Inner Ring Saturday 9th September

It’s a very wet Friday night but forecast to be dry and sunny Saturday morning. Due to the mountain bike trip this weekend there will be no formally coached session at the track tomorrow morning. However, we are planning on running a distance challenge for the inner ring riders.

Riders will sign on as usual and then have a warm up on the track. Following the warm up the riders will take on their distance challenge U8s – 6 laps, U10s – 12 laps and U12s 18 laps.

The distance challenge will be run as a time trial, riders set off individually at 10 second intervals. As this is a time trial there is no group riding or slipstreaming.

Please make sure bikes and helmets have been checked and the riders have a drink and a snack, they’ll need it after they finish !

Eastbourne Cycling Festival 3rd – 4th June and British Cycling South East Regional Youth Circuit Championships 4th June

Once again the Eastbourne Cycling Festival will host a weekend of all things cycling with lots of events and races across the weekend 3rd and 4th June. See link below for details:

Additionally, following on from last year the event is also hosting the South East Regional Youth Circuit Championships on Sunday 4th June promoted by local club VC Jubilee. The closed road circuit racing will be based around Eastbourne lawns for u8 -u16 age groups.  Entry for the races is via the link below and the event will also shortly be listed on the British Cycling website:–Champs-(Eastbourne-Cycling-Festival)


Inner and Outer Ring Sessions Sat 22nd April

Following in from last weeks time trial tomorrow and the next few Saturday’s we will be working on developing your racing skills.

Tomorrow’s training will be on road bikes for both Inner and Outer Ring. The weather forecast is dry but it is still cold in the mornings so please dress appropriately.

Good luck to all the PPYCC riders competing this weekend in the first of the Regional qualifiers for the British Cycling National Youth Track Championships. We’ll have news of the results next week.

Time Trial Distance Challenge Results 15/04/2017

Well done to all those riders who took part in todays time trial. Known as the race of truth, time trialling against the clock is a difficult skill to master and a tough challenge as it requires you to ride on the limit for the entire event. We’ll try to run another time trial before the end of the season so that you can measure your improvement.

BC Age Cat. Surname Forename Laps Distance : Mile/KM @579m/lap Time Av. Speed


Av. Speed


E GOODWILL ALEX 6 2.16/3.45 13:21 9.7 15.5
D BEATIE AIDAN 12 4.32/6.91 17:00 15.2 24.4
D BOULTON SEB 12 4.32/6.91 16:28 15.7 25.2
D CLARKE OSCAR 12 4.32/6.91 18:41 13.9 22.2
D MASTER DRAGO 12 4.32/6.91 19:46 13.1 21.0
D MITCHELL ELSIE 12 4.32/6.91 19:05 13.6 21.7
D HOLMES ORLANDO 12 4.32/6.91 21:01 12.3 19.7
D KOVACS KATA 12 4.32/6.91 20:51 12.4 19.9
D TAMPLIN BEN 12 4.32/6.91 16:36 15.6 25.0
C BEYFUS ROSIE 18 6.48/10.36 33:29 11.6 18.6
C BUNYAN ALFIE 18 6.48/10.36 22:17 17.4 27.9
C BURNISTON INGRID 18 6.48/10.36 24:09 16.1 25.7
C CROFTS HAYDEN 18 6.48/10.36 28:05 13.8 22.1
C FRONTIER ASH 18 6.48/10.36 29:22 13.2 21.2
C GOODWILL LUKE 18 6.48/10.36 20:04 19.4 31.0
C HANNAH JAKE 18 6.48/10.36 26:40 14.6 23.3
C HOLMES CHARLIE 18 6.48/10.36 25:01 15.5 24.9
C JEYNES WILLIAM 18 6.48/10.36 28:33 13.6 21.8
C KOVACS LILLI 18 6.48/10.36 28:23 13.7 21.9
B MAURICE LOUIS 18 6.48/10.36 23:11 16.8 26.8
B BURGE JAMES 24 8.64/13.82 30:23 17.1 27.3
B BURGE OLIVER 24 8.64/13.82 32:11 16.1 25.8
B FARRANT JESS 24 8.64/13.82 34:14 15.1 24.2
C GOODWILL LUKE 24 8.64/13.82 26:50 19.3 30.9
B JAMES JAKOB 24 8.64/13.82 27:24 18.9 30.3
B MALIK ALFIE 24 8.64/13.82 47:32 10.9 17.4
A GILMORE JAMES 30 10.8/17.27 31:17 20.7 33.1
A MARTIN JOSEPH 30 10.8/17.27 25:48 25.1 40.2
A SCHOFIELD FRANCIS 30 10.8/17.27 29:54 21.7 34.7
A SMITH MAXIMUS 24 8.64/13.82 23:26 22.1 35.4
A SMOKER LUKE 30 10.8/17.27 35:43 18.1 29.0

Sat 15th April, Inner and Outer Ring Distance Challenge Time Trial

This coming Saturday 15th April the Inner and Outer Ring sessions will be run as a Distance Challenge Time Trial rather than the usual coached session.

Updated: to clarify the time trial is on road bikes for both Inner and Outer Ring.

The riders will pit themselves against the clock rather than racing against one another. Riders will set off individually at 10 second intervals within their age groups. We’ll record the time taken to complete their laps and publish the results. We hope to repeat this again before the end of the season for riders to see how their times have improved.

Riders will be given a race number at sign on to record their laps and time. The number will need to be pinned on the bottom left of their tops and returned at the end of the session.

Age groups and laps are below. Please could you check which age group your child is in to help speed up sign-on.

U8 born 2009 onwards – 6 laps
U10 born 2008 and 2007 – 12 laps
U12 born 2006 and 2005 – 18 laps
U14 born 2004 and 2003 – 24 laps
U16 born 2002 and 2001 – 30 laps

We’ll also run some Sumo games and a hill
climb challenge for the Inner Ring riders before and after their distance challenge.

We’d greatly appreciate as much assistance as possible from parents to help start riders and count laps.

Please remember to check your child’s bike and helmet before arriving at the track.

A Parents Introduction To Cycle Racing – Paul Goodwill

With our club sessions and the youth road and outdoor track racing season about to get into full swing I thought it might be helpful for those of you who are thinking of taking your son/daughter to races this year for me to write down what I’ve learnt over the past couple of seasons since my son Luke started racing. Beginning to take you son or daughter to races might sound quite daunting, expensive and a huge commitment but it need not be. Initially we started attending local races which are relatively easy to access :

Preston Park track racing most Wednesday’s May – September. Ages U8 to U16. U8-10 riders race on normal road bikes. U12 and older riders will need a track bike. This need not be expensive. PPYCC has some tack bikes in the containers that we can loan out. Or if you want to buy a track bike they are comparably cheaper than road bikes. eBay is a good start but also sometimes parents offer bikes for sale at the track as their children have grown out of their previous seasons bikes.

Angmering Youth Series – just outside Worthing racing on Monday evenings mid-April to end August 6:30 – 8:00pm. Warm up from 6pm. Quite a lot of PPYCC riders attend this session. This is friendly closed circuit racing on a go-kart track. Luke has really enjoyed these races. Normally 5 races per evening and it’s fantastic for improving cornering and racing skills as well as building fitness at a relaxed race meet.

Once Luke had caught the bug and wanted to race more we started to travel a little further afield in the South East last season to gain more experience in races with more riders and on different circuits. There are circuit races at Goodwood motor racing circuit, Hillingdon, Cyclopark and Redbridge cycle circuits on weekday evenings and weekends from spring and across the summer. Additionally, there are the Regional Omniums and Regional Track and Circuit championships. Once it gets to September the Cyclocross season starts and there is both a series of local Sussex races, at least 2 of which are in Brighton, and a London and South East Cyclcross League. During the winter there are indoor track racing leagues – Calshot near Southampton is good for beginners and once experienced if you want to gain indoor velodrome accreditation you can then race London Youth Track League at the Lee Valley Velodrome – quite a few of the  2nd year U12 and U14 PPYCC riders compete in this league. All these events are on the British Cycling website. Use the filters to find the correct age category and different types of events.

The races we’ve attended vary in formality and the level of competition, from Go-Ride racing for beginners to top level Regional competition, but are always friendly. You’ll need your child’s racing licence, which comes free with their British Cycling membership. Before travelling to a race ensure that you have checked their bike and that it’s ready to race – there are no mechanical services offered at races so you need to be self-sufficient. When you arrive at a venue find the ‘sign on’ desk and have your licence to hand. You’ll then need to sign in and collect the race number. The main technical consideration are the British Cycling gear restrictions which are there for good reason and are enforced at all races other than Go-Ride. The race organisers may have a ‘gear check’ for all riders before sign on or sometimes only the top 3 riders are gear checked after the race.  Details of the different gear restrictions per age group are on the British Cycling website. This normally just requires adjustment using a screw driver of the rear derailleur to limit use of the biggest gears, referred to as ‘locking off gears’. Don’t be put off there are lots of videos on YouTube that demonstrate how to do this. If you’re unsure please ask one of the coaches and we’ll be happy to explain.

Make sure you take at least a multi-tool, pump, spare tube and tire levers with you races along with correct clothing. I always check the weather before setting off and take extra clothing as the Met Office forecasts are often wrong. Double check the tires to make sure there are no serious cuts or embedded bits of stone/glass in the tires before travelling to the race. Luke and some other riders have punctured whilst warming up before races so this is an essential check to avoid a stressful 5 minutes before a race or even missing the race completely.

U8 and U10 (Cat E & D) races are normally 15-20 mins, U12 (Cat C) 20-30 mins, U14 (Cat B) 30-40 mins and U16 (Cat A) races up 1 hour. Usually there is an opportunity to warm up on the circuit before the race but not always. Once they reach U12 it’s useful to take either a set of rollers or turbo trainer to get the children warmed up incase there are no warm up laps – U10s and 12s tend to have no concept of pacing and set off for a 20 minute race like they’re doing 200m TT !

Overall the main thing is to keep the racing fun and varied at U10 and U12 level. I’ve always tried to avoid putting pressure on Luke as being competitive even at 11 years old children can pile on enough pressure on themselves as they want to win and do well in races. It’s also a good age for them to find out what they enjoy – road, track, cyclocross, mountain bike. So if you can vary the racing this keeps things fresh and also helps them find out what their strengths are. Luke has always enjoyed cyclocross and circuit races but not so much track.  Recently though he’s raced the Calshot winter league and now loves indoor track again.

In terms of training to race, until this year Luke hasn’t done any structured training. Just an easy ride with me or a race each week in addition to our coached club sessions. This year he’s a 2nd year U12 and has raced cyclocross throughout the winter which he both really enjoyed and has really helped build fitness. In addition to the cyclocross races he joined the VC Jubilee training sessions at Waterhall (Brighton Rugby Club)which are £2 on Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm from September – February and last 1 1/2hours. There are lots of youth riders from PPYCC and VC Jubilee at these sessions and I would highly recommend trying them if your child has a mountain bike or cyclocross bike.

The cyclocross season has now finished and Luke is doing 2 training sessions per week on the rollers or turbo trainer and racing on average once per at the weekends. However, one week in 4 he has a rest week when he only rides if he wants to and even then it’s just for fun. As well as some local and regional races we are planning to enter some of the National circuit series races this season and Luke, along with a couple of other PPYCC riders, are racing at the European Youth Tour 6 day stage race in Assen 1st week of August.

Racing U8-U14 is definitely about learning, gaining experience and building fitness rather than the finishing position in races. It is easy for the rider and as a parent to focus on finishing position. Luke is very competitive and often frustrated when he doesn’t do as well as he wants to and managing expectations can be tricky and has been a learning experience for me as well. Even though it’s competitive during the races Luke has now made friends with riders from other clubs – they excitedly talk about what happened and who did what when once the races have finished. I’ve also found other parents at the races to be approachable, helpful and open to offer advice from their experience so don’t be afraid to ask.

A general but important observation is that the children at the races are all shapes and sizes within the same age group and with a great range of experience. Some of the boys and girls that Luke races against are a foot taller than him and one of the 11 year olds at a recent Ice Breaker track race was built like Chris Hoy ! At ages under 12 years old a 6-12 month age difference can make a significant difference in their both tactical awareness and physical development/ performance. Some riders that are amazing at U10 will not be by the time they reach U16 when other riders have more experience and physically caught up.

Cycling as a sport is most definitely not all about racing but if you want to give it a try I hope you found these reflections of my experiences so far helpful. Please feel free to speak to me or any of the other coaches at the track of you have any questions. As Kim previously announced we’ve added a calendar to the PPYCC website which as well as including our club track sessions also has the dates of local, Regionals and National BC races. However, the definitive resource for all things racing is the British Cycling website.

Outer Ring Pre-season Session Saturday 18th February 08:45 – 10:00

Following on from the success of last weeks session in the icy wind and snow (well done to James and Dylan for turning out !!) we have another pre-season Outer Ring session this Saturday morning 08:45 – 10:00.

As per last week the session is not coached but I will be there from 08:30 to lock the gates and supervise.

Weather forecast is looking much better for Saturday so hope to see a few more riders at the track ahesd of our coached sessions starting again on 4th March.

£2/ rider to cover hire of the track.

Outer Ring Session Saturday 11th February

The weather is looking very cold but dry this weekend and as there are no races we’ve booked the track from 08:45 – 10:00 on Saturday morning.

This is not a coached road bike session but an opportunity for riders to train on the track. It’s up to individuals or groups to decide how they want to use their time on the track. I’ll be there from 08:30 to supervise and lock the gates.

This session is open to all Outer Ring riders, including those who were moving up to Outer Ring from last season.

Please ensure your bike is checked and setup for the session. Note the weather will be cold so please dress appropriately and bring a drink and snack.

Cost to cover the hire is £2/person.