Wednesday 24 October 2018

Transport for London and Hackney Council unveil Stoke Newington gyratory plans

Something worth having must be something worth waiting for - it's looking like change for the better in N16 could be on the way.
Fuller story here

Consultation website link here

Wednesday 17 October 2018

CCH Youth Hill Climb 2018

13/10/18 A sunny but blustery autumn day was witness to much huffing and puffing  in Springfield Park - this could only mean one thing - it's Hill Climb season.

Pinning numbers on

The first riders to tackle the hill were the the under 10s - if you don't know it check it here on Strava. They all tried their hardest. Vincent came first for the boys whilst Violet on her first outing with the club finished first girl. All times down below.

Next up were the under12s with the top five of them all going under 30 seconds victory went to Serafino with a new U12s course record of 21.17 seconds

Next came the u14s and bunch of really close times - Conrad topped them at 21.74seconds. Serafino was starting to look like being fastest rider on the day. Full results at the bottom.

In the U16 girls Charlie had the edge over Maisie at 21.54 seconds - still three tenths off the time set by Serafino. Full results at the bottom.

However in the U16 boys Kai was gunning for the record and set the fastest time of the day at 19,98 seconds - the wind maybe against him. He was so fast it looks like Milo - who took all these excellent photos - missed him going up the hill.
Full results at the bottom.

Not to be outdone some of the parents gave it a go perhaps then realising that the ideal size and power to weight ratio for hill climbing is that of a teenager. Full results at the bottom.

Friday 5 October 2018

Urban Hill Climb 2018

The Swain's lane crowd was boisterous as usual
 There was a sizeable turn out from the club at last weekends Urban Hill Climb organised by Rollapalluza. The testing Swain's Lane runs through Highgate Cemetry and many of the finishers looked like they should have stopped off there half way up the Hill.

The first rider to start the day off - Kai

Four riders signed on to test themselves against the hill in seventeen different categories including cargo bikes and Brompton's. The youth riders got thing going - Kai was first off and onto the leader board with a 1 minute 58 second time.
Elliot keeping his eyes on the road and not worrying how far it is to the finish line
Alessandro went up in 2 mins followed by Robin at 2.04, Serafino at 2.13 and Elliot at 2.52 - we'll be looking out for these guys in the CCH youth hillclimb on the 13th October.
Logan appears out of the gloom
Next up were the Juniors with Logan posting a 1.33 to put him in the top two final race off later in the day.

Logan and Robin happy to be finished


The seniors were now on the course - James Burgess put in a respectable 1.41, Barney Duly went up in 1.53 vet 40-44 category. Nicky Birch's 2.50 put her into 2nd place in the women 40-44 category but not realising this she went home before her final - or maybe she did this deliberately as once up the hill is more than enough.

Nicky on her way to 2nd place.

Nicky on the steepest section

Barney on his way
 In the men's vet 50-54 Jon Hemming got a 2min dead and Paul Marsden  a 2.31.


Jon about to hit the steep bit


Paul passing the cemetery gates

In his final Logan won out to take the Junior honours for CCH to cap a great day out. The overall was won in a new course record of 1 minute 18 seconds by Calum Brown an amazing time.

Urban Hill Climb (Swains Lane 29th Sept)
24th Logan De Monchaux-Irons  (1st Junior)  00:01:33
56th James Burgess (45th 18-39) 00:01:41
137th Barney Duly (12th 40-44) 00:01:53
175th Kai Watts (6th U16) 00:01:58
182nd Jon Hemming (11th 50-54) 00:02:00
185th Alessandro Sella (7th U16) 00:02:00
202nd Robin Steer (9th U16)  00:02:04
236nd Serafino Sella (11th U16) 00:02:13
280th Paul Marsden (20th 50-54)     00:02:31
304th Nicky Birch (2nd W 40-44) 00:02:50
305th Elliot Marsden  (15th U16)   00:02:52

Logan on his way to the win.

Wednesday 3 October 2018

CCHackney Road Race 2018 report

Our winner - Toby Perry of Thanet RC
 The 2018 running of the CCHackney Annual Road Race was held at Great Thurlow on Sunday the 23rd September 2018. This year it incorporated the Eastern and South East Regional Junior Championships which were due to be held in the afternoon. Low entry numbers brought about the merged field - however I'm sure there were plenty Juniors that would have preferred to have raced in the afternoon considering the conditions. 

Logan leading the field out of the turn at Withersfield on lap 1.
Wet doesn't do it justice really as Jon Hemming's excellent photos testify it was sodden (as was Jon after working so hard to get these photos.) Full Gallery here-Road Race 18.
Of course when the race finished the sun came out but at least it went ahead as it had been threatened with high winds all week which luckily died out before the race.

The turn at Wratting.
The race ran for eleven laps of the 7.9km Great Thurlow course totalling 87km - the cold and wet soon proved too much for some riders either that or they were sensible and decided to stop.  The riders were briefed that the five minute rule would apply and that any rider being pulled out by the judges or pulling themselves out at the finish line would be placed accordingly. Unfortunately as the car park and hq is at the bottom of the finish climb some riders never made it up there to get placed - who could blame them.
A rider taking drink on the hill at Thurlow.
The race became a war of attrition then and with eight laps gone there were around 20 riders still in the race. Logan attacked off the front at Wratting and led up the finish hill as a group of four chased off the front of the bunch. they caught him at Withersfield as he sat up and that four pushed on.
The winning break.
The four of Milo Chapman, Thomas Heal,Toby Perry and Michael Auger quickly pushed their lead out to a minute
and didn't look like getting caught. with one lap to go Toby starting going off the front and stayed away to win quite convincingly followed by Michael then Milo. A total of 17 riders crossed the finish line. 

Our Eastern region Junior championship podium - l-r - Joseph Bennett 2nd, Milo Chapman 1st and nets Ferguson 3rd
Eastern & South East Regional Junior Championship Results 
CCHackney Road Race 2018 podium - l-r - Michael Auger 2nd , Toby Perry 1st, Milo Chapman 3rd

CCHackney Road Race 2018 results as per BC points.
The results and this report were a bit delayed as the races should have been merged online at BC Hq - this didn't happen so we now have two sets of results. Some bonus points then for riders not expecting them. 

Susan Loveday
The race was dedicated to the memory of Susan Loveday who passed away this summer. Susan worked tirelessly for Thurlow sports club and was a great help to CCH in our previous events on this course - the  donations offered for refreshments in memory of Susan will go to Addenbrookes Charitable Trust Oncology Unit - £100 was raised.
CCHackney would like to thank the villagers of Great Thurlow, Withersfield and Great Wratting for their cooperation in this event taking place in their area. In particular we’d like to thank Allan Loveday from Thurlow Sports Club. 

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