Interested in a subsidised cycle coaching course?

C&CCC Cycle Coaching Series 2020

We are delighted to offer the opportunity for our club members, both male and female, to take part in a series of coaching sessions during the spring and summer months beginning on 21st April 2020.

Expressions of interest sought at this time. Full details to follow.

We are planning to run two courses of 4 sessions, tailored to the needs of club riders. The sessions will be run by three very experienced British Cycling-accredited coaches: Nick Yarworth, Heidi Blunden and Nicky Harverson.

The club will be subsidising the cost of the courses, so these represent excellent opportunities to improve your cycling skills in a safe environment.

To ensure that we can offer these fantastic courses to the club, we need a minimum of 25 attendees, so we need to gauge interest before we commit.

Please contact Sally Reid ( by the 8th March. It would also be very helpful if you could fill in the survey below to identify what skills you want to focus on.


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Club Centenary “Gravel” (and CX and MTB) Weekend, New Forest, May 2022

Friday 6th May – Sunday 8th May 2022

Mark Chick is a new (returning) club member after 20 years away. He thought it would be a good way to meet more of you if he put his hand up to organise an event as part of the centenary, even if a little delayed by the strange times we’re living through.

It’ll be a weekend away to the New Forest, exploring the excellent off-road “gravel” trails the area has to offer, perfect for cyclocross, gravel and mountain bikes. The miles of trails promise some excellent riding. Here’s the plan.
• Friday 6th May 2022: travel to the New Forest to arrive anytime you like from mid-afternoon onwards. Spend two nights on a bed and breakfast basis at the YHA New Forest in Burley. Option to have an evening ride for those that want to, and/or just relax in the hostel or start enjoying the pubs in Burley.
• Saturday 7th May: ride the New Forest trails. He’s going to plan a ride that heads south through the forest to Lymington on the coast, taking the ferry over to the Isle of Wight for an extra loop where he’s told the riding is excellent, before returning on the ferry to the mainland and back to Burley. All can ride together or split up, and there will be other route options to cater for other appetites (with GPS files).
• Sunday 8th May: another ride, using the route of what was probably one of the first gravel sportives, the Falling Leaves (approx. 60 km). Alternative routes will also be available (with GPS files). Finish the ride back at the hostel (excellent café nearby) before heading home.
YHA New Forest website:
We’ll be staying in private rooms for our party at the hostel, some with ensuite. Separate female and male rooms. The hostel has bike storage (own lock also required).
Price is £86 per person, covering the accommodation, including breakfast. Travel and all other meals are not included.
Burley is blessed with some nice pubs and excellent cafes. The rides should give us the opportunity to check out some of the others in the area. Packed lunches and limited evening meals are available at the hostel (pizzas and rather good nachos). There is also a small bar, coffee etc.
Mark has reserved enough space for up to 19 of us, in four, five and six bedded rooms.
To book a place, he needs a deposit of £30 per person by 30th April at the very latest. This enables him to cover the deposit he needs to pay to the hostel. He appreciate it’s a long way off, but after the last year he’s hoping people will jump at the chance to have something else to look forward to.
Sorry, but no under 16s as at the date of the trip.
Email Mark at if you want to book a place or have any questions.
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Resumption of group rides from 30th March

With lockdown being gradually eased over the coming months we’re excited to share the C&CCC plans for the resumption of group riding.

In this plan, we reflect the Government direction on sports activity group sizes and café reopening. We’ve considered member feedback about the benefits of smaller group sizes and public perception given they may not be familiar with the detail of the Government direction. Please note that all dates are provisional and subject to Government confirmation.

Until 21 June we will continue to follow the guidelines in our revised Covid Compliant Club Rides document:

  • Small groups of 6-8, maximum 10
  • Social distancing of 1m plus mitigation (i.e. avoiding face to face)
  • Starts staggered by speed from 09:00 to 09:40:
    • 09:00 – 20 mph & MTB
    • 09:10 – 19 mph & No cafe ride
    • 09:20 – 18 mph & Social
    • 09:30 – 17 mph
    • 09:40 – 16 mph
  • Send list of riders to Road Captain after ride for test & trace purposes

Cafe arrangements evolve over the next few weeks:

  • 30th March– Tues evening club MTB rides recommence with no refreshments stops
  • 3rd April – Club rides recommence with no cafe stops
  • 17th April – Cafe rides reintroduced. Cafes limited to groups of 6 outside, so groups may need to split.
  • 22nd May – Cafe restrictions lifted to a collective group size of up to 30 outside and 6 inside.
  • 21st June – Cafe restrictions removed. Return to 9am start at the pump rooms and rides leaving at 2 minutes intervals.
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Our 10 mile events start on Thursday 29th April on our regular 10 mile U706 Course.

HQ is at Orchard Industrial Estate, GL54 5EB, sign on from 6pm, event starts 7pm

We are open to everyone – members and non members.

 click here for details on our TT pages



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Simon Boswell has kindly put together a programme of rides to keep us fit and healthy.over the festive season.  Weather permitting, we can look forward to the following rides, all starting as normal from the Pump Rooms at the times listed:

Santa Special – 19th December. Come and join our annual Santa Special ride to the Yew Tree at Chaceley. Come in fancy dress, tinsel etc! Last year the Yew Tree genuinely pushed the boat out to welcome us after their pub was flooded for the second time in 6 weeks. The last year hasn’t got any easier for them – flooded out once more, then two COVID lockdowns – so we would like to be able to take as many members as possible to cheer them up. As always, the main club route will be taking in places with a Christmas theme, as well.

The mountain bikers will also be heading out onto Cleeve Hill for an Intro category ride. Festive clothing and tinsel always look good with a bit of mud on.

Dawn to Dusk Ride – 20th December. Leaving from the Pump Rooms under cover of darkness at 07:45, we are planning a route to Oxford that should mean we return to Cheltenham once the street lights are back on. It won’t be a race – just a chance to experience the exhilaration of a long (short) day in the saddle! Please let Simon Boswell know ( if you can make it, so we can plan for numbers.

Festive 500. We are planning a series of 100km rides to keep cycle-happy riders occupied in the week between Christmas and the New Year. These would be great opportunities to invite cycling friends and relatives along: we’ve got routes heading off in all directions during the week, so there will be plenty of choice. All routes will leave the Pump Rooms at 9.00, where we can form into appropriate groups depending on preferred speeds.

Happy riding!

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National Lockdown from 5.11.20

Hi All.

As you will be aware, the recent UK Government announcement confirmed the start of another national lockdown from Thursday 5th November.

British Cycling have now provided their guidance and have confirmed that all cycling events, including club group cycling, is suspended until further notice.

The British Cycling guidance can be seen on the BC website

Unfortunately, we now have to suspend all club rides until further notice.

However, it is still permissible to ride with one other person (please refer to BC guidelines for full details).

Please feel free to contact your friends or other members using the Club Facebook page if you would like to buddy up with someone but please be aware these are personal and not club sanctioned activities.  If you get chance, then please consider calling in to any of the many cafes for a takeaway to help them get through this lean time, as we need them to be there for us after lockdown and I’m sure they would appreciate any trade.

Also, keep an eye out for further information on club group Zwift rides.  The recent experiment was successful, and the virtual ride and social chat was quite entertaining. More information will be sent out in due course.

A huge thank you to everyone who has come along to the Covid adapted club rides over the last few weeks and made them so successful.

Also, a special thanks to Tony and Simon who have worked very hard to adapt the rides so well, as it has been a lot of hard work for them but it is much appreciated.

Please be reminded that the club AGM will be held on Wednesday 11th November via Zoom.

If you would like to join us then please contact Bill Olver for details via the clubs website ‘Contact’ page or email him at:

In the meantime, look after yourselves and we will resume club activities again after lockdown conditions allow.


Martin Cain



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New C&CCC Hoodie

Th new CCCC Hoodie is now available just in time for the winter!! The cost is £20 which is a great price as it is produced in heavy cotton and great quality. It is available from Academy Sports and Leisure Ltd based in Mead Industrial Estate, Leckhampton so keeping it local. Order by downloading the App, through their website or click on the link…
You can click and collect or pay for Postage and packing which will be extra. They are made to order so there will be waiting time. Supplier has advised that it should be available 10 days max once order received.
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Leckhampton Hill Mountain Biking – changes coming soon

It is great to see increased activity on Leckhampton Hill by all kinds of users.  But this has led to occasional friction between bikers and other users.

A group of riders, walkers, the Friends of Leckhampton Hill and Charlton Kings Common (FOLK) and Cheltenham Borough Council are working together to ensure that all users can use the hill safely.  This does not mean a Nanny State sanitisation of your favourite tracks.

Even though walking on the hill is a right whereas cycling is by the permission of the landowner, Cheltenham Borough Council, walking groups accept that it is not safe for them to use MTB tracks.  Us riders will have to accept that we cannot just create tracks everywhere on this private land and designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The SSSI staus is the reason for the council’s funding of conservation work by the council and FOLK.

The main, well-established trails that we all know and love like Mainline and the Comings will remain with some warning signage for riders and walkers and, in some case, mods to reduce speed and improve lines of sight where they join walking paths.  You will see some of the minor more ad-hoc MTB tracks being blocked off because we are unable to make them safe for other users.  This is normally because they join walking tracks without the possibility of slowing or with poor visibility.  This is the small price we are going to have to pay for keeping the long-established trails on the hill.  So please work with us by not riding or reopening these trails so that we can maintain biking access on the hill whilst keeping other users safe.

If you do plan to do any digging on the hill, we ask that you speak to the Senior Warden, Wayne Sedgewick (07733014743, first.

Other contacts:

Leckhampton Downhill trails & trail fairy’s Facebook page

Clive Lewis, MTB Capt. C&CCC,

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Club AGM to be held as a virtual event on Wednesday 11th November

All club members should now have received the October Newsletter, and within that circular, there were initial details on the clubs annual AGM, which will be held as a zoom virtual meeting on Wednesday 11th November.

This event is being managed by our Bill Olver and Clive Lewis and full details including times (this will be an evening event), link, access use, etc. will be provided as a further internal circular to club members, before the end of October.

We need members support and involvement in this AGM so please register your interest in attending the AGM with Bill Olver (Membership Secretary).

Stay Safe


Gary Rickards

Club Secretary

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Results from Hill Climb Event held 27th August

Well the rain cleared as forecast and we had 7 hardy riders turn up for our last hill climb event. James Driver (club day member) was the first over the line in a time of 4:30 secs and with his 10 points gained, won the overall competition. 2nd over the line was Jordan Wintle in 4:33 secs followed by Ed Arnold on his single speed bike, from Stroud. It was good to see Gareth Cook who recently joined our club, and has been doing some impressive times over numerous events.
It was great to see Natalie Jenks again but she just missed out on her course record, but did an impressive time of 5:18 secs. Well done everyone and our thanks go to our time keepers Martin McGreary & Don Muir for an excellent job and the club wish to thank them for all their support thoughout this short season. So that is it now, though we have not been able to run many events, we have seen course records broken in both the TT series and hill climbs along with a number of PB’s.

To view the events results and the results table, please go to the TT pages or click on the following link for the race report:



Gary Rickards

TT Captain

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Results from Hill Climb Event held 25th August

Well though we only had 5 hardy riders turn up this evening, there were some excellent times, even with the blustery wind conditions. Our Day Member, James Driver was 1st over the line in 3:03 sec (this would have been a course record 2 years ago), followed by our talented Dan Letherbarrow in 3:09 secs. Ed Arnold made the effort to drive over from Stroud to attend our event for the first time, and did an excellent time of 3:23 secs while riding a fixed wheel bike! Natalie Jenks just missed out on beating her last years course record, finishing in 3:54 sec.

For the full race report, please go to our TT pages for the results and leaders table. Please follow the following link for the event results:

Our last hill climb event will be held this Thursday at Corndean Lane and the weather forecast looks reasonable with SSE winds of just 6 mph, so lets hope we get back to normal attendance levels and see if any course records can be broken.

Our thanks go to our time keepers Mike Wake and Martin McGreary as without their support we could not run this event.


Gary Rickards

TT Captain


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