There’s range of racing in and near Leeds for youth riders. Here are the main ones. Categorized into racing discipline and novice/ intermediate/ advanced to guide you to the right race. BUT if you want to race you should regardless of the suggested category, especially for the town centre races as they are special experiences and can motivate to get faster.
Road & Circuit
Early Season Circuit Races
These are warm ups for the main event of the White Rose League (see further down the page) and are a good place for novices to get used to racing. They tend to be ‘Go Ride’ so without British Cycling points.
albaRosa Youth Winter Series Races 2019 @ Brownlee Centre - Novice/ intermediate
U8s to U16s at the Brownlee Centre with chip timing and prizes for the first 3 riders.
Feb 2nd: Enter here
March 2nd: Enter here
Inter-club Race Training Cluster (Alba, ICC, Nova, VSCC) Novice/ intermediate
Spring Circuit Races - Novice/ intermediate
These are held in Elland at [Brooks Bank Cycle Circuit] on Saturday Mornings (http://brooksbankcyclecircuit.co.uk/). Sponsored by Pedal Sports bike shop in Halifax these are run from tbc. Info on their website
Note – all events are now online entry only. No entries will be available on the day of the event.
York Sport Evening Crit Races - Intermediate/ advanced
Run by York bike club Clifton cc at YorkSport circuit
Dolan Youth Circuit Race Series - Intermediate/ Advanced
There are two races for each age group on each week of the series. On payment of your entry fee you will automatically be entered into week two and week three - you are buying THREE Events:
23rd March, 30th March and 6th April.
Mossley CRT Early Bird Youth Races Intermediate/ advanced
Mossley CRT Early Bird Youth Races (3 races 17/3/19, 24/3/19, 07/04/19 ) returns to the Tameside Cycling Circuit from 17th March 2019. A full list of dates, times and distances is available from our website. Where a Youth race includes riders of both genders and /or both A and B categories, then points shall be awarded as if all categories and genders are separate races. Where there are fewer than 10 entrants for any category, the licence points will be limited to 3 points to the winner, 2 points for second place and 1 point for 3rd place. For C or younger category riders, no points will be awarded.
British Schools Cycling Association - Novice/ intermediate
British Schools Cycling Association (BSCA) hold regional and national competitions across several cycling disciplines from circuit races, time trials, hill climbs, mountain bikes and grass track. Riders enter in the name of their schools rather than their club. Age categories are different to British Cycling with U7, U9, U11, U13, U15 & O15 (over 15s). Regional races for BSCA are held at Richard Dunne Sports Centre in Bradford and at the Roundhay Park Grass track.
This is also a good introduction to racing and generally a level below the White Rose Youth League.
White Rose Youth League - Intermediate/ Advanced
These races are held on traffic free tarmac tracks at Richard Dunne Sports Centre in Bradford, Yorksport Cycling, Wakefield, Forge Valley Community School in Sheffield and Leeds. Races are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings on alternate weeks shared around the three venues.
Road bikes are used and races are run in rider age groups – U8, U10, U12, U14 & U16. To work out which age group, if the rider is 14 in the current calendar year they will ride in the U14 group. The following year they will move up to U16.
These races are attended by all the Yorkshire based clubs and is a great way to get to know other like minded youths in the region and test your skills against the best in Yorkshire.
Provisional 2019 Calendar
2019 Season Finale
Gear restrictions are in use in all road races for different ages and these are checked before the rider is allowed to sign on for the race.
Enter both with in advance at the British Cycling Events page or on the day. Take your BC race licence.
All racing starts at 7pm
Town Centre Races - Advanced
Around national standard racing but on closed town centre circuits around Yorkshire, these are fabulous events and experiences. Take the cheers of the crowds and feel the electric atmosphere
Doncaster u8 upwards TBC June http://www.doncastercyclefest.com/
Otley u16 upwards: TBC July
Skipton TBC July u12 upwards
Barnsley u12 and above Friday, 19 Jul 2019
Ilkley TBC June u14 upwards
Ripon TBC June u8 upwards
Abroad - Out of Yorkshire and England
Mossley CRT Early Bird Youth Races - see post under early season
Dolan Youth Circuit Race Series - see post under early season
National Series - Advanced
This is a series of races around the country which attracts the best riders from all regions across the UK.
Dates have been confirmed for 2019
- Saturday 30 March - Sunday 31 March: Pembrey 2-day, South Wales The event is a 2 day, three stage race all based at the new closed road circuit inside Pembrey Country Park. This will be the first round of the Youth National Circuit Series. The multi stage event will comprise of a Prologue TT and 2 circuit races.
- Friday 3 May - Sunday 5 May: Isle of Man Youth Tour, Isle of Man U10 upwards
- Saturday 1 June: Hillingdon Slipstreamers, Hillingdon
- Saturday 22 June: Minehead Town Centre, Somerset
- Saturday 17 August - Sunday 18 August: London Youth 2-day, Redbridge & Lee Valley
- Saturday 24 August - Monday 26 August: North West Youth Tour, Lancaster
- Saturday 14 September: Revolve24 Youth National Series, Brands Hatch https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/road/article/20181211-road-British-Cycling-confirms-dates-for-youth-and-junior-racing-calendar-in-2019-0
Youth National championships is being held on [July 7th at The Scarborough Festival of Cycling]. Race to decide national champion in each age category - advanced
Entries open now. Books up fast!
Youth Tour of Scotland - Advanced
6th - 9th April 2019
The Youth Tour of Scotland is a residential four-day stage race, taking place in the beautiful Perthshire countryside. This event welcomes youth teams from across the UK and further afield to compete across four stages, to gain the top position and sought after jerseys in individual, points, king and queen of the mountains, team and Scottish rider competitions.
This is an invited U16 team only event. Yorkshire will be entering in a Boys and girls 4 racer teams. Racers must apply and be selected on performance through Talent Development Centre training: Wednesday Richard Dunne, Thursday York as well as Monday Leeds circuit training. Racer places are funded if selected.
Junior Tour of Ireland - Advanced
Tour of Assen - Advanced
A premier international 6 day youth tour in the Netherlands.
The 55th edition starts on Monday 29 July 2019. Entry will start early February. Places fill immediately.
Tour de Junior - Advanced
Another premier international 6 day youth tour in the Netherlands.
July 22 - 27 2019
Registration will start on Saturday 2nd February 2019.
West Riding Track League - novice/ intermediate
This is a grass track league held locally in Roundhay Park. It is an excellent introduction to racing and riders race against other youths of a similar speed and ability. Younger riders will use mountain bikes and as they get older will use Isla bikes or road bikes with cyclocross or touring tyres for extra grip. U8 – U12s use freewheel bikes and from U14 fixed wheel bikes are used.
British Cycling points are available for the final standings for all categories for Under 14 and above.
Races are held every Monday evening from the 2nd Monday in May. Participation has been excellent over the past few years and makes for a great family evening.
To participate you must join the West Riding Track league to register. Membership reached capacity last year in certain age groups so it is advised to register in advance. Also pay on the day: £3.50 per week and take your BC race licence.
York Outdoor Velodrome
Clifton CC National Youth Omnium
Saturday, 18 May 2019 U12 upwards
This event is part of the 2019 National Youth Track Omnium Series (see more events below)
There will be no entry on the day.
National Cycle Centre Manchester: Calendar
To race here (and any velodrome) you must become accredited. You do this through the Club Cluster sessions: ARCC are Yorkshire cluster 2, you can enter any Yorkshire session but may go on reserve.
Then it is wise to move onto the Structured Quality Training (SQT) Sessions to develop skills, but is only available to riders 15 yrs and above. Book using the velodrome booking system
- Manchester Regional Track League (MRTL) races Tuesdays and Fridays with 2 leagues. Days vary according to which part if the year it is. Register in advance http://www.bc-nw.co.uk/mrtl_index You must book on each race at least 7 days in advance. Find races here
- ACT League races Monday night and is a good place to start. http://www.act-track-league.org.uk/
Sat 11th May 2019 A round of BC National Youth Omnium for Group 2 youths (BOYS & GIRLS) run under BC rules and regs
Sunday, 12 May 2019
Accreditation is easier at Derby velodrome and is valid for Manchester.
Corsa Rosa - No specialist TT bikes or equipment are allowed - standard road bikes only.
The dates for the 2018 edition of CorsaRosa are as follows:
- Sunday 13th May - V818
- Sunday 27th May - V810
- Sunday 10th June - V818
- Sunday 24th June - V810
- Sunday 8th July - V818
- Sunday 22nd July - V810
- Sunday 5th August - V818
- Sunday 19th August - V810
- Sunday 2nd September - V818
- Sunday 16th September - V810
CorsaRosa Breakfast Sunday 23rd September.
There is a CorsaRosa Facebook group, sign up if you fancy a friendly 10 mile time trial this year.
There are cash prizes for the top 3 youth riders over a season, the best 6 scores count
BSCA run a county and national schools mountain bike championship (see BSCA above)
Nutcracker run a northern England MTB series
**[British Schools Cycling Association]
National Schools Cyclo Cross Championship
Pre entry or on the day. you will also need a BSCA licence, or pay for a day licence. See the webite - link above