The Sunday Morning CCH Club Rides
Club runs set off from outside Millfields Coffee at 145 Chatsworth Rd E5 at 8.00am on Sunday mornings. Some rides may start at 9am. It is requested riders fit mudguards to their bikes throughout the winter months and that club kit is expected to be worn. The groups fall into three categories and are for men, women, juniors and youth A/B cyclists. Guests and prospective members are welcome to turn up and join in but we advise all cyclists coming along to be willing and able to travel solo should that need arise. Ideally this includes the ability to repair or change a tube in the event of a puncture. Going 'solo' may be in the event of having to go home earlier (for any reason) and navigate the way back to London; most people can point to our Metropolis. In any case we hope you'll enjoy being with CC Hackney enough to want to join the club after trying out for up to one month. Once you are a member it is a requirement that you have third part insurance to take part in club activities - you can get this free with British Cycling membership for instance (other options are available)
Latest Info' Summer 2018:
The Club Run now called the CCH Club Rides will now comprise three rides - all rides will be led by ride leaders and senior members will be expected to take up this duty, taking turns to lead the different rides -
The A ride - maximum average speed 35kph (more or less) the A ride is a hard fast ride for those in training for racing and events, likely to be a non stop ride. Expected distances - 100 -160km.
The B ride is a training ride for racing and events, likely to include a stop and dropped riders will be waited for at junctions and hilltops. Expected distances - 80 -120km and average speed 30kph.
The C ride - average speed 25kph (more or less) the social ride - this ride is a social ride- a good place to learn the etiquette and skills involved in group road riding and the chance to socialise with other CCH members. It will involve a tea stop and dropped riders will be waited for. Expected distances of around 65 - 100km.
Please note the average speeds and distances may vary dependent on group sizes, weather and route conditions.
We are aiming to have routes for all rides available here on the website for download here - if you have good routes that are suitable please send them in for inclusion. Riders capable of being a ride leader please speak with Gareth or Ewan to get added to the rota.
For all these rides, prospective members are welcome to come and try them out and see how it is, CCH does ask riders to join the club after 2 or 3 rides.
Coaching notice: Chase & wait verses average speed.
Please club run riders - let's not get involved in competitive sporting chases that includes passing through junctions at high speeds, taking risks here and raising the chances of causing or being involved in traffic collisions. This behavior is not safe and actually unnecessary because there are plenty of adequate length and appropriate roads to max out on during any given chase, but the chase must finish at the next road junction. The 'waits' rarely last for more than a minute for riders to come in. BTW this is very good training during a club run and it will get you fit. This method did no harm to Tao or Alex when I was coaching them through their early road beginnings. It's not about the average speed but all about the top speeds and holding them. Chase and wait; the equivalent of a series of short intense track races stitched together with the added bonus of keeping the whole group together until the end.
Keir Apperley (CCH lead coach & manager)
Lea Bridge Road - The shortest way to the green stuff from Hackney is via LBR. Reminding all riders: this is a complex and busy road that presents many hazards to cyclists, please head up and down LBR with extra caution.
This is a message going out to all CCH members who cycle on Lea Bridge Road.
Please do use the new cycle lanes provided unless it's really not safe or appropriate to do so. A lot of effort and expense has gone into installing this new cycling infrastructure known as Mini Holland in Walthamstow. This development has been built to make cycling safer along what has been a notoriously complex and hazardous stretch of high way claiming many victims. The routes have been achieved despite much moaning and wailing from local and irate car owners. Let's not give these people a rod to beat us with OK; the lanes are good, they work, use them and appreciate the protection provided here.
Finally on this bit of road any proposed training chases have not started or are over; there's no need to hurry any more. Let's all get home safely and not hurt or offend anyone else along the way.
Woodford & Epping Road - car drivers pick up speed on this road even though there are places where it narrows, with junctions and traffic islands. Please refrain from riding two a breast along this section.
The CCH Womens Group arrange women specific rides occasionally so check the womens facebook page for dates.
Special Rides - these will be advertised on our Facebook and here as and when they are planned for.
New to group riding?- Please click here for the do's and do nots when out on the club rides.
During the racing season faster groups may form depending on demand (and initiative). Special training rides/trips may occur. if you are unsure on how to ride in a group please come to the Thursday training sessions at the Lea Valley Velopark.
Core fitness training and roller sessions - these are at CCH HQ - see map below - on Wednesday evenings 6-8pm, they are for senior and youth riders who want to up their winter training and build a solid base for the coming season.
Racing - many of our senior members compete on the road, time trials, track, cyclocross and MTB. CCH is a member of the Eastern Road Race League, Cycling Time Trials, London Cyclocross League and many members race in the Eastern Cyclocross League, Herne Hill and LVV track leagues for which you have to take out individual membership.If you intend to race you will need to join British Cycling and take a race license as a CCH member.
Road Racing - as a member club of the ERRL this means our members have preferred entry into races organised in the region.
Where we are - Cycling Club Hackney HQ - Elsdale Community Hall, Elsdale Street, London E9 6PW