Thursday, 16 May 2019

Cycling Club Hackney's new youth club taking shape with consultation sessions

Cycling Club Hackney's new on-going youth club backed by Hackney Housing, is taking shape with three consultation sessions in June. This project is for the community based in Frampton Park Estate and is aiming to better young members' chances of gaining employment and prospects in general. The general idea is is to link the three main activity aspects (cooking, sport & music) to living work places via local partnerships and education planning. 

The consultations are taking place at Elsdale Hall 6-8pm on Mondays 3rd, 10th & 17th June.

CC Hackney - more than just a cycling club!

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Manga youth art trip at The British Museum coming up - reservations only

Thanks to our sponsors and connections, CCH has been offered a limited amount of free tickets to the 'Citi exhibition Manga' at The British Museum WC1 on Sunday 19th May. 

For more information and booking for this youth trip please contact Keir Apperley or Neil Irons:

Monday, 6 May 2019

Original CCH youth rider Alex fit and well!

Former club member Alex Peters came back to racing with an impressive Hog Hill win in the Elite race last week. Great news for private member Alex, back in action again. Also a decent 3rd place for David Newbiggin in the supporting race there - well done both. 

Friday, 3 May 2019

Local Bike Shop Day - Saturday 4th May.

local bike shop day 2019

Following the success of Record Store Day now we have Local Bike Shop Day which has to be a good thing. Last year was the first one, the date for 2019 is this Saturday 4th May. 
Noah from the Dalston branch of Mamachari (one of our local shops in Hackney) let us know about this yesterday after donating a discarded serviceable spare bike part to our outreach project. 


Mamachari -  Next Saturday May 4th is Local Bike Shop Day and we're having a party!

Come along and have some fun with music, tea, coffee, nibbles, demo bikes, rides, stuff for kids, free stuff, bargain bins, discounts, Dr. Bike sessions, free maintenance classes + more
We'll be open from 8am until approximately 6pm, when we'll all be heading over to Chingford Plain for the Chingford May Day Fayre - you're welcome to ride with us!

Where: Mamachari Walthamstow, 163 Forest Road, E17 6HE

When: Saturday May 4th, 8am - 6pm

Who: Everyone is invited!

Please note that our Dalston store is closed for this day - it's all happening in Walthamstow!

About Local Bike Shop Day

Local Bike Shop Day celebrates independent bike shops all around the UK. It gives specialist bike shops the chance to exhibit what makes their shop stand out, why consumers should shop local and what sets them apart from bigger national retailers.

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Tao wins his second professional bike race: Tour of the Alps Stage 4 (Austria)

CC Hackney original Tao has struck again; two pro wins in one week - Vai Tao!

Stage 4 Results
1  GEOGHEGAN HART, Tao (SKY)         3:26:32
2  NIBALI, Vincenzo (TBM)            
3  MAJKA, Rafal (BOH)                
4  SIVAKOV, Pavel (SKY)              
5  FROOME, Chris (SKY)                +   40
6  CATTANEO, Mattia (ANS)            
7  VLASOV, Aleksandr (GAZ)           
8  GASTAUER, Ben (ALM)               
10 HIRT, Jan (AST)     


Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Diversity development - Hackney Citizen news article published this week...

Cycling club and local restaurant team up to fund new bikes for refugee riders

The club held a launch event at Venerdi this month. 
Photograph: courtesy of Cycling Club Hackney

Cycling Club Hackney and Venerdi restaurant have worked in tandem to kit out local refugee riders with new, high-quality racing bikes.
The move is part of the club’s Aspiring Rider Development Programme (ARDP), which helps its young cyclists compete at the highest level.
The scheme includes a group of refugees who have been riding with the club for over a year, as well as other youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The club made the announcement as it launched its new bikes and kit outside Venerdi, a popular Italian restaurant on Chatsworth Road, earlier this month.
Cycling Club Hackney’s manager and lead coach Keir Apperley said: “We feel that we are at the cutting edge for positive change that leads towards increased BAME participation in cycling. 
“ARDP is about setting up an environment that is attractive to sports cyclists from all backgrounds and circumstances.
“I believe that this project will create a sense of belief that we can make the difference and effect change for young riders who would otherwise think cycling as a sport is not for them.”

Apperley (centre) with his Eritrean protégés.
Photograph: Cycling Club Hackney
Apperley has worked in grassroots cycling for over 10 years, coaching the likes of Tao Geoghegan-Hart and Alex Peters, both Hackney riders who have gone on to ride for Team Sky.
Geoghegan-Hart, 24, yesterday celebrated his first professional victory in the opening stage of the Tour of the Alps in Austria, as part of a team that includes four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome.
Apperley added: “Our riders need to know that there are possibilities to go to the next levels and even all the way to the top, breaking through any false ceilings there may be along the way.
“ARDP staff and coaches are on hand to help them develop their confidence, language and communication skills.”
Haben Gebrehiwet, who came to the UK from Eritrea, says his new bike is transformative: “It means a lot to me. I want to say thank you to the sponsorship project, to Venerdi and to Keir as well, for all the hard work.
“With this new bike, I will try to race in long races, more than 100 kilometres. I wish one day to be a professional cyclist with their help.”
Fellow ARDP member Okubit Tereke, also from Eritrea, received a race bike too.
Both bikes have been rebranded with Venerdi logos, after the restaurant got involved to help finance the purchases and resprays.
Cycling Club Hackney is now hoping to start an ARDP refugee cycling team.
If you want to get involved in the club, Apperley runs outreach sessions on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Kingsmead Housing Estate, as part of the Concourse Project.
The club is also running a Spring series of races at Lee Valley Velopark – the next is on 27 April, followed by one on 8 June.
It is also preparing for its 12th annual ‘big ride out’ on Sunday 5 May.
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