Friday 30 December 2011

Happy New Year in 2012 with CC Hackney

Happy New Year in 2012 with 
Cycling Club Hackney

Thursday 29 December 2011

CCH 2011 AGM - Monday 30th January 2012 - from 7pm @ CCH HQ

All paid up members are invited to 1 Olympus Square London E5 0QJ for CCH's 
2011 annual general meeting. The AGM - year review and election of officers.

Tuesday 27 December 2011

Peter Catermolle is in support of Cycling Uganda

Today I met Peter Catermolle, British Cycling London Regional Development Manager (and leader at Velo Club Londres) by Herne Hill Velodrome in south London. We had a talk about Cycling Uganda and building on specific support for cycling and cyclists on that side. Peter offered me some great advice about velodromes to carry forward. He also thought it was excellent that CC Hackney were sponsoring a young Ugandan racing cyclist (Ronnie). Peter was of the view that one sunny day it could be that many London cycling clubs will support individual cyclists in Uganda and even in other developing countries. Peter asked me if I could find a rider in Kampala for VCL to work with - well now we're on track, watch the space a follow-up is coming soon. After our talk I was generously handed items to take as prizes to hand out to competitors after the 2nd Mbuya Hill Climb on 8th January 2012.

It was really great of Peter to come out and give up his time to help the project along.

Mr. Catermolle - ya' large :)

Happy new year 2012


Monday 19 December 2011

Magnificent Revolution power surge

Magnificent Revolution are getting behind CC Hackney, Interlinkx CiC and Cycling Uganda.
After visiting lead person Adam Walker at Mag. Rev's base on Hackney City Farm.  It was agreed that there is plenty of potential for interesting and productive partnership work in all three linked projects.
Adam presented me with one 24v motor to take to Cycling Uganda in the capital Kampala. It's ready to use, complete with the aluminum contact point for the rear wheel's tyre to spin that thing. This motor is the type used in electric scooters and can produce 300w of DC power (the scooters are not so challenging in my eyes now:))
Power produced in this way has many applications including, LED lighting, computer/phone charging, sound and vision.
Planning for partnership work and increased learning opportunities into 2012 with Magificent  Revolution; this is something interesting to look forward to, happy new year in advance.

Keir Apperley

Wednesday 14th December 2011
Look Mum No Hands
CCH club fellows; Shaveh and Jace Daley joined in by revving the Magnificent Revolution generators to supply electricity for the Gorilla Film Magazine's short film night at LMNH. The evening was entertaining, thought provoking and pleasurable as well as being a bit of a work out for those who donated their leg power in watts for conversion.

L-R  Adam Keir Shaveh Jac 

Saturday 17 December 2011

Cycling Uganda link to the latest news

CU Road Race 11.12.11
Stephen Okellow
Ronnie Mibiru Jarsen

Cycling Uganda (CU) has staged it's first public Road Race - it was organised by Stephen 'on the case' Okello and our supported rider Ronnie Mibiru Jarsen. The event went ahead very well and many turned up to sign on for the ride or to watch. Also en route was a huge cavalcade of motor cycle riders to add to the festival flavor. Ronnie can be seen in action in CCH colors and at the start line where he received the Tiffosi road bike that was sent out to CU by CCH.

I'm heading back to Uganda to be there early in the new year, following up on last year's visit, catching up with our partners and to meet some new heads who share our interests.

If any club mates and/or associates would like to donate anything considered useful to CU and our cycling friends in Uganda please bring along items to the club's xmas eve early social after the youth training session - 12 noon Saturday 24th December - CCH HQ 1 Olmpus Sq London E5 0QJ.

You name it; kitchen drawer stuff, selected bits and pieces.


Keir Apperley

Friday 16 December 2011

Hackney's World Record setting Cyclist

Tommy Hall world record holder. Note the name Gordon Bennett up on the hoardings.

Hackney can lay claim to a World record beating cyclist in  Tommy Hall - although born in Croydon, Tommy must have came up an earlier version of the Overground as he ended up in Hackney, finally parking his bike in Abney Park where I spotted his gravestone the other day. Hall was a professional cyclist between 1900 and 1914 and he broke the world motor-paced hour record  on the 14th  September 1903, distancing 54.34 miles (87.391 kilometres).
Tommy Hall - stayer

The following year he came 2nd in the European stayer (motor-paced) championship in 1904.
Hall died aged 72 in 1949, his grave lies in Abney Park Cemetery in Stoke Newington, London, a few feet away from the statue of Dr Isaac Watts up from the chapel towards Church Street.
Tommy Hall's gravestone in Abney Park
 The headstone inscription reads:
 William Thomas (Tommy) Hall
Who died April 26th 1949
Aged 72 years
This memorial was erected
by his cycling friends as a tribute to
a record breaking and world famous cyclist
on road and track
A great rider and sportsman

An earlier stayer F. Gerger being led around by a scary looking contraption that I can't even name.

Thursday 8 December 2011

East & South East Champs Report

Frank and Louis set off in the U12s.
The East/South East Regional Championship Cyclocross was held at Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City last Sunday 4 December 2011. CCH were represented in almost all races. 

Mostyn hurdles the extra high boards.

A chilly morning saw the Youth race first with Mostyn holding in the U14s his own a demanding and fast course to come home in 32nd place.
Molly in the U12s.

Louis starts another lap.

Logan cheered on by chilly CCH members.
In the Under 12's CCh had Molly, Louis, Frank and Logan. A large field on the shorter course led to good racing with Logan finishing in 8th place, Louis 17th, Molly 21st and Frank 22nd.

Bart in the trees.

Bart set off in the juniors moments before the Vetrans 40-49 started with Harry and Neil. Following a bad start involving me almost riding over Harry's head on the 3rd corner it became a game of catch up. The hurdles proved extra tough as they were on a rise in the course making the boards seem double the height. 
Bart finished in 6th in the Juniors with myself 34th and Harry 35th in the Vets. 

Harry going strong.

Neil wearing an off the knee look.

 Overall  it was good day out with an excellently laid out course suiting the speedier riders. Full results here.
For more photos see Mostyn's excellent slide show on the CCH Facebook page - see the link below left.

CCH sponsor riders

Saturday 3rd December.
A midweek shopping trip to Decathlon was made for selected young CCH riders who were awarded winter kit by the club. The package included appropriately colored bobble hats, training longs, gloves and rain jackets for protection during the coldest months. This act was much appreciated by the group, especially after getting their hands into some decent warm gloves.

Wednesday 7 December 2011

CC Hackney Coaching Club meeting - CCHCC-1

The inaugural CCH Coaching Club meeting took place at 1 Olympus Sq on Monday 5th December. It was well attended with 17 members in the house on a cold night. We had an ice breaking game of CCH Q/A Bingo (won by Alex "I'm not too competitive" Peters) before getting down to why, what and how? It was agreed that those present were inside to pick up knowledge about how to become faster cyclists. By keeping it as simple as possible we set out to encourage and inform our riders by drawing from established methods and accepted practices and opening up the key principals of training and preparing to go faster on a bike.

On the agenda; Target setting, the year view, testing and recovery - AOB

Junior cyclist Alex Peters shared the floor and spoke about his take on self coaching. He has achieved a lot in two years and is keen to share knowledge and insight. Alex enlightened us on his approach to training, periods in the year, testing, resting and recovery. All contributing to the 'mind set' of a would be champion, be it a national womens track award, the highest placed master class cyclo-cross rider or a personal best time in a club time trial.

By the end of the talks some good outcomes were made in a short space of time, club mates became more acquainted to the 'mind set' of an athlete, willing and able to self assess and plan his/her year round training programme. During the session we divided into discussion groups and working units to begin identifying SMART sporting targets for 2012. The exact event dates, times and places to be revealed at the next step CCHCC2 which is set for 30th January 2012.

Tuesday 6 December 2011

SIS talk last Thursday

Peter and some CCH members at Core.

Peter Slijkhuis from Science in Sport delivered the second of Cycling Club Hackney's winter talks and coaching workshops last Thursday 1st of December at Core Arts. The evening was well attended and the audience were given a scientific break down on nutrition and hydration in relation to sports and cycling in particular. peter has more than one degree in sports science and competes in Ironman competitions so its fair to say he could back up what he was saying.

The presentation is available to download from the CCH website here - it makes fascinating reading and gives plenty scope for thought. Also included on it are a description of SIS products and their benefits.

Peter has also set up a discount code that all CCH members can use and will give them 25% discount off SRP through the web shop on their website until the end of January. If you fill in the code at check out you will receive the 25% discount automatically.
I will email out the code to all.

Next up we have James Clark leading a discussion on nutrition and how to keep the costs down  - this Thursday 8th Dec' at CCH HQ.

Thursday 1 December 2011

Send off party for the Mitchell family 9th December at Core

Winter Knees up at Core 9th December
Come celebrate the Mitchell's new adventure
 Dear CCH friends

It is with sadness and excitement that I'm writing to tell you that Family Mitchell are readying themselves for a new adventure in north Bavaria (Franken to be precise) and would like to invite you all to the send-off party. They'll be live music, DJ's and a bar, so what else could you possibly wish for!

Put it in the diary:

7 - 11.30 Friday 9th December
Core Arts
1 St Barnabas Terrace
London E9 6DJ

We do plan to stay in touch via all the latest technology (best speak to Edgar about details!) and are planning to set up a creative holiday centre, so in time we'll be ready to invite CCH for an introduction to a Frankish cycling experience. 

Hope you can join us

Best wishes

Peter, Silka, Leonard, Edgar - update ****

Silka gave birth to a beautiful little boy on Tuesday and mum and baby are doing well. His name is Eric Bryn Mitchell and he looks forward to being part of the Mitchell pursuit team!
Leonard Mitchell winning a grass track race this summer
 Pete, Silka and their boys have been stalwart members of CCH and helped to give it the friendly family atmosphere it is known for. The boys have had a fantastic season of racing this year - check out their palmares here- for  Edgar and here for Leonard. The east end will miss the Mitchell brothers but we're sure they'll continue to fly the flag for CCH out in Germany. See you at the party.
Edgar Mitchell on his way to a win at Hoghill

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