Bury Clarion Bullets

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.

Due to COVID 19 restrictions locally and nationally we are currently not in operation but are working on getting back to normal asap- please monitor our Facebook page

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We are based at Bury Football Club, Gigg Lane, Bury BL9 9HR

Cost £3 per session + £7 annual membership

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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A Bit About Our Head Coach-shown here on the left!

 Coach Peter Heywood has been cycling from school days. He did local tours until joining a local club in 2000 and  got bitten by the time trial bug then raced at national 25, 50, 100 and 12 hour level up to 2 years ago after a serious accident.. His best discipline is longer distance events and he also runs ultra marathons. He hopes to be back in racing in 2029 at BBAR level again. He has Cycled across Jordan from Syria to Saudi Arabia and circumnavigated Iceland, 2017  cycled Paris to Nice and in 2019 planning Nice to Naples!

Pete has been coaching for 4 years, aimed at riders 16 years and under some who race at national cat C, B and A and are developing their skills to attain regional schools racing status.

‘My personal goal with young riders is to develop cyclist for life and to help and support them in acquiring their potential.  My sessions have a progressive focus and desire to be fun. This I believe will provide the motivation to get the miles in to meet their goals’.


British cycling coaches level 3, Level 2 in general cycling, Level 2 Road cycling, Level 2 Time Trials

Immediate life support qualification(what you have to do in A & E),
 Pete works as a full time as a nurse manager but specialises in nurse education in the work place and has PTTS, CTTLS & CTT teaching qualifications.

Supporting Coach Pete…our volunteer team

Simon Diggins, Simon is 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 love going 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 newly qualified Level 2 coach. 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. Any concerns or issues can be directed to her via the clubs email.

Katherine & Neil Swithenbank have bought their racing experience and 2 boys to the club, Luke & Dan. Katherine says ‘I’ve been raised on a bike from before I can remember, watching my mum race and touring on tandems as a family. I started racing as a 14 year old school girl and managed to win a few national events as an under 16 and junior. I’ve always loved cycling with a club and I’m keen to encourage my 2 young boys to have fun on their bikes too! They have learnt so much and made great friends with bullets and I’m keen to help other kids to have these opportunities too’ Neil helps out with maintenance on the clubs bikes and attends session with the boys and give a great helping hand.