PPYCC racing news-Inter club cluster

Whilst PPYCC riders have been competing in regional and national races over the season, PPYCC held Round 3 of the Go-Ride Regional InterClub Cluster Races on 8th July. This series gives riders who are new to, or developing skills and confidence in, racing, the opportunity to experience cycle competitions.

Excellent efforts on the line for the U12’s!

The PPYCC event was well attended, and it was great to see so many of our younger riders enjoying the morning, and really putting their all into each of their races.

Sprint for the finish in U10’s

Riders raced 3 races within each of their age groups, and were awarded points for their positions in each race, the overall winners gaining the most points. We had a prize ceremony at the end of the event, with prizes awarded to boys and girls within each age group.

Alfie and Louis battling it out in the U12’s

The clubs are awarded overall points in the Inter Club competition, and PPYCC are first!! The Regional final is coming up on 23rd September, to be held at Cyclopark, Kent. Details will be coming soon! Please follow the link below for full results of the competition/results:


U14’s, 1st-William, 2nd-Ewan (with only one point between them!)

U12 winner’s- 1st girls- Lili, 2nd girls-Ingrid 1st boys-Alfie, 2nd boys-Louis, 3rd boys-George

U10’swinners-1st girls-Elsie, 2nd girls-Izzy, 1st boys-sen, 2nd boys-Aidan, 3rd boys-Luke and Eddie

U8’s winners-1st girls-Rosie, 1st boys-Sam, 2nd boys-Luca, 3rd boys-Raphael

Xavier won a special prize for his outstanding sportsmanship during the competition!

Having had a great day of racing, and built on their experiences, we hope that we may see some of our riders at regional and national races in the future!

Well done everyone, and thank you to all the volunteers who made it a great day!


Inner and Outer Ring sessions tomorrow-29th July

Both the Inner and Outer sessions will be running as usual tomorrow. Signing on at 8.45 for the Inner Ring, with skills and racing until 10.30. Signing on at 10.15 for the Outer Ring, the session will be on ROAD bikes tomorrow.

Please note, the weather is still changeable and there is more rain forecast. We will post notice for cancellation of the Inner Ring by 08.00am and the Outer Ring by 09.45am if the weather is too wet. Bring waterproof jackets, just in case, if the sessions run!

Finn and Stephen’s Tour de France report

Tour de France Visit

Club cyclist Finn Anderson Grout and his dad, Stephen recently took a trip Marseille to watch stages 19 and 20 of the Tour de France. It was a great opportunity to see some of the worlds greatest riders close up and especially check out the kit.

We saw Stage 19 in Salon de Provence at the 450m mark which was a fast left hand bend before the sprint to the finish. Those of you that have seen the Tour will know about the publicity caravan which precedes the riders and is a chance for sponsors to throw out freebies, it gets the crowd excited for the race. We had waited for over two hours in the hot sun and were keen for the riders to arrive.

The parade before the race is always a spectacle.

Edvald Boasson Hagen was the first rider through and went on to win the stage, he made a break around 7km out and made it stick, the Norwegians next to us celebrated his first stage win by going crazy, as well they might. Froome and Team Sky came past in formation some minutes behind the lead group at the head of the peleton looking cool and composed after such a long stage.

Edvald Boasson Hagen powers through

Froome surrounded by his team 

The highlight of the tour was the individual time trial around Marseilles which really sorted out the GC. We watched the early riders in the start/finish areas before taking our seats to watch the main riders in the Orange Velodrome (which isn’t a velodrome) with the commentary, crowd and big screens, it had a great atmosphere.

As Froome and Bardet rounded the course it became obvious that Froome was having a great day as the local crowd’s hopes of a French victory melted in the afternoon heat. The magical moment was when Bardet entered the Stade, followed by Froome only metres away, having started two minutes earlier. We didn’t get a shot of this as we were too busy cheering Froomey on with our home made banner, a great result which sealed his Tour victory.

Alexander Kristoff (another Norwegian) leaves the Stade in the time trial.

Froome begins his epic ride to clinch victory.

Go Froomey Go!

Congratulations to Chris Froome on his fourth tour win, it was great to be there at the deciding stage, we are already looking forward to next year.

The only downside was that Easyjet decided to cancel our evening flight and left us stranded. Luckily we managed to catch the Eurostar on Sunday, we will be travelling by train next year!

Thank you Finn and Stephen for a great velodrome-side account and some brilliant photos!

More racing news!

Firstly, PPYCC would like to say a very big GOOD LUCK to Luke Goodwill, Josh Ballinger and Freddie Newman, all who will be travelling to Holland next weekend to compete in Europe’s largest Youth race, an annual 6 day event held in Assen, Holland. It is very exciting to have PPYCC memebers riding internationally, and we look forward to hearing about their successes and experiences over the week!

Meanwhile, in the UK, There is news from PPYCC second claim member, George Pittock:

George Pittock (U16) achieved his first podium place away from his home circuit with a fine third place finish at the second of four Velo Club Venta Summer Criterium races at Winchester on Sunday.

George was in a group of five that got away early and it was soon apparent that the winner would come from those five, with Elliot Cox of host club Velo Club Venta looking the most likely.

George took a long turn on the front with three laps to go and then dropped to the back of the group to conserve some energy before the final sprint.

Cox, eighth at the recent Hillingdon nationals, had the momentum coming out of the final corner and took victory from Samuel Clark, ranked 16th nationally and from the Portsmouth based i-Team Cycling Club, with George about a wheel length behind and ahead of Owen Giles of Portsmouth North End CC.

This was an excellent performance from George who has prioritised criterium races this year specifically to improve his skills and fitness.

PPYCC kit pop up shop returns to the Velodrome

Are you new to the club, or have you been growing?! Maybe you are in need of some new club kit?! The PPYCC club kit pop up shop returns to the Velodrome this Saturday, 22nd July from 10.30-11.30am. 

The full range of club kit, including jerseys, bib shorts and winter wear, will be available to purchase on the day, with the opportunity to try items on. Cash or cheques accepted for purchase on the day.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Goodwood Race Series concludes with success for PPYCC riders.

The 10 race series finally came to its climax on Tuesday evening. The conditions did not look good as a storm front started to come in and although there was little rain there was a strong headwind down the back straight which changed to a cross wind towards the final corner.


There were 4 PPYCC riders in the U16/U14 mix race, Lloyd Castello, Josh Ballinger, Amelia Roberts and James Gilmore. All put in valiant efforts and special mention to Lloyd who rode a fantastic race keeping in with the leading pack. Josh had to work hard in a group of riders who were fighting for points and a place on the podium, ultimately Josh finished the series on the podium in 3rd place. James and Amelia finished well even with the strong head wind taking it’s toll by the mid way point, both rode the series pushing hard in every race.


After the 10 race series Finn Anderson finished 2nd in the U16 boys, Amelia Roberts finished 3rd in the U16 girls and Josh Ballinger finished 3rd in the U14 boys.  Others who raced in some of the series from PPYCC included Tom Pugh-Morgan and Luca Stone.

Well done to everyone who attended the racing throughout the series.

Goodwood 2017 Racers

Next stop is Assen in Holland for the European Junior Cycling Tour starting on the 30th July. Three PPYCC riders will be there competing over the 6 days of racing, Luke Goodwill, Freddie Newman and Josh Ballinger.  Watch this space for the daily updates from Assen.



More racing news from last weekend!

Congratulations to Lloyd Costello, who competed in the Ovenden Tour de France event at Betteshanger in Deal.  Lloyd had a good race and finished 3rd. Well done Lloyd!

Meanwhile at PPYCC friend and second claim member, George Pittock, was at Welwyn….

George Pittock (U16) bounced back from a short but debilitating illness earlier in the week to ride a very good race at Welwyn Garden City on Sunday.

The Welwyn Petit Tour, in its third year, includes eight hours of closed road town centre criterium racing across all ages and categories plus a “cycling village” with activities throughout the day creating a festival atmosphere.

The riders were all together with George towards the back of a high quality field until 2016 U14 national champion Oliver Stockwell and club mate Joseph Bennett (both Welwyn Wheelers CC) crashed on the eighth of 26 laps.  Aaron Freeman (Chelmer CC) and Max Bolton (Lee Valley Youth CC) benefitted from the crash and opened up a lead which spilt the riders into several groups.

George rode in 12th place at the front of the third group with familiar rivals Harrison Mayo (Barking & Dagenham CC) and Oliver Partner (Colchester Rovers CC), but none were prepared to work so George left them behind and slowly moved through the field reaching eighth place by the half way point.

The leaders were brought back as two became four and then six and an exciting race developed at the front.  George unfortunately found himself on his own, with little chance of catching seventh placed Sam Bardill (CC Hackney) or of being caught himself.

A close finish saw Sam Asker (VC Londres) sprint to victory ahead of Freeman in second and Jamie Dene (Welwyn Wheelers CC) third.  George finished a very creditable eighth and headed for home satisfied with a good performance in a tough race and also with getting back to full fitness.


Overnight Mountain Bike / Camping trip to Gumber Bothy 9th – 10th September

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 charlie@ppycc.org.uk

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!