ERC Youths (U16)
Photo: © Paul Watt
If you would like to join our waiting list for our Go-Ride sessions at Davidson's Mains or Inch Park please register here, one per rider.
Currently, our waiting list for both go-ride locations is less than one month. (20th March 2022)
If you would like to join the club and participate in all the other activities shown below (other than go-ride) Join here
ERC Youths (U16) Including Go-Ride
If you are 6-15 years old and enjoy cycling you've come to the right place!
The ERC Youth Go-Ride section is dedicated to teaching skills, having fun and getting fit in a safe, traffic-free environment. From there we introduce girls and boys to a wide range of cycle-sports, including mountain biking, cyclo-cross, road-circuit racing and track racing. All sessions take place off-road although there may be a need to ride on roads between locations.
The sessions build on the skills developed at IBike, Bikeability and the Active Travel initiatives in Edinburgh Schools. They will provide a strong basis for physical and social wellbeing that can aid young riders' development and personal confidence. Both sites offer excellent variety of terrain and provide opportunities for young riders to develop their skills. This will prepare them for a range of leisure and sporting cycling activities.
ERC Youths participate in races across Scotland, with our more serious riders competing as part of the ERC Goodson Race Team. ERC organise youth cyclo-cross events at Inch Park, youth criteriums at the Fife Cycle Park, and at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.
ERC Youth members have collected multiple national medals, including winning the British Under 16 boys Circuit Race Championships in 2013, 2014 & 2016, and the U16 boys Mountain-bike Championships in 2016. Some of our club members have even gone on to join the British Olympic Development Academy Programme.
But . . . .
You don't have to be a superstar to join us, simply enjoy riding your bike!
ERC Youth is a British Cycling Go-Ride registered club.
Our Wellbeing and Protection Officer is Simon Innes. who can be contacted at email@example.com.
U16 Go-Ride Sessions
These are aimed at young riders aged 6-15 years who want to improve their skills and have fun. It is also the best starting point for those wishing to race. Many of our Go-Riders take part in racing (cyclo-cross, road, track and MTB) and all our national champions began on grass in Go-Ride sessions.
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 youth sessions.
Inch Park near Glenallan Drive. This backs onto the Cameron Toll shopping centre. Meet here for the sessions. Some groups go to Craigmillar Castle Park which is adjacent to Inch Park.
Davidson's Mains Park, East Barnton Ave, EH4 6AQ, a new venue for us. This will be for an initial period of 10 weeks to trial the location, and starts on April 25th. Some sessions may use Corstorphine Hill which can be accessed from the north, adjacent to Davidson's Mains Park.
ERC membership remains open for cycling, triathlon and other member benefits even if there is a waiting list for Go-Ride places.
Apply to join by completing the Go-Ride application form and waiting list (opens in new page) for each prospective member. When places are available we will contact you with joining details.
Prospective Go-Ride members will be offered an introductory session to see if it is what they want and for us to determine their skill and fitness levels. If they then wish to join us, they must become an ERC member and will be assigned to an appropriate group for subsequent sessions.
The introductory session is free, then monthly subscriptions are £16 for an individual rider or £24 for a family rate of 2 or more riders.
Before taking part in a Go-Ride session, please read more about club membership for youths: How to join, what you need to take part, and information for parents.
Saturday Trail Rides (new for Summer 2022)
Saturday mornings will see longer rides that will explore Edinburgh using its main cycle routes and quiet residential streets. These rides will be between 15 and 25miles and about 1.5 to 2 hours long. Examples will be rides to an ice-cream stop at Cramond via the old rail paths, and the Promenade of outer Edinburgh, or the cycle paths of South Edinburgh and Dalkeith. These are open to ERC youth members, sign up on LoveAdmin.
The youth section organises regular sessions on trails in and around Edinburgh, including Corstorphine Hill, the Pentlands and the Tweed valley.
Road Racing Sessions
These are another step in a rider's progression from Go-Ride. The skills are similar to those learned on grass, but at higher speeds and just as fun. Skills gained in road sessions will enable participants to improve their confidence riding in groups valuable for riding on roads and if they wish to progress to racing.
The section organises coaching sessions at the Fife Cycle Park (FCP), Scotland's first and longest closed road cycle facility. In addition members can take part in events organised by Scottish Cycling. FCP is one of the venues for youth racing.
We also run summer sessions on Wednesday evenings at Dalkeith High School.
Cyclo-Cross Races and Training
ERC runs an annual youth cyclocross race for 4-16 yrs at Inch Park in September. This is an excellent opportunity for those new to racing to experience racing in a fun environment.
ERC supports regional training clusters (shared with other local clubs) for those aged 12+. These are 3 or 4=hour intensive sessions which develop cyclocross racing skills.
7-8.00 pm Wednesdays, during the winter months. These sessions involve riding a road bike on a fixed set of rollers akin to a rolling road. It helps develop excellent bike handling skills and gives you a vigorous work-out in a warm and dry environment. These are open for 8-16-year-olds. The section has a few sets of rollers to allow you to try before you buy.
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. Glasgow Life, ERC and Scottish Cycling organise introductory sessions which are suitable for youth riders. Youth races are included in the weekly track league held on Wednesdays over the winter months.
ERC Junior Race Team (U18)
For 17 and 18-year-olds, the ERC Junior Race Team competes in local, national and international road races, including the Junior Tour of Wales, Junior Tour of Ireland and racing in Belgium and the Netherlands. The club has a year-round programme of training, helping riders prepare for racing at the highest level. Racing and training sessions take place on the open road but they may also use closed road circuits or velodromes.
You can read about the Junior Race Team in the ERC Junior Race Team Blog
We welcome all applications from boys or girls who would like to work hard and experience racing at the highest levels; indeed, many of the team are in Scottish national teams.