Sunday, 6 August 2017

Podium Place Junior Tour of Assen

Category 6 Podium 
Congratulations to Anoushka Minale for her well deserved podium place in her category in the 53rd Junior Tour of Assen which concluded yesterday, after six stages, Anoushka was third overall. 

Alongside Anoushka, the CCH contingent was Frank Moore (Junior; 32nd Overall and 8th in the Green Jersey competition ), Sam Bardill (Cat 7; 61st Overall ) and Tom Bardill (Cat 6; 23rd Overall).

Special thanks to Gary from Hub Velo for all the support in getting bikes ready and keeping them race ready. (ex CCH rider Stan Boyd riding for Hub Velo was 77th in Cat 6). The group was also joined by Pedal Power Junior rider Dougal Toms who topped the podium for the Criterium on Tuesday, missing the yellow jersey by 0.07 seconds, eventually finishing 10th overall.

A great time was had by all. Roll on Assen 2018!

Thursday, 3 August 2017

CCH member James Burgess Riding for refugees

Whaltham Forest Echo article
Club member James Burgess and his partner Sarah (Lea Rowing Club) have ridden their bikes across Europe and the alps to get to Greece. Here they are based as volunteer helpers, assisting refugees until heading back (by bike) at the end of the summer. 

Follow their progress and read reports on the news pages here:

Find out more about the work of Help Refugees:


Thursday, 20 July 2017

Help Needed to Put CCH's Junior Road Race

Volunteer with Cycling Club Hackney
Calling club members help and assistance will be needed for the following event - remember CCH Membership requires a commitment from full members to support at least one key CCH event per year.

Cycling Club Hackney Junior Road Race 2017
Saturday 16th September 2017 - This year we are putting on a  110Km Junior  Road Race, giving young riders all over the country a chance to race on open roads . 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 on the Bulmer race circuit (near Sudbury Suffolk) - start will be at 2pm. Please let Harry know how you can help.  Thanks

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Time trial news - winners in sight

Three 1st places and one silver medal have been won by CC Hackney riders taking part in the The Lea Valley Cycling Club Velo Park summer 10 mile Time Trials. These were held at the Lea Valley Velopark circuit (10 laps solo against the clock)
Well done champ(s) great effort there. Congratulations from CC Hackney to Ewan Crallen, Anoushka Minale, Charley and Conor Dash.


Sunday, 9 July 2017

Calling CCH riders - testing for NHS & cycling science

Two CCH members Mattew Hardcastle and Keir Apperley have recently assisted Imperial Collage London as test riders. This was during the start of research into diagnostics into a particular physical aspect of sports cycling, the collage has provided an information sheet here:
The researchers are seeking more volunteer riders to help this piece of work. It takes place by appointment in the evenings and weekends, and involves scanning and a max heart rate test. Anyone interested in helping this project should contact Keir for more information:

Friday, 23 June 2017

LYG squad get ready for Saturday

The squad members relax in the garden after their meeting at Elsdale
This Saturday 24th June is the Cycling event for this years London Youth Games at Lea Valley Velopark. Once again CCH have helped put together a strong team of riders to represent the London borough of Hackney for the road events. Good show and well done to their counterparts for their recent team third place in the BMX event, let's see if Hackney's road team can go even better. If you want to go down and check out the action its on all day from 9am-5pm with U16 TT in the morning followed by U12 TT in afternoon then the circuit races.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

View From Inside the Race

CCH Primavera Circuit Series 2017 - 4 
27.05.17 - Cat 4 race

Primavera 4 and the Category 4 race starts to heat up...

This was my second race this season, the first being the third race of the series a fortnight ago. I was a bag of nerves before that race a couple of weeks ago, but today I was relaxed and calm yet focussed. Matt Hardcastle and I had decided, in one of our many pre-race chats/post-race post-mortems, to try and stay among the first four riders. This way we could stay out of trouble (being in the middle of the bunch in a cat 4 race can be a very twitchy experience given some of the novice riders!) and try and instigate the chase down of any breakaways. A two man break succeeded in the previous race because no one wanted to commit to a chase; who would? 
Breakaways never work at the Velopark right?

The sprint finish saw the riders spread out a bit.
With a moderately strong westerly giving the usual headwind on the finishing straight, the race got underway, clean clip-in at the start, and Matt and I succeeded in staying among the first few riders for almost its entirety. My legs felt fine and going into the wind I was feeling strong and cornering well. I’ve always liked the handful of little ramps on the Velopark circuit, although small you can see the effect they have on riders towards the end of a race. There were a few attempted breaks, but we successfully reeled them in. One that sticks in mind, that we can’t take credit for catching, was a rider that tore past everyone just after the bridge dip only to dramatically strike his pedal on the tarmac on the sharp left hander. He was lucky to stay upright. Perhaps a few too many turns in the wind took their toll, picking the wrong wheel and being bumped onto the grass on the penultimate lap didn’t help, but by the third to last corner I was getting swamped by riders. I got my head down and tried to claw back some places, but it was too late. 

Fnan Afewyk finishing in 6th place for CCH

Rob Tutt finishing just outside the points in 13th for CCH - after showing a lot on the front of the race 

Matthew Hardcastle finishing in 24th place for CCH - along with Rob he spent most of the race at the front end.
Thirteenth overall, just outside the points and back home in time to watch the FA Cup Final. There’s always the next race…
Thanks to all CCH volunteers over the last few weeks - 
Rob  Tutt.

CCH Primavera Circuit Series 4 27/5/17 Results
4th Cat Only
Position Name Club
1 John Mitchell Cambridge CC
2 Christopher Richmond -
3 Hazar Emre Tez Islington Cycling Club
4 Giles Harvey -
5 Adelos Gheistides -
6 Fnan Afewyk Cycling Club Hackney
7 Rob Briogens San Fairy Ann CC
8 Ian Dawson Gemini BC
9 Anthony Attwood San Fairy Ann CC
10 Darren Franks Cranks
11 George Martin Woolwich CC
12 Paul Cundy PMR@Toachim House
13 Rob Tutt Cycling Club Hackney

24 Matthew Hardcastle Cycling Club Hackney

Click here for full results for all races in round 4 along with a photo gallery - the results and loads of photos form across the series can be found here on our website.

Friday, 26 May 2017

CCH Adult members social BBQ - Friday 9th June

On Friday 9th June CCH's the club run 'whats app' group have organised a social for adult members at the club's new centre and garden. There's no entry fee for this event but a whip-round for BBQ fuel, food and drink will be called for. This would be an opportunity to meet and mix with all CCH riders, get more involved with the club, do some planning and even exchange training/racing ideas.   
There is a fee for the hall hire that can be covered by the club but if interest is too low, we may have to cancel this time. Please respond to:

Monday, 15 May 2017

Jason Evans & Rawvelo

Dear CCH members,
One of our longer serving club members, Jason Evans, is launching an exciting new cycling industry business and we want to share with you what he is doing, and to ask if you may support his efforts in some way.
Jason's new business is called Rawvelo and they will be making the first complete range of organic, vegan sports nutrition products designed specifically for endurance athletes. It is a great idea and about time somebody made something that is actually healthy for you as well as being good cycling fuel. Their tag line is ‘Sports Fuelled by Nature’ Eventually they aim to have a full range of products available from energy gels (free from all processed sugars and corn syrups) to healthy protein recovery drinks. It will all be 100% organic and vegan. 

To launch the brand they are making a range of Organic Energy Bars and are looking to raise the funds to do this through the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform.

Their Kickstarter page here -

Here you'll find more information about Rawvelo, their products and brand philosophy. Please share this with anybody that you think may be interested and able to help support our club mate in this interesting project. Jason has promised that when Rawvelo gets off the ground they will support the club in whatever way they can.

If you have any questions you would like to ask Jason directly please email him -

Here is an article about Rawvelo on the washing machine post -

All the best,

Keir Apperley - lead coach and manager CC Hackney.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

New Centre, new storage solution.

On the way down Well Street

Last Tuesday (25th April) ICiC & CCH took delivery of a refurbished 40 foot shipping container. It is to serve as a bike and equipment store for the Elsdale Centre's on going cycling delivery programme. We have moved out of Nightingale Estate after a 10 year residency, the old 70s concrete, condemned building is finally coming down as part of the wider regeneration project going on there. We'd like to thank our main supporter and partner Hackney Council Housing for setting us up in our replacement base and office.


The Elsdale Yard & truck hauler Adrian up top taking off the lifting gear chains.

The address:

Ariel view - Elsdale Centre; the diamond shaped building to the left, the yard just NW of here.

Monday, 24 April 2017

CCHackney Road Race 2017 Great Thurlow report

CCHackney Road Race winner - Tom Elwood of CCLondon
22nd April 2017 - Great Thurlow

The Cycling Club Hackney round of this years ERRL took place on tight 3.9 mile circuit round the lanes of west Suffolk in near perfect conditions. Right from the start the race was animated with attacks coming thick and fast with the laps averaging 11 and half minutes. The rolling course with its two punchy hills made for fast racing -
"Thanks to you and everyone from CC Hackney who made it such a cracking day. Friendly, helpful and smiling, your team were superb, and the race itself was excellent. From the briefing the circuit sounded potentially sketchy , but it was absolutely fine and with its technical parcours and the short stingers, made for a good hard race." - Ossie Assem, Finchley Racing team,

CCH rider Charlie Scott in action
Riders  Christopher Thomas of East London Velo and Ross Fawcett of Pedal Power Cycles Ipswich started to pull out a lead, which are lap on lap with Thomas taking the first prime on lap 3.

Christopher Thomas of East London Velo and Ross Fawcett of Pedal Power Cycles Ipswich starts to gain a lead on the peloton.
By the second prime on lap 6 again taken by Thomas their lead had stretched to a minute and a half. It was looking like they wouldn't be reeled in. The CCH riders amongst others kept trying to form breaks to bridge to the leaders but with a team member up the road East London Velo marked every attempt.

Logan de Monchaux-Irons of CCH starting the climb to the finish line

Frank Moore of CCH trying to break away.

Calvin Cheung of CCH taking the turn at Wratting
Eventually one lone rider did move off the front in the 9th lap but with two laps remaining would he have enough time to catch up?

Tom Elwood of CC London pulling away from the bunch
Tom Elwood did seem to be gaining on the two leaders but still had plenty to do as he took the bell.

Elwood takes the corner to the finish hill in first place.
 He not only caught them he went straight past and attacked leaving then to solo in for the victory in fine style with Thomas coming second and Fawcett third. ELV showed strongly with Tom Beasley leading up the bunch sprint for fourth with Morris Bacon of Strada Sport coming fifth followed by a CCH duo of Logan and Charlie in 6th and 7th.

The 2017 CCHackney podium

Thank you to all the CCH members and friends who came out and volunteered their time. The feed back from the riders and the locals was overwhelmingly positive about the organisation - you helped make it such agreed event. Thanks must also go to Allan Loveday and his wife Susan who helped us with the HQ and parking at such short notice and stood in as caterers on the day. The catering raised £190 of which £100 is to be donated to Oncology Unit Addenbrookes Charitable Trust and £90 to Thurlow Sports Club funds which will go to refurbishment of the kitchen area. Also thanks to Tim Barlow and Thurlow estates for the us elf their yard for extra parking - this raised £45 towards the Thurlow church fund. Thanks to all the race officials , commissaires, marshals and convoy personnel without whom it couldn't happen. Finally thanks to Ian Doe and Derek Lusher from Eastern BC for all their help in getting the event on.

Blog Archive