Country Show & The Tour of Britain

It is that time of year again, when Winchcombe Cycling Club provides welcome shelter from the rain (or shade from the sun) in its prominently placed marquee at the Country Show! Cycling will have a high profile in town as the Tour of Britain is passing through Winchcombe on Saturday 9 September. We intend to have lots of information about this as part of our display.

The Show is on Monday 28 August, starting with a procession through town from Abbeyfields, leaving at 11.30am. We have traditionally had a good peloton of members taking part in the procession, wearing club kit. Could as many as possible please be at Abbeyfields in time for an 11.30 departure. The commissaires may take exception to dangerous overtaking of historic tractors, so we will roll steadily through town!

We also need volunteers to man the marquee. This is a great way to show people what we do as a club and to attract new members, as well as being good fun. We are looking for volunteers to do one of three 2 hour slots, and ideally will have one road, one MTB and one lady cyclist on the stand at any one time. Could you please let me know which time slot out of the following you would be able to offer: 12 – 2pm, 2 – 4pm, 4pm onwards (not later than 6).

Tour of Britain Intermediate Sprint

As mentioned above, the Tour of Britain passes through Winchcombe on Saturday 9 September – when some of us had inconveniently booked to be away on holiday ( Lots is happening in the Borough and Town to celebrate the Tour, more of which you will hear about via other sources. The organisers have asked if we can provide 10-12 volunteers to help organise the intermediate sprint, which is being held in Gloucester Street. We will be able to display our club flags and other materials prominently at the location, which will feature in the TV coverage. Russ Parker has kindly agreed to be volunteer team leader on the day. Please do consider if you can help the Club and the Tour by volunteering for approx 2 hours on the afternoon of 9 September, and let both Russ and me know if you can.

Thank you in advance for supporting these two important club events!

London-Edinburgh-London Audax

Club member Gerard McHugh has is currently riding the London-Edinburgh-London Audax event for which he has been training for many months.

The event is a massive challenge, it has entrants from all over the world and covers a distance of over 1400 kilometers.

You can track Gerard’s progress and find out more about the event on the LEL website here

Gerards event number is FF37

Time trials

There are just two time trial events remaining this season!

  • Thursday 3 August 10 Mile TT from Teddington Hands
  • Thursday 10 August 5 Mile Time Trial from Teddington Hands

All events start at 7.30 pm but arrive in plenty of time to register and warm up.

Details from: Cheltenham and County CC

All events count towards the Clive Blissett Trophy.

HONC 33 Prize draw

The 2017 HONC 33 Junior Prize Draw Winner is Scott Mathews of Redditch Road & Path Cycling Club . Pictured here with his prize , a new Whyte 603 Mountain bike outside The Missing Link bike shop in Droitwich , a Whyte retailer through whom the bike was supplied . Also pictured with a delighted Scott , are his father Mike , Mark Bonness owner of The Missing Link and his colleague Steve along with Richard Marquand of WCC who presented Scott with the Whyte.
Scott said ” he loves riding the HONC and will return next year to hopefully win another bike ”
Congratulations Scott on becoming the owner of one of Whyte’s great bikes !


Dear club members,

On behalf of the Organising Committee a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who helped make HONC 17 such a success. 

Between WCC & our friends at Cheltenham & County CC we again fielded over 100 volunteers yesterday & many others contributed in the days & weeks leading up to the event.

HUGE thanks also to Gloucestershire Police for their invaluable help at the start, Winchcombe School, St John, Guiting Power Village Hall & Playing Field & particularly our many landowners for their co-operation. Thanks also to Leisure Lakes who did a great job all day keeping bikes rideable & last but by no means least the Rangers at Cleeve Common who did such a great job signing & routing us over Cleeve Common.

The video below shows a 3D video of this year 100k route provided by a club member using the service

Let the sun shine
We were blessed with the best weather we have had for many years, trails were dry & fast riding & approaching 1200 riders saw the Cotswolds at their very finest. David Thomas took some stunning images around the route and you can view them on his link  HONC IMAGES

Official Event photographs are also now available to purchase from long time HONC supporter Suffolk Sport photography on this link.

Leading riders back were:
100K – Mark Chamberlain 4Hr 1 min.
50K – Male – Simon Amies 2hr 22min.
Female – Sarah Wight 3hr 8min.
Junior – Fraser Wight 2hr 27min.

Junior Prize Draw
The Junior Prize Draw for a Whyte Hardtail bike was Scott Matthews of Redditch RP CC

Very positive feedback
We had very positive feedback from riders yesterday particularly over the route changes & route marking, the friendliness & efficiency of the everyone from car parking, registration, static & riding marshals, catering at Guiting, sign -off, cycle recovery and last but not least T shirt sales which went extremely well.

A great weekend all round – I think we can be very proud of HONC & it’s reputation!

Thank you again for your help & support.






WCC site

As some of you will be aware the WCC website recent suffered a significant hack and as a result was taken offline for a time.

We have been working hard behind the scenes to fix all of the damage that was done to the site and get it back up and running properly, but there are still a few bugs to work out!

In the process of repairing the damage to the site we had to remove some files and content that had been corrupted, and this has resulted in some images disappearing and some links that are now broken (most of which will now take you back to the homepage).

The repair work on the site is still ongoing, but in the mean time if you spot any issues with the site, please send us an email at

Many  thanks


Road runs list – April – June 2017

The Sunday Road runs list for April to June (kindly prepared by Terry) is now available to download on the Road page of the website.

Trek demo day update – Road bikes available

The Trek demo day at Gretton Hill farmwill now also feature the Domane SLR 6 (disk brake) road bike along side the impressive line up of MTB metal on display. More information here

Strava and Time Trial Programmes

Dear Club Members

Now that Spring is here and the days are longer you must be itching to get out on the bike in the evenings and give yourself a challenge. This year we have two challenges for you, The Strava Challenge and a season long Time Trial programme over distances from 5 to 25 miles.

Welcome to the first month of the Winchcombe Cycling Club’s Strava Challenge .  Over the next six months we are going to be releasing 2 segments per month and monitor the Club Strava Activity board to see who has been riding through them.

Not sure what Strava is or what you need to take part?  Here is a short overview of what it’s about and how to use it, click here

If you’re thinking about joining Strava for the first time I would suggest asking one of your fellow club members for advice as we have over 50 members currently using the site /app. A link to the Winchcombe Cycling Strava Club can be found here.

  • You must be a member of Winchcombe Cycling Club
  • Join the Winchcombe Cycling Strava Club
  • Ride the segments within the month they are valid
  • Only solo efforts will be valid, any group rides will not be eligible
  • Abide by the rules of the highway code at all times
  • Use common sense and show courtesy to other road users

In April were are starting off with simple segments to get the ball rolling, We will introduce loops, out and backs + longer climbs once the ball gets rolling.

1: Gretton Fields – towards Winchcombe – link

2: Winchcombe outskirts – towards Toddington – link

Each month when we release 2 new segments we will also release the list of last months segments results. Segments will be valid from the 1st April – 29th April inclusive.  The last day of each month is used to record the results.

This is a bit of fun and will hopefully enable us to gain some inspiration from where our fellow club members have been cycling.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Neil Reynolds

This year there are 18 time trials, the 5 and 10 miles usually start at Teddington Hands while the 25 mile events start in Winchcombe.

Points are awarded for your placing based on age and sex so everyone has an equal chance of winning the Clive Blissitt Handicap Trophy.


  • 13-Apr 5 miles
  • 20-Apr 10 Miles
  • 27-Apr 10 Miles
  • 4-May Velo Vitesse Time Trial
  • 11-May  10 Miles
  • 18-May Gloucester Interclub (Corse Lawn)
  • 25-May 10 Miles
  • 1-Jun 25 Miles
  • 8-Jun  10 Miles Novice Event for WCC members. Medals for fastest male and female.
  • 15-Jun  25 Miles
  • 22-Jun  Reverse 10 miles
  • 29-Jun  25 Miles
  • 6-Jul  10 Miles
  • 13-Jul  Bredon Circuit For Clive Blissett Trophy for WCC members
  • 20-Jul  10 Miles
  • 27-Jul  25 Miles
  • 3-Aug  10 Miles

All events count towards WCC handicap trophy

See Cheltenham & County CC website for details of times and start locations<

Happy Riding

Neil Reynolds

Time Trial Secretary

20th Anniversary Mountain Mayhem will be the last of its kind

The 20th anniversary of the iconic Mountain Mayhem 24 hour mountain bike endurance event will be one to remember, not least because it was announced today it will be the last – of its kind that is.

WCC have entered both teams and solo riders into this event for many years – and this year is no exception! Due to the announcement the final places are selling out fast, so if you want to join the final Mayhem for the current era – click here!

Mountain Mayhem was, in 1998, the first ever 24 hour mountain bike endurance event in the UK. After 20 years it has achieved the accolade of being the longest running 24 hour mountain bike endurance event in the world. It is the event that has inspired other 24 hour MTB events across the UK and Europe, but none of them were ever quite Mountain Mayhem.

Read more on the Single Track website