Youth Cyclocross

What is Cyclocross?

Cyclocross is a fun and exciting branch of the sport that is ideal for children and young adults. It involves riding a drop-handlebar bike with nobbly tyres (but mountain bikes are absolutely fine too!) around a course similar to a cross-country running course, normally in a park or school field. It is an excellent introduction to the sport as it is easily accessible but at the same time teaches some great techniques – many of the best riders in the world like Wout Van Aert, Mathieu Van Der Poel and GB’s very own Tom Pidcock all race cyclocross!

Watch this video for a better idea.

What You’ll Need

A bike suitable for riding on grass and muddy paths.

A helmet.

A ‘have a go’ attitude!

Coaching

We have regular coaching sessions throughout the autumn and winter, held every other Saturday morning at Hilly Fields in Colchester and the sessions are led by the Club Coaches, all of whom are British Cycling accredited.

UPDATE: Following the announcement from British Cycling, we are now able to put on five new coaching sessions throughout April 2021. All sessions will start at 9am and have contactless payment (£4). Please sign up using the following links:

Sat 3rd April

Weds 7th April

Sat 10th April

Sat 17th April

Sat 24th April

Parental Consent Form (required for first session only)

Competing

Naturally, many riders will have a competitive urge and we are lucky to have a very comprehensive series of races every winter via the Eastern Cyclocross League.

Colchester Rovers are always very well represented and these are a great way to meet other riders and parents, as well as being a nice day out! The emphasis is always on having fun and trying your best. The races cater for children as young as five, all the way up to over 60s with races for the youngest participants typically lasting around ten minutes.

Contacts

We would recommend joining the Colchester Rovers Youth page on Facebook. This is often the best and easiest place to get up-to-the-minute information on what’s going on.

For any enquiries please email youthcycling@colchesterrovers.org.uk