ToB and BCC

BCC members will be leading out the Tour of Britain peloton from Hemel Hempstead on Saturday 9th September 2017!
British Cycling asked the club to provide a representative group and we have included the youngest, oldest, racers from the Performance Academy and members ‘pulled from the hat’.
More information will be posted nearer the date so check back for updates.
We plan to have the club ride coincide with the date and time along with support to cheer the club peloton along.
Click the link for information on the ToB stage. http://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage-seven/

 

Supporters Membership

The club has a new membership category for Supporters and Social Membership.
The new membership is designed for other halves, husbands, wives, boy – or girlfriends and children who would like to feel more a part of the club and get involved in BCC club life. The membership itself is £10.00 per year and entitles the member to join our social events and be enjoy the member benefits on our website (but not voting in the AGM or being an Exco member).
Supporters can upgrade their membership to full cycling membership at any point also of course, pro rata for that year.
The membership is available now on our club page, which you can find here: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/club/profile/7006/berkhamsted-cycling-club/

If you have any questions about membership please contact our club membership team.

BCC Ladies Team Time Trial

Four of the clubs ladies entered a team time trial hosted by Bicester Millennium Cycle Club (BMCC) on Tuesday 27th June 2017. Along with four of the men Richard, Graham, Ian and Alan.

Cat Booker (one of the four ladies) has written a short article with a few pictures…

The 4 Up TTT experience at BMCC’s organised event was agreed to be one ‘the four’ who took part would repeat again. Despite all saying it was ‘for fun’ and an experience, this approach pulled a group of ‘vets’ together with mixed years in the saddle, including various event trails in triathlon, club riding, and much more besides; but never a time trial.

Originally the ladies were set this challenge by Heidi Dore, who would have taken part if she could, next time Heidi, and two teams formed.
A one-up ride test loop near Puttenham set the two team grouping. Heidi was in charge with a stopwatch, the tactics, safety, technique were discussed, and training commenced thereafter. As a group Margot, Sarah, Cat & Janice rode in part together over the two months, and continued with their own normal training, some road trips, club rides, and indoor cycling. The four came together for the first time on the night.

The weather forecast was dire, and the nerves probably showed a little as other teams and the form looked good. The event was confirmed running only half hour before-hand.

Warm-up

The warm-up up gave an opportunity for some leg rolling, but it was agreed to stay right, change off the front every 20 seconds, except for corners, and the words for communicating had been chosen. Keep it simple!

The water and gels consumption before the race happened as the ladies waited by the clubhouse and then the start area watching other teams roll-out. BCC were team 8. There were some things that hadn’t been considered but just happened and went like clock work – phew!

Ready for the off

The standing start, being held on the bike, deciding the order in those 2 minutes on the side whilst waiting for the countdown and bleep from the start machine were new. The ladies rolled out in line, no flinching, steady, and a little quiet.

It became evident there was a definite slope and a false flat on this airfield course, along with some lumps, and grass ruts beside the track to avoid. The cross wind influenced some energy sapping but the group looked tight, neat and finished in a great time outside of fourth place, very close and certainly with potential to close those gaps in the future. What does the future hold? We will see; but this is definitely achievable, fun and a great experience for club riders. It proved to be a time for bonding, setting the bar, and getting a taste for what the ladies at BCC could do again and with other recruits.

We did it!

Eroica Britannia 2017

Over the weekend of 17th June, the retro bike ride and festival ‘Eroica Britannia’ took place in the Peak District close to Bakewell. Two club members Trevor Hill and Tim Newman were at the event. Trevor has written a short article with a few pictures…

‘I made my way up to the new location for Eroica at Friden Grange Nr. Buxton in Derbyshire on Friday with temperatures touching 30 degrees and similar outlook for the weekend. I had opted not to camp but had booked two nights in a YHA 4 miles from the event; soon checked in, unloaded and was off on my trusty 1985 Raleigh racer to register. The goody bag was awesome and the Grange was the perfect location. Lots of classic bikes, parts for sale, beer tents, a gin club, every kind of food stall you could think of, fun fair, child bike ride area and sound stage.

On Friday night DJ Norman Jay MBE put on a classic set of tunes mixing everything from Depeche Mode, Jimi Hendricks, Motown, Dub Step to Ed Sheeran.

Chris Boardman, Ned Boulting and David Millar

Saturday was predominantly ‘show day’ with best bike and best dressed. The range of people at the event was huge from lycra to tweed with a few woollen cycling shorts thrown in. I helped VeloSure break the world record for a static bike relay by cycling 1 km along with 350+ other people and also meet Leigh Timmis. He cycled around the world covering over 70,000 km in 7 years. A brilliant chap who also agreed to give a talk to the club.

1991 Giro winning Pinarello

I meet up with Tim where he and his brother had just collected two freshly restored Carltons that had been in the family for years. With the impending very warm Sunday and Tim with a new Brooks saddle we both thought it wise to do the 55mile ride and not the 100.

Saturday night had Martin Fry and his band ABC on the main stage, they put on a crowd pleasing set with their old classics mixed in with one or two new tracks.

Martin Fry of ABC

Sunday rolled around with the alarm going off at 6am and me on the start line by 6:30; this was on purpose to avoid the midday heat and some of the 5000 riders.

High Peak Trail

The ride was fantastic with around 20 miles of car free Strade Bianche white gravel trails across the high peaks. The feed stops were very well stocked including cask real ale and Bakewell tarts. The 55 mile route was changeling but the Raleigh didn’t miss a beat. Rolling back into the festival I was meet with cheering crowds and a finishers ale.

Trev on the ride
The Monsal Trail
The girls roll in
Luciano Berruti

All in all, a very enjoyable weekend and I urge anyone to go next year. It’s not exclusive to old bikes. The spirit is to enjoy cycling.’

Weekend News

Club members have been out and about in both the UK and Europe over the past couple of weeks along with one or two notable achievements for the Performance Academy.
Tom Newton has moved up to 3rd category racer (more info and pictures on our performance post).

The BCC men’s teams did a fantastic job in the Bicester Millennium 9-up Team Time Trial at Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. BCC1 and BCC2 were ranked 16th and 23rd overall with times of 24:55 and 26:16 respectively over 3 laps of the 3.7 mile circuit. This is impressive considering the average age of our riders.

BCC1 and BCC2 at Silverstone
BCC1
BCC2

More photos of the team time trial can be viewed by clicking below…

BCC and Lovelo at Silverstone 9-up Team Time Trial

Julian Ormerod and Jeremy Harrison took part in the Dragon Ride L’Etape Wales by Le Tour de France. The weather was appalling and the hills steep but they both had a great ride. (Photo credit to SportCam)

Becky Kervell and some of the Berkhamsted Mountain Bike club were off to France for a great Alps weekender up Alpe D’Huez and a few other Cols.

Becky Kervell

Andy King and Guy McGinn are just about to embark on a track training session at the Lee Valley Olympic Velodrome.

Andy King and Guy McGinn

Graham Earl completed a sterling penny farthing race in the Rapha London Nocturne finishing in 7th place despite being hampered with seized steering on the last lap.

Graham Earl
Graham Earl

Weekend News

Luckily we were graced with sunny weather over the weekend and club members were out and about over the country.
Graham spent the weekend at the Eastbourne Cycling Festival. A 30 mile social ride (pub crawl) with the Penny Farthings followed by the Penny race. Beautiful weather and great company with riders from The Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and Berkhamsted.

Penny and Graham in Eastbourne

The closed road Tour of Cambridgeshire saw Janice, Rob, Denzil and James qualify for GB in the world amateur cycling championships in Albi, France. Cat and Dan were also at the ToC but were just outside the qualifying time. Chapeau from the club to all 6 riders!

Katrina put in 60+ miles in training for the Prudential Ride London in aid of the Hospice of St Francis. Katrina has raised £500 and her target is £1000.
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Katrina on the Beacon

Dave has been improving his time trialing skills at or local neighbor club Hemel Hempstead weekly 10 mile TT held most Thursday evenings on the Leighton Buzard Road. Click here for more information on this great informal event.

Dave at HHCC TT

Tommy got hitched to Marie and still managed to get out on the bike! Very best wishes from the club to you both.

Marie and Tommy
It’s on Strava!

The Saturday morning club ride had a fab turnout with lots of members displaying the new club kit.

Saturday club ride

Weekend News

As the weather has taken a turn for the better over the last few weeks the club has been active both locally and further afield.

A few pictures of some of the adventures below…

BCC Lands End to John o’ Groats for The Hospice of St Francis
BCC Lands End to John o’ Groats medals
Heading for the Sa Calobra climb in Mallorca
BCC members at the top of Mont Ventoux
Bank Holiday club ride to the Green Dragon Eco Centre
Bank Holiday club ride to the Green Dragon Eco Centre
Saturday club rides
BCC Performance Academy ‘in the mix’ at local road races

Peter Sagan and Ben Miller

BCC’s Ben Miller got up close and personal with some A-list cycling talent recently.
Here he recounts the events…


“I stayed in Kortrijk when I went over to ride Flanders this year. The whole place is a mecca of pro-cycling at that time, and many of the hotels are packed with the teams. In fact, I couldn’t park my car at my hotel the first night due to all the Team Sky vehicles! Luke Rowe and Christian Knees were in reception as I headed out for dinner.

The night after the Flanders sportive I was shattered and empty. Those cobbled climbs are hard! After a post-ride shower and snooze I headed out to find a coffee, and couldn’t fail to notice the Bora-Hansgrohe vehicles parked behind another hotel. I strolled into the bar, grabbed a well-earned beer, and then noticed Ciro Scognamiglio (cycling journalist) sat at the next table. What a really lovely guy. We had a good chat about how the climbs were riding, where the cross-winds had been today, and who we thought would win the next day. He even introduced me to Giovanni Lombardi (former pro cyclist), who was wondering around the hotel.

Eventually, though, I needed food, so set off to find a good Flemish stew in Kortrijk. And as I left Peter Sagan was walking through reception! I said Hello, and we had a good chat about his prospects for the race the next day, and cycling in general, until he had to go and fulfil some sponsor commitments. Just the sort of things that happen in Flanders in April.”

LE to JoG

After ‘one too many’ at a Berkhamsted Cycling Club Social, one of our gang decided that it would be a good idea to cycle Lands End to John O’Groats and back again (2,000 miles!!??). After a period of recovery and reflection, it was decided it would be far more sensible to just do ‘one way’.
Mike, Graham, Sarah and Michael start their mammoth 10 day challenge on Tuesday 2nd May and are doing it for the charity Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted.
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Chapeau!! The BCC Fantastic Four have only gone and done it!! An incredible achievement for a very worthy cause. Read the gang’s day by day account…

Day 1
To quote Michael (the Chairman)…
“Day 1 done and now for Day 2! Day 1 was a bit tougher than expected with over 8,000 feet of climbing. I think Cornwall threw everything it had at us. The countryside was beautiful and the weather was spectacular. We are so lucky to have started on such a nice day. But we all got through and some tired but happy BCC’ers chowed down and then hit the sack. Now for Devon!”


Day 2
More from Michael (the Chairman)…
“Day 2 done. A long day in the saddle making our way across Devon today and we did not get to the hotel until 9pm. The climb up and over Dartmoor was amazing. Then we fell down to a great little town Morton Hempstead for lunch. Mike P had some rear wheel bearing issues but a nice bloke from the local cycling shop helped out. Then it was a big climb out and on and into Somerset for our overnight in Glastonbury. We faffed around a bit today so it was a long one. I have called this one The Paul Hartwell in his honour…you know how tolerant Paul is of faffing! Anyway 104 miles today and 7,000′ and off to Clun tomorrow and 120 miles. Happy days!”


Day 3
Update from Michael (the Chairman) and Mike…
“120 miles, 6,500′ today. We had a long steep climb out of Glastonbury via Bristol Hill and then across Somerset to Bristol, across Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s suspension bridge, through South Gloucestershire, then across the Severn and into Wales. Today we had the most perfect weather with blue skies all the way. The highlight so far is the Wye valley to Montmouth and Hereford and the onto Clun for the night. May I suggest that whatever you do make sure you add the Wye valley to your cycling bucket list. Total miles so far 315 which puts us almost one third of the way at end of day three! All are well and Miles’ positive remarks about Mikes Mavic seems to have fixed the problem. Onto Widnes tomorrow.”
“Arrived at Clun at 11pm after 123 miles of cycling from Glastonbury. We stopped to eat 23 miles ago as we wouldn’t get fed otherwise. Last 23 miles were dark country lanes with a few hills to finish off. Only 85 miles tomorrow”


Day 4
Update from Michael…
“Only an 85 miler today with just 2,500′ of climbing which took us out of Clun, in and out of Wales all day and into Widnes for the night. Crossing the Mersey was windy and exciting. So at end Day 4 we have now cycled 400 miles. The main topic of conversation today was Butt jokes as I am sure you’ll know why! Various remedies are being tested and a report will be issued soon. Bikes and riders are still in one piece although GE definitely has more than one life. I will let him explain. On to Kendal tomorrow and lot’s more climbing. Off to dinner now. Adios!”


Day 5
Update from Michael…
“Our BCC’er tour of Britain continues. Proud to say on behalf of the whole team that we are now at the half way mark. We have 5 days to go and we have now done 500 of 973 miles. Today we cycled out of Widnes and up through Lancashire to Kendal in the Lake District. Along the way, we had breakfast at Sean’s Sandwich Bar in Bolton where the lovely ladies upon hearing about our adventure gave it to us for free. Later in Blackburn we found a bike shop (eWood) where all our repairs were done. Great guys who fixed all the issues on our bikes on the spot. Wish you could get service like that down our way! We got into Kendal at 9:45pm after doing 100 miles and 4,500′ of climbing but we lost 3 hours today getting the bikes repaired which set us back a bit. Tomorrow we are off to Moffat which means Mike P will finally get to show us what a good translator he is. 105 miles and 5,500′ is on the agenda. BTW Butt issues are resolved…we have the solution! Thanks for all your kind messages…they are very motivating.”


Day 6
Update from Michael…
“We crossed in to Scotland today to overnight in Moffat. We have now done 605 miles. This morning we left Kendal and had the most enjoyable cycle through the Lake District along Lake Windermere and on through Cambria. We all agreed this stunning, bike friendly place provided some of our best riding so far. We lunched in Gretna just over the border and then made for Moffat. We were all very tired today. I think the toll of 6 days x 100 miles is starting to take its toll but when the issue of missing dinner was raised because we might arrive too late a sudden burst of last minute, Kendal Mint Bat energy saw us in to Moffat at 8:30pm still in time for dinner.”


Day 7
Update from Michael…
“105 miles, 5,000′ today. We left Moffat and made for Glasgow and then onto our overnight stop at Crianlarich, the gateway to the Highlands. Our route took us along Loch Lomond which was very pretty. The weather today was superb (eat your heart out Alex Edgar!). A small incident today as Sarah had to avoid an MTB’er coming the other way on a cycling path. Sarah is fine but she caused a five car pile up 🙂 …the drivers were clearly stunned by the elegance of the BCC jersey (yours for only £29 from Simon Pearce jersey sales!). We have completed 715 miles in 7 days. Tomorrow we head to Inverness. Thanks for all your comments and support. I assure you we find these very motivating. Here is a video of Mike P leading the team this morning (we filmed this in slow-mo or at least that is what Graham calls this speed!).”
Video from FaceBook (you may need to be logged in to view it).
https://www.facebook.com/susan.plowman.18/videos/10209161280178196/


Day 8
Update from Michael…
“Our longest day yet (120 miles) so we just rolled in to Inverness at 22:15. We have now completed 825 miles with just 150 to go. Today’s highlights were the Caledonia Canal and the Great Glen before Glencoe. Then down Loch Ness going the opposite way to what we did two weeks ago at Etape Loch Ness. Another bonus of having Mike P on board is him teaching us to speak Scottish as we ride…today we perfected the shouting of “Aye, Aye” at everyone we passed. I don’t know why we do this but Mike says it’s the proper thing to do in these parts. From a skills point of view (James P, Ian S etc) I was able to give the team some much needed MTB cross country experience via a little diversion I requested to Grahams dedicated road bike route. This did cost us time but from the “happy?” look on the teams faces I could tell it was worthwhile. We are really proud to report that our Just Giving page has raised over £1,000 for the Hospice but it would be really great if we could double that so even if you can spare just a fiver please do. Here’s the map of where we are tonight. Just two days to go now!”


Day 9
Update from Mike…
“910 miles completed and arrived at Altnaharra ..tomorrow we should arrive at John o’Groats our final destination 😀.We will head back to Inverness for a celebration meal. Breakfast with Steve Plowman and then flying home to Susan Plowman”

Day 10
Update from Michael…
Mission completed! Our final push, which appeared simple on paper at just 75 miles was severely complicated by a strong headwind gusting to 60 mph the whole way. But the team pressed on and we made JOG at 17:10. First I want to thank Mike, Graham and Sarah for riding this with me and helping me to achieve a long term goal to do LEJOG. Second I want to give a big shout out to Sarah Warrington who was originally not sure if she would be able to complete this but she did it in fine form. Third I want to thank my wife Marina who was our support driver always scouting ahead for us, finding us great places to eat and sorting out our hotel rooms and everything else you can think of. Finally I want thank all of our BCC members and friends for your great encouragement and support and for helping us to raise over £1,350 for the Hospice. See you back in Berko!

Weekend News

The new club kit has arrived and club members have been enjoying the Spring weather in local sportives, crit racing, road racing and a handful of hardy souls travelled to Scotland for the Etape Loch Ness.

Hemel Hillbuster sportive in support of DENS (Action Against Homelessness) with the team headed up by our sportive officer Mike Plowman.

Start and finish of Etape Loch Ness. All BCC members successfully completed.
Our resident speedster Simon Pearce came 56th overall in a field of 5,200 riders. He completed the 66 miles in 2hrs 54 mins which was only 6 minutes behind the fastest time. Chapeau Simon!



The BCC Performance Academy team at Milton Keynes bowl with a 9th place for Ben Conradi and 10th for Tom Newton.
The Lovelo Cinelli Road Race and the weekly Bovingdon Bomber crit race hosted by our friendly neighbours Hemel Hempstead Cycle Club.

Mary Hampton

Local resident Mary Hampton, 89, had her bicycle stolen from outside Waitrose, Berkhamsted. Through social media Club Secretary Simon Voysey got to hear about Mary’s loss and, after contacting members of the club, we donated a bike to Mary.
Please click on the video for news from BBC Three Counties Radio.

Mary’s daughter the author Sue Hampton has also posted words of thanks https://www.suehamptonauthor.co.uk/2017/04/the-stolen-bike-a-mary-hampton-mystery-true/

Mary and Simon were also interviewed by BBC Radio Scotland, please click on the YouTube link to listen in…

Weekend News

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the club with one or two social events (and a bit of bike riding in between) …

Great turnout for the club’s spring curry night at Verandah with the longest table we’ve managed to date. Thanks to our social secretary for organising the table, which just kept growing as the evening continued!!!

The club organised trip to The Tour of Flanders (Ronde van Vlaanderen) was a great success with a dozen or so members either riding the very well organised sportive the day before the race or spectating.
The sportive distance varied from 75 to 230 km and was a challenge over the cobbled sectors and short but steep climbs.
Post ride refreshments and sight-seeing were hugely enjoyed by all 🙂
The club will be back in 2018!

Talking of climbs – The Club’s Chairman hands over the Harp Hilly Hundred shield once again to the Town’s Mayor for display in the Council Conference Room. An outstanding result with 54 Club riders participating in the HH100, it’s the third win on the trot for us. Chapeau to the BCC riders who participated in the event. The Mayor also drew the ballot for two lucky club riders that received a charity entry into the 2017 Prudential London.

Weekend News

A busy weekend for the club which started earlier than usual on Saturday with a ride to the Black Horse pub, Chesham joining up with Beaconsfield Cycle Club (the other BCC) as a return “match” for them hosting us in the autumn.

A total of 54 riders made up the combined ride mainly in the 14/15 mph and 15/16 mph groups. The windy conditions made the ride a little hard going but turns at the front by both clubs helped no end. Post ride refreshments were served at the Black Horse with great hospitality and gorgeous cakes. (*Note for the Chair to have a word with the Kings Arms).
The club would like to thank Ian Smith for his excellent work coordinating the ride and mapping the course.

While the club ride was in progress a handful of club members were either racing or spectating at the Milton Keynes Bowl crit race event. BCC Performance Academy racers Richard Metcalfe, Tom Newton, Julian Ormerod and Tommy Wong had entered the 4th cat men’s race. Conditions were dry but windy and the first half of the race was very hard going. All the club racers finished but outside the top 10. A great learning opportunity and, as it’s early season, the racers should improve.
BCC spectators Neil Ruthven, Janice Bell, Simon Pearce (not racing as injury from last week), David Norden, Neil Ruthven and Nick Oates provided lots of encouragement (many thanks for the pictures).

Sunday saw the Rennie Grove Hospice Sportive with club members Mike Plowman, Nick Kurth, Guy McGinn, Verna Burgess, Andy King, Charlotte Davis, Neil Barnes, Amanda Dolling and Martin Shewen either riding the 35 mile or 75 mile route. A challenging day as conditions were still windy with gusts of 20+ mph along with the Chilterns rolling hills.
The sportive is hoping to better the £28,000 in sponsorship that it raised in 2016.

New BCC Road Race

The club and the committee are excited to announce the inaugural Berkhamsted Cycling Club Road Race.

Book a date in your diary and come along to cheer on the BCC Academy race team!

This open road race event on Sunday 6 August 2017 will be held on a rolling circuit in the Vale of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. The 70km race ( 3 laps ) starts at 13:30 and is for category 3 or 4 riders. The race headquarters will be announced shortly.
The event forms part of the Central Road Race League (CRRL ) and entry into the race is determined by the league rules. The race is now live on the British Cycling website here https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/159791/Berkhamsted-Cycling-Club-Road-Race

The club is working with CRRL and British Cycling to stage this one day race. We look forward to welcoming you all to the headquarters for refreshments followed by the opportunity to watch some fantastic road racing.

Any questions or queries please click here to e-mail Richard Metcalfe. Further updates will follow on Facebook, British Cycling and the club website.

Matty Earles

***UPDATE*** from Matty on the 2017 Soria Standard Distance Duathlon European Championships in Spain…
“For those unaware this weekend I travelled to Soria (in northern Spain) to compete in the European duathlon championships to represent Great Britain once again.
This time however I was competing in a longer distance event known as the “standard distance duathlon” which comprises of a 10km run followed by a 40 km bike topped off with a 5km run.
The race started at 11:25 on Sunday morning and the only thing tougher than the terrain for the event was the conditions seeing 39kmph winds and rain throughout. The town of Soria is a beautiful town approximately two hours north of Madrid some 3000feet above sea level and surrounded by hills that most cyclists would grimace at.


I hadn’t ever in my wildest dreams imagined I would be competing in such an event so certainly had no pressure or expectations of myself, just beating there and donning the GB tri suit was enough. I’m known for being a pretty gritty cyclist so the terrain and conditions could only benefit me BUT the total of 15 kilometres of running on the undulating course would certainly not play to my strengths.
Below are some of the stats for the race should those of you who pay an interest I like to know.
Total race time: 2 hrs 18 mins 29 seconds
48th overall out of 260 competitors
11th out of 36 in my age category
3rd fastest British in my age category
20th fastest bike split out of 260
Long story short I’m the 11th fastest (40-44 year old) in Europe and the third fastest in Britain.
I’m rather disappointed with my performance as I don’t enter races to come eleventh but it would seem I’ve made a few people proud so with that in mind I’m a winner.
Many thanks to those who have shown an interest or offered words of support.”

BCC 2nd claim member Matty Earles started his duathlon season off with a bang in the 2017 Windsor Duathlon series at Dorney Lake on Sunday 19th February.

Matty finished an excellent 6th overall and 2nd in his age group with a time of 2hrs 3mins 17secs in the race consisting of a 10km run / 40km bike / 5km run. He achieved a 35+ km/h average bike speed in very windy conditions with one of the fastest transition times (the time taken to transition from running to cycling).

**UPDATE** Matty finished 1st place in the veteran age group and and 5th overall at Eton Dorney in Sprint Duathlon on Sunday 19th March. Improving all the time – Go Matty!

Matty has qualified for the 2017 Soria Standard Distance Duathlon European Championships in Spain representing Great Britain in the 40-44 year age group on 29th April 2017.

The next race for Matty is the Ashridge duathlon and he is a keen supporter of local events in his home town of Luton. Follow Matty’s adventures on Instagram by clicking here.

For an insight to what it takes to be a GB duathlete click here to read Matty’s article that’s full of tips and advice for training and nutrition.

His passion for cycling is immense and the club wishes Matty all the best for 2017 and beyond!

Photo’s courtesy of Richard Knight Photography.

Wildwood CX Sportive

7 hardy BCC members took on the Chilterns Wildwood CX Sportive on Sunday 12th February. The start was cold with a mixed group of bikes ranging from full on CycloCross racers to recreational MTB’s. The club contingency of Alan Farrance, Trevor Hill, Robin Lord, Simon May, Julian Ormerod, Neil Ruthven and Tim Warrell also had a mixture of bikes for the mid 60km route.
A couple of slight mechanicals on the start line, Trevor had a pedal dust cap fall off and Julian realised that, from packing his bike for transport, he had the handlebar stem on back-to-front.
The route was a mixture of road, farm track and trails, the latter of which were very muddy with one or two steep descents, muddy/chalky climb’s and big puddles. Great fun but hard work!
The group stared together but Alan was on strong form and soon had a gap off the front.
A stray farmers dog that was having great fun trying to keep up with the riders was corralled by Simon, Trevor and Neil and the 70+ year old owner managed to get the dog leashed.
On route Trevor’s handle bars worked loose (well it is a 20+year old Raleigh MTB) and were tightened before any ‘incident’ occurred.
Tim picked up a slow puncture around 15km from the finish and managed to limp along till 5km to go but had to stop and repair the tubeless tyre. After realising that the repair didn’t hold he had a hitch a lift back to the finish.

Alan was the first of the club to finish with 22nd place overall (from 105 starters) and 10th in his age group.

All-in-all a great event, very well organised and sign-posted with feed station and tea at the finish.

The club will be back next year!

Amy Kilpin

BCC member and Ironman athlete Amy Kilpin has had recent tremendous success in these long distance swimming, biking and running events. Her training and dedication to the sport is starting to pay off with an incredible 4th place in her division and 30th woman overall in the Dubai 70.3 Ironman event on 27th January 2017.
Amy has been invited to race the 2017 Ironman World Championships in Chattanooga, Teneessee – A fantastic opportunity!

Click here to read about Amy’s 2 year plan for success.

The club wishes Amy all the best for the season and congratulations on her success 🙂

Weekend News

The BCC Academy race team were out in force at Hillingdon crit racing on Saturday 4th Feb 2017 for the penultimate round of the Imperial Winter Series (round 8 of 9).
The men’s team consisted of Alex Edgar, Richard Metcalfe, Simon Pearce and Tommy Wong with Kristin Stolpe and Sarah Warrington the women’s team.
The support crew (cheerers, photographers, general assistance) were Trevor Hill, Nick Kurth, Simon Voysey, Marie Wilson (Tommy’s better half) and Charles Windsor.
This was Sarah’s first crit race of the year and (having still got the remains of a winter bug) she was a little apprehensive of the race. Kristin offered full support along with Charlotte Davies (racing for Lovelo Cinelli RT).
The men were raring to go with Simon (after his 3rd place the previous week) determined to place higher up the field and possibly move into cat 3 racing.
The men’s race got under way with brilliant sunshine, dry track and capacity 50 riders. 15 women riders started 1 minute behind the men and race 5 laps less than the men (mainly to avoid confusion at bunch sprint finishes). The women are lapped at couple of times during the race and safety is in the mind of all racers.

All the BCC men kept safely in the pack for the majority of the race until around 3/4 way through when Tommy couldn’t hang on. A final push with heart rate at 195 bpm saw Tommy drop of the back and he called it a day.
Simon was looking very strong but a puncture with 4 laps to go put him out of the race.
Richard was caught up in a crash on the last lap and didn’t finish; no injuries and the bike was fine.
Alex was also caught up in the crash but finished the race down the field.

The women’s race had Kristin constantly attacking of the front with Sarah staying in the bunch. There was slight confusion with 5 laps to go as the men overtook the women and the men decided to ease up. Lots of shouting from the women got the men out of the way.

Kristin put in a huge effort to take 1st place also wining the Queen of the Mountains jersey and the Combative award. The prize being a Look Mum No Hands! Dinner for 2 and summer jersey. Sarah finished in the bunch showing great promise for the year.

On Tuesday 7th February Kristin raced at the Lee Valley Olympic VeloPark crit organised by Dulwich Paragon and finished 2nd – There’s no stopping her!

For more information about the BCC Academy and how to get involved please click here.

Photos from Hillingdon can be viewed by clicking on the Flickr image below.
BCC at Hillingdon Imperial Winter Series Round 8 4th Feb 2017

Harp Hilly 100

The day started cold with ice on the car park at Hemel Hempstead Cycle Club HQ that had a few riders concerned about slippery conditions on the Harp Hilly 100 route. After careful consideration the organisers changed the route start to avoid Rucklers Lane.
Spirits among the club were high and a group of 50+ BCC members mostly riding the 100 km route meant that, barring a serious incident, the club should retain the HH100 shield for 2017.

Riders were issued with cards to record their start and finish times; the HH100 times are taken from when riders clock-out at the start to when they clock-in at the finish. The full list of times can be found here http://www.harphillyhundred.org.uk/

The weather stayed mainly overcast and the occasional shower meant that the roads remained wet and muddy. Most of the club had retained their winter mudguards but there were one or two that got caught behind riders sans-mudguards.

The route has 10 main climbs over the Chilterns interspersed with many other short sharp rises. Chapeau to all the riders that completed this (almost) leg breaking achievement. Special mention must go to the Gray family who finished the ride with dad and daughter on a tandem.

A very welcome hot tea, sandwiches and cakes awaited the riders at the finish in Hemel Hempstead Cycle Club HQ. A final tally-up of BCC riders had 54 completing the 100 km route… Berkhamsted Cycle Club has retained the Harp Hilly Hundred Shield for 2017.

Photos of the day can be viewed by clicking on the image below (they can be downloaded for free in full size).

2017 Harp Hilly 100 - BCC pics

The club whole-heartedly thanks the HH100 organisers. See you again next year!

New Family Membership

BCC are now offering 2 new great value Family Membership options.

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BCC was set up in 2014, is a very successful club, subscriptions continued to grow by 13% in 2016 and we have over 200 members.
Around 20% of our members are ladies, we currently have more than 10 families, but less than 10 youth / student members.
The Committee is keen to encourage more families to join BCC, and have fun on 2 wheels.

We are now offering 2 different great value membership options:
Annual One Adult family membership £37.50
Annual Two Adult family membership £50.00

If interested in either membership, please follow these steps for the members of your family to join BCC:
1. Click here to contact the Membership secretary.

2. Trial ride with BCC for all the family. Click here for information on a trial ride.

3. Click here to join British Cycling and select Berkhamsted Cycling Club as your club.

4. Buy your BCC family membership on the British Cycling website. Please note signed parental forms (for Child Welfare Officer) need to be completed for each youth member and given to the Membership Secretary. The Parental Consent form can be downloaded by clicking here.

5. Click here to send an email to the Treasurer with names of the family members.

6. Each member will be issued with a BCC membership card, to be carried on all club rides.

7. Enjoy the club rides and the social activities!