THE 21st anniversary of a children's Saturday bike club will be marked tomorrow.

East Bradford Cycling Club's weekly session began on Saturday, June 6, 1998 and has taught more than 50 youngsters to ride each year since with almost 3,000 children signing on.

Although the club's emphasis is about fun on a bike, they have also had their share of distinguished racers. They have included Gordon Benson, Rio Olympics triathlete, Rob Scott, King of the mountains jersey in this year’s Tour de Yorkshire, Jake Womersley also Tour de Yorkshire rider, Billy Harding and Euan Cameron, National Youth Cyclo-cross champions and more regional and national schools on and off-road and grass track and velodrome champions.

All club members and parents have been invited to a free celebration at the Richard Dunn Sports Centre tomorrow from 10.30am. Parents are welcome to bring their bikes and take part in the celebrations.

The club now has a sponsored youth development group, the East Bradford Racing Team, to help teenagers learn to ride.

They have organised regional and national championships and many parents have volunteered to become qualified road, time trial, track, cyclo-cross and mountain bike coaches.

Three of the club's British Cycling recognised youth volunteers have served on BC’s National Youth Forum.

In 2005 the club was awarded £160,000 to rebuild Yorkshire’s first purpose-built cycling circuit at the Richard Dunn Sports Centre, which led to the founding of the White Rose Youth League, a race series which now encompasses five new closed road circuits in the county.

They have also been awarded Sport England’s National Clubmark certificate and have been a British Cycling Go-Ride Club since the scheme’s inception.