IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING SATURDAY SESSIONS

Please note this only applies to the older / racer group normally coached in the park with by the two Mark`s and Ben) the beginner group (normally coached by Chris and Peter) will remain unchanged. Scholarship riders are also welcome/encouraged to attend.

The new sessions are being put in place to provide some variation for the older riders and for them to develop across different disciplines.

All future sessions will allow riders to attend on their current bikes albeit with a change of tyres and follow a 4 week rotation as shown below.

Sat 4th November, UAK 10:00 – 11:30am

Sat 11th November, Richard Dunn Sports Circuit 1:30 – 3:30pm

Sat 18th November, UAK 10:00 – 11:30am

Sat 25th November, MTB session location TBC (possible locations, Penistone Hill, Harden Moor and St Ives) 1:30 – 3:30pm

Sat 02 Dec back to UAK and the rotation continues.

Richard Dunn Circuit Sessions
BD6 1EZ
£3 per rider

Road bikes or bikes with slick road tyres are allowed. Flat bar bikes allowed with slick road tyres fitted. Finger less gloves and helmet at a minimum. Please dress suitable for the weather conditions and bring a drink+snack. Adults allowed to ride but only in an assisting role. As usual please arrive in time for the session to start 1:30pm prompt

MTB sessions
Location TBC
£3 per rider

MTB bikes, CX bikes or geared bikes with suitable knobbly tyres. Finger less gloves and helmet at a minimum. Please dress suitable for the weather conditions and bring a drink+snack. Adults allowed to ride but only in an assisting role. As usual please arrive in time for the session to start 1:30pm prompt

If anyone has any questions please ask one of the coaches at the sessions or see the post on Facebook.

Session rota info will soon also be displayed at the sessions and on the Bronte Tykes Calendar

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Keighley cycling club Bronte Tykes claim raft of honours in year to remember

KEIGHLEY-BASED cycling club Bronte Tykes can boast four national titles and six Yorkshire regional titles after a successful year in British Schools Cycling Association (BSCA) competitions.

From left to right: Eddie Thornton, Owen Thompson, Oliver Barker, Charlie Albone, Zak Dimitrijevic, Jacob Rook, Sian Thompson, Bethany Charlton

The club, formed only two and a half years ago, started their incredible year back in February’s BSCA Yorkshire Regional Cyclocross Championships, held at Spen Valley High School in Liversedge.

The Tykes scored instant success with first place for Eddie Thornton (Eastburn Junior & Infants School) in the U7 Boys, with team-mate Charlie Albone (Glusburn Primary) following up in second.

The club similarly swamped the podium in the U9 Girls’ race, with Sian Thompson (Eastburn Junior & Infants School) powering to victory while Bethany Charlton (Steeton Primary) took bronze.

The club completed their medal haul for the day when Oliver Barker secured third in the U11 Boys category.

The BSCA National Cyclocross Championships took place in Redditch, Worcestershire, a week later, where Charlie Albone secured a bronze medal (U7 Boys). There were also a range of strong performances from other riders, including Owen Thompson (South Craven School) in the U13 Boys, Sian Thompson (fourth, U9 Girls) and Eddie Thornton (fifth, U7 Boys).

For their next event, BSCA moved the proceedings indoors for the Yorkshire Regional Roller Championships. Held at Farfield Primary School in Pudsey, this event featured riders racing on stationary bike rollers in short timed bursts.

Sian Thompson racing in the BSCA Yorkshire Regional Cyclocross Championships

Tykes siblings Sian and Owen Thompson both took home bronze medals in the U9 Girls and U13 Boys respectively, with Archie Gill also grabbing a silver medal in the U9 Boys category.

The Thompson pairing again scorched the ground at York Race Course for the National Grass Track Championships. Comprising of sprint, time trial and pursuit races, Sian Thompson secured a thoroughly comprehensive victory by winning all three events to simultaneously carry off Yorkshire regional and national titles.

Older brother Owen Thompson later added a silver medal to the family trophy cabinet in the U13 Boys category, winning the sprints race and scoring highly in the other two rounds.

A move onto asphalt didn’t halt the charge of the club’s riders at the newly-opened Brownlee Centre in North Leeds for the Yorkshire Regional Time Trial Championships.

Tom Blenkinsop (Bingley Grammar School) won bronze in the U15 Boys category, while Eddie Thornton (U7 Boys) and the ubiquitous Sian Thompson (U9 Girls) both took home silver medals.

However, it was at the final event of the season that saw perhaps the Tykes’ finest hour. Utilising relative home advantage on Penistone Hill in Haworth, the BSCA National Mountain Bike Championships saw the club rack up 12 medals against the stunning countryside backdrop immortalised by the club’s namesake, Emily Bronte.

Owen Thompson racing in the BSCA National Cyclocross Championships

Beginning with the U7s race, Charlie Albone survived a crash to secure victory in both Yorkshire Regional and national titles, with Ollie McAllister (Darley Primary) taking a bronze medal at regional level.

Charlie Albone racing in the BSCA National Mountain Bike Championships

Charlie’s feat was matched by Sian Thompson in the U9 Girls category and the gold rush continued as Callum Feather (Nessfield Primary) emerged as the strongest rider in an engaging U11 Boys race to take both the Yorkshire regional and national titles, with Pedalsport’s Noah Ellison (Oxenhope CoE Primary) in second.

Madeline Moorhouse-Smith (Gargrave Primary) collected a silver medal in the U11 Girls, while the U13 Boys saw Addison Willis pick up a bronze at regional level, and Owen Thompson rode to a national level bronze – which translated into a Yorkshire Regional Silver medal – with Pedalsport’s Harry Ellison (Hipperholme Grammar) taking victory.

The day was rounded off by a strong showing from all the club’s participants, with 11th place in the U9 Boys for Harrison Worsnop and top ten finishes for Eddie Thornton (sixth, U7 Boys), Thomas McAllister (seventh, U9 Boys), Jacob Rook (ninth, U9 Boys), Zak Dimitrijevic (fifth, U11 Boys) and Maddox Howe (eighth, U11 Boys).

Flynn Howe (U7 Boys) and 2016 U9 national champion Oliver Barker (U11 Boys) also rode superbly before their day ended with crashes.

Having performed so consistently across the season’s events, the Tykes have found additional success in the final Best All Rounder (BAR) summary – calculated from a simple points score accumulated across every race.

In the Yorkshire Regional BAR, Eddie Thornton finished in third place in U7 Boys, and there were overall wins for Sian and Owen Thompson.

The National BAR results also saw a strong standing by the Thompson pairing, with silver medals for both in U9 Girls and U13 Boys respectively.

Bronte Tykes hold fully-coached training sessions twice a week throughout the year – more details can be found at www.brontetykes.com.

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British Cycling welcomes all young people…

British Cycling welcomes all young people who are looking to build their leadership and communication skills in a practical environment. You can develop these skills while contributing to the development of one of the most successful Olympic sports in recent years!

Read more at https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/youngvolunteers#54afVm3355CvKmKv.99

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Winter Jackets

Winters Jackets available for order, same as coaches and volunteers jackets. Sizes 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14.We have a 9-10 and 11-12 to try for fitting. £35 pay when order. Orders needed by 26th August.

Order form will be available here soon and at the training sessions.

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Winter Season Helpers

As the winter season approaches, there looks to be a full calendar of events.

What we’d like this year is to ensure that at each event we have our club gazebo up, to provide a meeting point, somewhere for our members to shelter/change and a general focal point.

We have also purchased a club power-wash, which is needed for riders in U14s and above who can pit, any adults racing connected to the club, and would probably be useful for anyone wanting to clean their bikes off after some of the mud-fests that are guaranteed. This will be taken to all National CX races as priority, then to any other Yorkshire CX races.

To share out some of the work, we were looking to draw up a rota between parents and helpers so that it doesn’t fall on the same people taking it each week. We’re proposing that the gazebo duties be shared out between parents of riders in the u8, u10 and u12 categories, and the power-wash duties be shared out between parents of u14 and u16 riders.

Please can you add your name to the rota at one of our sessions if you are able to commit to helping with the above, and nominate a particular race or races you’d like to help. Calendar will be updated with the races.

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