The Bury Clarion Bullets Juniors sessions are open to children from ages 6 to 15 and provides fun, activity based cycling designed to develop skills and introduce riders to all aspects of the sport.
Sessions start with a bike, helmet and clothing check followed by a warm up, then fun activities where riders will be coached in bike handling skills, which will develop all aspects of bike riding, in a safe traffic-free environment. Sessions will finish with age-related and supervised challenges (e.g. races or relays) plus finally, a warm down. All activities are monitored by fully trained volunteer coaches, all fully DBS checked and accredited by British Cycling.
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Simon Diggins, Simon is also a qualified British Cycling coach.He has been involved with Bury Clarion for some years now and attends the sessions with his 2 children Toby & Molly. He has been instrumental in developing the growth of the club and planning ahead for facilities. He has worked with Bury Football Club to ensure the Bullets have a base to work and grow from and worked hard to gain valuable funding.
Joe Cadwallader is the longest serving volunteer who helps organise sessions with head coach Pete. As well as being massively into cycling himself he also brings his young son Dylan to the sessions who loves to compete in all cycling disciplines. He has loads of experience and races with Bury Clarion, bringing all that to encourage competitive cycling in the club.
Paul VanDerKamp is a Bury Clarion Ride Leader who is extremely keen to encourage the children to develop and enjoy cycling, to provide options for suitable children to join club rides when they are ready and have all the necessary skills to be safe on the road. He is an accomplished cyclist, with several club rides a week and having cycled all over Europe following the Grand Tours.
Sara Steele has 2 sons in the club, Toby and Oliver. They are an outdoors family, who lovegoing away in the caravan exploring the UK, hill walking and cycling, taking the boys on forest trails, canals and disused railway lines, regularly doing distances up to 25km. Sara is a triathlete with Rossendale Tri Club, competing since 2013. Last year Toby followed her into the sport which is how they got involved with the Bullets. She likes all types of cycling – road/trail/MTB although not that keen on the turbo trainer! Sara helps out every week managing subs and fees as well as supporting the children. Invaluable.
Lucy Cronin, who started from local British Cycling’s Breeze and Bury Clarion ride leading, is a new coach to the team. She is passionate about encouraging beginners and is keen to get more girls into the club enjoying cycling. She will specialize in the beginners end, encouraging new children into the club learning essential cycling skills. She is the welfare & safeguarding lead for the club.