PPYCC and Outer Ring – special cycling weekend

With the start of the Tour de France this weekend we enter what is the peak of our cycling summer, noticeably so with 4 of our riders racing in the Youth Omnium National Final at Herne Hill this weekend. We wish well to Finn Anderson in the Youth A and to Freddie Newman, Lukas Nerurkar and Rahul Fortescue-Talwar in the Youth B. Racing at Herne Hill starts at 11.00 and if you fancy a nice weekend day out why not make this your destination on Sunday.

For those of you staying closer to home in the Outer Ring in we will be trying to complete our match sprinting coaching session which was interrupted by rain last weekend.

Events coming up for the family in July

Why not visit Herne Hill velodrome on Sunday 2nd July to watch the Youth A and B Track Omnium National Final. PPYCC have their best ever entry of 4 riders at the final with Finn Anderson in the Youth A final and Freddie Newman, Lukas Nerurkar and Rahul Fortescue-Talwar in the Youth B final. Although near central London Herne Hill has a rural aspect and is quiet place in the city to enjoy watching some racing and having a picnic. For ambitious riders you can find out more about the format and standard of top level youth racing. Click for details of start times and location.

Also on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd July there is the Worthing Street Velodrome event. On the Worthing Council website they write “StreetVelodrome is the World’s most accessible cycle sport. It brings all the excitement and drama of Olympic style track pursuit racing right into the heart of your community with its innovative pop up velodrome complete with steep banked corners.

StreetVelodrome is always 100% FREE to take part in. Bikes, helmets and professional coaching is always provided. There are no age limits, you don’t need any expensive equipment, its all provided.”

Find out more about Street Velodrome

[News of] Our members from the North [West Tour]

Report from the North West Youth Tour following Stage 2
Lukas Nerurkar, Freddie Newman, Rahul FT (all U14) and Luke Goodwill (U12) are all representing PPYCC at the NWYT 2017. This is a 4 event competition, staged over 3 days in Lancashire and like the Grand Tours, riders are placed according to the General Classification. The events are designed to test riders across a variety of abilities, with an individual time trial, hill stage and 2 circuit stages.
Saturday was the first stage, the individual time trial on Morecambe promenade. Following scorching weather, thunderstorms were predicted in the afternoon. On cue, before the PPYCC boys rolled off the starting ramp, thunder rolled and rain poured, making the course wet and slippy, with a hairpin bend half way through, it was time to be more cautious, and this was reflected in the results, with Freddie finishing 16th [perhaps reflecting his cycle-cross skills, given the weather], Rahul 22nd, Lukas 42nd and Luke 20th.
Sunday was the 2nd stage, a long hill climb on a closed road circuit in Lancaster. The weather was perfect, not too hot and dry, but the course was technically difficult, and there were several accidents in the earlier Junior and Youth races, some ending in hospital trips, and we wish all those involved a speedy recovery. Thankfully all our riders finished with no problems, with Freddie putting in a fantastic performance, working on the front of the main group behind the 3 leaders, and finishing 10th! Lukas and Rahul also put in sterling performances, finishing 25th and 28th respectively, whilst Luke rode strongly in the U12’s, finishing 9th.
The boys current GC standings are: Freddie 10th, Lukas 25th, Rahul 28th and Luke 10th.
Wishing the boys every luck for their 3rd and 4th stages, they are all hoping to improve their GC standings tomorrow.

Member’s racing this weekend

With some members racing at the North West Tour, based around Lancaster and Morecambe, we await news of their results. Meanwhile …..
… at Cyclopark in Gravesend members were at the regular Friday night racing.
Josh Ballinger unfortunately had his first crash when several riders went down on the finish sprint.  It was one of those avoidable incidents and the rider responsible, not a PPYCC member, was spoken to by the Commissaire.  Josh is a bit battered and bruised but is more upset about his race suit and that he couldn’t race the next day. The fact that the saddle has been half ripped off and a hood is broken appears to have escaped him.  We have to admire his determination and hope that the parents can accommodate the repair bill! Crashes are part and parcel of cycling and you do not have to be at fault to be involved in one, however those riders who are part of a club, like PPYCC, where regular coaching advice and training is given, are less likely to be the cause of an incident and also reduce their chances of being involved in a crash.
Other members had better fortune; Jacob James was also there and although he didn’t finish in the points he did finish in the bunch which was really good for only his second race there.  Lloyd Costello was racing in the under 16s and we await news of his performance.