Pilgrim Flyers | 2016 Winner

Helping kids fall in love with mountain biking.

 

 

In the summer, young mountain bikers head to woodland around Plymouth to hone their skills in the great outdoors.

In winter, though, a multi-storey car park in the middle of the city provides a unique arena for sports-mad kids to perform in complete safety.

Using tape and cones to create a circuit for their members to race around, this night club with a difference has been a huge hit in the south west.

“We use a load of tape and cones to make a circuit, and we have the kids racing round. It’s undercover, it’s floodlit, there are toilets, it’s all weather, the parents can park there and watch - it’s unbelievable, really good,” says coach Jay Norton.

The club has a national champion on its books and has also produced World Cup racers, but the main ambition of Jay, who runs the club with wife Maddie, is to provide an outlet for kids to continue to get on their bikes when the nights are long and the weather is cold. And it’s working.

 

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