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.

Racing news from PPYCC, Part 1

Amelia Roberts, Josh Ballinger and James Gilmore  were racing at Goodwood last Tuesday in the South Downs Velo Goodwood Series.  It was a bright sunny evening with little wind and so perfect conditions if a little on the warm side.  All 3 PPYCC riders were in the same race as U16 and U14 race together.
On a course that is very long and flat (6 minutes/lap) there was plenty of time to maneuver during the race.  All 3 riders finished in the main bunch, Josh was first in U14 boys. James 7th in u16 boys and Amelia 2nd in u16 girls  Well done to all.
Amelia, far left, Josh, centre, and James, right (partially hidden) in the final sprint!

National Youth Track Championships

PPYCC riders have been regularly competing in races across the country and region throughout the season, and riders have been celebrating successes in races such as Spring in the Park, Goodwood, Angmering, Eastbourne and National Circuit series. My apologies for not posting reports regularly, but a continuous well done for all our riders, their participation and representation of PPYCC!

Last weekend PPYCC were exceptionally pleased to support four of our riders, Lukas Nerurkar, Freddie Newman, Finn Anderson Grout and Rahul Fortescue Talwar, who gained acceptance to compete at the National Youth Track Championships, through their brilliant racing at the regional omnium heats recently. The top four riders in each of the 6 national regions made it through to the finals, and this year PPYCC had the most riders in the club’s history representing the club, competing as, and with, the best youth track riders in the UK.

Rider Briefing pre-race

It was a beautiful sunny day, and competitors couldn’t have wished for better racing conditions. As with the regional omniums, competitors raced in 5 events throughout the day, amassing points from each event to decide the winners. This year riders had an individual TT,  Finn ready to go for his TT, placed 8th in this event, with an excellent time of 1:03.56, only 1 second short of the track record at HH!

an elimination race Youth A elimination

Youth B elimination, Freddie had an amazing race and finished 9th in the elimination

a scratch raceYouth B scratch, Lukas sprinted from the back of the bunch to finish 9th in the scratch

Kieran heats, and a final points raceRahul managed to hold a brilliant 2 lap breakaway in the points race to win one of the points sprints.

Overall results, Youth B, Lukas 11th, Freddie 12th, Rahul 14th and Youth A, Finn 18th. A huge well done to the riders for achieving places in the finals, and for their performances on the day, PPYCC are very proud of you all! Thank you to all those who came to support and cheer on our riders too!

Bike for sale!

Frame and forks from Giant Defy 1, 2012 model.

Fairly well used but well looked after and no crashes. Got great reviews at the time, and was sold as an endurance-focused frame with slightly more relaxed frame geometry than their sportier ranges.

  • Size: Large (I’m 6′ 3″ and it was a good fit)
  • Frame: ALUXX SL-Grade Aluminum
  • Fork: Advanced-Grade Composite, Alloy OverDrive Steerer
  • Colour: White/Blue/Black
  • Bottom bracket included: Shimano press-fit
  • Headset included: Giant own-brand
  • Seat clamp included

Has mudguard eyes but not much clearance so won’t take standard guards, but Giant sell their own brand mudguards to fit their ranges plus raceblades etc may fit.

Finer details from the bike spec sheet:

  • Head angle 72.5 / Seat angle 73
  • Top tube 57.5cm
  • Head tube 20.5cm
  • Chain stay 42cm
  • Wheelbase 102.2cm
  • Standover height 32 inches

Would make a nice project for a winter trainer or an entry-level sportive bike. I have a few of the components (105 front derailleur and brake calipers) available too. I have more photos if interested, can bring down the track on Saturdays if anyone wants a closer look, or just pop round the house for a look (we are near Patcham Infants). 07936 716579 /

All reasonable offers considered!

Go Ride Inter Club racing cluster for Inner and Outer ring riders

This weekend, 8th July, PPYCC are hosting the 3rd round of the Sussex Inter Club Racing Cluster, and all Inner and Outer Ring riders who are newer to racing are invited to compete! There will be a series of races throughout the morning for all age groups from U8’s through to U16’s. Signing on opens at 9.00am, with racing, followed by prize giving, from 9.30-11.30am. PPYCC also look forward to welcoming Tim Sales, the British Cycling Regional Go Ride Coach, who will be supporting the club throughout the morning.

As this event is aimed at riders who are gaining expereince in racing, if you have been regularly competing in regional and national races for more than a season, then this event is not for you! However, it would be fantastic to have your support as Club Volunteers at the event, if you would like to join us please email me to let me know.

Alternatively, experienced riders who normally join the Outer Ring may like to organise their own, rider-led, road ride for the morning instead. Perhaps you could plan to finish your ride at the Velodrome in time to join us for prize giving?!

We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday!

Charity ride at Preston Park Velodrome

For all of you who would like to put in some extra laps at Preston Park Velodrome, whilst raising money for charity, Brighton Housing Trust are running an all day event at the Velodrome on Sunday 25th June.

BHT challenge the causes of homelessness, poverty and marginalisation and deal with the consequences, providing support for those dealing with homlessness within Brighton and Hove and East Sussex. Please follow the link for the event flyer and more info! BHT Around the World Cycle Challenge 2017

PPYCC racing newsletter

Regional Youth Track Omnium, London,Round 2

Luke Goodwill, U12 and Lukas Nerurkar, U14, rode in the second round of the London Regional Omnium last weekend, hosted by Welwyn Wheelers. Both boys rode brilliantly in large groups, each competing in 5 races throughout the day, with Luke finishing 7th and Lukas finishing 5th overall. This weekend Tom Pugh Morgan, Finn Anderson Grout, Adam Churchill, Luca Stone, Rahul Fortescue Talwar, Dylan Hicks, Freddie Newman, Josh Golliker and Seb and Louis Boulton  all compete in the 2nd round of the South Regional Omnium at Bournemouth. Good luck!

Good wood

PPYCC riders have been racing at Goodwood for the last two weeks, last week Josh Ballinger came 3rd in the U14’s. This week saw a good turnout for PPYCC, with Lloyd Costello, Finn Anderson, Tom Pughe-Morgan, Luca Stone and James Gilmore all competing in the U16’s, and Josh Ballinger in the U14’s. Well done to both Finn and to Josh on 1st places!!

Some great pictures of the evening’s racing below, thanks to dads John Ballinger and Stephen Anderson!

Spring in the Park 1 and 2       The first week of the 10 week Spring in the Park series at Cyclopark Kent saw a win for Luke Goodwill in the U12’s and 2nd and 3rd place for Rahul and Freddie Newman in the U14’s. PPYCC had great representation in the U16’s, a large and fast group, with Adam Churchill , George Pittock (second claim), Tom Pughe-Morgan, Joseph Martin,  Luca Stone and James Gilmore all finishing in a bunch sprint after a demanding race.

Freddie and Rahul sprinting for the finish line

The second evening was another good one for for PPYCC at Gravesend. Two second places in U12-Luke Goodwill-and U14-Freddie Newman- with Dylan Hicks 4th and Josh Ballinger 8th – scoring his first BC points of the season – also in the U14’s.  Joseph Martin managed to get off the front with Tom Pughe Morgan in the U16s – and they made it stick, working 3 or 4 laps together.  Tom wasn’t able to stick with it unfortunately, but Jojo stayed away for another 10 laps, almost lapping the field in the end.  Good victory! James Gilmore and Luca Stone also finished well in the U16’s, improving their placings this week.

Freddie and Josh on the finish line.

Giro d’Betteshanger George was 2nd at the Giro d’Betteshanger in East Kent on Saturday 6th May, about a bike length behind the winner Liam Hanks of Barking & Dagenham CC.

Omega Track Series  Alfie Bunyan had a mixed bag in the Omega Track series #2 at Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth last Saturday.  With just the three of them in the U12 group (two boys and one girl) and a fair bit of wind, it was easy to slip off a wheel and more difficult to get back on.  Second places in the sprint and the dash, and a win in his handicap race were tempered by third place in the other races, though sensibly conserving energy when “all was lost”.  Well done Alfie! Meet #3 is on Saturday 3rd June.

Alfie in his handicap win

Well done to all our riders and GOOD LUCK in your forthcoming races!!