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Welcome to Preston Park Youth Cycle Club. We provide fun, skills and competitive cycling activities with fully qualified coaches at Preston Park Cycle Track and believe that cycling contributes strongly to a sustainable lifestyle. Our club caters for members aged 8 to 18 years, though we have some older and younger members.  We meet between March and October, typically at Preston Park Cycle Track, every Saturday morning. The club also meets less often during the winter months.

Please contact our membership secretary if you wish to be placed on the waiting list for new members.

Inner and Outer Ring Sessions Sat 22nd April

Following in from last weeks time trial tomorrow and the next few Saturday’s we will be working on developing your racing skills.

Tomorrow’s training will be on road bikes for both Inner and Outer Ring. The weather forecast is dry but it is still cold in the mornings so please dress appropriately.

Good luck to all the PPYCC riders competing this weekend in the first of the Regional qualifiers for the British Cycling National Youth Track Championships. We’ll have news of the results next week.

More PPYCC racing news

Last weekend, 15th April, was another busy week for PPYCC riders competing in regional events. As well as the photos below, there are some excellent photos on PPYCC’s Instagram page, don’t forget to have a look, click on the Instagram button at the top of the home page! Thanks to Allan, Luca’s dad, and Stephen, Finn’s dad, for the photos from Saturday on Instagram, and Duncan, Adam’s dad, for photos below!

Josh Golliker (U14), Tom Pughe-Morgan, Adam Churchill and Finn Anderson Grout (U16) all rode at the Portsmouth Easter Track Open, competing in the Youth Omnium (good practice for the forthcoming weeks!), with 6 races each in the programme. Josh finished 4th overall in the U14’s, whilst Finn came 1st, Tom 4th and Adam 8th in the U16’s, well done everyone!

Adam, Finn and Tom pre race, all PPYCC colour co-ordinated and matching Oakleys!

Adam leading the bunch in the U16’s scratch race

Finn winning the sprint heat, with Adam coming 3rd

Freddie Newman, Rahul, Lukas Nerurkar and Dylan Hicks (U14), and Luca StoneLloyd Costello and George Pittock (U16) competed in the 2nd Primavera race hosted by Cycling Club Hackney at Lee Valley. Unfortunately there was a crash on one of the bends in the middle of the U14’s race, which took out several riders, including Freddie (who sustained cuts and bruises, but is all ok and racing again this week). Rahul, Lukas and Dylan all managed to avoid the pile up, and rode hard and fast, keeping in the leading bunch throughout, with Rahul and Lukas taking 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Luca, Lloyd and George had a tough, fast race with a large field of competitive and strong riders,  George made an opportunist attack on the last lap, holding it until the last approx 30m, but didn’t quite have enough left in the tank to finish with a higher place. All three riders did really well to keep in the bunch and finished the race with respectable positions of: George-29th, Luca-35th and Lloyd-36th.

Rahul (2nd) and Lukas (3rd) with Welwyn rider Tom Sharples (1st) on the non-podium!

George Pittock went on to race again during the weekend at the annual Alan Rosner Memorial race, held at Redbridge Cycling Centre. His dad, Phil, writes the following report:

George Pittock put the mixed emotions of Saturday’s race at Lee Valley behind him with avery good ride at Redbridge on Easter Monday. The Alan Rosner Memorial Circuit Races attracted good entries across all categories, with pro teams Novo Nordisk and Wiggins represented in the E/1/2/3 race.

The U16 Boys race was a high quality line-up of 43 riders, with many familiar faces and some from further afield. After Saturday’s brave solo attack was chased down less than 50m from the line, George set himself two targets this time – to finish in the main bunch and to beat at least one of three peers who he usually measures himself against.

Oliver Knight of Team Corley Cycles was allowed to establish a 30 second lead at the halfway point until Tom Portsmouth of Velo Club Londres, the winner on Saturday, chased him down to win his second race in three days. George looked comfortable in the bunch, despite losing ground each lap on the steep descent and having to chase back, and even took a turn on the front. He came home in 21 st, beating two of the three boys he had identified and, importantly for the future, finishing as fifth placed first year U16.

George slept most of the way home and was very pleased with another good day’s work!

The first round of the Regional Youth Omniums, with Youth A and B riders competing for the top 4 places to guarantee them a place in the National finals, are being held this forthcoming weekend: GOOD LUCK to: Joshua Golliker, Dylan Hicks, Rahul and Freddie Newman (U14) and Tom Pughe-Morgan and Finn Anderson Grout (U16) in the South Region hosted at Portsmouth on Saturday 22nd, and Luke Goodwill (U12) and Lukas Nerurkar (U14) and George Pittock (U16) in the London Region hosted at Herne Hill on Sunday 23rd.

 

Longer Club run on Sunday 23rd April with actual cake stop

This coming Sunday I would like to take the club ride on a slightly longer ride involving a cake stop. Sussex Nomads CC will be holding a ‘pop-up’ cafe at Bushovel & Wiston Village Hall, just of the A243 Steyning Road, BN44 3DD. It will be open from 1000 – 1330.

All the cakes are homemade and the portions are generous, to say the least!

The purpose of this event is to raise money for the charity ‘Dreamflight’. This is Derek Middlehurst of Sussex Nomads chosen charity for the 2017 Virgin London Marathon so please bring a couple of pounds along.

Please contact the ride leader Charlie Booth if you have any questions – 07434 691462

Riders must have parental permission to ride. Parents are encouraged to come along.

Meet at the track ready to leave at 10.00am. I have a planned route of 43 miles for this Sunday – allow 3 to 4 hours for return although we could be back sooner if we have a consensus on the day.

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/14696707

The rides are not coached sessions and there is not an organiser with legal responsibility for other riders. A club ride is simply a group of riders on a joint excursion on the open road which may include sections on busy roads and descents. Riders participate at their own risk and are expected to obey the Highway Code at all times.

Please ensure your bikes are road worthy this includes using tyres that are not worn or suffering cuts and nicks. COME FULLY CLOTHED FOR  COLDER WEATHER or you will not be welcome to ride. Bad weather cancellations will be posted on the website by 9am

Time Trial Distance Challenge Results 15/04/2017

Well done to all those riders who took part in todays time trial. Known as the race of truth, time trialling against the clock is a difficult skill to master and a tough challenge as it requires you to ride on the limit for the entire event. We’ll try to run another time trial before the end of the season so that you can measure your improvement.

BC Age Cat. Surname Forename Laps Distance : Mile/KM @579m/lap Time Av. Speed

M/H

Av. Speed

KM/H

E GOODWILL ALEX 6 2.16/3.45 13:21 9.7 15.5
D BEATIE AIDAN 12 4.32/6.91 17:00 15.2 24.4
D BOULTON SEB 12 4.32/6.91 16:28 15.7 25.2
D CLARKE OSCAR 12 4.32/6.91 18:41 13.9 22.2
D MASTER DRAGO 12 4.32/6.91 19:46 13.1 21.0
D MITCHELL ELSIE 12 4.32/6.91 19:05 13.6 21.7
D HOLMES ORLANDO 12 4.32/6.91 21:01 12.3 19.7
D KOVACS KATA 12 4.32/6.91 20:51 12.4 19.9
D TAMPLIN BEN 12 4.32/6.91 16:36 15.6 25.0
C BEYFUS ROSIE 18 6.48/10.36 33:29 11.6 18.6
C BUNYAN ALFIE 18 6.48/10.36 22:17 17.4 27.9
C BURNISTON INGRID 18 6.48/10.36 24:09 16.1 25.7
C CROFTS HAYDEN 18 6.48/10.36 28:05 13.8 22.1
C FRONTIER ASH 18 6.48/10.36 29:22 13.2 21.2
C GOODWILL LUKE 18 6.48/10.36 20:04 19.4 31.0
C HANNAH JAKE 18 6.48/10.36 26:40 14.6 23.3
C HOLMES CHARLIE 18 6.48/10.36 25:01 15.5 24.9
C JEYNES WILLIAM 18 6.48/10.36 28:33 13.6 21.8
C KOVACS LILLI 18 6.48/10.36 28:23 13.7 21.9
B MAURICE LOUIS 18 6.48/10.36 23:11 16.8 26.8
B BURGE JAMES 24 8.64/13.82 30:23 17.1 27.3
B BURGE OLIVER 24 8.64/13.82 32:11 16.1 25.8
B FARRANT JESS 24 8.64/13.82 34:14 15.1 24.2
C GOODWILL LUKE 24 8.64/13.82 26:50 19.3 30.9
B JAMES JAKOB 24 8.64/13.82 27:24 18.9 30.3
B MALIK ALFIE 24 8.64/13.82 47:32 10.9 17.4
A GILMORE JAMES 30 10.8/17.27 31:17 20.7 33.1
A MARTIN JOSEPH 30 10.8/17.27 25:48 25.1 40.2
A SCHOFIELD FRANCIS 30 10.8/17.27 29:54 21.7 34.7
A SMITH MAXIMUS 24 8.64/13.82 23:26 22.1 35.4
A SMOKER LUKE 30 10.8/17.27 35:43 18.1 29.0

Sat 15th April, Inner and Outer Ring Distance Challenge Time Trial

This coming Saturday 15th April the Inner and Outer Ring sessions will be run as a Distance Challenge Time Trial rather than the usual coached session.

Updated: to clarify the time trial is on road bikes for both Inner and Outer Ring.

The riders will pit themselves against the clock rather than racing against one another. Riders will set off individually at 10 second intervals within their age groups. We’ll record the time taken to complete their laps and publish the results. We hope to repeat this again before the end of the season for riders to see how their times have improved.

Riders will be given a race number at sign on to record their laps and time. The number will need to be pinned on the bottom left of their tops and returned at the end of the session.

Age groups and laps are below. Please could you check which age group your child is in to help speed up sign-on.

U8 born 2009 onwards – 6 laps
U10 born 2008 and 2007 – 12 laps
U12 born 2006 and 2005 – 18 laps
U14 born 2004 and 2003 – 24 laps
U16 born 2002 and 2001 – 30 laps

We’ll also run some Sumo games and a hill
climb challenge for the Inner Ring riders before and after their distance challenge.

We’d greatly appreciate as much assistance as possible from parents to help start riders and count laps.

Please remember to check your child’s bike and helmet before arriving at the track.

PPYCC racing news

Last weekend saw a big PPYCC turn out at the 1st in a series of 3 races hosted by Hackney Cycling Club at Lee Valley Circuit.

Ist up was Luke Goodwill and Alfie Bunyan in the U12 race. Luke rode well, in a fast and attacking race. He was active in the lead group but was boxed in the last half lap as they came round for the sprint but still finished well in 7th. Alfie started from the back row and totally missed the big push at the start.  However, Alfie rode well, working with another rider throughout the race, with Alfie putting on a bit of a push to come out in front at the finish line.

Luke in the leading group

Alfie and LVYCC rider working together

Alfie on the finish line

Next up came the U14’s, with Freddie Newman, Lukas Nerurkar, Josh Ballinger and Rahul Fortescue Talwar competing.

U14’s and U16’s pre-race: (L-R) Tom, Josh, Freddie, Adam, Rahul, Lloyd and Lukas

Last minute adjustments pre-U14 race.

The U14 riders found that this was a more tactically frustrating race, with other riders not prepared to make a breakaway, and it all coming down to a sprint finish. They all rode really well, spending much of the race at the front of the leading group. Final positions: Rahul 4th, Lukas 6th, Freddie 8th and Josh 13th.

Rahul and Lukas 2nd and 3rd in the group, with Josh and Freddie 7th and 8th, as the U14’s come under the bridge on lap 3.

Nobody up for a breakaway?!

Finally the U16’s races, with Tom Pughe-Morgan, Lloyd Costello and Adam Churchill competing, alongside PPYCC second claim member George Pittock.

Adam, Tom and Lloyd warming up whilst the U14’s race

The U16’s was a very fast race, with a lot of movement within the bunch, necessitating continuous use of skills and observation to avoid crashes, and an average speed of 42 km/hour. The PPYCC riders rode really well, keeping within the leading group and maintaing their positions. Final places: Tom 13th, Adam 17th, George 23rd, Lloyd finished but was not placed despite a fantastic, mostly solo, effort to chase the leading group after losing his place within the bunch.

U16’s going under the bridge

The U16’s were the biggest field of the day, with over 50 riders competing

Well done to all the riders (and their parents!) who competed, as always we are very proud of your participation, effort and representation of the club!

OUTER RING CANCELLED TODAY

With many apologies for the late notice, but there will be NO Outer Ring session today, 8th April, due to coach availability. The session will be on as usual next Saturday 15th April.

Please join Charlie’s club road ride tomorrow instead if you are able, if you are unsure if this is for you, please contact Charlie on 07434 691462, and also note his information below:

BECAUSE THE BRIGTON MARATHON IS TAKING PLACE AT PRESTON PARK ON SUNDAY MORNING WE WILL MEET AT 10AM OUTSIDE CAFE TILT AT FIVEWAYS (134 Preston Drove, Hove, Brighton BN1 6FJ) MAKE SURE  YOU CHECK ON THE MARATHON WEBSITE TO SEE WHICH ROADS ARE CLOSED. YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO CROSS SOME JUNCTIONS EVEN ON A BIKE. I STRONGLY CAUTION AGAINST DRIVING IN FROM OUT OF TOWN BECAUSE OF LIKELY CONGESTION.

 

Club road ride Sunday 9th April – with alternative meeting arrangement!

Club road rides continue on Sunday 9th April for riders aged 12 and older.  Please contact the ride leader Charlie Booth if you have any questions – 07434 691462

Riders must have parental permission to ride. Parents are encouraged to come along.

The route will be decided on the day and be tailored for all abilities.

BECAUSE THE BRIGTON MARATHON IS TAKING PLACE AT PRESTON PARK ON SUNDAY MORNING WE WILL MEET AT 10AM OUTSIDE CAFE TILT AT FIVEWAYS (134 Preston Drove, Hove, Brighton BN1 6FJ) MAKE SURE  YOU CHECK ON THE MARATHON WEBSITE TO SEE WHICH ROADS ARE CLOSED. YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO CROSS SOME JUNCTIONS EVEN ON A BIKE. I STRONGLY CAUTION AGAINST DRIVING IN FROM OUT OF TOWN BECAUSE OF LIKELY CONGESTION.

(For younger readers a marathon is a mass participation 40km run, Older readers will  course know that it is really a caramel chocolate bar with peanuts in the middle)

 There will be no charge  but the nature of these rides is that a higher level of self-sufficiency is required. This means riders should be capable of safe return if they become separated from the group and that suitable clothing and equipment are used. Thus there should be no new participants without prior agreement.

The rides are not coached sessions and there is not an organiser with legal responsibility for other riders. A club ride is simply a group of riders on a joint excursion on the open road which may include sections on busy roads and descents. Riders participate at their own risk and are expected to obey the Highway Code at all times.

Please ensure your bikes are road worthy this includes using tyres that are not worn or suffering cuts and nicks. Bad weather cancellations will be posted on the website by 9am

PPYCC Omnium 2017

PPYCC is once again hosting round 3 of the Regional Track Omnium series on Sunday May 21st.

For those of you not familiar with the Omnium, it can be best described as a decathlon for track cycling. There will be five events for each age category – Time Trial, Elimination Race, Scratch Race, Sprint and Points race. Points are awarded for your position in each race

All PPYCC members that hold a BC licence are welcome to enter, we have age categories from Under 8’s through to Under 16’s, boys and girls.

Please follow this link to enter

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/?series_id=527

It will be a fun filled day of racing with prizes in all categories. Charlie from Infinity Foods will be supplying catering. Last year was a great success with many PPYCC members making the podium.

The day cannot run successfully without support from our members and parents. We ask that those that can help on the day contact Paul Wilson on paul@upgradebikes.co.uk

Please note: Under 8’s and under 10’s categories can use a normal bike but the gearing will be restricted on site [ask a club coach if you are unsure about this]. All other age categories will need to be on a fixed wheel track bike. The age categories can be> misleading, so please refer to the table below to ensure you enter the correct category.

Youth E Under 8 Born in 2009 or later

Youth D Under 10 Born in 2007 or 2008

Youth C Under 12 Born in 2005 or 2006

Youth B Under 14 Born in 2003 or 2004

Youth A Under 16 Born in 2001 or 2002