Saturday, 21 March 2009
Last Saturday morning a contingent of CCH riders passed their Herne Hill track Induction and with it clearance to join any track racing or training sessions down at the HH Velodrome. Swelling the ranks by stealth to an amazing 17 members present were those CCH riders arriving after the track induction session for the training period - others wouldn't know it because of the absence of our club kit - April 6th is the scheduled delivery date, a new strip and the time beginning when we become a visible identity representing for Hackney.
During the day GB's former double world pursuit champion Tony Doyle MBE arrived to show Olympic minister and local MP Tessa Jowell around the venue. HH track is actually under threat with closure this August because the lease runs out then and there is a dispute between the land owners Dulwich Estates and Southwark council. I spoke to Tessa pointing out how important the track is to the area's people and also to those traveling from further away like our club members. I also mentioned that cycling is a fast growing sport and that London will clearly need more than one Velodrome in three years time. As I passed on these sentiments on behalf of CCH well over 100 riders (young and old) were circling the track providing animated evidence of the need for the facility to stay open.
Tessa said she would do every thing she could to secure the track's future and to get the site refurbished well enough to do justice for the sole remaining venue from London's last Olympics in 1948.
A picture above is of most of the CCH group track centre standing along side Tony Doyle who is fourth from the left.
Herne Hill velodrome
Saturdays from March onwards
Induction sessions begin at 9am (arrive before)
Training sessions & practice races are from 10.30am - 12.00
An historic annual event worth checking out: The traditional Easter Good Friday International Track Meeting held at Herne Hill Velodrome will be held on April 10, 2009
Monday, 9 March 2009
The new turbo trainers supplied by RBS were put to good use last Wednesday evening; we ran a competition where contestants were tested for distance covered on one of the trainers (fitted with a cycle computer) over a time of five minutes. The idea is to record performances of individual riders so that fitness levels can be gaged and progress measured.
Here is the results list for 04/03/09:
Here is the results list for 04/03/09:
During the next turbo training session time will be made to include adult members in the tests.
Sunday, 8 March 2009
Here's an image of the new club kit sample panel (front of shirt)
Short leave shirts, bib shorts and long sleeve track tops are due to be delivered to Hackney in around four weeks time. Clothing will be made available at the club night sessions on Wednesday evenings at the Barnabas Centre (6.30pm-8.30pm) 109 Homerton High Street London E9 6DJ or by appointment. map
The makers are Endura who produce high quality garments that are comfortable and made to last.
The screening of 'The Road To Roubaix'. at the end of January was well attended with a total of thirty two souls present. After a chance to socialise, take flapjacks and slurp coffee a presentation took place; this was the delivery of two racing cycles supplied by one of our sponsors (MPA) to two of our young members; Rowena Gordon & Adebisi Alakan.
Then the lights came down. A short home made film came on before the main feature. The majority really enjoyed this although I gathered by the end, that one or two found the content of the 'Roubaix' film a little too esoteric to study for the full 70mins – sorry about that!
It's apparent that film is a popular medium with CCH so we'd like to hold another evening at the Barnebas Cinema at some point. Title suggestions are welcome and if there are any film makers who'd like to show their own work please let us know. We'll be putting together a short club show-reel to check at the next session.
The International Bicycle Film Festival are especially keen to receive new British material to list and put to screen.
The pic at the top is of the club secretary, Adebisi, Rowena & Nicola Baboneau of The Learning Trust during the cycle presentation.
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