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Access to the Mountbatten Centre Cycle Track remains temporarily suspended for the forseable future and so from 9th May 2014 until further notice, P.S.o.C.R. road bike sessions will take place at Langstone Technology Park, PO9 1SA.

Please click on the following link for full details.


Information
Documents:


- Registration & Disclaimer
- Track Saftey Guide
- Rider's Code of Conduct
- Parent's Code of Conduct
- Child Protection Policy
- Bike & Helmet Checklist
- Bike Maintenance Checklist

Some useful links:


- National Youth Circuit Race Series
- Cycling South Racing Events
- Cycle Skills
- Cycling performance tips
- Beginner's guide to buying a bike


Some useful articles:


- Tips for new cyclists
- Youth & Junior gearing restrictions
- How to ride in a group


2013 in numbers :


- 63 Youths on our waiting list

- 83 Youths registered for coaching access

- 144 hours of quality coaching sessions for local cyclists (3x sessions per Friday)

- Over 1000 hours of volunteer coach & helper’s time to make Friday’s happen

Welcome to The Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing

Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing Logo


The Portsmouth School of Cycle Racing dates back to the early 1970's and has been the banner name for i-Team.cc's Go-Ride & youth development section since it was resurrected in 2003 by i-Team.cc founder Guy Watson, at the request of John Hayles, father of olympic silver medallist and double world champion, Rob Hayles. i-Team.cc was the first club in the Portsmouth area to prioritise grass roots / youth cycling and on 19/11/2003, was one of the first clubs in the country to be awarded British Cycling's Go-Ride status. Check out some of our Youtube videos:

PsoCR-Crit-School

2014: Mid-Summer Report

PsoCR Ultimate Cycle Limbo!

2014: Ultimate Limbo!

PsoCR-Train in the Rain

2014: We Train in the Rain

PsoCR under 12 Cornering Skills

2014: Under's 12 Skills

PsoCR MTB Skills

2014: MTB Coaching

PsoCR Standing Starts

2014: Standing Starts

PsoCR Learn to Race Gangnam Style!

2013: Learn to Race Bikes - Gangnam Style!

PsoCR Connect 3 drill

2013: Connect Three Drill

PsoCR Friday at the Trackl

2013: Fridays at the Track


For most people, starting out in the sport of cycling can be a bit daunting - learning to ride your bike was just the start! Next comes bunch skills and tactics. Not everyone is born to be a champion & not everyone wants to become an Olympian. Some people are naturally gifted and competitive, some are happy to ride bikes for fun & fitness. Statistically, the chances of achieving anything like Olympic success may seem to be virtually impossible and so some may ask,'Why bother trying at all?' For young riders and their parents, our advice has always been:

- Learning skills and developing fitness correctly, in the formative years between 8 and 16, can be just as important as any natural talent you were born with

- You will never achieve lasting success unless you enjoy what you do - it has to be fun

- Cycling with better riders will eventually make you a better rider

- Focus on being the best you can be, take each ride as it comes, ride your bike regularly and see what happens from there

P.S.o.C.R. is run by a dedicated committee, made up of i-Team.cc members, who volunteer their time to organise weekly coaching sessions for youth cyclists from Portsmouth and the surrounding area, whether or not they are members of i-Team.cc. Over the last decade, our coaching sessions have benefited many riders from local clubs and have helped Four of i-Team.cc's home grown youth talent to progress on to the British Olympic Program. Three of those riders are currently in the mix for Rio 2016:

You are here!

i-Team Olympic Development Riders


Above: against the odds for a club based on the South Coast, away from a major velodrome such as Manchester or Newport, i-Team.cc has seen Dani King, Kate Calvert, Jon Dibben & Joe Truman become members of the Olympic Development Program.

Guy Watson, Dani King and the under 12 group


Above: Head Coach Guy Watson and 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist Dani King M.B.E. with an under 12 group.


What we do on Fridays


i-Team.cc's volunteer coaches & helpers run two 1 hour sessions on most Fridays throughout the year at a 200m - 300m closed road area at Langstone Technology Park, PO9 1SA

  • 6-7pm: 8 to 12 year olds
  • 7-8pm: 12 to 16 year olds

These sessions are primarily organised for i-Team.cc youth riders but youths from other clubs are always very welcome. Newcommers aged between 8-16 years of age are always welcome to come along and watch or try a few sessions free of charge - they will be looked after and given instruction on the basics (just make sure you bring along a completed consent form please.)

Once novices have registered and can demonstrate that they have the required level of skills, they are introduced more and more into the main group. The sessions are based on British Cycling's 'Gears' and are structured to give a balance between having fun, developing skills and developing physical fitness. Within each session, riders may be of similar age but vary in ability and we encourage all participants develop at their own speed - literally!

Riders are encouraged to set their own targets and we never put pressure on our riders to reach a certain benchmark or beat a certain time. All we ask is that the riders take part because they want to improve their cycle racing skills and that they listen to the coaches and try their best.

These are not 'Training Sessions' where the main focus is just to ride hard to develop fitness. Youths will be pushed physically (especially the 7-8pm group) but the main focus is on finding the limit of bike handling skills (i.e. very close group riding and cornering in a group,) under the watchfull eye of up to 4 British Cycling qualified level 1-3 coaches, in a professional but fun and friendly atmosphere.

Our pre-registering / pre-paying system means that we can always ensure that there is the right balance between experienced and novice riders - this helps maintain steady but safe progression for all abilities.



N.B.


  • The 535m outdoor cycle track at The Mountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park, Portsmouth, PO2 9QA is currently closed until further notice - as soon as we are able to use the track again, we will return there for coaching on Friday nights.

  • MTB Coaching on Wednesday Nights - Limited Spaces

How to Take Part


Eligibility:

Sessions are open to all 8-16 year olds but places are limited. To be a regular particapant, you will need to be a member of a British Cycling affiliated club and become an individual member of British Cycling. Go-Ride clubs such as i-Team.cc, Fareham Wheelers, Portsmouth North End and Solent Pirates are recommended because they are geared up to support youth and junior riders - and they can offer you access to discounted British Cycling membership. Being an individual member of British Cycling and a member of a British Cycling affiliated Go-Ride club is essential if you want to progress in the sport of cycling as it is a pre-requisite to being nominated to the Regional Schools of Racing.


Waiting List & Registration:

British Cycling coaching and club insurance policies impose limits on the number of riders that can be coached at any one time and also require that parents follow procedures and guidelines, e.g. so that we know about any relevant medical conditions and so that we have emergency contact details on record. We operate a waiting list for riders who want to become registered and access for new intakes is prioritised as follows:

i. Riders aged 8-16, who are both individual members of British Cycling & members of a British Cycling Go-Ride club and who have a sibling already registered

ii. Riders aged 8-16, who are both individual members of British Cycling & members of a British Cycling Go-Ride club

iii. Riders aged 8-16, who are both individual members of British Cycling & members of a British Cycling affiliated club and who have a sibling already registered

iv. Riders aged 8-16, who are both individual members of British Cycling & members of a British Cycling affiliated club


In 2014, established our pre-registering / pre-paying system, where riders sign up for 3 month 'terms' - this allows us to ensure that there is the right balance between experienced and novice riders - this helps maintain steady but safe progression for all abilities.

To enquire about availability of spare places, or to add your child to our waiting list, please send us a message using this form

Other Weekly Coaching & Training Sessions:

As well as our Friday night sessions, there are regular coaching sessions organised on Mondays and Fridays at The Mountbatten Centre:

Monday Nights: B.C. Level 3 Coach Chester Hill's Southern Cycle Coaching Sessions


Wednesday Nights: Tim Knight's Sessions

Also, all of the other Go-Ride clubs mentioned above run their own sessions periodically, so please contact those clubs for more information about other coaching and training opportunities in the Portsmouth Area.

Success Story
Dani King (2nd Left) lines up for her 1st race with her i-Team.cc team mates Pete Dibben & Sam Redding in 2005
Above: Dani King (2nd Left) lines up for her 1st race with her i-Team.cc team mates Pete Dibben & Sam Redding in 2005
Dani King (in red & black) at Herne Hill in 2007
Above: Dani King (in red & black) at Herne Hill in 2007
Dani King (Right) in i-Team.cc colours with fellow ODP rider Kate Calvert in 2008
Above: Dani King (Right) in i-Team.cc colours with fellow ODP rider Kate Calvert in 2008
Dani King (Left) after winning her 2012 Olympic Gold Medal
Above: Dani King (Left) after winning her 2012 Olympic Gold Medal
September 2012 - Dani King still found the time to show off her new Gold medal at one our Friday coaching sessions and so help inspire another generation...
Above: September 2012 - Dani King found the time to show off her new Gold medal at one our Friday coaching sessions and so help inspire another generation...
Dani herself was inspired by visits from i-Team.cc President Rob Hayles - pictured here with future ODP rider Kate Calvert in 2005
Above: Dani herself was inspired by visits from i-Team.cc President Rob Hayles - pictured here with future ODP rider Kate Calvert in 2005
Rob still loves to drop in to our PSoCR sessions when he can & inspire the next generation of Olympians...
Above: Rob still loves to drop in to our PSoCR sessions when he can & inspire the next generation of Olympians...
...and guess where Rob started his cycling? That's Rob with the bike with fellow Portsmouth Cycling Club member Guy Watson far right circa 1985 (Guy is still chairman of PCC!)
Above: ...and guess where Rob started his cycling? That's Rob with the bike with fellow Portsmouth Cycling Club member Guy Watson far right circa 1985 (Guy is still chairman of PCC!)
Guy Watson founded i-Team.cc and revived the PSoCR in 2003
Above: Guy Watson founded i-Team.cc and revived the PSoCR in 2003
Where it all started... a 1950's Open track meeting at the Mountbatten Center featuring Rob's Father, John Hayles (the crowds were 2 deep even on the back straight!)
Above: Where it all started... a 1950's Open track meeting at the Mountbatten Center featuring Rob's Father, John Hayles (the crowds were 2 deep even on the back straight!)
John Hayles is still involved with PSoCR and i-Team.cc as an Assistant Coach
Above: John Hayles is still involved with PSoCR and i-Team.cc as an Assistant Coach
ONES TO WATCH...
Jon Dibben had already won multiple national schoolboy championships by 2005, when this picture was taken with Rob hayles
Above: Jon Dibben had already won multiple national schoolboy championships by 2005, when this picture was taken with Rob hayles
Jon Dibben has gone on to represent his country and has finished 3rd in the Junior Paris Roubaix and in 2012 he won Silver in the World Junior Track Championships and has a strong chance of representing Great Britain in Rio in 2016
Above: Jon Dibben has gone on to represent his country and has finished 3rd in the Junior Paris Roubaix and in 2012 he won Silver in the World Junior Track Championships and has a strong chance of representing Great Britain in Rio in 2016
We currently have 4 under 16 year old riders who are regularly selected for the Regional School of Racing and Joe Truman (seen here at Manchester) has been selected for British Cycling's Talent Team
Above: We currently have 4 under 16 year old riders who are regularly selected for the Regional School of Racing and Joe Truman (seen here at Manchester) has been selected for British Cycling's Talent Team
THE FUTURE...
Could one of these young riders become the next Dani King or Rob Hayles?
Above: Could one of these young riders become the next Dani King or Rob Hayles?

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