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.

Cycle-Cross race details this weekend

Start Times
Under 10 – 10:30am (10 minute race)
Under 12  – 10:45am (15 minute race)
Youth – 11:15 (30 minute race)
Veteran Men 40+ –  12:30  (45/50 minute race) – note start time
Women all cats – 12.31 (45/50 minute race)
Veteran Men 50+ 12.32 (45/50 minute race)
Senior and Junior Men 14.00 (60 minute race)

Please note a change of start times for the veteran men and all women.

Under 10 – £1.00  On the day Entry only
Under 12 – £1.00  On the day Entry only
Youth – £6.00   Online Entry Fees & £7.00 On the day Entry Fees
Senior/Veteran  £15.00 & £18.00  On the day Entry Fees
Junior £9.00 Online Entry Fees &  £11.00 On the day Entry Fees

Non British Cycling Members pay a £3 surcharge on top of entry. (not under 10/12)

All youth and senior riders must pay a £10 League registration fee at their first event.

There is entry on the day and mountain bikes are welcome.

Cross race help rota and plea for further support

This weekend is our cycle-cross promotion at Woodingdean with many having stepped forward to assist. We are still in need of help, as identified in red text in the table below. Please contact Anthony@ppycc.org.uk if you have any questions or are able to help. We also welcome spectators and have a finally stocked tea stand.

Promoter   Anthony Rogers      
Course designer   Alan Newman      
Setting up 08.30 to 10.30 Stuey/Jenny Martin, Ollie Philips, Ed Raynard Dan Fagg, Joe and Mark Bishop  
Setting down 15.00 – 16.30        
Marshalling 1 10.00 – 12.00 Andrew RB [and Noah] Joe and Mark Bishop Andy Hemens  
Marshalling 2 12.00 – 15.00 Rahul Adam Freddie,  
Recording laps 1 10.00 – 12.00 Paul Goodwill [or marshalling], Richard Nerurkar    
Recording laps 2 12.00 – 15.00        
Signing on 09.00 to 14.00 Kim Alison [to 13.30?] Duncan Churchill  
Prize allocation 10.00 to 15.00 Kim      
Catering All day Charlie Graeme Wicks Matilda  
First Aid 09.30 – 15.00 Alex Beyfus, except for vets race Kim during vet’s race    

So you want to be the next ….. Laura Trott, Jonathan Dibben, Tao Geoghan Hart

So you want to be the next ….. Laura Trott, Jonathan Dibben, Tao Geoghan Hart – all of whom raced as visiting youths at Preston Park and are now racing for Matrix Fitness, Team Sky and Team Wiggins respectively.

If you do want to be a top cyclist then you need to attend the right training and enter the right events. With winter on the horizon this means attending Regional Club Clusters of Training and for the strongest riders being selected to attend RSRs.

You can improve your chances, and your strength and skills by attending either track [at Herne Hill] or road [at Cyclopark] Club Cluster Sessions. These are a bit distant from Brighton, but the nearest training opportunities of this standard on offer. Road CCS at Cyclopark start on 20th October; all the CCS training events can be read about on the British Cycling South East website, part of BC Regions.

There are 3 rounds of RSR, track, then road then mtb; we do not get involved in mtb as it is not a discipline the club properly offers. Track RSRs start later this month, with Georgina Burnett being selected for PPYCC. The New Year will see the road RSRs start please let us know if you think there is someone we should consider. To be selected for track RSRs you need to attend regional omniums and be confident on banked velodromes. To be selected for road RSRs you need to attend national youth circuit race events, for example Freddie Newman attended 6 of these this past season, but is born 2003 so cannot be put forward until next year. Similarly Rahul FT and Lukas Nerurkar have had good success on the track. They will also become strong contenders next year. There are other criteria which can be found on our FAQs page. To be nominated for an RSR you need to be born in 2002, 2001 or 2000 and have a demonstrable record in racing regionally.


Preston Park YCC Circuit Championships report by Joe Bishop

Whilst the Tour of Lombardy was gong on, there was a much more important race, taking place in Gravesend, Kent: The PPYCC Circuit Championships! We got to race on the Cyclopark circuit, which is purpose built for road cycling, and the standard of racing was superb. It is clear that this season all of the club members have progressed greatly in terms of riding ability and skill, and that is also evident in the club training sessions and the Sunday Group Rides.

Full results are here: PPYCC CLUB CHAMPS RESULTS


Under 8s and 10s

Our Under 8 Champion is Ben Tamplin and in the Under 10s Luke Goodwill won after breaking away alone shortly after the race start. We are disappointed that none of our Girl members took part in these two races.

Under 12s

Lukas Nerurkar won the under 12 boys race, beating fellow PPYCC members Rahul Fortescue-Talwar and Freddie Newman in the final sprint, and that was the order of the podium. Matilda Wicks took a confident first place in the Under 12s Girls.

Under 14s and 16s

Next came the under 14s and 16s, who had to race together to make for more exciting racing.The race was fast and furious right from the gun, with an early attack from PPYCC member Isaac Wright (u16), which only George Sloan (VC Jubilee under 14) could follow. The chase was on, and the relentless pace took its toll, leaving only a select group of eight being left to chase. This group included only two under 16s, one of which was Joe Bishop (me!). I decided to sit at the back and let the others work; I knew it would be pointless trying to bring back Isaac, and George was none of my concern, as he was not in my age category. This all changed however, when another under 16 Cameron Cragg attacked. Lukas Nerurkar, who was racing up, came back and asked me to work, and I complied, managing to keep Cameron and George – whom he had caught – at a catchable distance. The group finally caught the two riders on the bell for the last lap – it was all back together for a sprint! George won the sprint for the under 14s, with Jojo Martin (PPYCC) taking second and becoming the PPYCC Circuit Champion in this category, with Finn Anderson (PPYCC) finishing third. I won the sprint for second in the under 16 category, whilst Isaac Wright comfortably took the win, and Cameron (PPYCC) took third. Amelia Roberts was a clear winner in the Under 14 girls race after main opposition Imogen Gifford had to take a lap out due to a mechanical problem.

The races were great fun to take part in, and I can’t wait to go back next year. A big thank you is in order for all of the Race Commissaires and marshals. A special thank you is also reserved for Kim and Paul, who managed to organise a fantastic days racing.


Continental Race Report: Il Lombardia by Joe Bishop

Continental Race Report: Il Lombardia

Joe Bishop

Once the World Championships finish, it is very easy to assume that the season is over – but you would be forgetting one thing: the Autumn Classics. This Sunday, the pinnacle of the Autumn Classics took place: Il Lombardia (The Tour of Lombardy). The race takes place in scenic Northern Italy, and is different from other classics in that the route changes every year. This year, it was a 245km course which featured many short sharp climbs; a prominent feature in Italian races. One of the climbs was particularly brutal, with an average gradient of 15.8% and a maximum of 27% over 2km, it makes Ditchling Beacon (9% average) look like a speed bump.

Lombardy usually suits punchy climbers, and that was no different this year. Favourites included last year’s winner, Dan Martin, as well as Alejandro Valverde, Michal Kwiatkowski and Vincenzo Nibali. It should also be noted that this was Martin’s last race for Team Cannondale Garmin, before he moves to Etixx Quickstep next season

The race got underway in atrocious weather conditions, with the rain tipping it down and the wind blowing fiercely. A break of eleven got away at the start of the day, including Jerome Coppel – bronze medallist in the World Championships time trial. Nonetheless, the Astana lead peloton was not worried, and sure enough when they reached the first big climb – the Madonna Del Ghisallo – they were caught. On the climb, Michal Kwiatkowski and Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) got away, and stretched out a lead of over half a minute. The bunch behind split up, with only the favourites and a few teammates left to chase the pair. Dan Martin however, was not there.

The pair was eventually caught at the bottom of the Civiglio. Then came the turn of Vincenzo Nibali, who let out a flurry of attacks. He managed to distance the chase group on the technical descent and began the final climb with over 40 seconds advantage. Dani Moreno (Katusha) attacked from the chasers, with only Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) able to follow. Together, the pair tried to bring Nibali back, but they could not manage it, and Nibali got a well deserved win in front of a joyous home crowd. Behind him, Moreno took second and Pinot rounded out the podium in third. Valverde won the sprint for fourth. The exciting end to the race seemed fitting, given that it also marked the end of the big races for the 2015 season. The next big race is in January: The Tour Down Under. In the Meantime, we will have to say goodbye to the peloton for the winter.

Old meets new

During our Sunday morning road ride yesterday we climbed Firle Beacon in what might be the last summer bike ride. At the top we were approached by the cyclist in the far right of the picture. Other than our coach Anthony Rogers it is suspected that no one else in the club knows who he is. However  this is Norman Wright, and it was Norman, along with British Cycling National Paralympic Coach Tony Yorke [now sadly deceased], who set up the first youth cycle club at Preston Park. The club ran for over a year without any official status, nor name. However eventually, whilst Norman was still coaching and Anthony Rogers had joined him, Preston Park YCC was created and named. Norman retired from the club, not least because the distance in travelling from Heathfield to coach was prohibitive. However the club is indebted to Norman’s passion for the sport and commitment to the future. We were also pleased to find he still rides his bike and is not daunted by the steep slopes of Firle Beacon.


firle beacon 04oct15

PPYCC championships

A very big thank you and well done to everyone (and their parents!) who rode  at the PPYCC championships yesterday morning at the Cyclopark. It was a really enjoyable morning of racing, and having been such a success, we look forward to holding championships again next year!

Thank you so much to Paul Goodwill, who organised the morning, and to all the coaches and volunteers who supported the event and made it all happen!

Club Road Ride Sunday 4th

Sunday road rides continue on Sunday 4th for riders 12 and older (with parental permission) . Parents are encouraged to come along.

Meet at the track ready to leave at 10.00am for a two hour ride though note that we commonly return by 12.30. There will be no charge  but the nature of these rides is that a higher level of self-sufficiency is required. This means riders should be capable of safe return if they become separated from the group and that suitable clothing and equipment are used. Thus there should be no new participants without prior agreement. Similarly these are club rides and not coaching sessions, so will aim to be more continuous ride, with limited stopping.

Please ensure your bikes are road worthy this includes using tyres that are not worn or suffering cuts and nicks.

Rides may be cancelled if the weather is unsuitable, or if no ride leaders are available. Keep an eye on the website for updates.