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.

Late start for the MTB section this week

Due to the annual Gravitas MTB awards dinner on Saturday evening the MTB section will set off a little later than usual at 9:30am for the Sunday morning ride

For those MTB riders who think they have too many wheels!

Updates to the road runs list

The schedule for Sunday road runs has been updated – please click here to see the list of runs for the first part of 2015

Hell of the North Cotswolds

Entries opened and closed on January 10th with all the available 1350 places being taken on that day.

If you have not already volunteered to help but would like to please contact John Taylor

A Happy New year to all our members

Some updates after the Holiday season

Boxing Day Freewheeling competition.
We had a great turnout of about 40 members for this years Freewheeling competition which was won by David Birch, one of our founder members who was visiting his family in Winchcombe for Christmas. David is no stranger to the competition and has won it a number of times in the past 35 years.There were just enough mince pies to go around afterwards!

It was nice to see a number of ladies out and Lorraine Hill did the greatest ladies distance. The Downhill cup and a new WCC medals will be awarded to David and Lorraine at the Club dinner later in the year.

Longer Road Rides
A number of road members have expressed the desire to have longer and more challenging Sunday rides than our current 30 to 50 miles with a cafe stop. If you are training for racing, sportifs, Audax long distance rides or if you just want a more challenging Sunday ride please let me know.

Send me an e-mail with your preferred distance, start time, and the sort of pace that would suit you. Neil Reynolds and Richard Fryer have both expressed an interest and are prepared to lead a ride.

British Heart foundation ride 17th May
The BHF Cotswold Bike ride will this year be run over two distances, 30 and 50 miles over new routes so there is a distance to suit most members. It is the only sponsored event that the Club has regularly supported and pledges to match sponsorship money collected by our members. Please see BHF web site…/eve…/bike-rides/cotswolds-bike-ride

One Year Time Trial
Steve Abrahams started on 1 January his attempt to beat the world record for the greatest distance cycled in one year. The current record of 75,065 miles was set in 1939 by Tommy Godwin. To beat this Steve has to ride an average of over 205 miles every day this year!
I will be hosting Steve, who I know from my Audax days, on July 20th. He will spend the night in Greet and I’m sure would appreciate company on some of the following day’s ride.

You can follow his progress on and via his
live tracker site…

This is pretty much an amateur effort and Steve has given up work for the attempt. Details of how to sponsor or support him are on the web site.

Membership Update and Survey.
In advance of the forthcoming AGM (date to be announced) the Secretary will shortly be sending out a questionnaire to all members for two purposes. To ensure that our membership database is correct and to try and establish what you, the members, want from the Club and that we are not already providing.

Shennington 24 Hous Cyclecar Race June 27th-28th
WCC have fielded a team of six riders for the past two years. In spite of our relative lack of experience we finished in the top 5 places with a distance of about 450 miles. Contact John Harkness, out Team Manager if you would like to know more about the event.

Have a safe, happy and healthy 2015


Brian Hayward
Club President

MTB night ride

This week we are heading over to the Forest of Dean for the MTB night ride. We aim to meet at the PedalaBikeAway cafe at around 6:45 pm on Wednesday the 29th of October. The cafe is now on winter hours, so unfortunately no bacon butties at the end of the ride this time!

old bike party (road bike party parody)

Proof that you don’t need the latest machine to have a little fun!

To see the very impressive video that this is based on click here.

Bikeability training

The team organising the Bikeability training are looking to appoint more instructors.

As a Club we support this initiative in local Schools.  If you would like to help and want more information please get in touch with:

Don Muir – email: or Clare Charlton email:



Barcelona or bust

With just over a year gone by since WCC’s two long distance specialists Russell Parker & Paul Workman set off towards Rome, the pair have been back in the saddle, and completed their latest adventure to Barcelon.

The route was slightly shorter in distance than last years epic, but there were more mountains in the way this time!

You can read up on their adventure on the blog site that has been set up – visit for full details.

To head straight back to the start of the adventure click here.


HONC 2015

2015 HONC will be held on Sunday12th April.
Online Entry will open 6am on Saturday 10th January 2015.
Adult entry £18.00 and Youth entry £7.00.
Look forward to another great days biking!