Bristol Shredders - Go Ride Club - Pedal Progression


6 September 2019

Bristol Shredders – Go Ride Club

Bristol Shredders are not currently taking on any new members whilst we focus on training new coaches to increase spaces on rides. We hope to be in a position to re-open to new members in spring 2020. We will update this page when we are taking new members.

This club is a joint initiative of parent volunteers, British Cycling and Pedal Progression. It is operated as a not for profit organisation. The email address is monitored by volunteers, all of whom are parents and have full time jobs, so please be patient. We’ll get quicker as we get a more established but for now it may take a day or so to respond to queries.

Please ensure ALL queries about the club are sent to (and not Pedal Progression). Thanks!

About Us

Bristol Shredders is a new British Cycling Go-Ride children’s mountain bike club for Bristol. We are supported by Pedal Progression but are a separate, not for profit organisation run by volunteers. The club has the aim of furthering and increasing opportunities for children and young people to get involved with off road bike riding.

What will happen at Bristol Shredders club ride?

Club sessions will be held once a month on a Saturday in term-time . They will be led by trained and experienced coaches and will take place in the beautiful traffic free Ashton Court.  Sessions will start with a warm up, continuing into a mixed ability “core skills” off road coaching session, lasting about 20-30 mins.

As long as we have enough coaches, we will then split into two rides: one for younger and less experienced riders and one for older and more experienced riders. You will need to specify which ride group your child will join when you book. Spaces are limited, so all participants must be pre-booked and pay a small fee to secure their place. Only registered club members can do this.

Beginner/Intermediate Level Ride: Your child will need to be on a bike with a minimum of 20″ wheels and decent off road tyres. They will need be comfortable keeping momentum unsupported by an adult, over mixed surfaces such as grass and gravel . They should be able to control the speed and direction of their bike. They don’t need to have been mountain biking before!

Intermediate/Advanced Level Ride: Your child should be riding a mountain bike with grippy tyres and minimum of 24″ wheels. They should have experience riding BLUE graded off road mountain bike trails and feel confident to stand on the descents, whilst controlling the speed and direction of their bike.

If you would like advice on which level would be appropriate please drop us an email outlining your child’s off road experience, their age, height and size of the bike they currently ride.

If we don’t have enough coaches there will be a single mixed ability ride. We are working hard to ensure we have a range of coaches who can ensure there are more places each month.

In time, we hope to expand activities to include short taster sessions for new riders, more regular club rides, fun club racing, trips away to ride and to watch races, socials and lots more!

Booking Process

Only registered club members can book places on club rides. Members will be emailed a link to the booking site on the 1st of each month. See above, we are not currently taking new members whilst we train more leaders and coaches – we are working hard to do this as quick as possible!

Where Will Activities Be Held?

The meeting point for all activities will be Pedal Progression – Ashton Court, BS8 3PX. There is parking on site costing £1.20 for the day.

How Many Children Can Attend The Sessions?

We will be able to have 7 participants per club coach. It is important that we are strict and consistent with this for the safety of the children. We are receiving support from British Cycling and are already in the process of expanding the number of coaches and so the numbers of riders at each session can increase.

Do I Need To Be A Member, What Are The Costs, And How Do I Pay?

You will need to be a member to join a session. There is an annual fee. You will also need to complete the registration form at least a week BEFORE the day of the ride. Please email the form to at least a week before the first club ride your child will join. You can download the registration form here.

All riders will be asked to pay per session to cover the basic costs of the club, such as British Cycling membership.

For membership payments – you will receive BACS payment details when we receive your completed membership form.

We would like to make the club as inclusive as possible so if cost is a barrier to your child participating, please get in touch.

Can Parents Attend The Sessions?

In order to create an environment in which children learn about and love off road cycling, we take issues of safety and safeguarding extremely seriously. As such, parents will not be allowed to accompany the ride unless they are fully DBS checked and if there is room on a club ride in line with the permitted ratios. The club coach and other volunteer committee members are fully qualified, insured and DBS checked. As the club grows we will need support from parents and will encourage and support parents to get trained if they are interested.

As A Parent How Do I Register My Interest To Get Involved?

You can send an email to FAO: Ollie and we’ll get in touch.

Club Kit

In due course we would like to be able to offer Bristol Shredders club kit. We’ll keep you posted about this. In the mean time, make sure your child is suitably dressed for the conditions, with (for example) warm non-woollen gloves, long leggings, proper trainers and a rain or wind jacket. No helmet no ride. Make sure they bring a water bottle. Hot chocolate and biscuits will be provided. A full kit list will be sent out prior to each session once your booking is confirmed.

Club Sponsors

At the moment we are being supported by Pedal Progression, who are providing our first club coach. If you work for or run a small business that would like to further support the growth of the club, please get in touch.

Who Is Running The Club?

Fi – Treasurer, Membership Coordinator, Trainee Coach:

Fi is a lecturer at Bristol University. She has been riding mountain bikes for twenty years, racing 24 hour solo, multi-day stage races and many, many challenging wild country events all over the world. Although she loves all sport, and runs as well as cycles on the road, on her cx bike, on her gravel bike and on one of her various mountain bikes, her true love is mountain biking. As a mother of three girls, she is as passionate about cycling as she’s ever been. Nothing makes Fi happier than shredding the trails with her family!

Andy – Committee Member:

A cartographer by trade, Andy is an expert navigator, which is handy when he competes in adventure racing, which he has been doing for several decades. He has run, biked and kayaked in far flung places including Alaska, Patagonia and Abu Dhabi. And a lot in Wales. He has many beautiful mountain bikes, but unfortunately his wife (Fi) keeps nicking components off them to fix up her own bikes. He loves riding the local trails, with or without his three children. Andy is a navigation guru and loves nothing more than planning exciting rides on new trails and figuring out how different rides all string together.

Ollie – Head Coach & Parent Volunteer Coordinator:

Ollie has been riding mountain bikes since the age of 13. He enjoys all disciplines and has spent his whole working life on and around bikes. Ollie started work at Pedal Progression in 2015 and started running Little Rippers mountain bike classes for kids in 2016. He has a wealth of experience coaching and guiding young people and enjoys nothing more than giving kids their first taste of off road fun! You can find out a bit more about him here!

Chris Kinston – Welfare Officer:

Chris has been into cycling for many years and more recently has enjoyed mountain biking with his son, taking part in their first organised MTB events and loving it. Chris has also been involved in the coaching and running of several Bristol children’s sports clubs including football, rugby and cricket. He has previously held the role of welfare officer covering child protection and health and safety for a parent led after school and holiday club. Chris has worked within the field of mental health for over 20 years and has completed Safeguarding Level 2 training covering all aspects of child and adults at risk protection.

James King – Website and Photography

Policies and Procedures

Bristol Shredders Constitution.

Bristol Shredders has adopted British Cycling Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.

Ollie Cain

Written by:

Ollie Cain