PPYCC are proud of the achievements of all our members past and present. Below are the stories of some PPYCC riders who have gone on to represent their country at national level or ride professionally, both in men’s and women’s cycling and in road, track and triathlon disciplines.
Starting with PPYCC at age 13, Felix went on to win 5 British national titles as a junior and signed with Rapha Condor in 2012 and Madison Genesis in 2016. He now rides professionally with his team TrackProject.ie with fellow team mate Mark Downey.
Felix wrote the following for the PPYCC website: “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. Things seem to progress quite quickly from that moment, with the club lending me one of their red hire bikes for the 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.”
2018 saw Izzy racing her first year in Belgium with Isorex Ladies, supported by the Dave Rayner Fund. Izzy trained and raced with PPYCC at our track and was regularly on the club’s Sunday rides. She wrote the following post for the PPYCC website in 2018:
“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 travelling 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.
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.”
You can follow Izzy on Instagram at @ilfsuk.
Following selection for England Triathlon Talent Squad in 2018 Joseph (Jojo) Martin was again selected for the England Next Generation Programme this year. This followed a successful 2018 season in which he won the National Youth Super Series overall, took a victory at the prestigious Leeds ITU event and placed second in the National Championships in both triathlon and duathlon. He was also selected to represent Great Britain in the SuperLeague triathlon in Jersey in September.
Joseph’s outstanding bike strength, honed during training sessions at PPYCC, has formed the basis of his success in triathlon demonstrated by his 5th place in the GHS National 10 mile time trial in a time of 20:02.