Tuesday 26 July 2011

2011 National Youth Circuit Race Championships

Five CCH riders rode in the 2011 National Youth Circuit Race Championships last Sunday 25th of July. The event was held for the first time in Lister Park in a very hot and sunny Bradford. The 1.85km circuit ran right around this lovely park and had a great surface with some testing corners and a tough hill which helped to thin out the large fields in each race.

Tao heads up the hill in The Youth A.

First up for CCH was Tao in the Youth A race. The 100 riders in this strong field were quickly whittled away by a strong five man break made up of Tao, Germain Burton Chris Lawless , Jacob Scott and Jake Kelly . In the end it came down to Tao and Chris - with Chris taking the sprint and national jersey, making it the second year in a row a CCH rider has come 2nd on the podium.

Tao, Chris and Scott on the podium being applauded by Dean Downing and Tour de France legend Brian Robinson.

The three riders who placed on the podium had to leave straight afterwards to fly out to the Youth Olympics in Turkey, vindicating the Team GB selection.

The boys line up for the Youth C race.

Next up for CCH were Bede, Isaac and Logan in the Youth C race. The boys all rode really well and gained a lot from the experience with Bede finishing top out of the three having ridden round with our fellow rider from the youth games Theo Modell from ELV. Dan Tulett was the run away winner but may have had to settle for 2nd had Tomos Owens chain not snapped on the last lap. In the Youth C girls our friend from VCL Charlotte Cole-Hossain won a very tight sprint to take the champions jersey.

Bede leading out Theo.

Ned leads the motorbike outrider up the hill.

Last up for CCH was Ned in the Youth B race. In a field of 80 plus riders an accident was highly likely - unfortunately for Ned the accident happened right in front of him at the very start of the race, which held him up. As per usual though he gave it his all and will no doubt come back stronger from the experience. Louis Modell from ELV did very well placing 9th in a bunch sprint at the finish. All the Hackney contingent agreed it was a grand day out.

Artie and Robbie took in many of the activities on offer including roller racing.

Full report and results here.

Thursday 14 July 2011

Two up TT in Normandy - September

If any one is interested in entering this unique end of season two-up time trial event in Normandy please contact; keir@cyclingclubhackney.co.uk
Distance 50km, closed roads, town centre finale and the professional race to watch in the afternoon. Date, 18th September; place, Marigny, Normandy.
If there is enough interest we can plan to accommodate a CCH contingent to travel.

East London Velo's Louis Modell and our Alex Mckerrell standing with their winners medals after the U16's 2-up TT at Hog Hill last week. A possible pairing for the 2011 Duo Normand? 

CCHackney Rider Selected for Great Britain in Youth Olympics

The British Olympic Association announced the athletes selected to represent Team GB at the 11th European Youth Olympic Festival in Trabzon, Turkey between 23-30 July. Tao Geoghan-Hart has been selected to ride for Great Britain in the road race alongside Christopher Lawless and Jacob Scott. Details here. Let's all wish Tao well in his endeavours to bring back a medal - the picture shows him after winning a race in Belgium the other week.

Final results from Lvycc summer series

Robbie and Edgar line up in the U8s.

Last saturday was the final day of racing in the LVYCC Summer Series crit' races at Hoghill. Once again many of our junior racers turned out to race. edgar and Robbie came fifth and sixth in the under 8s, Leonard was third in the U10's, followed by Artie, sam and Ewan. Logan was second in the U12's whilst Jessie was 1st in U12's girls, following this Jack and Ned raced in the U14s. Full results here.

Bede leads out the U12s.

Many of our riders featured in the final league standings - collecting cash prizes for their efforts - best results were Jessie - 2nd U12s girls, Edgar 3rd U8s boys, Logan 3rd U12 boys. Full standings here.

Logan congratulating the winner Michael Parry.

Cycling Uganda up-date & track stand competition

Cycling Uganda up-date:

Also FYI:

Saturday 16th July 2011

We will be holding a Track Stand Competition as part of the Shoreditch Festival 2011 on Saturday afternoon (2pm – 5pm) come on down to the Orwell Estate (on the Canal between Broadway Market & Queensbridge Road) and show off your skills, bikes will be available.
The rules:
1 minute two hands/two feet
30 secs with one hand off
30 secs with both hands off
30 secs boths hands off & one foot of pedal
As long as you can with both hands off and both feet of pedals (np)
Plenty of other things going on including Table Tennis, lots of stalls and a Music Stage. Check out the Festival website

Club coach Harry Moore is our lead on this one.

Sunday 10 July 2011

CCH Bulmer Road Race last May - video

Camera & editing - Paul, Giuliana and Maximo Molinari Monks


Friday 8 July 2011

2011 London Youth Games report extra and racing license upgrades

After two years in our hands, the Eileen Gray London Youth Games cycling trophy was handed to Richmond who were second last year and are worthy champions for 2011. I was proud of the commitment and effort that our youngsters put in and the support they all gave to each other before, during and after the racing. The future dose look good for Hackney's young racing cyclists though and I know they will be back next year to challenge again. All one year older and wiser with 12 months worth of growth and development, bigger, fitter and even better for 2012.
Our own Alex McKerrel was riding for Waltham Forest and was the 4th fastest rider in the u16s age group with an impressive time of 3m51s. 
Members have been wondering over whatever happened to Bryan Koko? It's a pity, he suffered a muscle strain (by sprinting up stairs) two weeks before the LYGs and had to withdraw after all his hard work in preparation. Also during the day I was asked by numerous people of the where abouts of our previous years big hitters; Alex Peters and Tao Geoghegan Hart. Both were given special leave by CCH from the main youth team event of the year to compete at their respective Junior & Nation level competitions in Newcastle and Blackpool. Alex did very as it turned out with a significant 4th place as a 1st year junior in the British Cycling National Junior Road Race. Tao did not do quite so well in his event but still put in a sterling performance as usual.

More racing news:
Herne Hill Velodrome. Andy O'Regan notched up three track wins in one meeting as a B rider in last Wednesdays track league including the result he has been long time longing for, a 1-2 over yours truly in the two lap sprint - hehe well done Andy.

Because of racing points amassed there have been three license up-grades lately:

2nd category to 1st - Clem Berril & Alex Peters
3rd category to 2nd - Keir Apperley

Monday 4 July 2011

London Youth Games 2011 report

Hackney came a very good 5th overall in this year's London Youth Games- to quote the team manager Keir Apperly the two times winners "may have lost the cup but we won the future". Keir was referring to the fact seven of the eight team members "rode up" in the two age categories - 13, 14, and 16 year olds in the Under 18's and three 11 year olds and a 13 year old in the under 16's.

Hackney turned up en masse with a large vocal support...

and some odd sights...

Bella started it all off for Hackney with a time of 4.23 before dashing off to compete in the swimming.

Bede set a time of 4.19.

Logan on his way to a 4.16.

Theo set a time of 4.20.

This was a huge gamble for the 2009 & 2010 champions to take however the team management focused on the word Youth in the competition title and decided this year's event would be used to develop a squad for the future.
Liam on his way to an 8.34 for 4 laps.

Ned gears up for his 9.54.

Louis on his flying 8.11.

Kyroah turning an 8.43.

All the squad members who turned out for the three trials over the spring, those who made it to France at half term and the team members and reserves who rode at Crystal Palace last saturday deserve all the credit due to them. All the riders times improved considerably as they put in serious efforts in training and racing - we're not just saying this - we've got the times and results to prove it -full results from saturday here.

Hackney's supporters racing from one part of the circuit to another to cheer their team on.

The team and club members, family and friends later had a party on saturday evening at Core Arts venue on Homerton High Street.

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