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If you want to get into cycling, either for leisure or as a competitor like Sir Chris Hoy or Victoria Pendleton, there are plenty of ways into the sport.

British Cycling offers a number of programmes designed to introduce people to the sport or further their talent.

Explore your options on this page or, below, find contact details for the association which most closely matches your needs.



Go-Ride is British Cycling's development programme for young people.

The organisation says this programme provides a fun and safe way to introduce young riders to the world of cycle sport, and is a platform for them to improve bike handling skills.

Get involved through a holiday coaching programme or at a local Go-Ride club, where young people can sample the various cycle sport disciplines.

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Sky Ride

Sky Ride, a series of mass participation cycling events, is designed to increase the number of people taking part in cycling on a regular basis.

In 2009 there were Sky Rides in five major UK cities, attracting 100,000 people on their bikes.

You can register your interest in the next events on the official Sky ride website.

Performance programmes

If you are a young, talented rider, there are initiatives designed to help you make the most of your ability.

The initial programme for talented young riders, typically aged 14-16, is the Olympic Talent Team.

These young cyclists are prepared for transition to higher programmes such as the Olympic Development Programme, which aims to bring on riders aged 16-18 who are already experienced and focused on a career in professional cycling.

Those who develop to the required standard will join the Olympic Academy Programme with the clear potential to become world-class performers.

The programme aims to add the final technical polish to the riders' skills before they join the world-class Olympic Podium Programme.


These are the web pages British Cycling recommends you consult if you're looking to get into cycling:

If you are keen on a specific cycling discipline, find out more on these pages:



The Scottish Cyclists' Union encourages all aspects of cycle sport in Scotland with contact details for all the cycling clubs, and listings of events to get involved in north of the border.

The Welsh Cycling Union promotes, develops and controls cycling in Wales as a pastime or sport among all sections of the community.

Cycling Ireland does the same thing in Ireland as the Scottish and Welsh unions do in their respective countries.

The British Schools Cycling Association seeks to encourage participation of school children in leisure and competitive cycling activities. It also provides courses for adults interested in safe cycling for children.

The Road Time Trials Council provides a set of uniform rules for time trial competitions in the UK, and information for anyone over the age of 12 wanting to take part in time trials in their area.

The Association of British Cycling Coaches website has all the information on how to become a cycling coach, as well as offer training programmes.

The CTC is the UK's national cyclists' union, representing the country's largest group of people on bikes. It promotes the benefits of cycling, as well as campaigning for cyclists and improving facilities across the country.

The Audax UK long-distance cycling association organises more than 500 events every year.

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