Youth Cycling

Youth Cycling

In May 2010, we launched a cycling club for riders aged 6-15. The aim is to give riders the opportunity to improve their cycling skills in a safe, traffic-free environment. We are part of the Go-Ride network of community cycling clubs, coaching activities are designed to introduce young people to a range of cycling disciplines – from mountain, road and track biking to cyclocross.

How much does it cost?

The first session is free, thereafter each month costs £6 and this includes session fees, membership of West Lothian Clarion and membership of the National Clarion. Riders joining part way through a term will pay on a pro-rata basis.

Where do we ride from?

We rotate between three venues to allow our riders to develop their skills in different environments.

  1. Xcite Linlithgow Leisure Centre See google map
  2. Oracle Car Park, Blackness Road, Linlithgow See google map
  3. Beecraigs Country Park See google map

When do we ride?

The sessions run from the beginning of March to the end of November. Sessions are 90 minutes long (60 minutes for our youngest riders). During the summer they take place at 18:30 on Wednesdays. In the autumn and early spring they take place at 09:00 on Saturdays.

Session Structure

Sessions start with a bike, helmet and clothing check followed by a warm up.

The riders are split into three ability groups and are coached in bike handling skills, which will develop all aspects of bike riding, including racing in a safe traffic-free environment.

Each session finishes with a fun challenge (e.g. race or relay) and a warm down.

All activities are supervised by our fully trained volunteer coaches. A list of our coaches is available on the contacts page.


“My time at West Lothian Clarion when I was an under 12 and 14 was filled with so much learning and variety. The multi discipline approach in the club allowed me to find what I enjoyed, and also learn skills across the whole of cycling. The friends and contacts I gained in my time at Clarion are still very important to me. Still now I feel a part of the club and always welcome, that says a lot about their values.”

Cameron Mason – Trinity Racing Team