Thursday 20 October 2022

CCH Youth Hill Climb


The Cycling Club hackney annual youth hill climb event was held last Saturday  15th October at Springfield Park. We had a good turn out on a beautiful autumn day although blustery wind and decaying path surface may have hampered any record setting attempts.


First though we had the new prize category of best socks in competition - this year won by Felix with these socks featuring his cat.

Results :-

Under 8's -   

1. Xavier - 1:13:77

2. Jay 1:45:01


Under 10s - 

1. Henry 33:48

2. Pepa 41:78

3. Felix 46:26

4. Thomas 54:17

5. Dominic 58:95

Under 12's-

1. Arthur 26:77

2. Benas 28:09

3. Sabella 1:56:79

Under 14's -

1. Daniel 22:20

2. Carlos 33:46

3. Giacomo 34:91

4. Mica 37:78

5. Nola 44:52

6. Shannon 53:34

U16's and Juniors -

1. Hugo 20:69

2. Tom 23:26

3. David 24:47

4. Alessandro 37:20

Seniors - 

Henry 20:78

Wednesday 15 June 2022

The 15th CCH annual Ronde Chelmsford 2022

The 15th CCH annual Ronde Chelmsford 2022 (Meet 8am at Lea valley Ice Centre Lea Bridge Road Sunday 26th June depart 8.30) The CCH Ronde C is an open social ride for experienced cyclists. The distance is about 90 miles/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. Along with the digital routes posted here below. 

2022 Round/Ronde Chelmsford - Sunday 26th June 
Riding for community outreach and inclusion, donations taken on the day via card reader or go direct CCH Coop bank: AC 65274693 Sort code 08.92.99

Round Chelmsford Route (Ronde C) Google Maps

Strava Ronde C version

Link to a bit of Ronde C history:

                              (Tao Geoghegan Hart and Alex Peters front right in picture)

Monday 13 June 2022

Eastern South East and Central Regional Junior road champs


The riders turning onto the hill at Thurlow.

CCHackney hosted the 2022 Eastern South East and Central Regional Junior road race championships up on the Great Thurlow course this Sunday. A small field of 25 took to the start for thirteen laps of the 7.9km course -100km in total. The tight triangular course and its rolling nature usually make for fast racing but the riders had a block headwind on the main road back into Thurlow and a side wind on the Wethersfield road making for tough going especially in small bunch. Although I imagine the tailwind down through the chicane must have been super fast.

Rider briefing at Thurlow sports ground.

The main road had also just been relaid with chippings - many thanks to Allan from Thurlow sports club who got out there every day the previous week making sure the county council were sweeping up any loose gravel ensuring the race went ahead.

Even still the race conditions started to take effect with riders starting to drop off from the bunch or entire with mechanicals. Eventually  this looked like a group of 15 riders with some trailing.

The whittling down process continued leaving a group of nine at the front - Angus Stoneham, Dylan Humber Kelly, Sam Hodge, Ben Flat, Finn Dunton, Alasdair Mildred, Max Avery, Connor Stevens and Mantas Noreika with Ethan Fowler in close attendance. 
Harvey Young and Oliver Masters managed to chase back in and form a smaller group with Matthew Brown Robin Steers and Gill Grayson.

With short nature of the course meaning the front bunch were gaining on the back markers they were given a sprint at two to go to determine their finishing places.

Which left us with straight forward job at sorting the finish proper. Angus Stoneham of Beaconsfield CC jumped the bunch at the bottom of the hill to win by a 20 second margin from Dylan Humber-Kelly of JRC-INTERFLON Race Team who just edged out Sam Hodge of trainSharp Development Team followed by Ben Flatau of Elitecycling Junior Team then Finn Dunton - trainSharp Development Team  to make up the top five.

Angus Stoneham our winner obviously put win such an effort up the hill the last time he couldn't raise his hands in celebration.

The winner

This meant Central got the bragging rights over South East then Eastern.

Top three Central rider were Angus Stoneham, Alasdair Mildred and Ethan Fowler.

Top three South East region riders were Dylan Humber-Kelly, Sam Hodge and Ben Flatau.

Top three Eastern region riders were Max Avery - Colchester Rovers CC, Connor Stevens and the Mantas Noreika both Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club.

Full results here.

Many thanks to David and the Newmarket CTC for their help, BC Eastern, Ken Jolliffe of Norfolk Race judging for the timing equipment, Thurlow Sports club and the locals  for helping get the race on. Thanks too to all the CCH members who volunteered their Sunday to come up and help and those who donated to the prize fund.

Thursday 19 May 2022

Dramatic second place for the Hackney team at the London Youth Games 2022

Hackney London Youth Games Team 2022

 Last Sunday 15th May saw the Hackney borough team claim a dramatic second place overall for the road cycling event in the London Youth Games. Everything seemed to be conspiring against the team with two members coming down with illness and so unable to attend, another rider had their wheel fall off on the way to Lea Valley Velopark  and another whose sat-nav meant them being late and having to run across the Olympic Park, through the tunnel onto the circuit onto bike and straight into a time trial. Oh and it was wet and windy too. Actually the last was a blessing in disguise as all their training sessions had been in the rain and wind anyway.

Laila Grace about to set off.

Catrin doing the first of her two time trials.

First race was the Youth AB (under 16-14s) individual time trial- for four laps of the circuit. Sounds easy?Try it full blast next time you are down there. As Ishanna and Nola were unavailable that meant we had only one rider in the category - Laila-Grace Mackenzie Breary. However as the top two times count for the overall points it looked Hackney would be out of the running before the races began. Up stepped Catrin Marsden - who was down ride the Under12s time trial later - to take on the four lap TT as well. Both riders did very well setting the team off in the right way placing 21st and 29th.

Freddie had time to sing as he did his TT.

Jonah flying.

Elliot in action.

Maxwell gets his race face on.

Next were the U16 males with Freddy Augsburger, Jonah Jenkins, Elliot Marsden and Maxwell Mackenzie Breary lining up for Hackney. Freddy came this with Jonah three seconds behind in fifth, Elliot finished in 20th place. Whilst these results undoubtedly moved Hackney up the leader board a certain team manager thought well at least they'll finish top ten...

How brutal such a short effort can be.

Elliot heading into that wind.
Maxwell sets off.

Catrin on her second effort.

Next up were the Youth CDE (under 12/10/8) time trials. First up and still recovering from her ride in the U16s Catrin took on the two lap TT for the team and did very well. Next up was Isobel Ellson doing really well in her first big competitive race. Then came the dramatic late arrival of Zhané Pilgrim - with no time to warm and possibly the strongest winds of the day to contest against she also did her best - things were looking good for the team.

Zhané happy to have made it on time - just.
Isobel on her TT.

Zhané gets underway.
Arthur preparing.

The U12 boys followed with Arthur Steer first off for Hackney producing third place - only half a second off silver. Victor Sarramian Oglaza went next finishing his first big event in 16th place. It began to look like maybe we could place top five? 

Victor sets off

Victor in action.

Arthur on the podium
Bronze medalist.


The lovely race conditions.

In the afternoon the format changes to circuit races for the U16 male and female riders. Hackney were unrepresented in the girls race and so wouldn't score any points for the overall. Fred and Jonah raced in the boys race - Jonah looking pretty poorly by then - in quite horrible conditions. The majority of the team retreated back across Hackney marshes to get dry. Both riders tried to force the action in the race but the bunch wouldn't be split. It came down to a bunch sprint with Freddie narrowly beat into second place and Jonah sat up in the last lap having down his all.

Freddie leading the charge.


So down to the last drama of the day after Freddie had received his medals for the TT and road race along with the other podium finishers it was time to announce the overall top three. We decided to hang on and congratulate whoever it would be - surely not Hackney though. Third place went Lambeth and old friend Joe, then the announcer dragged dit out explaining the top two teams had finished on equal points so the winner would be decided on count back placings in the events. Second place went to Southwark and then after bit of confusion they were handed gold medals instead having had two first places. Second place went to - Hackney! We were very surprised to say the least but once again strength in depth push the borough on the podium. A great result for all the team and squad. 

Freddie with his medals.
Jonah picks up the team's medals.

Photos - thanks to Sean Pollock

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