Winter Activities

Preston Park sessions on Saturday mornings are on hold for the months of November to February. Younger riders may wish to take up a winter sport but for older riders and those serious to train and race there are a number of opportunities.

Roller and turbo sessions are good ways to keep fit for all riders, though they can be hard work. Rollers are especially recommended for younger riders to develop skills of balance, leg speed and pedalling efficiency and the club recommends these over turbos. Rollers are easily taken to events to aid warming up and generally are cheaper than turbos. There are a variety of categorised training activities in this linked Roller and Turbo Sessions document.

Tuesday evenings: 18.30 to 20.00 cyclo-cross training at Waterhall below the Brighton Rugby Club astro-turf pitch. There is a charge for this session.

Wednesday evenings: 1. sometimes there is an evening chain gang at Preston Park track. This is not run by PPYCC and is recommended only for older, experienced riders with very good bike lights. 2. Some of our members are affiliated to Brighton Excelsior who run a turbo session at the Adur Outdoor Acitivities Centre in Shoreham from 20.00.

Saturday mornings: Currently there is no organised activity at the track.

Saturday afternoons: every other week [ish] starting November 8th, turbo/roller training for PPYCC members and family’s. Preston Park Arena pavilion. Dates: Saturdays from 16.00 – 17.30, 8/11 , 29/11, 6/12, 20/12, 3/1, 17/1, 31/1, 14/2, 28/2.

Arrive at 16.00 to set up for a 16.15 start, the session will run until 17.15 allowing 15 minutes for packing up the pavilion. The pavilion is situated beside Preston Park velodrome and accessed from Preston Drove. Their is a charge of £4 members / £5 adults and non-members.

We are not sure that the pavilion is large enough for our needs so please inform Mark by emailing mavincent@hotmail.co.uk to inform us of your intention to attend so that we can manage the space best.

It is absolutely essential that you do not bring a dirty bike into the pavilion so please clean your bike in advance. Also you must have a cover to place between your trainer and the pavilion carpet. This could be a cheap mat, a carpet off-cut, or at the very least a bath towel. Also please clean your shoes on the door mat upon entry.

We have invested in the Suffer Fest video training programmes and new projector equipment to allow this to happen so please come and attend.

Sunday mornings: road ride for our more experienced members from 09.30 to 12.00. Must be 12 years or older. Rides will follow a format of a fixed route each month for the corresponding weeks e.g. week 1, week 2 of the month. Occasionaly we will take part in longer organised rides.

There will be no charge for winter club rides, 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 for winter riding, this includes using tyres that are not worn or suffering cuts and nicks. We are pleased to welcome riders who may not be sure if they are ready for these rides, if they bring their own adult supervisor. In this case, if you become separated, you can proceed home together.

Route Details for Sunday winter training rides

Codes for Viewranger website [copy and paste into ‘Search by text and VR shortcode:’ box Week 1: Brighton0003, Week 2:Brighton0007, Week 3:Brighton0005, Week 4:Brighton0006.

GPX files cannot be posted on this webpage but these gpx files can be downloaded from www.Viewranger.co.uk, use the search term PPYCC Winter Rides to find the links.

Week 1 route, 40.66 km / 25.41 miles, Sunday’s: 7th December,4th January, 1st February

PPYCC Winter Ride Week 1Printable route Week 1

Week 2 route,  55.36 km / 34.60 miles, Sunday’s: 14th December, 11th January, 8th February

Printable route Week 2

Week 3 route, 46.3 km / 28.95 miles, Sunday’s: 21st December, 17th January, 15th February

 PPYCC route Week 3

Week 4 route, 57.73 km / 36.08 miles, Sunday’s: 28th December, 24th January, 22nd February

PPYCC route Week 4

Week 5 route 30th November, 1st March

There will be no charge for winter club rides, 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 for winter riding, this includes using tyres that are not worn or suffering cuts and nicks.