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Juniors

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Welcome to the ERC Juniors Webpage

If you are 7-18 years old and enjoy cycling, then you've come to the right place.

April 2017, We have added a new Go-Ride location base at Drumbrae Leisure Centre.  This is aimed initially at 6-10 year olds. See below for details.

British Champions

Our members have been very successful in national competitions. ERC Juniors won the British Under 16 boys Circuit Race Championships in 2013, 2014 & 2016, and the U16 boys Mountainbike Championships in 2016.

  Sean Flynn mtb champion 2016

Sean Flynn on the podium after the Circuit Race and winning the mtb champs (photo Andy Whitehouse)

      Matthias Barnet British Youth Circuit Champion 2014

Ben Forsyth and Matthias Barnet: consecutive British Champions with ERC.

But . . . .

You don't have to be a super star to join us, simply enjoy riding your bike!

Read on

ERC Juniors (U16) including Go-Ride

The ERC Juniors is dedicated to teaching skills, having fun and getting fit in a safe, traffic free environment.  We can introduce girls and boys to a wide range of cycle-sports, including mountain biking, cyclo-cross, circuit racing and track racing.

We are a group of volunteers and coaches who work together with youth cyclists to increase their skills, fitness and knowledge of cycle sport to make them better bike riders.

What you want to do with these skills is up to you. Whether you want to nail a wheelie or compete for your country at amazing events like the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics, we're here to support you in any way we can. 

ERC Juniors take part in races across Scotland as part of our Youth Race Team. ERC organise junior cyclo-cross events at Inch Park, and youth criteriums at the Royal Highland Show Ground, Ingliston. 

ERC Juniors is a British Cycling Go Ride registered club.

U16 Go-Ride Sessions

Inch Park Go-Ride Session

These are aimed at young riders who want to improve their skills and have fun.  Regular sessions are held in the south of Edinburgh for 8-16 year olds (The Inch Park & Liberton High School), in the north of Edinburgh for 7-9 year olds (Drumbrae Sports Centre), and last 1 1/2 hours

Winter: Saturday afternoons 2-3.30pm, Summer: Monday evenings 6.30-8pm.

Please check the What's On page for times and details of the current Go-ride Juniors sessions.

The Inch Park sessions are held off Glenallen Drive in south Edinburgh's Inch Park.  This backs onto the Cameron Toll shopping centre. Toilets are located in Inch House in the centre of the Park. Meet here for the sessions.

The North Edinburgh sessions are held at Drumbrae Leisure Centre is off Drum Brae North in Corstorphine (30 Drum Brae Terrace, Edinburgh EH4 7SF).  Meet here for the sessions.

New Members

There is no waiting list for the North Edinburgh sessions.

There is currently a waiting list for new Go-Ride members in the south Edinburgh, Inchpark sessions.

ERC membership remains open for cycling, triathlon and other member benefits.  You can contact the Junior coaching coordinator to be added to our Go-Ride waiting list.  For each prospective member include their name, DoB and contact phone number, and which location you wish to attend.  We will contact you with details of joining in or when new spaces are available.  The section runs on 6-8 week blocks with payment made for each block.  New members sessions are usually held to coincide with the next block of sessions.

Read more about Junior club membership: How to join, what you need to take part, and information for parents

ERC Junior Race Team (U18)

For 17 and 18 year olds the ERC Junior Race Team competes in local, national and international races. The club has a year round programme of training, helping riders prepare for racing at the highest level. Since forming in 2014 our riders have won UK National Series races, competed in the toughest Junior Stage Race in the calendar, and progressed from 'beginners' to winning Cat 2 races.

In 2016 we have a challenging set of targeted races, including Junior Tour of Wales, Junior Tour of Ireland and racing in Belgium and Netherlands.

We'd welcome any applications - from boys or girls - who'd like to work hard and experience racing at the highest levels. If interested, please contact Jarlath Flynn at jarlathflynn@hotmail.com.

Read about the Juniors in the ERC Junior Race Team Blog

Track Sessions

Access to Meadowbank Velodrome is available during the summer months.

Youth Riders at Meadowbank

The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in the east end of Glasgow gives members access to the boards all year.  Bikes, helmets and shoes are available to rent at the venue.

Find out more about riding the track with ERC Youths and Juniors

 

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More Information

Check the What's on? diary page for details of club activities.

Please read the Frequently asked questions page for answers to common queries, or contact the Junior Coaching Co-ordinator for more information.

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