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.

Essex Giro Womens Race 2017 report

Grace garner wins the Essex Giro for 2nd time running

Grace Garner timed her attack to perfection to win from a breakaway of three and take her second successive Essex Giro title in the HSBC UK  National Women's Road Series. The Wiggle High5 rider got away with four laps to go with Chanel Mason, of Storey Racing, and Ford Ecoboost's Charmaine Porter, with the trio quickly establishing a commanding lead. Their advantage, at one point up to a minute, came down to under 30 seconds with two laps of the eight kilometre circuit to ride, but a long turn from Mason on the front killed off any hope of the peloton catching the leading three. But it was Garner who got the better of her rivals in the finishing straight, launching her attack to leave Mason trailing and while Porter went with her, she could not hold on as Garner won the race for the second year in succession.

The race was started by Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP for West Suffolk and Minister of State for Digital and Culture

Mason makes the racing

Storey Racing’s Mason, third in the opening round of the series at the Tour of the Worlds, launched an attack almost as soon as the flag had dropped, but after five minutes of chasing the peloton soon brought her back into the fold. With two laps gone and the field still all together, Mason tried once again to get away, but Elizabeth Banks’ SunSport Velo team were marshalling the front of the bunch well, aiming to defend the Tour of the Wolds winner’s Series lead. Garner, fresh from a stint racing on the UCI Women’s WorldTour with her Wiggle High5 colleagues, continued to sit in the field keeping an eye on the race. But with Hannah Larbalestier and Gabriella Nordin marshalling the front for SunSport Velo, she had little to worry about with no-one able to get away – even on the punishing climb in the final three kilometres of the circuit. 

A break goes

With the laps ticking away it was Ford Ecoboost’s Kelly Murphy and Team OnForm’s Sian Botteley that were the first to break clear of the peloton. But they were soon reeled back in and, as the pace was upped the bunch began to shrink with riders being spat out the back of the peloton. Banks herself did the brunt of the work to bring them back, with Garner again sitting in the wheels and conserving her energy. Ford Ecoboost were also a constant presence on the front of the field, but when the decisive move came they were powerless to stop it.
The attack that led to the win

The decisive move

With four laps to go Mason, Porter and Garner launched their attack, with the trio soon establishing a lead on the field. SunSport Velo pegged their advantage at 15s for a while, but they could not chase forever and the break soon had a minute over the peloton. With two laps to go that advantage quickly dropped under the 30s mark, but Mason was quick to react and a long pull at the front edged it back over 45s. So with the front three away it was left between them to fight it out for the win, with all Mason’s efforts throughout the day costing her in the closing stages as Garner attacked and she could not go with her. Porter tried to bridge the gap but she didn’t have the legs either, and Garner was left to cross the line, arms aloft, for her second Essex Giro win in as many years.

Chanel Mason getting the London Fields Cycles combatively award.

Reward for Mason

Banks suffered a crash just before the decisive breakaway went clear, but made it back into the pack thanks to fine work from her teammate Liz Burrows. However, an 11th-place finish for the Tour of the Wolds winner was not enough to keep her in the overall Series lead. Mason’s attacking day not only saw her pick up the most combative rider award, but also take over the lead of the HSBC UK | National Women’s Road Series standings by 12 points from Banks – with Storey Racing also now leading the teams standings.

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