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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 and POP UP KIT SHOP this weekend, 21st April

Apologies if you are receiving this post again, it appears to have been delivered to some, but not all inboxes, and I wanted to be sure all riders are aware of changes to this weekend’s plans…..

Inner Ring: The session will run at the usual times, 8.45am sign on for a 9-10.30 session, we will be focusing on bike handling skills this week.

POP UP club kit shop: Throughout the Inner Ring session this week, the club will be holding a pop up kit shop for all riders who would like to purchase club kit, whether because you are new to the club, or you who have worn out,or grown out, of your PPYCC kit! Please bring cash or cheques for payment on the day

Outer Ring: Unfortunately this week’s session is cancelled due to a lack of coaches, who are all either teaching new coaches, or supporting PPYCC riders at the 2nd regional omnium of the season. We will be back again for the Outer Ring next Saturday 28th April.

Ist Youth track Omnium of the season

Last weekend, on a grey, and ultimately wet, Sunday, 11 PPYCC riders travelled to Porstmouth’s Mountbatten Centre for the first regional omnium of the season.

There was some tremendous racing, although unfortunately rain called off the competiton after 3, out of a total of 5, events.

PPYCC are very proud to be have been represented by Alfie Bunyan and Seb Boulton in the U12’s, Dylan Hicks, Josh Golliker and Luke Goodwill in the U14’s (and not forgetting Louis Boulton, Seb’s brother, riding for VCJubilee, too!), and Tom Pughe Morgan, Adam Churchill, Freddie Newman, Lukas Nerurkar, Josh Ballinger and Rahul Fortescue Talwar in the U16’s.

Congratulations to Dylan (2nd) and Josh (3rd) in the U14’s and Tom (2nd) in the U16’s for their podium places. All the riders rode very well, against some difficult competition, and showed determination and motivation in their riding, and support and empathy to their team mates and other riders. Well done everyone!

 

Dylan 2nd and Josh 3rd in the U14’s

Inner and Outer Ring this weekend, 21st April, AND POP UP KIT SHOP!

Inner Ring: The session will run at the usual times, 8.45am sign on for a 9-10.30 session, we will be focusing on bike handling skills this week.

POP UP club kit shop: Throughout the Inner Ring session this week, the club will be holding a pop up kit shop for all riders who would like to purchase club kit, whether because you are new to the club, or you who have worn out,or grown out, of your PPYCC kit! Please bring cash or cheques for payment on the day

Outer Ring: Unfortunately this week’s session is cancelled due to a lack of coaches, who are all either teaching new coaches, or supporting PPYCC riders at the 2nd regional omnium of the season. We will be back again for the Outer Ring next Saturday 28th April.

Angmering Youth Race Series

For those riders who want to improve their circuit racing skills and fitness or thinking of giving circuit racing a go for the first time the Angmering Youth Race Series are perfect.

The races are run weekly on Monday evenings at Angmering Raceway go-kart circuit just past Worthing off the A27. The circuit is 300m long and with lots of corners not only great fun but fantastic for developing and improving skills.

The events are very friendly and informal and each evening is comprised of 4-5 short races : scratch race, time trial, handicap. Sign on is 6:00pm onwards with warm up time on the circuit before racing starts at 6:30pm.

Previous seasons have seen 20 riders attending  split between Youth A/B and C/D/E. However, the number of riders are currently very low and the organisers really would like to see more local riders racing.

Many of our Outer Ring riders have used Angmering to great success in developing their skills, confidence and fitness before moving on to Regional and National racing and we cannot recommend these races highly enough.

Entry is on the day, and for details of the next race on British Cycling below:

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/173310/Surrey-League-Angmering-Youth-Series–3

Inner Ring Distance Challenge Results 14th April

Well done to all our Inner Ring riders who took part in the distance challenge on Saturday. It’s still early in the year but a great opportunity to test fitness, gearing and pacing skills.

Many of our riders have moved up age categories to u10 and U12s this year which meant more laps and it was great to see the effort and determination they all showed.

We’ll run two more distance challenges – one in the summer and autumn for the riders to see how they’ve improved their times during the year.

The results are on the link below :

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1d8o7-Z_FeMpV85WW3_vHUvuW_9QhhmLKkAhrKg1U6SM/edit

Also thank you to the parents, coaches for counting laps and outer ring helpers Rahul and Adam for assisting with the hill climb challenge.

 

PPYCC “Spring In The Park” Race Evening at Cyclopark Friday 11th May !

We are excited to announce that PPYCC are hosting an evening of Spring In The Park races at Cyclopark on Friday 11th May. This is part of a 10 week Friday night youth race series that many of our riders have competed in previous years.

Races are for boys and girls from u8 – u16. Sign-on and gear check open 1 hour before the races commence :

Age   Race Time  Duration

u8s      18:30         10 mins

u10s    18:45         15 mins

u12s    19:10         20 mins

u14s    19:40         25 mins

u16s    20:15         30 mins

For the event to run we really need your support : 1 volunteer for sign on, 1 volunteer for gear check and 4 circuit marshals. The more volunteers we have the better so that people can be rotated out and enjoy watching the racing. Please drop me an email at goodwillpaul@hotmail.com if you can help. No prior experience necessary for marshalling or sign on.

The event details are on British Cycling event website:

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/172870/Spring-in-the-Park-2018–3

… but entry and payment are on the day of the race.

When you arrive you’ll need your British Cycling licence for sign on and will then be gear checked. After this riders are provided with a timing chip for their bike which provides lap times and overall finishing positions. You’ll then have time to relax and warm up on the top circuit or rollers before the races start.

For those that haven’t been before the circuit and facilities are excellent. The cafe will be open for refreshments and we’ve got our fingers crossed for a warm sunny evening.  We really hope see as many of our riders competing as possible so please support this event. There is also a skate park that the children are free to use before and after their race.

You don’t need to wait until 11th May though, the first evening of Spring In The Park races is Friday 27th April, with sign-on and race times as above.

CLUB EQUIPMENT LOANS

CLUB EQUIPMENT LOANS

PPYCC has a richness of rider talent that the club continues to support through a variety of ways, including training, coaching and loan of available resources and equipment.

Whilst some of the club’s equipment is available for all riders to request and use, including road and track bikes, and track specific wheels, there is some equipment, notably rear track disc wheels, which British Cycling regulations specify is only able to be used by Youth A riders.

The club has recently purchased another rear track disc wheel, and therefore now own 3 disc wheels, available to loan to riders who have shown consistent committment and results within the discipline. Unfortunately the club does not have the financial resources necessary with which to enable all riders to access this equipment in the current and future cohort of Youth A riders. On this note, PPYCC would be very happy to open discussions with any individuals or businesses who would be interested in sponsoring equipment purchases for the club, including items, such as disc wheels, which carry the Sponsor’s livery.

PPYCC have therefore agreed a fair list of priorities to determine which riders may be successful in obtaining a loan of a disc wheel, if desired, based on rider’s performances and commitment.  The list is in reducing order or priority, with uppermost priorities taking precedence over lower ones, for example, a 1st year Youth A rider who has has an invitation to track RSR will automatically take precedence over a rider who is 2nd year Youth A without an RSR invite.

  1. Youth A
  2. Track RSR invitation in the winter preceding the current season
  3. Riders with the highest finishing places within the preceding year’s track season, with national results taking precedence over regional resuls where applicable.
  4. Have shown continued committment to the discipline, e.g. attaining indoor track accreditation, participation in track events and leagues such as London Youth Track League, National Track Series or Winter Icebreakers Series.
  5. 2nd year Youth A
  6. Current year National ranking in Road and Track

In addition, as PPYCC would like to be able to support past members of the club, disc wheels are also available for past PPYCC riders in their Junior Years of racing (16-18 yrs) on an ad hoc basis, and only if there is no request/need by Youth riders to use these wheels at a concurrent time.

Should the wheels get damaged within a race situation, the club will absorb the cost of repair or replacement. The wheels will be on loan to each rider at each race, and returned to club care when not in use. However, riders are expected to look after the wheels whilst they are in their care, and indivudual riders will be liable for any damage caused outside of a race scenario.

 

Inner and Outer Ring sessions this weekend 14th April

Inner Ring: This week’s session will be a distance challenge, with riders completing a specific number of laps, depending on age, whilst being timed. This allows riders to compare their individual results from previous attempts, and see how they are improving, and to set themselves new challenges!

Outer Ring: This week’s session will be on track bikes (don’t forget to check the website prior to the session if there is any question over the weather forecast). For those who wish to gain/complete their track accreditation, this will be available to Inner and Outer Ring riders within the session. For those who don’t need accreditation, we will be focusing on Standing Starts and TT, ahead of the first regional omnium on Sunday.

Session times as usual for both groups.