Eastlands Velo and Sportcity Velo are youth/junior cycling clubs based at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester. Our main activity is track cycling, and we also do mountain biking, closed circuit racing and cyclo cross. We run weekly track sessions for First-Claim club members at the Manchester velodrome (National Cycling Centre) for youth and junior riders from beginner level upwards. Over the years our members have included Olympic gold medallists Jason Kenny (2012 match sprint Gold and team sprint Gold) and Steven Burke (team pursuit Gold). Jason joined the club in 2000 and Steven arrived in 2002. Both moved on to Sportcity Velo, winning national titles there and then on to the British Cycling talent programme.
Intermediate – Once riders have learned basic track cycling skills on Mondays, the next step is our Saturday morning session. This runs from 8am to 11am, and riders learn more skills and and the art of track racing. Progression through the Saturday sessions leads to Track Accreditiation, enabling youth riders to take part in track racing leagues, such as the ACT Monday night track league. The fee for Saturday and Wednesday sessions is £8 (£6 for Manchester residents), bike hire included. Before you come to this session, you must have completed the Monday beginner’s course.
Advanced – Wednesdays from 6pm to 8pm. Invitation only for riders progressing from Saturdays. Wednesday sessions are challenging right from the warm-up and teach riders advanced techniques and develop fitness and stamina. Wednesday sessions are often targetted at specific skills, for example sprint sessions or Madison racing. These sessions are restricted to Accredited riders, subject to invitation by Eastlands Velo coaches.
For information on track sessions for over 15s or for other youth cycling sessions, visit http://nationalcyclingcentre.com.
Identical twins Lydia and Alice Hayden have just joined Eastlands Velo, bringing with them masses of enthusiasm and their two track tandems. Lydia and Alice are 14 and both share the same visual impairment and rely on the tandem pilots to navigate around the boards, but their successes include riding in the 2012 Sainsburys School Games at the Olympic velodrome in London and Alice also took bronze in the tandem 'Flying' 200m time trial at the National Track Championships in 2012.
Leanne and Monica were piloting for Alice and Lydia at their first outing with Eastlands Velo during the Saturday session, with advice from Pete Boyd, our resident 'tandem expert'. The family travel from Twycross in Leicestershire, so bringing two tandems with them is a significant logistical exercise; for future sessions the twins will test out the Eastlands Velo track tandems.