Its nearly PPYCC club championships time ! and we’re getting excited at the prospect of seeing some great racing after months without any races.
There are some changes this year with the COVID restrictions and we hope you will help explain this to our members.
On arrival riders will queue and sign in as normal. Once track side riders will be kept in separate age groups for the duration of their races, unless due to low turnout some age groups are combined. We are adhering to the British Cycling guidance of max. 24 riders in each race and 15 minute duration rules. As a result we’ll be running 2 x 10 min races for each age category. However, to keep things interesting there will be a sprint lap for points approximately half way through each race and there will be a combativity prize for each age category. The point system for deciding the overall winner in each age category is shown below. Throughout the races all parents/supporters will need to remain outside the track centre and we’ll complete the podiums outside track centre as well.
Please remember that to ensure fair racing we do expect riders to adhere to British Cycling age category gear restrictions and we’ll be checking gears following sign on. Below is a link to British Cycling website which provides further information. Essentially though, unless you are running a youth specific cassette on the rear wheel you will need to ‘lock-off’ the ability to change into the large chain ring. This just takes a few minutes and involves tightening the limiting screw that restricts movement of the front derailleur and prevents it from shifting up into the big chainring. There are videos on YouTube for all makes of derailleur and this is a very simple change to make. We really encourage all riders to train and race on the gears for their age group. This helps develop their pedalling technique, particularly high cadence, avoids injuries from riding too large a gear and ensures fairness in racing. So once you’ve made these changes you can leave them in place until next year and if you rider isn’t moving up an age category for another year.
We are running a very tight schedule on Saturday so please can we ask that riders arrive on time. Race Schedule:
Sign on Youth D, E 08:45 – 9:10
Gear Check D, E 08:45-09:10
Youth E Race 1
Youth D Race 1
Youth E Race 2
Youth D Race 2
Clear track, presentations D, E
Sign on Youth A,B,C 10:00 – 10:30
Gear Check A,B,C 10:00 – 10:30
Youth C Race 1
Youth B Race 1
Youth A Race 1
Youth C Race 2
Youth B Race 2
Youth A Race 2
Clear track, presentations A,B,C
To check which age category you are:
|Youth A||U16||born 2004 or 2005|
|Youth B||U14||born 2006 or 2007|
|Youth C||U12||born 2008 or 2009|
|Youth D||U10||born 2010 or 2011|
|Youth E||U8||born 2012 onwards|
Points system :
In each race the following points will be awarded. Each riders total points will be used to award the final positions in each age category for boys and girls. 1st 20pt, 2nd 15pt , 3rd 12pt 4th 9pt, 5th 7pt,6th 6pt, 7th 5pt, 8th 4pt, 9th 3pt, 10th 2pt …. below 10th place all riders will be awarded 1 point.
Bonus points will be awarded for the sprint lap, the start of which will be signified by a bell halfway through the race. The first 4 riders across the line at the end of the sprint will be awarded the following points :1st 5pt, 2nd 3pt, 3rd 2pt, 4th 1pt.
Additionally, to reward attacking and bold moves in the races we will be awarding a combativity prize for each age category.
Just a reminder that if your rider is showing any COVID symptoms not to bring them to the track on Saturday.
Looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday morning !