The British Cycling Inter-Regional Youth Championships are often seen as the pinnacle of youth competition in the UK. Coming towards the end of the season they offer riders the chance to experience multi day events in a team environment.
• The 2016 School Games will incorporate the Inter-Regional Road Championships from 2-4 September at Loughborough. There will be a wide-range of road-based events including a criterium, time trial, team time trial and road race.
• The Inter-Regional Track Championships will be held 24-25 September at Newport Velodrome. The event will be contested over the 9 World Championship events: Sprint; Keirin; Time Trial; Scratch; Points; Pursuit; Madison; Team Sprint and Team Pursuit.
• The Inter-Regional Mountain Bike Championships will take place 30-31 July; the location is still being finalized, but in a change from previous years it is likely to be either in Scotland or the South West, rather than Hadleigh. There will be a wide-range of off road events including a skills based competition and a full Cross-Country race.
All three teams can consist of up to 4 boys & 4 girls who were born between 2000 and 2003, with each event having one boy and one girl named as a non-travelling reserve.
BC South Region has created a list of events where rider performance and behaviour will be observed and will be used for selecting riders for the 2016 School Games and the Inter Regional Championships. Selections will be based on the following criteria:
On the Bike
Attacking riding – ability to make repeated efforts
Bike handling ability – cornering skills, positioning in group, etc
Finish position Tactical Awareness
Being a selfless team player
Off the bike
Professional behaviour and attitude, both on and off the bike
Appropriate clothing /personal presentation
Independence off the bike – ability to be ready with bike set up as required on time
Be able to listen without distraction and follow instructions
Being a selfless team player
Riders wishing to be considered should be capable of competing in multi day events and at National standard events. Once a long list has been named there will be a requirement for attendance at additional sessions such as Regional School of Racing (RSR) and any team training days as requested.
Riders wishing to be considered should express an interest in being part of the team by sending a narrative as to which disciplines/events they wish to be considered for and the reasoning as to why they should considered. E-mail to: SouthYouthTeam@Outlook.com.
The selectors will consider performances in each individual event based on the selection criteria stated above and the need to create a balanced team to contest the events. An accumulative or average scoring/points system from the events listed below will NOT be used and riders do not need to enter all events listed below to be considered. In addition, all national road, track and mountain bikes events will be taken into consideration, with confirmed observations, at the events listed below.
Team selection will be confirmed with riders, parents and coaches no later than 1 month before each individual event. Please note some financial contribution from those selected will be required.
OBSERVED SELECTION EVENTS
National Youth Championships
Sunday 10th July National Youth Circuit Championship Ilford, Essex
National Youth Road Events
Saturday 21st May Maindy Flyers Circuit Races, Cardiff
Sunday 26th June Team MK Circuit Races, Milton Keynes
Sunday 17th July Hillingdon Slipstreamers Circuit Races, Hillingdon
Regional Youth Road Events
Friday 25th March Castle Coombe Easter Classic, Castle Coombe
Sunday 5th June Winchester Criteriums, Winchester
Icebreaker Youth Series
Saturday 27th February Icebreaker Youth Series Round 2, Newport
Saturday 26th March Icebreaker Youth Series Round 3, Newport
National Youth Track Omnium
Saturday 9th April RC Omega Youth Omnium, Bournemouth
Sunday 24th April Maindy Flyers Youth Omnium, Cardiff
Saturday 7th May Palmer Park Velo Youth Omnium, Reading
Saturday 14th May Newport Youth Omnium, Newport
National Youth Track Omnium Final & National Championship
Sunday 3rd July National Youth Track Omnium Final, Cardiff
National Youth Track Championship
1st Week August – (TBC) National Youth Track Championship (TBC)
National Mountain Bike Series Round 1
Sunday 3rd April National Mountain Bike Series Round 1, Llanelli
Sunday 24th April National Mountain Bike Series Round 2, Plymouth
Southern X-Country Races
Sunday 20th March Southern XC R1, Black Park
Sunday 17th April Southern XC R2, Checkendon
Sunday 8th May Southern XC R3, Wasing Estate
Sunday 22nd May Southern XC R4, Matterley Estate
Sunday 5th June Southern XC R5, Crow Hill
Sunday 26th June Southern XC R6, Pippingford
BC South Region reserve the right to amend or alter these conditions if required.