Last Go-Ride this Thursday!

This Thursday 22 June is the last Go-Ride for the Summer. As per previous years, we plan to ride the circuit (weather dependant of course!)


We have been putting our heads together planning for this Summers Go-Ride skills training for younger cyclists at Castle Combe.

Based on the availability of our volunteer coaches we are pleased to announce a six session training course for May and June 2017. The first 1-hour session is on Thursday 11 May from 6 till 7 pm. The dates in full are as follows: -

Thursday 11 May
18 May
25 May

Then a break for school holidays, and back on:

Thursday 8 June
15 June
22 June

For up to date information visit the 'Diary Section' at

All sessions start at 6pm prompt and last for an hour. This year we are keen for attendees to sign up for the full six session course. This helps enormously with our planning and our ability to help attendees make significant progress in their bike handling skills over the period of the training. 

Like previous years we are aiming to split into two or three groups depending on numbers and ability. 

The full information is contained in the following FAQ sheet:

What is Go-Ride?
Go-Ride is British Cycling's development programme for young people. The programme provides a fun and safe way to introduce young riders to the world of cycle sport and helps to significantly improve bike handling skills. Chippenham and District Wheelers is a Go-Ride registered club with several experienced British Cycling trained coaches.

What do you mean by 'bike handling skills'?
Efficient starting, safe braking, steering, one handed riding, group riding, cornering techniques and progressing onto fast starts, cornering and racing tips and techniques for the more experienced. 

In summary, we can help young cyclists be safer, more confident and have more fun on their bikes. 

Is there an age limit? 
Attendees need to be between 5 and 16 years old.

What's the minimum skill level required to attend this training course?
To be able to ride a bike without stabilisers. (If you need help or advice getting your child balancing on two wheels or 'off stabilisers' come and speak to us!)

What does my child need to bring?
A working bike that fits, a helmet and suitable clothing for Castle Combes micro climate. 

Where does the training take place?
Castle Combe Race Circuit - in the pit area next to The Tavern. 

When does the training take place?
May 11, 18, 25 and June 8, 15, 22

Do your coaches hold the necessary DBS documentation to train young people?
Yes. This is as per our normal procedures as a British Cycling affiliated club. 

How much does it cost?
The total cost for the six sessions is £15 payable at the first session. 

We can't make all the dates. Can we pay for individual sessions?
We are trying to give attendees the maximum benefit by emphasising the six sessions. However individual sessions can be attended at a cost of £3.

Does my child have to be a member of Chippenham Wheelers?
No, although they would be welcome to join!

What other events does Chippenham Wheelers organise for younger cyclists?
We organise many competitive and non competitive activities for young people. This includes time trials, circuit racing and also a complete Young Wheelers Award Scheme with smart badges and certificates too. Plus, on club nights we can even teach youngsters how to make a decent cup of tea.

Where can I get more information?