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.
 23/6/18

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

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

CCH Track Training Special - 06.06.18 - 6-8pm


Dear riders, 

Here is a direct link to our event page which you use to book a top ride:
This event is included in the Ride HQ calendar and is available for on-line entry, spaces are limited to a total of 36 (two groups) 

So to put an edge on speed and gain some skills, sign up now for CCH's Track Training Special - it will be another one off and unique experience.  


Hope to see you track side.


Keir & Neil


Thursday, 10 May 2018

The Great Get Together

On Friday 22nd June, CC Hackney's co organsisation Interlinkx CiC are working with Hackney Marsh Partnership to deliver a social event at the Concorde Centre to honor the memory of Jo Cox. 
Look out for news and posters for our other two Great Get Together events to be held at Fawcett Estate Thursday 28th June and Elsdale Hall Saturday 23rd June (London Youth Games after party!)

"Hackney's had a share of the trouble going on out in the streets lately, the generally divisive atmosphere some try to push and that 'hostile environment government policy'. By coming together (young & old) at The Concorde Youth Hub for a good time, our community will demonstrate that we much prefer to protect and look after each other. Getting on and having a good time while celebrating our history, culture and diversity it what we are really about on Kingsmead Estate!"

 Keir Apperley

Monday, 23 April 2018

Junior Women's Giro and CCHackney Primavera 2 Cima -results


Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd April 2018
Stage 3 action from the Junior Women's Giro at Great Thurlow

Glorious sunshine set the backdrop for two days of racing organised by CCHackney over the weekend. The second event in our annual Primavera circuit races was this year transported to Hoghill as the supporting races for the inaugural running of the Junior Women's Giro - round 2 of the new National Junior Women's road race series.

Stage 1 -Podium - Alanna 3rd , April 1st and Corinne 2nd.


Saturday was an early start for the Junior women with Stage 1's first rider off at 9am in a  technical 1 lap time trial clockwise round he Redbridge circuit finish up the alpine section. By keeping it so short we were looking for close time gaps for the overall and so it proved with only 37 seconds between the top and bottom riders. April Tacey - Team 22 -  took the honours in 3min 12 closely followed by Corinne Side - The Racing Chance Foundation - in 3.16 then Alanna Prior- Liv Cycling Club - Halo Cycles in 3.18 rounding off the first podium of the day. Results here.

U8s line up

The Primavera races then took place starting with the youth races, the under 10s raced round the bottom circuit whilst the under 8s raced on the top circuit. Eva Thompson - Ipswich Velo won the girls U8s with Ted Kent Baker - Hillingdon Slipstreamers winning the boys U8s. Anna Lloyd of Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club won the U10 girls with Leon Atkins riding for Hemel Hempstead winning the U10 boys. Results here.
u8 girls podium

u10 girls podium
u10 boys podium

u8 boys 2nd and 3rd

u8 winner


U12s in action

The under 12s were the first riders of the day to tackle the Hoggberg in the heat with Freddy Augburger winning for the boys and Bobbie O'Brien - Lvycc - being the first placed girl. Results here.



u12 boys podium

u12 girls podium

The under 14s were next up with a large field of riders it ended in a bunch sprint with Nathan Hardy winning the boys race whilst  Anoushka Minale - CCHackney - distanced the rest of the girls by some margin. Results here.
Under 14 girls podium

under 14s boys podium


u16 boys podium
The youth A under 16s race saw a break of two riders put some distance into the bunch with Jake Crossley of Colchester Rovers taking first from Harrison Powell - Lvycc in the sprint. Their rapid last lap meant they caught the girls near the top of the hill meaning the girls had to quickly react to the chequered flag going out with Tilly Malbon of Barking & Dagenham CC getting the win. Results here.
u16 girls podium

The seniors raced next with a large field for the 3/4 men's race a bunch sprint looked inevitable and so it proved with Nick Day - Team Milton Keynes - edging out Calvin Cheung - Hub Velo - and Joseph Kaye - Videre Race Team - for th podium spots. Results here.
mens 34 podium
In the women's race Alicia Speake of Team On Form took the win followed by Helen Ralson -Sigma Sport Threo then Helen McKay - les Filles. Results here.
Womens podium
Last up for the Primavera races was the men's 123. Colin Ward of Essex Roads moved clear on lap 5  but was reeled back in on lap 12. A trio took up the lead then from which Sam Christy of TAAP Cervelo moved away on 4 laps to go and though the bunch got nearer he took the win by 5 seconds from the bunch headed by Tim Torrie - Vitus Pro Cycling and Matt Holmes -Arotic-Tacx. Results here.
mens 123 podium
Stage 2 of the Junior Women's Giro followed. This time round Corinne Side took the initiative and broke away - at one point around 30 seconds up. She eventually won by 8 seconds to go first place overnight in the overall. Second on the stage was Kate Wootton for On Form with April Tacey finishing third. Results here.
Junior Womens Giro stage 2 action

Sunday and the racing moved up to great Thurlow - the locals love us up there as we always seem to bring good weather as the course and its surroundings looked fantastic in the bright spring sunshine. The first few laps of the course saw the bunch stick pretty much together then our overnight leader Corinne side punctured and the race began to split. April Tacey and Marie Lynn made the break with April proving the stronger and moving away. her gap got longer with each lap going up to around 4 minutes as the bunch looked at one another and didn't fancy the chase. April came in for a fine solo win then with Kate Wootton and Caitlin peters sprinting out of the bunch to take 2nd and 3rd.
This meant the overall podium went to April Tacey then Kate Wootton and Alana Prior. Full results here. BC report here. Junior womens photo galleries here and here.

 Thanks again to Alan and Susan Loveday from Thurlow Sports Club who made such a lovely spread of refreshments on Sunday. The refreshment donations totalled £112 on Sunday.  This amount twill be given to Addenbrookes Charitable Trust will be made on Wednesday when Susan commences five days radiotherapy on her chest

Winner stage 2 

Podium stage 2
Winner April Tacey and runner up Kate wootton with their prizes
from CCH sponsors Venerdi and Tad.
Feedback - "I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you and all the helpers for running such a great event over the weekend. The glorious weather and beautiful surroundings it made a memorable weekend for us, not to mention April commendable win yesterday. I would certainly recommend this event to other junior riders should you choose to run it again."

"Thank you for sorting and thank you for a great weekend racing. "



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