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Welcome to Preston Park Youth Cycle Club. We provide fun, skills and competitive cycling activities with fully qualified coaches at Preston Park Cycle Track and believe that cycling contributes strongly to a sustainable lifestyle. Our club caters for members aged 8 to 18 years, though we have some older and younger members.  We meet between March and October, typically at Preston Park Cycle Track, every Saturday morning. The club also meets less often during the winter months.

Please contact our membership secretary if you wish to be placed on the waiting list for new members.

Save our Turbo Session! Danger of cancellation …

If, by 5pm today (Friday, 30 January), Mark doesn’t get more bookings for tomorrow’s Turbo and Roller Session, we will have to CANCEL.

Please, if you’re intending to come but haven’t got round to emailing Mark with your booking (mavincent@hotmail.co.uk), DO IT NOW.

It would be a shame to see this beneficial staple of our winter training lost due to lack of interest.

Turbo and Roller Session this Saturday (31 January) – bookings required

Reminder of our next Indoor training session this coming Saturday. Book your place by 2pm Friday (see below for how to do this). If we have less than 3 bookings we will cancel.

(Dates of all the sessions, and other winter activities, are here:http://ppycc.org.uk/wordpress/?page_id=2104)

It’s not good weather for getting out on the bike is it? And the forecast for the weekend isn’t looking good either … so it’s PERFECT for a turbo and roller session with your friends!

Arrive at 16.00 to set up for a 16.15 start, the session will run until 17.15 allowing 15 minutes for packing up the pavilion. The pavilion is situated beside Preston Park velodrome and accessed from Preston Drove. Their is a charge of £4 members / £5 adults and non-members.

Please book a place with Mark, so that we can manage space and ensure enough bookings to cover costs, by emailing mavincent@hotmail.co.uk

It is absolutely essential that you do not bring a dirty bike into the pavilion so please clean your bike in advance (there was a penalty for a rider that brought a dirty bike in at the last session). Also you must have a cover to place between your trainer and the pavilion carpet. This could be a cheap mat, a carpet off-cut, or at the very least a bath towel. Also please clean your shoes on the door mat upon entry.

We have invested in the Suffer Fest video training programmes and new projector equipment to allow this to happen so please come and attend. We even have a proper screen now instead of the sheet, so it’s really well set up. We also get the enormous industrial fan out to keep riders from over-heating

If you want an idea of what happens (and wish to see what the new screen and big fan look like), here’s a video of the last session two weeks ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1kLV5sP-tM

Even more qualifying rider’s results for free club kit

 

 

 

 

 

Izzy results

Izzy Stone has qualified with 5 of the 6 races shown above and Rahul-Fortescue is preparing his results. [5 Days left to claim your shirt.]

Riders results confirmed so far: Lukas Nerurkar, James Yule, Noah Ridgway-Brown, JoJo Martin, Freddie Newman.

See below for the conditions to win a free club shirt [or the same value towards another item of club kit]. We have three new sets of results. All entries must arrive before the 1st March 2015. To encourage our older members to race more widely we have an incentive; any Youth A, B, C or D member who races in 5 counting events qualifies for a free pair of bib shorts or a new shirt. It is at the year’s end that we collate those who have qualified. Members can ride events from races at any venue beyond Sussex where the results are published on the British Cycling website; however each venues only counts once. Also included is any regional or national race within Sussex. This year we believe that only includes the Preston Park Youth Omnium. Most of results from counting races can be found on the British Cycling website calendar section, exceptions being BSCA races and British Triathlon races. The BSCA events can be found on the BSCA website www.bsca.org.uk and BTA on their website. To claim your free item of kit, or any queries about this, please email your results to anthony@ppycc.org.uk before 31st January 2015.

More qualifying rider’s results for free club kit

Freddie Newman

1) Welwyn Youth Omnium – 17th May – Position: 19th

2) VCL Youth Omnium – 1st June – Position: 8th

3) Preston Park Youth Omnium – 14th June - Position: 13th

4) BCSA National Hill Climb – 22nd June – Position: 1st

5) BCSA National Hard Track – 23rd June – Position: 2nd

Riders results confirmed so far: Lukas Nerurkar, James Yule, Noah Ridgway-Brown, JoJo Martin.

See below for the conditions to win a free club shirt [or the same value towards another item of club kit]. We have three new sets of results. All entries must arrive before the 1st March 2015. To encourage our older members to race more widely we have an incentive; any Youth A, B, C or D member who races in 5 counting events qualifies for a free pair of bib shorts or a new shirt. It is at the year’s end that we collate those who have qualified. Members can ride events from races at any venue beyond Sussex where the results are published on the British Cycling website; however each venues only counts once. Also included is any regional or national race within Sussex. This year we believe that only includes the Preston Park Youth Omnium. Most of results from counting races can be found on the British Cycling website calendar section, exceptions being BSCA races and British Triathlon races. The BSCA events can be found on the BSCA website www.bsca.org.uk and BTA on their website. To claim your free item of kit, or any queries about this, please email your results to anthony@ppycc.org.uk before 31st January 2015.

Steyning bike jumble tomorrow

Steyning Bike Jumble Sale Sat 24th Jan 9am-1pm

It is that time of year again…Yes, it is time to buy more tyres, tubes, bits, spares, clothing, complete bikes, collectables and memorabilia that you never knew you needed at the winter Cycle Jumble Sale.

The Steyning Centre (down the road with the library on it) Fletcher’s Croft, Steyning, BN44 3XZ

To buy, turn up at 9am on Saturday 24th Jan. Entry is £1.

The kitchen will be serving tea, coffee, bacon sandwiches, cakes, etc.

There are some good regular stall-holders who will show up and there are always some good bargains to be had.

Update on Preston Park Velodrome

You may be aware that late last year, British Cycling deemed that the Velodrome at Preston Park is currently unfit for competitive racing, due to certain features, such as fencing, curb stones and the track surface, which require repairs to bring it up to agreed safety standards. British Cycling have been working with Brighton and Hove Council to try and ensure that these repairs are completed in time for the beginning of the new racing season. PPYCC and other local clubs have liaising with British Cycling to facilitate these repairs, and British Cycling issued the following press release today:

“British Cycling recognises the value of the Preston Park facility to local users and we are working with Brighton and Hove City Council to find a solution as quickly as possible.

“The track was closed to competitive cycling after users of the track identified, in particular, the fencing but also other aspects of the track as in need of repair.

“Some repairs were carried out by Brighton and Hove City Council but concerns remain about certain parts of the track where it is thought that safety may be compromised in competitive events.

“British Cycling has met with representatives from the council to discuss the work. They acknowledge there are still some challenges which need to be addressed and they have agreed to look into what will be required to bring the track up to standard.

“In the meantime, British Cycling has commissioned a condition survey of our own which will include an assessment of the cost to repair the fencing and carry out the remedial work required.

“Like the hundreds of people in the area who value the facility, we look forward to competitive cycling returning to Preston Park in the near future.”

Obviously many of us within the cycling community would like to see these repairs carried out as a matter of urgency, to allow this season of racing, including the PPYCC Regional Youth Omnium in May, to go ahead. There is currently an e-petition on the Brighton and Hove Council website which you can sign (open until 05.03.2015) at:

http://present.brighton-hove.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?ID=447&RPID=13307132&HPID=13307132.

A Facebook page begun on Monday by a local rider, has generated considerable media interest, with the Argus and Cycling Weekly both publishing stories today,http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/11740243.Racing_banned_at_Britain_s_oldest_cycle_track_after_velodrome_deemed_unsafe/ http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest-news/preston-park-velodrome-receives-racing-ban-safety-fears-153833  BBC Sussex Radio and BBC South Today will both be airing features about the Velodrome tomorrow.

Further updates will be posted as soon as available.

 

2015 licenses for PPYCC members

I have begun to receive new licenses for PPYCC members for the forthcoming season. I can deliver to addresses in Brighton. If you live outside the area, and require your license before the start of the new PPYCC season in March, please contact me at kim@ppycc.org.uk to request postage instead.

Many thanks!

Additional coaching opportunity for PPYCC members

There is an opportunity for PPYCC members in Youth C category and above to join in with a coaching opportunity coming up in February, with Stuart Harrison, one of our member’s dad. Please see Stuart’s email below for further details:

 

Hi,

 

Having volunteered last season to help with inner ring coaching duties on a Saturday morning I’ve now commenced the British Cycling L2 coaching course aiming to qualify early 2015 in time for the start of the new season.  This will provide the club much needed additional coaching capacity in the years ahead.

 

 

 

Having attended an initial weekend BC training course I now need to plan and execute 6 coaching session plans leading towards a specific objective and am seeking some unsuspecting victims – I mean willing volunteers – to participate in these sessions.  For expediency I propose to condense the 6 session plans, each focusing on a core skill, into 3x 1.5 hour Saturday morning sessions during February & March held at the Preston Park track.  These will  focus on the basics of group road riding culminating in our participation in a local spring sportive of around 30-40 miles.

 

If you are keen and willing to participate, please contact me stating your interest and I’ll provide you with additional detail.  I need a minimum of 3 per session though 5-6 would be ideal – obviously Eliana has had to opt in so I’m off to a flying start!  Mom and/or Dad helpers  also gratefully accepted.

 

Many thanks,

 

Stuart Harrison

 

07791 992129     stuart@aelana.co.uk