Penn ar Bed race report

Jersey Cycling Association Youth Academy junior rider Rhys Pilley (18), participated in the 32nd edition of the Penn Ar Bed Pays d’Iroise, on the 26th March, riding for Club Cyclisme Plancoët. This prestigious federal level race attracts a field of top junior riders from north west of France, including members of the French national squad.

Consisting of two stages, the race started with a short 7.5km time trial on a rolling, exposed course at Plougonvelin, out towards the iconic lighthouse at Pointe St. Mathieu. Pilley produced a respectable time of 10:37, finishing 28th of the 135 riders on the start sheet. This was a positive start but the main challenge of the day was the 115 km road race around the rugged coast of the Finistere region.

Narrow, rolling roads and little protection from the wind resulted in the race splitting into four main groups containing 20-40 riders each. Pilley rode aggressively in the third group, eventually escaping and riding to the finish with one other rider. Although only 39 of the 135 riders were given an official finishing place, the fact that the JCAYA rider  made it to the line, which many didn’t, demonstrates his continual development. Pilley came away from the experience with much positivity-I am pleased with my ride this weekend, the TT went well and I felt strong in the road race. I feel racing at such a high level in France is teaching me a lot about race-craft in such a large bunch and hopefully I can use what I have learnt in future races in the UK and France,” he said. Over the next few weeks, Pilley will re-focus his efforts on the other side of the Channel competing in the two opening rounds of the British National Junior Road Race Series in an attempt to qualify for the Youth Commonwealth Games later this year. Pilley would like to thank Plan2Coaching, Healthhaus, Caesarean Cycling Club, Jersey Cycling Association Youth Academy and Pedal Power for the continual support as well as CC Plancoët for their hospitality.

Race report: Velodrome track racing in France

Weather conditions severely affected the programme of events held at the Regional Challenge Emmanuel Frin Trophée de Brocéliande des Poursuiteurs in Brittany on 01

April. The pursuit round for all categories was completed in between intermittent showers but unfortunately the 500m events did not take place. A second place and a personal best time was achieved by JCAYA and CCC member Sabine Minchinton-Gilley, which resulted in a 06 seconds improvement on her last 2km pursuit on this track, which took place back in July 2016 on a warm sunny day. The winner, who competes for the French National junior squad and Brittany’s ladies team, was 01 second slower on her record time from last July. In terms of improvement for Sabine, 06 seconds is a sizeable amount of time over the 2km pursuit distance and indicates continued development for this sixteen-year old rider as her form builds for future competition.The weekend away was put to good use as the velodrome in Pordic was available for a coaching session on the Monday, which was put to good use with a full day session working on entry lines and sprint tactics as well as held start accelerations.

Thanks to: Plan2coaching, Healthhaus, JCAYA, CCC & Mark Pickford Cycles.

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JCAYA riders in France!

JCAYA junior riders Rhys Pilley (18) & Sabine Minchinton-Gilley (16) are racing in

France this season for CC Plancoet. Both will be contesting the junior calendar on the

road and Sabine will also be continuing to balance both road and track racing this


Rhys has the opportunity to be part of a junior team racing the Federal calendar. His

first race was the 32 nd edition of the prestigious La Ronde du Printemps, which has

taken place since 1985; previous junior winners have gone on to become

professionals. Coach, Lynn Minchinton, says, “ Rhys has a lot of potential and when

asked by the club to recommend a male junior rider who could fit into their team

structure he was the obvious choice; I feel racing regularly in France will further

develop his skills and provide him with opportunities for the future.” Only 82 of the

195 riders finished the 119kms race; however Rhys was able to reach the finishing

circuit having completed 99kms but the organisers only allowed the break away

groups to remain. The main break went early in to the race and managed to stay away

never allowing the chasers to get back. This was a huge learning curve to adjust to

being part of a team and the number of riders entered; for his first race the team

manager was very pleased with him and he is due back in France next weekend for

the prestigious Penn ar Bed stage race.

Sabine rode the 50km road race on the same finishing circuit as the junior men, which

had a 600m climb ranging from 6% to 9%, which took its toll on many of the cadet

boys and junior girls with having to climb it ten times; not known for being a climber

she displayed determination to finish 5 th girl but just outside the top 50 overall

receiving praise from the club for her improved climbing skill in this her first race.

Both riders wish to thank: Plan2coaching, Healthhaus, CCC, JCAYA, Pedal Power

and Mark Pickford Cycles for ongoing support.



The rearranged 5th race in the JCAYA Mountain Bike Series is this Sunday, 12th February at the Island Games Course off Jubilee Hill.
Sign-on will open at 1.30pm and close promptly at 1.45pm so that racing can get underway by 2.00pm sharp. It is expected to be on the chillier side, so please ensure that your children are suitably dressed with preferably legs and arms covered pre-race. Light refreshments will be available to purchase after registration. PLEASE REMEMBER RACE NUMBERS THAT MUST BE OF A VISIBLE SIZE! Keep an eye on Facebook or email if the weather is really inclement for any updates or cancellations.
Please note the following re parking ;-
Car Parking
Due to works establishing the new walk / cycle path from the parish hall to the top of Jubilee Hill by the Millennium Cross, all parking will be at the course in the gravel carpark and on the nearby grass areas. To maximise the number of vehicles that can park. Warning notices have been put up to inform the public and walkers of the situation and the honorary police have been informed.
See you all Sunday!

Chairman’s Report 2016

This is coming to the end of the academy’s solid and successful 7th year. This being our first year without a sponsor, since being founded, but with careful and agreed spending, and an ace treasurer, we have been able to maintain our exploits of previous years. This helped greatly by our end of summer grand raffle, of which we were very grateful to most of the bike shops’ help, not to mention all of our academy ticket sellers.
Membership numbers have levelled at about 140, which seems to be a sensible number at present, as should it increase greatly, this would only put even more pressure on people and resources.
This year has seen the Academy under the spotlight a little more than usual,with the Independent Review by the then ESC. Recommendations having been discussed by the JCA, have then been accepted and passed. The Academy was happy to accept all of these recommendations, and virtually all of these are now complete and in place. The review and recommendations can be viewed now, on the JCA, and JCAYA websites.,
We are continuing to strive to improve the level of coaching to coaches and riders alike, with a British Cycling Level 1 course now confirmed early in the New Year, and just recently a full weekend programme for coaches and older riders, with theory, practical, and observation sessions with a British Cycling Top Coach.
We have continued our very successful Wednesday evening sessions this summer, for all our U12 riders, with many new and old faces. There have been consistently high numbers every week, all enjoying a balance of coaching and racing. Many new skills have been learnt, as well as how to win and lose, which is a very valuable life skill.
On top of this we provide a great winter MTB series for all these age groups and older, with technical coaching and familiarisation on all the courses.
There tends to be a drop off of rider numbers when we get to Youth B ( U14 ), with children generally having to choose between 1 sport or another, not to mention that dreaded word “Homework“. This said, we continue to bring riders through every year, with this year being our largest U14 group to date.
The adults MTB are the first to see this increase in numbers, so watch out senior TT, and circuit riders, there will be even more annoying youths in red and white this coming year, to follow in the pedal strokes of the great rides and results of those this year.
This year we have had U14, U16, and Junior, Male, and Female riders competing at national UK level, at circuit, track, MTB and cyclecross, and coming away with not just fantastic experience, but also great results, which has led to some being invited to British Cycling’s Regional School Of Racing.
We had 2 riders, 1 boy, and 1 girl, who were selected to represent British Cycling South Region at the “ Youth Inter regional MTB championships” at Caitkin Braes, the past Commonwealth Games course. They helped BC South to its highest final position of 5, out of 12 regions, with a fantastic 2nd place team relay finish, with both individuals finishing top 20 Nationally after all the events.
We have a junior rider, who has progressed well within the local senior ranks on the road, regularly coming away with top finishes, and has copied these feats in the UK, with great junior road results, and also a senior criterium title.
On top of this, we also have a female youth rider, competing, and representing at Regional and Departmental level in France, on the Track, who keeps posting PB’s nearly every race.
This is just a brief summary of what we have done and achieved as an Academy this year, but hopefully you get the picture !
Looking forward, we are hoping to recreate our younger ages end of season “Omnium Event”, but next year open it up to, and invite French and British clubs, and maybe even Guernsey !
We are also in very early, but initial talks with maybe a Club House share, so watch this space.
Earlier on, I mentioned a lack of sponsor….. We have been working hard on this behind the scenes, and have had some offers of individual event support, and just recently, have had some very positive talks with a large financial company, which is hopefully very close to becoming our NEW SPONSOR !!
We also currently have 3 riders who are training and racing hard to qualify for the “ Youth Commonwealth Games” in the Bahamas, despite the difficult hurdles to overcome for qualifying.
We also have 4 riders up for “Island Games” selection. This is our largest showing yet, 1 boy, and 1 girl, in each event, all with a very strong chance of being selected.
That just about concludes my brief report, except to thank the JCA in my last year as JCAYA chairman, for its continued support to this,. THEIR Youth Academy. I believe there is now strong support and understanding from all the affiliated senior clubs, and moving forward, this MUST continue and increase ! We the Academy try to be, and are, completely independent from other clubs, but value all the help we can get from all the clubs, as ultimately it is they, that are the ones to gain from us !
That just leaves me to thank everybody connected with the Academy, for all their hard work , enthusiasm, and efforts. From coaches, parents, children, but mostly to my fantastic Committee, who work incredibly hard to keep the cogs of the Academy rolling. I feel honored to have been given the opportunity to lead this Academy for the last 3 years, but the time is now right for someone new, with new ideas and energy to take it forward. I hope whoever it may be, enjoys their time as much as I have, and together with their committee, produce many more successes.
Have a fantastic Christmas, and an even better prosperous cycling New Year !
Erik Le Brun.

Independent review of the Jersey Cycling Association Youth Academy

Dear members and parents,

Hopefully you will remember, that in late 2015, the Jersey Cycling
Association (JCA) requested Education Sport and Culture ( ESC), to complete
a full independent review of the Jersey Cycling Association Youth Academy

After much hard work, time and debate, we can finally share the review,
recommendations, and current action points with you.
The JCAYA fully supported this review, and would like to thank all
connected with it, for their immense time and effort.

Kind regards,
Erik Le Brun
JCAYA Chairman

JCAYA review final report- jersey-cycling-association-youth-academy-review-final-report

Review of recomendations- jcaya-review-recommendations-summary-of-actions

2016-17 MTB Calendar


16/10/16-Val de La Mare (Youth/Senior event)-

30/10/16-Rozel Campsite-

20/11/16-Jubilee Hill (Youth/Senior event)-

11/12/16-Mt Rossignol(Youth/Senior event)

15/01/17-Val De La Mare(Youth/Senior event)

05/02/17-Jubilee Hill(Youth/Senior event)

05/03/17-Les Quennevais

26/03/17-Mont Rossignol(Youth/Senior event)

16/4/17-Les Platons

30/04/17- JCA MTB Champs-venue TBC


Travel subsidies

A reminder for all members, if you have travelled away to compete off island this year you are entitled to a £50 grant for the rider and another £50 for  one coach/chaperone.

The academy wants to support riders racing at a higher level off-island so please email with the dates of your events to claim a subsidy if you have raced away this year.