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.

PPYCC Championships results


PPYCC held the club’s 2nd annual Club Championships at the Cyclopark last Saturday. Thank you to all the riders, parents and volunteers who made the day so successful. A very big thank you to Paul Goodwill, who organised the whole day, ensuring that it was a brilliant event for all those who attended! Please follow the link below for results from all the races on the day:



Club Road Ride Sunday 23rd October

Club road rides continue on Sunday 23rd 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. 

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. COME FULLY CLOTHED FOR THE COLDER WEATHER or you will not be welcome to ride.

Your contact for any questions is Charlie  charlie@ppycc.org.uk

PPYCC Club Championships this Saturday!

This Saturday we will be hosting our 2nd Club Championships at the Cyclopark in Gravesend, and invite all our riders to join us for a fun and exciting morning of racing!

The racing starts at 10.00, with the circuit open for warm up from 9.30. Sign on also opens at 9.30am. The Cyclopark facilities open at 9.15am. Please be aware that the Cyclopark cafe is currently closed, so please bring refreshments with you! (However, there is also a mini supermarket/hot drinks available at the services opposite the Cyclopark entrance, as well as a supermarket nearby)

For full details of the event please follow the link:


Inner Ring – Saturday 15th October 2016


Tomorrow is our final session at Preston Park for the 2016 season.

We will be running the 6th of our Go Ride Racing events.

We are always up against it in terms of time on racing days so please be trackside at 8.40am for sign on and warm up before racing starts at 9am.

Bring plenty of snacks and water and lots of layers of clothes as there is some hanging around between races and we don’t want riders getting cold.

Following the conclusion of the racing we will combine all the results for the 6 race series and then do a post on the site so riders can track their progress throughout the year.

A reminder that on 22nd October the club will be running its Championships over at Cyclopark – its a brilliant venue for those that haven’t been before with the chance to race on a purpose built course – there is also a mountain bike trail to explore so well worth the trip.


PPYCC Turbo/roller Sessions Winter 2016-17

Following low attendance at last years turbo/roller training sessions we need to confirm if there is sufficient demand to run regular sessions this winter and have created a members survey to obtain feedback. You can find the link to the survey at the bottom of this article.

For those of you that are new to turbo training this short article explains what is
turbo training is ?  why do turbo training ? and what equipment do I need?

Turbo/roller training sessions are very much like a spinning class lasting 45 mins to an hour. The difference being that you bring your own bike and either fix the rear wheel into ‘turbo trainer’ or ride on rollers. The sessions involve following a specific workout DVD on a big screen. Workouts vary in what they cover from improving endurance, climbing, sprinting etc and the club has invested in a great set of DVDs from the Suffer Fest series.

Riders follow the instructions during the session and control how hard they want to ride using their gears and resistance settings on the turbo trainer to ride at a pace they feel comfortable. As they gain in confidence and fitness riders can increase how hard they want to ride. The sessions typically follow a set format of warm-up, main session and cool down.

The turbo/roller sessions are for all abilities and experience and are particularly useful during winter when light isn’t great, weather is cold and road surfaces are wetter. Turbo or roller  training is very safe and effective way for riders to maintain and improve fitness and skills as an alternative to riding on the roads.

Riding as a club group in turbo sessions is  very  motivational compared to completing sessions on your own at home and of course there will be 2 coaches at the sessions to spur on the riders. Depending on rider numbers there may be room for parents to join in as well but preference will be given to riders.

If you don’t already have a turbo trainer they don’t have to be an expensive purchase and can be bought relatively cheaply used from eBay or gumtree. The turbo trainers aren’t just for winter as they also come in really handy if the riders take part in races as they can be used for warming up before races. Alternatively you may wish to use rollers instead at these sessions, if you have these rather than turbo trainers. If you have a bike computer that’s great and can you track progress but it isn’t necessary for the sessions. The only other equipment than your bike is a drink, snack and towel incase you get sweaty !

The cost of the session would be £5.00 per rider.

If you’re interested in taking part in the turbo training sessions please complete the survey below.

Here’s the link to the survey


Outer ring on Saturday 15th October

This Saturday we will be thinking about winter riding. The weather still looks kind but no pro-rider would be seen in shorts at this time of year unless racing. So come prepared as if it is properly autumn. Bring snacks and drinks on your bike and we will do lots of laps at a moderate pace and practice drinking and eating in a group.

After our session is the charity ride Pedal in Preston Park so you can stay on and keep riding in support of the charities.

A fantastic fun filled sponsored bike ride for all the family raising money for Martlets and Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Registration costs £5 (under 16s) £12 (over 16s)
Enter Pedal in Preston Park online at Eventbrite

Club Road Ride Sunday 16th October

Club road rides start up again this coming Sunday for riders 12 and older (with parental permission)  Parents and are encouraged to come along. We would also like to see some new faces so give me call if you want come along for the first time. Can regular coaches and parents let me know in advance if they are available to help

Meet at the track ready to leave at 10.00am for a two hour ride. This Sunday we will ride some circuits at Albourne and aim to be back at the track by noon. 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 (highly unlikely) 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. Most importantlyCome prepared for the colder autumn weather.

Keep an eye on the website for weather cancellations

Contact charlie@ppycc.org  07434641462

Go Ride Inter Club Race report and pictures!

Saturday 8th October saw nine youth cycling clubs competing in the South East Regional Go-Ride Racing Club Team final hosted at Cyclopark. We took a great team of mixed ages and experience : Matilda, Jess, Ingrid, Lili, Luke, Aidan, Scott, Ewan, Luke, Jacob and Eddy.
The format was 4 races :

Individual Time Trial over a technical grass, trail and road circuit.

Skills Challenge Team Relay

Mass start race over the same technical circuit as the individual time trial

Sprint elimination races over a short technical circuit.

The weather added uncertainty to the event with heavy rain showers making an already technical circuit even more challenging. Our riders performed fantastically in all the events but even more impressive were the skills shown on the off-road sections. Particularly so given well over half of our team have never competed in an off-road race. It certainly was very different to our Preston Park track !


Some brilliant individual performances from Aidan, Jess, Luke and Ingrid  but there were solid performances from all the team riders in all the events. As well as giving it everything in all the races all the riders and parents really enjoyed an exciting afternoons racing.

When it came to the prize giving Aidan won by a margin the Gold in the intermediate mass start race. Jess won Gold in a very tightly fought intermediate sprint elimination races and Luke won Silver in the advanced  mass start and sprint elimination races against much older riders. Fantastic results and congratulations !
Next came the awarding of the overall Team prize. They announced the club positions in reverse orders …. 9th, 8th, 7th …. Could we be 5th or 4th?? … the tension mounted …. in 3rd place VC Jubilee, wow ! …. and in 2nd place team Darenth…. Yes we’d won, 1st place !!! followed by much cheering and celebration as the riders were awarded their hard earned trophy.


Kristin, Simon and myself  were all present as coaches and it was an absolute pleasure to watch our riders perform so well after the hard work and improvement shown throughout the year. Securing the overall win really was a great team effort both in the races and in the way all the riders supported each other all afternoon.


Congratulations to all the rider and parents for their support. A big thanks also to all the coaches who have worked so hard all year to  develop the skills of the riders.

Are you interested in developing your triathlon experience?

Some of our riders also train for and compete in triathlons. Jess’ dad, Paul, has forwarded thie information below, if you are interested in developing your skills:

Members of PPYCC who like to swim and run may be interested in a skills school day  being run by British Triathlon. No previous experience of triathlon is required but  kids have to be 11 or older, be able to swim, bike and run for 5 mins each. Its 11-4 on 29th October in Horsham and £15 for day. Link is below.


PPYCC Cyclocross race tomorrow

Following hot on the heels of PPYCC’s success today, another chance for PPYCC riders to show everyone what they are made of, at the 1st of our two cyclocross races tomorrow.  The racing will be held at Happy Valley Park, Woodingdean

The racing starts at 10.00, for U10’s, and continues throughout the day for youth and senior riders. Come and join us to cheer on our riders, support the club, and even lend a hand if you want!

We have Charlie running an amazing catering stand, lots of goodies, including bacon butties and homemade cakes to keep you going throughout the day. It’s a great chance to catch up with all your friends from the club, whilst cheering the competitors on!

We look forward to seeing you there!