Wyre Forest organise youth racing events at the Stourport circuit under British Cycling regulations. These events are split into age-related categories and maximum gear restrictions apply for these events. Gear restrictions ensure that all riders compete on a fair and equal standing. It also helps reduce the risk of overuse injuries and helps young riders to develop good pedalling technique. It also encourages riders to race using tactics rather than using bigger gears to go faster.
If you are not a British cycling member with a current racing licence, then you can take out a youth day licence at a cost £1-50 per rider, which are available when signing on. A parental consent form will also need to be signed for every young rider taking out a day licence.
The following information will help you to find your correct age category and chainring/sprocket combination for you category.
AGE CATEGORIES 2017
Youth E Under 8 born in 2009 or later
Until 31st December of year in which 8th birthday falls
Youth D Under 10 born in 2007 or 2008
From 1st Jan of year in which 9th birthday falls to 31st December of year in which 10th birthday falls
Youth C Under 12 born in 2005 or 2006
From 1st Jan of year in which 11th birthday falls to 31st December of year in which 12th birthday falls
Youth B Under 14 born in 2003 or 2004
From 1st Jan of year in which 13th birthday falls to 31st December of year in which 14th birthday falls
Youth A Under 16 born in 2001 or 2002
From 1st Jan of year in which 15th birthday falls to 31st December of year in which 16th birthday falls
Junior Under 18 born in 1999 or 2000
From 1st Jan of year in which 17th birthday falls to 31st December of year in which 18th birthday falls
BRITISH CYCLING GEAR LIMITS
CATEGORY GEAR LIMIT EXAMPLE FOR 700c WHEELS and a 23mm tyre.
Age category for the year / Roll out metres / Approx Gear Inches / Chain ring and Sprocket combinations that work.
Youth E Under 8 at 1st Jan - 5.10 metres - 64 inch - 39×16 / 41×17 / 43×18 / 48×19
Youth D Under 10 at 1st Jan - 5.40 metres - 68 inch - 41×16 / 43×17 / 46×18 / 49×19
Youth C Under 12 at 1st Jan - 6.05 metres - 76 inch - 39×14 / 42×15 / 45×16 / 48×17
Youth B Under 14 at 1st Jan - 6.45 metres - 80 inch - 39×13 / 42×14 / 45×15 / 51×17
Youth A Under 16 at 1st Jan - 6.93 metres - 88 inch - 39×12 / 42×13 / 47×15 / 52×16
Junior Under 18 at 1st Jan - 7.93 metres - 100 inch - 52 x 14