Past member Izzy Stone wins Dave Rayner funding to race in Belgium

We were delighted to hear this week that past member Izzy Stone has continued her success as a cycling athlete by gaining funding to race in Belgium. In honour of this we have posted a new banner image of  Izzy racing in Belgium last summer. Other than Izzy’s own family, there is a small prize for PPYCC members, or those in the household of a member, who can name the church in the background.
Izzy told us a little bit about her time at PPYCC, and her racing since she moved up from the club.
Starting off one Wednesday evening I popped down to track league to find out more and get involved, from then on PPYCC gave me everything i could have ever wished for to develop my cycling from Weekly club rides, sharing knowledge and equipment I didn’t have when I first started. Throughout the time I was a youth I received so much support and positivity from everyone at Preston Park, moving on into being a Junior i started traveling out to Belgium more regularly and getting a taste for racing with fields of 50-80 riders. As a second year Junior I was asked to ride for a Belgian   Clubteam called Isorex, I was then able to ride some of the major international UCI junior women’s races like Gent Wevelgem and Omloop van Borsele.
This last year, I have had to balance training and racing with school, which I must admit was hard but I was able to juggle both by backing off the racing and trips to Belgium during my exams as I had all summer to focus on racing. 
 
After all my hard work I am very fortunate to receive funding from the amazing Dave Rayner Fund, which supports U23 cyclists that wish to pursue a career in cycling. I am now able to race full time in Belgium for the 2018 season, a very exciting time and I look forward to seeing what this year has to bring. 

One for parents

We have received the request below, which is to help with a student MSc research project. We do not know Gemma but we hope some of you may feel happy to support her in her research.

Calling parents! 

  • Are you a parent of an athlete aged between 6 – 21 who is involved with their sport at a competitive level?
  • Are you available for an interview to talk about your experiences and involvement in your child’s sporting participation?

This is for an MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology dissertation entitled: “How are parents gaining the skills required to successfully “Sports Parent” and what effect does this have on their child’s sporting participation?”

Aim

Parents are recognised as psychologically significant in their child’s sporting development, and their involvement can massively influence a child’s experience. The aim of this study is to understand the parent’s perspective – what is your experience of being involved with your child’s sport and how have you gained the required skills to successfully support your child in this?

Requirements:

1.      Child must be aged 6 – 21 and currently (or previously) involved within a professional organisation

2.      Interviews will be conducted between January and April 2018

3.      Interviews will take approximately 1 hour and will be conducted at your child’s training premises or over telephone / skype where appropriate

Interested? Please contact me using any of the details below:

Email:                   Gemma.Ennis@myport.ac.uk

Tel:                       07747 803851

Twitter:               @ennisg77

Skype:                  gemma.ennis1

New track session for PPYCC members at Lee Valley Velodrome on Saturday 3rd February 2018 

Track session at Lee Valley Velodrome on Saturday 3rd February 2018

On Saturday 3rd February, 08.00 – 10.00, we have secured a track session at Lee Valley Velodrome, just for our club, and will be running two separate groups – novice and experienced.

There are up to 24 places available to join us at the velodrome, however we need to know in good time who is attending in case we need to invite members of other clubs to help us cover the cost, thus you do need to pre-commit to this opportunity. If you would like to join us please email Anthony@ppycc.org.uk to be added to the list. Similarly contact Anthony [or Kim] with questions about the session.

The cost for the session is £15 [half the public Lee Valley fee]. You will need to hire a bike and shoes if you do not have these already.

Members often book to swim or dive in the Olympic pool after.

If you need help with transport also let us know. Similarly if you have room for others let us know so that we can coordinate.

Tickets to see Warhorse at the Brighton Centre

We have received a message from someone that knows the club who 
wishes to sell on their Warhorse tickets and we thought this may be 
of interest to members.

"We are on your email alias as our son used to race in the Southern Region and we visited Preston Park numerous time.  We wondering if you have a bulletin board for items for sale as we purchased two tickets for the performance of Warhorse at the Brighton Centre on 14:30 on 
26th January 2018 for Max's grandparents who live locally only for 
them to go and book a holiday for the two weeks the show is on!  
Being theatre tickets we can't return them so need to find someone 
who would like them.  The show is excellent, we saw it in London and would thoroughly recommend it.

The seats are central in Row D of the stalls and have a face value of £52.50 + £6.05 booking fee although we would be happy to accept 
less!

Seeing as your membership is mainly located in the right catchment I wonder if you could pass the details on!

Many thanks

Steve
Contact: sreed99@hotmail.com

Ladder needed to rescue bike

You may recall the request for the donation of a front wheel to help Adam complete his bike build project. We are pleased to report that the donation of a front wheel from our Omnium Promoter, Paul Wilson, allowed the completion of the project. Unfortunately a strong wind blew the completed bike into a tree and we now need to borrow a ladder to retrieve it.

 

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.”

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