Chapter II was formed in October 2015 and was created to find a place for children and youth to start cycling and develop further in a safe and friendly enviroment in an area lacking to provide this platform for them.
We have already had some exciting progress from some of our individuals with massive development in a short time.
We are becoming very well recognised now within the larger cycling community and have been embraced by them for what we are trying to achieve, we are slowly developing into a very smart outfit. We have attracted proffesional riders that ride regularly at the club, Ex profesionals and recreational riders that pride themselves on the smartness of the rides and are willing to give up there time to make all of our group ride roads very safe.
We have five rides per week currently as this is all we can achieve with our current circumstances but we will be looking to create more when our coaching and first aid is in place.
We have a 'Foundation Ride' that is for 10+ riders and ride between 15-17 miles per ride which is for beginners to road riding, we have an Academy Starter Ride which is the next step the ride is about 14mph over a loop of 35 miles, we then have our 'Academy Main Ride' this ride is about 40 miles at the higher pace of 16-17mph which holds a majority of our more advanced youth riders. We then have our final group which is 'The Development Ride' which we have already had success with two of our younger riders at 13 and 15 riding on. This is an advanced ride with group skills, sprint efforts and race formulation in excess of 20mph over a 50 mile hilly loop.
We then have an evening ride to attract families, both children and parents riding together in a relaxed and fun environment, we have already succeeded number sof 30 plus at times on this ride. The ride is about 6-8 miles and very casual, mainly aimed at smiles and ice cream.
We now have developed C2 racing which is a youth race team with absolutely no emphasis on results, we are now actively supporting local TT's and local races and will have a large presence at our local cross races. We have also had very kindly a couple of very talented riders that are promoting the team at races too.
Chapter II has been created to firstly make people smile, secondly be safe and thirdly only achieve what they are naturally capable of but experience the same things as the lucky couple of younger riders who win everything.
With the money we have raised we will be able to expand what we are doing further, we will have more people qualified to coach and help new youth riders to the club and into cycling, we will be able to do it safely and under the banner of British Cycling. It will enable us to bring lesser privilaged children and youth into the sport and develop there ability and confidence.
Will Chapter 2 have the next Chris Froome? Who cares as long as we get a thousand smiles.