Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Safety first - indoor velodrome users - including at CCH's alternate Tuesday sessions


Two club riders have slipped down the banking during the CC Hackney alternate Tuesday sessions at the Lea valley Velodrome; one of these 'slides' caused a broken bone & abraisions to the rider behind the other resulted in abrasions only. Both collisions could have caused worse consequences, both could have been avoided. These unexpected drops have happened because riders were riding the type of dual compound tires as pictured above.
Ahead of participating in velodrome training sessions do check this comprehensive safety notice that The national Cycling Centre's (Manchester Velodrome) has published:

Safety Information

Safety Information and Rider Conduct
The session Coach should stress the need for safety and good practice with the riders under their charge at all times. The following notes are for guidance and should be followed by the Coach as well as the riders:
  • Do not eat within 2 hrs of a training session.
  • Riders must not spit or clear their nose onto any surface within the Velodrome. It costs £8.00 in time and materials to clean up bodily fluids on each occasion. If you are feeling sick please remove yourself from the track area if possible, as the session may be cancelled if any part of the track area is contaminated, and needs specialist cleaning.
  • Track mitts must be worn to reduce injury risk on any contact or impact – and can also be used to wipe your nose! If you have a rear pocket in your jersey, take a handkerchief or tissue with you to clear your nose or throat, and be careful when you take your hand off the bars!
  • Riders must not eat or chew gum whilst on the track, and must dispose of any gum appropriately.
  • Riders must wear two layers of clothing above the waist (a tee shirt and cycling top are ideal, or two tee shirts). Shoulders must be covered, so singlet vests and triathlon vests or suits are not allowed. If you are hiring Velodrome shoes you must wear socks, and it is good practice anyway as it prevents chafing. Do not wear jewellery, a watch or wrist heart rate monitor.
  • Riders cannot change clothes in the track centre, and if removing a jersey or Lycra top must wear an under vest. Changing rooms are available.
  • If your helmet has a peak fitted, it must be removed. No other fixings to helmets are allowed, including light(s), cameras and mascots. Cleats should be unworn and in good clean condition.
  • When not on the track riders should wear warm clothing.
  • Riders must not ride up or down on the ramp, must not ride in the riders "D" or on the track centre floor.
  • No drinks are to be consumed or taken onto the blue safety zone – keep them on the ramp or in the riders "D", using the bottle storage provided.
  • Do not walk from the riders "D" to the changing rooms in cycling shoes with cleats.
  • Riders should not ride outside the Velodrome and then bring the bike back in as this brings more dirt onto the track surface.
Specification of a Manchester Velodrome bike:
Track bikes must have a fixed wheel, 165mm cranks, and 280mm (11") bottom bracket height (measured from floor to centre of bottom bracket), no braze ons, and must have track ends. Coaches must advise riders to check their own bikes before taking to the track, including: tyres, chain tension, wheel nuts. If a "fixie" bike is used, that matches the measurements above, and has braze ons or cast cable or gear stops, they must be padded with foam and taped over with insulating tape
Use Continental, Schwalbe, Tufo or Vittoria clinchers or tubulars (black tread only), 21 mm or wider. Tyres must be inflated to 8 bar (119psi), and the pressures, and tyre condition checked regularly. Do not use Michelin tyres or any dual compound tyres or tyres with coloured treads. Other tyres and tubulars may in future be recommended after analysis. Do not use tub tape to fix tubulars to sprint rims – use proprietary rim cement.
  •  Do not use brand new tyres on the track without first preparing them thus; rub the surface with alcohol or white vinegar or other degreaser before use. Ride the first three laps on the Cote d’Azure or bottom of track.
  • No spare sprocket on double rear hub.
  •  Bar ends must be fitted, and secure in handlebars.
  • No quick release spindles. Wheel spindles should not extend beyond the track nuts, front and rear, and should be sawn off flush with the nut, and filed smooth.
  •  Recommended gears for novices, and all riders on taster sessions - 84" gear adults, 74" for 9 -12 year olds.
  • The gearing on Velodrome hire bikes range from 72.6" (44 x 15) to 83.9" (50 x 16).
  • Gearing for all endurance SQT’s, including Madison and Derny, shall be restricted to a maximum of 88". It does not apply to Sprint or Sprint/Keirin SQT’s. However, youth accredited riders should ride a gear as per the relevant Youth category gearing in BC Technical Regulations.
PDF here 
The bulk of this text holds true for all indoor velodromes. If you need any more safety information specific to Lea Valley Velodrome please contact the Lea Valley Park

Sunday, 3 August 2014

CCH Youth Results from Assen

CCH Youth riders completed their first trip to the European Junior Tour of Assen on Saturday 2nd August. The six day event included a road race, TTs and crits. A full report will follow (once everyone has recovered!).

The final results for our riders in the different categories:


Catogorie VII No Total Time Gap
1 DEN20000129 Malthe Munch 34 CK Fix 03:00:18
25 GBR20000525 Callum Bulley 66 Cycling Club Hackney 03:01:45 00:01:27
29 GBR20000318 Frank Moore 45 Cycling Club Hackney 03:01:47 00:01:29
66 GBR20000904 Reece Pollen 67 cycling club hackney 03:08:47 00:08:29
72 GBR20000406 Logan de Monchaux-Irons 48 Cycling Club Hackney 03:25:51 00:25:33
Categorie V
1 NED20010912 Maike van der Duin 48 W.V. Meteoor Assen-Roden 02:18:37
57 GBR20010619 Molly Lloyd 35 Cycling Club Hackney 02:39:30 00:20:53
Categorie III
1 NED20040425 Miguel van Tintelen 1 Hanzerenners Zwolle 01:26:02
46 GBR20040226 Stanley Boyd 13 CC Hackney 01:42:59 00:16:57

From L to R Frank, Reece, Molly, Stan, Logan & Callum

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Eastern Region Holiday Clubs

29-Jul
Lynnsport , Kings Lynn
Norfolk
Intro to Cycling as a Sport
Suitable for 9-13yrs.
Costs just £5 per session mountain bikes & helmets are provided free of charge or bring your own. 10-12noon & 1pm-3pm.
Booking essential via Lynnsport – Tel. 01553 818001
30-Jul
Embankment Sports and Athletics Arena, Bishops Road, Peterborough
PE1 5BW
Cambs
Intro to Cycling as a Sport
Suitable for 9 – 13yrs.
Two sessions per day and each one different.
Bikes and helmets provided free of charge.
£7.50 per session or £15 for the day
£5 per session and £10 for the day for British Cycling members – bring your membership card
Bookings essential, phone: 07983 809120 or email Alisonlilley@britishcycling.org.uk
5-Aug
Small Gains Lane, Station Road, Ashwell SG7 5LT
Herts
Grass Track
Advance Bookings Only – Bookings close Sat 2nd August
Grass Track skills and racing on fixed wheel bikes.
10am – 3pm
£10 for the day
8 – 16 years old
Grass Track bike hire available for £3 – book via markwyer@britishcycling.org.uk
7-Aug
Epping Forest
Kings Oak Hotel Car Park
Nursery Road,
Loughton, IG10 4AE
Essex
Mountain Biking
10am – 12noon and 1pm – 3pm
Ages 8 – 16
£6 per session or £10 for both
Mountain bikes provided free of charge or bring your own
For full details and booking
8-Aug
Springfield Hall Park, Arun Close, Chelmsford CM1 7QE
Essex
Mountain Biking
Mountain Bike Monsters and Mayhem
10am – 12noon
7 – 10 years old
£10
Mountain bikes provided free of charge or bring your own
8-Aug
Danbury Outdoors
Well Lane, Danbury, Essex CM3 4AB
Essex
Mountain Biking
1-3pm.
9 – 14 years old
£10
Mountain bikes provided free of charge or bring your own
12-Aug
Epping Forest
Nursery Road,
Loughton, IG10 4AE
Essex
Mountain Biking
10am – 12noon and 1pm – 3pm
Ages 11 – 16
£6 per session or £10 for both
Mountain bikes provided free of charge or bring your own
For full details and booking
14-Aug
Redbridge Cycling Centre
Forest Road Hainault, Ilford
IG6 3HP
London
Road and Time Trial
Advance Bookings only – Bookings close Sunday 10th August
10am-3pm – 8-16yrs – £10.00
Tour de France Day Road bikes essential. This day will be run as a mini Tour de France with a focus on the skills needed to do well in each stage.
We have a limited number of bikes available for use free of charge & these must be booked in advance. The bikes are suited for those aged 12 plus. In particular you need the following minimum saddle heights (measured from pedal to top of saddle).
Small
Min saddle height 75 cm
Max saddle height 92.5cm
Large
Min saddle height 79.5 cm
Max saddle height 97 cm
19-Aug
Redbridge Cycling Centre
Forest Road Hainault, Ilford
IG6 3HP
London
Cyclo-Cross
Advance Bookings only – Bookings close Saturday 16th August
10am-3pm – 8-16yrs – £10.00
Cyclo-Cross new season preparation Cyclo-Cross bikes preferred but Mountain bikes can be used. This is a chance to revise your cyclo-cross skills ready for the new season.
We have a limited number of bikes available for use free of charge & these must be booked in advance. The bikes are suited for those aged 12 plus. In particular you need the following minimum saddle heights (measured from pedal to top of saddle).
Small
Min saddle height 75 cm
Max saddle height 92.5cm
Large
Min saddle height 79.5 cm
Max saddle height 97 cm
26-Aug
Priory School
Shakers Lane Gate, Bury St Edmunds, IP32 7BH
Suffolk
Cyclo-Cross
Advance Bookings only – Bookings close Saturday 23rd August
10am-3pm – 8-16yrs – £10.00
Cyclo-Cross new season preparation Cyclo-Cross bikes preferred but Mountain bikes can be used. This is a chance to revise your cyclo-cross skills ready for the new season.
We have a limited number of bikes available for use free of charge & these must be booked in advance. The bikes are suited for those aged 12 plus. In particular you need the following minimum saddle heights (measured from pedal to top of saddle).
Small
Min saddle height 75 cm
Max saddle height 92.5cm
Large
Min saddle height 79.5 cm
Max saddle height 97 cm
27-Aug
Epping Forest
Nursery Road,
Loughton, IG10 4AE
Essex
Mountain Biking
10am – 12noon and 1pm – 3pm
Ages 8 – 16
£6 per session or £10 for both
Mountain bikes provided free of charge or bring your own
For full details and booking
29-Aug
Royston BMX Track, Burns Road,
Royston SG8 5PT
Herts
BMX
Advance Bookings online only (limited places) – Bookings close Tuesday 26th August
10am – 3pm
8 – 17 yrs – ideal for novice and experienced riders.
£10 for the day.
Some BMX bikes and full face helmets available to borrow free of charge. Please enquire with Mark before booking. markwyer@britishcycling.org.uk 07534 281271

Sunday, 13 July 2014

CCH Road Race 2014 - Report

The peloton riding out from Saffron Walden
 Overnight night rain and downpours on the way up the M11 left me wondering if the race would go ahead - `I'd already had reports of flooding on the course. By the time we rolled into the Hq at the Lord Butler Fitness Centre in Saffron Walden it was beginning to clear meaning the races would go ahead after a slight delay.
Early break forming with Richard Wood and Ben Sumner
 A set of temporary traffic lights had appeared on the hill leading to the finish so the line was moved back onto the circuit and once I  had tracked down the BC finish line van we made it up the hill in time for the race to come through for the first time in 4 3/4 laps. Two riders had jumped away at the bottom of the hill - Richard Wood and Ben Sumner . Rhys Howells was leading the group behind and urging them on to catch the break.
The lead group swelled to five riders headed here by Rhys Howells with Roy Chamberlain and Mike Debney
 Next time round we had a break of five riders who had put some time in to the main bunch. The main bunch meanwhile was been thinned rapidly as rider after rider succumbed to punctures with the roads covered in debris washed off the fields and gravel drives beloved of country dwellers. One section of the race was being neutralised each lap as the road was close to a foot under water. The commissaires and marshals did an excellent job of ensuring this didn't become an issue, whilst the rain did its best to turn the rest of the course into a lake too.

The leading group now at four riders
Next time round and the lead was out to over a couple of minutes with the lead group now down to four riders - Roy, Mike, Richard and Rhys. As the race came through for the last lap it looked like half the field had retired and the lead was up closer to three minutes. It looked like a straight fight between the leading four.

Rhys Howells - Richardson-Trek RT wins in style
 We eagerly waited a close fought finish but CCH old boy Rhys Howells had other ideas he dropped the other three to come up the hill alone winning by 48 seconds form Richard Wood who placed second by a tyres width from Roy Chamberlain. Lubomir Belak led in the rest 3.35 down on the winner.
The podium l-r  -Richard Wood 2nd, Rhys Howells 1st, Roy Chamberlain 3rd
- all Photos - Bart Wallbank

Great racing by all the riders and great support from CCH members. Thanks to all those who helped out on the day and in advance and to the accredited marshals, motorbike marshals and commissaries for giving up their time.



Full results -


Place Number Rider Team / club Cat'
1 37 Rhys Howells Richardsons-Trek RT Elite
2 1 Richard Wood Arbis - Colbert Cycles RT 1st
3 46 Roy Chamberlain Team Corley Cycles 1st
4 42 Lubomir Belak St Ives CC 2nd
5 2 Mike Wragg Arbis - Colbert Cycles RT 1st
6 9 Ashley Cox CC Luton Elite
7 16 Philip Peters CSE Racing 2nd
8 14 Henry Farrell CSE Racing 2nd
9 5 Mike Debney Cadence Cycling Performance 1st
10 48 Dale Johnston VC Norwich 3rd
11 27 William Drury Glendene CC 2nd
12 50 Mark Yale VC Revolution 3rd
13 6 Peter Kirwan Cambridge CC 2nd
14 4 Andrew Sanders Braintree Velo Cycle Racing Club 2nd
15 52 Nick Perks Velo Schils - Interbike RT 3rd
16 55 Lloyd Chapman Richardsons-Trek RT 1st
17 11 Jason White Clay Cross Road Team 1st
18 3 Ben Sumner Beeline Bicycles RT 1st
19 31 James Jobber Neon-Velo Cycling Team 1st
20 32 Daniel Young Neon-Velo Cycling Team 2nd

Thursday, 10 July 2014

New cotton caps on sale

New grade Cycling Club Hackney cotton caps will be on sale at the CC Hackney road race this Sunday 13th June.
Also available via CCH website and in some of Hackney's bike shops including Hub VĂ©lo. £10.00 each.
http://www.cyclingclubhackney.co.uk/kit-and-merchandise.html

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Strong Showing from CCH youth B in National Youth Road Champs

Callum in the charge from lap 1


CCH youth riders Callum Bulley, Isaac Costley, Logan de Monchaux-Irons and Frank Moore joined the hordes up at Hoghill on Sunday 6th July for the 2014 National Youth Road Races. The event was was organised by LVYCC who did a splendid job of it - with areas set aside for gazeebos and warming up and holding pens for the riders before each race.

The riders warm up camp


There were close on 80 riders signed on for the Youth B race that the four CCH riders were in and once they were all gridded they set off from the layby on the bottom circuit at quite a rate and never really let up for the next 20 laps of the 40km race.
The peloton descending past the bike pits


With such a large bunch it would assumed that there would be some spills and that the hill would split it up . Most of the spills came going up the Hogberg as riders in front slowed and those behind touched wheels so nothing too serious however once riders were caught up in these it was hard for them to get back into the race.

Isaac and Callum ascending the Hogberg
Unfortunately Callum got caught up in one of these offs and retired from the race with 6 laps remaining. A few riders had tried attacking off the front of the bunch but it was so strong that any such moves by individuals were shut down within a lap.

Logan with Theo on the Hogberg
 Then at five laps to go Theo Modell (ELV) and Isaac  sped off the front together quickly getting a large gap  - with two riders it looked like it might stick - after one lap they were still ahead.
Isaac on the break
 However second time up the Hogberg out in the wind took its toll and Theo dropped Isaac - within half a lap they were both swallowed up by the bunch again. By now the lap times were tumbling and the riders were averaging 39 kph.

Logan finishing just outside the top ten
A bunch sprint would settle it then with them all going full gas up the Hogberg with Jack Ford of Holmfirth just edging out Matthew Burke of Newport and Euan Cameron of East Bradford in a tight finish. The CCH riders finished Logan 11th, Frank 31st and Isacc 41st - full results here. Great effort by the boys and a pity more of Youth riders hadn't entered across the categories with the race being so close to home - never mind they can all travel up north or wherever it is next year.

Frank at the finish

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Gold Silver and Silver for Hackney at the Youth Games



The Hackney London Youth Games squad 2014






5th of July 2014 - the Tour de France starts in Yorkshire - meanwhile down at Crystal Palace true cyclists and cycling fans were getting on with the business at The London Youth Games. Representing the London Borough of Hackney we had a whole host of CCH youth riders and wearing his East London Velo  colours we had Theo Modell.

Isaac went off first then hightailed it down to the swimming pool to represent Hackney there too - someone should have told him it wasn't a triathlon...
 In the under 16 section we had Isaac Costley , Frank Moore, Molly Lloyd  and Theo - all under 14s. The wet weather meant that the course was extremely slippery and the organisers decided to shorten it to take out the dangerous bottom corners - this meant the riders did just under 1km instead of the expected 6.5km so it was a short sharp effort for all.

Frank on his way to a great time
 After our first  riders had went through at 1.35  for Isaac and 1.32 for Frank it was looking good and Molly continued this with a !.44 and Theo topped it off with a 1.29 - all great times that put Hackney into 2nd place after the U16s had finished.

Molly with the Hackney support crew roaring her up the hill

 The slippery course and intermittent rain meant for some cagey riding round the corners but it looked like it might dry up in the afternoon.

Theo powering into the top straight

The team practise their weight lifting skills at lunch time

Mack finishing first in the Youth Cs
Next up were the Youth C D E riders with some boroughs fielding some very young riders mack started off with a very good 1min 58 secs.

Charlie on her way to joint top time for Youth C category
Charlie then came flying through with one of the fastest times for the under 12  group at 1.41, closely followed by Euan on 1.45.
Euan crossing the finish line
 Last rider out for Hackney was Kai who finished in 1.43 and then it wa s nervous wait whilst all the others finished and the judges totted up the scores.
Kai on the 180 bend
 The heavens opened and it really poured down meaning the boys and girls circuit races were cancelled for safety concerns so we all awaited the results -

Frank and Molly with the silver medals for Youth A/B category
Silver for the under 16s -followed by gold for the under 12s -
Charlie Kai Mack  and Euan with the gold medals for Youth C D E category
 - and silver overall - only missing out by 5 seconds to Richmond - well done to all the riders supporters and helpers - hopefully the tent will dry out in time for tomorrow.
2nd place overall team - LBHackney
Following message from LB HAckney -


Good Afternoon all,

At the weekend we had the last competitions of the London Youth Games 2014.

Over 5000 young people trained towards final selection to represent the London Borough of Hackney, with 550 actually going onto compete for the Borough against the other 32 London boroughs in the London Youth Games 2014. Hackney was represented by 47 teams across 31 sports since November 2013, culminating in the finals weekend at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in July.

The Borough of Hackney recorded its highest overall result in the 33 year history of the Games and maintained the borough’s high standards of finishing in with the elite sporting borough’s of London by finishing 6th in London, with 34 teams finishing in the top twenty, 22 of which finishing in the top ten. Accumulating 11 team medals and 46 individual medals.

There were team medals for the Girls Table Tennis, girls handball, boys athletics, cycling, girls football, indoor rowing, BMX, disability tennis, tennis, cycling and adapted rowing teams with 46 individual medals across disability athletics, Kayak sprint, diving, sailing, rowing, judo, disability swimming, indoor rowing, football, adapted indoor rowing, athletics, BMX, cycling, sailing.

Hackney also recorded the highest in the Games history for 4th in the regatta and 9th in the disability in London. Along with these we also won the most improved borough in the Games. Full results for each competition can be found under “sports” onhttp://www.londonyouthgames.org/default.asp#

Please find attached the complete results table along with the list of medallist.

I would like to thank you all for the unwavering support to the cause and amazing hard work you repeatedly demonstrate towards supporting the young people of Hackney to achieve their potential. Because of you these young people are now showing what we have always known that Hackney has talent and dedication across its young people, team managers and its coaches. Thank you for going the extra mile, I realise sometimes it can be a hard slog with little thanks, but be assured Hackney thanks you and most of all I do.

When it comes to sport, Hackney no longer make up the numbers in London we are now the ones to beat!


Thank you all.


Kind Regards


Lynn Humphrey
Leisure & Physical Activity Coordinator

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