Valley Preferred Cycling Center has offered community cycling programs to the public since its inception. Many of the classes are free to participate in, specifically youth classes for kids ages five through eighteen.
The PeeWee Pedaler Program, presented by Teva Respiratory, allows children ages five through eight take part in the four-week class on Saturday morning’s throughout the summer. They are taught the basics of bike safety, how to properly handle a bike, and are sent through a series of fun and challenging obstacle courses throughout the class. Each participant gets to take a congratulatory “Victory Lap” during a Friday night World Series of Bicycling event for friends and family to see. Started in 1987, the program has continually shown growth and graduated its largest class last year of 196.
The Air Products Developmental Cycling Program, the same program that has produced world, national, and Olympic champions, is back once again. The program features classes and clinics for kids and adults, and for all skill levels.
Squirts and Weeble Wobbles Program, for ages 5-8, is a free introductory safety course, which focuses on teaching bicycling fundamentals. The Squirts & Weeble Wobbles course is designed to teach elementary cycling skills and basic bicycle safety to youngsters who are learning how to ride bikes. The Squirts are brought through a fun and exciting program that ranges from helmet safety to challenging obstacle courses. Participants must provide their own bicycles and helmets. Squirts & Weeble Wobbles do not need to be able to ride without the use of training wheels. Training wheels welcome! Participants are not eligible for the Air Products Developmental Cycling Program Finals.
Youth Basic (Ages 9-12) Geared to the aspiring young cyclist who has no track experience, or has track experience but no interest in racing, this course provides instruction in basic riding skills, bicycle safety and introductory racing techniques. There will be limited emphasis on racing.
Youth Advanced (Ages 9-12) Participants in the Youth Advanced classes are Youth Basic or Bicycle Racing League graduates or competitive cyclists in their first year of racing. This course emphasizes training techniques, racing skills and tactics.
Junior Basic (ages 13-18) Junior Basic classes are geared to the aspiring young cyclist who has no track experience or no interest in racing. Participants will learn basic track-riding skills, bicycle safety and introductory racing techniques.
Junior Advanced (ages 13-18) Participants in the Junior Advanced classes are graduates of our Junior Basic class, Bicycle Racing League, or competitive cyclists in their first two years of racing. This class emphasizes training techniques, racing skills and tactics.
Adult Basic (Ages 19+) The Adult Basic class is an ideal introduction to velodrome riding for aspiring cyclists, new-to-the-track cycling enthusiasts or those who are not interested in racing-focused instruction. The class emphasizes basic track riding skills, bicycle safety and introductory racing techniques with little focus on racing. Track bikes and helmets are provided for these sessions, but participants are welcome to bring their own equipment. Basic bicycle riding skills are required.
Adult Advanced (Ages 19+) For the aspiring competitive cyclist who has gained experience in the Adult Basic or Junior Advanced courses, as well as Bicycle Racing League graduates, and/or competitive cyclists in their first year of racing or those with significant racing background but little or no track experience. The Adult Advanced course focuses on training techniques, racing skills and tactics. Track bikes and helmets are provided for these sessions, but participants are welcome to bring their own equipment. Basic bicycle riding skills are required.
Adult Fitness (Ages 19+) Take your cycling and racing skills to new levels with this class, which combines an emphasis on fitness and training techniques (such as warm-ups, drills, individual/group work-outs, cool-downs, recovery strategies, nutrition, season planning and logistical preparations). While the Adult Fitness courses focus on fitness and training preparation participants still get race instruction as well as race training. Beginner riders, riders who have taken an Adult Basic course and riders with a racing background are eligible for this course. Track bikes and helmets are provided for these sessions, but participants are welcome to bring their own equipment. Basic bicycle riding skills are required.
Last season saw a record number of participants take part in these cycling programs. Nearly 1,000 novice and experience cyclists participated in one of Valley Preferred Cycling Center’s community cycling programs in 2014. The Valley Preferred Cycling Center 40th Anniversary season celebrates all that we have accomplished and continuing Bob Rodale’s vision. Dedicated to exercise and good health for all age groups on an international stage. We are committed to providing the community with cycling programs that promote education, fitness, and healthy competition.