Ditcham Park School Cycling Club is affiliated to British Cycling (BC) and British Schools Cycling Association (BSCA). It offers Road Cycling to pupils over the age of 12, and Off-Road Cycling to pupils of all ages. The club is fortunate to be run by an energetic team of qualified cycling leaders made up of school staff and volunteer parents.
The club meets on Sunday mornings March to November (weather permitting) at The Ship, Langstone. From March until July the club organises progressive weekly training rides, increasing in duration from 20 miles to 65 miles, in preparation for the Hayling Cycle Ride, a 5-day sponsored bike ride that takes place in France in July each year. In recent years, this has included the Round Island 65 hilly-mile route around the Isle of Wight. Thanks to a special arrangement with the Hayling Cycle Ride, the school has been able to offer the opportunity to take part to pupils over the age of 14. Since 2004, these pupils have raised over £140,000 for chosen charities as a result.
The MTB Cycling Club involves pupils in both the Junior and Senior school who are given the opportunity to improve their bike handling skills on two purpose-made trails within the school grounds before tackling the local trails and bridleways in the local area and beyond. The club meets on Thursdays after school in British Summer Time, and there is a longer ride once a month on a Saturday throughout the academic year.
Ditcham Park School joins up with local cycling clubs to offer opportunities for competitive cycling. The school hosts a “National Hill Climb Time Trial” in June each year for pupils from Ditcham Park School as well as those from schools all over the UK. This is organised by the British Schools Cycling Association in association with Ditcham Cycling Club, Solent Pirates, and Team Axiom. A second local Hill Climb Time Trial is also held annually in October for Ditcham Park School pupils and members of Team Axiom.
In conjunction with iteam, the club organises “Go-Ride” fun grassy races for novice MTB riders once or twice a year.