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.

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!



A celebration of everyday cycling!

Cycle to Work Day is a national event, which aims to encourage everyone to take to two wheels and cycle to work for just one day.

According the census data, 760,000 people in the UK cycle to work regularly – this number keeps growing steadily, but with Cycle to Work Day’s help we are aiming to make those numbers skyrocket this year and beyond! By 2021, we hope to see 1 million people regularly commuting to work by bike.

Herculean efforts in both 2013, and 2014, saw tens of thousands of commuters hit the streets and cycle over a half of a million miles for Cycle to Work Day. Hundreds of employers have also supported the day, ranging for start ups like Pact Coffee & Rumble Labs, to large national companies such as Amey & Rolls Royce and organisations such as NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde & The University of Cambridge.

Cycle to Work Day also enjoys unilateral support from cycling advocacy groups such as British Cycling, Sustrans, The London Cycling Campaign, Cyclescheme, the Bicycle Association, The Cycling Charity (the CTC), Cycle Nation and Start (BiTC).

This far-reaching support ensures that Cycle to Work Day’s message is spread far and wide, but to truly fulfil our aims and see a million people regularly cycle commuting by 2021 we need you to get in the saddle with Cycle to Work Day and encourage your colleagues, friends and family to give cycling a go.

Pledge here!

WCC Saturday run

A message from Trevor Mcgill: Had to throw a date in for the Tour of Britain Wyche cutting Climb,Malverns 11/07/2015.
- Meet 9am Library carpark,then cycle over to beckford and meet me 9:30 outside  Beckford stores.All are welcome to join the ride,please make sure you have at least two water bottles just in case the weather is hot.

The ride details are currently available on Strava.

WCC v WCC friendly cricket match

Here is a message from our Social Secretary Emma  ……………..

WCC v WCC friendly cricket match …

What:      Winchcombe cricket club v Winchcombe Cycle Club Cricket Match
Where:    Winchcombe cricket club, Corndean Lane, Winchcombe
When:      Thursday 16th July – 6pm start
Who:        All welcome … BBQ and Bar – bring friends and family
Anthony Ballinger, supported by Jim Davies is captaining the cycle club team, so please let one of them know in advance if you are able to play (pads and helmets will be provided)
Look forward to seeing a good turn out!

TIME TRIALS – Bredon Hill Circuit

A reminder that the Cheltenham & County Cycling Club Time Trial season is ongoing with a further 9 events to be run this year.
On July 16th The Bredon Hill Circuit race will take place  and the winner will receive the Clive Blissett Trophy for the year and a medal will be awarded for the fastest man and lady. Sign on by 6:30 pm at Elmley Castle.
National 100 mile Cycling Time Trial Championships.
Congratulations to Neil Reynolds who took part in the  event in Wales at the weekend.
Neil did a splendid time of 4 hrs 21 minutes which is a new Club Record.

New Sunday start location

Dont forgot, that as of the first week of July – all Sunday club runs will start from the Winchcombe Library car park, we hope to see you there this weekend for a warm weather ride in the cotswolds!