Your children are likely to already enjoy cycling as a hobby. If they have been inspired by the Olympic games and want to get involved in cycling competitively, it may be difficult to know where to get started.
Perhaps one of the first things you should think about is protection for both your child and their bicycle. Cycle insurance from Osbornes will cover the costs of any damage and any cycle injuries that might occur.
Choose a Type
There are a number of different types of competitive cycling to get involved in, so inform your child of each of these. Make sure that they understand what all of these entail, and make an informed decision about which one best suits them. Once they have chosen their preferred type of competitive cycling, you can tailor your searches to their preferences.
A basic bicycle will work when your child first starts training, but as they become more and more serious, a professional bicycle will be required. A lightweight frame for speed racing, or a BXM bike for BMX cycling. We do not recommend you purchase a professional bicycle as soon as they start their training, as children can be indecisive and change their minds!
Cycle Coaching Programmes
A number of coaching programmes exist to train your child to a competitive level. These run both during term-time and holiday time, and will train your child to a high standard.
Similar to cycle coaching programmes, cycling clubs will also train your child. Joining a cycling programme or club will provide your child with not only an opportunity to train and improve their skills, but the clubs are also likely to submit children to any cycling events that they hear about.