Published: 31st Jan 2024 Images: Scottish Cycling

Looking forward to 2024 with Rock Up & Ride

Scottish Cycling’s flagship Rock Up & Ride programme, which provides free access to bikes and accessories for disadvantaged children and underrepresented groups in our communities, continues to develop with more fun and inclusive cycling sessions delivered across a range of disciplines and locations.

Rock Up & Ride has taken a bold step in bringing the thrilling world of BMX Racing to young children.

Their partnership with Cumbernauld Centurions and GT BMX has given two primary schools in Cumbernauld the chance to experience the excitement of BMX racing.

After four weeks of training, the young BMX riders from Eastfield Primary and Holy Cross Primary have been equipped with new GT BMX bikes and safety gear and are ready to join Cumbernauld Centurions for a year of racing. The club has generously donated free memberships and coaching to the children for a full year. 

The Transport Scotland-funded programme is not resting on its laurels and is already working on a new cyclocross programme with ANSAR and Glasgow Riderz.

Seeing the success of this initiative, the Galloway Hillbillies have decided to bring BMX racing to Newton Stewart. With 20 bikes delivered, sessions are set to begin in early March. Another group of 20 children will go through the Centurions’ system, ensuring that Rock Up & Ride is paving the way for a glorious year of BMX riding and racing in Scotland in 2024. 

This will provide ten children with an opportunity to experience the rigours of cyclocross with specially adapted Boardman bikes from Halfords. The team at RUAR is excited to make 2024 a year full of mud and fun for young children. Join us on this exciting journey! 

So far in this stage of the programme we have gifted 304 bikes to children and engaged 1192 community participants in led rides and BMX sessions; and we have no plans to slow down in the coming months!