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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.

Club Road Ride Sunday 29th May

Club road rides continue on Sunday 29th 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.

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

Race reports from the last week

We are fully into the cycle racing season now, though it does not necessarily feel like it at Preston Park yet. Even youth racing is in part determined by the international racing calendar; our track omnium is part of a sequence of events which lead to youth and then senior national championships and eventually the Worlds. Yes, even our events are timed to allow a sequence of racing to match major events.

In the world of road racing once the Giro d’Italia has finished, this weekend, you can consider that summer has arrived for bike racing. In road riding National Championships are in June, the Tour de France in July and then for many the season winds down. August is a quite racing month but September brings La Vuelta a Espana, and then late September and October see the World Championships and the final Monument of the season, the Tour of Lombardy, evocatively referred to as the Race of the Falling Leaves. Next comes winter and club road rides, with cycle-cross for many.

In the past week Preston Park riders have been in action, Joseph Martin and Lloyd Costello were at Cyclopark in Kent on the Friday and Adam Churchill and Tom Pughe-Morgan were racing in the National Series Race in Cardiff, South Wales.

At Cyclopark, after a hesitant start to the season, Joseph went home with his first win of the year [we believe]. Reports state the Joseph attacked the bunch repeatedly until the move stuck whereupon he soloed away to a hard earned, but eventually comfortable victory.

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We were pleased to see Tom and Adam make the journey to Cardiff in what is a major undertaking with the current standard of Youth B racing, which is very high. Adam finished in the bunch [though we have not yet heard if this was ‘comfortably’] and we believed Tom’s race was curtailed by a spill which, judging from his performance in the track league last Wednesday, left him unscathed.

Friday and Saturday sessions for Outer Ring 27th and 28th May

With fine weather now and hopefully for tomorrow morning we are pleased to announce that this evening’s track session at 1830 will continue with the theme of bunch racing, focusing on attacks and catches.

Tomorrow morning we will be focusing on sprint format including starts, a timed lap, match sprints and keirin.

May we remind you that the track hire is now ten times greater than before the renovations so it is important that participants remember their session fees, and have actually joined the club this year. If you have any fees due from previous sessions please bring these too.

Penny Farthing at Preston Park

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It was great to see member Imogen Gifford’s father Richard practicing his newly acquired penny farthing at the track after our Outer Ring session yesterday. Although it is possible to buy a newly built penny farthing Richard’s is an original and still belong’s to his elderly uncle; though being in his 80s he has kindly allowed Richard to renovate the bike to ride it. Yesterday was Richard’s first ride on his new bike, yet he has already entered two racing events, one at the London Nocturne and one at the Eastbourne Festival of Cycling both in two weekend’s time on the 4th and 5th June respectively. We hope to be able to see him in these two exciting events.

 

Outer ring today – road bikes

With the slow rate of ground drying we are going to commit to a road bike session today.

SCRL Track Accreditation 

If anyone is wishing to complete their accreditation for racing on Wednesday then we will run some activities which mimic the formats of track racing to allow this to happen. Other opportunities for completing SCRL Accreditation for Preston Park include every Friday evening from 18.30 to 20.00. Accreditation is a two part process which can be viewed on the SCRL website and below.

Part One
1. Complete a safety check of a track bike
2. Demonstrate knowledge of the communication etiquette of racing – arm signals and verbal alerts including: stay, on your right/left
3. Safely mount bike from the fence to start and stop and dismount on the fence.
4. Show continuous vigilance to the position of other riders, with particular reference for when changing line and position on the track.
5. Demonstrate the racing position and how to defend one’s position through correct arm position on the handlebars.
6. Understand when and where to overtake other riders.
7. Adjust pace using the pedals and banking
8. Ride behind, beside and in front of other riders

Part Two
9. Safely accelerate both in and out of the saddle, whilst maintaining direction
10. Safely change position in a close group
11. Safely leave the front of the line in a bunch when moving at speed
12. Maintain line at speed around the second bend
13. Maintain line on the third bend when other riders are coming over the top at speed
14. Demonstrate understanding of the common SCRL race formats – scratch, points, handicap, elimination, dash, unknown distance etc

Outer Ring session update for today

The ground is currently damp, and not safe for track bike use. However, there is no rain forecast and we are hopeful that it will dry out enough to allow the planned accreditation session to go ahead.

Could you therefore watch out for our next post at 09.00 to confirm if the session will run on track bikes, or if we will need to use road bikes to maintain safety.

Many thanks.

Club Road Ride this Sunday 22nd May

Club road rides continue on Sunday 22nd 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.

Outer Ring this Saturday 21st May

This week’s Outer Ring session is Track Accreditation Part 2, and all are welcome, whether you are completing accreditation or not.

This week we are concentrating on race scenarios, so good training for all! Please come with your track bike.

If the weather is wet or very damp, we will need to use road bikes instead, I will post on the morning by 08.00 if this is the case.

Inner Ring – Saturday 21st May 2016

Inner Ring Riders

This coming Saturday we will be running a Go Ride Racing session.

This is the first in a series of 6 that will run throughout the remainder of the 2016 season.

The format is as follows;

Race 1: Time Trial –  Under 8, Under 10, Under 12  – 1 Lap of Track 

Race 2: Scratch Race –  Under 8  – 2 laps, Under 10  – 4 laps, Under 12 –  6 laps

Race 3 : Sprint Race  – Under 8  – Half lap,  Under 10 –  1 lap, Under 12 –  1 lap

Parents/Carers/Volunteers – please can you help out this week with timing riders, holding starts etc

The session will start as usual at 9am, subject to weather – if we need to cancel session due to rain we will post a message by 8am on Saturday morning.

 

Catching up with old news 4 Riding at the iconic Paris-Roubaix by Joseph Martin

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We are really pleased to receive your stories of races and rides that have inspired you no matter how short or long, it your experience that makes the story interesting more so than the size of the event itself.

Here we have a story written by member Joseph Martin who visited the Paris Roubaix race. Joseph submitted this some while ago but our website had malfunctioned, please take the time to read it as it gives some insight into riding this course.

You may have read separately on our website Joe Bishop’s report of the professional race.

Day 1: we ride the Paris Roubaix

We woke up very early and got changed into our bike kit. We could only manage a small breakfast before leaving on the coach for Roubaix. We arrived in Roubaix where we would cycle out towards the start of the pro race for 35km before turning back on ourselves and joining the end of the pro route. We only did the 70km ride and so we missed the treacherous Arenberg Trench. But we did the last 8 pavés. We set off at 7:30am and after about 2 km found a good group of riders from France and Belgium. We rode with them travelling at about 35km/h for the first half.  Then when we got to the point where the 150km riders split from 70km riders and we were left as the only cyclists on the road. The whole group split from us.  But they had saved us a lot of effort as – without realising – we had been in a headwind the whole way to the split and now we had a tailwind all the way back to Roubaix.

At 37km we hit our first pavé (Templeuve). The first few hundred metres were, according to other riders, “the hardest of the whole day”. They were muddy and slippery and we got stuck behind a guy who we couldn’t overtake until that section was over. The second section was a lot easier. These were both 2 starred pavés.

Then at 44km we hit our third pavé (Cysoing à Bourghelles). This was a 3 star but was easier. So the starring must be the length and difficulty together.

We went through 5 more pavés, including the famous Carrefour de l’Arbre where we were timed; this was the only 5-star pavé we would do. I rode this really hard as I found that the faster you go the less you bounce around. But my quick release came undone on this sector with all the shaking and I had to wait for my Dad to check my wheel was OK.  With 8km to go we were at the front of the whole sportive. Just me, my dad and this other guy, a Fabian Cancellara look-a-like. I attacked at 8km to go and had it not been for being stopped at every traffic light, would have stuck it out. Unfortunately we were so far ahead that there were no signs for the Velodrome. We missed it, and I lost my position on the Cancellara look-a-like’s wheel as we turned back to go into the Velodrome.  He went high on the banking and won the sprint finish. (Just!)

Day 2: pro race

Yet another early start. After the ride the previous day, we now got to watch the pros ride it. We got a coach to Chantilly, where the race was starting and we watched all the riders roll away.

Then later on in the day we got to watch the riders on the first section of cobbles. There had been a crash just before this section so there were riders rolling through slowly behind the team cars.

Finally we got to watch from the Velodrome. My dad and I got good seats at the top of the banking on the first bend. It was a spectacular finish and it was a shame that Boonen messed up the sprint by going low and getting boxed in.

Summary:

It was a great experience to be able to watch the riders ride the cobbles that we had ridden the previous day and I would love it if it could be organised next year for a PPYCC group to go and ride it.

Jojo Martin