Sunday, 13 June 2021

Information behind CC Hackney's 2009 Italy youth trip.

This funding application to The Stuart Feakins Trust is being shared as a reference for any youth sports trip organisers who understand the value and long term benefits to those young people who get to take part in a safe, well organised and structured visit. Here is the background funding application information behind CC Hackney's early days seminal 2009 Italy youth trip. A 'jolly holiday' or an inspirational tour? I'm going to say it was the later, and in the end experiences that produced not one but two World Tour racing cyclists. One of whom recently went on to win the 2020 Giro d'Italia and the historic Maglia Rosa. A nice trip though and done properly.    

Keir Apperley - Club Manager and lead coach.

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

1st Aid at work accredited training day

Most of the thirteen people who did the training in the picture.


Well done to those CC Hackney trainees, volunteers, staff and associates and who attended the recent 1st Aid at work accredited training day delivered by Siren Training. Thanks to Hackney Council (Leisure and Physical Activity) who enabled this to go ahead fully funded. 

Friday, 7 May 2021

14th Ronde Van Chelmsford 2021 report

Many thanks to all who made the 14th Ronde Van Chelmsford 2021 last Sunday one of the best yet. It was a great turnout. Appreciation and applause to all involved, riding the big Essex loop in groups to suit, raising funds for our youth outreach and community projects; diversity, and cycle sport for all.

The biz:
Eventbrite - 93.70
Card reader - 263.18
Cash - 15.00
Non RVC14 participant contributions - 170.00 
Total raised (minus transaction fees) £541.88

Ring fenced funds raised right here for our future outreach youth cycling trips and projects - brilliant! 

Early trip requests from Concorde's youth groups - Epping Forest & Richmond Park. 

Link to IG & RVC14's feature:

Saturday, 17 April 2021

The 14th CCH annual Ronde Chelmsford 2021

The 14th CCH annual Ronde Chelmsford 2021 (Meet 8am Sunday 2nd May depart 8.30) The CCH Ronde C is an open social ride for experienced cyclists. The distance is about 90miles/150km - please feel welcome to join us, riding for our outreach community projects, diversity and cycle sport for all. Voluntary donations to be accepted on the day via card reader.  A page at cycling club with more information, including a shorter route option is to be posted soon.

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

CC Hackney's 2019 speedsuit made by Velotec - in racing mode for 2021

CC Hackney's 2019 speedsuit (3D view) made by Velotec then the Covid 19 pandemic happened. 
                                      2017           2019               2008 (classic)

In 2021 lookout for the club racers going at speed in this fine-looking garment at a cycle race this year!


Tuesday, 9 March 2021

2021/22 Membership annual subscriptions


Dear existing and prospective members,

Trusting all's well and that you're looking forward to cycling again with CC Hackney without the Covid restrictions - that are on the way. CCH's 2021/22 annual membership subscriptions are due on or before 31st March. Below is a link to our online membership page where buttons to individual and group/family options can be found:-
More about CCH membership can be seen on this page. 

It is a requirement for CCH members to be insured. British Cycling provides this and more advantages with the membership offers:-

Best wishes and happy cycling,

Cycling Club Hackney - management

Cycling Club Hackney (CiO)
Clubmark: CY0119 Registered Charity Number 1186757
Elsdale Community Hall, Elsdale Street, London, E9 6PW
Concorde Centre Kingsmead Way, Clapton, London E9 5PP

Monday, 8 March 2021

CCH - International Women's Day 2021


CC Hackney celebrating International Women's Day 2021 

Jessica, Charlie, Rhoma & Judith 

Judith Philip

Jessica Feaney

Sylvia Pankhurst and the Clarion Cycling Club

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Tao action on diversity, prejudice and racism in cycle sport

Cycling leader Tao Geoghegan Hart has announced his intentions regarding the diversity problem in cycle sport. This is by doing his bit to help the wider move towards a better represented and fully inclusive cycle sport field - grass roots to elite. Let's see how this aspect progresses in the years to come.

Is this a man after the heart of CC Hackney?! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ™‚πŸ‘ŒπŸ½

Cycling Weekly report here

Tao on Hackney Marsh 

Monday, 15 February 2021

Orient Way Footbridge Campaign

A descent foot, pram, wheelchair and cycle bridge to better link Hackney to Waltham Forest over Orient Way is long overdue. As a ride leader of youth cycling groups I can testify that this bridge is difficult to use and a challenge especially for our youngest riders. It's about time a proper crossing fit for purpose is built.   

Keir Apperley - CC Hackney

Waltham Forest Echo article - We deserve a better bridge.

Campaign petition link here.

Campaign FaceBook page here.

Friday, 5 February 2021

CC Hackney track suit

CC Hackney’s new limited edition track suit is on the way from the factory. 

Some images in advance of delivery:


Thursday, 4 February 2021

Diversity progress - 2021 - sport for all or status quo (prejudice and/or racism?)

February 4th 2021

I've found myself compelled to write this post in a week when it was revealed that more well known sports people have been receiving ignorant and intimidating abuse via social media because of their skin colour. Professional footballers including Manchester United FC's Marcus Rashford MBE have spoken out after being subjected to attacks. This is while the Government and the media platforms used let it go on, or act way too late. Meanwhile former Arsenal FC legend Ian Wright saw a guilty pleading perpetrator escape a criminal sentence. Apparently sending death threats to Ian was not deemed a serious enough offence by the Irish & Tralee district court judge - David Waters.

I want to relay the sentiment of French pro rider Kevin Reza. As the only black rider on the race during the 2020 Tour de France, he stated 'I haven't seen a lot of solidarity' *Correct me if I'm wrong but so far we've not seen any high profile professional cyclists demonstrating support for the Black Lives Matter movement (BLM) for example. However there's a suggestion that ex CCH member and 2020 Giro d'Italia winner Tao *Geoghegan Hart went further by taking both knees and raising a fist for the cause. If so, well done Tao.

Since setting up CC Hackney in 2007 I've seen too many young cyclist of colour come and leave the sport after it has to be said, experiencing a negative atmosphere when beginning to participate, especially in road and track cycle sport. 
"The vibe isn't good" I've been told this (or words to the same effect) to my face more than once by my outreach riders. As a white british man I've observed an unwelcoming environment towards our youth members. It's quite a bit depressing to be reporting this but on the plus side I've got reason to believe actual positive change is on the way. Sport England are set to encourage and back BC (British Cycling NGB) with funding to go ahead and make real progress regarding this matter. (And not before time.) I gather from BC's Eastern Region staff that this sector are keen to lead and be the best in the country at bringing on the change needed here. Our local Lea Valley Velopark is coming under new management this spring - public funds for public good - Better GLL (in waiting) have it in their mission statement and are accountable to fully serve the whole community.    
Covid restriction withstanding, in due course CC Hackney are ready to play a key role in collaboration by utilising our reach here in East London. By joining forces, putting our experience in the field to effective use. Like everywhere right now we're waiting for the unlock from Covid to be able to get on with the job at hand and do our bit for social mobility and societal change. Bring it on; sport for all. 

Holding truth to power. 

I began by highlighting the open racism displayed online these days, as if it's ok to do it and that there'll be no repercussions or criminal convictions for offenders. Now in the spirit of liberating openness that came along with BLM last year and British Cycling's own performance coaching mantra; "for best results we must work in the truth and be honest with each other" I'm talking about the boardrooms of institutions, charities and business that are just about always populated by privileged white people, holding the strings of influence, finance and power. 

My 2021 British Cycling Handbook arrived in the post. Published in pages 4 & 5 is the BC Directory which is interesting and open. It's great to see that women are so well represented here but hard to tell regarding disability representation. A benchmark has also been set here for another year when a person of colour will also represent in British Cycling's boardroom. 

Roll on.       

 Optics matter.

8th February 2021

Since publishing this piece, British Cycling have announced their new Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group

At last I see evidence of serious intent by British Cycling to get change done. I'm looking forward to seeing how this initiative will support the community outreach work CC Hackney has been doing over the years; inclusive to all including Hackney's black and afro-caribbean residents.


*Tao Geoghegan Hart
"I would love to see more cycling as a sport in London and more diversity in cycling, I hope I can inspire a few kids in Hackney to dream big." 

*Tao’s media release 18th February 2021:

Keir Apperley - Lead Coach and Manager CC Hackney

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

2021 winter months national lockdown

Dear CC Hackney Members,

For what is possible in terms of cycling (by law since 6th January '21) please see the guidelines by following the link to British Cycling here:

Cycling for exercise - British Cycling's Guidelines
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 4 January we have sadly now suspended all activities and events in England until further notice.
We know that this news will come as a disappointment to many of you, however it’s important that we now once again pull together to ensure that cycling plays its part in bringing the virus under control. Getting out on our bikes is a great way to boost our mental and physical health and we’ll be working hard to keep you pedalling.
You can find the most up-to-date guidance for Scotland here and Wales here.
How can I continue to ride?Under the new restrictions you are permitted to cycle, and we would encourage you to do so, while following these rules:
  • You should only ride alone, with your household/support bubble or one other person.
  • Stay local, ride within your limits and ensure you are self-sufficient. 

  • Leave the house to exercise only once each day. 

  • Keep a safe distance from others and practice good respiratory hygiene (i.e., no spitting, use a tissue).
  • You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of leisure (such as a picnic or a coffee break). 

  • If you need to travel, such as to work or go to the shops, you are encouraged to cycle where possible.

What do you mean by local?
We know many of you will want to know what is meant by 'staying local'. The Government’s definition of this is stated as ‘your village, town or the part of a city where you live’.
We understand that this definition is particularly restrictive for cycling, and we are working to seek further clarification on this. We will provide a further update as soon as we are able.
In the meantime, we recommend that you follow the advice to stay local, ride well within your ability and ensure that you are self-sufficient.


As per the current news broadcasts our National Health Service is under a lot of pandemic pressure 'like never before'. When out cycling let's be extra careful; our hospitals do not need any more casualties than they are dealing with already. Members please ensure to follow the law; stay indoors, keep distance, wash hands, wear a mask especially when indoors for essential shopping, protect the NHS and front line staff/services. Working together we will get through this to good times ahead.

Very best wishes and stay safe,

Keir Apperley - CC Hackney Manager & lead coach

CC Hackney - helping with winter emergency deliveries.

CC Hackney - providing ongoing help with winter emergency deliveries. 

Organised by North London National Food Service at Lea View House Springfield E5

Volunteers looking to help out too? Contact email here and leave a message.  

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