More racing opportunities

Thanet RC would like to invite PPYCC riders to compete in their forthcoming regional race:

The Giro d’Betteshanger is the first in a well-established series of three regional youth races organised by Thanet RC to coincide with the three major European professional cycling stage races.

The Giro d’Betteshanger will take place at Betteshanger Country Park near Deal in East Kent on Saturday 6 May with a full programme of races for Youth A,B,C,D and E riders.  Full details and online entry are available here:

The Tour de Betteshanger will be on Saturday 15 July but the date for the Vuelta a Betteshanger has still to be confirmed.

1st round of Regional Youth omniums results for PPYCC

Congratulations to all our riders who competed in the 1st round of the Regional Youth Omniums last weekend! We are very proud of you all!

In the Regional Omniums, riders compete in 5 events at each of 3 rounds hosted by Britsh Cycling registered clubs, with the top four riders overall in each group in the youth A boys, youth A girls, youth B boys and youth B girls categories qualifying to enter the national final.

On Saturday 22nd April, Finn Anderson Grout, Tom Pughe Morgan, Freddie Newman, Josh Golliker, Dylan Hicks and Rahul Fortescue Talwar all competed in the South Region, hosted by Susie’s Youth Track at the Porstmoth Velodrome, whilst on Sunday 23rd, Lukas Nerurkar and Luke Goodwill , and PPYCC second claim member, George Pittock, riding for his 1st club, Thanet, competed in the London region, hosted by VC Londres at Herne Hill.

Saturday at Portsmouth was sunny with favourable riding conditions, but cold! The event was well run and all the riders rode well and competitively within their age groups.

Finn and Tom, riding in Youth A had the biggest field of 19 riders, with fast and exciting racing. Following a winter of gaining experience in the London Youth Track League, both Tom and Finn were competing in their 1st Regional Youth Omnium. Finn, riding with lucky number 13, led the group from the 1st event, an individual time trial, with a finishing time of more than 3 seconds faster than his nearest rival. Tom also rode exceptionally well, but as a first year Youth A, was competing against older and more experienced riders, and maintained a fantastic overall position on 8th.

Finn in action! Finn finished 1st overall on the day

Tom at the front of the group in the points race. Tom finished 8th overall on the day

Dylan, Josh, Freddie and Rahul competed together in the Youth B age group, all rode competitively and it was great to see so many PPYCC riders in one age group. Rahul and Freddie, as 2nd year Youth B riders, were able to use their experience and strength to maximum effect, Rahul finishing 1st and Freddie 2nd  overall. Dylan and Josh, as 1st year Youth B riders, also performed brilliantly, and achieved fantastic results, placed in the final results 5th and 6th respectively.

Rahul and Freddie lunging for the finish line in the scratch race

Josh finishing in his sprint heat

Dylan came 4th in the scratch race!

Sunday at Herne Hill was also cold, but sunny too, with good riding conditions. An otherwise good days racing at Herne Hill was sadly over shadowed by crashes in several age categories and we wish all the riders a swift recovery.

Luke raced hard in Youth C, with a cold, and held onto 3rd place until the final event, the points race, where the new points system meant that he slipped back to 6th after losing ground in the first 2 sprints for points in the race.

Luke on the front at Herne Hill! Luke finished 6th overall

Lukas also raced fantastically in Youth B, competing against old rivals from VCL, and kept at the front of the group, racing hard and tactically, finding gaps from nowhere!

Lukas at the front of the group. Lukas finished 3rd overall

George was also competing as a first year Youth A, in his first Regional Omnium, and the four races combined to give George 24th overall, which was about where he expected to be among his first year U16 rivals.

George inThanet colours, with a PPYCC bike to match!

The next round of omniums are in the next 2 weeks, on Saturday 7th May at Welwyn for the London region, and Saturday 13th May in Bournemouth for South Region, again we wish all the riders the very best of luck!


More PPYCC racing news

Last weekend, 15th April, was another busy week for PPYCC riders competing in regional events. As well as the photos below, there are some excellent photos on PPYCC’s Instagram page, don’t forget to have a look, click on the Instagram button at the top of the home page! Thanks to Allan, Luca’s dad, and Stephen, Finn’s dad, for the photos from Saturday on Instagram, and Duncan, Adam’s dad, for photos below!

Josh Golliker (U14), Tom Pughe-Morgan, Adam Churchill and Finn Anderson Grout (U16) all rode at the Portsmouth Easter Track Open, competing in the Youth Omnium (good practice for the forthcoming weeks!), with 6 races each in the programme. Josh finished 4th overall in the U14’s, whilst Finn came 1st, Tom 4th and Adam 8th in the U16’s, well done everyone!

Adam, Finn and Tom pre race, all PPYCC colour co-ordinated and matching Oakleys!

Adam leading the bunch in the U16’s scratch race

Finn winning the sprint heat, with Adam coming 3rd

Freddie Newman, Rahul, Lukas Nerurkar and Dylan Hicks (U14), and Luca StoneLloyd Costello and George Pittock (U16) competed in the 2nd Primavera race hosted by Cycling Club Hackney at Lee Valley. Unfortunately there was a crash on one of the bends in the middle of the U14’s race, which took out several riders, including Freddie (who sustained cuts and bruises, but is all ok and racing again this week). Rahul, Lukas and Dylan all managed to avoid the pile up, and rode hard and fast, keeping in the leading bunch throughout, with Rahul and Lukas taking 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Luca, Lloyd and George had a tough, fast race with a large field of competitive and strong riders,  George made an opportunist attack on the last lap, holding it until the last approx 30m, but didn’t quite have enough left in the tank to finish with a higher place. All three riders did really well to keep in the bunch and finished the race with respectable positions of: George-29th, Luca-35th and Lloyd-36th.

Rahul (2nd) and Lukas (3rd) with Welwyn rider Tom Sharples (1st) on the non-podium!

George Pittock went on to race again during the weekend at the annual Alan Rosner Memorial race, held at Redbridge Cycling Centre. His dad, Phil, writes the following report:

George Pittock put the mixed emotions of Saturday’s race at Lee Valley behind him with avery good ride at Redbridge on Easter Monday. The Alan Rosner Memorial Circuit Races attracted good entries across all categories, with pro teams Novo Nordisk and Wiggins represented in the E/1/2/3 race.

The U16 Boys race was a high quality line-up of 43 riders, with many familiar faces and some from further afield. After Saturday’s brave solo attack was chased down less than 50m from the line, George set himself two targets this time – to finish in the main bunch and to beat at least one of three peers who he usually measures himself against.

Oliver Knight of Team Corley Cycles was allowed to establish a 30 second lead at the halfway point until Tom Portsmouth of Velo Club Londres, the winner on Saturday, chased him down to win his second race in three days. George looked comfortable in the bunch, despite losing ground each lap on the steep descent and having to chase back, and even took a turn on the front. He came home in 21 st, beating two of the three boys he had identified and, importantly for the future, finishing as fifth placed first year U16.

George slept most of the way home and was very pleased with another good day’s work!

The first round of the Regional Youth Omniums, with Youth A and B riders competing for the top 4 places to guarantee them a place in the National finals, are being held this forthcoming weekend: GOOD LUCK to: Joshua Golliker, Dylan Hicks, Rahul and Freddie Newman (U14) and Tom Pughe-Morgan and Finn Anderson Grout (U16) in the South Region hosted at Portsmouth on Saturday 22nd, and Luke Goodwill (U12) and Lukas Nerurkar (U14) and George Pittock (U16) in the London Region hosted at Herne Hill on Sunday 23rd.


PPYCC racing news

Last weekend saw a big PPYCC turn out at the 1st in a series of 3 races hosted by Hackney Cycling Club at Lee Valley Circuit.

Ist up was Luke Goodwill and Alfie Bunyan in the U12 race. Luke rode well, in a fast and attacking race. He was active in the lead group but was boxed in the last half lap as they came round for the sprint but still finished well in 7th. Alfie started from the back row and totally missed the big push at the start.  However, Alfie rode well, working with another rider throughout the race, with Alfie putting on a bit of a push to come out in front at the finish line.

Luke in the leading group

Alfie and LVYCC rider working together

Alfie on the finish line

Next up came the U14’s, with Freddie Newman, Lukas Nerurkar, Josh Ballinger and Rahul Fortescue Talwar competing.

U14’s and U16’s pre-race: (L-R) Tom, Josh, Freddie, Adam, Rahul, Lloyd and Lukas

Last minute adjustments pre-U14 race.

The U14 riders found that this was a more tactically frustrating race, with other riders not prepared to make a breakaway, and it all coming down to a sprint finish. They all rode really well, spending much of the race at the front of the leading group. Final positions: Rahul 4th, Lukas 6th, Freddie 8th and Josh 13th.

Rahul and Lukas 2nd and 3rd in the group, with Josh and Freddie 7th and 8th, as the U14’s come under the bridge on lap 3.

Nobody up for a breakaway?!

Finally the U16’s races, with Tom Pughe-Morgan, Lloyd Costello and Adam Churchill competing, alongside PPYCC second claim member George Pittock.

Adam, Tom and Lloyd warming up whilst the U14’s race

The U16’s was a very fast race, with a lot of movement within the bunch, necessitating continuous use of skills and observation to avoid crashes, and an average speed of 42 km/hour. The PPYCC riders rode really well, keeping within the leading group and maintaing their positions. Final places: Tom 13th, Adam 17th, George 23rd, Lloyd finished but was not placed despite a fantastic, mostly solo, effort to chase the leading group after losing his place within the bunch.

U16’s going under the bridge

The U16’s were the biggest field of the day, with over 50 riders competing

Well done to all the riders (and their parents!) who competed, as always we are very proud of your participation, effort and representation of the club!


With many apologies for the late notice, but there will be NO Outer Ring session today, 8th April, due to coach availability. The session will be on as usual next Saturday 15th April.

Please join Charlie’s club road ride tomorrow instead if you are able, if you are unsure if this is for you, please contact Charlie on 07434 691462, and also note his information below:



PPYCC Omnium 2017

PPYCC is once again hosting round 3 of the Regional Track Omnium series on Sunday May 21st.

For those of you not familiar with the Omnium, it can be best described as a decathlon for track cycling. There will be five events for each age category – Time Trial, Elimination Race, Scratch Race, Sprint and Points race. Points are awarded for your position in each race

All PPYCC members that hold a BC licence are welcome to enter, we have age categories from Under 8’s through to Under 16’s, boys and girls.

Please follow this link to enter

It will be a fun filled day of racing with prizes in all categories. Charlie from Infinity Foods will be supplying catering. Last year was a great success with many PPYCC members making the podium.

The day cannot run successfully without support from our members and parents. We ask that those that can help on the day contact Paul Wilson on

Please note: Under 8’s and under 10’s categories can use a normal bike but the gearing will be restricted on site [ask a club coach if you are unsure about this]. All other age categories will need to be on a fixed wheel track bike. The age categories can be> misleading, so please refer to the table below to ensure you enter the correct category.

Youth E Under 8 Born in 2009 or later

Youth D Under 10 Born in 2007 or 2008

Youth C Under 12 Born in 2005 or 2006

Youth B Under 14 Born in 2003 or 2004

Youth A Under 16 Born in 2001 or 2002

PPYCC riders racing and sportive news!

PPYCC riders have been very busy with the new season’s racing and sportive calendars, and have been representing PPYCC nationally and regionally. Well done to all our riders on their participation, achievements and representation of PPYCC!

Adam Churchill competing in the West Drayton Specialized Crits Series – Event 2 on the 25th March, placed 7th in Youth A race.

On the 26th March, Lee Valley YCC hosted the 1st of the National Youth Circuit Series at Redbridge Cycling Centre.

Luke Goodwill competed in the supporting U12 mixedrace, with a field of 49 riders, finishing 12th overall in a hard race, well done Luke!

Rahul Fortescue Talwar, Freddie Newman, Lukas Nerurkar, Dylan Hicks and Josh Golliker competed in a huge field of 93 riders in the U14’s boys race. Unfortunately, through an unavoidable accident in front of him, Lukas crashed out of the race. Dylan and Josh, as 1st year U14’s rode hard but were eventually lapped (as were 45 of the riders in the group) by the main bunch. Rahul and Freddie stayed in the leading group throughout the hour long race, with an exciting sprint finish up the hill, with Rahul coming 4th overall, and Freddie finishing in 33rd place.

Unfortunately, with a maximum field of 102 riders in the U16’s, none of the PPYCC riders in this age group were able to secure a place, however, George Pittock, friends and co-competitor with several of our riders and who claims PPYCC as his second club, did ride in the U16’s, coming 83rd in a very strong and fast group, well done George!



On Saturday 1st April, Josh Ballinger rode in the Haywards Heath 48 mile sportive, recording a 3rd best finishing time out of 151 participants, whilst Tom Pughe-Morgan rode an amazing 160km in the Cycling Weekly sportive in just 5hurs 43 mins, really impressive riding! Meanwhile, up in London, Freddie Newman, Lukas Nerurkar and Rahul Fortescue Talwar competed in track at Herne Hill 5th track day Youth Omnium, with Rahul coming 1st (3rd overall in Youth A and B), Lukas 2nd and Freddie 3rd in the U14, well done PPYCC!

Please let me know if you have particiated in an event recently that I am not aware of, so we can celebrate your achievements too.

Also ,any pictures you would like to share from these, or any other events, please send to me, to post on the website. Instagram is also coming soon to the website, with lots more pics to view!

Ride London fundraising places available

I have received the following message, please contact Tim directly ifyou are interested!

I am a director of a local charity ( Peterson's Fund for Children). 
We have five spots in the Ride London/Surrey 100 bike sportive  and 
10 spots for the 48 miler this summer.  Let me know if anyone in the club would be interested participating as a team or individually.  
Our costs are 
£175 and £100 to us so minimum fundraise would be that amount. Thanks

Contact details: Tim Peterson:

Mildenhall Cycling Festival

PPYCC have attended the Mildenhall Cycling Rally in previous years, and have received an email from the organiser. It is a fun event for all ages and abilities, if any riders and their families would like a weekend away involving bicycles and racing!:

After last year’s very successful test event at a new venue based around West Row Village Hall, we will be reverting to a full three-day event this year.

We will be relaunching it as the Mildenhall Cycling Festival with a new logo and website! We will though be retaining all the favourite parts of the old Rally, combining them in a superb rural and family friendly site.

We expect to have finalised all the details for this year in the next 2-3 weeks and will then update our website.

I look forward to welcoming you all to Mildenhall again this year.


Mildenhall Cycling Club

Event information also available on the British Cycling website at


PPYCC support fundraising following news of the death of endurance cyclist Mike Hall

You may have seen the sad news last week that the UK endurance cyclist Mike Hall was killed while competing in the India Pacific race across Australia. He was in second place and approaching the finish. A fundraiser on JustGiving has been setup to help Mike’s family with costs. There is a PPYCC connection to Mike, and the club would like to support this fundraising for Mike’s family.

Some members will remember Ishmael Burdeau as a PPYCC coach from previous years and his son Milo, an ex PPYCC member. Ishmael knew Mike well through competing in two editions of the Transcontinental race across Europe in recent years, which Mike organised. Mark Aberdour, George’s dad, received the words below from Ishmael, which we would like to share with the club:

“I knew Mike personally, having done his race twice. He was a really incredible guy and I can honestly say he changed my life. He was a very big influence on me. Mike helped many people discover that real freedom and adventure are still possible. While I cursed his name many times on my two rides across Europe, I also have him to thank for giving me the courage to do what I thought was impossible. People like Mike are so rare and precious. Mike was a Real Human Being.”

The fundraiser is at

Guardian article:

Our thoughts are with Mike’s family.