Dear All

Last year we entered a team of PPV U16 and Junior riders in the Bicester Millennium CC 9-up 11 mile Team Time Trial (TTT). The team did very well coming first in the Junior category and in the top 20 overall.

Notwithstanding their strong performance, it was a great opportunity for our young riders to train together over a number of weeks to become a well rehearsed group – the commentator on the night made very positive comments about the team’s “well drilled start”. Friendships were strengthened and each rider had an important role to play. Fitness played a major part but skills were just as important, including learning to ride in Echelon formation – a dark art for many!

All clearly enjoyed the camaraderie of the team time trial and the coaching and support team found the whole thing just as rewarding too.

Based on last year’s success, this year I have agreed with the PPV committee that we will enter three teams as follows:

U16/Junior
U14/U16
U12

The event will be held at Silverstone on Friday 15th June at 7pm (need to arrive by 5.30pm).

If you would like to be considered for one of the teams please respond via this link: https://goo.gl/forms/yfdLARk66UZdRkV32  before the end of February.

The teams will be open to riders in each age category and of both genders. There will be a contribution required towards the entry fee from each rider but the club will also contribute. Last year the rider’s individual contributions were around £10 each.

As you will no doubt imagine, the TTT is a tough event and each team has to finish with at least 5 riders over the finishing line. The team riders need to be as compatible as possible. Therefore, we will be doing some testing of riders who would like to take part to make sure they are suitable and to see where they can make their best team contribution e.g. being the lead rider at the start, one of those to be an early pace-setter, or one that will form the group of 5 riders that go all the way to the finish. The testing will be track or closed road circuit based, totally voluntary and mainly focused on and more serious for the older riders’ teams but also involve the U12 group.

For those who come along on Monday nights we will build TTT training into some of the sessions but will also use some Saturdays and Tuesday nights (when the nights get lighter) at Newbury Showground too.

There will be a lead coach for each team as follows:

U16/Junior – Chris Boulton
U14/U16 – Matt Carey
U12 – Tim Macfarlane

I look forward to hearing from any interested riders via the link above and of course if there are any questions please let me, Matt or Tim know.

Chris Boulton