Our history

Welcome. Here is some information about the Club and how it began.

Sutton Cycling Club was formed in 1999 by local cycling enthusiasts to provide opportunities for young people to develop their cycling skills in safety with others of the same age, under the supervision of experienced riders and coaches. Its Constitution was drawn up to ensure that the Club retained its focus on under 18's. Our adult members are graduating Junior Riders, Parents, Coaches or Club Officials.

For some years the Club was sponsored by De Ver Cycles of South London, owned and run by Maurice Burton (a former professional cyclist and British Champion).

Sutton Cycling Club has been affiliated to British Cycling, the sport's national governing body, from the outset. It has always participated in their programmes for young people, joining the latest, Go-Ride, at its inception in 2004. It is now your local Go-Ride Club, with activities on Saturday mornings in termtime at Sutton Grammar School's sports ground in Cheam.

The Go-Ride programme is all about having fun on a bike, learning to ride with skill and confidence and trying mini versions of the sport, all delivered in a safe, off-road environment by trained coaches. The activities can be adapted to all levels of rider, suiting both beginners and more experienced riders. Since autumn 2012, following the London Olympics, the Club has been oversubscribed and now has a Waiting List. To find out more, please see Newcomers. You can find out about Go-Ride and other nearby Go-Ride clubs on http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/go-ride

In 2006 it gained Clubmark accreditation, awarded by Sport England and the sport's own governing body, British Cycling. This recognises that the Club meets the standards set in safeguarding children, coaching, competition and equity, and is a well-run club. In 2009, it was named Sutton Sports Club of the Year in the Sutton Sports Awards.

Racing

Youngsters who wish to ride in open competition are encouraged, but not pressured, to compete.

Cyclo-cross makes an ideal start to open competition, and we currently have over twenty youngsters regularly riding the London League races. Some also compete in cross-country mountainbike, some on road and track, and one or two in downhill mountainbike.

In the past several Club riders have been selected for the British Cycling Olympic Talent Team (riders aged 13-16) and for regional teams and development squads. In 2005 we had two national champions in the Club colours: Joanna Rowsell, Junior Women's Pursuit, and Louise Mahé, Junior Wonen's Road Race. Three former members have gone on to represent Great Britain, with one, Joanna Rowsell, becoming World Champion, and later Olympic Champion. Another, Corrine Hall, having joined the GB Paralympic squad as a tandem pilot for blind rider Lora Turnham, has also become World Champion. See Successful Club Riders for more information. The Club won the SE Development League in 2001 and 2002 (races in various cycling disciplines) and the SE Go-Ride Interclub Championship in 2012. It has provided most of the London Borough of Sutton team for the London Youth Games for a number of years.

In its 10th Birthday year, the Club initiated a series of monthly "Birthday Events" to encourage competition without pressure. Members were placed in teams of mixed age and ability enjoyed various styles of cycle racing, albeit all on the grass at Northey Avenue. This idea has been been revived, and we find that those not previously keen to race are usually happy to join in a team event.

It organised Town Centre races in Sutton three years in succession, and again in 2007. For the last eight years it has run the Sutton Primary Schools Cycling Championships.

Local Links

The Club enjoys close links with Sutton Council which has supported it since its early days. There is a good relationship with the Borough's Cycle Training Unit and with the Sports Development Team. The Leisure and Recreation Department co-operated with the Club in the use of Cuddington Recreation Ground as our previous venue for Go-Ride activities. The Club regularly organises "Come & Try It" sessions at local community events, such as the annual Carshalton Environmental Fair.