Welcome to the Winchcombe Cycling Club website

We are a friendly club based in Winchcombe and are into all forms of cycling, on and off-road. Whether you’re a novice or an expert, the club has something to offer. Members take part in regular social rides, Audax/Sportive riding, MTB enduro events, road racing/time trialling and touring.

If you’d like to get involved, get in touch with club secretary John Mackelworth.
Email or phone 01242 602286

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Cycling Club news

What we are planning or have been up to lately.

AGM report

Thanks to everyone who attended the AGM on Sunday.

We will circulate the minutes in due course but meanwhile here a few of the highlights – there are also some good pics on our Facebook page.

Brian Hayward thanked our out going General Secretary John Mackelworth for the many years of conscientious hard work he has given the club and presented him with an inscribed glass plaque to mark the occasion & John was also appointed an Hon. Vice President of the club.

I am delighted to report that the AGM unanimously approved the appointment of David Thomas to succeed John. David brings a wealth of cycling & professional experience to this role.

Well done to Angie Appleton who was presented with the Club Shield, for raising the most amount (over £600) in last year’s BHF Cotswold Bike Ride, by the previous winner Carole Ward. We will again match any sponsorship club members raise in next weekend’s BHF Cotswold Bike Ride up to a maximum of £400.

John Harkness presented his Treasurers Report which shows the club remains stong financially. He also explained our reasons for de-registering from CASC & proposed an amendment to our articles of association resulting from this. This was approved.

Gerard McHugh our Membership Secretary reported that the new online Membership Application is up & running & working well.

The club is in good shape & growing & I would like to thank the very many of you who have contributed to club activities in the past year.




Dawes Tandem for sale


In good condition,

Suspension front forks, Suspension rear seat post

27 Gears, Rear Carrier

Please contact :  07811 944283

2016 Time Trials

The 2016 Cheltenham & County Time Trial season is upon us!

The season will run until the 11th August and then followed by a hill climb fortnight, being run on Tuesdays and Thursday from the 16th – 25th Aug.

The League is open to all club members and you will be seeded based on your previous 10 mile PB.  The full details can be found at:

Winchcombe CC will be helping with the marshaling at the 25 mile events; we will therefore require the assistance of club members for these events.

If you would like to volunteer please contact Harry Walton to offer your support:

The Clive Blisset time trial trophy will be up for grabs again, and awarded to the fastest rider in the Bredon Hill time trial on the 14th July.

The first few time trial dates are:

21st April – 10 miles
28th April – 10 miles
5th May – Pendock Course 18 miles
12th May 10 miles
19th May 25 miles
26th May 10 miles

(Make sure you check online via social media and the Cheltenham CC website for any last minute changes to courses)

Full details of the seasons calendar can be found at the link below.

The Cheltenham & County website is a comprehensive resource containing all the details regarding signing on, start times, courses and entry requirements for the 2016 league.

Global bike to work day

Strava Metro is proud to host the first Global Bike to Work Day. Upload a ride on May 10th that starts in one place and ends in another and you’ll complete the challenge. Not only will you enjoy a healthy way to travel and make the world just a little better, but by uploading your commute to Strava, you’ll make a difference. Metro anonymizes and aggregates the millions of human-powered commutes uploaded to Strava every week, then partners with urban planners to improve city infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians.

Some countries have a “bike to work day” and some don’t – now there’s at least one for every cyclist, and it’s the same day no matter where you live. Enjoy your ride and don’t forget to share your story on other social networks with #CommutesCount.

Find out more about Strava Metro and watch our #CommutesCount animation here.

HONC official photos

The official photos from the 32nd Hell of the North Cotswolds are now available on the Sussex Sport Photography website. Add your rider number into the box to find images.

HONC 32 – report


CONGRATULATIONS to all riders who finished this year’s HONC – the very wet mud & wind conspired to produce conditions that were, by common consent pretty brutal. COMMISERATIONS to riders whose bikes gave up in the mud before they did!

Leading riders home were 50K – Benoit Davies (Winchcombe CC) 50 K in 2hr 30m & 100K – Chris Thompson (Dave’s Cycles) in 4hr 52m.

A HUGE thank you to over 110 volunteers from Winchcombe CC & Cheltenham & County CC who helped run the day so successfully – we couldn’t do it without you!

Thanks to Gloucestershire Police for their invaluable help at the start, The Mayor of Tewkesbury Borough, Councillor Ron Allen for starting our event, Winchcombe School, St John, Guiting Village Hall & Playing Field & particularly our local landowners for their co-operation & allowing us permissive use for the day on their land. Thanks also to Leisure Lakes who did a really sterling job repairing very, very muddy bikes.

We’ll be in touch with one lucky Junior Riders soon to tell them they have won a Whyte Hardtail MTB in this year’s Junior Prize Draw.

Take a look at this great aerial footage of the start.

Hope to welcome you back to the Cotswolds next year.

Neil Reynolds in 1st Place

“The club skin suit has had its first outing at the RTTC Buxton TT. The weather was dry and sunny with just a bit of wind to deal with on the first long climb. The field was strong and only a few DNS’, being the largest event to date with 181 entries.

As I started off, my hill climbing idol Tevjan Pettinger, number 75 went past. This seemed a good opportunity to see if I could climb as well as a national hill climb champion. Obviously he started to put some time into me but not as much as I thought. By this point it was I was starting to think I may have gone too deep but decided to press on regardless. On completion of my first lap I could see I was about 1 min 30 seconds up on last years time so I was feeling good; the second lap was obviously more enjoyable as it was the last and I just enjoyed it more and more. I pushed as hard as could all the way up to the finish with the thought that I didn’t want to lose out to someone buy a second which can happen too often. My support crew (the wife) met me and supplied water and food before I went off for a recovery ride.

When I returned to the HQ I was please to see I have made it into the top 3 but shocked to see I was in first place! (Road Bike Veteran) I was presented with my prize money and also won a spot prize for being the first road bike based on target time. Very pleased :)

Congratulations Neil, first of many we hope.


Not long to go !

The 100 & 50K routes have now been finalised.

Please remember to bring your Entry Confirmation email that you were sent when you entered. You will need this to get your Rider Pack which will include a Route Map (both routes), Emergency Contacts, Control Card & your Rider Number for display on the front of your helmet.

We will be issuing gpx routes to all registered riders in the week before the event.

Route Signs - please take a look at the downloadable pdf on this link to see the signage we will be using around the route.

Leisure Lakes will kindly be providing a mobile repair van at the start & the rest stop.

A certificate and medal will be awarded to all finishers.

Junior Rider Draw – to encourage Junior Riders we have teamed up with the great guys at Whyte Bikes to offer a Whyte Hard Tail Mountain Bike as the prize in the Junior Rider Draw, for which all riders U-18 who successfully complete the event will be entered.

Official PhotographersSussexSportsPhotography. Start and Finish – Winchcombe Community School, Greet Rd, Winchcombe, Glos. GL54 5LB. Car parking, changing facilities , showers and toilets will all be available at the school

Mass Start 09.00 hr.

32nd HONC

Sunday 10th April 2016

100 or 50km

Our Classic Endurance Event, now in it’s 32nd year, is run over challenging routes across the hills and valleys of the Cotswolds & uses a combination of roads, tracks and bridleways, with significant off-road sections.

There will be a 100km route for the very experienced and fit riders and a 50km route for those who know just how tough the off-road Cotswold Hills can be. Food & drink will be available all day at the start/finish from 07.30hr and will be provided at around the half-way point rest stop.

Leisure Lakes will kindly be providing a mobile repair van at the start & the rest stop. A certificate and medal will be awarded to all finishers & to encourage Junior Riders we have teamed up with the great guys at Whyte Bikes to offer a Whyte Hard Mountain Bike as the prize in the Junior Rider Draw for which all riders U-18 successfully completing the event will be entered.

Official Photographers – SussexSportsPhotography

ENTRY OPENS 06.00 hr JANUARY 9th 2016 via a link on this site or via EntryCentral

More information is available on the HONC page of this website

Boxing Day free wheeling competition

The traditional Boxing Day free wheeling competition will start at 11.00am from the cross roads at the top of Cleeve Hill. All are welcome

No skill or fitness is required and the more you eat on Christmas Day the further you will go!

Tandems may take part but will not be eligible for the trophy. The last time a tandem took part they ended up the other side of the town.

After the ride you are invited to my home, Highwheeler House, Neata Farm, Greet GL54 5BL for drinks and mince pies – Brian Hayward