We all familiar with the depressing statistics of how few children ride their bikes now compared to when were kids… but one club bucking the trends is the Salt Ayre Cog Set. It only started two and a half years ago, but had almost 100 members last year!
One factor in the club’s success is the enthusiasm of the parents who are involved, many of whom are keen cyclists themselves. Some have trained as coaches, others fundraise, are part of the club’s catering crew, and help run events. From the kids’ perspective, the key factor is the variety of activities the club offers. The mainstay from April through to October is the club’s weekly meet at the purpose built cycling track at Lancaster’s Salt Ayre sports centre. Every Saturday fifty or so riders aged 6 to 16 turn out to enjoy different aspects of riding, be it on or off the tarmac, and focusing on practical road skills, racing techniques, or learning through games. Other activities include taking part in the CDNW series of races, local time trials, trips to Manchester Velodrome, an annual mountain biking weekend, and winter rides and roller racing events.
Anyone interested in joining or in helping should go to the club’s website or call the club’s Chair, Paul Andrews, on 01524 734915.