“I have been taking part in the East Midlands Go Ride Track Clusters at Derby Arena. These are for anybody from 9-16 years old and you can be an absolute beginner like me.
Derby Arena is a really good venue, the coaches are supportive and encouraging. You get to ride fast from the very start. I did not know how to use the clipless pedals but they showed me. Riding up the banking is scary at first but exciting as well. I love going fast and it is all fun, just massive fun. The biggest shock was realising there are no brakes on the bikes but I soon got used to stopping by gliding to slow down.
My top tips are: practise with clips beforehand if you have them, ride faster, overtake higher up the bends and don’t make any sharp turns.
The next sessions are 15th May (https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/263613/HSBC-UK-Go-Ride-Track-Cluster—East-Midlands) and 22nd May (Go Ride Track Cluster East Midlands Events – British Cycling) https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/262400/Go-Ride-Track-Cluster-East-Midlands
I’ll be at the 22nd May session. Parents get to watch and there is even a café for them!”
Thanks so much Aubrey!