Tuesday 26 August 2014

Track bike transport solution for your local Velodrome

Getting your bike down to the Velodrome; car and hassle free using an adapted Carry Freedom Y-Frame Trailer 


Out reach prgramme: Interlinkx CiC & CC Hackney deliver

Thanks to funding from 'Freesport' (Mayor of London) coaching staff at Interlinkx CiC and CC Hackney have begun delivering a programme of instructed cycle rides and races for inner city young people who'd otherwise not access quality cycling and structured coaching.

These sessions have started well; On Saturday 23rg August our group rode along the River Lea tow path north all the way to Waltham Abbey and the Lea Valley White Water Centre for lunch. There was quite a lot of rain fall the night before we travelled and the tow path was lined with puddles; our bikes got splattered with white grit.

Last Sunday it was south via the Lime House Basin to reach the river Thames for a photo shoot. On the return there was a stop over for refreshments at the Lea valley Vellodrome and a chance for our new young riders to check out the excellent cycling facilities available there. Before heading back to the Concorde Centre cycle station we finished with an unofficial grass track scratch race across Hackney Marsh!

Friday 22 August 2014


The log awaited CCH online Forum is now up and running to access it click here - 
To post to the Forum and join in the conversations you will need to sign up by clicking on the link at the top right corner of the forum homepage and follow the simple instructions. You can also visit the forum and read posts as a guest before signing up.

The Forum is intended to provide an online social space for club members to interact with and share information. It will provide and additional port of call alongside the blogwebsitefacebook and twitter feed for information about club events such as training, racing  and coaching sessions, and in addition it will be a place where members can organise their own events such as training rides, cycling tours, training camps and  so on. It will provide a place for people to ask questions, discuss cycling related topics, buy and sell cycling stuff, arrange trips and other off bike social events. Hopefully the Forum will become the online hub of CCH allow ing the club to grow organically in terms of members organising things between themselves.

Have a look at the Forum and sign up and please feel free to make suggestions on what it should contain and how to improve it - at the moment this is just the starting point.

Please note it is important to consider the Forum is open to the public to view so that prospective members can see what is going on and ask questions about the club if they have to. This does mean that the Forum will be moderated and inappropriate postings removed - so please no bad language and remember the forum is not the place to make complaints or gripe about the club and its members.

Thursday 21 August 2014

Tao selected to ride for GB in 2014 Tour de l'Avenir

Former CCH rider and Hackney resident Tao Geoghagen Hart keeps rising. He has been selected by British Cycling to ride in the last UCI Under 23 Nations Cup event of the year. The Tour de l'Avenir  is a stage rage that uses the same roads and mountain passes as the senior Tour de France.
Good luck Tao - especially when facing the climbs in the mountains that he and his club mates Alex Peters and Kyroah Pang watched from the TGV train window on the way down to Osiglia in Italy - September 2009.

Small beginnings, little steps:)

Tuesday 5 August 2014

Safety first - indoor velodrome users - including at CCH's alternate Tuesday sessions

Two club riders have slipped down the banking during the CC Hackney alternate Tuesday sessions at the Lea valley Velodrome; one of these 'slides' caused a broken bone & abraisions to the rider behind the other resulted in abrasions only. Both collisions could have caused worse consequences, both could have been avoided. These unexpected drops have happened because riders were riding the type of dual compound tires as pictured above.
Ahead of participating in velodrome training sessions do check this comprehensive safety notice that The national Cycling Centre's (Manchester Velodrome) has published:

Safety Information

Safety Information and Rider Conduct
The session Coach should stress the need for safety and good practice with the riders under their charge at all times. The following notes are for guidance and should be followed by the Coach as well as the riders:
  • Do not eat within 2 hrs of a training session.
  • Riders must not spit or clear their nose onto any surface within the Velodrome. It costs £8.00 in time and materials to clean up bodily fluids on each occasion. If you are feeling sick please remove yourself from the track area if possible, as the session may be cancelled if any part of the track area is contaminated, and needs specialist cleaning.
  • Track mitts must be worn to reduce injury risk on any contact or impact – and can also be used to wipe your nose! If you have a rear pocket in your jersey, take a handkerchief or tissue with you to clear your nose or throat, and be careful when you take your hand off the bars!
  • Riders must not eat or chew gum whilst on the track, and must dispose of any gum appropriately.
  • Riders must wear two layers of clothing above the waist (a tee shirt and cycling top are ideal, or two tee shirts). Shoulders must be covered, so singlet vests and triathlon vests or suits are not allowed. If you are hiring Velodrome shoes you must wear socks, and it is good practice anyway as it prevents chafing. Do not wear jewellery, a watch or wrist heart rate monitor.
  • Riders cannot change clothes in the track centre, and if removing a jersey or Lycra top must wear an under vest. Changing rooms are available.
  • If your helmet has a peak fitted, it must be removed. No other fixings to helmets are allowed, including light(s), cameras and mascots. Cleats should be unworn and in good clean condition.
  • When not on the track riders should wear warm clothing.
  • Riders must not ride up or down on the ramp, must not ride in the riders "D" or on the track centre floor.
  • No drinks are to be consumed or taken onto the blue safety zone – keep them on the ramp or in the riders "D", using the bottle storage provided.
  • Do not walk from the riders "D" to the changing rooms in cycling shoes with cleats.
  • Riders should not ride outside the Velodrome and then bring the bike back in as this brings more dirt onto the track surface.
Specification of a Manchester Velodrome bike:
Track bikes must have a fixed wheel, 165mm cranks, and 280mm (11") bottom bracket height (measured from floor to centre of bottom bracket), no braze ons, and must have track ends. Coaches must advise riders to check their own bikes before taking to the track, including: tyres, chain tension, wheel nuts. If a "fixie" bike is used, that matches the measurements above, and has braze ons or cast cable or gear stops, they must be padded with foam and taped over with insulating tape
Use Continental, Schwalbe, Tufo or Vittoria clinchers or tubulars (black tread only), 21 mm or wider. Tyres must be inflated to 8 bar (119psi), and the pressures, and tyre condition checked regularly. Do not use Michelin tyres or any dual compound tyres or tyres with coloured treads. Other tyres and tubulars may in future be recommended after analysis. Do not use tub tape to fix tubulars to sprint rims – use proprietary rim cement.
  •  Do not use brand new tyres on the track without first preparing them thus; rub the surface with alcohol or white vinegar or other degreaser before use. Ride the first three laps on the Cote d’Azure or bottom of track.
  • No spare sprocket on double rear hub.
  •  Bar ends must be fitted, and secure in handlebars.
  • No quick release spindles. Wheel spindles should not extend beyond the track nuts, front and rear, and should be sawn off flush with the nut, and filed smooth.
  •  Recommended gears for novices, and all riders on taster sessions - 84" gear adults, 74" for 9 -12 year olds.
  • The gearing on Velodrome hire bikes range from 72.6" (44 x 15) to 83.9" (50 x 16).
  • Gearing for all endurance SQT’s, including Madison and Derny, shall be restricted to a maximum of 88". It does not apply to Sprint or Sprint/Keirin SQT’s. However, youth accredited riders should ride a gear as per the relevant Youth category gearing in BC Technical Regulations.
PDF here 
The bulk of this text holds true for all indoor velodromes. If you need any more safety information specific to Lea Valley Velodrome please contact the Lea Valley Park

Sunday 3 August 2014

CCH Youth Results from Assen

CCH Youth riders completed their first trip to the European Junior Tour of Assen on Saturday 2nd August. The six day event included a road race, TTs and crits. A full report will follow (once everyone has recovered!).

The final results for our riders in the different categories:

Catogorie VII No Total Time Gap
1 DEN20000129 Malthe Munch 34 CK Fix 03:00:18
25 GBR20000525 Callum Bulley 66 Cycling Club Hackney 03:01:45 00:01:27
29 GBR20000318 Frank Moore 45 Cycling Club Hackney 03:01:47 00:01:29
66 GBR20000904 Reece Pollen 67 cycling club hackney 03:08:47 00:08:29
72 GBR20000406 Logan de Monchaux-Irons 48 Cycling Club Hackney 03:25:51 00:25:33
Categorie V
1 NED20010912 Maike van der Duin 48 W.V. Meteoor Assen-Roden 02:18:37
57 GBR20010619 Molly Lloyd 35 Cycling Club Hackney 02:39:30 00:20:53
Categorie III
1 NED20040425 Miguel van Tintelen 1 Hanzerenners Zwolle 01:26:02
46 GBR20040226 Stanley Boyd 13 CC Hackney 01:42:59 00:16:57

From L to R Frank, Reece, Molly, Stan, Logan & Callum

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