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

Find us on facebook    Hell of the North Cotswolds


Cycling Club news

What we are planning or have been up to lately.

Into the Forest

An impromptu MTB ride in the Forest of Dean is being planned for this Tuesday (9th June). We are meeting at the Peddleabikeaway cafe at 6:45pm.

Date confirmed for the next Saturday road run

The next Saturday ride will be to Dayslesford farm cafe. Meeting 9:00am Abbey Terrace, date set is the 20th june, hoping this will be a fun ride, all are welcome. See the route here



Congratulations Dom!

This year’s HONC Junior prize draw winner Dom Switzer, a member of Welland CC, seen here being presented with his new Whyte 605 at Whyte dealers Noahs’s Ark, by one of the HONC organisers John Taylor.

Revolve24 brings 24-hour bike racing to Brands Hatch

Looking for a challenge for later in the year? Revolve24 is a new series of 24-hour relay events based at famous motor circuits, and the first one is at Brands Hatch on the weekend of 19-20 September.

Motor circuit relay events aren’t new, by any means. The Rad Am Ring event has been going on at the Nürburgring for many years, and there’s one at Le Mans every year too; there’s been plenty in the UK as well. Revolve24 looks like it’ll be a really interesting new event, with a few extra facets over and above just ranting around a circuit as quickly as you can.

The Revolve24 team are big on technology, and they’ve developed a smartphone app (iOS/Android) to complement the race. And not just for the 24 hours of riding, either: it can link with the most popular cycling apps to keep a record of your training, and it’ll build that data into a race grid for the day. The pole position teams will get the best spots in the pit straight too, so you’ll need to get your game together a long time before the race weekend.

Once the race is running the app will switch to real-time tracking of your team’s position in the overall standings. There’ll be a host of other competitions too: king and queen of the mountains, fastest lap, sprints and rider categories.

King of the mountains? Yup: if you’ve ever been to Brands Hatch you’ll know it’s far from flat. There’s 35m of climbing in every 3.8km lap, with gradients as high as 9%, so it’s not just a case of ranting round on the flat. Assuming you can crack out 6-minute laps for the duration of the race (you’ll need to be going some for that, but it’s not unachievable) you’ll rack up 8,400m of climbing over the 24 hours. And the best part of 1,000km of riding, of course…

If you’re a real glutton for punishment, you can enter as a solo rider. Most of the riders will be in teams, though: you can choose from two, four, six or eight rider options. It’s £225 if you want to do it on your own, and the more riders you have the cheaper it is per head: £210 each for a team of two, £195 for four, £175 for six and £150 for eight. If you’d like to do it as a team but you can’t find enough willing buddies, Revolve24 will be offering a team matching service to put individuals and smaller groups together into bigger squads. That entry fee gets you your track time and the ubiquitous goody bag, of course, but a bunch of other stuff too. You can camp at the circuit for the whole weekend, and of course you’ll get the use of your allocated pit garage. There will be an event village on site with a range of different retailers and brands, and all riders get 24-hour access to tea, coffee, water and energy snacks. Revolve24 will have a massage team on site too, and every rider will get a free massage. There will be shower facilities, WiFi and charging points for lights and devices too.

Sound good? We think so, and we’ll be getting a team together for Brands Hatch – more on that soon. If you fancy enrolling yourself (and some mates) in the race then there’s currently a 10% early bird discount until 31 May.

For more information on the event, head over to

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WCC family ride

We are having our first Winchcombe Cycling Club Family Ride on the Saturday 23rd May starting at 9:30am.  There will be two ”On Road” routes to choose, the shorter being approximately 11 miles and the longer being approximately 20 miles.  Both will be starting and finishing at Winchcombe School with refreshments at the end.
In order to make the event successful and enjoyable for everyone, we require Club Volunteers to help out.  Three areas we require volunteers
  • To ride within individual groups to be a ride leader or help the ride leaders to make a safe ride to everyone
  • Signing on at the start of the ride
  • At the end of the ride with refreshments
For more information email

North Cotswold Cycling Club invites WCC to the “1st 2015 Time Trial”

A message from North Cotswold cycling club

TT Events – support needed. 

A week today will be our first TT event – sign on is from 18:00 outside Cotswold Cycles and first rider from 7pm at the start line (about 2.5 miles away). Last month we asked for volunteers to helps marshall the events. The list below shows there are still a number of empty slots where your help is needed and would be appreciated to make the time trials possible.
Please contact if you are able to support the events, ideally stating date and preferred role. Without support we will not be able to continue to run the TT events as we need to ensure, ahead of the dates that we can run them safely and compliantly. Please also remember, to qualify for the Time Trial Trophies, riders also need to marshall at one event at least.
x2 Timekeepers and Marshalls (3 TO 4 NEEDED) per event 
  • Tuesday 12th May (x2 marshalls) 
  • Thursday 28th May (x1 timekeeper, x4 marshalls) 
  • Tuesday 9th June (x2 marshalls) 
  • Thursday 25th June (x1 timekeeper, x2 marshalls) 
  • Tuesday 7th July (x1 timekeeper, x3 marshalls) 
  • Thursday 23rd July (x1 timekeeper, x4 marshalls)
  • Tuesday 4th August (x3 marshalls)
  • Thursday 20th August (x1 timekeeper, x4 marshalls)
When: Tuesday, 12th May 2015 at 7pm - 8pm 
Where: Broadwell/Adlestrop Junction, Evenlode
If you would like to attend please email

WCC annual dinner & prize giving

This year’s annual dinner & prize giving was held at Prescott Lodge on Sunday 3rd May with a record attendance of 103 club members and their families.

Newly appointed club president John Taylor warmly thanked retiring president Brian Hayward for his many years of selfless service to the club. Brian had already been appointed an Honorary Vice President of the club at the recent AGM & also presented with a framed collage of images depicting personal cycling events & memories, by John Mackelworth, Club Secretary.

John then went on to review the club’s progress & many activities over the past year & congratulated the 48 club members who completed this year’s Hell of the North Cotswolds event &then looked forward to the challenges of the next year.

His message was that the club is flourishing & membership is rising. The club has an awful lot going for it & has a very supportive & enthusiastic membership.

“I hope & believe that by working & enjoying ourselves together we can take our club very positively & importantly have some great fun along the way”

The prize giving followed and the winners were:-

  • The Handicap Trophy for the best Time Trialler on the Teddington/Toddington course – Andrew Barnes
  •  The Clive Blissett Time Trial Cup for the Bredon Hill circuit – Neil Reynolds
  •  The Downhill Cup for the longest unassisted downhill descent on Boxing Day – David Birch. The leading lady rider Lorraine Hill received a club medal.
  •  Best Club Fundraiser Shield for the BHF Cotswold Bike Ride – Carole Ward
  •  The MTB Gravitas non Defius Trophy was won by John Michelbacher for a series of spectacular “off’s”

Thanks were given to our Club Secretary John Mackelworth & Club Treasurer John Harkness & to Ciaran and all his team at Prescott Lodge who looked after us so well.

Finally a HUGE thank you was given to our Social Secretary Emma for organising the event with her customary flair and attention to detail. Everyone had a great time & the kids weren’t the only one’s who enjoyed the Ice Cream Van & their 99’s or the magic tricks !


Saturday run – 9th May

The Next Saturday road run (organised by Trevor Mcgill) will take place on the 9th of May.

View the route here.

If you would like to join the ride, please either join the event via Strava, or email and we will pass your details onto the organiser.


Monday night – fast ride night

Neil Reynolds and David Thomas are proposing to lead a number of fastish training rides around Bredon Hill this summer.

The aim will be to ride as a group, taking turns at the front, with the intention of averaging 18 – 20 mph depending on conditions. The runs are planned for Monday evenings leaving from Abbey Terrace at 6.45pm, and the route is approx 30 miles (so we should be back by 8.15ish.)

If you would like to join the rides, please  email and we will pass your details onto Neil and David.


Time Trial – 30 April

Thursday 30th April – Time Trial – UC706: Teddington-Toddington – 10 miles – more info here