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A guide to Youth age categories and racing licences

A guide to Youth age categories and racing licences

Racing at Stourport

We're looking forward to the new closed circuit season, so if you want to start racing you'll need to know a bit more about the British Cycling Youth Categories and getting a licence.

Youth Categories

Young racers are grouped into age categories covering around 2 years. Youth riders can only compete on Closed Circuits and the category is called simply "Youth Only". It is then split into age groups:

Youth E

Under 8

Until 31 December in year of 8th birthday

Youth D

- Under 10

– From 1 January in year of 9th Birthday until 31 December in year of 10th birthday.

Youth C

Under 12

From 1 January in year of 11th Birthday until 31 December in year of 12th birthday

Youth B

Under 14

From 1 January in year of 13th Birthday until 31 December in year of 14th birthday

Youth A

Under 16

From 1 January in year of 15th Birthday until 31 December in year of 16th birthday.

You can read more about the categories on the British Cycling website.

Licences

To race you need to have a British Cycling race licence. This is generally a good idea as it means you can sign on to races well in advance.

You can get a race licence for free from the British Cycling website, or you get one when you join as a Bronze, Silver or Gold Race member. For an Under 12, Race Silver memership is £15 a year and provides Liability Insurance as well as other discounts and benefits.

Alternatively, you can buy a Day Licence on the day of the race, but only if there is space remaining - some events will sell out, so booking in advance can be an advantage!

More info on licences is here:https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/membership/article/mem-st-Racing-Licence-Prices-0-Need-a-Racing-Licence--0