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 – due to increased demand our membership is currently full.

Early slot (09:00 to 10:30) this Saturday

Provided it’s not raining this Saturday (26 April) the younger rider session will be:

08:30 to 08:45 signing in

09:00 Bike check and warm up

09:20 Skills session in coloured groups

10:05 Whole group race-based activity

PLEASE bring waterproof jacket / cape in case of showers, gloves, drink and snack.

If by 08:00 the weather looks too bad to ride safely, I will put an announcement on the website and facebook page …to please check before heading out if it’s raining.


Saturday 26 April (older group from 10.30)

Hi All, the weather is looking a bit dodgy for Saturday morning. If the track is wet we will use road bikes rather than track bikes, best to bring both if can! If there is moderate/heavy rain Saturday morning we will cancel. Will try to post here as soon as a decision is made. Thanks Andy

Places running short for the PPYCC youth omnium, sign up now!

Places are running short for some categories in our youth omnium in June, if you wish to ride then please enter soon. Below you can see a list of PPYCC riders who have entered as of Wednesday 23rd April. This is the premier race opportunity of the year for club riders.

Youth A Female, 9 entries plenty of places left.

Youth A Male, 24 entries 6 places left.

Youth B Female, 10 entries plenty of places left.

Youth B Male 21 entries, 9 places left.

Youth C 18 entries, 12 places left

Youth D 3 entries

Youth E 2 entries

Preston Park entrants

Samuel Jaques
Rahul Fortescue Talwar
Joseph Martin
Frederick Newman
Noah Ridgway-Brown
Georgina Burnett
Olivia Chadwick
Emily McFarling
Isabella Stone

50 metre standing start sprint times and standards

See below for our first ever 50 metre standing start sprint times standards and your times for Saturday morning.

Measurement Bronze Standard Silver Standard Gold Standard
Boys 50m Standing Start 7.16 6.83 6.51
Girls 50m Standing Start 7.38 7.09 6.8


Preston Park Youth Cycle Club Time Trial Times
50 metre standing sprint
First Name Last Name Year of Birth           2014 British Cycling Standard
Alice Gilmour 2001 8.25
Archie Raynard 2004 8.07
Ben O’Brien 1998 7.22
Ethan O’Hara Harris 2001 7.05 bronze
Finn Anderson Grout 2001 7.66
Georgina Burnett 2001 7.91
Harry Burge 1999 7.05 bronze
Imogen Gifford 2002 8.75
Izzy Stone 1999 7.03 silver
James Cairns 2000 8.53
Joe Bishop 1999 7.25
Jojo Martin 2000 7.97
Lloyd Costello 2002 7.69
Maisie Saunders 2001 8.81
Michael Wickens 2001 7.13 bronze
Nicholas Wickens 1999 7 bronze
Nick Gill 2000 6.75 silver
Olivia Chadwick 1999 7.97
Stan Abbott Stacey 1999 6.78 silver
Ted O’Brien 1998 7.19

Eastbourne Races in June

The Eastbourne Cycling Festival on June 1st will be a great day out for all cycling fans, there will be penny farthing racing, 4th category & 3rd category criterium racing, womens categories included, Elite/1st/2nd category races, the school cycle challenge, classic bike parade, youth racing, sportive rides, Urban cyclo cross and a MTB charity ride. Lots more see all at www.eastbournecyclingfestival.com
Many races have some great cash prizes!

Please come and bring the family along, you can get some racing in and then enjoy the day with the family, we even have Go-ride sessions courtesy of the BCF for the kids.

Kind regards

Shaun Reed


Jack Algar is cycling 3000 miles to join the World Scout Jamboree

Members Harvey and Zoe have an older cycling brother, Jack, who rides with us sometimes.

Jack Algar – End2End – World Scout Jamboree Japan 2015

My name is Jack Algar and I am from Griffin Explorer Scouts, in the Petworth & Pulborough District, West Sussex. I have been selected to represent my district, county and the UK, at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree Japan, 2015.

As part of my fundraising for the World Scout Jamboree, I am planning to cycle the End2End (Land’s End to John O’Groats) challenge this July. I will be cycling approximately 1100 miles over 13 days, carrying all my own gear. I am planning a route away from the main roads, which will include 3 countries & 6 National Parks staying in youth hostels and B&B’s cycling on average, 84 miles a day. Another part of the challenge will be getting my Dad up all the hills as he will also be joining me.

To enable me to attend, I have to raise £3000. Part of the money raised is used to help Scouts from developing countries to also attend the Jamboree. The Jamboree is held every 4 years in a different country and is attended by 30,000 Scouts worldwide. The Jamboree will be a life changing experience as it will allow me to gain a variety of life skills. The theme of the Jamboree is “WA: a Spirit of Unity.” It represents the very essence of Japan, and it also represents Japan itself. Scouts gathered from all over the world will think about global issues such as peace, and reflect upon our lives through various programmes to encourage us through our personal development.

If you would like to sponsor me, please visit my sponsorship page, at


Sessions this Saturday 19th April

All members please note

  • ·         From the first Saturday in May you cannot take part in sessions if you are not a full member. You must join British Cycling and PPYCC to be a full member, this can be done from our website.
  • ·         To ease congestion when our two sessions swap over we are introducing an ‘in/out’ gate system with signing on by the big gate near the pavilion end of the stand. Riders enter the track from the big gate and leave by the usual stepped gate at the end of the first session. For the remainder of both sessions we will be using the big gate at the pavilion end of the stand for access to the track and locking the small gate with steps.

U12′s session 9.00-10.30

  1. Signing on 8.30
  2. Bike check and warm up 9.00
  3. Colour Group sessions covering Leading and Following/changing position in a group
  4. Races

Later session 10.30-12.00

This week we will use track bikes, as ever weather permitting.

1.       Warm up

2.       Start practice

3.       50m standing sprint timed  [see below]

4.       Scenario race

5.       Win and out race.


Bronze Standard

Silver Standard

Gold Standard


Boys 50m Standing Start




Girls 50m Standing Start





Track pumps for sale

We have bought some new track pumps for the club through True Wheels [Anthony Roger's wheel building company]. They are Lezyne Sport Floor Drives and are red in colour. If you would like to buy one the same then we can supply them for £29 each, which we believe is cheaper than the internet and well below their recommended £36.99. For more information on the pumps click here. Or first try out the club’s own pumps to see if you like them before buying. Contact Anthony at the track to buy or email him on info@truewheels.co.uk.

With regret – next week’s Go-Ride Easter Activity Week cancelled

Due to a family illness, we’ve had to take the tough decision to cancel next week’s Go-Ride Activity Week. I know this will disappoint those members who were looking forward to it, but there isn’t an alternative we’re afraid.
Due to child protection policies and coach to rider ratios, we unfortunately can’t continue with the Activity Week with just one coach, so we’ve taken the difficult decision to cancel the week.
We’re sorry for any inconvenience this causes.
Emails have been sent to all parents who had made a booking for the week.
We are hoping we’ll be able to run another Activity Week in the summer holidays. We’ll let you know as soon as we’ve made any decisions about that.



Note that there will be NO Saturday sessions this coming Saturday (12 April) due to all coaches helping with our PPYCC visit to the London Velodrome.

Back to normal the following Saturday (19th April) however – under 12s from 09:00 to 10:30 and over 12s from 10:30 to 12:00.

If you want to keep your cycling skills topped up over the Easter break, you could come along to the special Go-Ride Activity week that Alison and Brock are running Monday 14th to Thursday 17th April. Email Alison for information (alison@ppycc.org.uk).