Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Hackney Citizen Tour de France in Hackney

Hackney Citizen 


Tour de France article

Cycling’s most famous race is set to roll through Hackney this summer.
The third stage of the 2014 Tour de France will be routed through Ruckholt Road, East Way and Waterden Road in the Hackney Wick area, followed by a race through the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Competitors will then continue towards central London for the final sprint up The Mall.
Cycling Club Hackney manager Keir Apperley, who has travelled to France seven times to see the race, said: “I still can’t believe it’s going to be coming down our roads, the same roads that we train on, it’s insane. I don’t think people quite realise the enormity of it.”
“When the Tour is happening in front of you, it’s unreal. I don’t know what to compare it to; the first time at Glastonbury Festival or something. It’ll be a complete shutdown, everything is about this race. It’s a day long street party for cycle sport fans. I wish all schools would close for half a day just to let young people witness the day Le Tour came to Hackney.”
The journey from Cambridge and London makes up Stage 3 of the world-famous race, taking place on Monday 7 July. The route covers 159km and passes through Cambridgeshire, Essex, North and East London, finishing up in Westminster. Stage 1, July 5, runs from Leeds to Harrogate, and Stage 2, July 6, runs from York to Sheffield.
Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney, said: “It’s fantastic such a prestigious event is coming to East London and only right that it passes through Hackney, the capital’s number one borough for cycling. Seeing cycling’s superstars race through our streets will hopefully inspire even more people to get on their bikes and lead more active lifestyles.
The Mayor has also said he hopes the event will provide a boost for local business as thousands of spectators descend on the borough to watch the event.
Chair of Hackney Cyclists Trevor Parsons welcomed the event, but urged would-be cyclists not to be put off by the glamorous side of the sport: “Coming out of the success of British sports cyclists in the Tour de France and the 2012 Olympics, events like this will help to support the trend of cycling as a sport… but what we’re also trying to encourage is everyday cycling, in everyday clothes.”
Free professional cycling lessons are available through the Council for beginners as well as experienced cyclists.
The roads which make up the route are expected to be closed for much of the day. There will be significant congestion on nearby roads and parking restrictions may apply in some areas. Mayor Pipe said: “We’ve been advising businesses, schools and other organisations to help them plan to minimise disruption and make the most of the day.”
The London section of the tour is being managed by TfL, the GLA and London & Partners. The complete route in London has been published by TfL, and more details of the race itinerary and specific road closure times will be made available over the coming months. For more information, visit TfL’s Tour de France page.


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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Alex Peters wins the Tour of The Reservoir 2014

Former CC Hackney youth & junior rider Alex Peters riding for Madison Genesis, has won the Tour of The Reservoir 2014 - well done Alex you the man; an inspirational effort over two days against the best elite level British professional cyclists.
British Cycling reports and videos here.
Velouk reports and images here.


Saturday, 12 April 2014

Alex Peters - stage 1 winner Tour of the Reservoir 2-day

Former CC Hackney rider Alex Peters has won Stage 1 in the Tour of the Reservoir 2-day - riding pro for Madison Genesis. Well done Alex from your supporters in Hackney!

Stay cool in yellow tomorrow.

Start list here

British Cycling report here

More soon...


Monday, 7 April 2014

CCH Training at World Class Venue Begins.



Keir coaching one of the groups at the Saturday morning session.


Cycling Club Hackney training sessions have got of to a great start at the Lee Valley VeloPark. Last Thursday we had our the first of our evening session with 20 plus riders taking part. These are shared with our friends and neighbours - East London Velo and cater for Adults, Juniors and Youth A and B riders. We had a couple of bunches haring round at a high speed doing bunch work and chases but alongside this we had other adult members riding round at their own pace following their own fitness programme. The good thing about the super smooth circuit is there is plenty of room to accommodate all types of riders and groupings, and the floodlighting is keeps everyone safe. Don't just take my word for it though -  here is an endorsement of the fun to be had - 


"Thanks for running the session last night
We were all zooming about in a state of hyper excitement like kids at a birthday party while you had to stand in the cold...
So thanks very much as I appreciate the sacrifice you made for everyone else!
It was really good to have such a mix - men, women, boys - all cycling together
Felt like real club camaraderie"
- Isobel


Some of the riders at the end of a great evening session - hope to see more of you down there this week.

On Saturday we had our first Youth training session there with over 40 riders and adult volunteers and riders turning up to enjoy the sun and world class facilities. This time we split the circuit into two loops to coach the differing age groupings, and had a a series of games and time trialled the riders so they can measure their improvement over the coming months.

Young Robin leading a group on the warm up over one of the three bridges on the circuit.


The prices for such a class venue are very reasonable £4 for youth riders and £8 for adults on the road circuit - make sure you have the money with you as the nearest cash machines are over in the Westfield centre - correct change would be most welcome too. Members must bring valid up to date CCH membership card and arrive half an hour before sessions begin to aid signing in process.


The regular sessions are:

  • Indoor track: every other Tuesday evening 7-9:30pm starts 8th April.
  • Road circuit: every Thursday evening 7-9pm 
  • Road circuit: every Saturday morning 9:30-11:30am 
Please arrive 30 minutes before sessions are due to start to allow time for signing in etc.




Riders enjoying the new circuit and sunshine.

Friday, 4 April 2014

********Urgent********


As you are all aware this Tuesday 8th April is the clubs first session at the Velodrome we need to know who wants to come so could you please as soon as possible (today if possible) send a mail to harry@cyclingclubhackney.co.uk  giving the following information:

Name:
Membership No:
Date you can start:  8th April, 22nd April or 6th May (this will be to complete the Level 1 accreditation)
Own Track Bike: 


(if you can't make these dates we will hold a waiting list until we have enough to have a course. There will be  opportunity and time for all those who want to be accredited.)

We will then let you know, by the latest Monday, what date you start.

This is all a new endeavour for all of us so please, as always, lets be patient, tolerant and cool!  


CCH @ Velodrome -Alternative Tuesday Evenings 7:00 - 9:30
Before riders can access general track training; LV coaches are delivering mandatory four stage accredited induction sessions. The extra cost of these sessions, and the reduced rider numbers (two groups 16 + 16) is reflected in the prices at: adults £20.00  juniors & youth: £10.00
For those that don't yet own their own track bike CCH has a limited number of track bikes for loan use. These will be on site but will be available first to junior & youth members who are without means to access this sport.
To reduce costs at this stage we could look at pairing up to share bikes (lower/raise saddle just before handing over) Quality LV bike hire is £10 per session.  
CCH will be prioritising experienced riders to 'get them out of the way' and free up track space for others. 

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Anyone heading down to the Lee Valley VeloPark?

A notice for all heading down to the Lee Valley VeloPark looking to participate in activities there:

Save time and delays by signing up with LVRP on-line & free here

Monday, 31 March 2014

CCH Annual Membership Day


 The sun came out for CCH membership day with over 100 members turning up to claim their cards and we welcomed some new members to the CCH family. There were bargains to be had in the bike jumble sale, and the Lucky Dip went down a storm! Big thanks to John, Lavinia and John for all their hard work - we raised over £1,600 for the club!



Thank you to those of you who signed up as volunteers for our upcoming events - we still need more help for these and other planned events so there is plenty of scope for everyone to get involved. Volunteers are vital to keep the club running and we're always on the look out for extra helpers so please do get in touch if you're interested!

For those of you who couldn't make it please use our online membership page to renew your membership, and you can see more photos of the day on the website gallery. You can then come to the club at your convenience to collect your membership card, we can post it out to you if needed. Your card gets you a discount in some local bike shops in the borough so its a handy thing to have! You'll also need it if taking part in any CCH training at the Lea Valley Velopark so be sure to collect it!

Looking forwards to another great year of cycling in Hackney!

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