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.

Le Grand Depart!




Members of the club turned up to wish Paul and Russ Good Luck as they set off from Winchcombe on their next big trip to Lisbon. We look forward to reading their daily blog.

Club Riders Meet at Cotswold Farm Park

Last Sunday morning, in perfect conditions nearly 40 club members made their way in separate groups, meeting up at the Cotswold Farm Park for tea, coffee & cakes. We could’nt have chosen a better day to be in the Cotswolds!


Sample personalised water bottles from Kapz, possible next day delivery and discount for cycling clubs.

Space for cyclists

A new video that shows Chris Boardman and master driving instructor Blaine Walsh explain how to safely overtake cyclists, referring to rule 163 of the Highway Code has been released.

Winchcombe Country Show – Monday 31st August 2015

Dear club members,

As many of you will know the Winchcombe Show takes place on Bank Holiday Monday at Winchcombe School.

We have supported the event over the last few years by entering the procession & organising a stand & we will be doing so again this year. Paul Workman has again kindly offered to provide us with a small marquee & Brian & I are doing some work to update our club display boards.

Quite a number of our “regulars” are away this year & we need some volunteers to help man the stand on a rota basis from about noon until 4.30 ish.

The procession meets at Abbey Fields Community Centre, Back Lane at 11am. The organisers are awarding prizes for the “best blinged bike” & fancy dress (single or group) – if anyone is up for the challenge! Judging will be at 11.15am. The procession will leave at 11.30am & after travelling through Winchcombe will arrive at the school at 12 noon.

Can you please let me know if you can help with the stand or take part in the procession (or both !).


John T

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Time Trials

There are only 4 time trials left this season to qualify for the Clive Blissett Handicap Trophy:

Thursday, 30 July, there is a 25 mile TT Starting at the Isbourne Industrial Estate in Winchcombe at 7.00pm *

Thursday 6 August, 10 mile TT form Teddington at 7.00pm

Thursday 13 August, 10 mile TT form Teddington at 7.00pm

Thursday 20 August, 10 mile TT form Teddington at 7.00pm

* Since we had to cancel the Bredon Hill event due to traffic lights the trophy this year will be awarded to the best 25 mile performance

It would be really nice to see some of our ladies turn out again

Best wishes

Brian Hayward

Important info for any 2015 genesis bike owners

Genesis Bikes has issued a recall for the steel fork used on its 2015 Croix de Fer 10 and 20 bikes, and the Tour de Fer frameset. Forks will be replaced free of charge.

Genesis says: “We have identified that the steel forks on the following three models do not meet our stringent standards for long term durability.”

The company says there is “no immediate risk to safety” and there have been no reported failures. Affected forks will be replaced with a new fork, free of charge. If you have one of these bikes, you’re advised to contact your nearest Genesis dealer as soon as possible.

Stolen bike

A Giant Defy Racing Bike (colour white / black decals) has been stolen from a cycle rack on the back of a car parked on a club members drive in Greet on Friday (24 July)

Please keep an eye out for it in the local area, and be aware if anyone offers the bike for sale to any member of the club.


GIANT DEFY – WHITE CARBON  FRAME – Black Writing / Decals – Serial number GD ZA 211

Below is a photo of the same model and colour

A few up-coming cycling events

A few cycling events coming up this summer for you consideration:


Wiggle Cotswolds Sportive - Saturday 15th August 2015

This mid-summer Sportive is sure to test your seasons training to date. With its unforgiving, but quintessentially British country side vistas held entirely in the Cotswold District – as Britain’s largest Area of outstanding natural beauty.Leaving from the magnificent Cheltenham racecourse, home of the Cheltenham Festival, and the Gold Cup, it has everything facility you come to expect from the Wiggle Super Series events.

100 / 75 / 40 mile options

More information here.

Pedal for Maggie’s 2015 - Saturday 26 September

Take part in Maggies annual bike ride on Saturday 26 September and cycle through 42 miles of beautiful Cotswold countryside, raising money to help us support people living with cancer in Cheltenham.

By signing up for this cycling adventure, you’ll not only raise money for a great cause but also have fun, make new friends and get a fantastic sense of achievement as your cross the finish line at Maggie’s Cheltenham. Why not rally your friends and family and cycle with us?

42 Miles

More information here.


It was Mayhem!

Well done to our two intrepid teams & 2 solo riders who took part in this year’s Mountain Mayhem 24 hour Endurance Race at Gatcombe Park.

First team, Anthony Ballinger, Doug Cowper, Darren Peck & Graham Morrison bettered last year’s result by one lap after a stunning penultimate lap by Anthony B to get in before the midday deadline.

Team 2, Jay Taylor, Sy Taylor & guests Jamie Strawbridge & James Durrell had an eventful race, sadly not bettering last year’s result after Sy’s “off”in the early hours of Sunday morning which put him out of the event & another injury issue which reduced the team to two!

Pat Boulton  & John Betteron also did the event as solo riders – respect ! John B being slowed by fairly big “off”

Injured riders all since restored to good health!

Well done guys – a great weekend & at least 2 Gravitas nominations!