Saturday 28 April 2012

5th Round Chelmsford - Claire Tansley Memorial Ride

CCH's 5th Round Chelmsford ride will take place next Sunday 6th of May. This years ride is a memorial to CCH member Claire Tansley who died earlier this year and we would like particpants to donate to the charity fighting Hodgkins Lymphona on the just giving page set up in Claire's memory at any amount would be appreciated. The ride leaves
from The Lea Valley Ice Rink on Lea Bridge Road at 8.30am and takes in 160km of wonderful countryside out round Chelmsford and back, stopping for lunch at the White Swan in Bicknacre. If you don't want to ride the whole distance you can get easily into Chelmsford from there and catch the train back. The route sheet and bailout routes are available for download here.

Last year we had lovely weather and around thirty riders rode the whole distance with another twenty or so doing a shortened version - lets get more out there this year and hope the rain dries up....

Tuesday 10 April 2012

April racing round -up so far

Tao and the rest of the Junior GB team.
First of all apologies for having to put up two weeks worth of racing all at once - last week was just too busy. This weekend has produced some great racing across the globe what with team GB doing so well on the Track in Melbourne - I lost count of how many medals they won, and a fantastic win for man of the moment Tom Boonen at the Paris-Roubaix. Our very own Tao Geoghan-Hart was riding in the Junior Paris-Roubaix for Great Britain and altough he crashed out I'm sure he helped in some way his team mate Jon Dibben finishing on the podium in third place. Anna and Bede said - "it was an amazing chase through French fields and lanes. We managed to see the juniors six times and watched the pros come into the velodrome. We recommend it as a very exciting day out!  

Quote from Tao who is at a ODP training camp in Newport -  'A unique race, a brilliant atmosphere and great support from CCH members on the road. It was a shame to crash so hard out of the lead group but I'll be back next year!'

Logan chasing Harry Tadman and Theo Modell

Alex in the U16s at Hillingdon 7/4/12

This follows on from another win for Tao last weekend at Hoghill in the E123 Eagle RC Spring Circuit races. At Hoghill on Friday we had the Eagle Road Club's Good Friday meeting where Kai posted 4th in the U10s as did Alex in the U16s, Alex followed this up with a tenth place in a very tight race in the U16s on Saturday at Hillingdon in week 3 of the After Spring Crits. Logan was fourth in a closely fought U12s. The previous week Alex finished 11th in the U16s as did Mostyn in the U14s. 

Patrick at the Good Friday meet
Friday saw CCH represented at the Good Friday meeting at Herne Hill in the shape of one of our Ugandan team-mates Patrick Lawino in the sprint. It was a great day out and if you've never been to the Good Friday meeting before you should get there next time.

Apologies to anyone Racing in the ERRL Chelmer road race last sunday - results not posted yet - same to any youth riding yesterday in the start of the LVYCC summer series at a very wet Hoghill - no results yet. If you are out there racing please email me how you get on - I can only spend so much time trawling through the results.

Monday 2 April 2012

Members day - great cake great attitude - what a jumble

The CCH Jumble scrum come road block last Saturday that was caused by Anna (in case there are any problems with the authorities)
But seriously, well done Anna Hart, Liam pelgrem, Prosper Watts and all the Jumble team for organising and delivering the jumble and recycling some great stuff. I just had to dive in for Tao's rear carbon Zip wheel sorry for any disappointed punters but hey. Many more useful deals were struck including young Henry Boeteng who replaced his 'S' (rear mech) for his hack bike on the spot.
Cake is something CC Hackney is good at - if there was a championship event for this we would be right up there - and I do mean the UCI world champs - yet again export grade and rapidly vanishing material was on display. Both of these initiatives raised useful funds for the cause.
Membership was well attended with nearly a hundred people turning up to become fully fledged - thanks again to Mick Smith and Giuliana Molinari who took care of this aspect of the day. Another ripple of applause is due for our youth volunteers, Neil Irons, Gary Boyd, Harry Moore and many more who were all on hand to help out during this busy day.

Cheers, Keir Apperley

 The last cake disappears all gone...
It seems we've taught some local church members a trick at their own game :)

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