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.

This Saturday there is no Go Ride racing but there is a Distance Challenge

Due to the current restrictions on the use of the track the planned Go Ride racing event has been cancelled and instead we will run a similar event for members only. Members need to turn up with reference to the age groups and times below. For younger members there will be other activities after they have completed their challenge.

Past times from this season can be seen in this GO Ride Distance Challenge Times 2014 linked file, previous season times can be seen under the ‘Lap Times and Distance Challenge’ link in the ‘Activities’ section of our website.

Race: Under 8 Distance Challenge – 6 laps

3 May 14 09:15 Go-Ride Racing — E 6 laps / 4km / 3m

Race: Under 10 Distance Challenge – 12 laps

Go-Ride Racing — D 12 laps / 7km / 5m

Race: Under 12 Distance Challenge – 18 laps

10:00 Go-Ride Racing — C 18 laps / 10km / 7m

Race: Under 14 Girls Distance Challenge – 18 laps

10:29 Go-Ride Racing — B  18 laps / 10km / 7m

Race: Under 14 Boys Distance Challenge – 24 laps…

10:30 Go-Ride Racing — B 24 laps / 13km / 9m

Race: Under 16 Girls Distance Challenge – 24 laps

10:59 Go-Ride Racing — A  24 laps / 13km / 9m

Race: Under 16 Boys Distance Challenge – 30 laps

11:00 Go-Ride Racing — A 30 laps / 16km / 10m

Friday night road ride for riders new to road riding

We are offering a Friday night road ride for the next three Fridays [5th, 12th and 19th September] for riders who are 12 years and older who are inexperienced in club road rides. The intention is to look at some of the skills and decision making that are relevant to group road rides. This is not a training ride. We will leave Preston Park track at 17.00 and ride for 90 minutes. There will be plenty of stopping and discussing hazards and techniques of group riding. Total mileage will be 10 to 15 miles. The speed will not be fast but riders need to be able to ride continuously with purpose.

You may take part if:

  1. You are 12 or older and have an accompanying adult who can take responsibility for you.
  2. You are 12 or older and you have had confirmation from Anthony that you can take part [there is a rider ratio maximum we must observe for this category of rider].

In both cases you must contact anthony@ppycc.org.uk to confirm that you wish to take part, stating if you have an accompanying adult, or not.

Please note that cycle club road riding traditionally does not involve carrying rucksacks or similar baggage with your kit. A cycle shirt with 3 pockets and a small bike mounted bag are the standard storage space. You should have the following equipment for a summer ride:

  • A serviced bike fit to ride on the road [see Paul at Rule 5 if you need a service, he offers discounts for members].
  • Pump
  • Repair kit
  • Inner tube
  • Tyre levers
  • Hexagon key set or mutli-tool
  • Rain coat
  • [Saddle bag] optional

If you do not have this equipment then do not rush out to buy it. Anthony can put a good quality kit together at discount for club members, see details further below. This applies to individual items as well as the set.

The set with the Lezyne mutli-tool is available for £52 /[£72] or £43/[£59] with the Lezyne CRV 4  [retail price in brackets]. Please let him know if you wish to purchase any of these items.

  • Lezyne Sport Drive HP £12/[£14.99]
  • Jet black repair kit £2/[£3.49]
  • Continental Inner tube £3.50/[£6]
  • Scwhalbe Tyre levers £2.5/[£3.50]
  • Lezyne Stainless 12 multi-tool £22/[£29.99]  or Lezyne CRV 4 £9/[£12.99}
  • [Saddle bag] optional  Axiom seat bag Medium £10/[£14]
  • Rain coat Polaris junior cycing rain jacket £35 – not part of the kit offer.


Lee Valley Olympic velodrome opportunity this Saturday 6th [and in the future]

We believe there are still places available at the Lee Valley Velodrome for club members this Saturday. We recently received the message below from SE Development Manager Luke Anderson and have highlighted the key points, though you may be interested in all of Luke’s message.


Dear Go-Ride Clubs,

I am writing to you let you know about our plans to run a Go-Ride club cluster session at the London Olympic Velodrome next year.  We are in the process of setting up a regular Sunday slot on alternate weeks so that all the Go-Ride clubs in the region get an opportunity to let their riders experience the discipline, and gain indoor accreditation.  The idea is that the 34 Go-Ride clubs in the South East will be split into 3 or 4 cluster groups, and rotate around so that each club will have a chance to ride every 6 or 8 weeks.  Go-Ride coaches will lead the planning & delivery which should start in January, and help to bring in new Track qualified coaches to make the sessions sustainable in the long term. Please can you let me know if your club would be interested in taking places on these sessions, or if you have coaches keen on supporting.

We have been given a one off opportunity to have a trial run, on the 6th September 12:15-15:15 on the last S.E regional track experience slot.  Clubs who had not taken up any of the places available from the Regional Track Experience sessions have been given a week to enter in advance of others, now the entry is open to all on first come first served basis.  There are approx 16 places still available.

I would like to ask you to share this invite with your club members, and if possible encourage riders who are new to the discipline to take part, rather than already experienced trackies.  We would love to have a coach from the invited clubs come along on the 6th, to observe / help out with the session and discuss future plans with the clusters.

Please see the link for the online entry page.  Riders must be British Cycling members, and be 12 – 18 years old.  https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/118069/S-E-region-Go-Ride-Track-Cluster

Tour of Britain Reminder!

Further to the post on 26th August, detailing the opportunity for PPYCC riders to represent PPYCC in Tour of Britain Stage finish line racing on 13th September, there are still places available on the team for U8′s, U10′s, U14′s and U16′s. If you were considering nominating a rider, you still have time! Please email your nominations to kim@ppycc.org.uk by Monday 1st September. Riders who are successful in gaining a place on the team will be notified by Friday 5th September.

Tom Andrew’s completes Lands End – John O’Groats raising funds for

14 year old member Tom Andrews spent part of his holiday riding the iconic route from Lands End to John O’Groats and raising funds in memory of his friend  Adam Green who passed away in 2012 aged 14, after a 3 year battle with cancer. He is raising money for ‘The Emily Ash Trust’, a small local charity who aim to improve the quality of life for young people suffering from cancer whilst providing support for their families. He has a ‘Just Giving’ web page and exceeded his aim of raising £1000. Please see the foot of the page if you would like to add to Tom’s total. You may be pleased to know that the club has also made a donation. Tom has written a report below, this appears on our Facebook with some photos.

“On the 27th July my Dad and I packed our panniers and travelled by train to Penzance. After a night in a youth hostel we cycled the 9 miles to Lands End for the compulsory photo,, then headed off on stage 1, 87 miles along the north Cornwall coast to Boscastle, via Padstow where we crossed the river by ferry. Day 2 was a very hilly day along the north coasts of Devon and Somerset where we tested our hill climbing ability in Lynmouth and Porlock, eventually ending up in Minehead. The next day we set off early for our longest stage of 134 miles which would take us to the Welsh border. By now the roads, fortunately, were much flatter apart from one incredibly steep hill climb which made Ditchling Beacon look easy!! (1:4 for a mile) The highlight of day 3 was crossing the Severn Bridge out of Bristol. We continued along the Welsh border up to Liverpool where we were to discover we were too late to catch the last ferry across the Mersey. Fortunately after 8pm we were aloud to cycle through the Queensway Tunnel to reach our Travelodge…Luxury!! Day 5…back into hilly terrain, accompanied by northern rain, which we had managed to avoid up until now!! After 97 miles we arrived in the Lake District with a lovely view of the sun setting over Lake Windermere. We woke up the following day to discover that the rain had taken its toll on the supposedly waterproof Garmin so we would now have to rely on our old-fashioned map reading skills!! The roads were stunning as we rode through the Lake District, especially riding over the Kirkstone Pass. Soon after lunch we were excited to reach Scotland. At first thought it seemed as though we were nearly there, but we were only just over half way, with another 450 miles to cycle. Day 7 was wet. We cycled 120 miles through southern Scotland and passed Glasgow. Coincidently this was the same day as the Commonwealth Games road rides but unfortunately we had no time to stop and spectate. For the first time since we started, the ride felt more like hard work than pleasure. Eventually we reached Loch Lommond and managed to keep going knowing that our Youth Hostel in Crainlarich was only a hill away. We were now entering the beautiful, but hilly, roads of the Scottish Highlands, and yet more rain!! We set off at our usual 8am after our usual giant bowl of porridge. Navigating was now easy…the A82 all the way to Inverness. We passed through Glencoe and met up with my Mum and sister  who were staying near Fort William. They made us bacon roll,s which I had been dreaming about for days, and dried our soggy socks and gloves before we continued to Inverness passing Ben Nevis and Loch Ness. Day 9…only 2 shortish days to go. The last 2 days were very enjoyable with quiet roads and good opportunities to see the local wildlife. We finally arrived at John O’Groats on 6th August in the pouring rain, 1021 miles later.

It was an amazing experience and we had a lot of laughs along the way but above all we have managed to raise over £1400 for the Emily Ash Trust to date. A big Thank you to everyone who has supported us on this memorable journey. I’m now busy dreaming up next years challenge!!

I have attached some pictures of us along the way and if anyone still wishes to donate please visit the following ‘Just Giving’ page.”


Tom and Mark

Exciting Tour of Britain racing opportunity for PPYCC riders!!

British Cycling is organising an inter club competition at the finish line of the T.o.B. on Saturday 13th September in Maderia Drive, Brighton. The competition will be between PPYCC and VC Jubilee, and so we need riders to make up our team!!

The racing will be from 12-1pm, prior to the Stage finish, and will consist of 8 age related races. There are 5 spaces for U8 boys and girls and 5 for U10 boys and girls, with 2 boys and 2 girls required for each of the U12/U14/U16 age groups. Therefore, we invite riders to email kim@ppycc.org.uk to register their interest in taking part. If places are over-subscribed, then a system to chose riders for the allocated places will be published before   the final teams are decided.

This is a fantastic opportunity for riders to take part in the celebration of one of the UK’s biggest races, and for for PPYCC and VC Jubilee to showcase our riders and clubs! We look forward to hearing from you no later than Monday 1st September, to be included in consideration for the PPYCC teams.

Be a Tour of Britain volunteer in Brighton

We have been contacted to by the group responsible for volunteering for the Tour of Britain at the Brighton stage. They have not specified the minimum age and we have asked that question and await a reply. However if you are keen to take a more formal part in the event then please see the flyer linked below. There will be training, a lunch and a T shirt for those who volunteer. Tour of Britain Volunteers