Tuesday, 30 April 2013


 - Our annual guided 160km ride round the lanes of Essex will take place on this Sunday the 5th May 2013.
A great leg stretcher for those who want to put the miles in -  we meet at the Lea Valley Ice Rink after 8am and leave at 8.30am and the ride settles in to groups of differing speed once we pass High Beech, meeting up for lunch at the White Swan in Bicknacre. Route sheets are handed out on the day.

Click here for the route or find the course via our downloads page here.

Riders heading towards the 1500m North Hill turning point during the 3rd edition. 

Tao - not tired of winning big races yet

Tao Geoghagen Hart has won another significant race in a club shirt - details and pictures can be found here
And in his own words here: http://taogeogheganhart.blogspot.co.uk/

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Membership 2013 - big success

The bunting was out at Olympus Square

CCH"s annual membership today was a great success with close to hundred members renewing or joining for the first time Hackney's best cycling club. Alongside membership renewal there was a bike jumble with lots of bargains on display and a cake stall groaning under the weight of delicious cakes. Also on sale were the new CCH cycle caps supplied by Rapha which were selling quicker than the hot cakes at £5 for youth members, £12.50 for senior members and £17.50 for non-members. There are still some of the most sought after caps in East london for sale at the club. All this helped raise a substantial sum for the club which will help with our prize funds for our upcoming race events amongst other things. Thanks to all members who helped today and all who came along to support.

If you couldn't get in today to renew your membership then Mick will be at the club again next Saturday to take dues - not this wednesday as previously advertised. Following this we will be making an online membership payment option availible - however you'll still need to pop into Olympus Square to pick up your membership card.

A good read was to be found amongst the jumble

and as usual Cake Club Hackney did the business

and everyone was buying one of the new CCH hats

Thursday, 25 April 2013

New cycling club neigbours - Islington CC

CC Hackney has new cycling club neighbours - happy birthday Islington CC and very best wishes from all at CC Hackney. 
See you at the ICC North London Criteriums on Sunday 16th June 2013.

Here are words from a letter received from Islington CC leader David Shannon:
Islington CC has lift-off! 
North London Crits are on and you can enter online on the BC website:
Hope to have CC Hackney well represented. There are prizes BTW.
Islington CC is also online with our first club run this Sunday:
We are also starting weekly Go-Ride coaching, 10-12, starting Sat 11 May at Holloway Secondary School.
Plus there's to be a gentle coffee and cake runs on Saturday afternoons starting 25 May.
All details on www.islington.cc
Inter schools league from September, I hope.
Best wishes

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

CCHackney members day & jumble - Track Race getting closer

Our open track event is not so many laps away now - recruiting volunteers/good hands for this and our open Road Race will be taking place on Saturday April 27th during our members day (membership cards/fees) and bike jumble sale.
This being held at CCH HQ - 6 Olympus Square Nightingale Estate Hackney London E5 8PL - 10am - 2pm 

A brisk trade during last years CC Hackney bike jumble sale

Monday, 22 April 2013

Tao wins Tour of Istria

Just in time to celebrate the CCH blog going over 100,000 hits Tao pulled out the goods and delivered a first International tour win for GB at Junior level in the UCI Nations Cup Juniors event - the Tour of Istria. Tao picked up yellow by winning a bunch sprint on stage 2 then acted like an old head finishing in the main bunch on stage 3 to take the general classification, yellow jersey and red jersey for the points. Looks like the Croatian sun was shining down on Hackney's finest in what is looking to be a memorable season for him. Whoever said redheads don't suit yellow - it doesn't look that way to me.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

CCHackney Road Race getting closer

The race organiser , safety officer and helpers at Matching Tye.

CCH annual road race is getting closer so we took advantage of the fine weather last sunday to check out the course up at Hatfield Heath and conduct a pre race risk assesment. The 9.9 mile ERRL approved course is set up for fast paced racing with only a few small climbs but some pretty narrow sections - not least coming up to the finish so it should make for good racing. The club needs all it smemebrs to come together and help out at our events to make them safe and succesfull. I'll have a sheet at the upcoming members day and at the agm where you can sign up for a task.

The CCHackney road race course - on the day it'll be seven and a half laps of this - 75miles,

Sunday, 14 April 2013

CC Hackney new website on-line now

CC Hackney's new website is up and running again - have a look here:


Thanks and cheers for this to Trevor (the book) Parsons, Neil (Iron Brew) Irons and Giuliana (tiffosi) Molinari.

Well done.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Superclub at Newport Velodrome

Aminur and Tyrell coming in after a session on the track.
The latest Superclub session took place last Sunday 7th at Newport Velodrome in Wales. The superclub is a cluster of British Cycling eastern region clubs aimed at getting more of our young riders on to the track and upskilling them for racing. CCH turned up with the largest contingent for this session with seven riders, two coaches and three helpers traveling by minibus. After being split into groups the riders took it turns of 20 -30 minutes to ride the track practising various techniques, as any of them will tell you Newport isn't the sort of track where you can travel round slowly as your back wheel will slide out from under you, so a fair pace has to be kept up throughout. After four hours of this Aminur, Isaac, Logan, Louis, Ned, Shaquille and Tyrell were getting hungry and tired but were buzzing with the efforts they had produced especially in the practise races.
The superclub sessions are continuing throughout the summer up at Welwyn velodrome, all riders previously nominated will be nominated automatically. Riders new to the track are also welcome to attend - priority goes to U16/U14 age groups but U12 can apply too - there is a sheet up in the club whre they can put there name down. Dates and details below -

Eastern Region
Go-Ride Track Cluster 2013
LVYCC, ELV, Green Arrow, CC Hackney, CC Ashwell, Kings Cliffe Flyers, Colchester Rovers, Essex RC, St Ives CC
12-May 2
18-May Welwyn Omnium
26-May 3
2-Jun Herne Hill Omnium
9-Jun 4
15-Jun Brighton Omnium
23-Jun 1 è
30-Jun 2
7-Jul 3
14-Jul 4
21-Jul Eastern Region Track Champs  
28-Jul 5 è
11-Aug 6
13-18 Aug Nationals
1-Sep 1  
8-Sep 2    
15-Sep 3    
22-Sep 4    
29-Sep 5    
Each block of sessions will be progressive & focus on the techniqiues & skills required to participate at specific events depending upon a riders age/ability, e.g.  Track League or competiting in the Omnium Series, Regional Champs, Nationals
Riders will sign-up for a block rather than individual sessions.
Novice hard track riders will be taken on a the beginning of a block only subject to coach availability.
The final block in September will be the last chance for novice hard track riders & exisiting riders wanting to upskill before the winter indoor track sessions.
Winter Indoor Sessions - Places will be limited & for experienced hard track riders only. No novice track riders. Riders will need to demonstrate to their club coaches that they merit a nomination for these sessions.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Cycling Club Hackney marquee

Hackney Council Leisure & Green Spaces have approved CC Hackney's design and most importantly the budget to enable the production of our first official marquee. 
Sports Development Coordinator Lynn Humphrey has seen to it that our club receives this asset in time for our summer programme of events; many thanks going out to Lynn and the department - yay from CC Hackney:)

Summer programme...In 2013 CCH will be delivering the following:
  • An Inaugural Euro Track Cycle Race day; 01.06.13. This is the only track race that attracts both amateur riders from Europe and the UK to compete for honour, trophies and cash prizes at Herne Hill Velodrome.
  • ERRL Road Race E1/2/3 July 2013 – under British Cycling rules, open to national elite riders.
  • Hackney Grass Track League (HGTL) July/August 2013. This community sporting series aims to target people who are not yet involved in cycle sport. In previous years our HGTL has and attracted at least 250 local adult and youth participants.
  • 6th Annual Round Chelmsford Sportive, May 2013. A popular guided 100-mile sportive ride for all comers.
  • London Youth Games, July 2013. This is Europe's largest annual youth sporting occasion that is held in
  • London. The London Youth Games offers competitive opportunities for Hackney's young racing cyclists (Individual time trials and circuit race)
  • Go-Ride cyclo cross race on Hackney Downs – September 2013

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Tao Geoghegan Hart - 3rd place in Junior Paris Roubaix

07/04/13 - Roubaix Velodrome
Tao has made it to the podium in the junior version of the world's toughest one day cycle race; Paris Roubaix (also known as l'Enfer du Nord) 
Riding for British Cycling's GB squad, Tao's impressive result in northern France will go some way to healing the disappointment he must have felt after crashing out while in a good position in last years edition of this classic race.
In my experience 3rd place feels better than 2nd which is often so near but so far - from winning.  

Well done Mr T great show - clearly you are right in there at world level!

 Photo - Bede Geoghegan-Hart
Photo - Bede Geoghegan-Hart
more here

In good company...

2013 edition results:
1 Mads Pedersen (DEN)
2 Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL)
3 Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBR/Hackney)

4 Damien Touze (FRA)
5 Edward Plankaert (BEL)
6 Oliver Wood (GBR)
7 Kristoffer Halvorsen (NOR)
8 Nino Honigh (NED)
9 Gustav Hoog (SWE)
10 Justin Oien (USA)
19 Scott Davies (GBR)
26 Jacob Ragan (GBR)
DNF Chris Lawless (GBR)
DNF Matt Gibson (GBR)

For British Cycling's report and results go here.  

Monday, 1 April 2013

The Alan Rosner Memorial Meeting

Today the late Alan Rosner's memory was honoured by the inaugural Memorial Meeting at The Redbridge Cycle Centre. A well organised programme of races for all categories and ages went ahead. Many of the riders and supporters (myself included) have memories of Alan's commitment and passion for the sport he loved.
A new bench with a plaque bearing his name was unveiled near the summit of the Hogenberg after the E123 race finished. This race was notable because two of Hackney's finest cyclists Alex Peters (Genisis Maddison) and his old school (Stoke Newington) mate Tao Geoghegan Hart (CC Hackney) were back together again giving it ten off the front and creating a buzz for the spectators. 
Tao & Alex initiate the break

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