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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.

Puncheur Sportive Sunday 28th February

On Sunday the 28th I will be running the feed station on the Puncheur Sportive instead of the normal Sunday ride. As in previous years we have a few places for PPYCC riders.

If any stronger riders, coaches or parents would like to ride the Sportive then please contact me at charlie@ppycc.org.uk for discounted entry. £10 for youth. Free for coaches. Youth riders will require parental consent.

A 65 mile sportive in the winter is a hard ride and should not be undertaken lightly. I may refuse your entry if I am unsure of your abilities. Get in touch with any questions.

EVENT DETAILS

  • WHEN? Sunday, 28 February
  • WHERE? Start and finish Ditchling Village, BN6 8TY, a few miles north of Brighton
  • HOW FAR? 65 miles, fully signed route
  • CLIMBING? ~1700m, Summit finish, Ditchling Beacon
  • FEEDSTATION? At 33 miles – energy drink and lots of great food from Infinity Foods. Pasta Pomodoro at HQ afterwards (included in price).
  • HOW MANY RIDERS? 450
  • http://puncheur.co.uk

Could you be the next PPYCC Event Promoter??!!

As the work to the velodrome has now been confirmed, and should be completed by the beginning of the season, PPYCC is very happy to announce that we can once again host our round of the National Youth Track Omnium competition, as part of the SE region.

The PPYCC Omnium is traditionally a great day, hosting a full racing programme for all ages of Youth riders from Under 8’s to Under 16’s from all around the region.

We are would like to hear from any one who would be interested in gaining experience with managing the Omnium event this year. We are offering the opportunity for someone to shadow this year’s Promoter, from booking the event, to organising races and ensuring all organisational regulations are adhered to. This would be with the anticipation that the individual would then run the Omnium again next year, with full club support.

This is open to anyone, whether you are a parent, volunteer, member [16 years or older] or coach, and no qualifications are needed! It would be an excellent experience for young volunteers over 16 to add to their CV and higher education applications. It is also an opportunity for anyone to gain experience in Event Management.

If you are interested, or would like to discuss further, please contact Anthony Rogers at anthony@ppycc.org.uk or myself kim@ppycc.org.uk

 

No Club Ride – this Sunday

Sorry all but there is no Coach lead Club Ride this Sunday. Ant and Ed are away and I (Charlie) am still recovering from my operation.

However- Regulars should feel free to contact each other and arrange a ride if they wish. You can post up your ride intentions on the Club Facebook Site.

Club Road Ride Sunday 31st January

Club road rides continue on Sunday 31st 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 at 12.30 or after. 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 make sure you come fully prepared for colder, wetter weather. Riders turning up in just a summer vest will not be allowed on the ride.  Warmer clothing and waterproofs are now essential kit.

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.

Saturday Turbo Sessions

We have decided to cancel the Saturday afternoon Turbo Sessions that we have been running at the Preston Park cricket pavilion due to low attendance with immediate effect.

We would like to hear from riders and parents/carers if they think alternative times (perhaps during the evening in the week) might work well and if we have enough interest we will look to re-start these sessions and plan differently for next Winter.

Thanks to all the club members who made the effort to attend and to the coaches/volunteers/parents for giving up their time to run/support the sessions.

 

A new season and a new race report from Joe Bishop

We are very pleased to see the return of cycle racing in the new season and also the return of Joe Bishops colourful and informing reports. For those of you short of time Joe’s reports are the easiest way to stay abreast of what is happening in international road cycle sport.

Continental Race Report: The Tour Down Under

Joe Bishop

January, and the new racing season is upon us! The 2016 calendar looks set to be a thrilling one, with star rider transfers and new race routes – we’re in for a treat. And, what better place to start the new season than in the sun of Southern Australia in the Santos Tour Down Under. Every year, this traditional season-opener excites cycling fans all over the world with its extreme weather, sharp climbs, and small time gaps. This year’s edition promised to be no different, with extremely demanding terrain set over six unique stages. Pre-race favourite included last year’s winner Rohan Dennis (BMC), three time winner Simon Gerrans (Orica Greenedge), Tour de France revelation Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), fellow Sky rider Sergio Henao, and Richie Porte in his first race with his new team BMC, after leaving Team Sky at the end of last year. Going for the flat stages were the young Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan (Orica Greenedge), British rider Ben Swift of Team Sky, and Mark Renshaw sporting his new Team Dimension-Data kit – formerly MTN Quebeka.

The racing kicked-off with a stage that’s profile was as flat as a pancake, providing an opportunity for one of the sprinters to take an early season victory. A break of 3 riders went away, scooping up the available sprint and mountain points, but it was all in vain, as they were eventually caught by a peloton lead by Team Sky, who were hoping to set up a stage win for Yorkshireman Ben Swift. Alas, it was not meant to be: he finished seventh, behind an unstoppable Caleb Ewan. The win put Ewan in the famous Ochre (dark orange) jersey, albeit only for a day.

The competition heated up on stage 2, with a slightly lumpier profile that included an uphill sprint to the finish. Fan-favourite Adam Hansen (Lotto-Soudal) went off the front in a solo breakaway. Hansen is famous for his 13 consecutive Grand Tour rides, and he hopes to make it 16 by the end of this season. Despite this, he was inevitably caught by an Orica Greenedge-lead peloton. With one kilometre to go on the steady climb to the finish, British national champion Pete Kennaugh attacked, but was quickly caught. At 500 metres, a rubbing of wheels sparked a large crash in the fast moving peloton. Gerrans was caught up in the fall, ruining any dreams he had of a stage win, but due to it being inside the last 3 kilometres, he at least would get the same time as the winner on the day. Meanwhile, up ahead at the finish, a surprise winner emerged in Jay McCarthy (Tinkoff Saxo), who just pipped Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) to the line. Rohan Dennis rounded out the podium in 3rd. McCarthy took the ochre jersey, with Ulissi, Gerrans and Dennis behind him – 4, 5 and 6 seconds back respectively.

Stage 3 promised to be an exciting one, with a hilly course, including the steep Corkscrew Road climb just 5.7km from the finish. The peloton was generally settled before the climb, on which Richie Porte announced himself for the first time with an attack that only Simon Gerrans could follow. The pair were quickly brought back however. They weren’t together for long though, with Henao of Sky going clear with Michael Woods (Cannondale). Henao lead over the top, taking the mountains jersey, but the two were caught on the descent by a select group of favourites. Gerrans won the sprint, followed by Rohan Dennis, Woods, and race leader McCarthy, who lost his jersey as a result of time bonuses. Gerrans took the jersey, with McCarthy 3 seconds back and Dennis a further 2.

Stage 4 was another hilly one, but with a flat finish. Gerrans won for the second day in a row, with Brit, Ben Swift just missing out in second place. Gerrans strengthened his lead, going another 14 seconds clear of McCarthy, and 26 seconds ahead of Dennis. Meanwhile, Sergio Henao lay just outside the podium positions 28 seconds back. The next day was the one that would decide the race, and it included two climbs of the infamous Willunga Hill, on which Richie Porte had won for the past two years, so this presented an opportunity for him to win on the hill for a record third time. Sky lead up the climb, but that didn’t stop their ex-teammate Richie Porte from launching a searing attack with just two kilometres to go. Henao followed but couldn’t hold the pace, giving Porte a hat-trick of wins on Willunga Hill and more importantly, his first win for his new team BMC. Gerrans finished 17 seconds back, just holding onto his slim lead, and all but securing his fourth win in his home tour. Porte’s win elevated him to second on the overall standings, 9 seconds back, with Henao in third, 11 seconds behind.

The final stage was pan-flat, with 20 laps of a 4.5 KM circuit. Orica Greenedge controlled the race from beginning to end, partly so as to protect race leader Gerrans, but also to ensure none of his rivals nick time at the bonus second sprints. Caleb Ewan took his second stage win of the tour and a fourth for Orica Greenedge. Renshaw once again finished second. There were no changes in the overall standings and Gerrans won the race, with Porte and Henao joining him on the podium. It has to be said that if this race is anything to go by, we’re in for an enthralling season.

Bid for an ‘old school’ road bike

We have a road bike for sale which is an ‘old school’ road racing bike which would be great for a university student, or a fast shopping bike etc. The bike is not ancient, probably 1980s, but old enough to ride in the Strada Bianchi rides for vintage bikes.

It belongs to a past member of the Brighton Stanley cycling club, the oldest club in Brighton that [although no longer in existence] still has living members. We are selling it on behalf of the member, Neil Strawbridge, now in his 80s. In a Dutch Auction style the best bid in the next week will be given the bike. I have promised Neil £70, any excess goes to the club.

Send your bid to anthony@ppycc.org.uk

Bike specs and photos

14 gears, Full working order, Paint work excellent, 55cm top tube

b1 b2

Club Road Ride Sunday 24th

Sunday road rides continue on Sunday 24th for riders 12 and older (with parental permission) . Parents are encouraged to come along

Charlie (injured) and Ant (possibly away) are probably not riding this Sunday so Ed Raynard will be leasing the ride but you can contact Charlie if you have any questions.

Meet at the track ready to leave at 10.00am for a two hour ride though note that we commonly return at 12.30 or after. 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 make sure you come fully prepared for colder, wetter weather. Riders turning up in just a summer vest will not be allowed on the ride.  Warmer clothing and waterproofs are now essential kit.

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.

Club Road Ride Sunday 17th

Sunday road rides continue on Sunday 17th for riders 12 and older (with parental permission) . Parents are encouraged to come along

Charlie and Ant are not around this weekend so Ed Raynard will be leasing the ride. Icy conditions are forecast so check the website at 9am in case of a cancellation

Meet at the track ready to leave at 10.00am for a two hour ride though note that we commonly return at 12.30 or after. 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 make sure you come fully prepared for colder, wetter weather. Riders turning up in just a summer vest will not be allowed on the ride.  Warmer clothing and waterproofs are now essential kit.

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.