Dear CC Hackney members,
Please see NGB British Cycling's latest Covid 19 regulation up date here and their full document 'The Way Forward' *here.
To stay within public health rules (and insured for BC members) please check the link here to British Cycling's guidelines.
1. General Guidance
1.1 From March 29, UK Government guidance now permits the reintroduction of organised sport and physical activity which adhered to relevant National Governing Body guidance, while groups of up to six people are permitted to ride together informally in line with the Rule of Six (or as a group of two households).
1.2 Below is a summary of the current position for cycling activity: 1.2.1 Appropriate social distancing must be maintained before, after and when not actively participating in cycling activities.
1.2.2 British Cycling-affiliated Club rides or recreation programme rides, which adhere to the guidance set out in this document, can take place with up to 15 participants, on highways, trails and tracks. Informal riding (i.e., groups of friends meeting to ride together) will still be limited to the Rule of Six.
1.2.3 Outdoor coach-led club training and coaching can take place for all ages, with numbers to be determined by a coach’s qualification. Indoor activity is only permitted for disabled people or for educational purposes at this stage, and will be determined by facility access.
1.2.4 At this step of the Government’s roadmap, you should minimise time spent outside your home, but you can leave your home to exercise and take part in informal and organised sport and physical activity. You should always check that it’s safe to travel before you set out to take part in sport or recreation.
1.2.5 Social interaction before and after cycling activities should only take place outdoors, and in separate and distinct groups consisting of up to six people or two households.
Management CC Hackney
CCH club runs set off from outside Millfields Coffee at 145 Chatsworth Rd E5 at 8.00am (winter time 08.30am) on Sunday mornings. Some rides may start later. It is expected that if possible club kit be worn. The groups fall into three categories and are for men, women, juniors and youth A/B cyclists. Note Youth A/B riders must be accompanied by an adult or in the company of a club coach - as these are not coached rides though club coaches may not be in attendance sp check first. Guests and prospective members are welcome to come along on the 2nd Sunday of each month 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).
We advise all cyclists coming along to be willing and able to travel solo should that need arise.
Winter rides start at 8,30am when the clocks go back and revert in springtime when the clocks go forward to 8am - riders must fit mudguards to their bikes throughout the winter months.
General road safety notice
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 multi million pound development has been built to make cycling safer along what has been a notoriously complex and hazardous stretch of highway 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; 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 along the way.
Young People joining on Sunday mornings.
It's great for youngsters to be getting out of town by bike, that's the big idea but please take note: All under 18s must be consent form, registered club members. Any under 16s wishing to take part in club runs needs to be accompanied by a parent/guardian or a dedicated responsible club coach. 16-17 year olds need to evidence a signed release letter authorising participation from their parents or guardians. Specific cycling kit is not compulsory but do wear appropriate and safe clothing for the activity and forecasted weather.
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.
Latest Info' Summer 2021:
The Club Run are now back on the summer street time of 8am - see notice above about group sizes - the CCH Club Rides 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.
Social Rides - social rides starting later, riding at slower chatty pace with cafe stops will be announced via our facebook and Instagram pages when they are happening.
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)
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.
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 - you have to be fully paid up to date member for both.
Road Racing - as a member club of the ERRL this means our members have preferred entry into races organised in the region.
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Where we are - Cycling Club Hackney HQ - Elsdale Community Hall, Elsdale Street, London E9 6PW