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Session on Saturday 12th September 2020

Just a reminder that we will be holding our first session of the autumn on Saturday. We're meeting in the overspill car park at Priory Park at 9:00am, returning there by 10:30am.

We are still following social distancing guidelines, although we are not restricted on the number of riders we can accommodate. If parents want to stay and watch then you are welcome but we would ask that you do so from a distance and if you want to speak to your child at any point we will ask them to go to you rather than the other way round.

It seems as though there may be some Muddy Monsters races after all this season, Ashwell and St Albans are trying to stage events. Both of these clubs have an advantage over us in that they have an area that they are able to exclude members of the public from. Because we use a public area this is not possible for us and neither Peter nor I are comfortable with trying to stage an event under these circumstances.

We will continue with our plans for our own handicap series but will try and incorporate any Muddy Monsters events into this. The St Albans event is pencilled in for February but Ashwell haven't confirmed yet, as soon as we have any details we'll let you know

In the meantime, we'll see you Saturday

Peter and Brian

Back on the 12th September 2020

Even though the Tour de France has just begun, the summer is almost over and hopefully you've all had a good start to one of the strangest school terms you are ever likely to experience.

We thought we'd give you a few days to get used to your new lifestyles and therefore Go-Ride will be starting again on Saturday September 12th. British Cycling has amended its rules during the last few weeks so that we are now able to have up to 30 riders with us so there is no longer any need for us to select people for each session.

Some things will remain from the "Covid Sessions" we ran previously so we will be meeting in the overspill car park at Priory Park again. For those of you who are unsure, this is located on the left hand side of the road shortly after you pass under the barrier at the entrance to the park.

We will also be maintaining social distancing guidelines and rules on no sharing of equipment such as bottles will be in place. We will remind everyone of these at each session.

Start time is 9am as always and we will finish and return to the overspill car park at 10:30.

Normally this time of year marks the beginning of the cyclocross season but, not surprisingly, this year is different. Some of you will already know that the Central League will not take place and there are no plans for a Muddy Monsters series.

Go-Ride is ultimately about racing however and so we are going to try and compensate for this by holding our own series of races during the autumn and winter months. We have a bit of work to do to finalise the details but the plan is to hold monthly handicap cyclocross races for our members. The intention of a handicap race is to ensure that everyone has an equal chance of winning regardless of their age or ability so our first task is to set handicaps for each of you.

We'll do this by timing you all on a set ride and then assessing who is normally the quickest etc. When we stage the first races each of you will start at different times with the time gaps intended to ensure that you are all evenly matched. We'll change the handicaps after each race so that if you get faster then your time advantage will be reduced.

Like Muddy Monsters we'll hold a time trial and longer race and combine the results from both each time. There won't be a handicap race as we have no idea how you can have a handicap in an event which is already a handicap, if you see what I mean!

We'll have monthly prizes for the winners etc. and an overall series winner which, like Muddy Monsters, will be based on each riders' best performances from a proportion of the races, e.g. we may hold six races and take the best four times.

By the time we email you next week we hope to have a more coherent plan and something that will go some way to making up for the cancellation of our normal cyclocross events.

See you on the 12th September 2020

Peter and Brian

Details for Saturday 25th July

It was good to be back together again on Saturday even if we weren't able to accommodate as many of you as we would have liked.

Obviously the circumstances were not what we have been used to but we'd like to say thanks to all of you for helping make things easier for us by following the processes we had to put in place.

Having said that we wanted to learn from these two sessions so that when we return after the summer holidays then everything runs smoothly. With that in mind, if anyone has any suggestions as to things we may have missed or can improve on then please let us know. As we have said, our priority is everyone's safety but having everyone enjoy the sessions comes a close second.

Arrangements are the same for next Saturday, we'll meet in the overflow car park at 9am and return there for 10:30.

We are still limited to ten riders of course which means that we have to ask some of you to sit out this session. The riders that we are expecting are as follows:


If you cannot ride please let us know as early as possible so that we can offer your place to someone else. On Saturday we had the maximum 10 riders and we'd like to be able to achieve that again if we can.

Have a good week and we'll see you Saturday

Peter and Brian

First Lockdown Session 18th July

Just a final reminder that we are back on Saturday, meeting in the overspill car park at the Priory at 9am.

Numbers are limited as you know so for the avoidance of any uncertainty we will be riding with the following two groups:

Group1 - Logan, Ethan, Elise, Georgia
Group 2 - Katya, Amelie, Delphi, Alexander, James

Please make sure you bring whatever you need with you as we cannot share drinks bottles, gloves, helmets etc.

If you are unable to come along then please let us know before Saturday so that we can offer your place to somebody else.

Anyone not riding this weekend but who has contacted us to say they are returning will be included in the session on the 25th, essentially that is the riders who I listed in Group 3 in the last email plus Samuel who is away this week.

We will then select another four riders from this Saturday to join them. If you are not available on the 25th but have not let us know then please do so.

We've sorted the weather, conditions will be good so;

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

Almost Ready for 18th July!

Thanks to those of you who are going to be joining us over the next couple of weeks, it was good to hear from you all.

If you haven't contacted us but still want to ride then please let us know by replying to this email.

So far we have 14 riders which means that we cannot accommodate everyone on both weekends but we will ensure that everyone gets to ride at least once.

For the avoidance of doubt, our first session will be on July 18th from 9:00am to 10:30am and the second session will be on July 25th between the same times. We are riding at Priory Park.

We think the best way of enabling everyone to get the most of the sessions is to have three groups, each of which contains riders of roughly equal ability. With a maximum of 5 in each group we don't want to intimidate someone by putting them alongside a rider who is much more experienced nor frustrate a bigger, faster rider.

Based on the people who have responded the three groups will be:

Group 1: Samuel, Logan, Ethan, Elise
Group 2: Katya, Amelie, Alexander, Delphi, Georgia
Group 3: Benjamin, Jack, Rebel, Thomas, Sean

I have been working from home for nearly four months and am getting cabin fever so apologies if I have missed someone off the list, let me know if your rider has been left out!!

For the first weekend, we will run sessions for Groups 1 and 2. For the following weekend we will assess how things have gone and run a session for Group 3 and one of the other groups.

If you are unable to attend either of the sessions please tell us so that we can include someone else and ensure that the maximum number of riders can attend. For the first weekend we are one rider short but 3 into 14 doesn't go and we think that this is the best way of enabling everyone to get the most enjoyment out of the morning.

Rider safety is our priority so we are making some changes to the way in which we are operating:

The key thing is that we will be maintaining a 2 metre distance between every individual at all times.

We will meet in the overspill car park for a 9am start. If you aren't sure then the entrance is on the left-hand side just after the overhead height barrier as you enter the park.

Everybody will be required to use a hand sanitiser on arrival. Peter and I will bring these with us.

To avoid any issues with passing cash backward and forward there will be no charge for these sessions.

There will be no sharing of equipment, everyone must bring their own bikes, helmets and so on. Peter and I will use our own separate coaching equipment and no rider should touch any of this. We do have hand wipes if necessary.

In the event of anyone needing any first aid, Peter and I have our own separate kits and will wear gloves and face masks if appropriate.

Parents are welcome to watch as usual. Some of you have kindly offered to help but we will decline on this occasion whilst we get used to the new way of operating. If you do watch then you must do so from a distance, i.e. not amongst the groups, and you must maintain a 2 metre distance from anybody else watching.

At the end of the session we will again require all riders to use the hand santisers.

We will be operating within the guidelines set out by British Cycling at all times, if any of you have any questions then please ask.

If you need to contact us on Saturday for any reason then my phone number is 07939 199268.

We'll issue another email next week in case there is any additional information we need to pass on to you but in the meantime, thanks for your continuing support and we look forward to seeing you all over the next couple of weeks.

Peter and Brian

Planned Restart is July 18th

Hi everyone

We hope that you and your families have managed to stay well over the last few months.

As you know, some of the lockdown restrictions imposed by the Government were eased recently, in particular the guidelines around how many people from different households are able to meet together. As a result of this change, British Cycling have been able to approve the restarting of some club activities, one of which is Go-Ride.

There is a document on the British Cycling website called "British Cycling: The Way Forward" that gives details on the activities that can recommence and the guidelines surrounding them.

As you would expect, there are still restrictions in place and in particular we are limited to the number of riders that we can accommodate. Government guidance limits groups of people from different households to 6 and we have to comply with this. The result is that Peter and I are able to coach a maximum of 5 riders each in two separate groups.

On arrival and when leaving the session riders will need to wash their hands - we'll provide anti bacterial handwash - and we will insist that the 2 metre social distancing rule that we are all now familiar with is maintained at all times.

These rules obviously provide us with some logistical challenges and we are working on these at the moment. Not least is that we are restricted a little as to what we are able to coach - no group riding for example.

Having said that we want to be able to get as many of you back together again so that we can enjoy some cycling. Our plan is to restart on Saturday July 18th and run sessions for a few weeks in order to ensure that everyone is comfortable with what we are doing. We will then pause for part of the school holidays, make any changes we need to and come back again in September.

One of the things we will have to introduce is some sort of booking system. With a limit of 10 riders, not everyone will be able to ride every week and the last thing we want to do is turn people away or run sessions with fewer than 10 people if we have told some riders that they are not able to attend.

To help us to set this up we are asking that you let us know whether you are happy for your youngsters to ride with us and intend to come back and join the sessions. This is not a commitment to riding on July 18th but by letting us know you will allow us to determine how many riders we will need to cater for, what sort of sessions we can run, how much equipment we may need and so on.

If you can let us know by replying to this email by July 10th then it would be much appreciated. We will then let you have specific details for the session the following week.

Our absolute priority is the safety of all of our riders and like so many things for all of us over the last few months this is new to us so your help in letting us know who is planning to ride will be a great help.

In the meantime if you have any questions about this new way of running Go-Ride please email us by return and we will do our best to answer.

We look forward to hearing from and seeing you all soon.

Peter and Brian

July 2020 Return?

Hope everyone is well and you've been able to get out on your bikes over the last few weeks whilst the weather has been so good.

No doubt you will have seen that the restrictions on some sports have been lifted in the last few days, mainly to allow some professional events to recommence. This relaxation does not apply to cycling yet and British Cycling has announced that there will be no competitive events until August 1st at the earliest.

They have however set a provisional date of July 4th for the recommencement of club and group activity - this includes coaching and club rides. British Cycling will review this date every two weeks and provide updates.

We have no more information at this stage and it is highly likely that we will be subject to guidelines as to protective measures we have to put in place. British Cycling expects to publish these details in June and we will share them with you as soon as they are available.

In the meantime riding in family or same-household groups is still permitted and social distancing rules must be followed where appropriate. I am sure that those of you who have been riding will have noticed that the roads are a little busier now so take care.

We hope to have some more news for you in the next few weeks.

Peter and Brian

Latest Update: 10 May 2020

Hi Everyone

Hope you are all OK and have been managing to get some riding done, albeit following the guidelines issued by the Government and British Cycling.

Whilst you are still at home don't forget that there is a range of activities on the British Cycling website that you can participate in. The latest is a competition to design a jersey made by the supplier to the British team. The winners will have their jersey made for them.

Details of this and other activities can be found at www.letsridelocal.co.uk

We are all hoping of course that we can be back riding again in the not too distant future, maybe even racing again before the year is out!

With that in mind Thomas Godfrey is getting an upgrade to his cyclocross bike in advance of next season. Rather than sell his current bike it is going into temporary retirement until younger sister Emily is old enough to ride it. If anyone is interested then the bike is available to loan for a year or so for someone to ride and race. It's a Crosslight Pro 6, the frame is 48cm with a Sram Rival groupset and Apex hydraulic brakes.

If you are interested in using the bike and would like some more details then let me know and I will put you in contact with Duncan (Thomas's Dad).

In the meantime, stay safe, keep riding and we'll be in touch with any news when we get it.

Peter and Brian

Happy Easter 2020


Hope everyone is keeping safe and well and that you are all getting used to our new lifestyle.

I am sure it will come as no surprise to anyone to learn that British Cycling have extended the suspension of all their activities until June 30th. This means that the earliest possible resumption of Go-Ride for us is July 4th.

That doesn't mean that all cycling has to stop however. You are still permitted to ride as part of the government's guidelines on daily exercise provided that you ride on your own or with members of your household.

Please remember the social distancing rules and keep 2 metres away from anyone that you may meet along the way and wait for people to pass when necessary. British Cycling recommends that you only ride on routes you are familiar with, that are close to home and are well within your ability level.

There are still ways in which you can stay involved without necessarily leaving home. For those of you with younger brothers or sisters British Cycling has launched a series of daily activities called Ready Steady Ride.

Details can be found on the Go-Ride pages on the British Cycling website in the related articles section at the link below:


At 11am each day one of a series of videos is shared, maybe an opportunity for some of you to teach your younger siblings and see how easy this coaching thing really is!

For those of you with rollers or turbo trainers then there are training sessions online - some of these like Zwift charge a fee but you can access videos from people like Global Cycling Network free of charge.

Maybe you can practice track stands if you have a back garden.

Whatever you are able to do, we hope you are able to take advantage of the good weather over the next few days.

Peter and Brian

Coronavirus Update: 17 March 2020

You may have seen that British Cycling has cancelled all of its sanctioned activities until April 30th as a result of the Government's announcement yesterday.

I'm afraid that includes us so we won't be able to hold any further sessions until the beginning of May at the earliest. We'll be in touch again as soon as there is any update.

In the meantime, stay safe and make the most of the opportunities to get out on your bikes that the spring weather will bring.

Hope to see you all before too long.

Peter and Brian

Final CX Race and Jersey Update

Trying to get ahead of myself as I'm away next weekend.

As next Saturday 14th March is the final Muddy Monsters race of the season we will not be holding a session. I know a few of you are planning on racing so good luck to everyone who competes.

I sent details of the venue etc. last week, the event is listed on the British Cycling website. If you go to the events section and choose the cyclo-cross option then you will find it - there is only a handful of events left so it's easy to locate.

We'll be back on March 21st.

In other news, the club has offered to make jerseys available to us again. If you are interested in buying a jersey then either drop me an email or let me know on the 21st. We have three small sizes available immediately - the cost is £25 each and I'll bring them along to the next session.

For those of you who aren't familiar with the designs then there are images on the Beds Road Cycling Club website - just go to the clothing section. They aren't currently available on the manufacturer's site.

Sizes are not straightforward because the manufacturer seems to have a range all of its own so if you're not sure then we probably have enough riders wearing sufficient different sizes for you to check when we see you next.

Last time around the kids sizes cost £25 and adults were £37-£40.

Peter and Brian

Priory Marina on Saturday 7th March

It looks as though we may be set for a weekend without a storm for once so we'll be at the Priory at 9am and not wrapped up against the wind and the rain.

Saturday 14th March sees the final Muddy Monsters event of the year, this is a combined event for all three regions that have held these races over the winter. Thomas rode in the final Cambridgeshire event last weekend and won both races so we have a bit of insider knowledge for those of you planning to race!

The races take place at the Embankment Athletics Track, Bishops Road, Peterborough, PE1 5BW. There is paid parking at the event (£1 for 3 hours) and there are toilets and tea/coffee. The course is quite technical so should be a good challenge and it's an opportunity to race against riders that we haven't seen before.

Registration opens at 9am, earlier than for our series, and the first race gets underway at 10am. Format is the usual sprint/endurance/handicap. Entry is £4.

Depending on numbers of people who are planning to race we may not hold a session on the 14th (I am away so we'll need to consider that as well). We'll take a "roll call" at the weekend and let you know early next week.

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

Easter Holiday Velodrome

It may only be the start of Lent but the velodrome at Derby has just released details of its Easter programme.

It's slightly different this time in that they have a full day's riding on April 9th and 14th which consists of skills training outside in the morning and then riding on the track in the afternoon. Times are from 10am - 3pm and the cost is £30. The session is for riders aged 9 - 16 and you need to take a packed lunch and drink.

If you have previously completed 2 hours track time at the velodrome (you will need some sort of proof) then you can gain a Youth Track Accreditation which will enable you to race. This session is on April 7th from 1pm - 5pm. You need to be able to ride at a "high tempo" for an hour and can expect to be riding for the whole session, i.e. not much rest time. This is for riders aged 12-16 and costs £60.

You have to book in advance on 01332 641747 or email cyclederby@derby.gov.uk. Full details can be found at cyclederby.co.uk

I know some of you have been a few times now - if you haven't then give it a go, riding in a velodrome is great fun. You just need appropriate cycling clothing - bikes are provided.

The sessions will be popular so you'll need to book early.

In the meantime we will be meeting at the Priory at 9am as usual this weekend.

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

No Rest for Half Term

Hope some of you made it to the velodrome this week.

For the rest of us, there's just Saturday 22nd Feb to look forward to - meeting at the Priory at 9am

See you there

Peter and Brian

Muddy Monsters Roll Call

Congratulations to all those of you who competed on Saturday in the final round of this winter's Muddy Monsters series.

We ended up with 7 podium places for the overall series with Thomas, Amelie and Shaun winning their categories. Delphi, Emily, Katya and Ryan also ended up in the top 3 in their age groups.

Special mentions should go to Alexander who finished one point behind the second-placed rider but in 4th overall, and to Samuel who, along with Amelie, competed in every race.

There is one more event this season, to be held on the 14th March in Peterborough - details to follow nearer the time, it's a combined event with the other Muddy Monsters regions.

[ Click ] for Muddy Monster Results (.xls file)

Last Saturday we managed to finish before Storm Ciara arrived, hopefully we'll be as lucky with Desmond this weekend 15th Feb. We'll be at the Priory, be at the totem in the car park for 9am and we'll be back at 10:30

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

Muddy Monsters Finale - 8th February

This Saturday 8th Feb. is the final Muddy Monsters race of the regular season and so far there is only one place confirmed on the overall rankings - congratulations to Thomas who can't be overtaken in the Under 14 boys category.

Elsewhere, Amelie, Delphi, Katya and Alexander are still in with a chance of winning their category whilst George and Samuel can cement their top 10 places and Emily has a good chance of finishing on the podium.

For those of you who haven't ridden many races this season then this your last opportunity to compete this winter. As is usual on a Muddy Monsters weekend, there won't be a coaching session.

Races this weekend are at Marlborough Club, Via Old Oak Off Cottonmill Lane, St Albans, AL1 2EF Registration is open at 9:30 for a 10:00am start.

This is not quite the last race of the season because there is going to be a season finale for all three regions that participate in Muddy Monsters. The format is the same and the races will be held on March 14th in Peterborough. It's a great chance to race against riders you haven't competed against before - we'll let you have more details nearer the event.

We've also received details of some road races being held on the closed road circuit at Milton Keynes bowl. There are races for Under 8s/10s/12s/14s and 16s and they are staged on four consecutive Saturday afternoons from March 7th to 28th. Details can be found on the events page of the British Cycling website, the junior events are the HUP Spring Series and there are adult races taking place in the mornings on most of the days.

The link is:


See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

No Session This Weekend 1st Feb

Sorry but there won't be a session this weekend - a combination of holiday and work means that we are not able to be there on Saturday 1st February.

The following weekend is the final Muddy Monsters race of the season and is at St. Albans, we'll send details next week.

Sam and Brian

Told You It Would Be Muddy

Well done to all of you who braved the conditions at Welwyn on Saturday 18th January, a real test of your bike handling ability. Results have not been published yet but Thomas, Emily, Katya, Delphi, Amelie, Alexander, Sean and Samuel all rode.

The final race of the series is on February 8th, more details in due course.

We'll be at the Priory Marina on Saturday 25th January, meeting at the totem at 9am as usual.

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

Muddy Monsters and Velodrome

It was great to see so many of you on Saturday 11th Jan, after the Xmas and New Year break.

We got some practice at riding in a bit of a mud this weekend, hopefully it will help to prepare you for what is likely to be the real thing on Saturday 18th Jan, when the Muddy Monster series is back at Welwyn.

As before, the event is being held at the Gosling Sports Centre, Stanborough Road, Welwyn, AL8 6XE. The race area is to the left of the car parking area. Remember there are 3 hours of free parking at the sports centre - events at Welwyn tend to take longer than at other venues. The course is open from 9am for practice, registration is at 9:30 and races begin at 10am.

We've just received details from the velodrome at Derby about a track session being held during half term. This time the Derby half term is the same as Bedford which means that we can't arrange our own session so you will have to contact the velodrome directly. You'll need to be quick as the sessions are very popular.

They are holding a session for 9-16 year-olds on Wednesday 19th February between 12 and 2pm. The cost is £25 and bookings can be made on 01332 641747 or cyclederby@derby.gov.uk

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

Happy New Year 2020

Hope you all had a great Xmas, look forward to seeing all the new bikes on Saturday!!

To kick off 2020 we'll be riding at the Priory this Saturday 11th January, meeting at the totem for a 9am start.

Don't forget that there are still two more Muddy Monsters races to go, on January 18th and February 8th, so there won't be any sessions on those dates, over the next few weeks we'll be concentrating on improving the skills you'll need for these races.

See you Saturday

Peter and Brian

We are keen to help children develop an interest in cycling, as a healthy, social and fun way of keeping active.

We are accredited by British Cycling and have earned the Clubmark certificate as a club which is well run, community spirited and with a proper understanding of our Duty of Care to our members.

Whether its a spin in the back garden, splashing through puddles in the park or tearing around a local pump track- cycling is an essential part of growing up.

Embracing this approach, British Cycling created the HSBC UK Go-Ride programme - with over 350 children’s cycling clubs helping thousands of young people enjoy the freedom of cycling and develop lifelong skills.

Local kids cycling clubs are fantastic places to get out on a bike, with expert coaching, a gang of riding buddies and access to some amazing cycling facilities.

Our sessions are mostly run at Priory Park near Bedford, a safe, off-road environment. In addition we arrange for the children to compete at local GoRide races in a truly friendly and inclusive atmosphere.

With most of the Great Britain Cycling Team starting out in Go-Ride Clubs, they are a great place to start for aspiring champions.

Emily Kay Go-Ride Graduate

  • Clubs for kids: Go-Ride Clubs are for riders under 18, with fun at the heart of high quality coaching sessions and a clear pathway for progression.
  • Gives parents peace of mind: All coaches are British Cycling qualified and are DBS-checked, Go-Ride sessions always take place in traffic-free areas.
  • Easy to get involved: Just like any sports club, the emphasis is on regular, local and affordable activities: create a sporting habit for life.
  • Creates champions: Most of the Great Britain Cycling Team’s biggest stars started out at a Go-Ride Club. Just like Laura and Jason Kenny!
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