Friday, 5 October 2018

Urban Hill Climb 2018

The Swain's lane crowd was boisterous as usual
 There was a sizeable turn out from the club at last weekends Urban Hill Climb organised by Rollapalluza. The testing Swain's Lane runs through Highgate Cemetry and many of the finishers looked like they should have stopped off there half way up the Hill.

The first rider to start the day off - Kai

Four riders signed on to test themselves against the hill in seventeen different categories including cargo bikes and Brompton's. The youth riders got thing going - Kai was first off and onto the leader board with a 1 minute 58 second time.
Elliot keeping his eyes on the road and not worrying how far it is to the finish line
Alessandro went up in 2 mins followed by Robin at 2.04, Serafino at 2.13 and Elliot at 2.52 - we'll be looking out for these guys in the CCH youth hillclimb on the 13th October.
Logan appears out of the gloom
Next up were the Juniors with Logan posting a 1.33 to put him in the top two final race off later in the day.

Logan and Robin happy to be finished


The seniors were now on the course - James Burgess put in a respectable 1.41, Barney Duly went up in 1.53 vet 40-44 category. Nicky Birch's 2.50 put her into 2nd place in the women 40-44 category but not realising this she went home before her final - or maybe she did this deliberately as once up the hill is more than enough.

Nicky on her way to 2nd place.

Nicky on the steepest section

Barney on his way
 In the men's vet 50-54 Jon Hemming got a 2min dead and Paul Marsden  a 2.31.


Jon about to hit the steep bit


Paul passing the cemetery gates

In his final Logan won out to take the Junior honours for CCH to cap a great day out. The overall was won in a new course record of 1 minute 18 seconds by Calum Brown an amazing time.

Urban Hill Climb (Swains Lane 29th Sept)
24th Logan De Monchaux-Irons  (1st Junior)  00:01:33
56th James Burgess (45th 18-39) 00:01:41
137th Barney Duly (12th 40-44) 00:01:53
175th Kai Watts (6th U16) 00:01:58
182nd Jon Hemming (11th 50-54) 00:02:00
185th Alessandro Sella (7th U16) 00:02:00
202nd Robin Steer (9th U16)  00:02:04
236nd Serafino Sella (11th U16) 00:02:13
280th Paul Marsden (20th 50-54)     00:02:31
304th Nicky Birch (2nd W 40-44) 00:02:50
305th Elliot Marsden  (15th U16)   00:02:52

Logan on his way to the win.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

CCHackney Road Race 2018 report

Our winner - Toby Perry of Thanet RC
 The 2018 running of the CCHackney Annual Road Race was held at Great Thurlow on Sunday the 23rd September 2018. This year it incorporated the Eastern and South East Regional Junior Championships which were due to be held in the afternoon. Low entry numbers brought about the merged field - however I'm sure there were plenty Juniors that would have preferred to have raced in the afternoon considering the conditions. 

Logan leading the field out of the turn at Withersfield on lap 1.
Wet doesn't do it justice really as Jon Hemming's excellent photos testify it was sodden (as was Jon after working so hard to get these photos.) Full Gallery here-Road Race 18.
Of course when the race finished the sun came out but at least it went ahead as it had been threatened with high winds all week which luckily died out before the race.

The turn at Wratting.
The race ran for eleven laps of the 7.9km Great Thurlow course totalling 87km - the cold and wet soon proved too much for some riders either that or they were sensible and decided to stop.  The riders were briefed that the five minute rule would apply and that any rider being pulled out by the judges or pulling themselves out at the finish line would be placed accordingly. Unfortunately as the car park and hq is at the bottom of the finish climb some riders never made it up there to get placed - who could blame them.
A rider taking drink on the hill at Thurlow.
The race became a war of attrition then and with eight laps gone there were around 20 riders still in the race. Logan attacked off the front at Wratting and led up the finish hill as a group of four chased off the front of the bunch. they caught him at Withersfield as he sat up and that four pushed on.
The winning break.
The four of Milo Chapman, Thomas Heal,Toby Perry and Michael Auger quickly pushed their lead out to a minute
and didn't look like getting caught. with one lap to go Toby starting going off the front and stayed away to win quite convincingly followed by Michael then Milo. A total of 17 riders crossed the finish line. 

Our Eastern region Junior championship podium - l-r - Joseph Bennett 2nd, Milo Chapman 1st and nets Ferguson 3rd
Eastern & South East Regional Junior Championship Results 
CCHackney Road Race 2018 podium - l-r - Michael Auger 2nd , Toby Perry 1st, Milo Chapman 3rd

CCHackney Road Race 2018 results as per BC points.
The results and this report were a bit delayed as the races should have been merged online at BC Hq - this didn't happen so we now have two sets of results. Some bonus points then for riders not expecting them. 

Susan Loveday
The race was dedicated to the memory of Susan Loveday who passed away this summer. Susan worked tirelessly for Thurlow sports club and was a great help to CCH in our previous events on this course - the  donations offered for refreshments in memory of Susan will go to Addenbrookes Charitable Trust Oncology Unit - £100 was raised.
CCHackney would like to thank the villagers of Great Thurlow, Withersfield and Great Wratting for their cooperation in this event taking place in their area. In particular we’d like to thank Allan Loveday from Thurlow Sports Club. 

Thursday, 13 September 2018

CCHackney Road Race 2018 incorporating the Eastern and South East Regions Junior Men’s Championship

Last years CCH road race.

Cycling Club Hackney is running its annual Road Race incorporating the Eastern and South East Regions Junior Men’s Championship next Sunday 23rd September at Great Thurlow near Haverhill. Its a Regional A category 234 race- start time 10am. The mens race has been merged with the juniors race which was due to take place in the afternoon but due to the low numbers signing up in advance it was deemed a full field is better than two half empty races. As usual its all hands to the pumps to help run this event and thanks all below who have stepped up. There are still jobs need filling so if you can make let me know - otherwise you can bake a cake for the days catering - Cake Club Hackney is the envy of many other race organisations - you can drop these off at the club on the day before or when we meet to leave around 6.30-7am on the day. If you don't bake you can always donate some prize money or prizes for the racers. Anyone needing a lift up with or without bike let me know so you don't get left behind.

Job TitleName
OrganiserNeil Irons
Assistant OrganiserKeir Apperley
Sign on 1Elizabeth de Monchaux
Sign on 2Charlie Dash
First aid HQProsper Watts
CateringIsobel Siddons
CateringThurlow sports club
CateringThurlow sports club
CateringThurlow sports club
Chief Line judge 1John Dash
Line judge2  / Time keeper Neil irons
Line judge 3/results recorderVanna Barber
Photo finish 1Kai Watts
Race phtotographyJon Hemmings
Lead Car 1 driver Ian Toone
Lead car 1 assistantStephen Mckee
Lead Car 2 driver Tom Smith
Lead car 2 assistantLindsay Parker
Chief comm driver Andy Blower
Comm helperHeather Regan
Comm 2 driver Paul Vaux
Mobile first aid driver Sean Feeney
Mobile first aiderJessica Davies Feeney
Service car driver 1 Keir Apperley 
Service assistant 1
Lucian Evans
Marshal covering rec groundProsper Watts
Signage on day HelperLindsay Parker
Signage on day HelperJohn Dash
Advance signageNeil Irons
Advance signageProsper Watts
Advance signageKai Watts
Advance signageLogan de Monchaux Irons
Accredited MarshalsLeonard Gordon
 Rob Baker
 Adrian Ellis
 Andy Lane
 John Dimascio
 Don Keen
 Deena Blacking
 James Asker
 Neil Parry
  Peter Barnes 

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

CCH club runs Lea Bridge Road mini Holland - chase & wait

This is a message going out to all CCH members who cycle on Lea Bridge Road.

Please do use the new cycle lanes provided unless it's really not safe or appropriate to do so. A lot of effort and expense has gone into installing this new cycling infrastructure known as Mini Holland in Walthamstow. This development has been built to make cycling safer along what has been a notoriously complex and hazardous stretch of high way claiming many victims. The routes have been achieved despite much moaning and wailing from local and irate car owners. Let's not give these people a rod to beat us with OK; the lanes are good, they work, use them and appreciate the protection provided here.
Finally on this bit of road the training chases have not started or are over; there's no need to hurry any more. Let's all get home safely and not hurt or offend anyone on the way. 

Chase & wait.
Please club run riders - let's not get involved in competitive sporting chases that includes passing through junctions at high speeds, taking risks here and raising the chances of causing or being involved in traffic collisions. This behavior is not safe and actually unnecessary because there are plenty of adequate length and appropriate roads to max out on during a chase, but the chase must finish at the next road junction. The 'wait' rarely lasts for more than a minute for riders to come in. BTW this is very good training during a club run and it will get you fit. This method did no harm to Tao or Alex when I was coaching them through their early road beginnings. It's not about the average speed but all about the top speeds and holding them. Chase and wait; the equivalent of a series of short track races stitched together with the added bonus of keeping the whole group together until the end. 

Happy cycling!

Keir Apperley (CCH lead coach & manager)

Monday, 25 June 2018

London Youth Games 2018 - Hackney retain the cup

The crowded teams' enclosure at LVV circuit for the 2018 London Youth Games road cycling event.

The London Borough of Hackney team retained the Eileen Grey cup following last year's win - winning the overall competition now for a record 5th time.

Kai ready for U16 TT
 For once it looked like the competition format had stayed the same as the previous year so we knew sort of what to expect. With two time trial competitions for under 16 boys and girls, then under 12 boys and girls - followed by circuit races for the older boys and girls it all makes for a very long day at the Lea Valley Velopark. As riders inevitably get older and become ineligible to compete this means the team evolves each year and a fresh bunch of talent has to be found to step up to the challenge. The hackney squad is always strong in depth and reserves are ready to step in if needed and they usually are the riders who take up the reins the following year.

Ewan in the U16 TT
 The first competition was the under 16 boys 4 lap time trial. Kai, Ewan and Tom all posted fast times in the top ten to get the team off to good start.

Tom  in the U16 TT

Jakita  in the U16 TT
 The girls under 16 time trial was next with Jakita, Charlie and Anoushka riding for LBHackney.

Charlie in the U16 TT
 The girls did really well with Anoushka posting the 2nd fastest time and Charlie the third fastest it looked like we were right up there in the points. (There's a rather baffling points system for the overall with the top two rider's points counting - 50 for 1st and so on downwards.)

Anoushka on here way to silver in the U16 TT

Milo  in the U12 TT
 The next set of races were the under 12 boys 2 lap time trials. Milo, Milton and Elliot all produced solid times to keep us in contention but other strong contenders such as Southwark and Sutton are beginning to look likely winners.

Milton in the U12 TT

Elliot in the U12 TT

Ashleigh in the U12 TT
Next up were the under 12 girls - Ashleigh, Ishanna and Laila Grace all worked hard to post times in the top 20. By this time only the judges knew who was leading leaving the riders to enjoy themselves
and meeting friends and riders from other boroughs whilst waiting for the circuit races to start.

Ishanna in the U12 TT

Laila Grace in the U12 TT

Kai and Ewan in the boys circuit race.
 The u16 boys circuit race was first - at only 12 laps this is a bit shorter than what these guys are used to so it looked like being a fast race. Both kai and Ewan took turns a`t the front showing they weren't afraid to do some work and force the issue. Eventually the race split and with both of them in the front group things started to look good at least for podium spot in the overall. Kai finished 5th and Ewan 8th.

Charlie and Anoushka in the girls circuit race
It was now down to the girls and Charlie and Anoushka didn't disappoint both making the early break of around 8 riders. The pace intensified half way through the race and Charlie dropped back picking up four other riders. Come the final lap the pace slowed and the two bunches came together for the sprint - Anoushka was just pipped for the win and Charlie finished 9th. Would this be enough to ensure a podium spot?

The anxious wait for the results
The inevitable long wait whilst the judges sorted all the results gave us time to pack up and reflect on how well the riders had done. Unknown to us it had been all square between three teams going into that last race. Sutton and Kingston finished equal second and hackney were crowned champions once again. Well done to all the riders and reserves on the day and all the other riders who did the trials meaning those who made the team had to push harder to be there. This is the second time Hackney have the trophy two years running - previously its was 2009/10 - and the fifth time in total lifting us clear of all the other boroughs. Even better the result helped LBHackney to their best ever placing in the Jubilee cup - the overall cup for the thirty or more sports that thousands of competitors from all over London compete for - 2nd place. go on Hackney!
The Hackney team win again
Photos - Andy Bardill.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Kai Watts - Cycling with Type 1 Diabetes & Team Novo Nordisk

Kai Watts - Cycling with Type 1 Diabetes & Team Novo Nordisk

CCHackney stalwart Kai Watts is off to the USA this summer on training camp
read his story below.

Kai getting ready for his flying lap at last Sunday's Grass Track
at the Well Street Common Festival.

Can you spot him here at a previous Well Street Festival Grass track?

About Type 1 and Me:
I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in June 2011 when I was 8 years old, I am now 15.  Type 1 Diabetes is where the pancreas stops making insulin.  Insulin is the key to unlocking glucose in the bloodstream to make energy.  Everyone with Type 1 Diabetes needs to take insulin either by injection pens or by pump.  I use an insulin pump Medtronic 640g – insulin is delivered via a cannula 24 hours a day for basal insulin and for bolus (meals) I take my blood glucose, count the carbs and the pump then delivers the amount of insulin according to the time of day, my blood glucose reading and the amount of carbs I am going to eat.  Now this is on a normal day – when I am cycling, racing and training I need to take all these factors into account to prevent hypos (below 4mmol).  The ideal range for a Type 1 is between 4mmol – 10 mmol.  Lots of information – yes – and all of which need to be followed for every meal, prior to any exercise and after exercise and 24 hours a day.  From the first weekend after I was diagnosed I continued to cycle and take part in sports.  
Kai receiving a Gold award as a Young Volunteer at last  years British cycling conference.
Team Novo Nordisk
Phil Southerland, co-founder and CEO of the team, and Novo Nordisk came together to create Team Novo Nordisk, based on a shared vision to inspire, educate and empower people around the world affected by diabetes.
In 2006, Phil Southerland and Joe Eldridge assembled a group of eight cyclists with type 1 diabetes to take on the grueling 3,000 mile Race Across America and raise diabetes awareness. The team went on to win the event in 2007, 2009 and 2010 and quickly became a magnet for endurance athletes with diabetes.
Southerland’s passion for cycling and mission to inspire built a world-class racing program of athlete ambassadors who were changing the way the world saw diabetes. Today, Team Novo Nordisk competes on a global scale and its athletes are vehicles of empowerment for people with diabetes worldwide.

Team Novo Nordisk Talent ID Camp – Athens, Georgia USA:
A year ago I put in an application into Team Novo Nordisk to join their Talent ID Camp.  This application asked for information about me, my attitude to Type 1, my average blood glucose readings, my cycling history and training.  Each month I have had to e mail the team about my training and tracing performance and also have shared my strava information with them.  Last week I was informed that I have been selected to join the talent ID Camp from the 2nd – 11th July 2018.  (links below) During this week I will be training with experienced athletes living with diabetes. There will also be lots of input with doctors and health care professionals to learn more about sports and diabetes management. 
A determined younger Kai showing his speed
Yes I have Type 1 Diabetes, Type 1 will not stop me! I love cycling and racing with type 1 and hope my experiences will inspire others. - Kai Watts.

Comedy bike race at last Sundays grass track

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