Formed in late 2014, Bronte Tykes is a cycling club for members aged 4 – 16 created to provide a safe learning space for young people to enjoy and cultivate the their cycling skills, with the additional focus of developing its members as racing cyclists.
The club currently operates with 8 British Cycling-approved coaches who specialise in various cycling disciplines including road racing, cyclocross, mountain biking and track (velodrome). Training sessions take place on a Saturday morning throughout the year, with a second weekly training activity which is determined by seasonal variations. As a British Cycling-accredited club, riders will also have the opportunity to attend monthly track cluster sessions at the Manchester velodrome. For further details of all training, plus additional ad hoc events, please visit the Upcoming Sessions page.
During its brief history the club has produced 4 national MTB champions and countless gold, silver and bronze medal winners at regional county level for cyclocross, time trial, road circuit racing and mountain biking, with the distinctive blue, red & black livery now a fixture at races. In addition to this, the club has developed a number of riders now competing regularly in the National Trophy series as Junior riders.
Whilst Bronte Tykes exists as a racing club and seeks to encourage its riders to utilise the benefits of engaging in competitive cycling, racing is not a mandatory element of membership. The ethos of the club is geared towards providing a fun environment for its members in order that maximise their enjoyment of riding their bikes.
In 2016, filmmaker Shyla Lee made a short promotional film about the club which can be viewed below:
“It’s just one big social club.”