Delight for Fareham Wheelers after Go Ride success

Henry Newbury coaches a group of young riders. Picture: Mick Young
Henry Newbury coaches a group of young riders. Picture: Mick Young
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Angus Fileman was delighted by the first of four British Cycling Go Ride sessions hosted by Fareham Wheelers on Saturday.

And he can’t wait for the next three events at South Downs College later this summer.

The Wheelers’ Go Ride co-ordinator said: ‘It went really well.

‘We started off with some coaching and then moved on to a few races.

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

‘But then we had some riders there who were racing at Winchester the next day, such as Finlay Cousins.

‘For them we were working on going around corners faster than anyone else.

‘And who knows, maybe that helped Finlay clinch victory in his race on Sunday.

‘For the older ones, we looked at riding in a group and responding to other riders’ actions.

‘It is important they don’t get fazed and flustered.

‘We also looked at helping each other by taking it in turns riding on the front.’

The next three sessions, open to children aged 16 and under, are scheduled for July 4, August 1 and August 29 (all 9am).

To get involved, you just need 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.

The Waterlooville venue is being used in the continued unavailability of the Mountbatten Centre track, which was closed following the death of Richard Phillips-Schofield in 2014.

Fileman said: ‘We are finding it frustrating the facility is still closed.

‘It is great we have an alternative venue and we are making the most of it.

‘We have some cracking sessions there.

‘In some respects, it has made us think on our feet a little more and made us more flexible.

‘But ultimately we would prefer to be back at the Mountbatten Centre.’