Novice Racing

Coach-led racing at Preston Park

As a British Cycling Go-Ride club, PPYCC introduces a basic level of coach-led racing into our fun Saturday skills sessions. This often involved some competitive games and a group race at the end of the session. This helps introduce riders to bike racing in a fun and safe environment under the guidance of British Cycling qualified coaches. For nearly all of our members, this is their first taste of racing!

British Cycling’s Go-Ride Racing programme

Go-Ride Racing is British Cycling’s exciting entry-level competition programme, which offers entry-level competition for novice cyclists under the age of 16, helping young people to make a gradual transition into competitive cycling.

Racing events are delivered across the country by Go-Ride Clubs, with a range of prizes awarded such as certificates, medals and trophies. You can find Go-Ride Races across the South East region and in all disciplines such as BMX, Road (on closed circuits), Track, Cyclo-Cross, MTB and Cycle Speedway!

On the British Cycling website you can find out more information about Go-Ride Racing and on their Events section you can use the Events Finder filter to view all Go-Ride races across the country.

Wednesday night track league

Wednesday night track league takes place at Preston Park track on Wednesdays from April to mid-August each year for ages U8 through to U16. It is organised by Sussex Cycle Racing League not by PPYCC, but it is where most of our members get their first taste of racing, being right on our doorstep! It is very family-friendly and appreciated by all racers for the informal, social and welcoming atmosphere. Each evening there are a number of different races for each age category, with U8s, u10s and first year U12s typically racing in ‘Youth Minor’ and second-year U12s and U14s typically racing in ‘Youth Major’. Depending on ability and results, U14s and U16s may actually be invited to ‘ride-up’ with the seniors if they need the additional stretch.

Riders acquire league points for being placed in races and at the end of the season the riders with the most points win the prizes. Racing is on track bikes and both adult and youth riders alike must have achieved track accreditation in order to race. PPYCC runs track accreditation sessions during Saturday morning sessions in March and April for interested riders.