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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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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Results from Hill Climb Event held 20th August

Well at this event we had 12 riders turn up and 2 of them were under the course record set last year at 2.54 secs by our Jacob Hardy! Ben Stockdale from Cotswold Cycles Trek was first across the line in a blistering time of 2:48 secs, Wow! It was great to see Natalie Jenks turn up and she was just outside her last years course record with a great time of 3:55 secs, but she hopes to improve on this time next Tuesday when we return to the course again. Her course record time is set at 3:52 secs. For the full event results, please visit the TT Pages and League table page. Please click on the following link for the results:

Our thanks go to our time keepers for this evening, being Laura Finucane and Don Muir, as without their help we could not run this event.

Well done everyone, and lets see what course records are smashed next week!!

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Results from Hill Climb Event held 18th August

Well we managed to pull this hill climb event off within 48 hour notice, and it was good to see 9 hardy riders turned up to do this VO2 Max session! We kick off with a course record with the highly talented Mike Skidmore knocking 10 secs off the previous record set back in 1997 in an amazing time of 4:09 secs, and that is after doing the National 100 TT Championships last Sunday! 2nd was George Sheppard in an excellent time of 4:25 secs. It was good to see Toby Dobbs who was 3rd in 4:32 secs, closely followed by Jordan Wintle in 4:35 secs. Jon Mansfield turned up with his ongoing shoulder injury, but he still managed a respectable time of 5:33 secs closely followed by our Simon Worsley in 5:49 secs, who had rushed across to attend the event after breaking off from a club chain gang ride.

Our thanks go to our time keepers for the evening Doug Gale and Martin McGreary and our next event is this Thursday over at Salters Hill. Well done everyone.

To view the results and the points table please go to the clubs TT pages or click on the following link for the results:

Gary Rickards

TT Captain

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C&CCC Forthcoming Hill Climb Series to now include 4 Events

Our 2020 Hill Climb Series will now include FOUR hill climbs, and we will be using the Salters Hill Climb (UCHS) and the Corndean Lane Hill Climb (UCHC), which details are as follows:

18th & 27th August – Corndean Lane Hill Climb (UCHC)

Start by signpost at foot of Corndean Lane (Winchcombe) (GR SP018277). Finish at top of Corndean hill by parking layby after left bend.
HQ:In the layby at foot of Corndean Lane. Sign on from 18:15 – 18:50 hrs
Notes:Course record is 4:16 secs. Mike Skidmore 15 August 2019. Female time 5:13 secs. Natalie Jenks on the 15th August 2019
Distance: 1.0 mile

20th & 25th August – Salters Hill Climb (UCHS)

Start above first cattle grid on Salters Lane (Near Hailes Abbey, Winchcombe). Finish just level with second cattle grid, just before the gate at top of hill.
HQ:Near lower cattle grid. Sign on from 18:15 – 18:50 hrs
Notes:Course record is 2:54 secs set by Jacob Hardy on 22.08.19. Female record holder is Natalie Jenks at 3:52 secs on 22.08.19
Distance: 0.6 miles

Please remember that the Covid-19 safe procedures document must be read and followed by all riders and officials involved in these events. Please read and follow the attached document: 16.08.20 C&CCC Covid-19 safe requirements for club TT Hill Climb events. (Final)

Gary Rickards

TT Captain


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