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.

Opportunity to ride at the London Olympic Velodrome at Lee Valley.

PPYCC Coaches are running a velodrome session at the Lee Valley velodrome, for Brighton Tri club, on Sunday 24th June from 09.00 to 11.00. There are 7 spaces for PPYCC riders who wish to join in. This session would particularly suit riders who have ridden indoors before but wish to become more confident in their track riding.

We are happy to take expressions of interest from any members and will try to make a group that will benefit most from the experience.

As Brighton Tri are mainly an adult club we are happy to take expressions of interest from both members and a parent as a pair of riders to take part.

For further information, or just to request taking part, please contact Anthony using his club email anthony@ppycc.org.uk

PPYCC riders at the final omnium of the regional series

10 of PPYCC’s riders are all poised ready for racing today in the final round of the region’s omnium series. The top 4 riders in youth A&B will qualify for the National Youth finals, we wish all the riders much good luck!

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SERRL Cyclopark Summer 1 Day 2 Stage Races

SERRL are promoting a 1 day 2-stage youth race at Cyclopark 23rd June. The days racing will be made up of a prologue in the morning followed by a circuit race.

http://www.southeastroadraceleague.com/cyclopark-youth-circuit.html

The event is for Youth A and B boys and girls and is  1 week before the BC National Youth 2 Day, 4 stage event that will be run at Cyclopark and Redbridge. For those hoping to race this National event not only will this be a highly competitive event but also a good opportunity to get your preparation right for a 2-stage single day race.

Entries are open on BC:

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/171586/Cyclopark-Youth-Summer-1-day-Stage-Race

 

Call for Cakes!

It’s the PPYCC Omnium on Sunday. As always any cake or food donations for the refeshment stand will be much appreciated!  (Bring along on the day or contact me to make other alternate arrangements – charlie@ppycc.org.uk)

Thanks Charlie

PPYCC at Spring In The Park this Friday 11th May

Just a quick reminder to everyone that this Friday 11th May we are hosting the 3rd round of Spring In The Park at Cyclopark.

As well as riders we’ll need some help on the evening so if you could marshal a race or help with gear check that would be great.

We hope to see as many of our riders there as possible. Race details are below and a link to Cyclopark website.

https://www.cyclopark.com

Isle of Man Youth Tour Race Report

This weekend saw the Isle of Man host the 2nd round of the British Cycling National Youth Circuit Series and Josh Golliker and Luke Goodwill were both competing in the u14s.

The race is held over 3 days with a prologue on Friday followed by a flat closed road race Saturday and a very hilly closed road race yesterday.

The weekend almost had a disasterous start with the boys crashing into each other warming up for the prologue but after some niffy repairs from the dads they were on the start line !

As the prologue was only 1.29km, just over 2 laps of Preston Park , even a few seconds made a big difference to your overall place. Josh placed 17th and Luke 5 seconds back 43rd. Luke was disappointed but knew he’d taken the dead turn badly and lost a few seconds. But the proper racing was yet to start !

Saturday was beautiful and sunny and the boys warmed up on the 2.7km closed circuit over which they would race 10 laps.

 

 

The racing was fast and after blistering 2 laps Luke lost contact with the front group but Josh was well positioned. Luke was joined by 7 other riders and slowly with Luke and 3 other riders working well together they slowly pulled back to the main group which took a massive effort but with 2 laps to go they were back on. The speed was very high in the sprint almost (60kph !) and neither Luke or Josh were able to move up but the whole front group were given the same time. After 43 mins of hard racing at 38km/h Luke was exhausted but happy to have made it back to the front group. Luke moved up 5 places on GC to 38th and Josh 20th of 55 riders.

After the finish of stage 2 we headed to the 7.5km hilly circuit to check out the parcours and realised stage 3 was going to be a very tough stage. The circuit had two climbs , the first similar steepness to Ditchling Beacon followed by a slight downhill and then a longer less steep climb and a fast downhill back to the start of the circuit. So it was back to get some food and an early night !

Sunday started misty but this soon lifted and we had another beautiful sunny day for racing.

The first lap set a brutal pace and quickly riders lost contact from the main group. Josh was riding well in the front group but Luke was just dropped from the main group at 10 secs couldn’t get back on the descent and on the 2nd ascent was joined by 5 other riders. The effort from Stage 2 took it’s toll and with 1 lap to go Luke was 4 mins down in a group of 6 but Josh was well placed in the front group. On the final ascent to the finish  the front group exploded and Josh just managed to hang in and finish well 30 secs down. Luke gave it everything but had nothing on the finishing ascent finished 6:30 behind the front group. It was a very tough stage with nowhere to hide and riders continued to roll in for the next 15 mins ! Both boys were exhausted after racing for just under an hour. Overall GC after the 3 stages Luke finished the weekend 33rd and Josh 23rd of the 55 starters. Great performances against GBs best youth B riders.

Isle of Man Youth Tour is a great event. We’d never been to the island before and it was beautiful. We’ll be back next year and hope we can bring a few more PPYCC riders with us. Thanks to the organisers for a superb weekend of racing and to all the riders across the categories well done, it take a lot of training and determination to compete in these races.

Until next year ….

 

Outer ring on Saturday 5th May

Saturday’s forecast is currently hot, hot, hot so consider sunscreen, or light protective clothing from the sun as well as enough to drink.

With two weeks to the PPYCC omnium, and after the cancellation of last night’s racing due to a damp track, we have a guaranteed opportunity to practice some of the themes that underline the racing events from the omnium.

Turn up in good time to sign on before a prompt start at 10.30.

PPYCC Big Weekend of Racing : 11th & 13th May

Only 10 days to go until PPYCC Big Weekend of racing !

Friday 11th May Spring In The Park

PPYC host Spring In The Park races for youths u8 to u16 at Cyclopark. Entry is on the day with sign on from 5:45 for the u8s. For those of you that haven’t been Cyclopark it’s one of the best racing circuits in the UK.

https://www.cyclopark.com

Sunday 13th May – PPYCC National Youth Omnium Group 6 

PPYCC are hosting the 3rd round of the National Youth Omnium series for Group 6. For those that have gone through club track accreditation entries are still open but close Sunday 6th May. Note for u8 & u10s the races are on fixed wheel track bikes.

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/169501/Preston-Park-Youth-Omnium-(Group-6)-N-Y-O

Even if you’re unable to race please come down to the track to support your clubmates and watch a great day of racing.

Inner and Outer Ring Sessions Sat 28th April

Inner Ring – tomorrow we’ll be focusing on cornering skills. It’s going to be cold in the morning so please dress appropriately.

Outer Ring – a track bike session is planned for tomorrow. If you require a track bike from the container please ensure you arrive early to size up, swap pedals etc so that you can join the session at 10:30 start.
Note – currently forecast heavy rain this evening. If the track is wet in the morning we’ll issue a post early and swap to a road bike session so please check the website.