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!

Weekend News

BCC racers Kristin Stolpe and Simon Pearce were in action at Hillingdon Imperial Winter Series round 4 of 9 on Saturday 7th January 2016. The men’s Cat ¾ race had a full field of 60 racers and the women had 11 racers. Conditions were good for the time of year with no rain/wind and only a slightly damp track.

This was Kristin’s first time at Hillingdon and she was a little apprehensive but her fears were unfounded. She had a great race spending time on the front pulling the bunch along and would have been in the top 5 had it not been for a ‘grass track’ excursion on the last corner when Kristin tried to overtake where there wasn’t really the space.
Chapeau Kristin (she is wearing the red top in the pictures and videos below) and the club hope that you continue along the racers path.

Simon had a safe race mainly staying in the bunch and finishing just outside the top 10.

Support crew Richard Metcalfe, Tommy Wong and Trevor Hill cheered the guys along (next time they’re bringing pom-poms).

Lovelo Cinelli RT racers James McGahern and Charlotte Davies also competed with Neil Barnes and family shouting encouragement.

Hillingdon Imperial Winter Series Round 4 7th Jan 2017 Women Cat 4 and Men Cat 3/4

Weekend News

Mince pies, mulled wine, and a great festive atmosphere at the Kings Arms in Berko on 24th December where the Town Mayor, Tom Ritchie, joined the club in confirming our outgoing chair with an honorary position of Chairman Emiritus and lifetime membership for his contribution to the club’s formation and management over the last 2 years.
Thanks to everyone who was out on the club ride and who came down and on behalf of Michael Gower and the club, a very Merry Christmas to all our members!
Don’t forget our New Year’s Eve ride will go ahead as normal.
Next thing on the horizon for the club is defending the Harp Hilly Hundred shield on Sunday 29th January.

Mulled wine and mince pies courtesy of the Kings Arms


Michael, Nick and the Town Mayor, Tom Ritchie

Weekend News

A busy weekend for the club’s racers with Robin Lord competing in the Lovelo Crossmas Cyclo Cross event held at Ashlyns school in Berkhamsted. This was the inaugural CX event for our local bike shop and featured a bridge that proved a challenge for most racers but was a huge success.

Tim and Julian at Lovelo Crossmas
Robin on the descent, ascending was a little trickier!

Simon Pearce and Richard Metcalfe (our Performance Officer) have been competing in the Imperial Winter Series round of closed road criterium races at Hillingdon. These races are held almost every Saturday until 11th February 2017.

Simon at Hillingdon Imperial Winter Series

Simon has consistently finished in the top 15 of the cat 4 races, a top 10 finish must be on the cards! Richard has been plugging away and is improving with every race. If you want to go along and cheer or enter any of the races click here for upcoming dates.

For more photos of Lovelo Crossmas click on the Flickr link below (it’s free and you can download full size images).

Lovelo Crossmax CXL Round 12 18th December 2016

BCC 2016 AGM

The BCC 2016 AGM and Prize Giving Party was held on Friday 25th November at the Kings Arms in Berkhamsted and was a resounding success! The first hour was taken up with club formalities and notably marked by the handover of the Chairman’s ‘Chainwheel of Office’ (thanks E.M.N Engravers and Lovelo Cycle Works for your contributions here) from outgoing Chairman Nicholas Kurth to new Chairman Michael Gower.
Nick remarked that the Club had gone from 0 to 200+ members in only 2+ years, had run a number of open events and was a proud member of the Berkhamsted community.
The party continued late into the evening and everyone agreed it was a great event.

The Trophies
The Trophies
The Thomas Stevens Award winner Matthew Buckley
The Thomas Stevens Award winner Matthew Buckley

The Thomas Stevens Award: winner Matthew Buckley. Awarded to the first claim rider who has achieved the best results in BCC colours, as judged by the Club’s Performance Co-ord.

The Supporter’s Award winner Jez Kidd
The Supporter’s Award winner Jez Kidd

The Supporter’s Award: winner Jez Kidd. Awarded to the Club member (outside of the Executive Committee) who has done the most to support the Club in the eyes of the Executive Committee.

The Best Club Rider Award winner Guy McGinn
The Best Club Rider Award winner Guy McGinn

The Best Club Rider Award: winner Guy McGinn. Awarded to the Club rider who sets the best possible standard whilst riding with the Club, as judged by the membership.

The Kurth Quaich winner Shaun Lennox
The Kurth Quaich winner Shaun Lennox

The Kurth Quaich: winner Shaun Lennox. Awarded to the ride leader (outside the Executive Committee) who has undertaken the most ride leading on Club social rides in the view of the Club’s Ride Co-ordinator.

The Club Photographic Awards winners - Furthest Chris Garner-Smith and Highest Jez Kidd
The Club Photographic Awards winners – Furthest Chris Garner-Smith and Highest Jez Kidd

The Club Photographic Awards: winner (Highest): Jez Kidd Awarded to the member at the highest point above sea level. Winner (Furthest): Chris Garner-Smith Awarded to the member who is the furthest from Berkhamsted. Judged by the Ladies Co-ord and demonstrated in a suitable photograph. The individuals must be on rides and wearing BCC kit (not the hoody or t-shirt) and spinning bikes are excluded.

The Broken Spoke Award winner Michael Gower
The Broken Spoke Award winner Michael Gower

The Broken Spoke Award: winner Michael Gower 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.

Nick Kurth and Simon Voysey
Nick Kurth and Simon Voysey

Simon Voysey (club Secretary) presenting Nick Kurth with an engraving by Miles Wood that encompasses Nick’s two passions; cycling and mountaineering.

BCC and BCC Ride

The club ride on Saturday 29th October was a combined ride with our local ‘other’ BCC (Beaconsfield Cycle Club) organised by Ian Smith (our ride coordinator) and Simon Everitt the Chairman of Beaconsfield CC.

This meant an earlier start with around 40 club members meeting up with Beaconsfield CC at Great Missenden. Groups were formed into levels of ability, distance (30 to 45 miles) and amount of climbing.

The routes took in The Chilterns in their Autumn splendour with perfect cycling conditions for the time of year, namely no wind or rain. The villages taken in were Great Hampden, up over Longdown Hill to Askett, then through Longwick to Chinnor. Along the B4009 to Kingston Blount, then left turn up Kingston Hill to Stokenchurch and the highest point of the ride. There followed a high speed run down to West Wycombe then a left turn and the fiercely steep climb up the infamous Smalldean Lane (where some riders had wheelspin even sitting down!) and then on to Speen. Then another fast downhill along Bryant’s Bottom, to the Hughenden Valley.
The route headed back to Great Missenden for a very well earned coffee, cake and much bicycle related banter.

No one crashed and a great time was had by all; many riders put in 60+ miles with the round trip to Berko.

Many thanks to Beaconsfield Cycle Club for hosting a great ride.

Club Hill Climb

Huge thanks from the club to all for supporting the Hill Climb on 22nd October 2016. It’s the clubs last event of the season. 30 riders braved the mist to tear up Tom’s Hill – huge thanks to Ashmei for hosting us this morning.
Simon Pearce put in a very strong performance, coming second in the Men’s Veterans category. Kristin Stolpe impressed again with a second in the Women’s Senior category and Matt Buckle narrowly missed out on 3rd in the Men’s Senior by 0.98 of a second.
It was my first time as Time keeper and after a short steward’s enquiry, one of the times was corrected at the end which impacted the results for Men’s Senior and the Interclub award for men. Thanks to Nick Clarke of Lovelo RT for the help with the sheet.
Big shout to Matty Earles who came first overall (riding for Lovelo RT) as well as the ladies team for the Interclub shield. Commiserations to Lovelo men’s team who were pipped by Watford Men for the Men’s Interclub Shield.
Massive congrats to ALL riders today – as a club we put in a great performance today and we are very proud of everyone who made it out to ride or support.

Full Results
Men’s Vets
1st Matty Earless (Lovelo RT)
2nd Simon Pearce (bcc)
3rd Tim Newman (Lovelo RT)
1st Anna Henderson (Lovelo RT)
2nd Sam Fawcett (Lovelo RT)
3rd Kristin Stolpe (BCC)
Men’s Senior
1st Thomas Meadherbert (Watford Velo)
2nd William McAlpine (The Bike Loft)
3rd Matt Ward (Watford Velo)
Interclub (M)
Watford Velo
Interclub (W)
Lovelo RT
Final results
Start Time First name Last name Finish Time
09:23:00 matty earles 2.21
09:16:00 thomas meadherbert 2.22
09:09:00 william macalpine 2.23
09:26:00 matt ward 2.24
09:08:00 matt buckle 2.25
09:27:00 tim salmon 2.26
09:04:00 simon pearce 2.27
09:20:00 tim newman 2.27
09:24:00 nick darvell 2.27
09:29:00 daniel pells 2.27
09:12:00 stuart smith 2.28
09:25:00 louis francis 2.32
09:17:00 anna henderson 2.33
09:01:00 josh vinden 2.34
09:30:00 sam alison 2.39
09:28:00 tim warrell 2.40
09:14:00 nick tetstall 2.45
09:22:00 nick clarke 2.51
09:15:00 andy ashwell 2.52
09:03:00 simon may 2.57
09:13:00 andy smith 3.02
09:19:00 sam fawcett 3.06
09:11:00 kristin stolpe 3.13
09:18:00 charlotte verinder 3.18
09:10:00 george leavey 3.26
09:05:00 julian ormerod 3.29
09:02:00 hayley oates 3.33
09:07:00 christian male 3.33
09:06:00 david norden 3.36
09:21:00 simon bowller 3.38

Photo’s of the day can be viewed on Flickr (no need to join but if you do it’s free and you can download full size images).
BCC Hill Climb 2016


Our friends at ashmei are running a challenge called GOVEMBER with up to 35% discount!

It’s pretty simple really… the more miles you ride in November the bigger the discount you get on their world class performance apparel.

ashmei has a great incentive to keep you on the road training throughout November. We all know how easy it is to hang the bike up when it’s a bit cold or wet outside.

It starts on the 1st November and there are 3 challenges:

Challenge 1.
Ride 5 miles every day for the first week of November and get 10% off ashmei

Challenge 2.
Ride 5 miles every day throughout November and get 25% off ashmei

Challenge 3.
Ride 500+ miles throughout November and get 35% off ashmei

You simply need to log your miles via Strava or a similar app.
Miles ridden on the road and recorded in Strava or a similar app apply.
On-line training apps for turbo training (Zwift, Trainer Road, Tacx etc.) that record miles ridden apply.
Rides or turbo training sessions manually recorded (or added) in Strava or a similar app do not apply.

After you complete your challenge, contact ashmei with your Strava handle and they will provide you with a unique discount code.
More information on the challenge can be found here

Feel free to spread the word to friends and family as its open to anyone.

BCC Trophy

With the aim of commemorating Berkhamsted’s most famous cyclist, the Club has commissioned our excellent local trophy centre, E.M.N Engravers (thanks Jon Paulin!), to produce the Thomas Stevens Award.

The Trophy above gives a bit of a clue regarding Thomas Stevens’ achievement. He was born in Berkhamsted (1854) and was the first person to circle the globe by bicycle on a penny farthing from 1884 to 1886.

The Award will be presented to the first claim rider who has achieved the best results in BCC colours over the last 12 months, as judged by the Club’s Performance Co-ordinator. Needless to say, members are now focusing attention on the Club’s last event – the hill climb on Tom’s Hill Road on 22 October 2016.

Club Time Trial

Thanks so much to everyone who came along to our Club Time Trial. We hope everyone enjoyed taking part.
Big congrats to Kristin Stolpe who came second overall in her first ever time trial, competing against some experienced women! Also big shout to Simon Pearce for the fastest men’s time (just 6 seconds off 3rd place in the Vets), Ben Conradi and Matthew Buckle both went round in very good order for a combined time of 77.02 mins. This earned the club second place in the interclub challenge, with Hemel just beating us with some quick riding at 75.10 mins.
Special thanks to the volunteers – you are legends all of you and it wouldn’t have been possible without your help. We got lots of positive comments about our marshalling skills so thanks for making it possible for us to run this event.

Below are the results for the TT – the club had 23 riders out, a podium finish and very close to more medals – but by far the best part of today was seeing so many of our club having a crack. Really hope that we get a big turnout for our last event of the year – the Hill Climb on 22nd Oct!

Photos can be found on the clubs Photo page.

Name Club Time

Philip Skinner Welwyn Whs 26:56
Charlotte Davis Berkhamsted CC 33:03
Jez Kidd Berkhamsted CC 31:50
Peter Lavery Hemel Hempstead CC 25:14
Shaun Lennox Berkhamsted CC 34:21
Colin Hollick Berkhamsted CC 33:42
David Cuthbert Berkhamsted CC 32:24
Oliver Mytton Cambridge University CC 22:43
Ben Conradi Berkhamsted CC 26:34
Matt Buckle Berkhamsted CC 25.19
Martin Shewen Berkhamsted CC 28:51
Alex Gouveia Berkhamsted CC 34:44
Hemant Patel Berkhamsted CC 35:10
Tommy Wong Berkhamsted CC 28:47
Rob Fletcher TMG Horizon CT 23:15
Graham Earl Berkhamsted CC 29:01
Matthew Oborne Dunstable Road CC 27:21
Allison Kaye Verulam CC 30:54
Keith Farquharson Berkhamsted CC 27:25
Martin Webb Icknield RC 30:02
Paul Molyneux Berkhamsted CC 30:18
Mark Ashley Berkhamsted CC 29:21
Richard Jennings Army Cycling Union 21:57
Robin Prior Southgate CC 28:04
Robin Lord Berkhamsted CC 28:57
Richard Metcalfe Berkhamsted CC 30:31
Paul Hartwell Berkhamsted CC 29:32
Mathew Earles Lovelo Cinelli RT 25:04
Alan Farrance Berkhamsted CC 27:24
Kristin Stolpe Berkhamsted CC 28:55
Michael Gower Berkhamsted CC 28:23
Simon Pearce Berkhamsted CC 25:09
Nick Mccormick Epsom CC 26:27
Hayley Oates Hemel Hempstead CC 30:05
Hazar Emre Tez Islington CC 24:56
Andrew Oborne Dunstable Road CC 27:43
Richard May Islington CC 25:20
Nick Clarke Lovelo Cinelli RT 25:12
James Leek Southgate CC 24:05
Andy Smith Hemel Hempstead CC 26:52
Richard Webster Green Arrow CRT 25:11
Adrian Feek Bath Road Club 27:44
Andrew Porter Welwyn Whs 30:52
Zoe Adams Hemel Hempstead CC 28:07
Mark Cox Fairly United CT 22:48
Marc Preece Royal Air Force CA 25:03
Darren Powell TMG Horizon CT 24:38
Josh Crow-Stewart Hemel Hempstead CC 23:04
Neil Barnes Berkhamsted CC DNF
Andrew Jarratt Southgate CC DNF
Alex Elferink Serpentine Running Club DNS
John Hassall Bossard Whs DNS
Sarah Warrington Berkhamsted CC DNS
Michael Bennett Bicester Millennium CC DNS
Jason Horn Berkhamsted CC DNS
Des Byrne Berkhamsted CC DNS
Haley Fyans Aylesbury CC DNS
Philip Burgin Newbury RC DNS
Bernie Fyans Aylesbury CC DNS
Keith Richardson Mildenhall CC DNS
Ian Benson Aylesbury CC DNS

Weekend News


Still got 2 gears to spare and getting into a rhythm now but Verna and Rob are still pushing.  Trevor, Anthony and I are staying together – something to do with the similar ancient gearing I feel!  We have got round the left and right bends of the Beacon and now it is the drag up to the car park.  We come back together – I like to think we have caught up but I realize that Rob and Verna have backed off.  We ride into the car park together and there is the Club stand – banners flying and Club members in attendance, cheering us in.   That is the second time I have ridden the Beacon on my old bike, complete with standard crankset and 80s gearing, and it was just as cheeky as last time!

Arriving at the top of the Beacon

It was a plan hatched over a couple of glasses of wine – why doesn’t the Club run a mini L’Eroica event and see what interest there is.  To the uninitiated, the event stems from an Italian event, the Strade Blanche, a race on white gravel roads.  It has now transformed itself into a historic bike event at several European locations and generally involves completing a route on old bikes, wearing period costumes, with a focus on the social aspects of cycling.

We ran it as an internal Club event this year but had lots of interest from other Clubs.  Set around a flattish 22 mile local circuit, with the Beacon thrown in as the challenge for the event.  Five members pitched up on steeds of varying age and condition.  The winning entry was, by some margin, Anthony Kendall, on a genuine Holdsworth, as owned by his father.  It had been refurbished to within an inch of its life and looked it.  It was topped off with full Holdsworth racing kit, although the wool shorts drew a fair amount of amusement.

The Club stand at the Beacon was managed by Jo Darvell (and parents) and Sandra Kurth – massive thanks here.  We were supplied with Prosecco, pizza and bread sticks, fitting the Italian nature of the event.  It was great to see so many Club members – with and without bikes – who came to support the event at the Beacon.  The event finished back in town, where finishers’ medals were presented and coffee consumed.

Prosecco, pizza and Club members – a worrying mixture!

Surprisingly, we had very few mechanicals on the way round – several drive train issues halting progress (chains skipping off in other directions!)   It was clear that progress on the flat and downhill was great but hills were a little more taxing.  By way of a conclusion, the L’Eroica ride got caught up in a members’ ride on the final leg and there was definitely a steel v carbon thing going on the way back to Berko.  One lady member on a carbon bike was heard to say afterwards about the ‘steel gang’, I heard you lot rattling about 50m behind and then you shot past me’!  Perhaps steel has not had its day …

Testing the finishers’ medals for chocolate!

The Club is very grateful to local businesses Lovelo Cycling Works and William Young 1876 for supporting the event.

Weekend News

Restoring an old bike.

As some of you may know Trevor Hill is keen on old bikes and he decided on a ground up restore of one… following is a how he tackled it (don’t worry there are pictures)…

This really came about after I’d been to L’Eroica Britannia 2016 a fantastic festival predominantly for bicycles built pre 1987. Think Glastonbury for old bikes 🙂

I took on the 30 mile course around the hills of Bakewell in the Peak District with an old BSA single speed but vowed I’d be back in 2017 with more than 1 gear.

My search for a suitable bike to restore started on eBay with the main criteria being low price, down-tube shifters and close to home. I was soon distracted by expensive exotic Italian steel in far flung places but it ended with a 1984 Raleigh in Luton (I kid you not).

In hindsight I could have hung around at the dump for a while until a suitable donor turned up but suspect that the staff may have thought something fishy was going on.

My eBay find was the pricely sum of £27.00 and, after talking to the owner, he had recently spent more than that on a tyre and cables at a local bike shop.

From the pics on eBay I could see that a few parts were needed, some of these I’d got in the garage and others I’d need to find. The intention was to keep the cost as low as possible. I was willing to sacrifice originality for some more modern comfort and non-original parts are often cheaper.

When I got the bike home I had a closer inspection and started the bike strip down. Immediately there were some parts that had to go;

1. Steel rim wheels: Badly pitted and suicidal in wet braking conditions.

2. Reflectors: Just bad form.

3. Saddle: Cracked and very uncomfortable looking.

4. Handlebars: Way to narrow for me.

5. Pedals: One bent and bearings knackered.

6. Brake levers: Much as I am a fan of the old ‘over the handlebar’ brake cables they don’t look right. I’d already decided on aero levers.

7. Some of the cables and possibly the rear tyre.

I’d given myself 5 days to get the bike done mainly because the family had gone on holiday with friends and I’d got the place to myself. My intention was not 5 days solid but a number of hours each day over 5 days. To achieve this I needed to order parts on the first day to make sure I’d get them in time.

I had anticipated some problems taking the bike apart but they weren’t where I expected them. The left hand crank wouldn’t budge from the bottom bracket and the free wheel refused to come of the rear wheel. Both probably down to being in the same location for 32 years. A trip to Lovelo fixed both problems. Mark and his team removed both bit’s while I waited. I also picked up some bar tape, cables and brake blocks.

When the bike was completely stripped I checked out all the components and decided that a new tyre and seatpost were also needed. I also decided to get the frameset sand blasted as rubbing down the frame is very time consuming and I wanted a good finish for the paint. I went to Kustomkoating on Northbridge Rd, Berkhamsted and they did the job in 2 days for £20.00 – well worth the money.

I ordered new wheelset, seat post, seat post bolt, water bottle holder, brake levers and tyre. That lot came in at around £70.00. The handlebars, stem, pedals and saddle I’d already got kicking about in the garage. Next decision was the colour…hhhmmmmm. Well the colour was really decided by the available Raleigh decal kit of the 80’s… Panasonic sponsored Raleigh racing for a while and the colour scheme looked fine so I went with that.

While waiting for the frame to come back from the sand-blasters I cleaned up all of the group set and found everything was fine. The chainset is a ‘touring’ 52/42 teeth and 6 speed freewheel 12 to 32.

With the frameset back I started on the paint. This can seem daunting but with care and patience it is a straight forward job. I made a stand from an old paint roller extension handle, a piece of wood with a hole drilled in it to take the handle and the wood was screwed down to an old heavy garden umbrella base (see pic).  I picked up some appropriate coloured car paint ‘rattle-cans’ including primer and clear lacquer top coat. The process I used to paint the frameset was:

1. Rub down the frame with medium and fine emery pads.

2. Wipe down with thinners (to remove all dust). Cleanliness is key and I wore rubber gloves to stop finger prints on the frame.

3. Block the bottom bracket, seatpost and headset holes with pieces of rag.

4. Mask of the downtube shifter bosses.

5. Put screws in the bottle cage mounts (to stop paint blocking threads).

I was spraying in the garage and put a heater on to aid drying time as the plan was to finish the job in a day. I also covered up the surrounding area with dust sheets and wore a face mask while spraying.

The best way to spray a frame is to start where the tubes cross (bottom bracket, seat tube and head tube). Hold the can 6 to 8 inches away and put on thin coats. When the ‘cross sections’ are done move onto the main tubes and don’t forget the fork. I applied three coats of primer and left 20 mins between each coat and after the last coat rubbed down (very gently) with fine emery.

Ideally I should have left the frame for a few days for the primer to harden but I didn’t have the time so started on the top coat which was 3 coats of white, again following the same process for laying on the paint. The fork and front section of the frame are blue which meant that I had to mask of the white section of the frame. This was tricky as the white paint, though dry, was still ‘soft’ but with very careful use of masking tape and a dust sheet it worked OK. I left the frameset overnight to dry.

The Raleigh decals came with the red and yellow stripes and went onto the frame fairly easily. The old ‘measure twice cut once’ rule applied and they were followed by 3 coats of clear lacquer to seal them on. I had all of the parts to complete the build but the paint was still ‘soft’ so it was a case of gently-gently putting all the components back on.

Everything went well on the build. The Weinmann brake callipers are a little tricky to set-up but, once correctly cantered, worked a treat. There is no gear indexing to worry about as changing is via the downtube shifters.

The first ride-out was the weekly BCC ride, in hindsight probably not the best idea. I decided on the 14 – 15 mph group which was Nick (the Chairman), two other riders and me.

All went well until mile 7 when the rear mech downtube shifter started working loose. This is a friction lever and holds the bike in gear via the resistance on the lever. On newer d/tube shifters they have a ratchet mechanism (similar to modern handlebar levers) but with the older friction type when they work loose the bike jumps out of gear. The only way round this is to permanently hold the gear lever in position. Not so easy when going up-hill!. After 10 miles the bottom bracket bearing started working loose and the bike was jumping out of gear on the front ring!

I had no choice but to call it a day and slowly ride home.

I’ve since replaced the old ‘cup-and-cone’ bottom bracket bearing with a sealed unit and now carry a 1p coin in the tool kit to tighten the gear lever if it works loose.

The bike rides really well. Stopping power with alloy rims is almost modern standard, the steel frame soaks up bumps aided by 27 x 1 1/4 inch touring tyres with a max pressure of 55 psi.

I’ll be taking it to a few L’Eroica events along with relaxed social rides. The total cost of the build (including the original bike) was around £140. If anyone wants a hand restoring or updating an old bike then I’d be more than happy to help.

Safe riding,

Weekend News

BCC at Silverstone
This weekend saw our first outing for our 9upTTT team out at Silverstone Race Course. It was a great event, very well organised and lots of fun. Our 9 man team made a great time of 25.54 doing 3 laps of Silverstone Race Course which is 11 miles.

It was also good to see large numbers out on our Saturday social rides. As the weather improved slightly for the day, it’s great to see so many of you joining us for our weekly social ride. Remember even if you can’t make the ride, you are more than welcome to join us for coffee and cake at the Kings Arms from 10am.

Berkhamsted Castle Revolutions – 10th July

The countdown to the Berkhamsted round of the Tarmac tour of Herts begins. There will be lots for all the family to do and should be a great event around the castle. For more information or to enter an event,  visit the festival website

Weekend News

This weekend was the rescheduled Harp Hilly 100 reliability ride. BCC were in strong attendance to defend the shield from last year. The ride starts in Kings Langley, Herts and follows a challenging route through the Chilterns via Bovingdon, Berkhamsted, Whipsnade, Ivinghoe & Tring and included the climbs of Bison Hill near Whipsnade, Aston Hill just outside Tring and Ivinghoe Hill past Ivinghoe Beacon. With over 30 riders in the field, BCC retained it’s shield for another year.

BCC Riders at the start

BCC also received news that the Berkhamsted Castle Revolutions Festival will go ahead on July 10th, as part of the Tarmac Tour of Hertfordshire Series. It’s family day out celebrating cycling and will also include closed road racing around the iconic Hertfordshire heritage site.  This will be a fabulous day out for all the family, the first of it’s kind in Berkhamsted.

Details can be found here: 

Happy Cycling!

Weekend News

The Saturday morning club ride went ahead as normal with a slight change in routes to take in Toms Hill. Primarily as the club hill climb has been approved by Cycling Time Trials (CTT). Fantastic news for the club 🙂

Traditionally the hill climb season doesn’t get into full swing until September when the summer race season is just about over and the club hill climb date of 22nd October 2016 fits well with this.

The climb is only 0.6 of a mile long starting from a small lay-by at the bottom of Toms and finishing at the 50 mph sign at the top. Start and finish points are in the pictures below. More details will be published nearer the event

On Saturday afternoon Chloe Goulding competed in the Full Gas series race at the Olympic Park in Lee Valley. Chloe did very well in appalling conditions finishing her first race for the club. Chapeau Chloe 🙂

On Sunday the club academy team had a training ride focusing on hill work. Sundays are becoming a regular training event for the academy so contact the academy team if you are interested.

More details of the academy will be published to the club over the next week or so.

The date for the Harp Hilly 100 is fast approaching, 6th March 2016, and there are 1 or 2 spaces that the club has available. Please contact Neil Barnes if you would like to participate in the ride. We have our shield to retain from last year!

Work on including Berkhamsted in the Tour of Hertfordshire series is still in progress. The club are hopeful of a positive outcome but there are many factors in play. If it is agreed it will be a fantastic bicycle festival for the town.

Happy cycling.

Weekend News

Unfortunately the weather forecast for Sat 13th Feb meant that the club ride was cancelled but the weekend saw many informally organised rides via the clubs FaceBook page.

Three member’s set-up a Zwift group ride that (as a first group ride) was successful. If any club members want to try Zwift it’s initially free and is a great way of indoor training. More info on how it works here Zwift.

Later in the morning a group headed-up by Simon P took to the local roads.

The last round of the Imperial Winter Series crit racing at Hillingdon circuit had club members Richard Metcalfe and Nick Vincent racing in the event. This was Richards’s first race at Hillingdon and he had a fantastic time staying with the peloton for the first 4 or 5 laps but the pace proved too much and Richard time-trailed the rest.
Nick stayed within the bunch with a couple of strong turns at the front. Both Richard and Nick finished safely.
The newly formed Race Academy is just what Richard needs along with any other club members that are interested in racing or improving their group riding skills.
Contact the academy team for more info.

Second claim club members Nick C, James McGahern, Vincent Hancock and Matt Buckley were also in the race. This was Matt’s first race in the series and he did fantastically well finishing 2nd . Chapeau Matt 🙂

On Sunday the race academy team training ride was good session enjoying the sunshine and practising race tactics. Sundays are becoming a regular training event for the academy so contact the academy team if you are interested.

Later in the day a handful of the club went out for a social spin and had a very enjoyable ride in the breezy but sunny weather.

Weekend News

The club has had a very busy weekend…
Firstly ‘hats off’ to all the Saturday morning club riders who braved the wet and cold conditions, muddy roads and the threat of punctures.

Later in the day there were club members taking part in races in the region and on Sunday the first Academy ride.

Round 8 of the Imperial Winter Series at Hillingdon on Saturday saw Nick Vincent compete in very windy conditions. The wind caused the main bunch to splinter but Nick stayed strong and provisional results have him in the top 10. Fantastic job Nick!
Club second claim members Nick Clarke and James McGahern were also in the race and finished safely in the main bunch

Chloe Goulding almost competed in the women’s race but the windy conditions and lack of race prep time made her think twice. The right decision as the conditions made the peloton a little nervous.
Club second claimer’s Melinda, Beth and Amy Shilliday also raced with Melinda taking a top 10 place (provisional result).

The 14th and final round of the Central Region Cyclo Cross League took place in Welwyn on Saturday and Josh Curtis (club second claimer but racing under the club) finished in 3rd place. This puts Josh in 3rd place overall in this seasons Senior category final standings. An incredible achievement as Josh is studying for his final year of ‘A’ levels. Chapeau Josh!

Sunday was the inaugural BCC Academy ride which saw a good turn out of riders keen on improving their close quarter group skills and chain gang riding technique. The newly formed academy is open to club riders that are keen on learning race tactics and want to improve their bike handling and speed. If you are interested or need further information please email the academy team.

Hillingdon Winter Series Race 7

The BCC Race Academy got off to a flying start at Hillingdon Imperial Winter Series where Nick Vincent (our Performance Coordinator) did extremely well in his first race for the club.

Pre-race atmosphere was buzzing with Nick and supporters from the club anticipating a great race. Conditions were cold, breezy but sunny and the Lovelo team were eager to offer racing tips to Nick.

The race got off on time (13:10) and quickly formed into a bunch. There were one or two attacks but they were quickly reeled in.

Nick sat-in the bunch saving much needed energy for the finishing couple of laps. He also had a couple of turns near the front. A great strategy.

Lovelo RT played a team game for most of the race along with helping Nick stay safe and shouting advice.

The last lap had the field together in a bunch culminating in a bunch sprint for the line.

Nick held the wheels around him with an unofficial place of 9th or 10th. Fantastic place Nick 🙂

The Lovelo RT boys (Nick Clarke, Spencer Wilson, Nick Darvell and Lloyd Wright) finished in the bunch with placing from (unofficially) 12th through to 30th

The club will be informing members of BCC Race Academy details and Nick’s race has firmly put us on the map this year.

The club also thanks track side support in the form of Nick Kurth, Chris Smith, Simon Voysey, Jo Darvell, Nick Vincent’s better half and Trevor Hill who were voicing support and encouragement.

If you are interested in racing or training with the club’s academy please email Nick Vincent  and he will let you know of up-coming training rides and the club’s race calendar.

The men…

The women…


Hillingdon Winter Series Race 6

… and CX racing at Kettering.

Nick C, Nick D, James, Spence, Matt V, Melinda, Beth and Hannah were out in full force at round 6 of the Hillingdon Imperial Winter Series. Backup was in the form of Mark Harris from Lovelo with a full compliment of spare wheels and enthusiasm.

Weather conditions were good and the race started on time.

All the team showed strongly in a large peloton. James started to drop down the field but the team helped keep him in the pack. Beth kept with the women’s bunch but lost the pace after 10 or 12 laps  and time trialed the rest.

Louise Surridge (Velo Club Londres) made a successful break stick for the last 4 laps and went on to win the women’s race with more than half a lap lead. Fantastic achievement as Louise is 17 years old and on junior gearing. Melinda and Hannah contested a sprint finish with provisional placing of 9th and 12th respectively.

On the final lap of the men’s race there was a crash (no-one seriously hurt) and the boys finished in the bunch.

Huge well done to the women & men 🙂

Josh Curtis (racing for Berkhamsted Cycle Club) competed in the Central League CX round 14 at Kettering and finished 3rd.

A fantastic result for Josh as this is his first full year of CX racing. The last official placing has Josh 8th overall in the league but that has moved up a couple of points (tbc).

There is one more CX round to go hosted by Welwyn Wheelers on Sat 6th February 14:00 at Stanborough Park, Stanborough Road, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6DQ.
It would be great if fellow BCC’ers were out to cheer him on.

Photos courtesy of Keith Perry, Jeremy Curtis and Trevor Hill.

Hillingdon Winter Series Race 5

Full Gas Crit and CX racing made up a busy weekend for club members.

Nick and Mike were at an unusually fair weathered Hillingdon which saw Nick puncture after 4 or so laps but re-join the race after a wheel swap.

Nick and Mike faired well in the pack and the race ended in a bunch sprint which had the boys in the 3rd quarter of the field.

Josh had two Cyclo-Cross races on Saturday and Sunday. The first being round 13 of the Central CX league where Josh finished in the top 10.

Sundays race was the National CX Trophy where Josh was 10th in the Under 23 and 31st overall (provisional results). Placing could have been better if Josh hadn’t had to swap to his spare bike.

Conditions on both days were very muddy with the snow on Sunday adding a wintery touch. Many riders suffered mechanicals with snapped rear mech hangers being the favourite.

Fantastic result for Josh 🙂

Melinda and Beth were at the Full Gas race series in Lea Valley Velo Park. Beth had a strong showing early on but the pace proved to much. Melinda had a blinder of a race and finished 3rd in a bunch sprint!

Melinda has gained enough race points to qualify for a 3rd category rider. Huge congratulations Melinda 🙂

Anna Henderson (a rider closely linked to the club) finished in 4th.

During the week Melinda also gained her track cycling accreditation so we may see her on the boards in the future.

(Photos courtesy Huw Williams, Matt Verrinder and Trevor Hill)