Are you looking for a cycling event?

Several bike events including reliability trials, sportives and off road adventures as well as several bike shows have recently been added to the WCC event calendar – including the event below!

The North Cotswold Cycling Club Four Shires Sportive

This year’s North Cotswold Cycling Club Four Shires Sportive has moved from September to 25th June to avoid clashing with the new Birmingham sportive.

We would like to extend a warm invitation to your members to join us on what is hopefully a warm day. The Sportive features 3 testing routes over 100 miles and 75 miles with an additional less taxing 50 miles for riders of all abilities.  This should be perfect for cyclists looking for a challenging end of season sportive taking in the delights (hills) of the four Cotswold shires of Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire starting from Moreton in Marsh. Whatever your distance, we look forward to warmly welcoming your club members at the event.

EARLYBIRD Prices online are £15 (50 Mile); £17.50 (75 Mile); and £20 (100 Mile). We are partnering with Cyclists Fighting Cancer – our chosen charity and they will received the majority of the proceeds. We cant guarantee the weather (although recent years have been good) but we can offer post event food for riders, timing, medals, goody bottle and massage.

Full details and online entry are available from the BC website:

https://www . britishcycling . org . uk/events/details/156583/4Shires-Sportive

Round the Wrekin sportive on 21st May 2017

A message to the WCC from Lisa Bockhoefer of Compton Hospice based in Wolverhampton

Dear Fellow Cyclists

We are holding our Round the Wrekin sportive on 21st May 2017, with an Epic Route (100 miles), Standard Route (64 miles) and Short Route (24 miles) all starting at Dudley Kingswinford Rugby Club and taking in the beautiful Staffordshire and Shropshire countryside.

Our event is supported by Hugh Porter MBE, 4 times World Champion and well known Commentator, who will be riding one of the routes on the day.

Last year’s event was a great success with nearly 600 cyclists taking part. This year we hope to make the event even bigger and more memorable, again setting high standards and challenging but achievable routes for both beginners and the more experienced cyclist.All proceeds are in aid of Compton Hospice based in Wolverhampton and providing end of life care to patients and their families in Staffordshire, Shropshire and the West Midlands.
For more information and to register, please visit:

Thank you in advance of your support.

Open inquiry into Cycling and the Justice System

The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) will open its inquiry into Cycling and the Justice System tomorrow afternoon, with proceedings from the Palace of Westminster streamed live on Periscope.

The first session will start on Tuesday at 3.30pm in Committee Room 18 of the House of Commons, with Cycling UK, RoadPeace and Martin Porter QC, who blogs as The Cycling Silk, among those giving evidence.

See the full story on

HONC 33 – Entries open 7am


Entries for the thirty third running of the Hell of the North Cotswolds open at 7am tomorrow (7th January).

Club members will have been sent a email with instructions about member entry – but others can enter at

We hope you all have a good ride in April!


Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all members of the club.

Here are a few updates before moving into 2017

Committee Meeting Minutes from December have been emailed out to all club members. Amongst quite a lot of detail you will see that Neil is proposing a Strava based time trial league next year & we are talking to Cheltenham Cycles who have offered to arrange a Trek demo day for the club on 27th May – further details will follow.

Congratulations to two more of our club member couples who were married in December – Stuart & Ann and Richard & Kathryn.

Sunday Road Run List – Terry has kindly produced a new list which Brian circulated – a downloadable pdf can be found on the road page of the site.

HONC – the public entry will open on Entry Central Sat. 7th Jan. at 07.00hr.

We have again organised a separate private entry for Club Members & this will open in late January or early February. Normal entries will be available & also special entry for Riding Marshals – an email will be sent to everyone to confirm the date & access details, meanwhile you do not need to take any action. If you have a friend who is not a club member who wants to ride – they will have to use the public system.

Boxing Day downhill ride – thanks to Brian for organising the Boxing day ride again this year.

A Year in the life of Winchcombe – Local resident and video producer, Andrew Davies has launched a new film celebrating a year in the life of Winchcombe. The 60-minute film follows the life of the town throughout the year and features 25 different stories of local people, organisations and events. We co-operated with him on a section on HONC & many of you will appear singing a refrain from the 12 days of Christmas which we recorded many weeks ago now in the car park of the library before our usual Sunday Rides.

It’s a fascinating insight into how much goes on in Winchcombe in a year – if you are interested copies are available online or from the Emporium or Cafe 6.

Very best wishes for a Happy & Healthy New Year & safe cycling.

Boxing Day free wheeling Downhill Ride

The traditional Boxing Day Downhill Ride will start at 10.00am from the cross roads at the top of Cleeve Hill.
No skill or fitness required (except to ride up of course) and the more you eat on Christmas day the better you will go.
After the ride you are invited to Brian’s for drinks & mince pies and where a cup may be presented by the organiser at his discretion.
Please let Brian know if you will be riding – it helps with catering.

Please Brian know if you can come, it helps with the catering!

Merry Christmas


This year was again held at Prescott Lodge.

Club president John Taylor welcomed club members, guests & special guests Neil & Beccy Reynolds, in recognition of Neil’s continuing success in National Time Trials, racing in Winchcombe CC colours.

John reviewed highlights of a very full 12 months of club activities

  • First aid Courses, Affiliation with British Cycling & Online membership, Boxing Day Downhill, Club Christmas Lunch, GRAVITAS Dinner, HONC, AGM, British Heart Foundation fund raiser , Mountain Mayhem Endurance Race at Gatcombe Park, Maratona dles Dolomiti in Italy, Winchcombe Country Show, The Winchcombe Falling Leaves Audax, National Hill Climb Championship in Matlock (Neil)
  • Appointment of David Thomas as Club General Secretary at this year’s AGM
  • Thanks to John Mackelworth our outgoing General Secretary after many years of service to the club & his appointment as an Hon. Club Vice President.
  • Donations from this year’s Hell of the North Cotswolds (HONC) of £4600 to local & national charities including Air Ambulance.

He also congratulated the 6 club members who had married in the past 12 months

He commented that the club is in good shape & that our regular rides are well supported & numbers continue to grow. He also thanked committee members for the work they do for the club & paid tribute to the 4 club members who continue with their British Cycling coaching activities.

The club continues to support local schools to meet the cost of their cycle training.

Hon. Vice President Brian Hayward joined John to present prizes to this year’s winners.

Clive Blissett Time Trial Trophy (Fastest time around Bredon Hill) Neil Reynolds

Clive Blissett Handicap Trophy (Best Aggregate points in the Time Trial)

1st Place Anthony Ballinger

2nd Place Richard Griffiths

3rd Place Stuart Bonham

Best Novice 10 (Man) Tim Mullholland

Best Novice 10 (Lady) Evie Guyll

Brian reviewed some of Neil’s notable achievements & presented him with a plaque commemorating his 4 Time Trial Club records in 2015 & a medal to commemorate his new 2016 50 mile record of 1hr 58m 29 sec.

John concluded the formal part of the evening by thanking Emma & Jim for organising the excellent evening & also Ciaran & his staff at Prescott Lodge for looking after so well.



Test new bikes on a closed circuit

The cycling website is organising a series of live events in 2017 that some club members may be interested in. The first event takes place in Bath.

“How do you like the sound of an entire day spent trying out road bikes from Cube, Scott, Specialized, Canyon, Rose, Ribble and more? Would you also like to test the bikes unimpeded by traffic? Of course you would. Join us for the inaugural live event(link is external) and you’ll be able to do just that.”

See more at

MTB Night ride

We would like to get a midweek MTB night ride sorted for the autumn.
#RusselScudamore #JimDavies already interested.
Start time 6.30pm Abbey Terrace Thursday’s.

Anyone interested or with any other thoughts, comment on this Facebook post!

National Hill Climb championship

Well done to Neil Reynolds qualifying for the National Hill Climb championship in Matlock, Derbyshire next Sunday.

His recent results have helped get him the invite to the Nationals.

This year the event has been heavily over subscribed and he was wondering if he would make the cut.

He managed to secure a couple of 2nd place Vets and a win on Dovers Hill last week which obviously got him in!