Thursday 24 December 2020


 To all CC Hackney members, friends and associates - have a cool Christmas 2020 HNY 2021!

Tuesday 15 December 2020

Concorde news - Kingsmead women's cycling group awarded TFL funding

More good news for the Concorde Centre - following a detailed application, CC Hackney's Kingsmead Estate (mostly) women's cycling group have been awarded TFL funding over three years for up until 2023. The award is to cover regular qualified coaching fees, staff capacity development (upskilling members) some new cycles, an additional storage container and support for special trips and away days.   

That's Kingsmead mum power at Concorde E9! 

Newly supported by TFL - Walking Cycling Grants London

Friday 20 November 2020

CC Hackney & NHS ELFT update

Since August 2019 lead coach Keir Apperley has been in talks with mental health service management at NHS East London Foundation Trust about piloting and testing an ongoing programme of sports club delivery focussed on people experiencing mental health challenges. The Solution Bike Hub has been running since 8th September and core group testing for In Tune FC has been rolling since the beginning of October.     

Sunday 8 November 2020

Exemptions to lockdown 2 otherwise It takes two - during covid LD2

November 2020 

A child/young person will be given a place in face to face sessions if they are struggling with reduced social contact and/or change and this is having an especially negative impact on one or more of these areas:

·         Struggling with mental health or emotional wellbeing

·         Struggling with lots of change, particularly around routines

·         Struggling with isolation and loss of opportunity to socialise

·         Struggling with using screens for activities

·         Has regressed in social/emotional communication and/or confidence

Otherwise all CC Hackney bases are operating at the bare minimum for a month or so during LD2. At Fawcett Bike Club for example it is one in one out, Thursday evenings 6-8pm on Fawcett Estate. It's only a few weeks and then we'll see where we're at. Until then it takes two.

1. "Motown Greatest Hits" "Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston- It Takes Two" 

2. Rob Base & DJ EZ  "It Takes Two"

Club members and management have been looking into the lockdown law and you can create a support group to support vulnerable, which in this case could involve cycling:
Exception 5: Support and respite
(7) Exception 5 is that it is reasonably necessary for P to leave or be outside P’s home—
(a) to attend a meeting of a support group which is permitted to meet under regulation 11(6);
(6) Exception 5 is that—
(a) the gathering—
(a) 2006 c. 47.
(i) is of a support group,
(ii) consists of no more than 15 persons, and
(iii) takes place at premises other than a private dwelling, and
(b) it is reasonably necessary for members of the group to be physically present at the
8) For the purposes of paragraph (6), “support group” means a group or one to one support which is organised by a business, a charitable, benevolent or philanthropic institution or a public
body to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support to its members or those who attend its meetings, for example those providing support... to vulnerable young people.

Saturday 31 October 2020

Tao's original cycle sport coach looks back

Tao Geoghegan Hart took a knee once.

Monday 26 October 2020

Giro d'Italia has been won by...

Tao O my gosh! 

The Giro d'Italia has been won by a Londoner from Hackney, not only that his old club was 'the famous' CC Hackney (CCH) TAO GEOGHAGEN HART 2020 Giro d'Italia winner.

As lead coach and general manager of CCH and on behalf of the whole club membership, friends, family, associates, supporters, sponsors and stakeholders - WELL DONE TAO!!!

Great and now due to all this I've got a whole lot of extra work to do - nice one Tao!  πŸ˜† 

Cheers everyone - stay safe, enjoy the moment.

Keir Apperley - general manager and lead coach. 

Saturday 24 October 2020

Hackney race ace Tao is close to winning 2020 Giro d'Italia Maglia Rosa

In Hackney while watching one of our former and original youth member Tao Geoghegan Hart race and win the penultimate mountain stage of this year's Giro d'Italia. With one more flat stage to go tomorrow of this epic three week grand tour, then a short individual time trial (ITT) in Milan to decide things, many here believe our man is right on course to win the race overall. 

Good luck Tao, have a nice cycle ride tomorrow and enjoy the day from all at CC Hackney.



Guardian Report:

Giro d'Italia: Hindley and Geoghegan Hart level at top after dramatic battle

  • Pair set to fight for overall victory in Sunday’s final time trial
  • Format favours Hindley, with both riders starting on same time
  •  Jai Hindley (left) will wear the pink jersey for Sunday’s final stage but is level on time with Tao Geoghegan Hart (right). Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images,

    Jai Hindley and Tao Geoghegan Hart are set to battle for Giro d’Italia glory on Sunday, after the penultimate stage left the pair tied at the top of the overall standings.

    Hindley’s Sunweb teammate, Wilco Kelderman, began Saturday’s shortened mountain stage in the pink jersey, but was left behind as Hindley and Ineos Grenadiers’ Geoghegan Hart fought a ferocious battle on the final climb up Sestriere. It was the British rider who prevailed, sprinting clear to take the stage win and ensure that after 20 days of riding, the two young rivals are locked in a dead heat. Kelderman is in third, but now 1m 32s behind the leading duo.

    Hindley will begin the final stage in the pink jersey as the Australian edged the two previous time trials by the narrowest of margins. It means little in practice, with Sunday’s final time trial into Milan set to be decisive.

Wednesday 21 October 2020

Original CC Hackney member Tao Geoghegan Hart wins a stage of the 2020 Giro d'Italia!


Congratulations as original CC Hackney member (as a youth) Tao Geoghegan Hart wins his first Grand Tour stage at the historic Giro d'Italia last Sunday and moves to 4th in the GC. But will he go on to win the whole thing by this Sunday!? 

Text below taken from the BBC sports news report HERE

An emotional first win

Geoghegan Hart, 25, powered past Sunweb's Kelderman for the win in the final few metres of the category one summit finish, after the Dutchman's team-mate Jai Hindley had paced everyone up the long final climb.

Geoghegan Hart dedicated the victory to Nico Portal, Ineos' sporting director who died of a heart attack aged 40 in March this year.

"This is something incredible for me. I don't know about [the general classification], I haven't seen the results - but crossing the line first is something truly incredible.

"This one is for Nico Portal. We lost him this spring and it's been really difficult for the team - this season has had great highs and lows, in the Tour [de France] and for me personally, and also in this race.

"We just have to foster the Grenadier spirit in this team and keep fighting back like we know we can."

Is Geoghegan Hart a serious contender?

Despite his young age, the east Londoner has long been a part of the Ineos/Sky set-up as a domestique, but like so many of the team's riders he is capable of winning the general classification in stage races.

However, it appeared Ineos would have to settle for trying to win stages for a second Grand Tour in succession when race favourite Geraint Thomas was forced to abandon with a fractured pelvis.

The Welshman crashed when a discarded drinks bottle became lodged under his front wheel.

But this has been one of the most unpredictable Giros for years, and after spending at least a week more than three minutes down, Geoghegan Hart finds himself in contention.

His biggest strength is climbing, and as the race heads for a final week's racing in the ever-colder Italian Alps he stands a good chance of gaining time, especially on leader Almeida who is thought to be more effective in time trials, although the final stage of the race is an individual time trial.

Kelderman is clearly in a great position, given he is two minutes, 42 seconds ahead of both his third-placed team-mate Hindley and Geoghagen Hart, but Pello Bilbao of Bahrain-McLaren, Rafal Majka of Bora-Hansgrohe and Trek-Segafredo's Nibali are also in contention.

Friday 9 October 2020

CC Hackney's 'mostly women' cycling group pilot at The Concorde Centre

 Saturday 26th September 2021

This day was the start of a trial for 'mostly women cycling group' (working title) This pilot  session is to assess the need and to find out what works. CCH lead coach Keir Apperley has had talks with several parents of members our youth group sessions there and it was decided to go ahead with a series of rides - let's go cycling!  

Our mostly women cycling group pilot sessions are held on Saturday afternoons from 1.30 - 3.30pm They are unfunded at this stage but supported pro bono by qualified club volunteers and club fund reserves to maintain our loan cycles and other costs. 

Thursday 24 September 2020

CC Hackney & RJ Therapies - International Development Camp & Not Just Football

CC Hackney & RJ Therapies - International Development Camp & Not Just Football...and not just cycling either. 

As part of the ongoing relationship between Not Just Football and Hackney CC the creation of a cycling development pathway has always been one of the objectives.  

The intention being:

a)To develop young cyclists who want to and have the ability ride at a competitive level - whether it's international or domestic. 
b) To create vocational and educational pathways - which lead to work opportunities within the cycling industry/profession for those individuals who may not get the opportunity to race either professionally or at a competitive level. 

The rider development includes the creation of development camp, designed to create individuals who can compete at the highest possible level. This programme will also be targeting individuals who are of dual nationality/citizenship or persons of mixed heritage.  

If individuals become competent enough to race internationally but are not selected by team GB - other NGBs will be informed and cyclists can choose to race for another country of which they have family ties. Not Just Football intends to support these camps by providing sports science and medicine support for all the cyclists involved.

With reference to training and education - teaching sports science and sports therapy will help to create a generation of fitness, health, coaching, Soigneur and sports therapy professionals who can seek employment in the world of cycling.  In addition - training bike mechanics who can set up their own bike shop or travelling with pro teams  or even developing media/journalists skills to interview cyclists and other sports people are tangible career options.

Ricardo Johnson Director; RJ Sports Therapies Ltd & Keir Apperley; Manager CC Hackney

Wednesday 9 September 2020

London To Brighton - the inclusive CCH Travel Club number 1

North East London Crew 

London To Brighton riding live and direct from Hackney, the all inclusive CCH Travel Club ride number one. This was the first in our ongoing series of trips and visits that will be inclusive for cyclists from the whole community; keeping it together until we get there!  

Sunday 6th September 2020. Our group of cyclists from across London and various clubs met up to make a safe and protective environment for Cycling Club Hackney’s young adult riders; Michael Anuyagu (18) and Chris Miller (19) during their impressive first time - London to Brighton ride. Special thanks going out to fellow organiser and routemaster Karl and our friends from Black Cyclists Network. Together we ensured the day trip was enjoyable and memorable. πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ˜Ž

A burn on London Bridge
The junction at Clapham
Turners Hill Top
Ditchling Beacon


Regency Restaurant 

Saturday 29 August 2020

CCH & NHS ELFT partnership presents Concorde Bike Hub

8th September 2020 CC Hackney began delivery work and the links with Compass Wellbeing & NHS East London Foundation Trust. Prevention is preferred over cure, It's about mental health, ongoing adult sports club life sessions; attendees benefiting from bike rides and/or *football plus the social get togethers. The provision is based at our Concorde Centre station on Kingsmead Estate E9 and has been planned as one pilot for the NHS Triple Aim Project agenda. It is expected to be a model example for other positive and tailored clubs to follow - not just cycling see *In Tune FC; looking to help people at risk of deteriorating mental health near home, in their own neighbourhoods. CCH - serving in the community as an ongoing club that supports those feeling mental health difficulties, also people who could use some assistance during recovery from illness.

Tuesday 25 August 2020

CCH at Concorde - summer activity extra

Youth members parent Marhawit the quick learner!

Sail set at Concorde with thanks to managers at West Reservoir Sailing Club N16 

CCH Gazebo offers welcome shelter 

Tuesday 18 August 2020

Summer programme of Activities - CCH “encouraging and developing riders from the whole community in the area”

Two sessions per day on Saturdays and Wednesdays have been running from CCH's Concorde Bike Club on Kingsmead Estate. These have been supported by Young Hackney to great effect and appreciation by our participants. 
The pilot bike maintenance and cycle appreciation club at Victorian Grove Estate N16 - these have been running four morning sessions on Thursdays. Supported by Hackney Housing and the Council's Resident Participation Team, many locals came together with CC Hackney to get their cycles repaired and tuned up. A friendly area with interesting people from all backgrounds - good place! 
While we were out cycling with the group parents Marhawit & Milete borrowed cycles to practice with at their own speed.  
Marhawit learns fast - 30 minutes in and she was coasting and gliding!

At Walthamstow Wetlands with the Odaise family inc mum Shirley!


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