Youth Coaching

The AlbaRosa Youth Section is a British Cycling, Clubmark accredited, Go Ride club. We are a nominated Child Friendly Leeds club.

Based at the exciting new closed circuit Brownlee Centre facility at Boddington Fields, Adel. The circuit features a 1 mile lap, flexible circuit use changing rooms and a viewing platform.

We offer two sessions:

  • Thursday coaching - improving skills. suitable for 8 - 16yrs who can ride their bike and want to improve
  • Monday evening fitness and race skills with Valley Striders, Ilkley cc, Bronte Tykes cc and now Harrogate Nova. Suitable for 8 - 16yrs who have been to coaching and like to race or who want to get faster. For members of the participating clubs only.
    See more detailed descriptions further down


Timing is 6:45 for 7pm start until 8:00 pm. On Thursdays there is an additional 30 minute session 8 – 8:30pm for established members wanting additional speed & endurance practice

New Members

If you are interested in getting involved or for more details or info please mail

You'll need the right equipment.


Weekly sessions cost £4 per week.

Regular riders also need annual club membership of £10, there are also a number of family options.

The Coaching (Thursday)

In line with our aim to inspire Youths to take up a lifetime of cycling, riding skills for both the recreational and competitive cyclist will be taught to enable safe group riding on the Tour de France roads across the White Rose county. British Cycling Level 2 coaches ensure the sessions are fun and use the most up to date coaching techniques.
Older and faster riders can train with a mixed group of adults usually led by professional coach, former pro racer and NFTO team manager Tom Barras. Tom also trains many celebrated local cyclists and the British Triathlon team so you know you're in good hands!
This is where our u12 and above youth racers train.

The Race Fitness and Skills Sessions (Monday)

Coached in 2 race training groups:
Intermediate and Advanced (Beginners should attend Thursday first)
This is a multi club effoiert with Level 2 and above specialist coaches from albaRosa, Ilkley, Harrogate Nova and Valley Striders.
The sessions focus on riders ready for race fitness training and race skills. Riders should have good fitness, developed bike handling and group riding skills with a desire to ride faster.

Road bikes only (or CX with road tyres)
We have the following ethos:

  • Friendly and welcoming
  • Multi club team effort
  • Equitable and positive

You must book on this session in advance. You will find out how to do this via our youth racing Facebook page once you have become an ARCC member and joined our youth Facebook page.

How to get there

Vehicle access to the circuit is from Otley road just after Lawnswood cemetery (turn left) if driving from the North or just before the end of the dual carriageway (turn right) if driving up from the Ring Road roundabout


More Information

ARCC Youths will be coached to make the transition to the appropriate full ARCC group rides with a participating parent or guardian. Faster riders are often supported to ride in adult social and training rides such as the Tuesday night chaingang and Saturday training.

For the competitive minded, advice and support is given on the right level of regional & national traffic free races to enter. This is built into our coaching.

* Youth Racing

* Youth Races

* Youth Equipment

* Youth "The Rules"

* Youth Gear Ratios

* Where do I ride with my kids?

* Youth club kit

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To contact the club committee please email