kids to ride using pedals but without stabilisers for the first time then the beginner’s group is not suitable. We have plenty of space in the school grounds which parents are welcome to use.

Rider of the year

Our awards day is held annually, on the last club session of the autumn term before Christmas. Winners of our Rider of the Year cup are:

  • 2019 – Hal Appleby
  • 2018 – Evie Galbraith
  • 2017 – Lucy Benezet-Minns
  • 2016 – Daisy Bell
  • 2015 – Reece Jethwa
  • 2014 – Henry Harding
  • 2013 – William Fall
  • 2012 – George Harding
  • 2011 – Fraser Spooncer