Budding bikers get pedalling at Go Ride session

Young riders compete in a race at the Go Ride event hosted by Fareham Wheelers. Picture: Mick Young (150645-15)
Young riders compete in a race at the Go Ride event hosted by Fareham Wheelers. Picture: Mick Young (150645-15)
Mike Williams on his way to second place in the veteran 50 race last month. Picture: Neil Marshall (171322-123)

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  • Fareham Wheelers lays on coaching for young riders
  • Fileman delighted by event at South Downs College
  • Three more British Cycling sessions to follow this summer
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Budding cyclists were put through their paces at the first of four British Cycling Go Ride sessions hosted by Fareham Wheelers.

Young riders descended on South Downs College on Saturday morning for a fun introduction to the sport.

While it is mainly linked with racing, all of the skills the children learn help them build their general riding experience

Angus Fileman

Wheelers coaches were on hand to give them tips on cornering and riding in a bunch before the starlets took part in fun races.

Angus Fileman, who is the Go Ride co-ordinator at the Fareham club, was delighted by the session.

He said: ‘It went really well. The coaching is all about building up experience.

‘While it is mainly linked with racing, all of the skills the children learn help them build their general riding experience.

‘The youngest were only seven years of age, so for them we focused on gaining confidence on the bike.

‘For the older ones, we looked at riding in a group.’

Fareham Wheelers will host three more Go Ride sessions, which are open to children aged 16 and under, on July 4, August 1 and August 29 (all 9am).

To get involved, just turn up with a roadworthy bike and a helmet.

Alternatively, the club have teamed up with Portsmouth North End to deliver Saturday morning coaching sessions at South Downs College.

They run from 9am to 11am and, like the Go Ride events, riders just need a roadworthy bike and helmet.

‘We miss the Mountbatten Centre facility,’ admitted Fileman.

‘But we run some cracking sessions up there.’

n For a picture special and more from Fareham Wheelers’ Go Ride session at South Downs College, grab the Sports Mail on Saturday.