Clarion calls for youngsters in Linlithgow, Bo’ness and Linlithgow

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KIDS who like nothing better than being on two wheels are being told to hop on their bikes and experience the West Lothian Clarion Kids Club.

The club has relaunched for 2012 and young cyclists can try out one of the weekly training sessions free of charge that run between March and November, rotating between three venues – Linlithgow Leisure Centre, the Oracle car park, and Kinneil Woods in Bo’ness, where cycling skills are put to the test.

Club member James Dunlop (8) said: “The club is awesome! Since joining I have taken part in lots of races, made new friends and learnt loads of new skills. I even met Mark Cavendish at the start of the Tour of Britain!”

The club was started in May 2010, and aimed at kids aged 6-15, giving them the chance to develop their skills in a safe, traffic-free environment.

Coach Simon Fagan said: “Using three venues means we can focus on different skills for different environments. For example, Oracle is great for road biking techniques whilst at Kinneil we can work on mountain biking skills.

“This year we have an exciting series of fun race events, including a crit and hill climb, so the kids will get a real chance to experience different disciplines and hopefully develop as cyclists along the way. We would like to encourage anyone aged between 6-15 who is proficient on a bike and keen to learn more to come along. With lots of hard work, we may even produce our own Chris Hoy or Victoria Pendleton!”

With eight fully trained volunteer coaches, the kids club runs on Wednesday evenings during spring and summer, with riders divided into three groups according to age and experience.

For more information go to www.westlothianclarion.co.uk/kidscontact.html or email club secretary Ewen Fulton on kidsclub@west lothianclarion.co.uk