Finn and Stephen’s Tour de France report

Tour de France Visit

Club cyclist Finn Anderson Grout and his dad, Stephen recently took a trip Marseille to watch stages 19 and 20 of the Tour de France. It was a great opportunity to see some of the worlds greatest riders close up and especially check out the kit.

We saw Stage 19 in Salon de Provence at the 450m mark which was a fast left hand bend before the sprint to the finish. Those of you that have seen the Tour will know about the publicity caravan which precedes the riders and is a chance for sponsors to throw out freebies, it gets the crowd excited for the race. We had waited for over two hours in the hot sun and were keen for the riders to arrive.

The parade before the race is always a spectacle.

Edvald Boasson Hagen was the first rider through and went on to win the stage, he made a break around 7km out and made it stick, the Norwegians next to us celebrated his first stage win by going crazy, as well they might. Froome and Team Sky came past in formation some minutes behind the lead group at the head of the peleton looking cool and composed after such a long stage.

Edvald Boasson Hagen powers through

Froome surrounded by his team 

The highlight of the tour was the individual time trial around Marseilles which really sorted out the GC. We watched the early riders in the start/finish areas before taking our seats to watch the main riders in the Orange Velodrome (which isn’t a velodrome) with the commentary, crowd and big screens, it had a great atmosphere.

As Froome and Bardet rounded the course it became obvious that Froome was having a great day as the local crowd’s hopes of a French victory melted in the afternoon heat. The magical moment was when Bardet entered the Stade, followed by Froome only metres away, having started two minutes earlier. We didn’t get a shot of this as we were too busy cheering Froomey on with our home made banner, a great result which sealed his Tour victory.

Alexander Kristoff (another Norwegian) leaves the Stade in the time trial.

Froome begins his epic ride to clinch victory.

Go Froomey Go!

Congratulations to Chris Froome on his fourth tour win, it was great to be there at the deciding stage, we are already looking forward to next year.

The only downside was that Easyjet decided to cancel our evening flight and left us stranded. Luckily we managed to catch the Eurostar on Sunday, we will be travelling by train next year!

Thank you Finn and Stephen for a great velodrome-side account and some brilliant photos!

More racing news!

Firstly, PPYCC would like to say a very big GOOD LUCK to Luke Goodwill, Josh Ballinger and Freddie Newman, all who will be travelling to Holland next weekend to compete in Europe’s largest Youth race, an annual 6 day event held in Assen, Holland. It is very exciting to have PPYCC memebers riding internationally, and we look forward to hearing about their successes and experiences over the week!

Meanwhile, in the UK, There is news from PPYCC second claim member, George Pittock:

George Pittock (U16) achieved his first podium place away from his home circuit with a fine third place finish at the second of four Velo Club Venta Summer Criterium races at Winchester on Sunday.

George was in a group of five that got away early and it was soon apparent that the winner would come from those five, with Elliot Cox of host club Velo Club Venta looking the most likely.

George took a long turn on the front with three laps to go and then dropped to the back of the group to conserve some energy before the final sprint.

Cox, eighth at the recent Hillingdon nationals, had the momentum coming out of the final corner and took victory from Samuel Clark, ranked 16th nationally and from the Portsmouth based i-Team Cycling Club, with George about a wheel length behind and ahead of Owen Giles of Portsmouth North End CC.

This was an excellent performance from George who has prioritised criterium races this year specifically to improve his skills and fitness.

PPYCC kit pop up shop returns to the Velodrome

Are you new to the club, or have you been growing?! Maybe you are in need of some new club kit?! The PPYCC club kit pop up shop returns to the Velodrome this Saturday, 22nd July from 10.30-11.30am. 

The full range of club kit, including jerseys, bib shorts and winter wear, will be available to purchase on the day, with the opportunity to try items on. Cash or cheques accepted for purchase on the day.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

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!