Wednesday, 22 March 2017

CCH's James Taggart wins B' winter track league series.

Well done James Taggart, there's no place better than first place!
Full Gas winter track league B' series winner, congratulations James.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Ride, play and ride again. Two CCH & ICiC supported youth groups visit Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Saturday 11th March 2017 - 2pm
Cycling Club Hackney and Interlinkx CiC would like to thank Sported for alerting us and forwarding to our youth group leaders the entry pass tickets to see an excellent performance of William Shakespeare's; The Taming of the Shrew. It was at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre London SE1 and If it wasn't for this we'd most probably not of made it down to see it. After the show The Globe's education director Patrick Spottiswoode came on stage to thank everyone involved and especially the sponsors; The Deutche Bank's Corporate Citizenship Committee. All of our youngsters and adults enjoyed the visit and are keen to come back again, the Globe may well need more bike racks outside in future.


Patrick Spottiswoode, Ryan Da Costa, Israel Oketade, Reyko King Sutherland, Tyesha Daley, Unais Bin-Dawud, Antoine Fofanah, Jakob Ukote, Keir Apperley

Outside before the performance.

Inside, getting ready for the start.

After the show CC Hackney coach Neil Irons at the wedding table minus his 9 strong youth group, they were in the cafe already:)

Giuliana Mollinari with our young riders.
Ready for the ride home to Hackney, topped up with fine words, better than as the best food going!

Never heard this before... everyday phrases that came from the Bard, William Shakespeare.


If it be so, sir, that you are the man must stead us all, and me amongst the rest, and if you break the ice and do this feat, achieve the elder, set the younger free for our access, whose hap shall be to have her will not so graceless be to be ingrate.” — Tranio (as Lucentio)


“Yes, for a score of kingdoms you should wrangle, and I would call it fair play.” — Miranda

On the way out, for those that missed it on the last trip - we made time to check and respect the site of The Battle of Cable Street.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Info for any members interested in joining a group heading over for this...

Asiago Giro d' Italia stage 20 city visit. It's a joint effort that came out of an invitation from Clissold Rangers FC's manager and genuine Asiagean Nick Franchini:

"On Saturday 27th May 2017 the final cross-country stage (called a ‘tappa’ in Italian) of the Giro sets off from Pordenone in north east Italy and after passing over Monte Grappa arrives in Asiago. You can be part of the party as an insider and guest of the local organisers thanks to our connections with our home city. This beautiful logo with the slogan ‘love infinite’ communicates that this will be the 100th Giro so this will be a special occasion for all concerned.
Click here for the details of the exact route the Giro takes. Just scroll down that webpage to see the route and the elevation of this penultimate stage before the finale in Milan on the 28th."
You are invited
We are organising two joint expeditions for cyclists which are coordinated by two volunteers – Nick Franchini (social entrepreneur) whose hometown in Italy is Asiago and Keir Apperley (youth worker and cycling social entrepreneur in Hackney):

  • Hackney Expedition
    For cyclists in the London area
    Supported by InterLinkx and Cycling Club Hackney
  • Todmorden Expedition
    For cyclists in around the North West of England
    Sponsored by Kava Kafe, Todmorden
We are currently recruiting cyclists now for both groups.
Please email

  • Subject header: Asiago Giro – Expression of interest
  • Details of how you found out about this opportunity
    (e.g. local cycling club) and your name, age, address and mobile number.
Please email before calling with any queries or suggestions! You can call Nick on +44 7714 216 790
Watch this space
Once the Asiago city council has finalised the timetable for events around the Giro we will publish:

  • appropriate arrival/departure dates
  • accommodation options and
  • an itinerary with options for different cycling activities and tours.
This website features background information about the Asiago Plateau and an apartment called ‘Amore di Confine’ which means Love of Borders. This apartment already has a number of potential guests pre-registered from Hackney but it gives an idea of the kind of accommodation available. Hotels and Bed and Breakfasts are also available as options. Prices are very good value. Details to be confirmed shortly.
Please note that these expeditions are not commercial operations. However, the organisers will use the experience to help create a new generation of digital social networks to help local enterprises and economically vulnerable inhabitants in Asiago, Hackney and Todmorden to develop high value sustainable tourism around history, culture, sport and outdoor pursuits.
Thank you!
Nick and Keir"

04.03.17 CC Hackney & Hackney BMX Club - quality BMX training.

Hagerston Pump Track

By Hackney City Farm, sheep & farm stock in view.

Joe with young CCH riders in front of HBMX's new HQ and bike store.
The Concorde contingent are steadily building up their BMX riding abilities. This is with the able and experienced help of Hackney BMX club and their lead member; JoeCzernuszka of London Fields Cycles - thanks Joe!

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Kai Watts - volunteering gold

Saturday 24th February. Youth member Kai Watts with his Gold Award for the British Cycling Young volunteer scheme at Go -Ride Conference IWM Duxford.

Well done Kai and all of the BC Go-Ride conference team led by Neil Irons.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Another high turnout recorded for our Concorde group aspect.

Lavern and Jaden
5th February 2017
This week another high turnout was recorded for our Concorde group of riders at 19 youngsters strong; we're running out of space & bikes here! Before heading out It was thought best to travel from Homerton to Hagerston BMX pump track in three sections to suit all abilities. The youngest rider of the day was Jaden at 5 years old. He made it all the way and back with his mother Lavern (who is a new club volunteer) in good time considering he is so young. This boy will sleep well tonight:)
Four riders came down from Upper Clapton as the Fawcett Bike Club contingent; Hasbi, Nihachem, Sultan & Rico have become regular contributers to the scene. On this day we had a peak number of girls too; Teja, Milisi, Myesha & Tyesha, who all enjoyed the exercise and good spirits.  

Friday, 27 January 2017

Volunteering & CCH membership - our club commitments - support needed

Cycling Club Hackney
Volunteer with Cycling Club Hackney
Calling club members help and assistance will be needed for the following events - remember CCH Membership requires a commitment from full members to support at least one key CCH event per year.
High priority first: CCH Promoted Events
Cycling Club Hackney Road Race 2017
Saturday 22nd April 2017 - our annual road race this year is earlier than usual and is being held at Tolleshunt near Tiptree. As ever we will need help with the sign on, convoy, marshalling, catering, signage, advance signage, judging and other roles. Thirty plus volunteers required for this event. Held again in tandem with the Essex Giro Womens stage race - mens race 9am womens- 1pm.
Contact : Neil
CC Hackney Primavera Circuit Series 1
Saturday 8th April at Lea Valley Velopark
CC Hackney Primavera Circuit Series 2
Saturday 15th April at Lea Valley Velopark
CC Hackney Primavera Circuit Series 3
Saturday 13th May at Lea Valley Velopark
CC Hackney Primavera Circuit Series 4
Saturday 27th may at Lea Valley Velopark
Our circuit race series is back again this year at LVV and we require around 20 volunteers each time. Racing starts at 1pm - help needed from 12pm. If you are signed on to race you can help out by marshalling during the other races. All these events are now open for entry so we expect to see CCH well represented in the races as well as helping out.
Contact : Neil

CCH Junior Road Race
Saturday 16th September 2pm at Bulmer - this year we are supporting the future racers of our region by putting a Juniors road race (17-18 years old). As with out annual road race 30 plus volunteers will be needed to run this event.
Contact  : Harry

Social Events
There will be a series of social events this year (celebrating CCH & Interlinkx CiC's 10th anniversary) all of which will go much better with volunteer support, The first of these is happening 6-11pm on Friday 27th January

Contact: Keir

Club Championships
This year CCH wants to hold a club championships with categories for all members. Circuit race & circuit TT venue & date TBC - helpers wanted for this one.
Contact: Keir

Another aspect of CCH's work is actively outreaching to those that would otherwise not access quality cycling in Hackney. Contact: Keir

Other ways to help out
CCH's main publicised and public events are a priority but we welcome help with specialist or general skills to develop the club in areas such as our web sites, photography, write ups & publicity, short film making, printing & any other suggestions.
Contact: Keir

Away Trip
Interested in getting involved in CC Hackney's partnership with Clissold Rangers FC and the spring/summer half term exchange project being planned Between Asiago in Italy and Hackney East London? The focus is on Giro d' Italia's penultimate Stage 20 from Pordenone to the finish line in Asiago on 27th May. A representative from Asiago will be at our social event this Friday 27th January to meet and discuss this project with those interested.
The return visit will be happening later in the summer dates TBC - TOB finish 10/09/17 and CCH Junior Road Race 16th September perhaps?
Contact: Keir
See the draft pre-view flyer here (Spring/Summer half term)

CCH HQ Moving Home
Leading up until 6th April CCH will be moving HQ from Olympus Square to the Elsdale Community Centre near Well St Mkt. - help would come in useful here too.
 Contact: Keir

Go Ride Events 
- in addition to the above events there will no doubt be some Go-Ride events that you can Volunteer at.

Make more of your Volunteering
British Cycling Go-Ride Conference - Want to learn how to use your volunteering time effectively? Also Young Volunteers can sign up there for the British Cycling Young Volunteer Scheme - similar to DoE you can help out your club and improve your cv at the same time.  Saturday 25 February - East, Imperial War Museum, Cambridge
Contact Neil if you would like to attend.

Membership 2017/18
- membership subscriptions are due on or before 1st April.
The membership fees for Cycling Club Hackney for 2016 are £30 for senior members, £10 for youth members. 2nd claim, students, unemployed/low-waged £20
Family membership discounts - see BC site for prices.

Here is the link to our online membership page where a range of options can be found to suit.
More about CCH membership here:
Contact: Keir

Insurance -
It's a requirement for CC Hackney members to be insured. British Cycling provides this and many more advantages within their membership offers including a race licence if you aim to compete:-
As you can see our 10th year looks like being our busiest so far (especially in April) and to make sure our club continues to grow we all need to come together and get stuck in.

Best regards,

CCH management Keir Apperley & Neil Irons



THE 10th RONDE CHELMSFORD - Our annual guided 160km ride round the lanes of Essex will take place on Sunday April 30th. This year we will be riding in memory of Rebecca Ventris who died in October from cancer, wife of CCH stalwart Bjorn and mother of Matty and Anna who both race for CCH. We will be fund raising for a cancer charity and would like to see our youth riders take part in the return leg from the Generals Arms in Little Baddow so we will need help transporting them out there. We meet at the Lea Valley Ice Rink after 8am and leave at 8.30am and the ride settles in to groups of differing speed once we pass High Beech, meeting up for lunch at the Generals Arms in Little Baddow. Route sheets are handed out on the day. More details on this to follow.

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