Gumber Bothy Trip 21st July 2108 – Date for your diary!

Overnight Mountain Bike trip to Gumber Bothy National Trust Camping Barn


After the success of last years trip we will be returning to Gumber Bothy for a mid- summer bunkbarn camping trip on the 21st July

This is very much a social, family event with cycling thrown in.

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

The idea is to arrive on bike by cycling along some of the South Downs Way.  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. There will be a small cost confirmed nearer the time.

More details will follow but please register your interest by sending an email or any questions to

Thanks for now, Charlie

Assen European Junior Youth Tour 2018 Entry 5th Feb 9am

Registration for the Junior European Tour at Assen, Holland is on Monday 5th February at 9am.  This is for ages 8 to 18.

There are limited places and certain age groups fill up fast (within an hour)  Below are the links to the web site and the registration information.  If you are considering entering this year then I thoroughly recommend you know which age group your child will be in:

Age Categories
European Junior Cycling Tour
European Junior Cycling Tour Registration
Entry Process

No Payment is required for registration and riders will be informed in early March if not before if they have been successful.

Last year 3 riders from PPYCC attended the event and it really is an experience that you cannot repeat.  This is a mini tour de France complete with Police outriders for the classic and all roads are closed for the event.  For all riders who are successful in registration we will hold a number of meetings/workshops for riders and parents so you are fully aware of all aspects of the event.

Please feel free to contact me if you need any further information:  john ballinger



Punchuer Sportive 4th March 2018

PPYCC riders coaches and helpers are invited to ride in the Puncheur Cycle Sportive on Sunday 4th March – starting and finishing in Ditchling.

Event Website

A Sportive is an organised, mass-participation cycling event. Riders are timed and can aim to achieve a set time for the distance. There are also feed stations and technical back up provided. Riding with hundreds of other riders is also very motivating and exciting.

The Puncheur Sportive is 65 miles long and finishes with the legendary climb of Ditchling Beacon! PPYCC riders have been offered discounted entry at £10, worth it for the food alone! If you only fancy riding half the distance you can make our own arrangement to be collected at the half way feed station at Saint Hill near East Grinstead

To ride you must be 12 or over and have your parent /guardian’s permission. You will also need to have done some longer training rides before the day. This ride is well suited to riders who have regularly ridden on the Winter Club Rides.

To enter you will need to contact the organiser Morgan Lewis and ask him for a discounted PPYCC entry. Do not try and book through the Puncheur website as the event has sold out and you cannot enter online.

If you are under 18 you will need your parent /guardian to email the organiser Morgan Lewis at to give consent for you to ride and to arrange payment.

The email needs to say:

Dear Morgan

I am the parent / guardian of ____________________ and I hereby consent to him/her participating in the Puncheur Sportive on 4th March 2018. 

Both I and my son/daughter have read and understood the attached Event Terms and Conditions and will abide by them. 

On the day, the adult responsible for my son/daughter will be ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­________________ and their contact number is ______________________.

The contact number for my son/daughter is: ________________.

Their DOB is: ____________________.

Regulations and Ts & Cs 2018

Shortcut links to British Cycling races

Our friends at LVYCC have set up shortcut links to events on the British Cycling website. The idea is to make it easier to access the BC website to suitable races. There is an advantage of using the BC website because it is fully up-to-date with the latest events and makes entering races easier.

The links have been divided up into age and cycling discipline. Each link covers a search of all 2018 events in the Eastern, Southeast, Southeastern and Central regions – you can search further afield and adjust the date range via the filters which they will see on the above links once they reach the British Cycling website.

Youth E – Under 8 –
Youth D – U10 –
Youth C – U12 –
Youth B – U14 –
Youth A – U16 –

Youth E – Under 8 –
Youth D – U10 –
Youth C – U12 –
Youth B – U14 –
Youth A – U16 –


London Cyclocross League Team Championships

The annual London Cyclocross League Team Champsionships take place 4th February at Gt Walstead School, Linfield me Crawley.

Teams of 4 in u10s, U12s, Youths and snrs compete for the team prizes.

Please see below link for further details.

Tobias Bunyan is pulling together an U12s team. Please contact him if you are interested –


2018 Team Cyclo Cross Championships – Preview

Past member Izzy Stone wins Dave Rayner funding to race in Belgium

We were delighted to hear this week that past member Izzy Stone has continued her success as a cycling athlete by gaining funding to race in Belgium. In honour of this we have posted a new banner image of  Izzy racing in Belgium last summer. Other than Izzy’s own family, there is a small prize for PPYCC members, or those in the household of a member, who can name the church in the background.
Izzy told us a little bit about her time at PPYCC, and her racing since she moved up from the club.
Starting off one Wednesday evening I popped down to track league to find out more and get involved, from then on PPYCC gave me everything i could have ever wished for to develop my cycling from Weekly club rides, sharing knowledge and equipment I didn’t have when I first started. Throughout the time I was a youth I received so much support and positivity from everyone at Preston Park, moving on into being a Junior i started traveling out to Belgium more regularly and getting a taste for racing with fields of 50-80 riders. As a second year Junior I was asked to ride for a Belgian   Clubteam called Isorex, I was then able to ride some of the major international UCI junior women’s races like Gent Wevelgem and Omloop van Borsele.
This last year, I have had to balance training and racing with school, which I must admit was hard but I was able to juggle both by backing off the racing and trips to Belgium during my exams as I had all summer to focus on racing. 
After all my hard work I am very fortunate to receive funding from the amazing Dave Rayner Fund, which supports U23 cyclists that wish to pursue a career in cycling. I am now able to race full time in Belgium for the 2018 season, a very exciting time and I look forward to seeing what this year has to bring. 

Upcoming Circuit Races

No sooner have we welcomed in the New Year that the early season circuit races are about to get underway.

For those interested here’s what’s coming up:

Hillingdon Winter Series u8s through to u16s. Every Saturday for 5 weeks commencing tomorrow, 6th January. Entry on the day.

Lee Valley Youth CC Winter Series at Redbridge circuit – monthly Saturday mornings , U12s – u16s through to March, next race 20th January, followed by 24th February, entries already open online at BC.

Essex Go Ride Race Series run roughly monthly at the Redbridge circuit – aimed at riders new to racing u8s – u14s. First race Sunday 7th January. Entry online at BC

More races are being opened on British Cycling for entry each week. The popular March Hare Classic at Lee Valley road circuit 23rd March is now open for entries, Archer Spring Classic at Hillingdon 7th April and following in from that the Primavera series at Lee Valley.

Many of the Regional Youth Omniums are already open for entry including our own in Group 6. There are also plans for Sunday morning races at Preston Park for u14/16s commencing in February, keep an eye out on the SCRL website.

One for parents

We have received the request below, which is to help with a student MSc research project. We do not know Gemma but we hope some of you may feel happy to support her in her research.

Calling parents! 

  • Are you a parent of an athlete aged between 6 – 21 who is involved with their sport at a competitive level?
  • Are you available for an interview to talk about your experiences and involvement in your child’s sporting participation?

This is for an MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology dissertation entitled: “How are parents gaining the skills required to successfully “Sports Parent” and what effect does this have on their child’s sporting participation?”


Parents are recognised as psychologically significant in their child’s sporting development, and their involvement can massively influence a child’s experience. The aim of this study is to understand the parent’s perspective – what is your experience of being involved with your child’s sport and how have you gained the required skills to successfully support your child in this?


1.      Child must be aged 6 – 21 and currently (or previously) involved within a professional organisation

2.      Interviews will be conducted between January and April 2018

3.      Interviews will take approximately 1 hour and will be conducted at your child’s training premises or over telephone / skype where appropriate

Interested? Please contact me using any of the details below:


Tel:                       07747 803851

Twitter:               @ennisg77

Skype:                  gemma.ennis1

New track session for PPYCC members at Lee Valley Velodrome on Saturday 3rd February 2018 

Track session at Lee Valley Velodrome on Saturday 3rd February 2018

On Saturday 3rd February, 08.00 – 10.00, we have secured a track session at Lee Valley Velodrome, just for our club, and will be running two separate groups – novice and experienced.

There are up to 24 places available to join us at the velodrome, however we need to know in good time who is attending in case we need to invite members of other clubs to help us cover the cost, thus you do need to pre-commit to this opportunity. If you would like to join us please email to be added to the list. Similarly contact Anthony [or Kim] with questions about the session.

The cost for the session is £15 [half the public Lee Valley fee]. You will need to hire a bike and shoes if you do not have these already.

Members often book to swim or dive in the Olympic pool after.

If you need help with transport also let us know. Similarly if you have room for others let us know so that we can coordinate.