Tuesday, 29 July 2008

CCH riders do well in The Tour De France (style event)

Last Friday evening CCH's 16 year old Clem Berill won the best young rider award at the annual Beacontree CC/Team Economic Energy special Tour De France celebration TT.
The course was five miles long (one lap) like Le Tour prologue and Clem's time was clocked at an impressive 12m 46s. Keir Apperley was second in the vets group (12m 12s). Dave Bamford was fourth in the senior section (12m 43s). All CCH riders finished in the top ten overall.
TEE's Simon Bateson won the event with a sizzling time of 11m 10s.
After the ride all enjoyed hospitality on Navestock Heath in the form of French bread, cheese, brioche and a little wine to toast Le Grande Boucle with.

For detailed results and more visit the Becontree Wheelers website.

Sunday, 27 July 2008

GTR4 - grasstrack race meeting Well Street Common 27th July 2008

Another smashing session of racing on Well Street Common. We forgot our tape measure, so we had to pace the course out, but we reckon it was around 170 150 metres. Then again looking at the times maybe it was less! Anyway, the weather was sultry, the grass was short, and the ground was sun-baked and as bumpy as ever.

As usual, we started with individual time trials, and concluded with some massed-start races. There are some pictures of the event here.

Individual time trials -- one lap, flying start

Start OrderRiderTime
13Mike Kangelos15.8
11Jim Sullivan16.5
14Jason Garfield18.2
7Terry Dolan18.4
4Patrick Field18.5
19Gavin Polkinghorn18.8
24Emma Williams19.4
27Keir Apperley19.5
18James Hoggarth19.8
6Carl Mustafa19.9
21Steve Taylor20.1
16Dan Batchelor20.1
3Jack NYC20.7
26Will Fooks20.7
20Walter Stabb20.9
5Joe Czernuska20.9
1Johnny Wilkinson20.9
2Chris Delia21.1
28Stuart Dennison21.3
12Freya Burns21.6
8Brenda Puech21.7
17Greg Beer21.7
22Stuart Dennison22.0
9Katie Ward22.5
15Ricky Samba22.6
25Will Stewart23.8
23Lydia Ashman24.2
10Mike KangelosDNF

Devil take the hindmost – group B (field of 6)

First: Steve Taylor, Second: Walter Stabb, Third: Chris Delia

Devil take the hindmost – group A (field of 8)

First: Jim Sullivan, Second: Mike Kangelos, Third: James Hoggarth

Scratch race – 10 laps

First: Keir Apperley, Second: James Hoggarth, Third: Patrick Field, Fourth: Joe Czernuska

Thursday, 24 July 2008

Hog Hill

Got some news.

Spoke to the guy running it. He's very helpful - Ian Coles 020 8500 9359

19th August is opening day for the full circuit – all very formal. On the Sunday they have some sort of Olympic hand over event (?!?)

First race is 25th August (Monday Bank Holiday), Southend Wheelers event

It is available on Saturdays 15th 20th 27th. he said if we want to come up and check it out at any time to give him a call.

Prices start from £120 for two hours.

Does anyone know about this....

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

CCH - Grass Track Racing 4 + Artist's work

Grass track racing anybody?
GTR4 is to be held on Sunday 27th July 2008 at Well Street Common
7pm - 9pm (click on the poster or any other image to get an enlargement)
There will be prizes up for grabs including winners jerseys for each category
Bring your bike & join in - we hope to see you there!

'Artist's work' - Ruth Beale is a Hackney resident and a CCH club rider, here are some details of her latest art project:
Two artists, Ruth Beale and Karen Breneman, are embarking on an art/cycling project with a London-Liverpool cycle ride. The aim is to highlight the enduring existence of long established national cycling clubs and the way they have historically given the working classes a sense of freedom, fellowship and access to the countryside. The planned route is:
23 July London - Clophill (Bedfordshire)
24 July Bedfordshire - Coventry
25 July Coventry - Stoke
26 July Stoke - Liverpool
27 July Discussion event in Liverpool
The route for the first day is to set off from Lower Clapton, up the Lea Valley all the way to Hertford, then on to Clophill, a small village in Bedfordshire. There will be an entourage of more cyclists for the first 20 miles or so, who are expected to go at a slower pace, before getting the train back to London. Karen and Ruth will continue on the leg to Clophill. Cycle Club Hackney members and interested cyclists are invited to join the artists for any leg of the journey- route knowledge welcome!
The artists are also looking for offers of accommodation in Coventry and Stoke (or nearby). They will be on road bikes (not pictured!). Karen is producing a routebook, complete with timings, altitude profiles and special credit to the clubs who have provided assistance. Ruth is organising a roundtable discussion at the end of the journey, which is an artist-residence in Liverpool, with individuals representing various viewpoints on the general subject of cycling and culture.
Contact: ruth_beale@hotmail.com

London Youth Games - coach report

Hackney's youth cycling team did well and achieved the target objective of enjoying the occasion and finishing in the top ten team standings out of thirty two entries. However this has been slightly dampened by the news that our result won't add to Hackney's points tally because we had made to many changes in the squad from the team that had to be submitted to the organisers (according to the rules) three months ago...not the most helpful rule I must say!
Never-mind we had a good day, the riders looked great in the new kit, they recorded some very respectable times at their first attempts and they learnt a lot about cycle racing in the process.
I'm very proud of the squad, saw some fine new talent in action and I look forward to growing from this point onwards to even greater achievements.
Special thanks on behalf of the riders and I to Domonic Hinshelwood from Laburnham boat club who shared in the team management and who also drove the mini bus.

Thank you and good job well done.

Keir Apperley (Youth team coach)

Monday, 7 July 2008

Do you want to be World Champion?

Of course you do. And to make your dream come true all you have to do is come to Suffolk on the weekend of the 15th of August and ride your bike faster than anyone else there. Of course it will have to be a recumbent bike if you want to have any chance, and since it is the weird and wacky world of HPV racing there is very little glory and no money at all.

I can supply you with a bike though, so if you are interested give me a call at the shop.

All the details are here

Sunday, 6 July 2008

Our first big event - the London Youth Games.

Originally uploaded by bikefix
Our relatively inexperienced squad put in a fine showing at the London Youth games at Crystal Palace.

All the pictures are here.

Keir can we have some results here. And could you post the details of the next grass track race.

If anybody is interested, this is where the club run went on Sunday.

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