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.
If you would like to ride the national juvenile 10 mile champs you will need to qualify by riding one of the heats.
James Stone of Brighton Excelsior CC is organising the London south heat on 16th July 2016. It’s at Steyning in West Sussex. Start time is 8am.
The event is pre entry only. Entry’s strictly close on 5th July. You can enter online via the CTT (Cycling Time Trials) web site or with the CTT entry form
. Entry fee is £5. And you will need to be over 12yrs and under 17yrs on 31st August.
If you qualify the final is on 10th September on the K33/10D in Dunnington, Midlands.
Send your entry’s to me by 5th July with your entry fee to:-
31 oxen ave
Shoreham by Sea
If you have any queries please drop me a line.
I am probably unable to lead Sunday rides for the next couple of weeks so it is unlikely any will happen. Keep an eye on the website if anything changes. On Sunday 3rd I may be cycling up to the Box Hill area for a family gathering if anyone wants to join me for the ride (not the gathering) Keep those wheels turning – Charlie
Inner Ring Riders
Great to see so many of you at the track last weekend for the 2nd of our 6 planned Go Ride Racing sessions.
This weekend we will focus on Group Riding.
The weather forecast keeps on changing so please keep an eye on the PPYCC website on Saturday morning – we will post by 8am if the session needs to be cancelled.
With a good weather forecast we return to using track bikes this weekend and will be focusing on the Points Race as a theme for the session. Bring a calculator to keep on top of the scores!
We have been sent notice of a petition to encourage the introduction of legislation to help increase road safety for cyclists. Please have a look at the proposals for a legislated safer passing distance for cyclists on the road and sign the petition if you support the idea that this be discussed in parliament. Also consider passing on to your contacts.
Spread the word!
The French have legislated for a minimum gap, the Irish are currently petitioning for it
(see http://www.safecyclingireland.org/store/#!/~/product/category=0&id=34669103 for one of their campaigning cycling jerseys if you want to buy)
We are pleased to report that, hot on the heels of track success for several of our members this week, Joseph Martin beat off tough competition from the whole South East, London and Eastern Triathlon regions to win the first big triathlon qualifier of the year. In a race with a field of 31 athletes, Joseph completed the fastest cycling leg to overtake the the previous leader who was first out of the water in the swim. He continued in the lead to the finish of the running leg, though this was a bit closer than he’d hoped for as the other athletes were catching up quickly at the end. Most impartial spectators would consider a winning margin of around ten seconds comfortable, but for friends and family the final moments played out with drama as the lead increasingly diminished. However success ultimately belonged to Joseph.
You can see your Time Trial challenge in the linked document. You can read your times for 200m, 1 lap and 3 laps. You can see where you came overall and you can see where you came allowing for your age and gender. This year the handicapping seemed to favour the younger riders, or maybe they just tried harder. We don’t know!
PPYCC Time Trial Challenge
Club road rides continue on Sunday 19th for riders 12 and older (with parental permission) Parents are encouraged to come along
The route will be decided on the day and be tailored for all abilities. ( this Sunday is the London to Brighton Bike Ride so we will be avoiding Ditchling Beacon and Devils Dyke because of likely congestion)
Meet at the track ready to leave at 10.00am for a two hour ride though note that we commonly return at 12.30 or after. 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. Similarly these are club rides and not coaching sessions, so will aim to be more continuous ride, with limited stopping.
Please ensure your bikes are road worthy this includes using tyres that are not worn or suffering cuts and nicks.
Your contact for any questions is Charlie firstname.lastname@example.org
PPYCC are hosting a racing event as part of the SE Racing Cluster on 16th July. This will be the third race in the series, and the series has been organised specifically for riders who are new to competing, and we will be hosting competitors from all the participating clubs in the series.
Bedgebury Forest CC are hosting the second round of this series in two weeks on the 25th June, and it would be brilliant to see as many PPYCC riders competing for the club at the event. Details are on the BC website at: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/141258/Bedgebury-Forest-CC-MTB-Series-Event-2-2016 The race for this cluster is the Go-ride U16 race scheduled at 14.00
The organiser would also like to make everyone aware of the following information:
We have Go-Race and Non Ranking events in the morning starting at 1030BC Calendar for full details. These races should complete by 1230. We will take lunch break and start to Go-Ride Races at 1400.
Please note there are no Toilet facilities at our Training area( Race HQ. Toilets are available at the Visitor Centre where there is also a water fountain.
Unfortunately the FC charge for parking at Bedgebury. On Weekends and Bank Holidays the Vehicle Admission Fee is £12.00.
This is their only source of income so they are unwilling to make any concession as on busy days they can sell all the spaces.
There are signs from the Visitor Centre up to our Training Area which is all uphill allow 10 minutes to get to the HQ.
Refreshments are available at the Visitor Centre Bedgebury Café.
Last night saw an exciting and very successful SCRL track league scratch championship night, with brilliant performances from PPYCC riders in all Youth categories, well done everyone!!
U10-1st- Edan Hicks-PPYCC, 2nd-George Harvey-VCJubilee, 3rd-Alfie Bunyan-PPYCC
U12-1st-Dylan Hicks-PPYCC, 2nd-Ferdie Parsons-VCJubilee, 3rd-Luke Goodwill-PPYCC
U14-1st-Rahul Fortescue Talwar-PPYCC, 2nd-Tom Pughe-Morgan-PPYCC, 3rd-Adam Churchill-PPYCC
U16-1st-Jack Churchill-VCJubilee, 2nd Georgina Burnett-PPYCC, 3rd-Stan Abbott-Stacey-PPYCC