Join British Cycling

ALL THE INFORMATION IN THIS SECTION AND THE FOLLING PAGES ARE A GUIDE. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT INFORMATION AND REGULATIONS CHANGE FREQUENTLY. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU ARE AWARE AND CHECK INFORMATION YOURSELVES.

At Bolton Hot Wheels we believe it is important that riders are well prepared before they enter the world of racing, regardless of which disciple of cycling they will race.

As well as coaching on a Saturday morning we look for other opportunities for riders to progress their skills through Arena coaching sessions,Go-Ride events and inter-club training sessions.

North West Cycle Coaching run Tuesday night training sessions between May and September. Many of our riders have attended these sessions which are held at UCLAN Sports Arena in Preston. Please check their web site for further details.

First Steps into Racing

Initially you need to consider the bike you have available and the season.

It is important that you inform the Club before you start to enter races. The coaches may be able to offer advice but equally need to be made aware which members are representing the Club in events.

Please make sure you read our Code of Conduct found on "Our Club" page.

Finding Events

Current club members are a great source of information concerning events. In the following pages events that Bolton Hot Wheels members are known to enter will be mentioned however you can search for events on the British Cycling web site in their events section.

British Cycling Membership

If you are a member of a British Cycling affiliated Club, depending on the level of licence you require British Cycling run offers and discounts for your first years licence.

If you have a valid British Cycling membership it is also possible to pre-enter certain events.

However, a British Cycling licence is not a requirement to be a member of Bolton Hot Wheels.

Race Licences

You will need a British Cycling membership at Silver or Gold level to race competitively. You will be asked to present your licence at sign-on at a race.

If you are not a British Cycling member, it is possible to get a “Day Licence” for around £2. With a day licence a rider cannot score BC ranking points if they attain a position within the top three but if you take to bike racing then you’ll need to join British Cycling.

Age Categories

Youth Categories   2016 quick check by year of birth
     
A    U16 From 1st January in year of 15th Birthday until 31st December in year of 16th birthday.

2000, 2001
B    U14

From 1st January in year of 13th Birthday until 31st December in year of 14th birthday


2002, 2003
C    U12

From 1st January in year of 11th Birthday until 31st December in year of 12th birthday


2004, 2005
D    U10

From 1st January in year of 9th Birthday until 31st December in year of 10th birthday.


2006, 2007
E    U8 Until 31st December in year of 8th birthday. 2008 onwards