More racing news from last weekend!

Congratulations to Lloyd Costello, who competed in the Ovenden Tour de France event at Betteshanger in Deal.  Lloyd had a good race and finished 3rd. Well done Lloyd!

Meanwhile at PPYCC friend and second claim member, George Pittock, was at Welwyn….

George Pittock (U16) bounced back from a short but debilitating illness earlier in the week to ride a very good race at Welwyn Garden City on Sunday.

The Welwyn Petit Tour, in its third year, includes eight hours of closed road town centre criterium racing across all ages and categories plus a “cycling village” with activities throughout the day creating a festival atmosphere.

The riders were all together with George towards the back of a high quality field until 2016 U14 national champion Oliver Stockwell and club mate Joseph Bennett (both Welwyn Wheelers CC) crashed on the eighth of 26 laps.  Aaron Freeman (Chelmer CC) and Max Bolton (Lee Valley Youth CC) benefitted from the crash and opened up a lead which spilt the riders into several groups.

George rode in 12th place at the front of the third group with familiar rivals Harrison Mayo (Barking & Dagenham CC) and Oliver Partner (Colchester Rovers CC), but none were prepared to work so George left them behind and slowly moved through the field reaching eighth place by the half way point.

The leaders were brought back as two became four and then six and an exciting race developed at the front.  George unfortunately found himself on his own, with little chance of catching seventh placed Sam Bardill (CC Hackney) or of being caught himself.

A close finish saw Sam Asker (VC Londres) sprint to victory ahead of Freeman in second and Jamie Dene (Welwyn Wheelers CC) third.  George finished a very creditable eighth and headed for home satisfied with a good performance in a tough race and also with getting back to full fitness.


Racing news this weekend

The PPYCC TT boys, Jojo Martin, Josh Ballinger, Tom Pughe- Morgan, Adam Churchill and Finn Anderson Grout were out in force at the GHS regionals (10mile TT) in Steyning yesterday. Some fantastic results (3 in the top 10 overall of 60 adult and junior riders) meant that PPYCC won the team prize!! – beating the likes of Crawley Wheelers, Brighton XL, Brighton Mitre, Dulwich Paragon etc….!!
Some great individual results and big PBs too
Jojo 3rd 21.53
Finn 9th 22.20
Tom 10th 22.28
Adam 22nd 23.53
Josh 36th 26.44
I believe that most of these riders have qualified for the National TT finals in September, fantastic riding boys!
Meanwhile, in Redbridge, Lukas Nerurkar and Luke Goodwill were racing in the ERCC Summer Go-Ride event, well done Luke, who came 3rd in the U12’s, and Lukas, who came 1st in the U14’s!

Fantastic pictures from SCRL racing

We recently had a photographer visit Preston Park, and take a range of brilliant pictures of riders competing in the track league. He has shared them via a flickr account, and is happy for anyone to use them. PLEASE ensure you credit him if you use any of these on social media platforms, @bjnkemp” (on Instagram)  or “Brendan Kemp” elsewhere.

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Would you like to volunteer for PPYCC?!

PPYCC are currently looking at funding streams, to supplement the club’s income in a time of increasing financial constraints. Additional funding will allow us to continue to grow and provide support for members, enabling us to train new coaches and buy new equipment, amongst other club requirements.

We currently have a volunteer who has been working hard on identifying grants and bursaries open to us, however, we are looking for a volunteer who would be able to offer some time to the club, working together to assist in a one off piece of volunteering work in completing applications and managing fundraising.

No previous experience is necessary, although if you do have some it would be great! If you would be interested in joining our fantastic volunteer team, please email me at, I look forward to hearing from you!

Racing news from PPYCC, part 4

Last Saturday was the National Youth Circuit Championships, held in Milton Keynes, chosen to host the event as part of the town’s 50th anniversary celebrations. The event was very well run, with a technical and carefully planned course for the riders. The day was perfect riding conditions, warm without being too hot, sunny and no wind.

PPYCC was represented in the U12’s by Luke Goodwill, in the U14’s by Lukas Nerurkar, Freddie Newman, Josh Golliker and Rahul Fortescue Talwar, and in the U16’s by Finn Anderson Grout. The U14’s and U16’s were racing for the prestigious title of National Champion, and the right to wear the National Champion’s jersey for the forthcoming season.

All the races across the age groups were very competitive and fast, with fields of 89 riders in the U14’s and 95 riders in the U16’s, with riders from across the UK, including Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands competing.

Luke Goodwill rode brilliantly in the U12’s, staying in the main attacking group throughout the race. Unfortunately, he fell back in the group at the start of the final sprint because of another rider’s mistake, but still managed to finish 28th with full effort in his sprint.

 First lap for the U14’s, motor paced

The U14’s were motor paced for the first 1.5 laps, to allow riders to safely understand and negotiate the 7 90 degree corners in the course! The racing was fast and furious from the start, with 3 riders making an early breakaway, and a large chasing group of approximately 25 riders not far behind them. Lukas and Freddie were in the chasing group, and rode fantastically throughout.

Lukas and Rahul in the main bunch

Freddie in the attacking group

The star of the U14’s for PPYCC was Freddie, who made a solo breakaway from the main group 2 laps before the final sprint, holding this and finishing 5th!! Well done Freddie on such an excellent result.

Freddie crossing the finish line in 5th place!

Lukas held onto the main group and finished an very good 22nd. Unfortunately Rahul had an injury, and wasn’t able to keep within the main group, but rode admirably within a smaller group behind the main attack, winning the sprint finish in this group for a final position of 44th. Josh fell back from the main group early on, having suffered with cramp on the start line, but showed tenacitiy and sportsmanship, working with another rider to maintain their positions, and finishing 78th overall.

 Rahul attacking  

Josh working with a fellow competitor 

Sadly, Finn, who was riding in the fastest and most competitive group, the U16’s, crashed when another rider braked sharply in front of him. He needed immediate first aid attention, and was out of the race from then on. We wish Finn a speedy recovery, and send him best wishes from us all at PPYCC.

As always, PPYCC would like to congratulate all our riders for their performance, participation and representation of the club. We are very proud of you all!!


Racing news from PPYCC, Part 3

Last Wednesday was the annual Guildford Town Centre Criterium, an exciting race on the closed, partially cobbled, roads in the centre of Guildford. PPYCC was represented by Adam Churchill and Luca Stone in the U16’s, and Josh Ballinger and Rahul in the U14’s. It was a hot and close evening, making the effort by the riders all the more impressive. The U16 and U14 boys and girls raced together, allowing riders to match themselves against other age groups.

Adam chasing long standing friend (and rival!) George Sloan (VCL)

Luca and Adam, after staying at the head of the race for the entire time, made impressive sprints up the cobbled hill to the finish line, coming 4th and 5th respectively in the U16’s. Rahul finished in a small group of leading U14’s, coming 2nd, with Josh riding stongly throughout coming in close behind.


Rahul with on the podium with friends Mattie Dodd (VCL, 1st) and Caelen Miller (Barking and Dagenham, 3rd)

More photos of the evening, by Allan Stone, on the PPYCC Instagram account, click on the link at the top of the hme page!

Racing news from PPYCC, Part 2

The last 10 Friday evenings have seen some exciting and tough racing at Cyclopark in the Spring In The Park series.

PPYCC riders have had great success with wins in U12s from Luke who also won the U12 series overall.


Luke receiving his award as overall winner of the series!

U14s Rahul won from a breakaway + plus top placings from Freddie and Dylan. Also great to see Josh and Jacob in the mix every week.

Rahul, Josh and Dylan in the U14’s

In the U16s JoJo and Tom have delivered impressive solo wins and we’ve had Adam, Lloyd, James and Luca pushing hard in a very strong field.

Adam in the leading group

Jojo making a solo breakaway

Well done to all our riders who have shown what a strong club with great depth we have across all age groups. There are a large numbers of girls racing these events from a wide range of clubs in the South East and it would be great to see some of our girls as well as boys racing these and other events next year.