The entry fee for each race is £4.00 for youth D&E riders and £6.00 for Youth A, B and C riders. When riders arrive on race evenings they must have their gears checked, sign on, pay their entry fee and collect a race number. There is more information about this in the gearing section of this site.
The races follow the same format at both Bradford, York and Sheffield venues:
Typically the youngest under 10’s would race for around 15 minutes with the oldest under 16’s racing for 40 minutes.
Points are awarded to the riders based on their positions in the sprint and endurance races. Separate leagues are run based on the Bradford, York and Sheffield results. At the end of the series prizes are awarded to the best placed riders in all age categories for all series.
For 2015 these will comprise:
Race 1 Youth D/E (under 10/8) Boys and Girls
Race 2 Youth C (under12) Boys and Girls and Youth A/B (under 16/14) novice girls
Race 3 Youth B (under 14) Boys and Girls
Race 4 Youth A (under 16) Boys and Girls
Youth A/B girls may ride 2 races but may only claim one set of points.
Categories may be combined at the discretion of the Commissaire.
Schedule of Races
Approximate start times
19.00 Race 1 Youth D/E (under 10/8) Boys and Girls
19.20 Race 2 Youth C (under12) Boys and Girls and Youth A/B (under 16/14) novice girls
19.50 Race 3 Youth B (under 14) Boys and Girls
20.30 Race 4 Youth A (under 16) Boys and Girls
• If numbers are low Race 3 and Race 4 may be combined at 19.50
• By signing on you accept the programme above. If you have concerns about the mix of categories in any of these races please do not sign on!
• Youth A/B girls may ride in 2 races but may only claim one set of points
Points are awarded to the riders based on their positions in the time trials and circuit races. Three separate leagues are run based on the York, Bradford and the Forge Valley results.
At the end of the series prizes are awarded to the best placed riders in all age categories for both series.
Points are awarded for each race as follows:
Ten or more riders
Nine or less riders
Awards will be made for each series.
Cycle racing is great to take part in and we like to see all ages and abilities racing in a safe environment.
British Cycling asserts that the wearing of a correctly fitted hard shell helmet conforming to a recognised safety standard is recommended for all of its competitive events. You will need a suitable helmet and ensure that the straps are tight and your helmet fits correctly. Your bike will need to be in good safe working order and have good brakes and tyres.
Cycling shorts and jerseys are great to race in and provide comfort. Track mitts are advisable and protects the palms in case of a fall. On colder nights dont forget to bring full finger gloves and a long sleeve jersey. Arm and knee warmers are ideal for the cooler races. In the event of rain, a racing cape will come in handy to warm up in.
Most riders have clippless pedals. These are like a ski fixing and are only suitable for riding in. For younger riders flat trainers are ideal but make sure the laces are tied to avoid the chain.
Sunglasses offer good protection from insects and dust. Please be aware that when the sunlight fades darker glasses may not be the best way to see the wheel in front! if the light is fading or it is wet yellow or clear lenses are perfect.
A good way to warm up before a race is to use rollers or a turbo trainer. These can be brought to races and used pre race as the circuit is often being used by another age group.
Some older youths bring spare wheels in the case of a puncture or mechanical failure. This is fine but please make sure you report to a Commisaire before you do anything to fix your problem.
If you are unsure about what you need on race night please ask at one of the races, there are plenty of people on hand to help you out.
WRYL Chairman - Marc Etches
WRYL Secretary - Peter Root
For further information visit the White Rose Youth League Website