Glasgow Riderz is a Youth Cycling club established in 2004 under the British Cycling “Go-Ride” scheme. Over the years we have grown from a handful of kids, often outnumbered by the coaches, to one of the UK’s largest youth only cycling clubs.
The club’s goal is to ensure that riders between the ages of 7-18 get the most out of cycling.
The activities are run in a safe off road environment by qualified British Cycling coaches and vary from core skills to track cycling, cyclo-cross and mountain biking.
We are based in Bellahouston Park and cycling activities take place in the park itself and in nearby Pollock Park. (Bellahouston has large open spaces and a cycle track, Pollock has mountain bike trails).
What do I need to bring?
All you really need is a bike and a helmet although the club does have a variety of bikes available to borrow – all that we ask is that you treat the bike as if it was your own. All riders and coaches must wear helmets at all times, again we have a small number available to borrow – just ask.
We try to run sessions regardless of the weather so we expect all Riderz or Parentz to have read and be familiar with the Readme.
Who is it open to?
Our target age group is 7-18 and be able to ride a bike without stabilisers.
When and where do you meet?
We meet at the bowling club adjacent to the sports centre in Bellahouston Park at 0945 on Saturday mornings. The club runs two terms – one from after the Easter holidays (or as soon as it is warm enough to make standing in the park in the drizzle a survivable event) until the start of the summer holidays. The second session runs from the end of the summer holidays until roughly the end of October (or until we start losing coaches to hypothermia. The kids are usually fine as they are all riding round the whole time!).
There is an annual 10 pound membership fee and then 15 pounds per “term”.
Do you need any help?
YES. Parents are more than welcome to stay and assist their own children, especially with the younger children. We also very much welcome any parents who would be willing to help in the wider sessions and be registered as a formal club helper, frankly we can’t run the sessions without them and it’s how all the coaches started off.
Finally please get in touch if you would be interested in becoming a British Cycling coach. We do require all coaches and formal helpers to go through the Disclosure Scotland process.
Well that all sounds excellent! Who do I contact?
If you are interested in joining Glasgow Riderz, and your child isn’t a member of another cycle club, then please complete this form.