Unlock the Thrill of Cycling
From Beginners to Advanced Riders
Our inclusive and accessible cycling facility at the YMCA Village is designed to make cycling affordable, safe, and enjoyable for everyone.
From our Learn to Ride area for beginners to the Community Trail and Pump Track for advanced riders, we provide a traffic-free environment to build confidence, skills, and community connections.
Monday – Friday 4pm-7pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am-1pm
Experience Cycling for All
Our brand new cycling facility is designed to cater to individuals of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Discover a welcoming environment where everyone can participate and enjoy the thrill of cycling. Our diverse range of tracks ensures that cycling is accessible and enjoyable for everyone, fostering a sense of inclusivity and community.
All cyclists MUST wear a helmet and bikes have handlebar ends.
Learn to Ride
Our Learn to Ride area offers a progressive track where riders of all ages and abilities can master the art of cycling. From balance bike training, this space builds skills that transfer to on-road and off-road cycling adventures.
Embark on an exhilarating journey along our community stone-to-dust trail. With beginner and intermediate features, including jumps of varying sizes, this mountain bike trail challenges riders to improve their jumping skills and flow, while multiple lines offer endless possibilities.
Pump up the excitement on our progressive and advanced pump tracks. The progressive line combines low, smooth features for riders of all ages, while the advanced jump line takes you to new heights with a range of jumpable features. Gain speed, flow through the track, and experience the thrill of pumping your way to success.
Supervised Open Cycling
Monday – Friday 4pm-7pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am-1pm
Bookable online or drop in
Initial max capacity of 30
Waiver & code of conduct to be completed on first visit (valid for 1 year)
|Villager Member||Supporter Member||Non-Member||Own account required to book?|
|Child (Under 11)||Free with adult villager member||£2.50||£4||No (parent books)|
Under 5’s cycle free with a paying adult rider
Take your cycling skills to new heights with our progressive tracks and structured programmes. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rider, our facility provides the perfect environment for skill advancement.
Start your journey as a novice and gradually develop your abilities and confidence as you conquer new challenges. From mastering the basics to tackling more advanced features, our facility is designed to support your growth and progression in the world of cycling.
Ride with peace of mind in our secure and traffic-free cycling environment. Safety is our top priority, and our tracks are designed to ensure excellent visibility and minimise conflicts. Enjoy the freedom of cycling without the worries of traffic or anti-social behaviour.
IDEAL FOR:All abilitiesSkill Progression Affordable Thrilling tracksTraffic Free
Waiver & supervision
Please remember to complete the necessary waivers ahead of time.
|Waiver must be completed||Code of Conduct must be signed||Must be supervised by parent/guardian when on track|
|Youth (11-17)||Yes (by a parent)||Yes (by a parent)||No|
|Child (Under 11)||Yes (by a parent)||Yes (by a parent)||Yes|
Thank you to our funders
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the YMCA Robin Hood Group, Sport England, British Cycling’s Places to Ride Programme, Newark & Sherwood District Council and the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund for their generous support.
Photo credit: Rob Currell
- Do I need to complete any forms before I or my child ride?
How long can I ride for at a time?
Open Cycling sessions run for 3 hours meaning that you can arrive whenever you want within the time that you are booked on but must leave at the end of that session. If you leave the facility after checking in, you won’t be permitted to re-enter that session.
Do I have to supervise my child?
Yes, under 11’s must have a parent/legal guardian supervising them whilst cycling with each parent supervising up to 2 children. Depending on competency of the child, parents of under 11’s may leave the vicinity of the cycle tracks but MUST remain on site e.g. café, gym, climbing etc. so they are easily contactable in an emergency.
Children aged 11 and over aren’t required to be supervised whilst cycling.
How do I book?
The easiest way to book is through our website but you can also book over the phone or in person.
Adults and 11-17 years – All riders must be booked in under their name and through their own YMCA Customer Account.
Under 11s – Can be booked under their parent’s accounts or, if aged 8+, their own account if they have one.
Can I bring my own bike?
Of course! It must be deemed safe though, meaning that brakes work, tyres are inflated and handlebar ends are capped. If your bike is deemed unsafe, you won’t be permitted to ride.
Can I borrow a bike if I don’t have my own?
Yes. You can borrow a bike however this MUST be booked in advance.
Do I have to wear a helmet?
Absolutely, yes! No helmet, no riding. We also advise riders to consider wearing protective gloves, and elbow & knee pads.
Can I borrow a helmet?
Not yet, but we are hoping to have some available to borrow soon.
Can I get my bike fixed at YMCA?
Not on a day to day basis but we are hoping to arrange bike maintenance workshops at YMCA from time to time.
My bike is ok but I have flat tyres. Can I inflate them at YMCA?
Yes. We have bicycle pumps that you can use to inflate your tyres when needed. If they continually deflate, we recommend getting them checked professionally.
Will there be any staff supervising the sessions?
Yes, there will be a member of staff overseeing the sessions.
I want to become a better cyclist. Will there be any coached sessions?
Watch this space as we’ll be developing our coached sessions and courses over the coming weeks and months.
What ages are the tracks suitable for?
Suitability for each track is based more on ability than age as you could find a 4 year old is a stronger cyclist than an 8 year old so we advise that each cyclist rides to their capabilities rather than their age.
Is the cycle track included in my membership?
Yes. Villager members can take part in Open Cycling at no additional cost and Supporter members get access to our discounted PAYG rate
Adult Supporters £4
Under 18 Supporters £2.50
How do I get my bike to the track?
Check in for your cycle booking at our reception and when we’ve checked your waiver status, you can wheel your bike through the building to get to the track.
Is there anywhere to store my bike?
Yes, we have a secure cycle storage space that can be used before and after sessions for you to enjoy other areas of the village.
Can I visit during the day in the week?
Currently, the track is only open in the evening on Monday-Friday however we will continually review our cycle track usage and opening times.
Do YMCA sell any cycling equipment?
Unfortunately not at the moment.
Can I ride an electric bike?
Yes, but only on the community trail.
Can I ride a tandem, scooter or skateboard?