Thursday, 16 May 2019

Cycling Club Hackney's new youth club taking shape with consultation sessions

Cycling Club Hackney's new on-going youth club backed by Hackney Housing, is taking shape with three consultation sessions in June. This project is for the community based in Frampton Park Estate and is aiming to better young members' chances of gaining employment and prospects in general. The general idea is is to link the three main activity aspects (cooking, sport & music) to living work places via local partnerships and education planning. 

The consultations are taking place at Elsdale Hall 6-8pm on Mondays 3rd, 10th & 17th June.

CC Hackney - more than just a cycling club!

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Manga youth art trip at The British Museum coming up - reservations only

Thanks to our sponsors and connections, CCH has been offered a limited amount of free tickets to the 'Citi exhibition Manga' at The British Museum WC1 on Sunday 19th May. 

For more information and booking for this youth trip please contact Keir:

Monday, 6 May 2019

Original CCH youth rider Alex fit and well!

Former club member Alex Peters came back to racing with an impressive Hog Hill win in the Elite race last week. Great news for private member Alex, back in action again. Also a decent 3rd place for David Newbiggin in the supporting race there - well done both. 

Friday, 3 May 2019

Local Bike Shop Day - Saturday 4th May.

local bike shop day 2019

Following the success of Record Store Day now we have Local Bike Shop Day which has to be a good thing. Last year was the first one, the date for 2019 is this Saturday 4th May. 
Noah from the Dalston branch of Mamachari (one of our local shops in Hackney) let us know about this yesterday after donating a discarded serviceable spare bike part to our outreach project. 


Mamachari -  Next Saturday May 4th is Local Bike Shop Day and we're having a party!

Come along and have some fun with music, tea, coffee, nibbles, demo bikes, rides, stuff for kids, free stuff, bargain bins, discounts, Dr. Bike sessions, free maintenance classes + more
We'll be open from 8am until approximately 6pm, when we'll all be heading over to Chingford Plain for the Chingford May Day Fayre - you're welcome to ride with us!

Where: Mamachari Walthamstow, 163 Forest Road, E17 6HE

When: Saturday May 4th, 8am - 6pm

Who: Everyone is invited!

Please note that our Dalston store is closed for this day - it's all happening in Walthamstow!

About Local Bike Shop Day

Local Bike Shop Day celebrates independent bike shops all around the UK. It gives specialist bike shops the chance to exhibit what makes their shop stand out, why consumers should shop local and what sets them apart from bigger national retailers.

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Tao wins his second professional bike race: Tour of the Alps Stage 4 (Austria)

CC Hackney original Tao has struck again; two pro wins in one week - Vai Tao!

Stage 4 Results
1  GEOGHEGAN HART, Tao (SKY)         3:26:32
2  NIBALI, Vincenzo (TBM)            
3  MAJKA, Rafal (BOH)                
4  SIVAKOV, Pavel (SKY)              
5  FROOME, Chris (SKY)                +   40
6  CATTANEO, Mattia (ANS)            
7  VLASOV, Aleksandr (GAZ)           
8  GASTAUER, Ben (ALM)               
10 HIRT, Jan (AST)     


Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Diversity development - Hackney Citizen news article published this week...

Cycling club and local restaurant team up to fund new bikes for refugee riders

The club held a launch event at Venerdi this month. 
Photograph: courtesy of Cycling Club Hackney

Cycling Club Hackney and Venerdi restaurant have worked in tandem to kit out local refugee riders with new, high-quality racing bikes.
The move is part of the club’s Aspiring Rider Development Programme (ARDP), which helps its young cyclists compete at the highest level.
The scheme includes a group of refugees who have been riding with the club for over a year, as well as other youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The club made the announcement as it launched its new bikes and kit outside Venerdi, a popular Italian restaurant on Chatsworth Road, earlier this month.
Cycling Club Hackney’s manager and lead coach Keir Apperley said: “We feel that we are at the cutting edge for positive change that leads towards increased BAME participation in cycling. 
“ARDP is about setting up an environment that is attractive to sports cyclists from all backgrounds and circumstances.
“I believe that this project will create a sense of belief that we can make the difference and effect change for young riders who would otherwise think cycling as a sport is not for them.”

Apperley (centre) with his Eritrean protégés.
Photograph: Cycling Club Hackney
Apperley has worked in grassroots cycling for over 10 years, coaching the likes of Tao Geoghegan-Hart and Alex Peters, both Hackney riders who have gone on to ride for Team Sky.
Geoghegan-Hart, 24, yesterday celebrated his first professional victory in the opening stage of the Tour of the Alps in Austria, as part of a team that includes four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome.
Apperley added: “Our riders need to know that there are possibilities to go to the next levels and even all the way to the top, breaking through any false ceilings there may be along the way.
“ARDP staff and coaches are on hand to help them develop their confidence, language and communication skills.”
Haben Gebrehiwet, who came to the UK from Eritrea, says his new bike is transformative: “It means a lot to me. I want to say thank you to the sponsorship project, to Venerdi and to Keir as well, for all the hard work.
“With this new bike, I will try to race in long races, more than 100 kilometres. I wish one day to be a professional cyclist with their help.”
Fellow ARDP member Okubit Tereke, also from Eritrea, received a race bike too.
Both bikes have been rebranded with Venerdi logos, after the restaurant got involved to help finance the purchases and resprays.
Cycling Club Hackney is now hoping to start an ARDP refugee cycling team.
If you want to get involved in the club, Apperley runs outreach sessions on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Kingsmead Housing Estate, as part of the Concourse Project.
The club is also running a Spring series of races at Lee Valley Velopark – the next is on 27 April, followed by one on 8 June.
It is also preparing for its 12th annual ‘big ride out’ on Sunday 5 May.
For more information, head to

Tao wins his first professional bike race: Tour of the Alps Stage1

CC Hackney original youth member Tao Geoghegan Hart really has grown up. On Monday 22nd April 2019 he won his first professional World Tour bike race; beating some of the best riders on the planet to take stage one in the Tour of the Alps. He's certainly come a long way, his drive and enthusiasm is still there - keep it coming Tao! 

Well done and congratulations from all at CC Hackney.

Stage 1 Results
GBR  1  GEOGHEGAN HART, Tao (SKY)                                      3:30:48
ESP  2  ARANBURU DEBA, Alexander (CAJA RURAL - SEGUROS RGA)            
SUI  3  THALMANN, Roland (VORARLBERG SANTIC)                           
ESP  4  BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, Pello (ASTANA PRO)                   
KAZ  5  STALNOV, Nikita (ASTANA PRO)                                   
GBR  6  FROOME, Chris (SKY)                                            
RUS  7  VLASOV, Aleksandr (GAZPROM - RUSVELO)                          
POL  8  MAJKA, Rafal (BORA - HANSGROHE)                                
ITA  9  CARBONI, Giovanni (BARDIANI CSF)                               

Back row left to right: Rowena Gordon, Daniel Passam, David Dryburg, Clem Berrill, Sean Gendinning 

Front Row left to right: Kyroah Pang, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Alex Peters


Friday, 12 April 2019

CCH Concorde rider Unais on the Duke of Edinburgh award programme

CHH Concorde rider Unais Dawud has been progressing his Duke of Edinburgh award programme while with us on Saturday mornings. His time counts as the required physical activity aspect needed to succeed and pass this through this award programme. 

Well done Unais from all at CC Hackney - keep it up!

"Cycle club hackney is a beneficial cycling club which is open to people of all backgrounds and ages. This club takes its riders to many different sites so they can partake in many different activities and brings about more road sense and awareness. The club also includes other sports as a routine such as basketball, football, volleyball etc. but always are going on bike. This gives the riders a greater opportunity to become and stay fit and it also gives the riders a variety of sports to partake in. The best thing about this club is that it is completely free and has kind and sociable staff who organise the journeys and provide the attendants with bikes, helmets, gloves etc. and even help mend your own bikes, all free of charge! Definitely the club to go to spend your time but mainly to build your cycling skills on."

Unais Dawud  April 2019

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

CCH & Venerdi launch bikes for Hackney's start up refugee cycling team

The riders, Seyit of Venerdi and the ARDP management team outside Venerdi Restaurant 
CCH & Venerdi held a successful launch event at their supporting restaurant last Monday 1st April. Rebranded race bikes were issued on contract to two of our young riders from Eritrea; Haben Gebrehiwet & Okubit Tereke. Another of our young hopefuls Henry Boateng was on site and with us. He was in the discussion while shaping our future in the form of a composite squad of riders namely *ARDP's refugee cycling team. This group are going to properly represent East London's male demographic and demonstrate to those that have been dreaming of doing cycle racing on a decent race bike; anything is possible in sport - as long as the team is strong, connected and knows what it wants.

ARDP - "more than just a cycling team" 

*Aspiring Rider Development Programme

Haben & Okubit

Venerdi race bike Mk2 resprayed and finished by our friends at Colour-Tech 01322 555549 
Venerdi Mk1 and Venerdi Mk2 racing bikes
Domonic, James, Zemi, Haben, Henry, Neil, Keir, Ricardo & Okubit
Okubit & Haben model the new CCH Junior Stage Race jerseys

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

AGM, race events, kit news & membership day event Saturday 13th April 2019

Cycling Club Hackney
Dear CC Hackney members and associates,
Thank you for your support and enthusiasm during the last 12 months, we hope you've enjoyed your cycling with us. The club has been doing well and it's always good to be helping more people get into organised sport, cycling in particular of course. The base and reach of the CCH is highly valued and seen as an asset going forward when we are aiming to make our sport even more accessible to all. This year CC Hackney is looking at becoming a charity organisation in order to continue being effective at delivering our development work in the community.

Do have a great cycling season - 2019/20

Dates for your attention:
31st March 2019 (on or before) CC Hackney's 2019/20 membership subscriptions are due.
Here is the link to our on-line membership page where payment options can be found.
More about CCH membership here:
It is a requirement for CC Hackney members to be insured. British Cycling provides this and many more advantages within their membership offers:- Other suitable cycling insurance policies are available via alternative oganisations.

Monday 1st April 7pm at Venerdi Restaurant where the 'Venerdi Rides' Mks 1 & 2 are to be presented and launched. Please feel welcome to come along and join us and celebrate this milestone event in our development work. More information here:
Venerdi - 9 Chatsworth Road, E5 0LH London

Saturday 13th April 9am - 12.30pm. CCH Membership day & AGM at Elsdale Hall (AGM to follow - 1pm-3pm)
Kit sale, bike jumble, refreshmentstravel clubprojections, sounds, event planning & networking.
More event news:
CCH Kit -
CCH Primavera Races

Our annual spring circuit races are set and ready to start. As ever support to help deliver key events is expected as part of being in the club. Racing or not, the CCH Primavera Races are good fun and exciting occasions, also a chance to learn about race management and socialise. It's important to ensure that these races go ahead well without putting too much stress on our events team due to a lack of CCH volunteers. Please to register your interest.

Upcoming Events -
CCHackney Race Events  2019  - Your help and participation is needed for the following events - we’ll need sign on helpers, marshals, judges, photographers, first aiders, gear checkers - youth volunteers needed too.
For the road races we’ll need convoy drivers and assistants as well as the above roles.
CC Hackney - East London Youth Circuit Series #1
Closed Circuit , LVV – Saturday, 23 Mar 2019 Youth ABCDE only 10am start
Enter -
CC Hackney - Primavera #1 & East London Youth Circuit Series #3  
Closed Circuit , LVV – Saturday, 06 Apr 2019 Seniors Women & Youth 1pm start
Enter -
CC Hackney - Primavera #2 & East London Youth Circuit Series #5 
Closed Circuit , LVV – Saturday, 27 Apr 2019 Seniors Women & Youth 1pm start
Enter -
CC Hackney Road Race 2019
Road , Haverhill – Sunday, 26 May 2019 National B 10am start
Enter -
CC Hackney - Primavera #3 & East London Youth Circuit Series #8
Closed Circuit , LVV – Saturday, 08 Jun 2019Seniors Women & Youth 1pm start
Enter -
CCH 1-day Junior Stage Race
Road , Haverhill – Sunday, 07 Jul 2019 Juniors only 10am start
Enter -
CC Hackney - Primavera #4 & East London Youth Circuit Series #9/10
Closed Circuit , Redbridge – Saturday, 13 Jul 2019 Seniors & Youth 10am start

Online entry soon

​Contact Neil to volunteer-

Enter races online in advance at –

Sunday 5th May its the 12th annual Ronde Chelmsford!
The 2019 CCH Ronde Chelmsford  - Our annual guided 160km ride round the lanes of Essex will take place on Sunday May 5th. A great leg stretcher for those who want to put the miles in -  meeting 8am at the Lea Valley Ice Rink to leave at 8.30am. 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.

Best regards,


Keir Apperley
Manager/lead coach Cycling Club Hackney
Community Amateur Sports Club
Clubmark Ref: CY0119
Elsdale Community Hall, Elsdale Street, London, E9 6PW

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Haben Gebrehiwet & Fnan Afewerki U23 athletes, CCH members, bloggers and racing cyclists.

Third in line Haben in action during CCH's 2017 Junior Road Race 
Introducing U23 athletes, CC Hackney members and racing cyclists - Haben Gebrehiwet & Fnan Afewerki. It's great to be working with them, supporting their progress in the tough world of cycle sport here in UK. Our riders send their thanks and appreciation to the sponsors; CC Hackney, Venerdi Restaurant, ICiC and ARDP.  Also on the way to joining our international Eritrean contingent accessing cycle sport, is young Okubit (16) who is pictured below along side Haben. All will be present on Monday 1st April 7pm at Venerdi Restaurant where their  'Venerdi Rides' Mks 1 & 2 are to be presented and launched. Readers please feel welcome to come along and join us and celebrate this milestone event in our development work.
Venerdi - 9 Chatsworth Road, E5 0LH London

Eritrea & cycling - how come? Article on the history of cycling and cycle sport in this part of the world hereAnd you can find another write up about about Asmara, the Eritrean city known as Africa’s ‘Little Rome’ here .

Blogger links:

Okubit & Haban
Young Fnan on the road in Asmara the capital of Eritrea

Haban on the road in London's Regents Park 2018
CCH coach Zemichael Abrha speaks with Haben 
Fnan Afewerki

Monday, 4 March 2019

Concorde riders visit Fen Court's roof top garden - 120 Fenchurch Street London EC3

Last Saturday CCH's Concorde group took a ride to the City of London to visit Fen Court's roof top garden on Fenchurch Street. High up on the 15th floor the views across London are outstanding and all agreed the trip was well worth it.


Tuesday, 19 February 2019

New kit news 2019

CCH's new GSG kit order is due to arrive back from Italy at the end of March. This is fairly reliable information but who knows what may happen, given the cliff edge B' word scenario being played out by our government since 2016! 
Numbers are not unlimmeted and items will go on sale to paid up members on a first come first serve basis. Those who've asked for reservations will have one week to collect their kit, then it becomes unreserved for all customers again.

Here are some pictures to go on with for now:


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