Preston Park Youth Cycling Club is proud to be hosting the region’s best young cycling talent with Round 3 of the National Youth Omnium Series. Don’t miss this fun-filled day of racing at the historic Preston Park velodrome on Sunday 21st May 2023.
- The best U14 and U16 riders from across the region and beyond will be competing for places in the National Youth Omnium Final.
- A full race programme for U10 and U12 riders – while not part of the national series, our younger riders still need high quality racing opportunities. Provided that you have previous experience of riding track bikes then you will be very welcome and we promise a fun-packed day of racing.
- There will be five different events – 1km Time Trial, 500m Sprint, Elimination Race, Scratch Race and Points Race – with points awarded for each race and totalled up at the end for each age group, with equal prizes for boys and girls.
- A small army of PPYCC volunteers will be ready to make this a day to remember.
- A 63 acre park and gardens that family and siblings can enjoy throughout the day, plus proximity to the city centre and seafront for those who’d like to make a weekend of it.
- Racing starts at 10am, and is expected to finish at 4.30pm, leaving plenty of time to visit the park or town centre before or afterwards.
Come and race on sports most historic velodrome.
Come and race on a piece of global sporting history! Preston Park is a globally important cycling venue. Dating back to 1877 the velodrome was the first ever built in the UK and is now the oldest working velodrome in the world. The velodrome and its open air, flint-edged seating and surrounding grounds are protected by Historic England and attracted crowds of 10,000 spectators in its heyday. Today the venue plays host to thriving cycling and youth sports communities as the home to Sussex Cycle Racing League, Preston Park Youth Cycling Club and Brighton Multicultural Women’s Cycle Club, with the grass track centre also being heavily used by St Peters Cricket Club who have a large youth section.
Its listed status doesn’t prevent the sporting venue being kept up to date and the last five years have seen major upgrades with new perimeter railings on the velodrome, extensive landscaping improvements to the flint seating area and the cricket pavilion is about to undergo a major refurbishment to bring it up to date with accessible facilities for all users of the cycling and cricket venue. With both PPYCC and St Peters Cricket Club supporting burgeoning youth memberships, this historic sporting venue is set to remain of vital importance to the future of sport in our region.
Enjoy a family day at the seaside.
Make your Youth Omnium visit a family day out to remember. You can simply leave the car at the venue, hop on the Number 5 bus at Preston Park and be in the town centre in just 10 minutes.
You can see iconic attractions such as the Palace Pier, Royal Pavilion and i360, wander around the North Laine independent shops and The Lanes boutique shops or amble along the beach and seafront.
Or you could just chill at Preston Park itself as the velodrome is situated within 63 acres of lawns and gardens including a beautiful rose garden, formal borders, wildflower meadows, a large childrens play area, multiple cafes and the largest municipal rock garden in Britain.
Put simply, there is loads to do for the whole family so use the opportunity to extend your Youth Omnium visit for a day to remember!
Getting there and getting around
Preston Park is easily accessible being directly on the A23 which runs alongside the park. The velodrome is located from Preston Drove by car or through the park by bike or foot. The post code is BN1 6LA. Click on the map image below to find Preston Park Velodrome in Google Maps.
The velodrome is situated within Brighton’s largest park with many gardens, play areas and cafes to explore. Click the image of the park below for a downloadable PDF map of the park.
The Number 5 bus service into Brighton city centre leaves Preston Park every 15 minutes. See the Brighton & Hove Bus Company website.