#passthebottlechallenge

PassTheBottleChallenge

Happy New Year from Berkhamsted Cycling Club. Some of our members got together a video for #PassTheBottleChallenge.
No bottles were harmed in the making of this video.
Each rider used their own bottles, in their own homes (or garage) socially distanced from one another by at least half a mile.

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December 2020

The club have had a intermittent year on the road. Here are a couple of pictures from some of our members enjoying the Chiltern’s in the winter whilst strictly adhering to Covoid-19 Government restrictions.

New BCC Jersey’s
Santa on the Grand Union Canal

Online training with SISU Racing
Club riders taking off-road with Gravel and MTB events.
2020 AGM Trophies and Awards

If you would like to become a member of Berkhamsted Cycling Club please click here for details.

Prospective members back in 2009!

 

 

 

BCC Hill Climb 2020

 

Full field with 100 racers. Awesome day of racing. Photos are here…

Berkhamsted Cycling Club Hill Climb 18102020

 

Huge thanks to Paul the Organiser, Musette for the HQ, the Time Keepers, the Marshals, the Helpers and the Spectators for the cow bells. See you all next year.

The next event will be the Chiltern Classic Reliability Ride… planned for March 2021. Check back for details after Christmas.

Click here for results at Cycling Time Trials.

The Strava segment is here.

*UPDATE* The women’s winner, Bithja Jones, has also won the 2020 National Hill Climb Championship.

BCC Time Trial 2020

Sunday 27th September 2020 was BCC’s annual 10 mile time trial on the Mentmore Loop.

Click on the photos below to view in Flickr (free to download full size photos).

September 2020 BCC Time Trial

Berkhamsted Cycling Club Time Trial 27 Sept 2020

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Click here for results at Cycling Time Trials.

A windy Berkhamsted Cycling Club Time Trial on Sunday 27th September. A big thank you to all competitors, CTT Timekeepers, Marshall’s and Paul Gardner the race organiser. Putting on an event like this during a global pandemic is not without challenges. Thanks for everyone’s adherence to guidelines, your patience and understanding. Hope you had a good event and see you next year.

Photo credit Trevor Hill.

Ellen Bennett

*Update* Women’s Junior Female Winner Ellen Bennett finishes 2nd in the 2020 National Hill Climb Championships.

BCC racing again

British Cycling and Cycling Time Trials have returned to racing with strict restrictions for Covoid-19 social distancing and tracking. Berkhamsted Cycling Club have been racing in both disciplines.

The Bovingdon Bomber race series organised by Hemel Hempstead Cycling Club (HHCC) was one of the first BC closed road criterium races since March 2020. On Wednesday 5th August Heather and Sarah raced in the women’s category 3/4 event along with the sprint competition. Both had a great time and will be returning for the rest of the series.

The weekly 10 mile time trial (also organised by HHCC) started on Thursday 23rd July. Simon raced on a recently upgraded full-on TT bike and has been setting personal bests. Alan decided to give TT’ing a go and thoroughly enjoyed it.

If you are interested in racing please click here to send an email to our Performance Coordinator Paul Gardner.

The clubs annual time trial is planned to take place on Sunday 27th September. Click here for online entry.

Photo credits to Trevor Hill, Richard Knight and Alastair Cowe.

Sarah and Heather

Sarah

Heather

Simon

Alan

Rainbow at the Bovingdon Bomber

Safe Cycling

At Berkhamsted Cycling Club we follow the rules of the Highway Code and always promote safe cycling.

The picture above from North Yorkshire Police shows the 1.5 meter clearance that drivers should leave when overtaking. Remember cyclists may need to navigate around uneven road surfaces, drain covers and other debris. Police forces are issuing fines and punishments to drivers that overtake under the 1.5 meter clearance.

Safe cycling everyone.

 

TVAA and BCC

Berkhamsted Cycling Club flying high following donation

Berkhamsted Cycling Club (BCC) have donated £1,000 to Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA) from the proceeds of their annual Berkhamsted Spring Classic Reliability Ride.

The ride, which took place on Sunday, March 8 2020, before lockdown, involved more than 100 riders completing circuits of either 60 km or 100 km in length. Money from the entry fee was donated to the Air Ambulance this month.

BCC Chairman Mike Plowman said: “One of our members, Trevor Hill, had a nasty crash last year and was rescued by Thames Valley Air Ambulance. Since then it’s been a cause that has been particularly close to our hearts and we were really proud to be able to give them this donation.”

In total, BCC have donated more than £2,100 to Thames Valley Air Ambulance since Trevor’s crash in Autumn 2018.

Katie Eyton, community fundraising manager at TVAA, said: “This is a truly amazing amount of money and we are humbled by the overwhelming support we are receiving from our community who have so generously donated during this unprecedented time. The spring and summer months are an important and busy time for our charity, so it won’t come as a surprise that we have been impacted by the cancellation and postponement of many fundraising events due to the Coronavirus pandemic – we are just so grateful that this event was able to take place and a huge thank you to Trevor and the members of the BCC for your ongoing support, we could not do what we do without you.”

BCC’s reliability ride marked the second time this event was run. Reliability rides are a British cycling tradition, the earliest dating back more than a century when cyclists would complete a long loop in early January without external support, as a way of proving the durability of themselves and their machines. Berkhamsted’s relatively new event is part of the “Chiltern Classic Reliability Series” of events, which take place each year.

It was the last major BCC event before the club went into its own form of lockdown, cancelling its group rides with members cycling alone or cycling indoors.

Click here for more information about TVAA.

Zwift and BCC

Many club members have taken to indoor cycling using Zwift to ‘virtually’ meetup with other riders ensuring that the Covoid-19 social distancing Government recommendations are adhered to. This is a great way to chat or message other club riders whilst maintaining fitness and getting in 1 hour’s exercise a day.

Berkhamsted Cycling Club have Zwift group meetup’s on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. If you would like to join in follow ‘Trevor Hill BCC’ on Zwift.

British Cycling Central Region have organised a series of Zwift races for clubs in our area. For more information see their Facebook page here.

British Cycling have also launched a virtual 8 week ride series on Zwift. Click here for more information.

If you are thinking of racing on Zwift then join www.zwiftpower.com as this gives you accurate results, race rankings and you can join Team BCC. 

James Wright

James completed the Paris-Brest-Paris 1,200km Audax ride in 85hrs 10mins 32secs. A phenomenal achievement for this ride that’s held every 4 years. Entry can only be gained by completing the Super Randonneur series of 200km, 300km, 400km & 600km Audax rides in 2019.

Chapeau from all at the club.

James held an online Zoom talk about his experience which includes details about the history of the event, his qualifying, training, nutrition and trusty bike as well as the ride itself. A fascinating insight to the highs and lows of long distance cycling. Click below to watch the video.

 

Atlas Mountain Race 2020

5 days 11 hours 38 minutes is how long it took Nick Clarke to complete the grueling Atlas Mountain Race in February 2020 across the unforgiving Moroccan landscape.

The unsupported fixed route race from Marrakesh to Sidi Rabat is a distance of 1150 km with 20,000 mtrs of climbing in the Atlas Mountains and 3 checkpoints along the way. The clock doesn’t stop until the end.

Nick was racing for Arctic-Aircon Racing Team, one of the longest running UK sponsored/supported race teams with 23 years in British Cycling. Nick is also a founding member of Berkhamsted Cycling Club.

He started the event in full-on race mode and was in the top 20 for most of the race. Nick had to overcome one or two setback’s along the way including a crash, loosing his water bottles, 5 snapped wheel spokes, failure of his bike luggage and saddle sores. However his legs held out fine.

Single-mindedness and determination saw Nick finish in a highly creditable 33rd position.

200 riders started the race and 123 finished with Pro-Continental rider Christen Mayer one of the non-finishers due to saddle sores.

Nick has vowed to return next year or take on another long distance race.

The AMR2020 organisers are broadcasting a video story of the race from Wednesday 20th May 2020 on YouTube.

Have I packed enough spare spokes…

The Start (Nick centre).

Nick and Lloyd

 

Men’s winner Sofiane Sehili in 3 days 21 hrs 50 min and zero sleep!

 

Women’s winner Jenny Tough in 6 days 3 hrs 13 mins.

 

The Bike built by Lovelo Cycle Works

Photo credits to:

Saltlake Lian https://www.instagram.com/saltlake_lian/

Nils Laengner https://www.instagram.com/nils_laengner/

Jonny Hines https://www.instagram.com/jonnyhinesphoto/

Atlas Mountain Race https://atlasmountainrace.cc/

Spring Classic 2020

Verulam Cycling Club have won the Berkhamsted Cycling Club Spring Classic Trophy for the 2nd year in a row. Leighton Buzzard Triathlon Club were in second place. Chapeau to all the riders and to the Committee (especially Paul Molyneux) and Musette Cafe for organising a memorable event. See you all again next year!

The Long Route rider chip timings can be viewed by clicking here.

The Short Route rider chip timings can be viewed by clicking here.

The event has raised £1,000 for Thames Valley Air Ambulance charity. A big thank you from the club for helping fund this tremendous service. https://www.tvairambulance.org.uk/ 

During these unprecedented times TVAA have a virtual challenge, click here for details.

Photos of the day can be viewed and downloaded (free) from Flickr by clicking on the picture below.

Berkhamsted Cycling Club Spring Classic 8th March 2020

When? 
The event took place on Sunday 8th March 2020, sign on opens from 8:00, first riders are off at 9:00.

What’s a reliability Ride?
Reliability rides are self supported organised rides of a pre-planned course. Riders are expected to navigate the route themselves and to complete the course without external assistance, other than from other riders.

The Routes
The event provides a choice of two routes through the stunning Chiltern countryside. Our objective was simple: create a route covering the best the area has to offer – a great day out on the bike. The longer route takes in a beautiful loop through the Vale of Aylesbury, past the historic Waddesdon Manor and then back via a challenging climb up Aston Hill. The shorter loop shares its outward leg with the longer route before splitting off at 35km and avoiding Aston Hill.

**IMPORTANT ROUTE CHANGE**

Due to emergency drainage repairs on the road to Wing both the Long and Short routes have changed. The updated Ride with GPS routes are below.

The Short route is 67 km/42 miles with 537 meters/1763 feet of climbing https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32050282

The Long route is 107 km/66 miles with 988 meters/3242 feet of climbing https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31383721

How to Enter
*ENTRY ON THE DAY ONLY* Online entry is now closed. Click here to view the entry list.

Entries on the day £20.

Event HQ and Buffet
The event HQ is Musette Café, Church Farm, Station Road, Aldbury ,HP23 5RS https://www.musette.cafe/

At the end of the event there’ll be a free buffet and bottomless tea. Musette will be open as usual selling their excellent coffee and cakes.

Event Timing
The event will be timed via chip timing, provided on the day.

Interclub Competition
The event will include a competition for the unique, handmade Berkhamsted Spring Classic Trophy. Each rider who completes the long route scores one point, each rider completing the shorter route gets half a point, the club with the most points will hold the trophy for a year, until the next event, when the trophy will return to be awarded again. BCC are excluded from the competition as the hosting club. Will your club be the winners?

Charity Partner
We’re pleased that Thames Valley Air Ambulance is our charity partner for this event. A member of our club had an accident while out on a ride, TVAA were on hand to take him to hospital and he’s now on the road to recovery, we and many other people who’ve been helped by TVAA in their hour of need are hugely grateful for the service the TVAA provides. The TVAA receives no funding from the NHS therefore we’re proud to announce that all profits from this event with be donated to the TVAA. More information about the TVAA can be found here.

Things to know and remember
The event will not be signed, you can download directions from the entry page, paper route maps will be available on the day.

There will be no support on the road therefore riders should ensure that their bike is in good working order and carry sufficient spares and supplies as necessary.

Third party insurance is provided by British Cycling as part of the cost of entry. Riders are reminded that they ride at their own risk.

All participating riders are required to wear helmets.

Riders should obey the rules of the road and ride with due consideration for other road users. Any riders observed not doing so will be ejected from the event.

Parking is available at the event HQ but is limited. If you’re unable to park at the HQ you can park of at Tring Station c.1km from the event HQ, charges may apply.

Please be considerate of residents who live close to the event HQ when arriving in the morning.

Any Questions
If you have any questions about the event please click here to email the Ride Organiser.

Berkhamsted Spring Classic Trophy

Weekend News

The storms have kept a lot of the club off the road but a few hardy souls have braved the weather for our Saturday morning club rides.

Ride start at the Cricket Club.

Braving standing water in the Chilterns.

Some of the club have taken to two legs competing in the Berkhamsted Half Marathon and Fun Run organised by the Rotary Club.

Heather 4th fastest woman in the Berko Half Marathon.

Simon putting in a respectable time for the half.

The Chiltern Classics Reliability Ride series has seen club members out on the roads keeping in shape for the spring and summer months. 

Reliability ride heroes!

Berkhamsted CC won the Verulam CC Reliability Ride Inter-club trophy! This is won on a points system based on the club with the most riders to finish the event (excluding the host club). Chapeau to all the members that took part on a very windy day.

For a chance to win our Spring Classic trophy on Sunday 8th March  click here for more details and entry on the day. There is a free buffet and bottomless tea in Musette Cafe at the finish 🙂

Musette hosted a great evening talk with Matt Stephens and local legend Anna Henderson (racing for Pro Team Sunweb along with team GB). The cafe have got a full calendar of events lined up this year. Check their website for details.

Anna and Matt at Musette with Anna receiving artwork by Spencer Wilson.

James in Dubai’s warmer climes being blown along by a sand storm.

… meanwhile Berko Castle moat is full!

… and the Cyclo-Cross season is officially over.

Harp Hilly 100 2020

The club have won the Harp Hilly 100 shield for the 6th consecutive year.

38 BCC riders completed the shortened 60 km route beating Verulam Cycling Club with 18 riders.
Due to cold conditions with ice on country lanes the organisers wisely decided to shorten the 100 km route.
Mike (our Chairman) said ‘Well done to all who took part on a rather chilly day. I think I may have something in my eye or am I having another proud BCC Chairman moment?’

The Harp Hilly Hundred is in it’s 66th year, organised by Harp Road Club, Apsley, has been run in January every year since 1954.

BCC was formed 6 years ago and have dominated the Harp Hilly Hundred shield in recent years but still have a long way to go to equal local rivals Verulam CC, who have scooped the prize on 23 occasions.

Click here for local on-line ‘Living Magazine’ featuring an article on the event.

Photo’s taken by the organiser’s can be found on Flickr by clicking here.

Below are a sample.

Harp Hilly 100 shield is on display at the Berkhamsted Mayor’s office.

Don’t forget that there are further Chiltern Classic rides organised by our friendly neighboring clubs. Click here for details.

The club has it’s own Spring Classic on Sunday 8th March. Details can be found by clicking here.

BCC’s 2019

Happy New Year all 🙂
The club had a fantastic 2019 with riders putting in the km’s all over the world.
If you would like to join in with us click here to visit our membership page.

The Chiltern Spring Classic Reliability Ride Series has started and finishes with the Berkhamsted Spring Classic on Sunday 8th March 2020.
Click here for details of these rides run by our local friendly cycling clubs.

These are a selection of photos of the club and more can be found on our photos page.

BCC 2018

Weekend News

Winter has arrived but club members have still been enjoying the odd glimpse of sun on our rolling Chiltern countryside.
Mountain bike rides have replaced a couple of our Saturday morning club rides as the roads have been too icy.

Our chairman Mike raced in a charity event at the Olympic velodrome in Lee Valley Velo Park where he managed to recruit a couple of new members (namely Victoria Pendleton and Sir Chris Hoy)!

The clubs Annual General Meeting was held on 15th November and was a great success with formalities speedily dispatched with followed by banter, beer (and wine) and fab food organised by Heidi our event coordinator. AGM slides and minutes can be viewed by club members by clicking here (you need to login).

The Wednesday evening winter turbo sessions managed by our coach Duncan have started in earnest at the Berko Cricket club. If you would like to join in click here to send an email.

Our performance officer Paul has partnered up with Champneys, Tring for Tuesday and Wednesday night Stages Flight power based cycle training sessions using Stages spin bikes. Click here for details of how to book a place.

The Cyclo Cross season is in full swing with 8 or so riders competing in the Central Cyclo Cross League. CX is a great way to keep in shape over the winter and an excuse to get covered in mud!

Ride with the Pro’s

Berkhamsted Cycling Club and Hult Ashridge Executive Education presents Ride With the Pro’s.

The rides were on Sunday 10th November from Hult Ashridge College, Berkhamsted, Herthfordshire with 5 different length routes for varied abilities with an off-road family fun ride. All the riders had a great morning on the undulating course with coffee and sandwiches at the start and coffee and cake at the end!

Hugh Carthy and Sebastian Langerveld of EF Education First World Tour Cycling team, Anna Henderson, Jenny Powell and Jo Simley of National Race Team Brother UK – Tifosi powered by OnForm rode with the groups.

We would like to say a huge Thank You to all the riders that have raised £700.00 for local charities.

For pictures of the day click on the Flickr link below. Free to download full size images.

BCC, EF Education First and Team OnForm Ride with the Pro's

Click here for the event published in Berkhamsted’s Local News online paper.

Weekend News

Another busy few weeks for club members with riders finding winter sun in some far-flung places along with our weekly club rides around Berko.
Some of the ventures included… Majorca, Paris, Croatia, Côte d’Azur and the Italian Riviera, The Alps north-west of Avignon, France, Monpellier and Bellagio on Lake Como, Italy.

Our Chairman Mike competed in Ironman Lanzarote and has also collected the ‘London Classics’ by completing the three big 2019 events in London: The Marathon, Ride London and Swim the Serpentine. Chapeau!

Phil Liggett entertained us with stories of cycling, Africa and Save the Rhino.

The new BBC program ‘Escape to the Perfect Town’ featured Berko and included club member Christian enjoying post ride hydration. Click here for the program on BBC iPlayer.

Lee competed in Ironman Barcelona and put in a very respectful time on a tough course.

The quiz night BCC vs Berko Cricket Club vs Berkhamsted Raiders was a great success. BCC were beaten into second place by Berko Cricket Club but we were the winning Individual Team.

The Cyclo-cross season is well underway and a few of the clubs CX’rs had a great time at Welwyn. If you want to try CX click here for online entry to events in our area.

The clubs ‘Ride with the Pros’ event at Ashridge College is on Sunday 10th November and we are expecting Education First racer Hugh Carthy (along with other EF riders) and Anna Henderson to be riding. Click here for details and online entry.

Local lass Anna Henderson (racer for Team OnForm) competed in the UCI Worlds in Yorkshire where GB finished 3rd in the Mixed Team Time Trial event. The first time this event has been included in the worlds. Anna was also in the road race and finished as the highest place GB rider.

The local Gazette ran a photo special on our 2019 Time Trial. Well done racers, time keepers, helpers and organisers  Click here for online news.

Time Trial 2019

So a gloomy September morning dawned on the day of the BCC TT around Mentmore, one of the clubs well used ride routes, heavy drizzle and standing water was set to greet the 62 brave souls signed up for the annual 10 mile dash, honours and bragging rights at stake.

Just as the cohort of hardy BCC volunteers started to arrive along with the riders the weather brightened, and we could swear blue sky was appearing. A number of riders cited ‘illness’ or an aversion to water so the field finally whittled itself down to around 45 riders departing with guinea pig, endurance junkie and chairman Mike Plowman starting off the affair, with the rest of the field chasing his yellow peril TT bike, a small ray of dwindling brightness up Mentmore Hill in the grey.

Apart from small spill by Simon Pearce by the duck pond who still managed a very creditable 5th overall despite the bumps and road rash the race was uneventful and duly won overall by Nick Clarke in a time of 22:08 at an average of 27 mph or 43.4 kph. For the women Sam Fawcett came home in a time of 25:13, an average of 23.8 mph or 38.3 kph and an 11th overall. (Provisional results).

Winners of the best 3 riders home in a team went to old friends Ashmei Musette Men and Lovelo Squadra Donne Women.

Very positive feedback from all and the HQ at Tracy’s Café put on some fine refreshments. Huge thanks to all the volunteers, marshals and timekeepers.

For more photos of the day on Flickr click here (free to download).

Full results on Cycling Time Trials here.

Nick Clarke Winner Male Open

John Lacey Winner Male Vet

Hary Kirby Winner Male Juniors

Lee Harrison First Male Road Bike

Samantha Fawcett Winner Female Open

Sophie Lewis First Female Junior

Debbie Honour Winner Female Vet

Melinda Atkinson First Female Road Bike

Millie Carey Winner Female Juvenile

Ashmei Musette Race Team Winners Men’s Team

Lovelo Squadra Donne Winners Women’s Team

And last but not least…

Jez Kidd Winner Best Bobble Hat with (L to R) Paul (Organiser) and Mike (Chairman)

Weekend News

BCC members have been around the globe over the summer with riders in Canada, Australia, Spain, France, Italy and our home territory – The Chilterns.

Talking about ‘around the globe’, from 1st Jan to 15th Sept 2019 club members have cycled 516,280kms. That’s over 17 times around the world. Chapeau! These are a few of the activities that members have been up to…

Heather and James competed in the Vitruvian middle distance triathlon and after 2km swim, 52mile bike and a half marathon Heather finished 3rd in her age group and was 8th lady overall. A brilliant result! Heather was spurred on by James who managed to chase her down at 15 miles on the bike after her 10min head start and James smashed 4hrs 30mins!

While the pro-teams were fighting it out at La Vuelta a España, BCC had it’s Vuelta ride with plenty of tapas supplied by Musette Café on a fabulous late summer day.

Nick Clarke (BCC second claim member) and Jonathan Schubert racing for Arctic Aircon rode the Duo Normand 50km 2-up time trial in Marigny, Normandy. They finished in a time of 1hr 9mins 47secs placing them – 3rd Senior category, 4th of all the non-UCI registered professional teams and 17th fastest on the day for professional and non-professional.

James completed the Paris-Brest-Paris 1,200km Audax ride in 85hrs 10mins 32secs. A phenomenal achievement for this ride that’s held every 4 years. Entry can only be gained by completing long distance Audax rides prior to the event. Chapeau from all at the club.

The first round of this seasons Central Cyclo-Cross League (CCXL) kicked of in sunny Milton Keynes with Jez and Stephen racing in the seniors and Tim (Lovelo kit) in the vet 40 age cat. All are racing for BCC and had a great time with Jez happy to have completed the race and Tim finishing mid-field. Stephen put in a strong ride but a puncture sidelined him from a finish. Credit to Keith Perry for the fantastic photos.

Well done to Team Ride 45 (with BCC members) who completed the 12 hour time trial at Brands Hatch and came 1st in their category.

James also raced at Brands Hatch in the Revolve 24 6 hour challenge and completed 100 miles in 5hrs 16mins averaging 19+mph.

Recreating times-gone-by BCC held it’s Eroica style ride taking in some of the rolling Chilterns and ending at Mussette Café. A great time had by all with old steel bikes, finesse gear changing, woolen shorts and toe straps!

Anna 2015
Anna 2019

We are delighted that local lass Anna Henderson has been selected to represent GB at the Cycling World Championships in Yorkshire and the club wish her the best of luck. Anna started racing in 2015 with our local bike shop Lovelo Cycle Works and is currently the under 23 GB National Champ.

If you want to put all that summer training to good use while the professionals are racing in Yorkshire then click here for details of our 10 mile Time Trial on Sunday 29th Sept on the Mentmore loop near Tring HP23 4QR.

Weekend News

The club had over 40 riders line up for Prudential Ride London on Sunday 4th August. That’s almost 20% of the club and the 3rd highest number of riders in the 100 mile classic.

Congratulations not only to the riders but also to our sterling support crew who put on a much welcome picnic in Green Park. Everyone had a great day and looking forward to next year.

For a Facebook video of the start from club member Chris click here.

For a Facebook video of Box Hill click here.

Meanwhile slightly closer to home Simon competed in the Hemel Hempstead Cycling Club 10 mile time trial. He finished mid field which was no mean feet as he was on his trusty 40 year old Carlton.