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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.

Eastbourne Cycling Festival 3rd – 4th June and British Cycling South East Regional Youth Circuit Championships 4th June

Once again the Eastbourne Cycling Festival will host a weekend of all things cycling with lots of events and races across the weekend 3rd and 4th June. See link below for details:

http://www.eastbournecyclingfestival.com

Additionally, following on from last year the event is also hosting the South East Regional Youth Circuit Championships on Sunday 4th June promoted by local club VC Jubilee. The closed road circuit racing will be based around Eastbourne lawns for u8 -u16 age groups.  Entry for the races is via the link below and the event will also shortly be listed on the British Cycling website:

http://www.eastbournecyclingfestival.com/youth-racing.aspx

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/158528/SE-Regional-Youth-Road-Circuit–Champs-(Eastbourne-Cycling-Festival)

 

Charity ride at Preston Park Velodrome

For all of you who would like to put in some extra laps at Preston Park Velodrome, whilst raising money for charity, Brighton Housing Trust are running an all day event at the Velodrome on Sunday 25th June.

BHT challenge the causes of homelessness, poverty and marginalisation and deal with the consequences, providing support for those dealing with homlessness within Brighton and Hove and East Sussex. Please follow the link for the event flyer and more info! BHT Around the World Cycle Challenge 2017

Outer ring Saturday 13th May – Road bikes

With the heavy cloud and a forecast of outbreaks of drizzle we will commit to road bikes for this morning’s session to ensure that we can get some riding done. Fingers crossed for those that are travelling to Bournemouth for the second round of the Youth Omnium.

Next Sunday, 21st, is the final round of the Youth Omnium at Preston Park, if not entered please come and cheer on and help out in our most exciting race day of the season.

Club Road Ride Sunday 14th May

Club road rides continue on Sunday 14th May 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.

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.

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  ALL WEATHER or you will not be welcome to ride. Bad weather cancellations will be posted on the website by 9am

PPYCC racing newsletter

Regional Youth Track Omnium, London,Round 2

Luke Goodwill, U12 and Lukas Nerurkar, U14, rode in the second round of the London Regional Omnium last weekend, hosted by Welwyn Wheelers. Both boys rode brilliantly in large groups, each competing in 5 races throughout the day, with Luke finishing 7th and Lukas finishing 5th overall. This weekend Tom Pugh Morgan, Finn Anderson Grout, Adam Churchill, Luca Stone, Rahul Fortescue Talwar, Dylan Hicks, Freddie Newman, Josh Golliker and Seb and Louis Boulton  all compete in the 2nd round of the South Regional Omnium at Bournemouth. Good luck!

Good wood

PPYCC riders have been racing at Goodwood for the last two weeks, last week Josh Ballinger came 3rd in the U14’s. This week saw a good turnout for PPYCC, with Lloyd Costello, Finn Anderson, Tom Pughe-Morgan, Luca Stone and James Gilmore all competing in the U16’s, and Josh Ballinger in the U14’s. Well done to both Finn and to Josh on 1st places!!

Some great pictures of the evening’s racing below, thanks to dads John Ballinger and Stephen Anderson!

Spring in the Park 1 and 2       The first week of the 10 week Spring in the Park series at Cyclopark Kent saw a win for Luke Goodwill in the U12’s and 2nd and 3rd place for Rahul and Freddie Newman in the U14’s. PPYCC had great representation in the U16’s, a large and fast group, with Adam Churchill , George Pittock (second claim), Tom Pughe-Morgan, Joseph Martin,  Luca Stone and James Gilmore all finishing in a bunch sprint after a demanding race.

Freddie and Rahul sprinting for the finish line

The second evening was another good one for for PPYCC at Gravesend. Two second places in U12-Luke Goodwill-and U14-Freddie Newman- with Dylan Hicks 4th and Josh Ballinger 8th – scoring his first BC points of the season – also in the U14’s.  Joseph Martin managed to get off the front with Tom Pughe Morgan in the U16s – and they made it stick, working 3 or 4 laps together.  Tom wasn’t able to stick with it unfortunately, but Jojo stayed away for another 10 laps, almost lapping the field in the end.  Good victory! James Gilmore and Luca Stone also finished well in the U16’s, improving their placings this week.

Freddie and Josh on the finish line.

Giro d’Betteshanger George was 2nd at the Giro d’Betteshanger in East Kent on Saturday 6th May, about a bike length behind the winner Liam Hanks of Barking & Dagenham CC.

Omega Track Series  Alfie Bunyan had a mixed bag in the Omega Track series #2 at Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth last Saturday.  With just the three of them in the U12 group (two boys and one girl) and a fair bit of wind, it was easy to slip off a wheel and more difficult to get back on.  Second places in the sprint and the dash, and a win in his handicap race were tempered by third place in the other races, though sensibly conserving energy when “all was lost”.  Well done Alfie! Meet #3 is on Saturday 3rd June.

Alfie in his handicap win

Well done to all our riders and GOOD LUCK in your forthcoming races!!

 

 

 

The PPYCC Omnium closing date is Sunday [7th May]

With 74 entries already in if you were hoping to race in the PPYCC omnium on Sunday 21st May then you need to get your entry completed by Sunday, this weekend.

If not planning to race we hope you will come and support, help or cheer the racers.

Racing starts at 12.00 and finishes around 5pm; already we have riders who are leading the ranking and we hope will qualify for the National Omnium Final later in the year.