Berkhamsted Spring Classic

Berkhamsted Cycling Club are proud to announce the Berkhamsted Spring Classic, part of the Chiltern Classics Series of reliability rides. 

Well done everyone who took part in the ride.
Hard yards into the wind on the way home but some excellent times. Results are below.
Thanks to all the helpers today and Musette Cafe for the HQ. 
Verulam Cycling Club is St Albans won the Team Trophy.

Pictures of the day are available to download for free from Flickr. Berkhamsted Spring Classic 2022

Berkhamsted Spring Classic Trophy



GCN and BCC Road Race 2021

GCN had a team of racers at our Road Race. 

GCN+ will be airing ‘World Tour to Cat 4’ a series of videos charting to progress of the team of rookie racers being coached by a World Tour Team to race in their first road race.

That race was organised by Berkhamsted Cycling Club.

Keep and eye on the GCN+ YouTube Chanel for dates.

Behind the scenes footage can be viewed by clicking here (Google video).

Click below for photos of the day on Flickr.

BCC RR 2021

2021 Road Race

Marine Guerin and Craig Condie victorious at Berkhamsted Cycling Club Road Race on Sunday, July 25.

Full results and race reports (from all of the series races) are available on The British Women’s Team Cup website by clicking here.

Results of the Men’s race are available on the British Cycling website by clicking here.

Click on the photo below for images of the day from Trevor Hill.

BCC RR 2021

Click on the photo below for images of the day from Paul Gardner.

Berkhamsted Cycle Club Mentmore Race

Marine Guerin and Craig Condie victorious at return of local cycling road racing.

Berkhamsted Cycling Club held the region’s first full-capacity cycling road race to take place since first lock-downs began, and Marine Guerin and Craig Condie beat more than 60 and 80 riders respectively to finish first in the women’s and men’s categories.

The two races took place on Sunday, July 25, with both men and women completing 12 laps of a 4.2 mile circuit in Mentmore, Buckinghamshire.

Marine, an investment professional from London, riding for Team Watto LDN, triumphed amid a high-level women’s field, including “elite” category racers (racers who compete one level below the professional ranks). The women’s competition formed part of the country-wide British Women’s Team Cup Series, and was the first Team Cup race to take place at full capacity since the start of the pandemic.

The race itself was very competitive, with women completing laps of the course in times between nine and 12 minutes.

Meanwhile Craig Condie, who rides for Bristol South CC, triumphed in the men’s race. The competition began at a furious pace, and by half way a third of the riders were either out of the race or had been lapped by the leaders. At the end of the men’s race, prizes were given out by Martin Tett, leader of Bucks County Council.

The men’s race was also notable for a team of amateurs entered by broadcaster Global Cycling Network and coached by Tom Southam, a sports director at top professional team EF Education Nippo. Their performance will form part of a forthcoming documentary about grassroots racing to be shown on Global Cycling Network.

Julian Ormerod, chair of Berkhamsted Cycling Club said: “It was hugely exciting for spectators to see such high-level racing. Although for the racers themselves I’m sure the experience was a lot more stressful!

“The race was a huge achievement and a huge relief. It’s our club’s largest annual event but because of Covid we have not been able to put in on for the past year. That piled pressure on our return to racing, and thanks to a huge effort behind the scenes, and our amazing team of volunteers on the day, we were able to go ahead. I’m so glad we did – it is great to see exciting, friendly and competitive grassroots road racing again.”


The two races – open to men in categories 3 and 4 and women in Elite and categories 1, 2 and 3 – take place on largely traffic free roads.

The men’s race starts at 09:30 and the women’s 13:30. HQ is Cheddington Village Hall LU7 0RU that will be open for sign-on from 08:30.

The women’s race is part of the British Women’s Team Cup and will be the first full-capacity race in the series to take place in 2021.

Both events start and finish in Mentmore, Buckinghamshire with a 1.5 mile neutralised  section from the HQ to the start.

For more information, visit British Cycling’s page about the event. The course profile can be viewed on Strava here or on Ride with GPS here.

Broadcaster Global Cycling Network have confirmed they will enter a team of six amateur riders, coached by a Education First  Pro Cycling sports director Tom Southam, in the men’s race.

COVID-19 restrictions will mean some changes to normal logistics and procedure on the day – more information will be made available to entrants nearer the time.

Phil Liggett

The life of legendary television commentator Phil Liggett MBE is inextricably entwined with the history of professional cycling. During a career that has spanned five decades, 15 Olympic games and 47 Tours de France, Phil Liggett has been there for every key moment in cycling over the last half century. The heroic triumphs, the appalling tragedies, the scandals and the controversies; Phil has seen it all, and told us about it with passion, knowledge and his trademark wit. As much as anyone, Phil Liggett has shaped the way the world sees cycling.

His documentary has been released in Australia (as CV-19 restrictions have been relaxed) and has had fantastic reviews.

A release date for the UK is currently unknown but when CV-19 restrictions allow and cinemas are open it will be released.

Phil has also commentated on the Berkhamsted Revolutions Cycling Festival, other local races as well as a talk at BCC and Musette Cafe. Those of you that were at the BCC talk may remember a film crew also being there, the club is in Phil’s documentary film!

For a brief glimpse please view the trailer on YouTube below.

Phil Liggett at his BCC talk

Phil Liggett is Patron of Helping Rhinos Charity

Phil at the BCRF 2018

Phil in his racing days.



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.

View on YouTube here:

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

Click here for photos on Facebook.

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





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.



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 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

Nils Laengner

Jonny Hines

Atlas Mountain Race

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. 

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

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.


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

The Long route is 107 km/66 miles with 988 meters/3242 feet of climbing

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

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.