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 General Secretary, David Thomas – Email wccgensec@aol.com, or Club Membership Secretary, Gerard McHugh – Email wccmembership@clickinsight.co.uk

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HONC 33 – Entries open 7am


Entries for the thirty third running of the Hell of the North Cotswolds open at 7am tomorrow (7th January).

Club members will have been sent a email with instructions about member entry – but others can enter at http://www.entrycentral.com/honc

We hope you all have a good ride in April!


Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all members of the club.

Here are a few updates before moving into 2017

Committee Meeting Minutes from December have been emailed out to all club members. Amongst quite a lot of detail you will see that Neil is proposing a Strava based time trial league next year & we are talking to Cheltenham Cycles who have offered to arrange a Trek demo day for the club on 27th May – further details will follow.

Congratulations to two more of our club member couples who were married in December – Stuart & Ann and Richard & Kathryn.

Sunday Road Run List – Terry has kindly produced a new list which Brian circulated – a downloadable pdf can be found on the road page of the site.

HONC – the public entry will open on Entry Central Sat. 7th Jan. at 07.00hr. http://www.entrycentral.com/honc

We have again organised a separate private entry for Club Members & this will open in late January or early February. Normal entries will be available & also special entry for Riding Marshals – an email will be sent to everyone to confirm the date & access details, meanwhile you do not need to take any action. If you have a friend who is not a club member who wants to ride – they will have to use the public system.

Boxing Day downhill ride – thanks to Brian for organising the Boxing day ride again this year.

A Year in the life of Winchcombe – Local resident and video producer, Andrew Davies has launched a new film celebrating a year in the life of Winchcombe. The 60-minute film follows the life of the town throughout the year and features 25 different stories of local people, organisations and events. We co-operated with him on a section on HONC & many of you will appear singing a refrain from the 12 days of Christmas which we recorded many weeks ago now in the car park of the library before our usual Sunday Rides.

It’s a fascinating insight into how much goes on in Winchcombe in a year – if you are interested copies are available online http://www.winchcombevideo.co.uk or from the Emporium or Cafe 6.

Very best wishes for a Happy & Healthy New Year & safe cycling.

Boxing Day free wheeling Downhill Ride

The traditional Boxing Day Downhill Ride will start at 10.00am from the cross roads at the top of Cleeve Hill.
No skill or fitness required (except to ride up of course) and the more you eat on Christmas day the better you will go.
After the ride you are invited to Brian’s for drinks & mince pies and where a cup may be presented by the organiser at his discretion.
Please let Brian know if you will be riding – it helps with catering.

Please Brian know if you can come, it helps with the catering!

Merry Christmas


This year was again held at Prescott Lodge.

Club president John Taylor welcomed club members, guests & special guests Neil & Beccy Reynolds, in recognition of Neil’s continuing success in National Time Trials, racing in Winchcombe CC colours.

John reviewed highlights of a very full 12 months of club activities

  • First aid Courses, Affiliation with British Cycling & Online membership, Boxing Day Downhill, Club Christmas Lunch, GRAVITAS Dinner, HONC, AGM, British Heart Foundation fund raiser , Mountain Mayhem Endurance Race at Gatcombe Park, Maratona dles Dolomiti in Italy, Winchcombe Country Show, The Winchcombe Falling Leaves Audax, National Hill Climb Championship in Matlock (Neil)
  • Appointment of David Thomas as Club General Secretary at this year’s AGM
  • Thanks to John Mackelworth our outgoing General Secretary after many years of service to the club & his appointment as an Hon. Club Vice President.
  • Donations from this year’s Hell of the North Cotswolds (HONC) of £4600 to local & national charities including Air Ambulance.

He also congratulated the 6 club members who had married in the past 12 months

He commented that the club is in good shape & that our regular rides are well supported & numbers continue to grow. He also thanked committee members for the work they do for the club & paid tribute to the 4 club members who continue with their British Cycling coaching activities.

The club continues to support local schools to meet the cost of their cycle training.

Hon. Vice President Brian Hayward joined John to present prizes to this year’s winners.

Clive Blissett Time Trial Trophy (Fastest time around Bredon Hill) Neil Reynolds

Clive Blissett Handicap Trophy (Best Aggregate points in the Time Trial)

1st Place Anthony Ballinger

2nd Place Richard Griffiths

3rd Place Stuart Bonham

Best Novice 10 (Man) Tim Mullholland

Best Novice 10 (Lady) Evie Guyll

Brian reviewed some of Neil’s notable achievements & presented him with a plaque commemorating his 4 Time Trial Club records in 2015 & a medal to commemorate his new 2016 50 mile record of 1hr 58m 29 sec.

John concluded the formal part of the evening by thanking Emma & Jim for organising the excellent evening & also Ciaran & his staff at Prescott Lodge for looking after so well.



Test new bikes on a closed circuit

The cycling website road.cc is organising a series of live events in 2017 that some club members may be interested in. The first event takes place in Bath.

“How do you like the sound of an entire day spent trying out road bikes from Cube, Scott, Specialized, Canyon, Rose, Ribble and more? Would you also like to test the bikes unimpeded by traffic? Of course you would. Join us for the inaugural road.cc live event(link is external) and you’ll be able to do just that.”

See more at road.cc

MTB Night ride

We would like to get a midweek MTB night ride sorted for the autumn.
#RusselScudamore #JimDavies already interested.
Start time 6.30pm Abbey Terrace Thursday’s.

Anyone interested or with any other thoughts, comment on this Facebook post!

National Hill Climb championship

Well done to Neil Reynolds qualifying for the National Hill Climb championship in Matlock, Derbyshire next Sunday.

His recent results have helped get him the invite to the Nationals.

This year the event has been heavily over subscribed and he was wondering if he would make the cut.

He managed to secure a couple of 2nd place Vets and a win on Dovers Hill last week which obviously got him in!



Fox recalls Float X2 rear shocks

Fox is recalling all model year 2016 and some 2017 Float X2 shocks. According the company, the air sleeve can rupture under compression, posing a crash hazard to the rider.

The Float X2 shocks included in this recall were shipped on or before September 9, 2016 on complete bikes and as aftermarket shocks. Riders can check to see if their shocks are included in the recall by looking for a “250psi max” label directly under the air valve. If no label is present, the shock is subject to this recall.

– more information here



End to end tandem ride

Massive congratulations to the Captain and Stoker Russel Parker and Paul Workman completing their end to end tandem ride.

Just remains for all in WCC to wish Russel and Lorraine a wonderful wedding day!

You can catch up on the whole adventure on their blog here.



Falling Leaves Sun – 2nd October, 2016

Thank you to the volunteers who have come forward to help Sarah on the day.

So far we have 7 club entries & Sarah is hoping for a few more. Sarah is keen to avoid sign-ups on day & asked that everyone uses the Audax On Line Entry System before the event. The forecast is good for the weekend so if you are tempted to ride but might have been “hedging your bets” on the weather there is no need to delay any further !