Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to help on the day. We have teams helping with marshalling (Russ Parker), manning our stand at the Fanzone in Abbey Terrace (John Taylor) & setting up & co-ordinating the Fanzone (Jim Davies). Let’s hope that the weather is kind.

Winchcombe is gearing up with its display of flags, window displays & Fanzone wheels at Abbey Terrace.

The Fanzone will be right alongside the route & the sprint to the Corner Cupboard. There will be a Big Screen relaying the tour all day from 10.15 on the Fanzone stage & we will be manning our stand from 11.30 – 16.00. After the stage has finished there will be some great live music on the stage featuring Hym, O Band & Erica. They will also be playing later in the evening at a free disco at the White Hart.

The club are sponsoring the Gloucestershire Bike Project, Bike Hub & Smoothie Bike in the Fanzone.

The PA & The Working Men’s Club & other establishments will be open all day for refreshments & the tour is expected to come through Winchcombe between 14.20 – 15.00 (depending on racing conditions)

Please pass on the word to friends & family.

If anyone happens to be Cheltenham after the stage has finished, Velo Club Montpellier have kindly extended an invitation to their post race party – more information


David Sreeves’ LEJOG in aid of the Stroke Association

Starting this Saturday (9th Sept) club member David is riding the 984 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats over 9 days to raise money for the Stroke Association.

So far he has raised over £3500 & aims to hit £5000 by the end of the ride.

The club are making a donation but if you would like to help him personally with this final push you can do so via his ‘Just Giving‘ page

You can also follow David during his ride on Facebook & Strava



Emma has done her usual great job of organising this years event & has now emailed every club members with an invitation. It’s a great, relaxed evening & following an increase in the club’s contribution we have been able to reduce the ticket price this year. I hope as many of you as possible will support the dinner & email Emma your ticket requirements as soon as possible.


Club updates

Another very successful show helped by the amazing weather & the huge amount of work done by the organising committee & their band of volunteers . A big thank you to everyone from the club who helped us put on such a good show in both the parade & with our stand. We had a lot of interest during the afternoon & signed up quite a few new club members. Particular thanks to Spall /Mudway Workman for again providing us with an excellent marquee which provided some very welcome shade !

Thank you to club members who have volunteered to help with either marshalling or manning our stand in the Fanzone at Abbey Terrace. If anyone else can help can you please let us know by Thursday this week at the latest as we will the be agreeing rotas for marshalling & for manning our stand that evening.

3. FALLING LEAVES Audax Sunday 1st October 2017
Sarah has now opened entry for our traditional Autumn Audax event. Entry & event details are online at the Audax website & entry is extremely good value – £8 for CTC/Audax affiliated members and add £2 for insurance for non-members.

We are keen to increase numbers this year & Sarah would like riders of all cycling persuasions to give it a go. It’s a great route with some “hardy” climbs & great views, so let’s see if we can’t get some club mountain bikers to give it a go this year !

Sarah will need some help on the day manning checkpoints & with some limited catering after the event – if you can help please email Sarah.

We will be holding the club dinner & prizegiving in November at Prescott Lodge. Emma is currently establishing availability of the venue – more details to follow.

Have just received details of this event which is taking place next weekend ! There are various MTB events on Saturday MORE INFORMATION/ENTRY & a sportive on Sunday – the Evesham Escapade sponsored by Boardman Bikes MORE INFORMATION/ENTRY

Club updates

It’s a very busy time & a lot of work is currently being done by club members ahead of the Winchcombe Show & the Tour of Britain.

These are both significant events where the club can “fly its flag”. We have had a somewhat disappointing response to David’s earlier request for volunteers for these events & we really do need more club members to come forward. Details are shown below – if you can help PLEASE let us know as soon as possible.

Starting with some notable achievements –

Recently our Membership Secretary Gerard took on the daunting challenge of the London Edinburgh London 2017 ride – starting on Sunday 30th July & finishing on Friday the 4th Aug. Completing the event within the time limit was an outstanding achievement when over one third of the riders failed to do so owing to the awful weather conditions. More info here – LEL CHALLENGE 2017

A big thank you to Roger Molesworth & Evie Guyll who raised £325 in sponsorship for the event held earlier this year. We have traditionally support this event, matching club members sponsorship & last week we sent a cheque to BHF for £325.

3. Lands End to John O’Groats LEJOG Cycle Challenge
Local Octagearian David Wadsworth has recently completed this huge challenge to raise money for Marie Curie & also Winchcombe Day Centre. The club have decided to make a donation to Winchcombe Day in recognition of this cycling achievement. More info here LEJOG

4. Winchcombe Country Show Monday 28th August HELP !!
We will be supporting the show as usual with a stand & will be taking part in the procession from Abbeyfields at 11.30 am. David T has already emailed club members & is updating our display boards & organising flyers for handing out on the day.

David still needs some more volunteers to help man the stand which is traditionally pretty busy – The slots he needs to fill are between 2 -5pm. please email David on wccgensec@aol.co.uk

This year the show are holding a competition for the best decorated cycle wheel – these will then be used to decorate Winchcombe for the Tour of Britain. It’s not too late to get decorating ! – WINCHCOMBE SHOW

5. Tour of Britain Saturday 9th September HELP !!
As David’s earlier email confirmed the Tour stage will be passing through Winchcombe on its way to the stage finish in Cheltenham. A lot of preparation has be done ahead of the big day.

We will be supporting the Winchcombe Town Council FANZONE initiative. The Abbey Terrace car parking area will be closed for the day & will be used as the fanzone with a large screen TV relaying coverage of the tour. We will be supporting this with a WCC marquee & display. There will also be a stage & live music after the tour has finished in Cheltenham

We also hope to have Gloucestershire Bike Project in attendance with a mechanic for fixing bikes on the day & also a Smoothie Bike (mainly for kids!)

It promises to be an unforgettable day!

We have agreed with the organisers to provide some marshals for the event, we also need club members to man our own stand in shifts from 12.00noon – 5pm & also to to help Winchcombe TC as Stewards on the day & with setting up & taking down the fanzone barriers etc.

We do need more volunteers for all of these – if you can help can you please let us know as soon as possible.

– Tour marshalling – Russ Parker – winchcombeccroadsec@aol.co.uk or David Thomas – wccgensec@aol.co.uk
– Manning WCC Stand, Stewarding, Setting up/ Taking down – John Taylor – winchcombecc@aol.com

Please let us know as soon as possible if you can help.

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 relive.cc 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.