News – Lee Valley Youth CC


Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club has launched a new junior team of four riders who will compete in regional, national and international races this year.

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News – Lee Valley Youth CC

LVYCC launches new junior team
The four riders, Callum Mackie (17), James Ambrose-Parish (17), Matthew Shepherd (16) and Ryan Green (16), will be coached by Joe Giggins, of Personal Sports Development, and receive backing from the club, including an allocated team manager and the use of a dedicated support vehicle.


Founder of LVYCC Bob Griffiths said having a junior team was a long overdue development for the club, which he formed with his wife Julie in 2000. ‘For years we have seen our top riders go on to ride for other teams and we thought it was about time we kept our best riders in the club,’ Mr Griffiths said. ‘We hope that this year our riders will start to make an impact on the junior scene for the first time.

The team has received a substantial grant from the Eastern Counties Cycling Association (ECCA) and we have secured sponsorship from Belgium nutrition company 3Action, and ongoing support from the Redbridge Cycling Centre, kit maker Bio Racer and Reprohouse Ltd, which has supplied decals for the team car.

The team members already have personalised winter training plans and they will be heading off to Belgium in February for the first of their international races. February will also see them travelling to Majorca for a one-week training camp with Mr Giggins and 25 other youth riders from the club.

A major target for all the junior riders and many of our youth under-10, U12, U14 and U16 riders this year is the six-day European Youth Cycling Tour in August in Assen in The Netherlands.



Mr Giggins, who was a part of the World Class Development Program and a top triathlete at the age of the junior riders, knows what it takes to perform at the highest level in the UK. A former winner of the Eastern Region Road Race League and competitor in the Pearl Izumi Tour series and the British Elite road race series, hopes the riders will benefit from a structured approach to their training and nutrition.

‘These four riders have massive potential and I am pleased to be able to work with LVYCC to help them reach the goals they have set for themselves,’ Mr Giggins said. ‘It’s exciting to be able to work with a great group of young, motivated riders who are really intent on putting in the work that is necessary if they are to win races, which they are all capable of.’

LVYCC was set up in 2000 at the old Eastway Cycling circuit to provide a focus for young riders in east London and Essex. The club currently has around 200 members between the ages of six and 18 who meet on Saturday mornings at the Redbridge Cycling Centre in Hainault. Riders can take part in road, mountain bike, cyclocross and BMX at Redbridge (Hog Hill) and we also have a fortnightly track riding session at the Olympic Velodrome.

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