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ICC Youth Development Programme

Our Youth Development Programme is now well underway. With the help of funding from a Sport England grant we have 6 fully qualified Level 2 British Cycling coaches and 2 more who will be fully qualified shortly.

Our welfare officers are Mike Cooper and Alexandra Warren.

Upcoming Events

Ilkley / Otley Interclub Ashes Roller Racing Tournament - Tuesday 18th March

Ilkley needs to defend the Ashes !! See details below


Ashes Roller racing

Results from Recent Events

ICC GO RACE Event  13th October 2013

Well done all who took part & supported the racers on the day.

Results & Report here

Sunday 1st December 1-4pm

Results & Report here

BSCA Events

There are a number of races coming up as part of the British Schools Cycling Association (BSCA) events. They are called Championships and sound really high level but they are not. These are entry level competitions which sit below British Cycling Competitions but give great experience and an introduction to racing.

BSCA Blog: . Just click on the calendar under the event date to access more details.

Cycling Skills Coaching Sessions

ICC's Youth Development Programme will be running the following sessions for kids in February and March 2014. The coaching sessions will be run by our experienced British Cycling trained Level 2 coaches and are designed to give the youngsters a good grounding in bike handling. The sessions help build confidence on the bike as well as being great fun.

The coaching sessions will be held at the  Ilkley Rugby Club  car park  on Sunday afternoons 3.00-4.00 pm on the following dates:

2nd February

9th February

16th February

9th March

16th March

Please bring your own bicycle (in good working order). We also have a limited number of Isla bikes that we can loan for the session. Everyone will need cycling helmets (we do have some to borrow) & appropriate clothing you can cycle in.

Coaching sessions are open to all youth ICC members up to the age of 16.
The cost is £2 per child per session.
Consent forms are required for all children. If you've not been before, we have forms you can complete on arrival but please allow extra time for this so make sure you arrive a little earlier.

All welcome, the sessions are for ICC youth members up to the age of 16 and the groups will be divided according to age and ability and are suitable for all riders. Please note that parents of riders aged 7 and under must stay during the session.

If you wish to borrow a bike or have any questions please email

No need to sign up, just turn up on the day on a first come first served basis, places are limited.

To attend the rider needs to be a member of ICC, youth membership is just £5 annually or family membership is £15, see the join us page for details.

ICC BMX Trip Report 16th March 2013


ICC BMX solo ICC BMX group

Saturday 16th March  was the inaugural Ilkley CC trip to the bmx track at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester. Twenty brave (or some would say foolhardy) souls took to the track for the first time and at the end of it all came back smiling like Cheshire Cats!
The bmx track in Manchester is one of only 2 indoor tracks in the world, the other being in Moscow. We organise trips to the velodrome every 3 months or so and these have proved to be very popular, especially since Team GB's dominance in the Olympic Games. However, we thought it was time to try out the recently opened bmx track.
With everyone kitted out with bikes and full safety gear, it was time to head out onto the track. The coaches were thorough and patient and within no time had us all going around part of the track, learning to 'pump' the bikes through the rollers and berms. We then moved onto the other half of the course and were allowed to use part of the smaller start ramp to get going. From there, we rode around the whole of the track, which certainly produced a great buzz amongst all the riders.
Towards the end of the session the coaches took us to the top of the starting ramps (without bikes) to show us what it is like for the pros. The big ramp is 8 metres high and only raced from by the elite riders. Standing at the top you can see why; it is big and scary. The riders generate enough speed from this ramp to clear the 11 metre gap jump at the bottom. From there on in, it is a rollercoaster ride of rollers, berms and jumps. I think we all agreed that we would save that one for another day.
We are planning to organise another trip and as soon as we have a date we'll post it on the forum and website. Hope to see you there.
Brett Taylor - Organiser

Family Rides

ICC members & their families welcome to join the ICC coaches for a ride to Bolton Abbey & back or similar distance.  .  Meet at the Old Bridge. Under 16s must have a parent / responsible adult accompanying them.

Sunday 2nd March

Meet at 10am at the Old bridge - Ride to going to the Cavendish Pavilion Bolton Abbey. Children to be accompanied by an adult. Hayley Hunt

Sunday 9th March

Meet at 10am at the Old bridge - Ride to going to the Cavendish Pavilion Bolton Abbey. Children to be accompanied by an adult. Hayley Hunt

Sunday 23rd March

Meet at 10am at the Old bridge - Ride to going to the Cavendish Pavilion Bolton Abbey. Children to be accompanied by an adult. Hayley Hunt


Scott -Will Otley Town Centre races 2011Fancy racing? Well there are a range of local races that our junior team will be racing during 2013,including cyclocross, MTB and road races.  In the Otley Town centre Race 2011 & 2012  Ilkley youth Will Tench raced, and Netapp/Endura pro & ICC member , Scott Thwaites won the main event!. Pictured here are Will and Scott before the races in 2011.

There are many different aspects to cycle racing, and the events are organised by different organisations.  The following will try and help you to understand who does what, and what is needed to compete under each affiliation.

If you have any questions please contact us at


See here for upcoming BSCA racing events

ICC is affiliated to BSCA, this means that our youth members (all members under 18) can enter the BSCA events without having to pay a surcharge, but members do need to apply for a BSCA membership card, which we can do through the club, (BSCA is not a large organisation and is run by volunteers, so it is not practical to automatically register all our youth members) please email if your child would like to be registered. There are races locally and nationally, which are listed on the BCSA website under events with a specific list for Yorkshire if you go to the regional list on the bottom left of the page. The regional events start in September.  Points are awarded at each event and work towards a regional championship.  Races are open to all children and you don’t have to ride all events.  BSCA membership is needed, but is free and the children ride under their school name, not the club name. Most events are entry on the line but some have a closing date for entries.

Age group details are:

Nursery, Reception, Years 1 and 2 are under 7s

Years 3 and 4 are under 9s

Years 5 and 6 are under 11s

Years 7 and 8 are under 13s

Years 9 and 10 are under 15s

Years 11, 12 and 13 are over 15s



British Cycling

British Cycling organise lots of different events, also at regional and national level.  The racing is in age groups and follows the age the child is on the 1st of January, of that current year.  The table below explains :-

British Cycling Age Categories.

Youth E - Under 8 - Until 31 December in year of 8th birthday.

Youth D - Under 10 – From 1 January in year of 9th Birthday until 31 December in year of 10th birthday.

Youth C - Under 12 - From 1 January in year of 11th Birthday 'til 31 December in year of 12th birthday.

Youth B - Under 14 - From 1 January in year of 13th Birthday 'til 31 December in year of 14th birthday.

Youth A - Under 16 - From 1 January in year of 15th Birthday 'til 31 December in year of 16th birthday.

Junior -    From 1st Jan of year in which 17th birthday falls to 31st December of year in which 18th birthday falls

Different types of events are organised all year round.  Races are open to all children.  A British Cycling racing licence is required for most races.  This is free to B.C. youth  members but not Junior riders.  Gear restrictions apply to all riders, and vary depending on the type of event.  ( See gear restrictions).  Most events are entry on the line but some have a closing date for entries .  A list of the regional events is compiled under” events.”

Gear Restrictions

All young riders, under 16 years of age, have a gear restriction for their age group.  This varies slightly depending on the different type of event and the different organisation.

Why have gear restrictions?

  • It ensures all riders compete together on a fair and equal standing
  • It helps to reduce the risk of overuse injuries and avoid imbalances in young riders; it may also help riders to develop good pedalling technique.
  • It encourages young riders to race using tactics as opposed to using bigger gears to go faster.  This will help to support the riders in learning new techniques which they will need throughout  their competitive career.

Gear Restrictions are detailed here 



Cycling Time Trials organise time trials on the public highway over varying distances.  You have to be over 12 years of age to race and have a signed parent consent form.  There is no membership needed, as long as you are a club member, and no gear restrictions apply.  (As long as it is not a BSCA time trial.)  Most club events are entry on the line, while open events, (organised by any club) need to be entered 2 weeks in advance.   A list of the local events is compiled under “events”.

Road/Circuit Races.

White Rose Youth League.

Circuit racing held at Richard Dunns Sport centre for all Youth riders.Details here

Grass Track Racing

Cyclo Cross

Cyclo cross races check website for dates and venues.


YDP Aims

The aims of our Youth Development Programme are:

Beth Katherine  ICC TT

1. To provide tangible support for parents in helping teach their children to ride their bikes and enjoy cycling in a safe and protected environment

2. To help children develop skills and confidence on their bikes, and so provide an avenue for fitness and well-being, and family and community-based fun.

3. To encourage and help those who want to race competitively, in a caring, protected and supportive environment

4. To identify high-potential talent and make available local and national performance development schemes where appropriate and in consultation with parents / carers.

We have mapped a series of "pathways" that will show how we will achieve these objectives

Youth Development pathways

More details about this exciting programme here.