Monday 31 March 2014

CCH Annual Membership Day

 The sun came out for CCH membership day with over 100 members turning up to claim their cards and we welcomed some new members to the CCH family. There were bargains to be had in the bike jumble sale, and the Lucky Dip went down a storm! Big thanks to John, Lavinia and John for all their hard work - we raised over £1,600 for the club!

Thank you to those of you who signed up as volunteers for our upcoming events - we still need more help for these and other planned events so there is plenty of scope for everyone to get involved. Volunteers are vital to keep the club running and we're always on the look out for extra helpers so please do get in touch if you're interested!

For those of you who couldn't make it please use our online membership page to renew your membership, and you can see more photos of the day on the website gallery. You can then come to the club at your convenience to collect your membership card, we can post it out to you if needed. Your card gets you a discount in some local bike shops in the borough so its a handy thing to have! You'll also need it if taking part in any CCH training at the Lea Valley Velopark so be sure to collect it!

Looking forwards to another great year of cycling in Hackney!

Wednesday 26 March 2014

The future starts here

Top male Under 8 rider - Serafino Sella and top female Under 8 rider - Molly Gregory with their prizes from the Lvycc winter series - well done both of you in what was a heavily over subscribed race series.

Sunday 16 March 2014

More trained mechanics coming through.

Shiva and Jessie getting down to work

Three more CCH youth members were put through the Cycle Systems maintenance course in Shoreditch this weekend thanks to our partners Interlinkx. 
Shiva writes -Today was amazing! We learnt many new skills ,e.g being able to fix a puncture, fixing gears and fixing brakes and making sure the bike functions correctly, many if which I had not know how to do before. I'm looking forward to the second course.

Shiva, Reece and Jessie with their well maintained bikes.

CCH Young Volunteers at Go-Ride Conference

Jessie and Shiva getting stuck in to the excellent lunch laid on at the Dartford Hilton.

Last weekend whilst you were all on a sunny ride in Hackney we were down in Dartford at a go-ride conference. Me (Jessie), Shiva, Frank M, Logan Harry and Neil. Us kids were taking part in a programme called the 'Cycling Award for Young Volunteers' whilst the coaches were learning about their inner chimps. This taught us all there is to know about British Cycling and how we as young people can get involved in so many different ways. Additionally it showed us the different pathways we can take in cycling and how these can really benefit us in life and not only our cycling life. We also took at trip outside to the car park to set up our own mini go-ride race which was really fun and interesting. This, I think has encouraged us to try and do one of these with CCH, so keep a look out! There were inspiring talks throughout the day from people like Josh who is on the National Youth Forum for British Cycling. Of course how could I forget the amazing, free, all you can eat food and the free goodies which I think just made sitting in the same room for 8 hours worth while! All in all the day to me was really motivating and inspiring and it taught me there is so much more to cycling than just getting on your bike, but obviously thats the best bit!  
- Jessie

If you are interested in becoming a Young Volunteer and want to know more about it we can arrange for someone from British Cycling to visit the club and set it up for more of you. It is like cycling's equivalent of the Duke of Edinburgh awards where you gain bronze, silver, gold then platinum awards for the amount of hours you volunteer for your club. It benefits you as its the sort of thing future colleges and employers look for on your resume and it benefits the club and your fellow members. If you wan to get involved let Neil or Harry know.

More details on the Go-Ride conference here .
The coaches enjoying the sunshine.

Friday 14 March 2014

Gideon's new bike & kit preview

CC Hackney youth regular Gideon with his new bike

The kit order is ready and available for collection to those members who've paid in advance. Please visit CC Hackney this Saturday 15th March from HQ between 10 am and 1pm. If you can't make it this week, we will be able to make alternative arrangements for you to collect it.

Tuesday 11 March 2014

1 weekend 2 London Olympic venues 1 name; Velodrome Passport

CC Hackney & Velodrome Passport proudly present their track weekender which is to be staged at two London Olympic venues with one name; Velodrome Passport.

On-line entry is now open with British Cycling:

Saturday 7th June 2014 at Herne Hill Velodrome  (1948 London Olympics)

Sunday 8th June 2014 at Lee Valley Velodrome (2012 London Olympics)

Sunday 2 March 2014

Horse sense - a safety message


Email received 02 March 2014 


Dear CC Hackney

I was given the name of your club by a cyclist I met in our area. I am a horse rider who has no choice but to use the road to get to bridle paths etc. Often we are unable to have conversations with cyclists for obvious reasons, but this guy had pulled over. I asked him if he was a member of a club, he wasn't but he knew of the clubs that frequent our area.

Basically, I am emailing all local clubs that possibly ride in my area to promote safe passing of horses on the road. You may already be aware if this danger and inform your members how to do this safely. 

My stables are in Chigwell and we ride down MANOR ROAD/LAMBOURNE ROAD Chigwell to get to Hainault Forest. Do you members ever come out this way? 

Most often cyclists overtake us widely, which is great but mostly DO NOT warn us that they are coming, silently creeping up on us then whizzing past us at speed, which can spook a nervous horse. 

What we ask of cyclists is that they shout "morning" or "coming through" as they approach, giving the horse a warning that something is coming. This simple act could in fact stop a nasty accident for horse and rider.

Can I ask if this is something you could make your members aware?

Thanks very much,

Best Regards,


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