FAQs – Youth Section
Where do we meet?
We rotate between three venues to allow our riders to develop their skills in different environments.
- Xcite Linlithgow Leisure Centre See google map
- Oracle Car Park, Blackness Road, Linlithgow See google map
- Beecraigs Country Park See google map
When do we meet?
6.30pm Wednesdays during the Summer
And 9.00am on a Saturday in the Autumn and Spring
We do not run sessions in December, January and February
We will mostly be following the school term timetable but will also run a summer programme.
We change days when the clocks change.
How much does it cost?
The first session is free.
Each month is £6 and this included session fees, membership to West Lothian Clarion and membership to the National Clarion.
Riders joining part way through a term will pay on a pro rata basis
Do you pay per term?
All terms are paid in full at the start of the term
How old do you have to be?
6-15 years of age.
Do I need a bike?
You need a bike and it needs to be in good mechanical order.
What sort of bike should I use?
Any sort of bike will do as long as it is in good mechanical order and the correct size.
Do I need any other equipment?
All riders must wear a helmet that fits correctly – See fitting guide
All riders must wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions. Make sure clothing isn’t baggy, laces are tucked away, trousers tucked into socks, and coats and toggles can’t get caught on handlebars or moving parts.Riders must wear gloves or cycling mits to protect hands incase of a fall.
Should I brink food and drink?
Yes, bring a drink and some snacks to keep your energy levels up.
Should I know how to ride a bike?
You should have basic bike skills but the aim of the club is to develop your skills so all welcome.
Do you have liability insurace?
We have full liability insurance through our affiliation to the sports governing body: Scottish Cycling Union
What are the club rules?
There are no fixed rules however there is a code of conduct that we expect all riders to adhear to. the main aim is for riders to have fun in a safe controlled enviroment
Do you go on the road?
All classes are in a traffic-free, controled enviroment which has been risk assessed.
Do you race?
Some sessions will contain a competitive element, but the emphasis will be on taking part and improving technique rather than winning. Members who are keen to race will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of youth races across Scotland”
How fit do I have to be?
You dont need to be fit to join the club. The aim of the club is to include all and develop skills and fitness through regular attendance.
What are the sessions like?
The aim of all sessions is to have fun. Built around this ethos is a structured session that contains a warm up.
Riders will be coached in bike handling skills, which will develop all aspects of bike riding. The sessions will finish with a fun challenge (eg race or relay) and, finally, a warm down.
Is there space to park?
We encourage participants to ride with their parents to the sessions but there is ample parking at the Oracle and the Lesisure Centre. Please park to the right as you enter the grounds of Oracle at the main entrance – DO NOT DRIVE TO THE ACTIVITY AREA
Are there any changing facilities and toilets available?
Yes the are toilets and changing rooms
What happens if it rains?
Sessions will still go ahead if it rains. On the off chance that the rain is torrential the session will be cancelled. in this event we will contact the parents before the session by text.
Are sessions ever cancelled?
In the unlikely event that a coaching session has to be cancelled we will contact the parents before the session by email and by posting in our Facebook group.