Michael Broadwith

On Thursday 26th July BCC were honoured to welcome a true local hero to present a talk to the club’s members at the King’s Arms’ function room.
Berkhamsted resident, Michael Broadwith is known as a long-distance specialist, having won the National 24 Hour time trial no less than three times, with distances up to 530 miles, but his most recent crowning glory is his new record for the “End to End”, or Land’s End to John O’Groats, completed in a staggering time of just 43 hours, 25 minutes and 13 seconds.
Michael generously gave up his evening to tell us how he did it, and to talk about the various trials and tribulations along the way. His charming manner and wit won us all over and everyone felt humbled by this very likeable and modest superman. What a fabulous evening!
BCC were happy to make a donation to Michael’s chosen charity, Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The LE JoG route

Phil Liggett and Michael at BCRF2018 a week after the record.

Weekend News

Ride London and Dunwich Dynamo were the main long distance activities for club members this weekend.
Unfortunately the sunny weather decided to break for the events 🙁
Chapeau to all the riders!

BCC on the BBC Ride London 2018

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Dunwich Dynamo
Dunwich Dynamo

Weekend News

The stunning summer weather has meant that BCC members have once again been enjoying life on two wheels…

Saturday club ride
Velothon Wales
Velothon Wales
Etape du Tour
Etape du Tour
Matt’s 400km ride
Snowdonia 7
Snowdonia 7 Super Vets winner

Club members were also out in force at the Eton Dorney Triathlon and Wallingford Sportive.

Weekend News

Along with the Saturday club ride this weekend has again seen members enjoying the summer on two wheels.
On Friday the Silverstone circuit was a sea of blue and yellow with three BCC teams in the BMCC 9-up team time trial. Everyone thorughly enjoyed themselves and a huge thanks to our Performance Officer Graham for organising.

Graham was also at Herne Hill Cycling Revival in the penny farthing race where Mark Beaumont broke a 127 year old British record riding 21.92 miles in 1 hour. There was no lycra allowed and Graham is in the gold waistcoat.

Trevor was at the classic cycling festival Eroica Britannia where pre 1987 bikes take on the gravel trails of the Peak District around Bakewell. He did the 60 mile route and was the first rider to finish but not the quickest time!

Not strictly cycling related but… Club member Mathew Norman and crew won 1st place in the Nasdaq Clipper race from Panama to New York. Mathew is front third left. AMAZING result!

Huge congratulations to local superhero, Michael Broadwith, who broke the Land’s End to John O’Groats record on a bike. His “end to end” ride took a mere 43 hours, 25 minutes and 13 seconds. That’s an average speed of 20 mph. His incredible achievement also saw him smash several other records along the way. Very, very well done. Click here to read Michael’s story.

At John o’Groats

Weekend News

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the club with riders and racers taking part in events all over the UK.
The club are also completing final preparation for the Berkhamsted Castle Revolutions Festival 2018 family day of cycling and entertainment with closed road racing and riding for everyone. Click here for details of the event on 24th June 2018.

The Dens Sportive
Matt at Hillingdon
The Dragon Ride
Tour de Vale
Tour of Cambridgeshire
Tour of Cambridgeshire
Tour of Cambridgeshire
Tour of Cambridgeshire
Ladies Team Time Trial training

Lee Valley Velodrome

On 23rd May BCC took over the Olympic Park velodrome. 30 of our members enjoyed riding the same boards where so many gold medals were won by Team GB during the 2012 Olympic Games.

The place is incredible, and you can’t help feeling the presence of great names like Wiggins, Cavendish, Hoy, Pendleton, Clancy, Trott, King, Archibald, Kenny and so many others who have graced this venue with their very superior presence. After just a handful of laps your whole perspective changes and suddenly it becomes clear just how super-human those characters are. Believe me, it’s hard work.

BCRF 2018

The town is getting ready for Berkhamsted Castle Revolution Festival 2018 with the Kings Arms Manager Brandon Kirby (centre) proudly exhibiting one of the event banners.
Our Performance Officer Graham (left) and Chairman Michael (right) were there to ensure everything went smoothly!
BCRF 2018 promises to be a fantastic day for all the family with lots to do while watching the races.

For more information and to enter the races click here.

**LATEST NEWS**

Our Chairman has managed to secure none other than Phil Liggett MBE to commentate over the races at the Festival. Phil has been the voice of cycling commentary for the last 5 decades, covering 15 x Olympics and 44 x Tour de France.
We are honoured to have Phil at our event – a true cycling legend who will certainly add a touch of class to our racing.

Weekend News

The fantastic May Bank Holiday weekend saw club riders and racers out enjoying the sun.
From the Tour de Yorkshire sportive, Thames Velo Road Race, Time Trials and club ride we all thoroughly enjoyed the start of summer 🙂

Some of the club riders
Michael, Mike and Paul at the Tour de Yorkshire
The Antelope 3-up TTT
David, Julian and James at the Antelope 3-up TTT
Rich at the MK Bowl crit race
Matt at the Thames Velo RR

Berkhamsted Triathlon

On the morning of Sunday 29th April in the freezing cold, damp and blustery weather (summer was last week – we’re back to winter now) the Berkhamsted Triathlon took place, based at the Knox Johnston sports centre.

BCC was very well represented by 6 sterling individual efforts and 6 relay teams. Each team consisted of 3 individuals making a total of 24 competitors. A fantastic turnout of over 10% of the club!

The results were quite outstanding, and everyone put in huge efforts just to be on the starting line on such a miserable day. Massive congratulations go to all who took part.

Of special note, the winning relay team comprised our very own Emily Hartwell (swim), Matt Buckle (cycle) and Rob Chambers (run). Well done indeed! Matt’s time on the bike was pipped by the always amazing Simon Pearce, whom (provisionally) took fastest time of the day, but it must be mentioned that Matt’s slightly slower time did involve him having to stop to inflate his punctured tyre! Pretty incredible.

5th place overall in the individual’s event went to ex club member Matty Earles, whose bike time was only just shy of the aforementioned Simon and Matt. A truly meritorious result Matty. Well done.

So, BCC really did seem to dominate, as we have done in the Harp Hilly 100. Let’s work on keeping this record and build on our success for next year at this very well run local event. Get training now. In the meantime, enjoy the photos…

The Winners

Weekend News

The first real weekend of sun in 2018 saw BCC club members out and about with riders enjoying the warmth on the club ride, local time trials, Liege Bastogne Liege and DENS Hemel Hillbuster sportives.
A picture tells a 1000 words so…

BCC club ride start
Liege Bastogne Liege
Miles and Margot at LBL
David at LBL
James at Bossard Wheelers TT
DENS Hemel Hillbuster post ride 🙂
Drinking club with a bike problem 😉

Mud Sweat and Gears 1

Race Report – Mud Sweat & Gears Round 1 – Hadleigh Park – 25/02/18 – Mervyn Dempsey

The 2012 London Olympic venue of Hadleigh Park, Essex hosted the first round of the Mud Sweat and Gears cross country mountain bike series on an extremely chilly Sunday afternoon. BCC racer Mervyn Dempsey, is continuing his preparation for the 2018/19 Cyclocross season by participating in selected rounds throughout the year. Competing in the Sport Male category Mervyn finished 24th of 35 starters in an extremely competitive field.
In Mervyn’s words…
“2005 was the last time I took part in any sort of mountain bike race and probably the last time I did any serious technical off road riding so lap one was a bit of a shock to the system! However within a couple of laps the confidence started to return and I could start to enjoy everything Hadleigh Park had to offer! It a was long and tough race with lots of climbing and a lot of fast riders, but I’m happy finishing 24th in the end. The aim was to have fun and improve the technical skills, both achieved! Looking forward to the next one!”

Harp Hilly Hundred 2018

Berkhamsted Cycling Club have retained the Harp Hilly Hundred Trophy for a fourth consecutive year!

The Harp Hilly is an annual 100 km reliability ride (that’s an organised ride but with no refueling stations or mechanical support) that takes in many of the well known hills in the area. The event is brilliantly organised by our neighbours, Harp Road Club, who always put on a fantastic spread at the the Hemel clubhouse. It was another neighbouring club however, namely Verulam CC from St. Albans, who were determined to loosen our grip on the title this year, fielding an impressive 45 members themselves. But with 51 riders completing the 100 km circuit, BCC again took the honours though.

Huge congratulations on behalf of the club to everyone who took part in the ride and of course to those who managed to complete the grueling course. Thanks also to Mike Plowman on his efforts in making sure we filled all our places to guarantee the win!

Photos from members of the club.

Victoria Pendleton

BCC received an invitation for eight members to meet up with a film crew at Ivinghoe Beacon to appear on a new TV series featuring famous people on scenic trails walking their dogs.

When the club discovered that it was World and Olympic Gold Medalist Victoria Pendleton we just couldn’t say no.

The Channel 4 ‘More Four’ series called ‘Walks with My Dog’ was aired on 25th January 2018 and the club did indeed make an appearance.

The clip below is from the hour long program.

BCC with Victoria Pendleton from Trevor Hill on Vimeo.

The club wishes huge thanks to our Events Officer Jo for pulling it all together.

Rouleur Magazine

Former BCC member Kirstin is in the ‘the finest cycling journal in the world’ Rouleur Magazine issue 17.8 (December 2017).
The issue has a feature on the 2017 British National Hill Climb Championship in which Kristin competed at Hedley on the Hill, Northumberland.
As Kristin sums up competing in such an event… “It’s a matter of finding the maximum amount of pain you can take, then seeing how long you can hold that for. It is a very dark place to go.”

Kristin won her first race for BCC on 4th February 2017 at Hillingdon and now races for Lovelo Cinelli Race Team sponsored by our local bike shop Lovelo Cycle Works.

The club wishes Kristin all the best for the 2018 race season 🙂

(Rouleur photo courtesy of @cyclingimages on Instagram)

Christmas Ride 2017

After a pretty quiet December, the weather was a bit milder for our annual Christmas Ride so BCC was out in force . Its become a bit of a tradition to gather at the Kings Arms for mulled wine and mince pies after the ride and look back over the year of riding with the club – thanks to the staff for managing to get out about 50 cups of their winter warmer!
Another tradition is that we are joined by a representative from the Mayors Office to say a few words. Huge thanks to Sue Beardshaw, Deputy Mayor of Berkhamsted, for coming to speak to our members..who were happy, if a little mud splattered!

From everyone at BCC, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!

Lovelo Cyclo Crossmas

The club members that took part in the Lovelo Cyclo Crossmas at Ashlyns School on Sunday 17th December had a fantastic time!
Much mud, snow and a bridge to contend with 🙂 Huge thanks to Lovelo Cinelli Race Team and Lovelo Cycle Works for putting on a great event.

BCC 2017 AGM

On the 10th November 2017 the club hosted its third AGM at the Kings Arms. As a relatively new cycling club, BCC is already over twice the size of the average club in the UK. This year we hosted a road race, time trial, hill climb and attended dozens of sportives throughout the UK and beyond.
Our members have represented GB for different age groups at a variety of competitive events. We have cycled in 5 continents, but closer to home, we regularly see 65+ riders on our weekly club ride which divides into different routes depending on how far, high or fast our members would like to go.
Its been an incredible year, thanks to everyone at the club for making it possible, and of course to our magnificent membership!
Below are the pictures of our members who won awards this year for their contributions to the club.
From everyone at Berkhamsted Cycling Club – Happy Cycling!

Matt – Thomas Stephens Award

Awarded to the first claim rider who has achieved the best performance results in BCC colours in the view of the Club’s Performance Coordinator.

Paul – Club Supporters Award

Awarded to the Club member (excluding ExCo members) who has done the most to support the Club in the eyes of the ExCo.

Isobel – The Kurth Quaich

Awarded to the ride leader (excluding ExCo members) who has undertaken the most ride leading on Club social rides in the view of the Club’s Ride Coordinator.

Mike – The Broken Spoke Award

Awarded to the Club member who has provided the most intentional or unintentional amusement whilst cycling or engaged in Club activities, as judged by the Chairman.

Janice – The Best Club Rider Award

Awarded to the Club rider who sets the best possible standard whilst riding with the Club, as judged by the membership, based on the published criteria.

 

 

 

The BCC Four go to the Isle of Wight

On the 29th October four members of the club went to the Isle of Wight as a change of riding scenery to Berko and surrounding areas.
Lee Morgan (one of the four) has penned a great article on the adventure…

After meeting through the cycle club a year ago, Myself (Lee Morgan), Alex Edgar, Tommy Wong and Tom Newton decided we should test our Chiltern cycle legs abroad (well, the Isle of Wight!).

We headed down to Cowes, IOW, on a Saturday with a plan to do a quick leg loosener cycle in the New Forest on the way to Southampton.

We arrived in the New Forest nice and early. We had gone all out at McDonald’s on the way down with a minimum £10 entry buy in to get the show on the road. Alex Edgar drove down with a handy 4 bike roof rack. I must add, his road rage is nowhere near as bad as his bike rage. (Something we are working on with him to improve). It was freezing cold but clear. We had our thermal base layers on for the 4 Degrees outside! Tom N didn’t need a base layer. We were envious of his own grown merino wool carpet he expertly modeled on his chest before zipping his jersey! We hit the New Forest roads at 8am.

Credit to Tommy Wong for the video.

Soon after we started cycling we spotted as what can only be described as the happiest pig in the world. He was bounding across the road not a care in the world. It was at that point we decided we each individually needed a selfie with a wild animal. Alex got a shot with a pig, Tommy was the horse whisperer, I got up close and personal to a cow (who nearly urinated on me) and Tom N was in hunt for the illusive Donkey. We saw one but we were travelling at like 45kph down what used to be an old runway of a road that runs through the middle of the forest. A cracking segment!

Shortly after finishing our short but stunning ride in the New Forest we set off to Southampton.

The 1 hour ferry crossing to Cowes from Southampton consisted of many beers (not for Tom N who was doing Stoptober, boo). We studied every sail boat to see if we could see Matt Norman at the helm!

We arrived in Cowes, IOW late Saturday afternoon. After a quick shower at the B&B we headed into Cowes to top up our alcohol levels…. Um… I mean carb loading! The locals are very “interesting” and we ended up partying late into the night singing all the Uni ballads covered by a live band in a back street pub! We met a guy called Mark whose illustrious career as Amy Winehouse and Pearl Jam’s music producer had taken a turn for the worse and he appeared to be stuck on the Island! He was none the wiser though as apparently I was a dentist and Alex a Ryan Air pilot.

We did not need to load a GPX route to do an island loop. The Isle of Wight have kindly sign posted a short and long route all the way around the Island.

We set off first thing nursing slight hangovers. Tommy was keen to leave the B&B ASAP after sharing a bed with Alex that night. We still have no idea what happened in that room. I had the joy of sharing a room with Mr Merino Wool Chest hair himself! We immediately found the first sign for the loop and got spinning. The skies opened briefly, but the weather was fantastic.

There was a section on the ride where you are rolling up and down the cliffs, overlooking the ocean. It was truly breath-taking. (It didn’t have anything on the Mentmore loop though). The roads themselves were extremely quiet and very smooth. We did do a 2km section across a gravel canal like path. It felt very much Paris-Roubaix for that 2km’s and we were all praying the “P” word wouldn’t occur.
The Island was lumpy to say the least and you certainly needed so climbing legs for the lumps and bumps. We found ourselves taking more and more coffee stops, but they were great and the locals really seem to envy us guys who go there to cycle around their Island.
We completed the 100km loop all feeling completely shattered but agreeing that was one of the most spectacular rides we have done this year even if it did have over 1,500m of climbing. Both Tommy and Alex somehow managed to delete their Garmin activities, so if it’s not on Strava it didn’t happen! Me and Tom N kindly shared our activity files with them, so don’t believe Tommy’s Power Output when you click his activity, that was all me!!!

Credit to Tommy Wong for the video.

It was such a simple and straightforward trip. It could easily been done in a day. We would highly recommend going there and give us a shout if you need some tips on accommodation, routes. (We became very familiar with Paula and her B&B. She even joined us for drinks!)
Next stop, a cycle holiday to Sri Lanka? We’ll let the singleton Alex tell our wives / wives to be that we are going to disappear for 2 weeks. 😊

Click here for the lovely Paula’s B&B

2017 BCC Hill Climb

Full results and pictures from our Hill Climb at Toms Hill in Aldbury on Sunday 29th October 2017. Congratulations to all the riders, some good times posted.
Many thanks for all the volunteers and supporters for coming along too – it makes a big difference to be cheered on.
Finally, a massive thank you to Ashmei Cycle Clothing for allowing us to use their lovely building again – and of course, for the first place KOM and QOM jerseys from their new range – quite brilliant prizes!

Position Name Club Category Time
Mens 123        
1st Rory Wells Velo City 10 Male Senior 2.11
2nd Thomas Saminaden Gregarios Superclub Ciclista Male Senior 2.12
3rd James Scrivener Reading Cycle Club Male Senior 2.18
Womens 123        
1st Karine Jones Verulam Cycle Club Female Vet 2.51
Joint 2nd Samantha Fawcett Lovelo Squadra Donne Female Senior 2.54
Joint 2nd Helen Reynolds Hemel Hempstead Cycle Club Female Vet 2.54
Juniors 123        
1st Joe O’Brien Lee Valley Youth Cycle Club Male Junior 2.41
2nd Christy Durbin Tri-Force Triathlon Club  Female Junior 3.23
3rd Finn O’Brien Lee Valley Youth Cycle Club Male Junior 3.56
Vets 123        
1st Issy Zimmerman Verulam Cycle Club Male Vet 2.21
2nd Dave Nicholas DRCC Male Vet 2.36
3rd Daniel Powell Berkhamsted Cycle Club Male Vet 2.43
Remaining riders        
  Andy Ashwell Berkhamsted Cycle Club Male Vet 2.47
  Martin Jones Verulam Cycle Club Male Vet 2.45
  Rich Jones Velo City 10 Male Vet 2.47
  Deborah Beare Icknield Road Cycle Club Female Senior 2.56
  James Taylor Berkhamsted Cycle Club Male Senior 2.26
  Andy Ward Icknield Road Cycle Club Male Vet 3.23
  William MacAlpine The Bike Loft Male Senior 3.21
  Martin Webb Icknield Road Cycle Club Male Vet 3.50
  Jodie Janes Pedal Works Female Senior 3.23
  Tim Salmon Watford Velo Cycle Club Male Senior 2.47
  Dan Neal Aylesbury Cycle Club Male Senior 2.28
  Nick O’Brien Grupetto Male Vet 3.05
1st Mens – Rory Wells
1st Womens – Karine Jones

Click on the image below for more pictures of the day

BCC Hill Climb 29th October 2017