Winter Training and Racing

As the PPYCC coached sessions have now finished for the 2017 season we thought it would useful to highlight winter training and racing opportunities to help riders build on the great improvements they’ve all made this season.

Just get out and ride !

There are a few straight forward options that don’t require travelling hours or investing in expensive indoor training equipment. The most obvious of these is to just get out and have fun riding with friends and family anywhere and anytime you can. If the rider is too young to ride on the open roads there are lots of tracks, trails and bike paths. Whilst we’re no longer coaching the Preston Park track remains open for public riding throughout the winter and provides a safe (roller skaters and scooters permitting !) venue to continue riding ready for next season.

For riders 12 years and older PPYCC have previously organised Sunday club rides of 2-3 hours length starting from the track in November. We’re currently assessing the demand for the club rides and will post more details shortly.

Turbo charge your training

Indoor ‘turbo’ training is a very effective alternative to road riding when the weather is wet or cold. For those thinking about purchasing an indoor trainer there are lots of options out there in Brightons bike shops as well as second hand deals to be had on eBay. Tacx, Elite and Cyclops are three of the more popular brands and there are lots of good cheap models available if you hunt around. We’d suggest going into your local bike shop for advice or looking online at the many cycling websites have undertaken reviews to help you select a model. If the rider has a small bike with 650c, 24″, 20″ wheels check before you purchase that the trainer can be adjusted to fit the smaller wheel sizes. Riding on a trainer can get very hot and boring. So make sure you have a drinks bottle to hand and preferably a small fan or open door/window to keep you cool. To keep the training interesting there are lots of free training videos on YouTube. Global Cycling Network (GCN) in particular has some excellent training videos for sessions 20 minutes to 1 hour long. Having a computer or heart rate monitor isn’t necessary but is useful when following a training video and helps to track your progress during the winter.

The next level of indoor training uses online training systems such as Zwift or Sufferfest where the training session runs from a computer or tablet which connects to a ‘smart’ Bluetooth or ANT+ wireless turbo trainer. The connection between the computer and trainer not only allows the display onscreen of how you’re performing, tracking your session but also can control the resistance on the trainer when going up and downhill making the session even more realistic.

The main advantages of indoor training are that it’s safe when the weather isn’t good, you can ride a specific training sessions in a very controlled way e.g. intervals , and they are a very effective way of training as there’s no free wheeling, slowing down for traffic or stopping at junctions. A 45 minute session on a trainer is easily worth an hour of training time on the road.

Organised Training Sessions

In terms of organised training over the winter track, road and cyclocross club cluster sessions are available across the winter.

Whilst PPYCC are not running coached sessions at Preston Park across the winter for the outer ring riders we will be setting weekly endurance based sessions for riders to undertake themselves at the track. We’d suggest riders meet at 10am each Saturday morning so that you can undertake with other club riders. However, as these are effectively stand alone sessions they could be undertaken at anytime. These are not PPYCC club sessions and will not be supervised. Riders will need to support attending these sessions themselves in terms of bringing pumps, bikes checks etc and ride in the track at their own risk as the track will be open to the public.

Track cluster sessions are hosted monthly at Lee Valley velodrome on Sunday mornings. They start early at 8am and last 3 hours with groups rotating for time on the track. Dates for these sessions are on the British Cycling South East Regional page and also on our calendar.

http://www.bc-regions.co.uk/southeast/

Entry is in advance via British Cycling website. These are excellent sessions aimed at improving riders skills and count towards indoor track accreditation allowing you to race at London Track League. These sessions are for riders over 10 years old and if you don’t have your own track bike these are available to hire but smaller sizes are limited so you’d need to check with British Cycling or the velodrome in advance to check what’s available.

For riders moving to u14s next season and older British Cycling run circuit cluster sessions every Tuesday evening 7:30 to 9:00pm at Cyclopark. Sign-on is 7pm entry on the day £5. These sessions are already attended regularly by 4-5 PPYCC riders and focus on endurance training and race skills. If you do want to attend it’s better to join sooner rather than later as the demands increase during the winter.

More locally, if you have a mountain bike or cyclocross bike VC Jubilee/Brighton Excelsior run an excellent cyclocross training session on Tuesday evenings at Waterhall fields until February. £2 for a 90 minute coached session starting 6:30pm. These sessions are aimed at riders U10 and older and great for improving your off road skills and building fitness.

Winter Racing

For those of you who are interested in racing during the winter there are lots of options. Traditionally winter is the season of indoor track and cyclocross racing.

There are a small number of circuit races during the winter and the next of these is at Redbridge circuit on 9th December, entry is online via the British Cycling website. In the new year there are winter race series at both Redbridge and Hillingdon for u10s and older categories and once these dates are available we’ll update the club calendar but entry will be online via British Cycling website.

Cyclocross season is already in full swing and it’s been great to see many of our riders in the London Cyclocross League races. These races take place most Sundays anywhere from Sussex across to the Kent border. The races are for u10s and above. The dates and venues for these races are on the London Cyclocross website.

http://www.londonxleague.co.uk/

Indoor track racing is held at two regional venues – Calshot and Lee Valley velodromes.

The London Youth Track League is now established as a highly competitive regional racing series. The race evenings are held every other Thursday from now until the end of January. Riders need to join the league in advance and enter races online via British Cycling. Places for these races are in high demand and you need to enter quickly when the races become available for entry. Age categories are for U12s and older but you must be indoor track accredited to race. The best way to obtain accreditation and increase experience before racing the league is to attend the track cluster sessions and if possible race some of the Calshot winter league.

http://www.lytl.co.uk/

The Calshot winter track league is held every Sunday afternoon from now until end of January. The racing here is competitive but rider numbers are lower and it’s not as intense as London Youth Track League. These are great races to gain experience and develop racing skills. For these sessions you do need to have your own bike but unlike the London Youth Track League you do not need to be accredited. However, to race you must already have outdoor and some indoor track experience gained in previous years at our Calshot training sessions or at the track cluster sessions. Each week there are different races for each age group and typically riders get 5 races in a session.

http://www.southbc.org.uk/wordpress/calshot-cycle-racing-league/

We hope this helps provide options to keep you training and motivated to continue with your riding this winter. We hope to see as many of you as possible at the AGM and Annual Awards on the afternoon 18th November, further details will shortly be published. To those of you who can’t make the AGM well done for your efforts to improve your cycling skills and performances this year and we look forward to seeing you all for the next coached session on the first Saturday of March 2018.

News from past-member Felix English for current members of PPYCC part 2

Continuing our blog from Felix English

“Things seem to progress quite quickly from that moment, with the club lending me one of their red hire bikes for year I headed to my first National Track Championships in Newport. I didn’t really have too much of an idea of what I was doing but again, thanks to PPYCC I’d been able to ride the velodrome a few times previous and eventually ended up leaving my first Nationals with a bronze medal. Now it’s 12 years later but it really doesn’t feel like it. I’ve been lucky enough to travel the world and get paid to do it because I’m occasionally fast on a bike. After temporarily leaving road racing behind I am now purely focussed on winning a medal (or medals!) at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the omnium and madison. It’s going to be a tough next 2.5 years, with I’m sure plenty of ups and down but I’m confident that the hard work I and my team mates are putting in behind the scenes really sets us apart from a lot of our competition. In my spare time off the bike I have also set up my own track cycling team -TrackProject.ie. Another thank you is due to PPYCC here, as last year you were kind enough to donate money raised at the club AGM. As the team was only founded at back end of 2016, the money raised was extremely appreciated and allowed us to travel to an international UCI track meet in the Czech Republic in September. This event was the final omnium race of the year that carried UCI points and we eventually finished 3rd, those points are what guaranteed me a spot in the omnium this winter in the UCI World Cups. Without that race, I wouldn’t have made the cut – so an extra big thank you from my end! This will no doubt have a direct impact on my Olympic qualification as I’ll now be able to ride the omnium at the UCI World Track Championships in Holland in March.”

News from past-member Felix English for current members of PPYCC part 1

Many of you will know of our past-member Felix English who continues his adventure as a professional bike rider in his team TrackProject.ie which he shares with fellow team mate Mark Downey. Felix has written to us to share some of his thoughts about his journey in cycle sport and to tell us about his plans for the future. We will share his story over the next few days. The first edition Felix sent on his 25th birthday whilst aboard a flight.

“I am currently sat on my flight from Mallorca to Berlin for the UEC European Elite Track Championships. It’s been an intense few months of training with little time for rest – a normal week consisting of around 20 hours training on the road, 5 hours training on the track, 4 hours in the gym and with the odd Wattbike session thrown in for good measure. However, as long and tough as it can sometimes seem I know it’s all worth it. I grew up in a small village just outside of Lewes but was fortunate enough to be introduced to PPYCC when I was 13 years old. I was told to go down and check out the Wednesday track league and after doing so, knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. I started off racing on my Dad’s old 1970’s steel road bike with toe-straps and football boots with the studs removed. Not the flashiest setup but it was enough for me to fall in love with the sport. Once the league was over, I started attending the Saturday morning sessions run by Anthony and was fortunate enough to have made great friends and learnt a lot.”

Volunteer Rota for cross race 29th October 2017

Hi, below is the final volunteer list we will publish for tomorrow’s cross race, if you are not on it we can still accommodate your support just turn up and ask where you are most needed. Race times are also below.

A reminder is that the clocks go back tonight and so the 07.30 start will feel like an 08.30 start; we are winning before we have even started!

PPYCC Happy Valley Cross Race volunteer rota

Sunday 29th October 2017

Role Times Volunteer name Volunteer name Volunteer name
Promoter All day Anthony Rogers
Course designer All day Alan Newman
Setting up 07.30 to 10.00 Nigel Box Andy Hemens Ollie Philips [a.m. only]
Setting up 07.30 to 10.00 Joe Bishop [Day pass] Mark Bishop [Day pass] Neil Costello [to 10.00]
Setting up 07.30 to 10.00 Ed Raynard Archie Raynard Tobias Bunyan [from 09.00]
Setting up 07.30 to 10.00 Sarah Phelps Mark Emsley Katherine Langley
Setting down 15.00 – 16.30 Paul Goodwill
Setting down 15.00 – 16.30
Setting down 15.00 – 16.30 Rahul FT
Marshalling 1 10.00 – 12.00 Rahul FT Lloyd Costello Lukas Nerurkar
Marshalling 1 10.00 – 12.00 Dave Hicks Dylan Hicks Richard Nerurkar [from 10.00]
Marshalling 2 11.30 – 15.15 Paul Goodwill Lloyd Costello Rahul FT
Marshalling 2 11.30 – 15.15 Tom PM [from 12.00] Dylan Hicks Richard Nerurkar
Marshalling 2 11.30 – 15.15 Archie Raynard Lukas Nerurkar Freddie Newman
Marshalling 2 11.30 – 15.15 Mark Bishop Joe Bishop
Recording laps 1 10.00 – 12.00 Justina Pughe-Morgan Anthony Rogers
Recording laps 2 11.45 – 15.15 Justina Pughe-Morgan Rob Kovacs [from 12.00]
Signing on 09.00 to 14.00 Kim FT Helen Clark
Prize allocation 10.00 to 15.00 Kim FT
Catering All day Charlie Booth Graeme Wicks [to 12.30] Isabella Beattie from 12.30 Matilda Wicks [to 12.30] Oscar Clark from 12.30
First Aid 09.30 – 15.00 Anthony Rogers Alex Beyfus Mark Emsley

 

 

START TIMES

10:00     UNDER 10 BOYS & Girls

10:20     UNDER 12 BOYS & Girls

10:50     YOUTH A & B BOYS & Girls

11:50     VET40 & Junior MEN

13:05     Vet40, Vet50, Senior, JUNIOR WOMEN & VET50 MEN

14:15   SENIOR MEN

PPYCC Young Volunteers

A big well done and thank you to Adam Churchill, Josh Ballinger, Lloyd Costello and Rahul Fortescue Talwar, who completed a Cycling Award for Young Volunteers (CAYV) study day on Monday.

The British Cycling CAYV programme supports young people to build their leadership and communication skills in a practical environment, and provides them with the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills across a varied range of roles and activities within cycling.

By volunteering time to the club, Adam, Josh, Lloyd and Rahul will be supporting the rest of PPYCC’s volunteer team to continue to provide excellent cycling opportunities to our riders! They are all motivated to gain their Gold CAYV Award, in total providing 36 hours of volunteering each.

Current volunteer list and times for our cross race at Happy Valley this Sunday 29th October

We would welcome further volunteers on Sunday. Allocated roles and gaps can be seen below with race times at the foot of the page.

PPYCC Happy Valley Cross Race volunteer rota

Sunday 29th October 2017

Role Times Volunteer name Volunteer name Volunteer name
Promoter All day Anthony Rogers
Course designer All day Alan Newman
Setting up 07.30 to 10.00 Nigel Box Andy Hemens Ollie Philips [a.m. only]
Setting up 07.30 to 10.00 Joe Bishop [Day pass] Mark Bishop [Day pass] Neil Costello [to 10.00]
Setting up 07.30 to 10.00 Ed Raynard Archie Raynard Tobias Bunyan
Setting up 07.30 to 10.00
Setting down 15.00 – 16.30
Setting down 15.00 – 16.30
Setting down 15.00 – 16.30 Rahul FT
Marshalling 1 10.00 – 12.00
Marshalling 1 10.00 – 12.00 Dave Hicks Dylan Hicks Richard Nerurkar
Marshalling 2 11.30 – 15.15
Marshalling 2 11.30 – 15.15
Marshalling 2 11.30 – 15.15
Marshalling 2 11.30 – 15.15 Justina Pughe-Morgan
Recording laps 1 10.00 – 12.00 Justina Pughe-Morgan Rob Kovacs
Recording laps 2 11.45 – 15.15 Kim FT Helen Clark
Signing on 09.00 to 14.00 Kim FT
Prize allocation 10.00 to 15.00 Charlie Booth Graeme Wicks [to 12.30] Isabella Beattie from 12.30 Matilda Wicks [to 12.30] Oscar Clark from 12.30
Catering All day Anthony Rogers Alex Beyfus Kim FT
First Aid 09.30 – 15.00

 

 

START TIMES

10:00     UNDER 10 BOYS & Girls

10:20     UNDER 12 BOYS & Girls

10:50     YOUTH A & B BOYS & Girls

11:50     VET40 & Junior MEN

13:05     Vet40, Vet50, Senior, JUNIOR WOMEN & VET50 MEN

14:15   SENIOR MEN

Inner Ring Saturday 28th – Distance Challenge

The final Inner Ring session for our 2017 season will be a Distance Challenge. Please check out your results from the previous distance challenges and let’s try for as many personal bests as possible.

We’ll start with the u8s 6 laps, u10s 12 laps and U12s 18 laps. Riders will be set off individually at 10 second intervals. Whilst waiting for your distance challenge to start we’ll run a timed hill climb challenge.

We really need some helpers for next Sunday’s cross race

Hi PPYCC supporters,

If you can help and we don’t have your name on our list below please let Anthony know your availability for next Sunday. We have roles from 07.30 to 17.00 with our greatest need being setting up which finishes by 11.00.

The message below has already been sent to  some volunteers.

Your name may be on the list below to help at our Cross race next Sunday. We are pretty short of helpers, especially for setting up in the morning which starts from 07.30. Would you:

  1. Confirm if your availability below is correct
  2. Let me know if you are not listed and you are able to help.
  3. No need to reply if you are unavailable and not on the list below.

The two cross events raise enough funds to pay for our track hire for almost the entire year.

That’s all.

Anthony

Name Sun 29th Oct
Richard Jeynes Y
Alex Burge TBC
John Ballinger TBC
Josh Ballnger TBC
Richard Nerurkar Y
Alex Beyfus Pm if needed
Ollie Philips 08.30 – 10.30 [No lap counting]
Justina Pughe-Morgan Counting laps and clearing 10.00 – 16.00
Rob Kovacks 12 PM on
Helen Clark Y
Graeme Wicks Catering
Natasha Hannah ?
Mark Bishop All day
Joe Bishop All day
Anthony Rogers All day
Kim FT All day
Rahul FT All day
Alan Newman All day

Inner Ring Saturday 21st – cancelled

Due to the strong winds forecast tomorrow morning we have take the decision to cancel the Inner Ring session. That doesn’t mean that training has to wait until next week – if you have a turbo trainer it’s an ideal opportunity to do a quality session indoors.

We’ll be back the following Saturday for the final session of the season and it’s going to be a distance challenge !