Home Stay Families

Manchester Cycling Academy are looking for cycling focussed families in South Manchester to provide a safe, warm and comfortable environment for our 16-18 year old riders during their stay in Manchester.

Your role will be to play a fundamental part of the young person’s Career, Educational, Social and Emotional Development. 

By providing a private bedroom, clean and hygienic washing facilities, rounded and healthy meals, regular clean and fresh laundry and secure cycle storage, you will be a major part of the young people’s lives throughout their 2 year stay in Manchester.

The riders will stay with you for 3/4 nights per week during term time initially and you would make an agreement with the rider and their families with regard to payment. 

As Manchester Cycling Academy grows, it is intended that this service will be taken ‘in house’ in partnership with Trafford College and we are seeking families for the September 2022 intake, but if you feel as though you are able to offer this service immediately, please do get in touch via THIS FORM

Tour of Britain Ride

Join us for a memorable day of cycling to celebrate the Tour of Britain passing through Cheshire on September 9th.

Sign up for a FREE place HERE

Our local knowledge will enable you to get to the best vantage spots to watch the race and our morning visit to the race start at Alderley Park will enable you to get up close and personal to some of the world’s best riders.

World class cycling legends such as Mark Cavendish, Julian Alaphillipe, Wout van Aert and locally based riders, Ethan Hayter and Rhys Britton will pass through the Cheshire lanes and you’ll get plenty of chances to get up close as they pass by.

Pic (C) Sven Brandsma/Unsplash

We’ll meet at the Trek Store in Wilmslow for coffee and a ride briefing then ride out in groups to Alderley Park to see the start of the race then cycle around flat, rural Cheshire to see the race go by.

There will be different groups based on ability with paces of 14-16 MPH and 16-18 MPH but no one will get dropped.

As usual, the ride is free.

Click HERE for GPX files of all three routes which you can download to your head unit.

09.00 – Coffee and Snacks at Trek Store W3W///held.pass.marker

09.15 – Ride Briefing

09.30 – Wheels Roll

10.30 – Arrive at Alderley Park Event village: W3W///rebel.terminal.kinds

11.30 – Race Starts

11.40 – Assemble at Meet Point A W3W///fast.elbowing.stretch

11.45 – Depart Meet Point A for a 2 hour, 30 mile ride. 

13:30 – Arrive at Meet Point B W3W///lend.sank.went

14:15 – Depart Meet Point B – to return to Trek Wilmslow W3W///held.pass.marker

15:00 – Ride Formally Ends

Sports Development Intern

Manchester Cycling Academy is a rapidly growing organisation that has big plans and has made a fantastic start since it was launched in October last year.

More People on Bikes, More Often
The Role would Suit Someone with an Interest in Sports Development

We are looking for a Sports Development Intern to help us to achieve our goals and to assist us to continue to secure more success. 

This is an opportunity to get involved with a rapidly growing sports organisation that has ambitions to continue to grow over the next few years and that already has an engaged and enthusiastic community. 

This is an interesting and wide ranging role which would suit somebody with an interest in sports development and would typically need a commitment of 1 day per week. 

Due to the ongoing Pandemic we are currently home working so for the immediate future, this role would be home based. This is an unpaid role but we will be able to pay expenses for you to travel to and from events, towards mobile phone bills and provide you with free event uniforms. 

Typical responsibilities:

  • Assisting to create and manage events
  • Assisting with the administration and development of new products and initiatives 
  • Attending meetings with local partners
  • Providing support to the directors and coaching team
  • Administration of monitoring data and event registers
  • Updating relevant policies and procedures

Skills needed:

  • Computer literate and be proficient in all Microsoft Office Packages.
  • Must be a self starter and have good attention to detail.
  • Good written and spoken English
  • Good time management and organisational skills
  • IT literate in WORD, EXCEL and OUTLOOK.

More People on Bikes, More Often

This is a tremendously exciting time for people who ride bikes and since our launch last year, we have gone from strength to strength. We initially launched the Academy with the single objective of running a BTEC in Cycling but thanks to the incredible kindness and input from riders, parents and supporters, we have had many more opportunities offered to us.

More People on Bikes, More Often
More People on Bikes, More Often

So to build on our initial success, we are forming a Community Interest Company (CIC) to work alongside Manchester Cycling Academy. Mainly working hand in hand with our BTEC programme and our academic partners to provide a rider pathway, Manchester Cycling Academy CIC will deliver grass roots activities with local partners to enhance the cycling community in the Manchester Region. Read More..

June Networking Ride

JOIN US for a fully supported ‘No Drop’ Business Networking Ride around the lanes of Cheshire. Featuring a support car, ride leaders and a boutique lunch, this is a great opportunity to find out more about us, our people and our plans.

Join Us For our No Drop Networking Ride

We’ll meet for coffee in South Manchester and ride out in groups to the High Peak and then into Cheshire, arriving back at around 16.00.

We will split the groups into ability but these will be ‘No Drop’, social rides, meaning that no one will get left behind. It is intended to have 2 groups which will each have a pace of 14-16MPH and 16-17MPH, so that you have plenty of opportunity to chat.

The objective of these rides is to be able to tell you about the great work that Manchester Cycling Academy is doing and what we have planned. There is a small fee for these rides which covers the support vehicle, expenses for the ride leaders and the cost of your lunch. Please use the link below to sign up.

Road Craft Day

Join Us For Our First Race Craft Day

This day-long event is for Youth A and first year Junior riders and their parents.

Featuring race skills, introduction to feed zones and simulations of mechanicals and punctures, this is a day packed full of skills and drills that a rider will need for the forthcoming road racing season. 

Places are limited and are priced at £25 per person including a hot lunch. 

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We will be joined by guests from the professional cycling community throughout the day who will provide insight into what it takes to be an elite cyclist.

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Parents will have the opportunity to ride with the Manchester Cycling Academy coaches to discover more about us and our philosophy.

Riders will need to come prepared and ready for a demanding but, fun and entertaining event which will provide them with many essential skills that they will need for the season ahead.

As the spring progresses and lock-down restrictions ease, we will be announcing events for other age groups, so if you don’t fit into the age group for this event please don’t be disappointed.

We will split the riders into groups of ability so if you or your rider is relatively new to competitive cycling, then don’t be daunted. This event is not designed to simulate a competitive race and whilst it will be demanding, riders who are currently competing regionally will be able to participate.

Lunch will be provided for all riders and can also be pre-booked for parents. 

The outline of the day looks like this:

  • 0830-0900 Sign On and Welcome
    • Tea and coffee available
  • 0900-0930 Bike Check and Roll Out 
    • Is your bike race ready?
  • 0930-1230 Training Ride on the Cheshire Lanes
    • Riders will need to bring a training bike with training wheels, restricted gears appropriate to their age group, wet weather and spare training kit and enough nutrition to sustain themselves throughout the day.
  • 1000-1200 Parents Ride on the Cheshire Lanes
    • Parents will be accompanied by riders from a local cycling club and coaches from Manchester Cycling Academy on a flat ride around leafy Cheshire. 
  • 1230-1315 Lunch 
    • Hot nutritious soup and sandwiches with vegetarian options available.
  • 1315-1330 An Introduction to Manchester Cycling Academy
    • A brief introduction to us, who we are and the journey we want to travel on
  • 1330-1500 Essential Road Racing Skills 
    • Activities include simulations of mechanicals, how to use a neutral service vehicle and how to recover from a crash.
  • 1500-1545 Supporting Your Athlete
    • A session for parents to discover how to provide support to an aspirational athlete led by parents of successful riders
  • 1545-1630 Question and Answer Session
    • An opportunity to find out more about the Manchester Cycling Academy BTEC and to ask any questions that you may have.

Don’t delay your booking as we are expecting this event to sell-out. 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK

Would You Like to Join us?

So summer is now here and we are riding in groups again and life is almost back to normal.

Join Our Award Winning Team

As the summer continues we will be hosting activities out on the roads and trails where you can come to join us to meet us and find out more about what we do.

To aid us to run these sessions, we are looking for volunteers to come and join us. You will need to be enthusiastic, motivated, aged sixteen or older and have an desire to learn from our team of award winning coaches.

At the beginning we will guide you and provide you with simple tasks and once you gain confidence you can then progress onto organising events or activities and in time, gaining a qualification and leading sessions yourself.

In return for you providing your time we will provide you with transport to and from events, free clothing to wear and access to some fantastic mentors who will guide you.

Our current opportunities include: Sports Development Administrator and Social Media Marketing Coordinator.

To apply please fill in the short form below by clicking on the link and we will contact you to discuss further alternatively you can WhatsApp us by clicking below.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc0ScXW_Y7FXy6Wnn9DO16KCPXNngnkw3owDMEvRxRVBEwEog/viewform?usp=sf_link

Virtual Racing Trial

Would you like to join us for a Zwift Trial race this week? In the last week we have been discussing races with other colleges across the UK and as a group we felt the time was right to hold a trial race to see if there was enough interest.

So in partnership with British Cycling and the Association of Colleges we’ve hastily arranged a trial race on Zwift (this Tuesday 9th February) at 17:30. The race would be 30km (roughly 45 mins-55 mins) and on the Ocean Lava Cliffside Loop.

If you’d like to join us, we’d be delighted to see you there. As it is short notice for us too, this race won’t be supported by us be there due to prior committments but, we will be providing support for future races.

Ocean Lava Route Profile

Here’s how to sign up:

1. Complete these two short forms:

A.https://forms.gle/Vzgauf8AzY2eQeXF9

B. Please type Manchester Cycling Academy into the answer for question 2. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=dqBVMkjobEyLgECjItWSUFC_6htPjo1AlJxSL67qdThUMUY5MkQyOFRXV0JZN0tOMVZYMktTSFdKUi4u

2. Follow Felix Young (British Cycling) on Zwift via the Companion App (More ->  Find Zwifters). Here is some info on the Companion App: https://support.zwift.com/using-the-zwift-companion-app-Hybn8qzPr

3. Accept the Meetup invite you will receive on Monday 08/02/21 (check your notifications on the Companion App).

4. Add “MCR” as a “tag” after your name on Zwift e.g. Stef Hopewell (MCR). You can edit your name in the Companion App. You can switch it back after the race to your original name.

5. Don’t be late! If you miss the 17:30 start then you won’t be able to race! You can join the meetup by logging into Zwift and starting a ride as you normally would. A “join meetup” button will appear in the bottom left of the screen a few minutes before the start.

6. We will set up a Discord Voice Chat and send you the link on Tuesday afternoon once we know who is racing.

Here are the details of the route that will be used, riders will complete 1.5 laps for a finish just beyond the top of the main climb on the course: https://zwiftinsider.com/route/ocean-lava-cliffside-loop/?fbclid=IwAR2ebxt_BLhFT_pXmS1_K6hdPwWatZqC3WTmwVqA3ZN6p5f1XBmmOAG5bqQ


If you have any questions then please get in touch with either myself on manchester.cycling.academy at gmail.com or Felix Young at British Cycling (felixyoung@britishcycling.org.uk) and looking forward to seeing you on the start line!

Dilemmas

I’m torn, genuinely, I am. 
 

We are living in times that none of us like, but most of us – those who receive these emails anyway – want to be able to go out and ride our bikes, to take people to places to ride bikes and to watch other people ride bikes. 


 

Sadly, we can’t do all of these activities. And that’s where I’m torrn. I desperately want to be able to run activities where we can all meet up, have a ride for a few hours and then chew the fat afterwards. There is nothing I would like more than to sit and get to know what makes you tick. And by the amount of messages I get from you, that’s what you want also. 
 

But we can’t currently do that. 
 

So my dilemma is this: When activities resume, should Manchester Cycling Academy have a philosophy of working to the spirit, or to the letter of the Law?
 

The answer that we are coming to is that we have to work to both the spirit and to the letter of the law. Yes, the law says that in certain Covid Tiers we can travel to cycling activities for under 18’s and yes, we can have groups of 30 should we need to, but the spirit of the law means that by doing that, you do risk the lives of people you pass on the way and risk putting extra burden on an already overstretched NHS should you have an accident. 
 

We’re very proud that the services that Manchester Cycling Academy provides are evidence based, meaning that everything we do is supported by research, so when there is so much evidence available regarding Covid-19 then we should listen to that. 
 

Evidence tells us that by traveling anywhere, we increase the risk of having a road traffic accident, falling off our bike and of course, increasing the risk of Covid transmission. 
 

We have lots of exciting activities planned for the late winter and spring months that will allow potential riders to the BTEC course to ride with us to sample our philosophy and answer any questions that they may have and If we don’t run these activities it may become difficult to recruit a full complement of riders for September 2021. 
 

So to ensure that these activities go ahead, our commitment to you will be that once we come out of lock-down all our activities will be Covid secure, both in terms of the activities themselves and the journeys that we will ask parents and supporters to do in order to get the rider to the event.
 

So once we launch the next block of activities, we will publish a Covid Activity Protocol that we will ask everyone to commit to. This way we can ensure that not only we and the riders stay safe and healthy, but that our community can stay safe and healthy too.
 

It’s important to remember that we won’t be in lock-down forever. We as cyclists are very fortunate that we are allowed to venture out on our bikes for exercise on a daily basis, so if you do get out there be careful, stay in groups of 2 people, stay local and encourage others to do so too. 

This blog first appeared on Manchester Cycling Academy’s newsletter which you can sign up to HERE

Friday Night is Velodrome Night

Join us for a series of 2 hour Friday Night Velodrome sessions throughout November!

We have spoken nicely to the organisers of the Friday night track league and they have agreed that we can use their slot for the period of lock-down, so if you’re missing your track sessions or perhaps want to get some more time in and to test yourself a bit more, then get yourself booked on to these sessions.

This is a unique opportunity for you to get some valuable track time in and every session will be based around you. You will get the opportunity to choose what activities you want to do such as timed flying laps, race specific skills, endurance efforts, sprint and pursuit starts and pursuit efforts.

Our coaches will be on hand to provide expert advice and take you through specific skills based sessions so that you can improve your track skills.

We’ve taken advantage of the British Cycling Covid-19 guidelines which allow people under the age of 18 to participate in organised sporting activity, which means that during our sessions you will be able to ride in a group on the track.

Places are limited and are for riders aged between fourteen and seventeen 17 years old. Sadly we are unable to take bookings from riders aged 18 or over due to the Covid-19 Guidelines.

If you are aged under 14 and feel as though you are capable of participating, then please get in touch with us before you book. Once we know the make up of each session, we will organise riders into groups based on MRTL Friday and ACT Track League groups.

You will be allocated a group prior to your arrival at the Velodrome and you will be expected to stay in your group for the whole of the evening. You can click HERE to book your session and to say thank you for supporting us so far, you can use the MCRCA10 discount code for a 10% discount if you book all four sessions at once.

If the links above don’t work, you can copy and paste the below URL into your browser which will take you to the shop. https://manchestercyclingacademy.co.uk/shop/

See you on the boards!