We have updated 1 lap times from last week’s session and they are now live on the PPYCC website. If you attended last week you should check these out as nearly all riders made major improvements to their best times. View times here.
Why not visit Herne Hill velodrome on Sunday 2nd July to watch the Youth A and B Track Omnium National Final. PPYCC have their best ever entry of 4 riders at the final with Finn Anderson in the Youth A final and Freddie Newman, Lukas Nerurkar and Rahul Fortescue-Talwar in the Youth B final. Although near central London Herne Hill has a rural aspect and is quiet place in the city to enjoy watching some racing and having a picnic. For ambitious riders you can find out more about the format and standard of top level youth racing. Click for details of start times and location.
Also on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd July there is the Worthing Street Velodrome event. On the Worthing Council website they write “StreetVelodrome is the World’s most accessible cycle sport. It brings all the excitement and drama of Olympic style track pursuit racing right into the heart of your community with its innovative pop up velodrome complete with steep banked corners.
StreetVelodrome is always 100% FREE to take part in. Bikes, helmets and professional coaching is always provided. There are no age limits, you don’t need any expensive equipment, its all provided.”
Outer ring are on track bikes continuing to display our starting skills and also Match Sprints so there is bound to be some sumo and contact practice.
Overnight Mountain Bike trip to Gumber Bothy National Trust Camping Barn
Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th September
After a break of seven years we are finally returning to Gumber Bothy for an end of summer bunkbarn camping trip.
This is very much a social event with cycling thrown in. We will also be inviting our friends at VC Jubillee and Solent Pirates to join us.
Gumber Bothy, up on the South Downs near Bignor, is a fantastic place to spend the night and we have been lucky enough to secure exclusive access for PPYCC. Check out the website
Just like in 2010 the idea is to arrive on bike by cycling along the South Downs Way. On the Sunday we will cycle home reversing the route. But all are welcome however you arrive. We will use a support vehicle to bring in food, sleeping bags and tents etc. There is no direct vehicular access to the site. The NT will bring our gear in from Slindon village.
The route is almost entirely off road using the South Downs Way but we will ride for about 3 miles on the road. The only busy road section is a one mile ride from Amberley to Houghton which we will ride as a group with PPYCC coaches at the front and rear. The section of the South Downs Way we are riding is bumpy in a lot of places although there are some smooth grassy sections. The main challenge will be the four ascents and descents on route. The full 28 mile route is challenging and we do not recommend that any riders under 10 years or any riders with no mountain bike experience years attempt the full route. We may offer alternative start points at Washington or Amberley for younger riders and tag bike riders if required. Strong parents may be able to manage the whole route pulling a tag bike but it would be a long bumpy day on the back for a child! Experienced riders should be able to manage riding a low geared Cross bike. There is also an option of only riding one of the two legs. All children will need assigned, consented adult supervision.
Below is a download of the route. we will leave from Preston Park around 10am
Bookings can be made by email to email@example.com
Cost- £12 per adult and £6 per child
There will be some small extra costs for shared food and petrol etc
Sleeping arrangements -25 bunks in three rooms and room for 16 -20 tents. Sleeping arrangements will be agreed by general consensus once numbers are confirmed.
Fully equipped Kitchen and Wash/ Shower rooms on site.
If you do not have a suitable bike we may be able to lend you one. Just ask
Any questions about contact Charlie Booth or Ed Raynard, Hope to hear from you soon!
We will be practicing TTs and Pursuits skills on Track bikes. If you can bring rollers please do.
After some consultation I have decided not to run any Club Sunday Road Rides for the next three months. The reasons being – We are entering the school exam and holiday season when attendance tends to dip considerably – I am struggling to always find time at present and am away several weekends myself. I know this also applies to the other ride leaders. (I would particularly like to thank Mark Bishop and Duncan Churchill for all the time they have given to the club on recent Sundays)
When we get going again in September I am hoping that we can encourage new faces to come along. The rides are tailored for all club members over 12, parents are also encouraged to come along. Please be in touch with any questions, keep riding- Thanks Charlie
We have updated our Activities section of the website so that members can now view their 1 lap times and Distance Challenge Standards from the page TTs – how to, times and standardsThe 1 lap times for Preston Park go back several years and with the inclusion of year of birth you can compare yourself to the equivalent age of other riders who may be younger or older than you.