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.

Competition winners and new competition announced

Belatedly the winners of our competition for naming our coaching groups can be announced. A new competition is announced below.

Our two main coaching groups are: Outer Ring [the more experienced group] and Inner Ring [the less experienced group]. These names were suggested by Freddie Newman who wins a pair of Solo arm warmers.

The Inner Ring are subdivided into their three groups based on the colours of some of the prize jerseys in the Tour de France. We now have our most experienced Inner Ring group known as White [for the best under 25 rider in the Tour], our middle group is Green [for the points leader of the Tour] and our novice group are Yellow [for the leader of the Tour]. Ella Honey wins a heart rate monitor for her suggestions.

Design a logo

PPYCC needs a logo and we have a pair of Lezyne Femto lights and a Raleigh combined track pedal and wheel spanner. These items have a combined value of £37. Please submit your logo on paper, or electronically to Anthony by Saturday August 9th. This competition is open, to members, family and friends. The quality must be good enough for us to reproduce the logo on our club kit and on IT applications.

Guidance for our logo.

  1. We are predominantly a youth cycle club.
  2. We are family oriented.
  3. We encourage and enjoy successful racing from our members.
  4. We are based at a velodrome.


PPYCC Crowd Source Purchasing [one week only]

PPYCC is able to purchase cycle clothing and equipment at below retail price and so  we should more actively pass this opportunity on to our members.

The idea is to identify kit that would be useful to a group of members/families and if enough people sign up to purchase we can achieve a discount. If this works out we can repeat the opportunity. Similarly if you have ideas for what we might buy then please let us know by using the contact details below. To start us off are three suggestions below.

  1. Polaris mini-adventure short RRP £16.99, if 10 or more sign up we can buy these for £12.50
  2. Lezyne Stainless Steel – 12 multi-tool in gold RRP £29.99, if 6 or more sign up we can buy these for £20.
  3. Raleigh Protector 300 Shackle Lock & cable RRP 26.99, if 10 or more sign up we can buy these for £15

Email your interest [and for shorts size choice] to info@truewheels.co.uk by Saturday 2nd August if you wish to take part with any of these three items, or if you have other suggestions.

Tomorrow’s session 26th July

There’s no rain forecast for tomorrow morning so we will be ready to go from 8.45 for signing on for the earlier session. This week we will be covering braking into, and accelerating out of, corners. As the later group are off on a road ride, we will be offering a supervised but un-coached open session from 10.30-11.30, so riders may stay as long as they wish for some extra laps on the track!



Free tickets to Brompton Cycling Festival this weekend

We recently received this message from the organisers of the Brompton World Championships Cycling Festival which takes place this weekend at Goodwood Motor Circuit near Chichester. The organisers have agreed that if you take your Preston Park YCC British Cycling membership card your parents can access the festival free. Children are free to enter in any case. If you turn up be sure to look for coaches Anthony and Alison who are racing in a team with Brighton Excelsior members Mark Emsley and Zak Corum Haines.

“I hope this email finds you well. I wanted to get in touch and alert you to the Brompton Cycling Festival, which will be taking place on Sunday 27th July at Goodwood Motor Circuit, West Sussex. This will consist of a day-long festival celebrating all things British and Cycling, with numerous races and fixtures throughout the day.

Goodwood are surrendering their track for a day to host the infamous Brompton World Championship, a typically madcap affair featuring a Le Mans style start and elaborate outfits from all contestants, as well as the ICE Trikes recumbent bike race and test track. Beyond the races is the bike expo and event fair, where you can browse the latest cycling accessories and sports suppliers or sample local Sussex delicacies. To keep spectators entertained are numerous children’s activities and the picnic area, where you can relax with a summer cocktail or cold beer on the Goodwood lawn to watch the races. More information and photos are available on our website.

To follow on from the success of last year’s Festival we are keen to engage more with the local community and help foster good relations between riders from all backgrounds and at all levels. With this in mind we wanted to offer Preston Park members 10 free spectator passes to come down and enjoy the day – these would be for accompanying adults as under-16s already have free entry – and would include access to the grounds and all the festival elements. However you preferred to proffer these would be fine, and if you wished to use the Festival as a club run destination or something similar I’d be happy to discuss further discounts should you require more.

If I can be of any further help please don’t hesitate to get in touch, otherwise I hope to hear from you soon.

Best wishes,

Rachael Campbell

Senior Event Producer”

Road ride for outer ring group this Saturday 9.30 start.

Hi All

There is a road ride for the outer ring  group this Saturday, this is replacing the 10.30 to 12.00 track session.  Meet at PP 09.30 to depart soon after, we will be back by 12.

This ride is open to riders 12 and over! If you have not been on a road ride with us before you must contact me Andy andy@ppycc.org.uk before turning up.

The weather forecast is good but I enclose below the FAQ about road rides. Thanks Andy

What do I need to bring if I want to join in on a road ride session?

In addition to your session fee (£2.50 for members/£4 for non-members) this is the same as for a club session, see above [in FAQ section], plus the list below; but please note appropriate clothing is absolutely essential as cycling is a cold sport on all but the warmest days. Road cyclists do not usually wear a rucksack, but if you do not have purpose designed clothing and equipment this may be necessary :

  • Rain protection
  • Food and drink
  • Tyre levers, puncture repair kit, spare inner tube, pump and simple tools e.g. hexagon key set or multi-tool.
  • Mobile phone or money to make use a public phone

PPYCC news

As we cancelled the session yesterday here is some club news to make up for it.

Noah at the Track Omnium National Final

Noah Ridgway-Brown was our only representative who qualified  for the Omnium National Final which took place last weekend.  Noah came 10th overall out of a field of 35 qualifying riders. We are told that he started with a mediocre first time trial event where he came 15th. He then really worked hard to claw himself back to his target top 10 position and to be the highest placed rider in the SE region.

Noah’s father, Andrew, commented that the leading riders were very physically developed and asides from regular hours on indoor velodromes through winter, also do several gym sessions in the week. Certainly if you wish to reach the top level in the sport there is much work to do. However it is worth noting that many riders do use top racing equipment, something for the club to decide whether to help with in the future.

Can you ride up Ditchling Beacon three times consecutively?

PPYCC riders Izzy Stone, Isaac Wright and Joe Hill all did this today. Well done to them; have any other members achieved this feat?

Last session 10-30-12.00 Cancelled

Hi All, bad forecast and rain means we have cancelled today’s session. If not raining at 10.30 I (Andy) will go down and supervise, a open track session. Riders ride at own risk, I will lock gates and watch for unsafe riding. If it’s raining staying at home!! Thanks Andy