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.

T.o.B. Report

Last Saturday saw perfect weather for the Youth Racing Event, arranged by British Cycling, on the finish line of Stage 7 of the 2014 Tour of Britain.

37 PPYCC and VC Jubilee riders participated in the competition, with skills races for the U8′s and U10′s, and an exciting Italian Pursuit for the U12, U14′s and U16′s.  The skills course was challenging, and the results very close between the teams, but VC Jubilee took the gold in the U8′s, whilst PPYCC gained gold in the U10′s!

The older riders formed 4 composite groups of 5, with different age groups and club riders making up each team. The Italian Pursuit was completed on a 100m course, with 2 tight hairpin bends, which made  for some exciting, and very close, racing. The final was won by the Purple Team, comprising of Joe Hill. Sam Buchanan, Eliana Harrison, Josh Golliker and Elliott Vincent, after a very fast sprint to the finish line, the riders separated only by milliseconds!

All the riders received their medals and applause on the T.o.B. podium, going behind the scenes like the professionals!! Riders also received exclusive T.o.B. t-shirts from British Cycling, commemorating the event.

Afterwards, riders and families stayed for the final sprint of the Stage, and many also got to spend time in the Sky bus, meeting the professional riders and asking questions, what a perfect end to a fantastic day!!

A very big thank you to everyone who took part, you all made it a day to remember!!

Come and see PPYCC riders race at the Tour of Britain finish line this Saturday

As we said in our previous post, there is NO SESSION AT THE TRACK tomorrow (13 September).

We’d love PPYCC members, parents, and families to come down to Madiera Drive to cheer on our riders in the races that British Cycling have organised, however. It’s only local youth clubs that have been given this opportunity, so you’ll be able to watch our teams fighting it out with VCJubilee.

After our races you will get the chance to watch the main (professional) race which will see some of the best road riders in the world race across the finish line.  Full address details:

Madeira Drive, Brighton, BN2 1EN.  Access via Old Steine Road.

When you arrive, head for the Go-Ride tent in the Promotional Zone, which will be located close to the Finish Straight.

The youth races will start at approx 12:00  and once the presentations on the podium are over it will be time to watch the main race.

All the PPYCC coaches and volunteers would like to take this opportunity to wish our riders good luck for their races!

No session at track this Saturday (13 September)

Due to the Tour of Britain coming through Brighton this Saturday, there is NO SESSION at the track.

We have riders and coaches involved in the Go-Ride races at the finish line on Madiera Drive before the professional riders come in. We will post details of this soon, for those of you who may wish to come down and support PPYCC.

Otherwise, you have the opportunity to get out to a good place on the route and cheer on Wiggo, Cav, and Kittel (if you can spot them as they speed past!). Here’s the Tour of Britain official site for ETAs at various key points and a map of the Stage 7 route.

Indoor track accreditation opportunity from British Cycling

Please see Luke Anderson’s email below for an exciting opportunity for Youth A+B, Junior and Senior track accreditation sessions from British Cycling available soon at Lee Valley Velodrome. Entries are open from 20.00 09.09.2014 via the link:


Dear All,


We are excited to announce that we have booked 8 extra track slots at Lee Valley Velodrome, following our regional track experience days over the summer.  Lots of riders told us they wanted to do more indoor track riding, and progress onto racing, so we are busy making plans for next year for Youth & Junior and also Adult cluster sessions.


For riders who are already riding track or racing outdoors, the region is offering 16 places for Youth A, B & Juniors, and 16 places for U23 & Seniors to do a 4 session Accreditation block, coached by British Cycling Staff. Dates are 20th September, 4th October, 18th October, 1st November from 12:15 – 15:15.  Riders MUST BE AVAILABLE TO RIDE ALL 4 SESSIONS.  Payment is in one block up front via the British Cycling online calendar (link below).  Riders must be in a club from the South East region, and hold a valid British Cycling membership.  Ideally all riders will have their own bike, or access to a club bike for Coaching and Racing.  Entries will be approved by the event organiser to make sure everyone fits the criteria.




Entries open Tomorrow evening at 20:00, and will be open for 10 days.  Please help us fill up the session by sharing with your club contacts and on social media.  If demand is very high, we will try and run a second block before the end of the year.



Kind regards,


Luke Anderson

Regional Development Manager

South East 


Lee Valley Velodrome Visit and Future Sessions

Saturday 6th September 2014 saw a number of PPYCC and VCJ members along with other SE club riders at the Olympic velodrome for a SE Region Track session run by Luke Anderson of British Cycling. This was taster for a series of similar sessions that will allow riders to attain National accreditation to ride all UK indoor (and outdoor) velodromes. Details of these sessions will be published soon; It is expected that these will be 3 hours Saturday every other week. Places will be limited (16 young riders) so keep watching the PPYCC website for the latest news!

Start of the cyclo-cross season

Today was the start of the cyclo-cross season in Sussex with the VC Jubilee promotion in Stanmer Park. Our own club has its promotion on 12th October and we will be looking for members and their families to take part through racing or helping us organise the event. Put the details in your calendar now and view the details using the link below.

Preston Park YCC Round 6 of the London Cyclo-Cross Association League at Happy Valley, Woodingdean on Sunday 12th October.

Join a TV recording with Mark Cavendish [over 15s only]


I work for a TV audience research company and we are currently recording a brand new series of The Clare Balding Show, taking place at the Stratford Olympic Park. Given the nature of the show, we’d very much like our audience to comprise of sporting enthusiasts and would love to invite your club members and friends and family along to the recordings – the tickets are completely free of charge. We have big name guests joining us in the studio – plus it’s also a chance to marvel at the stunning BT Sport studios, right in the heart of the Olympic Park.

The direct ticket-booking link with the available dates is here:


Mark Cavendish will be joining Clare on the 23rd September which should be of particular interest to cyclists. We will have other as yet unannounced guests, too.

I hope you could pass the booking link on and perhaps offer this to your members and associates, we would be very grateful. Thanks in advance for your help – if you need any more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards


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