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Salt Ayre Youth League - Starting Wednesday 23rd April 2014


The 2014 Wednesday Night Youth League will run from 23rd April until 16th July incl.

Cog Set members and members of other your clubs are invited to take part in this Wednesday Night Youth League.

For pre-registration (Your details will be entered on a registration form) please send the following information to sueholden@talktalk.net:
•Club or team
•Date of birth
•BC licence number
•Email to use for communications re the series
•Phone number to use in case of injury at the race

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 http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/zuvvi/media/bc_files/volunteer/Youth_Gear_Restrictions_for_Riders.Parents.pdf for more information.
Races and approx timings are as follows: 6:10pm - Signing-on opens

Race length and primes
6:30 - Ds & Es (U10s & U8s) 4 laps (3.2 miles/5.1 kms) – no primes
6:45 - Cs (U12s) 8 laps, with primes points at end of lap 4 (6.4 miles/10.3 kms)
7:10 - As & Bs (U16s & U14s) 16 laps, with primes points at end of lap 8 (12.8 miles/20.6kms)
British cycling ranking points (riders need a BC licence):
1st place gets 3 points
2nd place gets 2 points
3rd place gets 1 points

Cog Set league scoring: cumulative, total of best 8 scores out of 12 events, must ride at least 6 events to get a 1st/2nd/3rd prize

1st place gets 4 points
2nd place gets 3 points
3rd place gets 2 points
All starters who don't abandon get 1 point
Prime points: cumulative, total of best 8 scores out of 12 events
1st over the line in each age (not age & gender) category gets 3 points
2nd over the line in each age (not age & gender) category gets 2 points
3rd over the line in each age (not age & gender) category gets 1 point


CDNW Youth Series - 2014

For full details Visit http://www.cdnw.org/youth_league.html

15.03.14 - Preston
12.04.14 - Salt Ayre
10.05.14 - Marsh Tracks
28.06.14 - Litherland
02.08.14 - Tameside
16.08.14 - Blackpool

Download CDNW - Round 7 Results here
Download CDNW Overall Results - 2010
Download CDNW Overall Results - 2009

Click here for the Latest Cog Set Racing News

24th/25th/26th May 2014 - CDNW International 3 day Youth Tour

During the bank holiday weekend CDNW have a 3 day International youth tour

Day 1 - Preston Sports Arena, PR2 1SG
Day 2 - Blackpool
Day 3 - Salt Ayre. 5 races across 3 days,
Full race details can be found :
No postal entries or no entry on the day.
To enter, follow the link at http://www.cdnw.org/nw_youth_tour.html

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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