Lancaster-based youth cycling club, Salt Ayre Cog Set, held its annual winter training camp, based at Yealand Redmayne’s Quaker Meeting House, last weekend.
Riders aged 12-18 took part. In cold, damp weather, three different-length rides headed out to Sedbergh on Saturday, and along South Lakes lanes towards Windermere on Sunday.
But the weekend wasn’t just about getting some decent quality training in; it also featured workshops, talks and films to deliver a total cycling experience.
Monica Eden of British Cycling talked about British Cycling’s Performance Pathway.
Matt Cronshaw of the Madison Genesis pro cycling team offered insights from the peloton.
David Cooke spoke to the young riders about physiology and nutrition while Alexander Reed gave an anti-doping presentation.
There were two bike maintenance workshops, one run by James Williamson of Cog Set, the other by GoVelo.
There was also a screening of a documentary, ‘Rising from Ashes’, about the first Rwandan National Cycling Team and their six year journey through adversity to the Olympic games in London.
But above all the weekend offered the chance for Cog Set riders to hang out together and get to know each other better.
There was a wide range of experience and ability – some of the youngsters were adding to their already impressive weekly training miles, whilst others were getting their first taste of club riding out on the roads.