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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.

Tomorrow: Interval training AND PPYCC Bobble Hats!!

Tomorrow’s interval session plan returns to Session1 of the rolling winter training plan. As for previous sessions, the track is not booked, there are no session fees and there may be other people using the track. So come prepared for whatever the weather and whoever the company with your road bike.

Tomorrow’s session

NB. Remember to concentrate and ride safely, other people are allowed to use the track and the gates will not be locked. Tomorrow there will not be a club coach to supervise the sessions, although senior club riders will be there to support timings during the session.

Warm up: 10 minutes in a middle to low gear,  pedalling with high cadence. Small ring, middle of your cassette, perhaps 39 x 17 or 19. As the warm up progresses avoid changing gear but pedals fast. This can result in good pedalling technique and be quite taxing.

Main session: 4 x 10 minute efforts with a 2 minute rest. For the efforts pedal at 90 x 110 rpm cadence so that you are well on top of your gear. You need to maintain an effort where after the first 4 minutes you no longer wish to hold a conversation. To communicate with other riders you should not wish to say more than a quick word. For the rests freewheel and then pedal gently in a low effort.

Cool down with gentle pedalling until your breathing has returned to normal. This is typically 5 minutes.

Total cycling time: 63 minutes

Also tomorrow, just in time for the winter chill, the new, hand knitted, PPYCC BOBBLE HATS will be available to buy before and after the interval session. Availability is limited so be first in line with £10.00 to ensure you will be wearing the PPYCC colours whilst keeping warm this winter! .

These hats have been expertly knitted by Aidan Beattie’s Grandmother, a very big thank you for her time and skill! All proceeds go to supporting PPYCC.

Getting geared up for 2018 !

Although the end of the coached club sessions was only 6 weeks ago we’re already looking forward to the 2018 season. It’s been great to see many of our riders have been competing in Regional and National Cyclocross races across the age groups as well as the track at Calshot and a strong presence at the London Youth Track League. As well as racing many of the riders as joining the club cluster sessions, VC Jubilee Cyclocross, Lee Valley Track and Cyclopark road circuit amd not to mention our own interval training sessions at the track 10-11 am Saturdays.

Whatever your age and ability setting goals for next year is a great motivator : improving key skills, moving up to outer ring, distance challenge PB, taking part in your first sportive or race, placing well in Regional and National series races.

Clearly still of time to get training for next year but just doing some training – either indoors on the turbo, with family and friends. It doesn’t all need to be cycling specific cross training works well too : swimming, running, football, hockey , and whatever other sports you enjoy really helps getting ready for next season.

I’ll be updating the Club Calendar with 2018 events shortly but the main source as always is the Events finder on the British Cycling website.

If you are interested in racing this winter there are still plenty of events coming up and dates for series in 2018 are being added all the time the BC website. In the meantime here are some series and events for 2018 that we’re already aware of :

London Cyclocross League – check website for remaining dates

London Youth Track League – every other Thursday evening – check website for details, indoor accreditation required

Calshot Winter Track League – every Sunday afternoon, check website for details.

Essex go-ride winter series at Redbridge – novice circuit race series : 07/01/18, 04/02/18, 18/03/18

LVYCC winter series at Redbridge : 20/01/18, 24/02/18,

Hillingdon Winter Series – normally start early January dates to be confirmed

March Hare Spring Classic: 24/03/18

Regional Omniums Group 6 – 15/04//18 (Portsmouth) , 21/04/18 (Reading),13/05/18 (Preston Park) & 19/05/18 (Bournemouth)

SCRL Preston Park: mid-April 2018 onwards Wednesday evenings

Scarborough National series: 07-08/07/18

Assen – 30/07-04/08/18 – entries 9am, 5th February. Note almost all categories fill within an hour so be ready at 8:55 to enter your details !

North West Tour: 25-27/08/18

Budding mechanics need your unloved wheel/s

As well as becoming more skilled and able riders several of our young members are revealing increasing knowledge and skill in cycle mechanics. We occasionally get donated old bike frames of good quality but needing a full rebuild, an expensive option if completed by visiting the shops. However with a bit of beg and borrow we have seen some bikes being put together for little money. One member, Adam, has almost completed a rebuild of a bike where the frame was donated to the club. However he is short of just a couple of bits.

Adam needs a rear wheel and says “It just needs to be 8/9/10 speed and be able to take a normal cassette. Also it would be great if it had a tyre on it but that’s not essential.”

If you have a wheel collecting dust then please send an email to anthony@ppycc.org.uk and we can arrange for Adam and the wheel to meet. A photo of the build so far is shown below. A careful eye will spot the missing part that Adam needs. [Clue: look towards the rear of the bike].

Results of Triathlon Transition Research

Earlier in the Autumn members helped ex-member, and daughter of our coach Rex,  Charlotte Matthews with her A Level EPQ Coursework which was looking at transitions in triathlon.

Charlotte writes:

“Thank you for sending out the survey on triathlons a little while ago, it certainly help increase responses. The video following the survey results has now been made and posted on youtube. If you wish to see the final outcome, the link will take you to the video; I would really appreciate if you were able to send this out to the athletes via email if any are interested in giving it a watch.”

PPYCC Second Hand Sales

For sale

Giant Defy 5 Road Bike xs

It’s always been kept indoors so is in good condition but does have a few scratches and some wear and tear
Asking price £160
Any questions please call Trudi 078100 25739

Week 4 Interval Session Saturday 2nd December

Tomorrow’s session is week 4 in our first block of jnterval training. Meet at Preston park track 9:45am ready for 10am start. It’s going to be cold in the morning so make sure you’re well prepared.

Week 4

Warm up: 10 minutes in a middle to low gear, pedalling with high cadence. Small ring, middle of your cassette, perhaps 39 x 17 or 19. As the warm up progresses avoid changing gear but pedals fast. This can result in good pedalling technique and be quite taxing. 10 minutes.

Main session: 2 and 1 minute intervals. Ride 2 minutes hard, take 1 minute rest, repeat 4 times. Ride 1 minute hard, take 1 minute rest; repeat 4 times. Repeat the set twice but reverse the 1 and 2 minutes interval order for the second set so that you finish with the 2 minute intervals. Take a 5 minute rest between the two sets. 43 minutes.

Cool down with gentle pedalling until your breathing has returned to normal. This is typically 5 minutes.

Total cycling time: 58 minutes

 

PPYCC Riders in action at London Youth Track League

7 PPYCC Riders were in action this week at the LYTL at Lee Valley Velodrome.
All PPYCC riders performed extremely well with team PPYCC scoring points in most races throughout the evening.

Dylan Hicks,
Josh Ballinger and Josh Golliker in the foreground with
Jacob James and Lukas Nerurkar in the upper right, all racing in the U14 category.

 

Tom Pughe-Morgan raced in the U16 Category and Luke Goodwill in the U12 category.

Week 3 Interval Session 10-11am Saturday 25th November

Tomorrow morning is week 3 of our first block of interval sessions and it’s a pyramid session where interval length decreases with each interval but the intensity increases until we reach the peak. We then go back down the pyramid where interval intensity decreases but the interval length increases.

It’s going to be sunny but cold in the morning so dress for cold weather riding.

Week 3

Warm up: 8 laps, with 4 laps steady, 2 laps increase the speed, 2 laps fast. Lasts 10 minutes.

Main session: Pyramid. 5 minutes, 4 minutes 3 minutes, 2 minutes, 1 minute each with a 1 minute break between. After the 1 minute effort pedal gently for 5 minutes then go back up the pyramid from 1 minute to 5 minutes with the same rests.

Cool down with gentle pedalling until your breathing has returned to normal. This is typically 5 minutes.

Total cycling time: 58 minutes

Interval session 3 for Saturday 18th November [and also sessions until February]

In a topsy turvey world, last week saw the cycle track closed to cycling for a running event. So come prepared to ride on the road if the track isn’t available tomorrow.

Tomorrow’s session

Warm up: Group warm up 8 laps, odd laps gentle, even laps put the pressure on so that you are breathing a little deeply by the end of the lap. Repeat until 8 laps have been completed. Lasts 10 minutes.

Main session: 6 x 5 minute efforts with a 2 minute rest. For the efforts pedal at 90 x 110 rpm cadence so that you are well on top of your gear. You need to maintain an effort where after the first 3 minutes you no longer wish to hold a conversation. To communicate with other riders you should not wish to say more than a quick word. For the rests freewheel and then pedal gently in a low effort. You will be aiming to ride faster than for last week’s session as the efforts are shorter but the key is to work hard and maintain your effort. 42 minutes.

Cool down with gentle pedalling until your breathing has returned to normal. This is typically 5 minutes.

Total cycling time: 57 minutes

 

 

To keep those that wish to stay on top of their fitness during the winter in training miles we are running interval sessions from 10.00 to 11.00 on Saturday mornings. The track is not booked, their are no session fees and there may be other people using the track. So come prepared for whatever the weather and whoever the company with your road bike.

Winter sessions traditionally focus on recovering from an intense summer and building up slowly to the next season. Thus we start long and gentle in our efforts [though not very gentle, this is interval training after all] and progress to shorter and more intense.

We will run a four week programme which we will repeat three times and then change to focusing on speed as February arrives [weather permitting], with the aim of being race fit for the start of the omnium track season in late April.

Tomorrow’s session

This is last week’s session as riders made up their own session and so this has not been attempted.

NB. Remember to concentrate and ride safely, other people are allowed to use the track and the gates will not be locked. There will be a coach to advise on timings but it is not a coached sessions.

Week 1

Warm up: 10 minutes in a middle to low gear,  pedalling with high cadence. Small ring, middle of your cassette, perhaps 39 x 17 or 19. As the warm up progresses avoid changing gear but pedals fast. This can result in good pedalling technique and be quite taxing.

Main session: 4 x 10 minute efforts with a 2 minute rest. For the efforts pedal at 90 x 110 rpm cadence so that you are well on top of your gear. You need to maintain an effort where after the first 4 minutes you no longer wish to hold a conversation. To communicate with other riders you should not wish to say more than a quick word. For the rests freewheel and then pedal gently in a low effort.

Cool down with gentle pedalling until your breathing has returned to normal. This is typically 5 minutes.

Total cycling time: 63 minutes

 

Week 2

Warm up: Group warm up 8 laps, odd laps gentle, even laps put the pressure on so that you are breathing a little deeply by the end of the lap. Repeat until 8 laps have been completed. Lasts 10 minutes.

Main session: 6 x 5 minute efforts with a 2 minute rest. For the efforts pedal at 90 x 110 rpm cadence so that you are well on top of your gear. You need to maintain an effort where after the first 3 minutes you no longer wish to hold a conversation. To communicate with other riders you should not wish to say more than a quick word. For the rests freewheel and then pedal gently in a low effort. You will be aiming to ride faster than for last week’s session as the efforts are shorter but the key is to work hard and maintain your effort. 42 minutes.

Cool down with gentle pedalling until your breathing has returned to normal. This is typically 5 minutes.

Total cycling time: 57 minutes

Week 3

Warm up:  8 laps, with 4 laps steady, 2 laps increase the speed, 2 laps fast. Lasts 10 minutes.

Main session: Pyramid. 5 minutes, 4 minutes 3 minutes, 2 minutes, 1 minute each with a 1 minute break between. After the 1 minute effort pedal gently for 5 minutes then go back up the pyramid from 1 minute to 5 minutes with the same rests.

Cool down with gentle pedalling until your breathing has returned to normal. This is typically 5 minutes.

Total cycling time: 58 minutes

Week 4

Warm up: 10 minutes in a middle to low gear,  pedalling with high cadence. Small ring, middle of your cassette, perhaps 39 x 17 or 19. As the warm up progresses avoid changing gear but pedals fast. This can result in good pedalling technique and be quite taxing. 10 minutes.

Main session: 2 and 1 minute intervals. Ride 2 minutes hard, take 1 minute rest, repeat 4 times. Ride 1 minute hard, take 1 minute rest; repeat 4 times. Repeat the set twice but reverse the 1 and 2 minutes interval order for the second set so that you finish with the 2 minute intervals. Take a 5 minute rest between the two sets. 43 minutes.

Cool down with gentle pedalling until your breathing has returned to normal. This is typically 5 minutes.

Total cycling time: 58 minutes