CSP Skillz

Our skills groups are for riders generally aged 7 to 16

As riders start to show real determination we challenge them, but not too hard, that’s for later as riders progress through the groups.

Some will have started racing in the youth categories, Mountain biking, Velodrome, Road Circuits, Cyclo Cross or BMX.

Riders will progress depending on their interest, appetite for racing and appetite for fun

It’s fun and enjoyable

Skillz 1

Generally age 7 – 9. Skillz 1 is the first step up the ladder from Rookies and on the Saturday morning session.

Skillz 2,3

Generally age 9+. Riders first move to Skillz 2 then after a solid period of progress move again to Skillz 3. Sessions are Saturday and Wednesday (early)

What’s it about?

This is a natural progression from the CSP Rookies and is where big strides are made in rider confidence, bike handling ability and all the skills necessary to progress and develop.

Through enjoyable but challenging coached sessions, this group will start to understand fitness and exercise. Riders in the Skillz groups will also work towards goals and levels of achievement. 

There will now be a physical element to progression, advice and guidance will be offered to riders and parents with a view to develop ‘riding time’ over and above club sessions.

What’s expected of riders?

We expect riders to regularly attend CSP sessions, enjoy themselves and progress. There is no requirement for riders to race or compete.

However CSP Skillz will prepare riders if they do wish to race.

Club kit is available for all ages. We encourage wearing club kit at organised race meetings, and of course at club sessions.

We recommend all riders at the relevant school age to complete the Bikeability level 1 and 2 award if offered at school. This is a programme in road safety education. 

What can CSP Skillz riders achieve?  What can they expect?

  1. More advanced and race related training activities at sessions
  2. Organised rides for CSP youngsters and accompanying parents 
  3. Challenging led rides with experienced senior riders and/or coaches
  4. Understand mechanics and working parts.
  5. Opportunities to race in all disciplines, including Velodrome and track leagues when the time is right.
  6. CSP organised club sessions at Manchester Velodrome.

Please note that we expect CSP young riders to have done their Bikeabilty at school, and be proficient with bike control and adhering to instructions on the circuit before going on the road rides.

What’s expected of parents?

Parents have a role too! Support and encouragement, there should be no pressure to perform or become over competitive.

There are a few practical ones too! Encourage good time keeping, sportsmanship, co-operation and above all friendship. It’s great when parents get involved, volunteer, help out and are committed.

Parents: please read our CSP codes of conduct – this is very important

Step up to Skillz+

Up for the challenge? Riders in the Skillz3 session on Wednesday with appropriate ability, can progress to the Skillz+ session.

Some riders will continue with the Skillz3 session, then participate in the Skillz+ session, or do only part of the Skillz+ session.

Pressure is off, challenge is on! Read more at the Skillz+ page.