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Salt Ayre Youth League - Starting Wednesday 13th April 2016


The 2016 Wednesday Night Youth League will run from 13th April until 13th July incl.

Cog Set is looking forward to hosting another friendly yet exciting race series - welcoming back regular competitors and hopefully welcoming some new faces too.

THANK YOU to our sponsors: The Edge Cycleworks www.theedgecycleworks.com whose friendly and skilled staff can meet your bike purchasing and fixing needs from their Lancaster and Chester shops; and Ask Peter, Lancaster based cycling fan and businessman offering a wide range of property maintenance services (askpeter@hotmail.co.uk or 01524 32447/07884 261950).

Entry is £3 on the day only. Half of this goes to British Cycling, the rest is used for track maintenance, primes and other prizes not funded by our sponsors, and race expenses.
Riders who do not hold a BC licence need to pay an additional £1.50 levy to BC.

Optional pre-registration: To reduce queues at the first event you can email your details to holdensue@gmail.com and I will enter them on the registration form (then all you have to do is pay and sign). Just let me know the following information:
Club or team (if you have one)
Category (ie A, B, C, D or E)
Date of birth
BC licence number (if you have a licence)
Email to use for communications re the series
Phone number to use in case of injury at the race

Race lengths and approximate timings are as follows:

Races lengths and approximate timings are as follows:
6:10pm - Signing-on opens…… and gear checking
6:30pm - Ds & Es (U10s & U8s) - 4 laps (3.2 miles/5.1 kms) – no primes
6:45pm - Cs (U12s) - 9 laps, with primes points at end of lap 5 (7.2 miles/11.6 kms)
7:15pm - As & Bs (U16s & U14s) 18 laps, with primes points at end of laps 6 and 12 (14.4 miles/23.2kms)

Please turn up in time to sign on and have your gears checked!

Riders must have the correct gear restrictions for their age category -see https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/zuvvi/media/bc_files/volunteer/Youth_Gear_Restrictions_for_Riders.Parents.pdf for more information

Age categories:
British cycling's age categories span two calendar years. For 2015 they are as follows
Rider born in Category
2008 or later - Youth E (under 8s)
2006 or 2007 - Youth D (under 10s)
2004 or 2005 - Youth C (under 12s)
2002 or 2003 - Youth B (under 14s)
2000 or 2001 - Youth A (under 16s)


British cycling ranking points for As and Bs (riders need a BC licence to gain these points):

If there are 10 or more riders in the category:
1st place gets 10 points
2nd place gets 9 points
all the way down to 10th place with 1 point

If there are fewer than 10 riders in the category:
1st place gets 3 points
2nd place gets 2 points
3rd place gets 1 point

Note, for 2016, there are no BC points awarded in the C, D and E categories.
Cog Set league scoring:
* this will be cumulative, the total of each rider's best 9 scores out of 13 events
* scoring is by age and gender category (ie first under 8 girl gets 10 points and first under 8 boy gets 10 points) regardless of the number of riders in each category:
1st place gets 10 points
2nd place gets 9 points
all the way down to 9th place, which gets 2 points
and all other finishers get 1 point
* participants must have ridden at least 7 events to be eligible for a prize at the end of the series.
Prime competition scoring:
Primes are races within a race: there will be one in the in the C race (end of lap 5) and two in the AB race (end of laps 6 and 12). Scoring is:
* also cumulative, the total of each rider's best 9 scores out of 13 events
* by age category - not age and gender.
1st rider over the line at each prime gets 3 points
2nd rider over the line at each prime gets 2 points
3rd rider over the line at each prime gets 1 point

We may also have some spot primes for the DE race to liven things up a little for the younger riders.

Volunteer league:
It takes a lot of volunteers to run each event! We have a core team to cover the key tasks, but also need help every week from the adults who accompany riders.

Some parents have suggested we introduce a conditional system - ie your child can only ride if you volunteer - but we are hoping instead to rely on your good will. We will be keeping track of who has helped, so that we can thank them formally at the end of the series, and give small prizes to the top scorers

Frequently Asked Questions 2016

North West Youth League 2016

Sat 7th MayNorth West Youth League - Liverpool Century RC - Litherland
Sat 21st May North West Youth League - Astley & Tyldesley (CS)-
Sat 23rd July North West Youth League - Southport CC (R)-
Sat 20th Aug North West Youth League - CSP (R)-
Sat 3rd Sept North West Youth League - Tameside (R)-
Sat 25th Sept North West Youth League - Cog Set (CX)-

North West Youth League

Olympic Themed Event - 14 July 2012

New To Racing?

If you are New to Racing download an_introduction_to_racing_by_matt_winston.pdf
It is a little out of date - but still has some very useful information

If you would like to enter CDNW Series of Races , you need to do the following:

1) Become a member of British Cycling.
Visit https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/web/site/BC/bcf/bcApplicationFormTmp.asp?promo=none and claim your free ‘bronze membership’ (please make sure you enter club details as ‘Salt Ayre Cog Set – not Salt Ayre Cycling Association).

2) CDNW (Cycling Development North West)
Visit www.cdnw.org - ‘CDNW youth league’ download and complete British Cycling Entry Form and forward with your payment. (It costs less if you register for CDNW races in advance)

3) Correct Gear Restrictions
If you are new to racing, you need to check your gearing is set correctly for the race you are entering - see gear restrictions or speak to one of the coaches for guidance

In case some of you are confused here is a quick guide to the gear restrictions for youth racing. If you want to compete in circuit races you will need the following Gear Restrictions.

These restrictions should apply to all mass start races you take part in (I.E. not time trials). At most races you will be asked to have your gears checked before you sign on If you are found to be over geared you will have to rectify the problem before you are allowed to race. When going for gear checks the person checking the gears will probably appreciate it if you have your bike set in the highest gear you can (this helps make the check quicker).

N.B for the Tuesday night racing at salt ayre the rules on gear checks are relaxed slightly so if you have not yet got your gears restricted don't be put off however it is best to get on the correct gear so you are used to it for the next level of racing

Gaining valuable British Cycling points

We thought it would be a good idea to explain the British Cycling (BC) process for national rankings.

Points are awarded for the first, second and third placed riders in most races which we are taking part in. Riders build up points once they start to be placed in races. British Cycling log these points on your rider profiles and then use these points to rank riders nationally. For example, Adam currently has 22 points and is ranked 9th in the country. You can view your points and ranking on your BC membership dashboard in the “My Ranking” section.

Once Youth A riders have 15 points or more then they are allowed to “race up” which means that they are eligible to take part in Junior and Senior races ( advertised as 3rd / 4th cat ). These races have points awarded for riders finishing in the top 10 and the points awarded are 10 for 1st, 8 for 2nd, 7 for 3rd down to 1 point for 9th and 10th. As you can see, points mount up much quicker when riders are able to “race up” and the races also become much more challenging and enjoyable.

If you are serious about racing then you should be trying to build up your points at every opportunity. Event organisers will look at the number of points that you have when considering your application for entry into prestigious events such as the North West Youth Tour and other national events. Basically, points are really important.

With this in mind, please can we remind you that, apart from the Saturday / Sunday races which we compete in, there are now 2 further opportunities each week to gain valuable points and to gain further valuable racing experience.

These are :-
Salt Ayre Youth League – starts this Weds 23.04.14 – arrive at 6.30 pm and race starts at 7.10pm – cost £3
UCLan race league – every Thursday at the UCLan Sports Arena race circuit in Preston – arrive at 6.00pm and race starts at 6.45pm – cost £3 - £5 registration on first night.

If you need a lift to get down or if you can offer a lift to other riders, please email janet.reed1@btinternet.com.

Time trialling – no points are awarded for time trialling so please bear this in mind when choosing between the Thursday Time Trial and the UCLan race.

Any questions / queries, then please email:
Paul Andrews - Head Coach paul@cogset.plus.com or
Janet Reed - Race Squad Secretary - janet.reed1@btinternet.com

Regional School of Racing (RSR) information

The Regional School of Racing (RSR) was a British Cycling initiative set up to offer quality training to young riders. Prior to 2014, riders would be nominated for this training if it was felt by Club coaches that they showed promise and that there was the possibility that this would help them to progress and improve their cycling skills, particularly for racing and performing at regional and national level. Many Cog Set riders have taken advantage of this great opportunity over the years.

Since the beginning of 2014, the emphasis has changed. Whilst the idea is still to help riders to improve and progress, the criteria has now changed in a subtle but very important way.

Riders will usually only now be considered for RSRs using the following criteria :-
1. Preference will be given to Youth A riders
2. Second Year Youth B riders will only be accepted if they show exceptional ability
3. Riders have to already have a proven and consistent record of good race results – this should ideally be top 10 finishes on a regular basis
4. Results for riders who have been to previous RSRs should suggest that they have benefitted from the training and have improved
5. There are 20 places available for North West riders
6. Training will generally take place on a closed circuit. The training is very intense and riders will be expected to ride laps totalling approximately 100 km during the day.

Girls will be selected using the same criteria, however the demand is usually less. If not all 20 girl places are allocated then Junior girls may be considered.

By definition now, riders being awarded a place at an RSR are amongst the top 20 riders in the North West. Although places are never guaranteed and the criteria may change, aspiring riders now have a benchmark to work towards.

We hope that interested parties will find this information useful and that this will help to demystify the process of RSR selection.

If you have any questions, please see Paul Andrews, Head Coach who will be happy to discuss this further.

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