Thursday, 17 July 2014

Surrey Hills

A big thank you to Roo Phelan from Kreek Racing who led us on a fantastic ride in the Surrey Hills on Saturday, for those that missed it, we will be back in the autumn!

Tour De France

Those lucky enough to have the time off work or school set up camp to watch the tour come through Roxwell, I understand a great day was had (not bitter really!).  Thanks to Steve Murphy for setting up and for the telly!

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Tour De France Event

Start Line to the obstacle course.

Alex Mills
CYCC hosted at stand at Chelmsfords Celebration of Cycling on Saturday July 5th.  Despite some inclement weather, our stand which included a bike display, 500 meter turbo trainer sprint completion and a timed obstacle trial was busy all day with children, youths and some adults queuing all day to to score best time of the day.  In the end after some tight competition, it came down to two riders, Lewis Jones won the childrens event and Alex Mills won the Youth / Adult race, well done to them both.  A big thank you too to Spokes and Chelmer Cycles for supplying the prizes.
Lewis Jones

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Cwmcarn Camping Trip

Off to ride the Cafall trail at Cwmcarn
A group of 21 of us braved the bank holiday traffic to travel to Cwmcarn for a long weekend of riding.  We based ourselves once more at Cwmcarn Campsite, a mixture of carvans, Pods for the glampers and tents for the brave.  No one could be left in any doubt that Wales can be a very wet place after the weekend although that did not seem to stop anyone. 
For Saturday, we had booked the uplift service at Bike Park Wales, apparently the biggest group to book to date.  Pre ride nerves were not helped by the amount of body armour in the car park followed by some horror stories coming out in the van on the first lift.  These fears were soon ended however as we made our way down the first blue run to find fantastic weather proof trail flowing all the way to the bottom.  Some moved up onto harder trail grades, others were happy to stick to the blue for what proved to be a great day despite the non stop rain.  A couple of runs with Olly can be found on the links below:

After a night of rain, the rain eased on Sunday AM and the morning was spent replacing brake pads and spokes (the bikes had taken a bit of a hammering), we set off in two groups to tackle the new Cafall trail in Cwmcarn.  This can be a tough ride in places with 550 metres of climb over 15.5 km (which seem a lot further when actually riding).  Again, the weather soon closed in with some of the varied trail turning into small streams which is a shame because the scenery would have been stunning in the sun.  That said, the new trail is a great addition to Cwmcarn giving some more variety to what is on offer at the centre.  Final descent with Jordan on the link below.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Eastern Regional Championship Race - Codham Park 18th May

Harrison Schofield

Harvey Schofield
Codham Park was drenched in sunshine on Sunday for the MSG Eastern Regional Championships.  As ever Matt & Graham had managed to make a fantastic course with some new sections for the days racing.
CYCC turnout was lower than usual mainly due to GCSE commitments.  The Scofield twins Harrison & Harvey represented the club in the U12 race, this time 2 laps a longer circuit taking in a large part of the adult course making for a challenging race.  Having managed to miss a start line crash,  both manged very repectable places, Harrison 5th & Harvey 11th from a field of 35.

Also congratulations to club regulars Jordan Beighton & Joe Pitt.  Jordan, riding for Kreek Racing Team was victorious in the Juvenile Race, Joe, riding for Flitch Cycles was a very creditable 3rd in the Junior category.
Jordan on a climb

Nice Bike Harvey!

Monday, 7 April 2014

Get well soon Harvey!

Harvey recuperating back home
Saturdays club ride proved to be a reminder that mountain biking can be a dangerous sport even for the best of us.  After a good dry ride in the sunshine, we were heading back to the car park on our "final run" through Danbury Common, one of our regular riders, Harvey Jennings over jumped the final table top, fell on landing resulting in a broken arm. 
A big thanks must go out to the paramedics who attended the scene for their friendly and  professional service in both treating Harvey at the scene and then getting him safely out of the Common and on to Broomfield where Harvey underwent surgery later that evening.
Get well soon Harvey, we are thinking of you although you might want to mention to you dad that the stand is meant for fixing the bike, hopefully you will benefit from it too!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

2014 Race Season

Harrison Scofield takes 3rd place at Rendlesham
The 2014 race season has got off to a good start for CYCC.  At a schools race organised by Mark Wyer earlier in the month, Alex Steward and Harvey Jennings took 2nd and 3rd place respectively.  Then at Rendlesham, MSG Round 1, Alex Salmon managed to take 3rd in the Youth category successfully managing to convert some hard training over the winter months.  Most encouraging however is as some two of our most successful racers of 2013 have been taken on by local teams (Jo Pitt is riding for Flitch Cycles and Jordan Beighton is riding for Kreek Racing Team / Riverside Cycles ) we have a new generation of riders joining the club and getting results.  well done to Harrison Scofield on his hard fought 3rd in the U12 category and also his brother Harvey who came in 8th in  a field of 26.  We look forward to seeing more results from the Scofield twins and of course Will Smith in the coming weeks and months.
Harvey Scofield