Chance for cyclists to move on to next level

The Great Yarmouth Cycling Club are launching East Anglia's first EasyStart programme to provide a stepping stone from leisure and commuter cycling into cycle sport.

The club has just taken delivery of a set of Sport England-funded road racing bikes which come in come in various sizes – under 12 and U16 as well as adult men's and women's styles – with the scheme being aimed at both adults and children.

Participants start with four one-hour coaching at the Great Yarmouth Stadium on November 6 and the following three Saturdays. There are 36 places available across the three one hour sessions that run at 9, 10 and 11am.

Thereafter there is a fortnightly programme at the stadium to further develop your skills and fitness as well as many social rides, moving on, if riders wish, to training and racing events on the road.

The EasyStart programme will run several times each year (the following one being March 2011).


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It is free to new club members – and membership starts at �7.50 per annum for the U18s and concessions, or �15 for adults.

Entry forms can be downloaded from www. greatyarmouthcyclingclub. co. uk or obtained by post from club chairman Norman Harlow on 01493 652183.

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Places must be booked in advance to ensure everyone has the exclusive use of a new bike and receives quality coaching time to get them started.

The Great Yarmouth club has had a tremendous revival over the last 12 months, working to follow up the town's SUSTRANS Bike-IT scheme which aims to transform the number of children and staff riding their bikes to school.

One of the first generation of riders from the revived Great Yarmouth club to make a mark is 11 year-old Zak Coleman from Caister who currently tops the 29 rider list of Under 12s in the Eastern Cyclo-Cross League.

Coleman did not have the best of starts in Sunday's race at Davy Down in the Thames Gateway area of Essex, but pulled back some of his deficit and took fifth place, 20 seconds behind Pierce Bacon (Ipswich BC) whom he had beaten in a tight finish in the previous round. The race was dominated by London League visitors winner Daniel Tulett and brother Ben, both from the Palmer Park Velo.

Sophie Holmes (Diss & District) won a very tight sprint to take sixth place from James Warren of Colchester Rovers and continues to hold second place in the Under 12 League, regardless of gender.

London Leaguer Darren Barclay (Arctic Premier RT) had a comfortable win in the senior race. Nathan Miller (XRT/Elmy Cycles) was the early leader at the head of a group including Barclay, Andy Nichols (Cambridge University CC), Andy Waterman and Kevin Knox (both Dulwich Paragon), Shaun Aldous ((Extreme Sports Therapy) and Gary Lingard (CC Hackney).

On the fourth lap Miller faded and Barclay attacked. Soon Nichols, who had been racing in Belgium the day before, retired and Barclay opened a clear lead.

Miller, still second, looked to be dropping Aldous, but the Extreme Sports Therapy man regained contact and contested the sprint for second place – around a U-turn on grass 30 yards before the finish line. Miller won this but Aldous still heads the League standings.

On Sunday East Anglia's only cyclo-cross round National Trophy round is held at Chantry Park, Ipswich.

Olympic TV commentator Hugh Porter will be behind the microphone for the series of races starting at 10:30 am culminating in the senior men's race at 2.30.

n The popularity of off-road cycling was emphasised by the turn-out of over 120 riders (and one dog) who took part CTC Norfolk's 'Ruff-Stuff 25' based at Cawston.

Just over half of the 25 miles was on bridleways and tracks, the rest on country lanes.

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