Fortnightly. Often with other sessions, events, races, socials in between!
For our younger riders (typically aged 5-12 years) , we meet at Canon, Reigate, using three of the car-parking levels of the national conmpany's headquarters.
Take the main road south from Reigate town centre, climb the hill and as you start to descend towards the traffic lights at Woodhatch, the entrance is on the left between two high stone walls.
Woodhatch, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 8BF
We also use 'outside' venues for rides for older riders (typically aged 10 - 17). We use a circuit on quieter roads (for road bikes) and there are group rides on tracks (for MTB bikes).
What ages are catered for at Canon?
5 - 12 years
Finish:1.15pm or thereabouts
Is the start age of five years rigid?
No, if the child can cycle before that age then please come along.... we've even had advanced three-year-olds pedalling round!
What do you offer for older riders with a road bike?
We have training rides on a short, 2-mile loop using quiet public roads round Leigh at monthly intervals. Riders do repeat laps, with rests where necessary. Riders divide into ability groups and ride at a suitable pace. John organises these.
There are also hill-climb sessions at half-term and term-end based on the private road up to Norbury Sawmill.
For those interested in visiting Cyclopark at Gravesend, there are monthly road bike skills sessions called Power Pack. With 20-40 riders from numerous clubs in the area, John runs these and typically several Raiders come along and join in.
What do you offer for older riders with a mountain bike?
David Burnham, one of our coaches, has an MTB qualification, so he can both lead MTB rides and can coach MTB skills. See his contact details for more information.
The led-rides are family rides so parents are needed, both to accompany their child and to take responsibility for any friend that comes along with their own son/daughter. Suitable clothing is essential especially in the colder months.
What do we need for all our sessions?
- a bike – any bike – but in working order
- a helmet - properly fitted
- clothing with no flappy parts on the lower leg that can get snagged by the chain/pedals and suitable for the prevailing weather!
- mitts (preferably) to protect your hands
- a parental consent form (available on the day)
Will there be a proper coach at Canon sessions?
What qualifications do the Raiders' coaches have?
John is a British Cycling Level 3 Coach and has been coaching for 10 years ago. He coaches individuals who race. David Burnham (L2, L2 MTB) and Paul Wright, Alan Gayle and Sean Lamberth are qualified as British Cycling Level 2 coaches.
Why did you form the Raiders?
Because there are lots of youngsters in the schools in this area who want to improve their skills on a bike. Many also have been inspired by our Olympic track and Tour de France road race riders and hope to compete in future (or sooner!) By meeting and riding in a space that is free from traffic, we offer them the chance to work on bike handling skills such as:
- - weaving through cones
- - riding with one hand
- - picking up a drink bottle
- - riding close together in groups
- - stopping stationary in a box for a few seconds or going under a limbo pole!
... and experience from other similar clubs tells us that riders usually want to end the sessions with a race, in one shape or form.
Do you have links to any other cycling organisation?
Yes - to Redhill CC our parent club
. Also to British Cycling, the national umbrella body for cycling in the UK. Our affiliation is cemented through accredited Go-ride status achieved in 2012. This accreditation confirms that Redhill Raiders meets with all Go Ride's formal requirements for such things as child supervision, the provision of a nominated child welfare officer and issues like that.
Do you have a child welfare officer and who is it?
Yes...we now have two and they are Sally Peters and Simon Kirk.
Their details can be found here
What do I need to know about parental consent?
If you are a parent bringing your youngster, you can sign a parental consent form on the day. If you are bringing a group, perhaps your own child and several pals/mates, you might like to get one filled in beforehand (they can be downloaded from the British Cycling website) or go our Policies, forms & Downloads page
…. but if that’s not possible don’t worry as you can sign for all the individuals on the day provided you will be there throughout the session.
If I don't come at all myself but my child comes with a friend and the parent of that friend is that OK?
Yes, provided we have a Parental Consent form completed by you for your child.
So if I come with my child but during the session I leave them to go off for a bike ride myself (or even to do a sneaky bit of shopping) it looks like that will be OK?
It depends on the age of the child:
Yes....provided we have a Parental Consent form completed by you for your child... the situation is that a coach is legally responsible for looking after your child once you have completed that form, whether you are present or not.
Age 8 and under:
No.... we do not act as 'in loco parentis' for young children in this age bracket
If I just turn up, how will I find you?
Coming out of Reigate, heading towards Woodhatch along Bell Street, you will see a left hand turn before the Woodhatch traffic lights with a sign 'Canon' and our Redhill Raiders noticeboard on the gate.
Do you have any dates?
You can find extra details on all these by clicking on our "Calendar" page
What is the normal price?
£4 for ages 5-12 years at Canon.... if you come by cycle
£5 for ages 5-12 years at Canon..... if you come by car
- £3 for ages 5-12 years at Canon.... if you come by cycle
- £4 for ages 5-12 years at Canon.... if you come by car
Do all the sessions all finish exactly at 1.15pm?
No.... it depends on the weather and also on the number of riders who want to take part in the final races which get under way at 12.50pm.
The normal plan would be to stop all other skills-based exercises at 12.50pm and start the final races..... typically riders would divide into younger and older ages.
We aim to have separate races for girls and boys when numbers allow.
I see new members have to be able to ride a bike, does it matter if they wobble?
No, we'll help them smooth that out and develop their skills and confidence.
But what if my child can't yet ride a bike, do you know anyone who can help?
Yes. We don't have the coaching capacity at Redhill Raiders to offer one-to-one teaching.... but one of our parents will provide this service privately. His contact details are:
How can I get more information on Redhill Raiders?
You can contact any of our coaches - details are on the contacts page