Can I just come along?
Yes, of course! So that you can try the club before committing to join we hold a New Rider Session at beginning of each school term for youth riders aged at least 6 years old.
Our next new rider session will be on 4th November 2023. Please contact Dan if you are interested. It will be a great session.
Dates are published on the Event Calendar and in our club Newsletter (link on the home page).
To book onto a New Rider Session (there will be a £5 session fee), please email Dan and let him know you would like to attend the next New Rider Session.
Book early as places are limited! It is very difficult to accommodate last minute requests as Thorney Island is a working MOD base and we need time to ensure your name is included on the Base access list.
Joining the club
After attending the ‘New Rider Session’ a rider must become a club member before they attend again.
Membership Subscriptions (currently £16 per year for Youth Riders) run on a calendar basis from 1st January and are renewed annually. Subscriptions taken out after 1st September will expire at the end of the following year (i.e include the remainder of the current year free).
Each coached session then costs £3 at most venues. Sessions at venues with high costs shall generally be charged at cost
What do I need to bring
Other things to consider
Unfortunately we are not a club aimed at teaching children to ride bikes i.e. progress from stabilisers or push along bikes. We are also not a club specifically teaching Bikeability.
Solent Pirates is a club not a crêche
We are running a cycling club and not a child care facility! Please do not leave children unattended at any session. Every cyclist signs-in at the start of the session and must be collected by the adult who signed them in.
Cycling is generally an outdoor sport and we are at the mercy of the weather. Given 'normal' weather we would anticipate continuing with sessions in rain or shine however circumstances may dictate from time to time that sessions are shortened or cancelled. Please ensure you are subscribed to our calendar, newsletter & twitter feed as these are the only communication channels we use for any late changes.