Preparing for the new Youth Cycling Road Race season and moving-up British Cycling Age Category?
The 2021 Youth Cycling Road season is just around the corner and lots of you are already changing your gearing in preparation for a new age group. For those yet to prepare, here is a summary of what you need to take a look at before the first race including Bikefit changes and British Cycling gear restriction rollouts...
Youth Cycling Cassettes
We have a unique range of our custom built Miche youth cycling cassettes, developed for the individual requirements of each rider category using our 700c race bikes;
- U8 (36T x 15t x 23c tyre): 14-25t for lightweight or 15-32t for all round use and climbing
- U10 (38T x 15t x 25c tyre): 14-25t for lightweight or 15-32t for all round use and climbing
- U12 (34T x 12t x 25c tyre): 12-27t for lightweight or 12-34t for all round use and climbing
- U14 (36T x 12t x 25c tyre): 12-27t for lightweight or 12-34t for all round use and climbing (16-27t if using a 2x crankset and 48T chainring)
- U16 (52T x 16t x 25c tyre): 16-27t for lightweight or 16-32t for all round use and climbing (2x crankset)
- Junior (52T x 14t x 25c tyre): 14-25t for lightweight or 14-32t for all round use and climbing (2x crankset)
Above are 11-speed 1x recommendations, others are available including 10-speed Miche, 11-speed Supertype Miche and the 11-speed superlight Recon billet cassettes. CLICK HERE for all cassette options.
We’ve developed the full range of narrow-wide chainrings for our 4-bolt HUP cranks, plus 5-bolt chainrings for other brand cranks Chainrings. We also have a selection of 2x chainrings, including the new design 4-bolt Shimano chainrings. CLICK HERE for all Chainring options.
Often a change of cassette or chainring requires a new chain, an ideal opportunity to renew it and even lighten that rotating weight - we use the superlight Intrepid chain (lighter than KMC SL!) which has been our No1 chain upgrade over the last 4 years. CLICK HERE for all chain options.
Lightweight 700c Tyres and Tubes
To ensure you match the required age group rollout restrictions, the tyre size is critical. We base most of our gearing setups on 25c, but we also have 27c available for the ‘all round’ setups favoured by Triathletes and those wanting to climb.
As they are spinning them up, don’t forget the tyre and tube weight has a big effect. Changing to a lightweight tyre and inner tube can save as much rotating weight as and wheelset upgrade, but for a lot less money! Our lightweight Challenge road tyres and latex inner tubes are superb at doing just that. CLICK HERE for all tyre options.
The change of season is a sensible time to check their bikefit too. Cranks length is very important for anything cadence related (Road and Track) and 10% of their height is the nominal target crank length (slightly longer for CX and MTB)
Check their ‘knee over foot’ and body angles to obtain the right position. They may need a longer stem to get those busy angles right.
In the U12/U14 category, they may also need a wider handlebars if they are beginning to broaden in the shoulders. Road and Track run as narrow a bar as possible, CX runs a slightly wider bar ideally for more stability off-road. Fresh, brightly coloured bar tape always makes a bike faster 😜 CLICK HERE for more detailed bikefit guidance.
Youth Specific Frames and Wheels
Don't forget the new HUP straatrace road framesets. This are the first range of dedicated, youth-specific 700c Road framesets designed for kids to race from U8 and above, utilising shorter top-tubes and lower stacks: CLICK HEREFor a Youth Specific range of competition 700c bikes to really work, you need a range of lightweight 700c race wheels, so young riders can get the most from running full-sized wheels. So to compliment our standard fit Fulcrum and Shimano wheelsets, we've developed 3 lightweight HUP wheelsets, all hand-built in the UK to your spec, all very lightweight for minimum rotating weight and 35mm British Cycling legal for all age categories. CLICK HERE for all wheel options.