PPYCC Racing news

National Youth Circuit series
Last Sunday hosted the final round of the British Cycling National Youth Circuit Series at Olivers Mount International Motorcycle Circuit, Scarborough. The circuit has a top and bottom split. The climb back up Olivers Mount is very tough, twice as steep as Ditchling Beacon but thankfully only about 250m long but then continues to drag uphill a further 300m to the finish.

U12 boys ready for the start of their race, the background of the picture gives an idea of the altitude!

There is nothing quite like it in any other Youth race in the UK and as well as being a National Series event it attracts riders from Scotland, Wales and Brighton for that very reason.

Luke taking a corner in the U12’s

PPYCC was represented by Luke Goodwill in the U12’s and Lukas Nerurkar in the U14’s. Luke says that the course was not technically difficult, but this was more than made up for in effort with the killer hill! The racing was fast!

A huge congratulations to Luke, who came 3rd overall in the race, the best position achieved by a PPYCC rider in the series this year!

Luke claiming his prize!

Velo Club Venta Summer Criterium

PPYCC second claim member George Pittock continued his recent good form with victory at the latest Velo Club Venta Summer Criterium U16 Boys race at Winchester on Sunday.

With a smaller entry than usual, because of holidays and the Scarborough nationals, the organisers ran the U14 and U16 races together.  George, “fresh” from his own holiday and some big climbs in the French Alps, felt confident and attacked on the second of 20 laps.  Nobody went with him and George settled back into the bunch, never lower than second or third wheel, and occasionally attacking off the front.

George made a decisive move with two and a half laps to go and opened up a significant gap.  The chasing group were unable to close the gap and George came home for a memorable victory ahead of Matthew Houlberg and Owen Giles in second and third respectively and both of Portsmouth North End CC.

George (middle) claiming 1st prize!

PPYCC is truly international! 1st came Assen, next – Alfie Bunyan competes in Seattle!

A holiday isn’t a holiday without some racing!  Monday night racing at the Jerry Baker Memorial Velodrome in Marymoor Park WA was introduced to the colours of PPYCC in fine style this week when Alfie joined in with the regular Monday night racing slot for youth and mens cat 4.

 The night’s events

Starting out with a six lap scratch race on the concrete four hundred metre velodrome, the bunch of seven riders stayed mostly together until the start of the penultimate lap when one of the regular racers launched his attack followed by Alfie and one other.  Keeping with the attacking group Alfie pushed his own attack about halfway round the last lap and managed to win with a few bike lengths to spare.

 In the bunch

Next up was the Belgian Win and Out, a race new to Alfie where the positions are won on each lap in reverse order from 4th upwards, until the last lap when first place is awarded to the winner and 5th place down to everyone else.  Alfie decided he would go for glory, letting all but three other riders take the 4th to 2nd places.  At the start of the last lap the bunch sped up as a group with Alfie managing to pull away slowly but surely to take a win by a bike length or so.

 Winning the win and out!

Not on the schedule the next race was the infamous “Marymoor Crawl”.  A “slow race” starting 100m from the finish line and finishing with a one lap dash from the bell for any riders remaining.  A really fun race, other riders not in the event line the trackside waving dollar bills to “tempt” riders closer to the finish line prematurely!  Alfie missed the money and couldn’t keep his trackstand going long enough not to cross the finish line!  Oh well!

    At the rail for the Marymoor Crawl

The final race was the points race, points every three laps over nine laps.  Alfie started well, pushing the pace hard off the front from the second lap to reduce the advantage of the better sprinters.  He had a good fight with one of the other riders who just pipped him on the first points lap, and by about half a wheel on the second.  For the final double points lap Alfie had started to run out of steam and took third place, which joined him second on points with the second place finisher but, of course, meant he had to settle for third.

 On the rail

We had a really great time at the JBMV, a really friendly welcome from riders and organisers alike.  With four nights of racing a week we’d recommend a visit to watch, or even join in some racing if you happen to be in the Seattle area.


Thank you Tobias and Alfie for such a brilliant report, what a great experience! Hope you’re having a fantastic holiday too!

Inner and Outer Ring this weekend, 12th August

Both Inner and Outer Ring sessions return to the Velodrome as normal this week, following our break last week because of Pride!

Inner Ring: Sign on at 8.45, ready to ride at 9am, with skills focussing on co-ordination and balance, followed by racing until 10.30am!

Outer Ring: Sign on at 10.15, ready to ride at 10.30. The session will be a final track bike session of the season, weather permitting. We will post any changes to this (i.e. session on road, not track bikes) if the weather is damp, by 09.30am on Saturday morning

We look forward to seeing you there!

Assen Day 5, The omloop, Kostvlies

The cobbled omloop takes place in the hamlet of Kostvlies about 20km’s from Assen.

It was a very windy day and having ridden the loop the previous day it was easy to see where the wind would of use and where it would be hardest.



The race also included a section of cobbles which although short, was enough to sap every ounce of energy.




Freddie got a good start and stayed with a second bunch to eventually finish in 36th place with Josh following in  54th place.

Luke’s race was over 22km of the same loop.  He put i a fantastic effort to finish 32nd.


Here’s a slightly shakey video of the whole cat 7 group of motorcycles, cars and cyclist passing on the corner to the cobbles. Assen Omloop 2017







Assen Day 4, time trial

Time Trial

This took place in a small village about 20 km from Assen.  The cat 7 race was over 13km and the  cat 5 over 7.5km.  It was a windy and wet day which produced some slippery conditions at the start with some riders slipping on the start ramp. 


Josh was early out of the start and soon over took those ahead of him.  Even dealing with a torrential downpour he still registered a time of 22:45.Freddie was out of the start soon after and posted a time of 21:18.  Both really good times for the conditions.
Luke was in Cat 5 whose tt distance was 7.5km which he completed in 13:39, placing him in the top 20 of a field of 70

Prudential Ride London 2017

Developed by the Mayor of London and his agencies in 2013, Prudential RideLondon is a world-class festival of cycling, and is a legacy from the 2012 London Olympic Games, in it’s 5th year in 2017.

The Grand Prix road races for boys and girls in under 14 and under 16 age categories are on the opening day of “the world’s greatest festival of cycling” with the Prudential RideLondon Classique, the women’s pro race and the Brompton World Championships on Saturday, and the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, the men’s pro race on Sunday, both part of the UCI World Tour and attracting the world’s top cyclists. Amateur cyclists are also able to tackle the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and 46 mile routes, on the same closed roads as the professional men. There is also a day of traffic free London, with 10 miles of closed roads for all to enjoy on the Saturday.

The Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix

The first winner of the afternoon was Natalie Bloomer of London, who finished just ahead of Rosie Finucane of Wales and Izzy Brickell of South region in 44:40 to take the U14 Girls race and claim the first of a clean sweep of victories for the London region.

In the U14 boys, Rahul Fortescue Talwar represented PPYCC in the South East Regional Team, along with Lance Chlds and Jack Hill of Thanet, and Joe Blackmore of Herne Hill CC. It was a very close race, with the top 22 riders all finishing within one second of each other.  Billy Gilbey from London took the win in the tight bunch finish, closely followed by Tom Sharples of Eastern region and Innes Harvey of London in second and third respectively. Lance missed out on a top ten finish with 11 th place in 46:17,  Rahul finished 18th overall in 46:18, narrowly missing the only crash of the day in the final (fast and furious and very tight) sprint, which involved his team mate, Joe Blackmore. Luckily all involved escaped with grazes and managed to finish over the line.

Rahul in the middle of the peloton, U14 boys

The U16 Girls race, was won by Kate Wootton of London, an Olympic Development Apprentice, who saw off the challenge of British national champion Emma Finucane in another close finish, with Eve Barrow of Eastern region and Danielle Parker from Wales finishing second and third.

In the U16’s boys, the South East had 2 teams, with PPYCC well represented by Tom Pughe Morgan and Finn Anderson Grout, along with second claim member George Pittock, in the 4 man team, and Adam Churchill and Luca Stone riding with VCL rider George Sloan in the second U16 boys team.

Adam Churchill, in turquoise of the 2nd U16 boys SE Region team, at the head of the race

George Pittock was one of a number of riders who attacked off the front of the U16 Boys
race, but the winner Finley Newmark made his move down the outside on the final straight
to finish ahead of fellow Londoner Louis Bilyard, with George Mills-Keeling of the West
Midlands in third. Adam rode strongly in the peloton, finishing 15th and George 18th in the biggest field of the day (53 riders) both riders just one second behind the winner. Luca finished 36th, with Finn 40th. Unfortunately Tom was involved in an incident in the final sprint, and was pushed on to the grass, slowing him down considerably before he managed to get back on to the track, finishing 50th overall.

Finn (above) and George (below) in the fastest and largest race of the day

Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle

PPYCC was represented by rider Stan Wilson, and his dad, PPYCC volunteer Paul, on the 8 miles of closed roads on Saturday!

Stan and Paul on the streets of London!

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100

Again, PPYCC had representation in this fantastic, 100 mile sportive, with volunteers Alison Lewis, Ed and Vicky Raynard (Archies’s parents!), Duncan Churchill (Adam’s dad!) and Kim (Rahul’s mum!) all completing the 100 mile ride on Sunday. Well done to everyone on an epic ride!

 Duncan and Kim ready to set off on the 100 mile ride!

Assen Day 3, Classic Road race

The Classic is what Assen is all about and brings to the young riders all of the trappings of a full tour stage, police outriders, team cars the works.  This is what makes Assen so special and this year  has attracted nearly 800 riders from 23 countries as far as New Zealand and South Africa and ranging in age from 5 to 18. Cat 7 and 5 have 70 riders each so they are big fields to compete against.






After the riders were put into position the police riders, lead bikes and cars lead them away with more police riders and the wheel cars following on.Freddie finished in the bunch at the end of the race which was a monumental spring down the finish straight which lead into the main campsite/arena.  Josh didn’t fare so well and was dropped by the peloton.

Luke started off a good race but appeared to have mechanical issues which slowed him down.  He eventually finished behind the peloton.  

Video footage will be posted soon along with more race reports.  Unfortunately it’s not the best internet connection here.


Inner and Outer Ring sessions cancelled this week

Unfortunately, this week we have had to make the decision to cancel both sessions on Saturday 5th August. This is because of Pride weekend, for which Preston Park is used as the venue. Increasing noise and traffic from early Saturday morning makes it difficult to manage the sessions comfortably.

Instead of a road/track session this week, why not join our sister club, VC Jubilee, for a moutain biking experience! VCJ will be holding their monthly Stanmer Park MTB coaching and ride session at Stanmer Park this Saturday, and all PPYCC riders are very welcome. Riders and coaches meet at the North Pavilion Car Park at 09.00am, with the session finishing at 12.00. Details at:


We look forward to seeing you back at the track next weekend, 12th August!

Day 1 & 2, Assen, European Junior Cycle Tour. Prologue & Criterium

Day 1’s Prologue covering a 1.7km timed distance started in the woods just outside Assen and finished at the main cycle arena.  Comprising of sealed road and cobbles through-out the course.  Freddie Newman and Josh Ballinger we’re in the early category 7 group which started at 8am, Josh starting at 8:04am and Freddie at 8:11.  Luke Goodwill, cat 5, started at 9:23am.  All had good times for their first experience of Assen, and the famous cobbles to race on.  All had good times for their first experience of Assen, and the famous cobbles to race on.

Day 2 saw the Criterium. which for cat 7 riders was 16 *1.7km laps of Assen town centre.  For Luke in cat 5 it was 11 laps.

The cat 5 race was one of the first and unfortunately Luke got caught up in a crash, although he managed to get himself back up, in his haste he missed that during the crash his front quick release had been opened.  He still managed to finish the race without stopping to fix this and was awarded a lap due to the crash.

Cat 7s were next and a field of 70 riders.  There was a crash early on the first lap which split the field with Freddie in the leading group and Josh in the second group.  Freddie stayed with the peloton eventually finishing in 24th place.  Josh stayed with he second
unch finishing in 55th place.  The eventual winner of the race finished 42 seconds ahead of the peloton .




The next report will be on the Classic road race and the time trial.