We really need some helpers for next Sunday’s cross race

Hi PPYCC supporters,

If you can help and we don’t have your name on our list below please let Anthony know your availability for next Sunday. We have roles from 07.30 to 17.00 with our greatest need being setting up which finishes by 11.00.

The message below has already been sent to  some volunteers.

Your name may be on the list below to help at our Cross race next Sunday. We are pretty short of helpers, especially for setting up in the morning which starts from 07.30. Would you:

  1. Confirm if your availability below is correct
  2. Let me know if you are not listed and you are able to help.
  3. No need to reply if you are unavailable and not on the list below.

The two cross events raise enough funds to pay for our track hire for almost the entire year.

That’s all.


Name Sun 29th Oct
Richard Jeynes Y
Alex Burge TBC
John Ballinger TBC
Josh Ballnger TBC
Richard Nerurkar Y
Alex Beyfus Pm if needed
Ollie Philips 08.30 – 10.30 [No lap counting]
Justina Pughe-Morgan Counting laps and clearing 10.00 – 16.00
Rob Kovacks 12 PM on
Helen Clark Y
Graeme Wicks Catering
Natasha Hannah ?
Mark Bishop All day
Joe Bishop All day
Anthony Rogers All day
Kim FT All day
Rahul FT All day
Alan Newman All day

Hill Climb Racing News: a win for Lloyd Costello

Three  PPYCC riders competed in the Butts Lane Hill Climb event at Willingdon last Saturday. There was a field of forty riders with a mix of juvenile, juniors, adults, seniors and veterans.  All three PPYCC riders had a good ride putting in a lot of effort and hard work to reach the summit in a good time.  Observers at the summit, including riders in all categories, were in a state of exhaustion and many collapsed once over the finishing line.
Results for the PPYCC riders are :- Francis Schofield finished 27th with a time of 5.04, James Gilmore 25th with a time of 5.01 and Lloyd Costello 21st with a time of 4.49. We are delighted that Lloyd’s time of 4.49 was the fastest time in the juvenile category giving him first place. Congratulations to Lloyd, and thanks to him, Francis and James for representing the club further afield.

Outer ring Saturday 14th October

Saturday is the penultimate session for the Outer Ring at Preston Park with 21st October seeing riders visit Lee Valley Velodrome, (see details in post earlier this week).

We will continue from last week’s session by continuing to look at winter training and interval sessions. We will run a pyramid session in what may well be the last hot day at the park. Come prepared for all weathers and bring plenty of liquids.

Outer Ring on 21st October [limited availability to ride at Lee Valley Velodrome]

On Saturday 21st of October, 08.00 – 10.00, we have secured a track session at Lee Valley Velodrome alongside Brighton Tri, running two separate groups – youth and adult.

There will be no Outer Ring session at Preston Park that day but there are 12 places available to join us at the velodrome. You do need to pre-commit to this opportunity so if you would like to join us please email Anthony@ppycc.org.uk to be added to the list. The cost for the session is £10 and there is an opportunity to swim or dive in the Olympic pool after. If you need help with transport also let us know.

If oversubscribed we will chose a pool of riders who fit best together to ensure greater safety and maximising the coaching opportunity.

Le Ride, a film about following the route of the 1928 Tour de France!

Anyone else interested in supporting and seeing this film? It could be a PPYCC winter evening social event. We are unclear of the certification but assume a film about cycling around France will not be something that will cause upset. If interested just pledge on the website for the film Le Ride.



Date: Thu, Nov 9, 2017 6:30 PM

Where: Odeon Brighton
Kingswest, West St, Brighton , Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2RE, United Kingdom


One for parents

Did you know 02-08 October 2017 is Parents in Sport Week? The Child Protection in Sport Unit, (CPSU)  a branch of the NSPPCC, holds information on the importance of parents [not that you needed telling] and their needs; read more here:  https://thecpsu.org.uk/help-advice/topics/parents-in-sport/

With the recent events we have organised we would like to thank all our parents for their continuing support and encourage them and our other volunteers to look as this section on the CPSU website.

You may also wish to let us know if we should have a section of our PPYCC website devoted specifically to parents. Email your thoughts to anthony@ppycc.org.uk who will pass it on to our coach Mark Aberdour who has alerted us to this material and the potential need for updating our website.

Hill Climb TT on the iconic Ditchling Beacon

We would like to encourage our racing members to enter the Sussex Nomads Time Trial Hill Climb at Ditchling Beacon on Sunday 29th October. Unusually we are encouraging members to take part even though our second Cycle-cross event is on the same day.

The early start of the Hill Climb gives riders a chance to travel to our Cross event to either race or help later the same day. To this end the Hill Climb promoter is Alex Beyfus, who is the mechanic for our club on Saturday mornings and who is joining our Cross race to help as First Aid support after his own promotion ends.

You will need parental permission and to be 12 years or older. For further information use this link: 2017 Sussex Nomads Cycling Club HC details

ps. You have to enter by 17th October.

Cross-race report

If you look at our Face Book page you will see much more about yesterday’s cross race, however there was much excitement, less bad weather than expected and some success for our riders in a discipline where we are not so commonly on the podium.

With over 30 volunteers we showed an impressive club and community spirit and thanks to all those that contributed in some way.

We await sight of the official results but, congratulations to podium finishers Tom Pughe-Morgan and Freddie Newman and maybe others.

Unusually we had a first aid incident in the Senior race with the injured party being ex-member ,23 year old, Patrick Hough. Patrick’s mother Liz said

“Thanks for being in touch about Patrick. Unfortunately he has a hairline fracture of the fibia and will be out for about six weeks. He’s fine, and gone back up to London today with a sack full of painkillers! “
PPYCC say best wishes for a speedy recovery Patrick .