This week the London Youth Track League kicked off at Lee Valley Velodrome.
PPYCC were well represented with 6 riders riding in the first weeks racing. Josh Ballinger, Rahul Fortescue Talwar and Josh Golliker in the U14s Category and Finn Anderson-Grout, Tom Pugh-Morgan and Luca Stone in the U16s Category. Tow more PPYCC riders, Dylan Hicks and Jacob James will be joining for the next event.
All performed incredibly well over 4 races. Unfortunately Josh G was taken out by another rider crashing in race 3 so had to miss race 4 due to injury. He has a nice new race suite to look forward to. All races included a field of 28 riders which made for some extremely exciting racing Especially in the points races
The cobbled omloop takes place in the hamlet of Kostvlies about 20km’s from Assen.
It was a very windy day and having ridden the loop the previous day it was easy to see where the wind would of use and where it would be hardest.
The race also included a section of cobbles which although short, was enough to sap every ounce of energy.
Freddie got a good start and stayed with a second bunch to eventually finish in 36th place with Josh following in 54th place.
Luke’s race was over 22km of the same loop. He put i a fantastic effort to finish 32nd.
Here’s a slightly shakey video of the whole cat 7 group of motorcycles, cars and cyclist passing on the corner to the cobbles. Assen Omloop 2017
This took place in a small village about 20 km from Assen. The cat 7 race was over 13km and the cat 5 over 7.5km. It was a windy and wet day which produced some slippery conditions at the start with some riders slipping on the start ramp.
Josh was early out of the start and soon over took those ahead of him. Even dealing with a torrential downpour he still registered a time of 22:45.Freddie was out of the start soon after and posted a time of 21:18. Both really good times for the conditions.
Luke was in Cat 5 whose tt distance was 7.5km which he completed in 13:39, placing him in the top 20 of a field of 70
The Classic is what Assen is all about and brings to the young riders all of the trappings of a full tour stage, police outriders, team cars the works. This is what makes Assen so special and this year has attracted nearly 800 riders from 23 countries as far as New Zealand and South Africa and ranging in age from 5 to 18. Cat 7 and 5 have 70 riders each so they are big fields to compete against.
After the riders were put into position the police riders, lead bikes and cars lead them away with more police riders and the wheel cars following on.Freddie finished in the bunch at the end of the race which was a monumental spring down the finish straight which lead into the main campsite/arena. Josh didn’t fare so well and was dropped by the peloton.
Luke started off a good race but appeared to have mechanical issues which slowed him down. He eventually finished behind the peloton.
Video footage will be posted soon along with more race reports. Unfortunately it’s not the best internet connection here.
Day 1’s Prologue covering a 1.7km timed distance started in the woods just outside Assen and finished at the main cycle arena. Comprising of sealed road and cobbles through-out the course. Freddie Newman and Josh Ballinger we’re in the early category 7 group which started at 8am, Josh starting at 8:04am and Freddie at 8:11. Luke Goodwill, cat 5, started at 9:23am. All had good times for their first experience of Assen, and the famous cobbles to race on. All had good times for their first experience of Assen, and the famous cobbles to race on.
Day 2 saw the Criterium. which for cat 7 riders was 16 *1.7km laps of Assen town centre. For Luke in cat 5 it was 11 laps.
The cat 5 race was one of the first and unfortunately Luke got caught up in a crash, although he managed to get himself back up, in his haste he missed that during the crash his front quick release had been opened. He still managed to finish the race without stopping to fix this and was awarded a lap due to the crash.
Cat 7s were next and a field of 70 riders. There was a crash early on the first lap which split the field with Freddie in the leading group and Josh in the second group. Freddie stayed with the peloton eventually finishing in 24th place. Josh stayed with he second
bunch finishing in 55th place. The eventual winner of the race finished 42 seconds ahead of the peloton .
The next report will be on the Classic road race and the time trial.
The 10 race series finally came to its climax on Tuesday evening. The conditions did not look good as a storm front started to come in and although there was little rain there was a strong headwind down the back straight which changed to a cross wind towards the final corner.
There were 4 PPYCC riders in the U16/U14 mix race, Lloyd Castello, Josh Ballinger, Amelia Roberts and James Gilmore. All put in valiant efforts and special mention to Lloyd who rode a fantastic race keeping in with the leading pack. Josh had to work hard in a group of riders who were fighting for points and a place on the podium, ultimately Josh finished the series on the podium in 3rd place. James and Amelia finished well even with the strong head wind taking it’s toll by the mid way point, both rode the series pushing hard in every race.
After the 10 race series Finn Anderson finished 2nd in the U16 boys, Amelia Roberts finished 3rd in the U16 girls and Josh Ballinger finished 3rd in the U14 boys. Others who raced in some of the series from PPYCC included Tom Pugh-Morgan and Luca Stone.
Well done to everyone who attended the racing throughout the series.
Next stop is Assen in Holland for the European Junior Cycling Tour starting on the 30th July. Three PPYCC riders will be there competing over the 6 days of racing, Luke Goodwill, Freddie Newman and Josh Ballinger. Watch this space for the daily updates from Assen.
I am one of the volunteer coaches at PPYCC and I’m riding in the London/Surrey 100 in aid of Chestnut Tree House Childrens Hospice. I’ve never cycled this distance before but I’m hoping to do it in less than 6 1/2 hours.
I’m aiming to raise £600 for the charity so any donations will be greatly appreciated by me and the charity.
I have a justgiving page and I will also have a sponsorship form at the track with me on Saturday.
Here is the link to my page:
John Ballinger’s JustGiving Page
Most of the new kit and prices have been added to the Club kit page now. Photos are to follow.
To hopefully get an order back in time for Christmas I need all orders in by the 25th November.
If I have what you want in Stock then I will get this to you, otherwise it will go in the order once paid for.
These will be on the kit page soon and available to buy at £16.
There is a limited amount at the moment but more have been ordered.
We now have the PPYCC Caps and will be selling them at the track from this Saturday (15th August) Price is £7
Other pre-ordered kit has also arrived and this is being sorted and packed