The Hong Kong Cycling Association (HKCA) provides year-round courses.
The All Future Cyclists’ Race is held every weekend at Yuen Wo Road playground.
The association provides bicycles and helmets for this course, which covers the very basics. There are five races each year.
There is also a useful Cycling Proficiency Scheme course at Tai Wai every weekend. There is no age restriction.
On Saturday, the course is from 2 pm to 6 pm, and on Sunday it is between 9 am and 12 pm.
Cyclists are taught ‘egg-shape’ turning and given a basic introduction to the construction of bicycles.
Enthusiasts are also taught how to choose a bike when they rent one, basic control while they are riding, V-shape turning and how to use gears – a frequently misunderstood aspect of the sport.
‘Many people go through this elementary course during the summer, before October. This is a useful course for cyclists who haven’t yet grasped the basics of cycling,’ said Walter Yue.
‘Upon completion of this course, they can go on to the intermediate course where road riding basics are taught – like how to read simple road signs.’ Students who want to take the pastime a step further can go on courses for track and road racers.
For those who want to take up track racing, their is an elementary course at the Hong Kong Sports Institute’s cycling ‘velodrome’.
The course is held three times a week, from 7 pm to 9 pm.
Cyclists are expected to take examinations. If they pass the course, they can take part in the Youth Cycling Scheme which is every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The venues are the institute’s velodrome at Bridepool’s Road or Pak Tam Chung in Sai Kung.
If track or road cycling do not appeal, bike enthusiasts can take courses in cycle-ball and artistic cycling.
Cycle-ball courses are at the South China Athletic Association in Causeway Bay, and are open to enthusiasts over 15 years old. Artistic cycling is open to anyone aged over seven. Cyclists meet for basic instruction at Causeway Bay every Saturday from 4-6 pm and Sunday from 9-11 am.
Artistic cycling courses are taken by Semuel Shing, an international official, while cycle ball – a combination of cycling and football – is taught by Nelson Chan. Road racing is taught by Hong Kong’s national coach Shen Jinkang.
Mountain biking is the latest craze, but there are as yet no courses.
‘One of the biggest problems we face is that there is lack of space for this sport. We currently have two venues for mounting biking – in Shui Mei Chuen and Wang Chau Industrial Estate,’ Yue said.
For more information, call the HKCA on 2573 3861 or fax 2834 3715.