Coaching Qualification for Andy

15 December 2013

Andrew James, one of the club's four coaches has gained a new coaching qualification.  Andy is now a British Cycling Level 2 Road & Time Trial Coach and managed to pass with full marks!

He's not going to rest on his laurels though, as he plans to study for level 3 in 2014.

Andy is currently coaching Go Ride sessions on Saturday afternoons 2.30 to 3.30pm at Holmfirth High School.  Go Ride provides a fun and safe way to introduce young riders to the world of cycle sport and provides a platform to improve bike handling skills.

Christmas Events

07 December 2013

3 dates for your diary over the festive season.

Sunday 22nd December - Christmas lunch at Fountain Inn, Ingbirchworth. The club run and family ride will both meet for a lunch at 12 noon. Contact Andy Akers for details.

Friday 27th December - A special club run 'The 12 Hills of Christmas'. Meet Holmfirth Post Office at 9.30 for a 40 mile route devised by Alistair Rees featuring 12 climbs around Holmfirth, cafe stop mid way through. It's a hard route but the pace will be steady. Contact Al Rees or Lee Brown for details.

Sunday 29th December - Bowling, 6.30pm at UK Superbowl with drinks and nibbles after. Contact Rachael Mellor for details.

Check our Facebook Group for more details of all of these soon.

Tilly Brown wins place on National Young Officials Academy (NYOA)

30 November 2013

Tilly has been selected by British Cycling to represent the sport at the NYOA at Loughborough University in December. The 3 day residential Academy is organised by the Youth Sport Trust and is a unique opportunity to work alongside other promising young officials aged between 14 to 19 years of age from the sports of Athletics, Cycling, Swimming, and Tennis.
The purpose of the Academy is to support the development of officiating skills and inspire and motivate. Over the course of the event, Tilly will work to develop observation, decision making and communication skills. As well as exploring officiating values and philosophy, along with honesty, ethics, fair play and objectivity. 

Clubmark Accreditation

08 January 2014

Clubmark – Quality Club Accreditation
The club has been successful in gaining Clubmark accreditation, this shows that we provide the right environment which ensures the welfare of members and encourages everyone to enjoy sport and stay involved throughout their lives.
An accredited club is recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages as well as helping parents and carers know that they're choosing the right club for their young people.

Launch Event - Saturday 18th January, Holmfirth Market

14th January 2014

We're holding a launch event to celebrate the forming of our new club.  We'll be in the upper market hall from 10am to 4pm. There'll be roller and turbo riding, a bike mechanic, British Cycling staff, a raffle and goody bags for children.  Come along, find out more about our club, let us know about your interest in cycling and help us to grow.

Launch Event a Great Success

21st January 2014

Holmfirth Cycling Club was officially launched on Sunday at an event attended by hundreds of people interested in being involved in our sport. Amongst the visitors were MP Jason McCartney and Mayor of Kirklees and keen cyclist Cllr Martyn Bolt. 100 membership forms were distributed with over 40 joining the club on the day of the event. This proves again how popular cycling has become and what demand there is locally for an inclusive club.

The day after the event our usual Sunday club runs were boosted by 20 new members keen to ride with the club.

If you would like to join the club please download a membership form from this page (button top right).

BBC Look North Film HCC Clubrun

9th February 2014

BBC Tour de France reporter Matt Slater joined us on our clubrun this morning to discuss road safety for cyclists and clubs in rural areas. 16 riders braved the strong winds and driving rain to complete a circuit around Holme, Digley, New Mill, Honley and Netherthong. Matt and his cameraman filmed us on the ride and interviewed members at the Cider Press Cafe over a coffee and bacon sandwich. Despite the weather it turned out to be great experience with a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of laughs! Thanks to all who came along, the piece will be shown on Tuesday evenings Look North - don't miss it! 

Go Ride Conference

24th March 2014

Holmfirth Cycling Club had a fantastic day at British Cycling's Manchester Go Ride Conference scooping 3 awards. The newly formed club, still only 4 months old, were represenented at the conference by their 4 coaches, young volunteer Tilly Brown and club secretatry Steve Rimmer.

Tilly and Andrew James collected a ClubMark award on behalf of the club. Tilly also collected her Gold award for the Young Volunteers programme. She was then suprised and delighted to be announced Yorkshire Young Volunteer of the year, well done Tilly!

The awards are further evidence that the club is building a strong foundation for future development and we look forward to more success in the future.


Family Ride

14th May 2014

This Saturday 17th May is the first of our three cycling events for the Grand Depart organised by PSP and supported by Holmfirth Cycling Club.  The meet is at 10 o'clock in the Dunford Bridge Car Park S36 4TF (nearest postcode).   This event is free and anyone can come along and join in for the whole ride or just part of it.

Riders need a bike in working order, helmet, picnic, drink and some money if they want to buy an ice cream!

It will be a steady ride for everyone.


PARIS HILL CLIMB - Friday 27th June 6-10 pm at Hade Edge Football Ground

19th June 2014

We are starting our Grand Depart celebrations one week early! Ride alone and with your child for the same entry fee - (just let us know on the night or before by email)
Start by the Eiffel Tower in Paris (Scholes) to a French accordion then ride up the 4% gradient to the top of Scholes Moor road where you will finish under the Arc de Triomphe to the sound of Lucas and the Jazz Turnips jazz band. Head back to the HQ wearing your finishers medal for stalls, music from Hade Edge Youth Band, The Nook of Holmfirth Bar, En Route hot and cold food, TMS massage , Fixed Gears bike mechanic, Redvibescrafts, TdeF unique T.shirts from, Street Bikes, Air Ambulance charity stall making bespoke T de F items and much more...
Prizes include cash prize of £50 for King of the Mountains and Queen of the Mountains; Vouchers from 'Imagine' Toy Shop of Holmfirth for fastest Primary child, High School U13 and O13. Polka Dot Jersey hand-made bespoke trophies for Fastest Adult and Child category.
It is going to be a great night out - DON'T MISS IT!!

Go Cross at Holmfirth High School - Sunday 22nd June from 10 am

19th June 2014

Cyclo cross races with prizes for school children: Yr 3&4; Yr 5&6; Yr7&8; Yr 9-11 Goody bag for all finishers - followed by Novice Adult races for those wanting to give CycloCross a try.  Enter on the day from 9 a.m.  In the afternoon it is the regular Club riders U14 and O14 races, with separate starting times for U10's and U12's and Ladies.  

Cycle Jumble - bring your old unwanted CLEAN bike bits to sell LABELLED with your mobile number and price and we will sell for you.
Fixed Gears cycle mechanic;
TMS sports Massage;
Holmfirth High PTA food and drinks;
Podium Sports BARGAIN CLEARANCE SALE including compression clothing and Scott cycling gear (cards and cash accepted)
Redvibecrafts selling Tour de France themed items.  Should be a great day!

Paris Hill Climb - Results

16th July 2015

Congratulations to all those that braved the weather to ride the Paris Hill Climb. Over 100 riders completed the course from the Eifell Tower in Paris, Scholes to the Arc de Triomphe in Hade Edge despite the rain, wind and unseasonal cold weather. The results can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.





Summer Diary Dates

23rd July 2014



Volunteers are needed to marshall at Richard Dunn WRYL on Wednesday 13th August - its our turn as a club. Please turn up to help out in the running of this event, if you have kids who fancy a go at racing - bring them along, age categories from under 10s to under 16s. If you can help please let Andy Akers know.



Go Ride sessions will run as normal through the summer holidays except for Saturday 2nd and Monday 4th August - NO SESSION ON THESE DAYS


On Saturday August 9th the Go Ride session will take the form of a Go Ride Tour race - Pete Root is organising this and WILL need assistance from parents on the day PLEASE volunteer to help out to make this work.


Friday 8th August meet in Co-op Car park by Methodist Church Holmfirth at 10:00 for ride via Yateholme (off-road) to Holme Village. Bring drinks and snacks - we could have ice cream at Longleys after? (Rachael Mellor)



Tuesday 19th August meet 10 a.m. By P.O. in Holmfirth for a 2 hour ride in and around our beautiful valley to have lunch back in Holmfirth at En Route at 12. Two groups if enough riders. (Rachael Mellor)

Cyclo Cross Training

19th August 2014

Wednesday 6.30pm at Holmfirth High School (meet in the top car park). 1 hour duration.

Aimed at riders who are racing or who fancy having a go, the sessions will concentrate on fitness and skills and will be suitable for cx and MTB's.

First session this week and then every week lights will be needed as the daylight fails.

Cost £2 pp.

Open to club members and non members.

Racing Round-up

9th September 2014

Despite the road racing season drawing to an end, it has been a busy week of competitions for members of Holmfirth Cycling Club.

In individual time-trials Rachel Mellor produced an impressive 4:08:49 in the Burton and District 100mile TT on Saturday. This was a personal best by 6 minutes for Rachel who is currently ranked 7th in the Women’s BBAR. In the Doncaster Wheelers 25 mile TT Trish Mellor rode to a time of 1:09:43. In the Calder Clarion Hill Climb Championship at Woolley Edge near Wakefield Nathan Allatt continued his promising form to finish 2nd overall and first juvenile with an excellent time of 2 minutes 37, less than 4 seconds behind the winner.

Elsewhere, there was a good turnout at the second round of the Yorkshire Points Cyclo-Cross that took place in Tong, near Bradford. In the V50 race Andy Akers finished 23rd; in the V40 category Lee Brown was 10th, Alistair Rees 16th, Andy Cook 51st and Jamie Taylor 64th; in the U14 Boys’ Louis Cook was 7th; in the U12 Girls’ Chloe Hinchliffe was 3rd and Frances Worboys-Hodgson 4th; in the U10 Boys’ Oli Akers was 1st, Ben Hodgson 3rd and Will Knight 7th; in the U10 Girls’ Megan Rees was 2nd; and, finally, in the U8 Girls’ category Victoria Hodgson was 3rd. The next round of the series takes place on Sunday in Northallerton.

A number of HCC riders were also involved in the Holme Valley Mountain Bike Challenge that took place on Sunday; full results to come.


Other recent news from club members

Emelia Clarke has had a successful off road campaign. She competed in the Nutcracker mtb race series, finishing an excellent 4th overall in the U14 category and also came 1st in the HSW Mountain Mischief event.  Emelia’s success on the mountain bike was confirmed when she became the West Yorkshire Schools Games Champion, qualifying to represent the county at the Olympic venue of Hadleigh Farm in Essex. Well done, Emelia.


Sportive news

Adele Farrow recently took part in, and completed, the Prudential Ride London event.

Matt Schofield has been busy over the Spring and Summer, completing the following sportives:

The Cheshire Cat 76 miles in 6:30 (March), the Lincoln Grand Prix 56 miles in 3:44 (May), l’Etape de Yorkshire 122 miles in 8:07 (June), the Great Manchester Cycle 56 miles in 2:26 (June), and the Manchester 100, 100 miles in 6:10 (August).

Please keep the results coming in, folks!

Racing Round up - Steve's Comeback

16th September 2014


Time Trials and Hill Climbs

It was another good week for club members testing themselves against the clock. At the Stone Wheelers 25 mile TT Rachel Mellor posted a season’s best 57:01, while Trish Mellor knocked 6 seconds off her PB to record an impressive 1:02:17. At the GHS Championship final 10 mile TT Amira Mellor (riding for Paul Milnes) was 6th girl home in 24:57, while Jack Ford posted 25:02. Finally, Nathan Allatt was flying the HCC flag on t’other side of the Moss: he continues to show good form, posting 11:38 for third place in the Glossop Kinder Velo Hill Climb.


Undoubtedly the highlight of the weekend was seeing Steve Rimmer return to racing at Northallerton in the 3rd round of the Yorkshire Points series. It was great to see Steve back on the bike after his stroke, riding solidly to 21st place in the V50 category. Once again, the juniors led the way on the day, with another outstanding win for Oli Akers in the U10 boys race, and he was well supported by Will Knight (5th) and Ben Hodgson (6th). Megan Rees rode strongly for another 2nd place in the U10 girls category, while Louis Cook showed that he is coming into fine form after his lengthy lay-off with an excellent 2nd place in the U14 boys category. In the senior race Lee Brown produced a cracking performance to finish 7th in the V40 category – an excellent result against a stellar field of cross experts. Al Rees finished 23rd V40, Nigel Hollyman was 43rd V40 and Oliver Woodhouse finished 30th in the senior men category. Lastly, but certainly not least, Rachel Mellor was 2nd FV50 and Amira Mellor (once again riding for Paul Milnes) showed her fine off-road form to claim the win in the senior female category. Next stop Keighley; let’s hope the good weather continues!

Other news

The hugely popular 65 Roses sportive took place at the weekend. Both Trish and Duncan Mellor rode the event and undoubtedly enjoyed the great conditions. Elsewhere, Craig Coulson ventured into the world of multi-sport and finished 2nd in his age group at the Dunmow triathlon; and Dale Casper finished 8th in the Bear MTB Challenge in a time of 1:54:00.

Well done everyone. With ever increasing numbers on the club runs each week it seems that HCC is really making its presence felt across Yorkshire!

Racing Round up - Cross Podium Success

23rd September 2014



Let’s start with the juniors, who are excelling in the tough Yorkshire Points series this Autumn.

Oli Akers produced his most dominant performance yet – and his 4th victory in succession – when he won the U10 boys race. He was well supported by Ben Hodgson who finished an encouraging 6th and looked strong in the latter stages of the race.  Another consistent performer so far is Megan Rees, who achieved her 4th consecutive 2nd place finish in the U10 girls race, after taking a gutsy sprint finish against a strong Bolton rider.  At U12 level, Chloe Hinchliffe rode superbly to win the girls race and Frances Hodgson backed her up with an impressive 3rd place to put two Holmfirth riders on the podium. Louis Cook finished a fine 6th place in a very strong U14 boys field and Amy Hinchliffe came 7th in the girls race, both coping well with the stiff climb that would later see the adults struggling. At adult level there were a few absentees this weekend, but Lee Brown rode well again to finish 14th V40 and Jamie Taylor 72nd V40. Rachel Mellor produced another fine performance to win the V50 female category.

Well done all, and remember to smile for Mandy if you get on the podium!


Other news

Nathan Allatt was active again at the weekend, finishing 2nd overall at the GS Metro 2 stage hill climb near Newcastle. Duncan and Trish Mellor completed the North Yorkshire Mountain Bike Orienteering Moors marathon – a mighty 106km in 7:51!

We are looking forward to Nathan Clegg’s report following his well-publicised team role supporting Alistair on the bike leg in the Brownlee Triathlon at Harewood near Leeds on Sunday!


Well done all and keep sending those results in!

Racing Round Up - White Rose Finale

30th September 2014


White Rose Youth League Final

Last weekend saw the closing event of the White Rose Youth League at the new closed circuit in Elland and what a turnout it was from HCC riders! In all, 17 youngsters represented the Club across the different age groups. In fact, there were so many that a couple slipped under my radar and I didn’t get their names – please let me know if I missed you out!! Who knows – one of them might just be the next Mark Cavendish, Ben Swift or Lizzie Armistead!! It will be interesting to watch these young riders as they learn the necessary race skills and hopefully build on their potential over the coming years.

The riders (whose names I managed to get) were: Jack Ford, Jim Brown, Louis Cook, Callum Wilson, Ollie Rees, Megan Rees, Will Knight, Ben Hodgson, Frances Hodgson, Victoria Hodgson, Ruby Yates, Millie Yates, Carter Smith, Harry Gilligan and Oli Akers.

The official results have not been published yet, but there were standout performances from Jack Ford (1st overall U16/14), Jim Brown (3rd U14), Megan Rees (2nd U10 girl) and Oli Akers (4th U10 boy). Oli also picked up the prize for 1st overall at the Forge Valley series – excellent riding! Hopefully full results will be out soon.

Well done to all those who competed and look out for the winter training sessions and next year’s WRYL fixture list.


Great Orme Youth Race

Jack Ford and Jim Brown took an impressive 1-2 at the Great Orme Road Race Under 14s event. Racing on closed roads along the cliffs of the spectacular Great Orme peninsular Jack and Jim managed to come out on top from a quality field of 30 young riders. The hilly course whittled the lead group down to just 4 riders at the finish with Jack taking the victory in a sprint ahead of Jim.


Manchester Track League

HCC riders Nathan Allatt, Jim Brown and Jack Ford have been competing in the Monday night track league at the Manchester Velodrome. On 23rd September Nathan had a great night taking 3 wins from 4 events with Jim winning the other to dominate their group. This week, with Nathan absent, Jim took a 1st, 2nd and 3rd. It’s good to see the Club also getting success on the boards.


Hill Climbs

Nathan Allatt continues to be our hill climbing pioneer! He competed in the Bridlington CC Hill Climb and the Scarborough Paragon Hill Climb at the weekend: he came 3rd in the Bridlington in the junior/juvenile category and came 1st in the Scarborough one in the same class. Keep flying the flag Nathan!


This weekend sees the Brown boys taking on the might of Scott Thwaites and Jack Pullar at the Monsal Head Hill Climb in Derbyshire. Come on lads, we’re expecting a KOM!

Racing Round-Up - Monsal Hill Climb

9th October 2014 - updated 11/10


Monsal Head Hill Climb

Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated hill climb of the year (with the possible exception of the National Championships), the Monsal Head Hill Climb attracted some of the best riders in the country, amongst those our very own father and son combo – Lee and Jim Brown. With Tour de France style crowds, bolstered by a large group of HCC supporters who had ridden over on a fine Sunday morning, the event didn’t disappoint and produced a memorable spectacle. It might not be the longest climb, it might not be the steepest and, no (sorry Cycling Weekly), it’s not Box Hill – but it certainly has a special place in the culture of northern cycling. Two great rides by our lads saw Jim Brown finish in a time of 1.46.7 (3rd schoolboy, 67th overall) and Lee Brown record 1.37.2 (5th vet and 31st overall). Well done guys, it was worth the pain! Just for the record, Graham Briggs won the event in a time of 1.20.5, Russell Downing was 2nd in 1.21.1 and Adam Blythe (sporting a very dodgy headband and claiming to be over-geared) was 3rd in 1.21.8. Put it on the calendar for next year folks – definitely one to aim for!


Yorkshire Points Cyclo-Cross, Temple Newsam

On another glorious day, and perhaps on the best course in the series so far, the HCC ‘cross gang’ took centre stage again with yet more impressive performances. Undoubtedly the best race of the day was in the U10 category where a fierce battle between Oli Akers, Ben Hodgson and a Clifton CC rider saw Oli just come out on top to record his 5th straight victory. Ben rode superbly to finish 2nd and it will be interesting to see this battle develop over the course of the season. In the same age category Megan Rees recorded her 5th straight 2nd place finish (U10 Girls) and she continues to ride strongly. A great performance by Victoria Hodgson saw her finish 2nd in the U8 Girls race; and there were solid rides from Chloe Hinchliffe (4th girl), Ruby Yates (6th girl) and Frances Hodgson (7th girl) in the U12 Girls category. At U14 level Amy Hinchliffe was 8th girl and Millie Yates 12th girl. In the senior race Al Rees showed that he is coming back into form with28th overall (12th V40) and Nigel Hollyman (47th V40) and Jamie Taylor (52nd V40) both rode well on a testing course. In the final race of the day Amira Mellor (1st junior girl), Rachel Mellor (1st V50 female) and Andy Akers (23rd V50 on his flash new bike!) also seemed to enjoy the good conditions and put in equally strong performances. However, all of us were overshadowed by the majestic ease with which national champion Ian Field seemed to float around the course – it was a lesson in bike handling for us mere mortals! The next round of the series takes place in 2 weeks, with a jaunt over to Skipton. It’s the Rapha Cross Festival, with plenty of foam, fun and frolicking in the mud and sand – definitely worth a go if you are brave enough!! See the Yorkshire Cyclo Cross website for details.


Other Results

Nathan Allatt finished 1st U16 in the Otley 2 stage Hill Climb. Well done, Nathan, keep it up!

Nathan climbs to hill climb success

16th October 2014


Hill Climbs

Let’s start this week with a report on the back-to-back hill climbs that two of our up and coming youngsters tackled on a fine Saturday in October (well, it was ok in the morning anyway). Both Nathan Allatt and Jack Brown took on the double challenge of Jackson Bridge (the venue for next year’s national championships) in the morning and Holme Moss in the afternoon. At the Huddersfield Star Wheelers event Nathan rode superbly to post 5.15 (1st juvenile), while Jack registered a fine 5.29 (3rd Juvenile). Anyone who has ridden the lung-bursting Jackson Bridge will appreciate the quality of these times. The winner Dan Evans, who beat current national champion (and Gloucestershire resident, I hasten to point out) Tejvan Pettinger, posted a 4.06. More impressive was the boys’ willingness to do it all again in the afternoon. It usually takes me a week to recover from a hill climb effort, not a couple of hours! In the HVW event Nathan was an impressive 11th overall, with an excellent 8.15 (1st juvenile again, not much over a minute behind the winner Josh Teasdale, who posted 6.53). Jack was 2nd juvenile with 8.51: he is starting to get the necessary race experience and will undoubtedly continue to improve. Well done lads. I would recommend anyone to have a ‘proper’ go at these climbs; they are extremely hard hill climbs – short enough to really attack, but long enough for you to feel nauseous at the end. We are truly blessed in the Holme Valley!


Cyclo Cross

Louis Cook was the club’s sole representative at the first round of the National Trophy series in Shrewsbury and, after a late arrival at the event and little time to recce the course, he rode well to finish in 31st place. Well done Louis.

At Graves Park in Sheffield a number of the club’s leading crossers competed in the Norton Wheelers Cross event. In the U8 race Victoria Hodgson finished 3rd (1st girl); in the U12 race Oli Akers was 6th (1st U10), Frances Hodgson was 8th (1st girl) and Ben Hodgson was 9th (2nd U10); and in the senior race Andy Akers finished 48th (9th V50). Well done all, next stop Skipton. Good luck to everyone who is racing the Rapha festival.



Well done to Trish Mellor who competed in the British Duathlon Championships at the weekend and came second in her age group. An excellent result!


Keep the results coming in folks!

HCC Sportive - open for entries

23rd October 2014


Entries to the club's inaugural Sportive weekend are now open via the British Cycling website. Click here to enter.


A new annual event on the Sportive calendar, organised by Holmfirth Cycling Club in association with Racescene and The Bridge Public House at Holmbridge.
Held on the anniversary weekend of the Tour de France passing by - this will be a family event over 2 days.

On the Saturday there will be Go Ride coaching and racing, a family sportive and the opportunity to camp opposite the Bridge Pub who will be staging a beer, food and entertainment festival.

The Sunday will see riders lining up to challenge themselves over some of the stunning scenic roads in the area, including the iconic Holme Moss and other roads featured in the TdF.

There will be 2 separate sportive routes to challenge newcomers and hardened 'sportivists' alike. The shorter version will cover 56 miles and 6,500 ft of ascent, and the long 'leg breaker' will cover 106 miles and 12,300 feet of ascent !

Rapha Supercross

24th October 2014


Rapha Supercross

The high octane Rapha Cyclo-Cross festival arrived in Yorkshire last weekend for 2 days of racing and there was another good turnout from club members. The first day witnessed a ‘stand alone’ event and many riders turned up to compete for the great prizes on offer and no doubt to recce the course in advance of the Yorkshire Points race the following day. There were a couple of excellent HCC winners on the day: Oli Akers was first U10 boy and Chloe Hinchliffe was 1st U12 girl; Louis Cook also got on to the podium with 3rd place in the U14 race.  Another example of fantastic riding by all 3 of our youngsters on a very technical course. Others who took part on the Saturday were Andy Akers, 10th V50 and Andy Cook, 28th V40.

Sunday’s Yorkshire Points race saw high quality fields in all events, but there was further success for the club. In the day’s early start Louis Cook was 6th U14 boy, riding well again despite the previous day’s efforts.  At U8 level there was another great victory for Victoria Hodgson in the girls’ race; Oli Akers was 1st U10 boy (showing no signs of fatigue and no doubt benefiting from his superior bike handling skills on a tricky course), with Ben Hodgson 3rd boy and Will Knight 4th; and at U12 level Chloe Hinchliffe was 2nd girl and Frances Hodgson 5th. Well done to all of our youngsters – another excellent set of results. In the senior races Lee Brown was 23rd V40, with Andy Cook 47th and Nigel Hollyman 67th; Oliver Woodhouse placed 35th in the senior men’s category (with no mudguards in sight); Andy Akers finished 20th in the V50 category and Rachel Mellor capped another fine day for the club with an outstanding 1st place in the V50 female race. All riders scored useful points for the series standings, the next round of which takes place in Wakefield on November 2nd. Next week sees the Ilkley Cross race, a good opportunity for those of us who didn’t race this weekend to get some much needed practice in!


Hill Climbs

Next weekend sees the traditional close to the hill climbing season with the National Championships at Stocksbridge, the focus of our club runs and undoubtedly another electric atmosphere expected. Unfortunately there will be no HCC representation as our ‘hill climbing crusader’ Nathan Allatt is away. Nathan finished his campaign last weekend with another couple of quality rides that brought back memories of the summer and Le Tour Yorkshire: he was 1st juvenile in both the Ripponden Bank and Cragg Vale hill climbs. These were his final 2 races in the Yorkshire Hill Climb series, where he finished 1st juvenile overall – and, perhaps more impressively, 6th in the overall standings. Nathan has posted some high quality times and performances this season and the club can be rightly proud of his achievements. If he carries on like this he will surely be challenging the likes of Jack Pullar and Tejvan Pettinger in the near future!! Well done Nathan.


Good luck to all those competing this weekend; keep the results coming in.

Ilkley Cyclo Cross

29th October 2014


HCC numbers were a little below normal for last weekend’s cross race at Ilkley with the latest round of the National Trophy taking place in Southampton, some of the cross regulars paying a visit to the National Hill Climb championships at Stocksbridge and others just fancying a weekend off after a heavy schedule of races over the last couple of months.

Ilkley CC’s race was a well-run and friendly event, however, and well worth the trip over, particularly for those lucky few who made it on to the podium as they were presented with their prizes by local professional and commonwealth medallist Scott Thwaites! As usual, some of those lucky riders were wearing HCC colours – our younger riders are getting quite a reputation! Of particular note were the victories of Oli Akers and Megan Rees (her maiden success) in the U10 category and Victoria Hodgson in the U8 girls’ race. There were other solid rides from Chloe Hinchliffe (2nd U12 girl), Amy Hinchliffe (2nd U14 girl), Frances Hodgson (4th U12 girl) and Ben Hodgson (3rd U10 boy). There were 2 HCC entrants in the senior race - Alistair Rees and Phil Hinchliffe – and they both made the most of a smaller field and a less hectic start! Phil Hinchliffe is coming into great form and he was riding strongly in the top 10 until a misjudgement on one of the technical descents saw him crash heavily and lose ground. Luckily his new Cannondale was not damaged (!) and he managed to hang on for a fine 22nd place (12th V40). Alistair Rees also rode a consistent race after a couple of weeks away and finished strongly to claim 12th place (7th V40).

This weekend sees the next round of the Yorkshire Points at Wakefield on what should be a fast course. Increase the tyre pressure, rest up and get ready for the next event folks! 

Wakefield Cyclo Cross

6th November 2014


The sun just keeps on shining for this season’s winter cyclo-cross races. Another glorious day at Thornes Park in Wakefield for the latest round of the Yorkshire Points saw a bumper HCC turnout of 24 riders across all the age groups, the club gazebo looking resplendent in the sun and even a few ‘groupies’ along for added support.

The racing was fast and furious. The first race saw the youth/novice riders tackle a greasy and technical course that witnessed multiple crashes. There were good performances from Jim Brown (6th overall, 5th U16), Louis Cook (13th, 3rd U14), Jack Ford (15th, 11th U16), Amy Hinchliffe (45th, 8th U14 girl) and Owen Morris (4th Novice). Thankfully the younger riders were spared the treacherous tarmac section, but faced a course that started to cut up badly. Once again, there were some fantastic performances. In the U8 race Victoria Hodgson was 1st U8 girl (7th overall) and Mackenzie Riley was 7th U8 boy (8th overall). At U10 level Oli Akers was first overall, Ben Hodgson 2nd overall, Will Knight 7th U10 boy (8th overall), Megan Rees 3rd U10 girl (10th overall) and Adie Hirst 15th U10 boy (17th overall). At U 12 Chloe Hinchliffe was 1st girl (12th overall), Victoria Hodgson was 3rd U12 girl (15th) and Joe Hirst was 18th U12 boy (23rd overall). Well done to our younger riders.

At senior level there was a solid contingent of HCC jerseys on the start line, in what was a big field. Lee Brown rode a great race to finish in 18th place (8th V40), Phil Hinchliffe was 34th (19th V40), Al Rees was 37th (21st V40), Andy Cook 63rd (43rd V40), Nigel Hollyman 93rd (60th V40) and Robin Clough 130th (78th V40). Unfortunately Jamie Taylor suffered a mechanical and was forced to retire. Of particular note was the cross debut of Sam Beever in the same race: he managed to stay upright (well, nearly) and finished as 9th junior in 107th place. This could be the start of a long and illustrious career, Sam! Finally, in the Female/V50 race Sarah Clough finished as 6th Vet Female in 46th place.

Well done everyone; the ‘cross circus’ now moves to Wentworth Castle this weekend for a local race and, hopefully, more sunny skies.

On a separate note, the club’s cyclo-cross riders would like to acknowledge the amazing achievement of Amira Mellor in being selected for the British U23 Cyclo-Cross squad. Well done, Amira! We are also all very jealous of you getting a ride in the famous Koppenberg Cross in the promised land of Belgium!!

Team Cystic Fibrosis Charity Cyclo Cross

12th November 2014


Last weekend saw a new venue for winter cyclo-cross and Team CF produced a superb course in a fantastic setting that, once again, witnessed some impressive results for HCC riders. The course had a bit of everything to test the competitors – lumpy fields, muddy single track and off-camber descents – and, although a number of leading contenders were away at the inter-area championships, the races were full of hungry riders looking to scoop the prizes (and bags of sweets) on offer.

In the senior race there was a great battle between the leading HCC riders. Al Rees finished in 8th place (5th V40) and just managed to edge out Phil Hinchliffe (9th, 6th V40). For a while it looked like it would develop into a 3 way battle as Lee Brown was riding strongly near the front of the race, but he punctured at a crucial time and slipped back down the field to finish in 29th place (17th V40). In fact, punctures were the order of the day: Andy Cook succumbed halfway through and finished 41st (23rd V40) whilst Andy Akers and Jamie Taylor both suffered flats early on in the race and were forced to withdraw.

There was less bad luck in the junior races! In the youth category there was a popular win for Louis Cook at U14 level (3rd overall), while Amy Hinchliffe rode strongly to finish 2nd U14 girl (10th overall). Owen Morris finished 9th in the novice event run at the same time. In the U12 race Chloe Hinchliffe won the U12 girls’ category (6th overall) and there was another monumental battle behind her with Frances Hodgson (3rd U12 girl, 11th) just pipping Ruby Yates to the line (4th U12 girl, 12th). Oli Akers (1st overall) and Ben Hodgson (2nd overall) continued their dominance of the U10 race and they were well supported by Megan Rees (2nd U10 girl, 5th overall) and Harriet Heppenstall (8th U10 girl, 13th). Victoria Hodgson also continued her winning ways and finished an impressive 3rd overall (1st girl) in the U8 race. HCC has been dominating the podiums in the lower age groups and let’s hope that our younger riders hold their form going into the Yorkshire Championships that take place this Sunday at Newsome High School. Best of luck, guys!


Other news

Well done to Trish Mellor who won her age group at the X National Duathlon Championships at the weekend, an excellent result! 

Victoria & Oli are Yorkshire Champions

18th November 2014


Double Success at the Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross Championships!

Last weekend saw the club’s younger cyclo-cross riders competing in the Yorkshire Championships on a wet, slippy and challenging course at Newsome High School. Continuing its current run of outstanding results in the winter series it was no surprise to see HCC dominating the podium across the age groups. Special mention must go to our two newest champions: Oli Akers was victorious in the U10 boys’ race and Victoria Hodgson won the U8 girls’ category. A massive congratulations to these two for their great results; both wins are fully deserved after numerous victories over the course of the last 3 months. Other riders to make the podium in the championship races were Chloe Hinchliffe (2nd girl at U12 level) and Megan Rees (2nd girl in the U10 race), both also continuing their fine run of form; well done! There were a number of strong supporting rides from other club members on the day: at U12 level Ruby Yates was 6th girl and Frances Hodgson 9th; and, at U10 level, Ben Hodgson was 9th boy and Harriet Heppenstall 7th girl. Overall, 3 championship races and 4 podium places in total – it’s good to know that the future of the club is in safe hands. Well done all.


Newsome Cyclo-Cross

The Newsome event also hosted non-championship races in the older categories. In the youth/novice event Emilia Clarke won the U16 girls’ category, Amy Hinchliffe was 2nd U14 girl, Ned Johnson was 4th U14 boy and Owen Morris was 3rd novice. In the senior race, with the course badly cut up after a morning’s hard racing, there were strong performances from Sam Beever (15th senior), James Little (18th senior) and Andy Akers (8th V50).

This was probably the first ‘real winter’ cross of the season with mud, rain, multiple pile-ups and power-hoses in full operation in the car park, so well done to all those who managed to stay upright and finish!

Next week sees the return of the Yorkshire Points competition, with a tough, hard-going course expected at Whitely Woods near Sheffield.


Amira Mellor

Despite the fact that she is currently riding as first claim member for Paul Milnes Cycles, the club can be hugely proud of Amira’s victory in last weekend’s elite women’s national trophy event in Durham. This is a fantastic achievement and undoubtedly will help to inspire the next generation of cross riders showing such great potential. Amira goes into the forthcoming world cup event in Milton Keynes with great confidence and an army of HCC supporters looking to create a bit of a party atmosphere on ‘Amira Corner’. Well done Amira.

Yorkshire Points Cyclo Cross Sheffield

28th November 2014


Although the rain had stopped by the time this week’s cross racing had started, those competing were confronted with what can only be described as a ‘sloppy bog-fest’ which got worse as the day wore on. Think Glastonbury in a bad year and you have a good idea of the challenge that HCC riders and others faced. It goes without saying, however, that it was a challenge confronted head on by the hardy cross gang!

The Youth riders got the day’s racing underway and there were solid performances from Jack Ford (15th U16), Louis Cook (4th U14) and Millie Yates (4th U14 girl). Jack, evidently more at home on smooth tarmac, showed great determination to survive a brutal course in a discipline in which he has little experience. It is a shame that Jim Brown was forced to withdraw through illness after a good start, as he was riding well in the top 10. Louis clearly relished the tough conditions and he has developed excellent bike handling skills: his 4th place is hugely promising, especially considering his long lay-off through injury at the start of the year. Equally impressive was Millie’s determined ride for 4th place, clear evidence that she is improving as a cyclo-cross rider.

At U12 level the club is lucky enough to have a posse of quality female riders pushing each other to strong performances each week. This is a particularly strong category where competition is very fierce. Chloe Hinchliffe rode very strongly to finish 3rd girl, Ruby Yates was 4th and Frances Hodgson was 5th. These 3 girls show excellent promise for the future and the club is confident that all 3 will go on to further success!

The U10 category produced the best results for the club on the day. Oli Akers produced another master-class and made light of the bad conditions to extend his winning streak and he was chased all the way home by Ben Hodgson in a fine second place. Megan Rees produced her best ride of the season to finally beat her nemesis (and friend!) Freya and win her first Yorkshire Points race; she finished an impressive 4th overall and seemed to enjoy the conditions more than most!

Looking comfortable and determined as ever, Victoria Hodgson rode another great race to win the U8 girls’ category – and finish 3rd overall! Excellent riding, Victoria.

In the senior races there were mixed results. Owen Morris rode well to finish 9th in the novice race. In the Senior/Veteran race Lee Brown managed to brush off the stress of a snapped rear mech and rode well on a borrowed bike (a rather nice borrowed bike!) to finish 29th (10th V40); Al Rees succumbed to the tough course and a bad back and fell away after a fast start (50th, 27th V40); Andy Cook showed real grit to finish 58th (33rd V40); and the two relative newcomers – Robin Clough and James Little – displayed impressive determination to finish 69th (37th V40) and 78th (30th senior) respectively. Finally, and in the worst conditions of all, Sarah Clough produced an excellent performance in the V50/Female race to finish 31st overall and first in her category. Well done, Sarah!

It must be said that, due to the nature of the course and the extent of the mud, a real advantage was secured by those riders who were equipped with a pit crew and a spare bike. It was not easy trying to ride with half a ton of mud attached to your bike!! If anyone is interested and at a loose end on a Sunday morning, there is an opportunity for some work experience in HCC colours….

Well done all! Can’t wait for Milton Keynes. And it’s not often that you hear that phrase!!

A Dirty Weekend in Milton Keynes!

5th December 2014


Milton Keynes National Trophy Cyclo-Cross


A huge well done to the two Cooks this week!! Andy and Louis were the club’s sole representatives at the National Trophy event in Milton Keynes and they both rode well: Andy finished 56th in the V40 category and Louis was 45th in the U14 boys’ race. It was an epic feat just getting round the course, which had cut up badly after the previous day’s World Cup events, so they both did well to survive the off camber descents and numerous gruelling run-ups!

Next week sees the Northern Championships taking place in South Shields, so a strong HCC contingent is expected to make the journey north. Let’s hope that our riders continue to demonstrate the good form that they have shown so far this season.


Milton Keynes World Cup – a spectator’s experience


Quite a few of the HCC Cross regulars made the journey to Milton Keynes for the British round of the World Cup – the first time that a cross race of this importance has been staged in the UK since 1992 – and what a great experience it was! Huge crowds, a fantastic course, British interest and cow bells aplenty made it a day to remember. Without doubt, the performance of Amira Mellor in the elite women’s race was the stand-out performance from the club’s point of view. Amira has made a huge leap forward this year and she appeared comfortable in amongst the senior professional women, no doubt spurred on from the support of HCC club members (and a few thousand others). As reported elsewhere, her success serves as a great incentive to some of the younger cross riders who were there to watch. It just shows what is possible through hard work and dedication and seeing Amira competing on the world stage undeniably helps to motivate the stars of the future. Well done Amira!

Cyclo-Cross just seems to be getting more and more popular and perhaps the abiding memory of the weekend is the sight of an emotional Ian Field (GB National Champion) lost for words in the post-race interview, trying to comprehend the scale of support he had received on home soil. It was great to be part of something special last weekend, even if it was on the wrong side of the barriers for once!

Chloe Wins Northern Title

17th December 2014


More championship success for HCC!

The Club is proud to acknowledge the latest championship winning performance from one of our up and coming junior riders. Chloe Hinchliffe, who has been riding strongly all season, went to the North East with high hopes of a good result in the Northern Cyclo-Cross Championships and she was not to be disappointed, winning the U12 girls’ race against top quality opposition. Chloe joins Oli Akers and Victoria Hodgson (Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross Champions) in delivering championship success this season and HCC seems to be in a good place with future cyclo-cross stars looking to follow in the footsteps of Amira Mellor.


National Trophy Cyclo-Cross, Bradford

Last weekend the National trophy circus rolled into Peel Park, Bradford for round 5 of the 2014 series. The competitors faced a muddy, gruelling course with plenty of climbs and in front of a large(ish) crowd 3 HCC riders took to the start line. Andy Cook and Al Rees both found themselves near the back of the grid in the V40 race but progressed well through the field with Al finishing in 29th place and Andy 50th. Louis Cook was the sole representative in the youth race and he dug deep to record an impressive 19th place.

The races at Bradford were packed full of national champions and, for anyone keen to experience the best of cyclo-cross racing on home soil, with good crowds and a professional course, this is an event to put in the diary for next year.


U12 Races, Bradford

Running parallel to the National Trophy races, but on a separate course, the younger riders battled an interesting course (with a bit of BMX thrown in!) and, as ever, HCC was well represented, with further success for Oli Akers in the U10 race and Chloe Hinchliffe in the U12 girls’ race. There was also a strong showing from Mackenzie Riley, who achieved 4th place in the U8 race. Well done, Mackenzie!


This weekend sees the final weekend of racing before the end of 2014, although it looks like most club members will be at the pie ‘n peas club social instead. So this could be a final race round up from a stellar 2014! If you would like a re-cap of the racing year please hurry and book yourself a place at the club’s presentation evening on Friday 13th February.

Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year!

A Muddy End to 2014!

29th December 2014


Yorkshire Points Cyclo-Cross Round 9, York Sport Village


The final round of this season’s winter points series took place on a beautifully sunny December morning on a skiddy, mud-fest of a course that skirted the new outdoor ‘velodrome’ at York University’s Sports Village. We cyclo-crossers must have looked an odd (and dirty) bunch to the gym regulars looking out from the relative warmth and cleanliness of the glass fronted leisure centre (no doubt trying to shed a few pounds after their Xmas excesses). My bike could have done with shedding a few pounds after the first couple of laps, but the sticky mud was well and truly refusing to budge, much like that unwanted sprout on your Christmas dinner plate.


The ‘Young ‘Uns’

Although somewhat depleted in numbers compared with previous rounds there were still some impressive performances from HCC riders. There was a strong contingent in the youth race that started the day’s proceedings: Jim Brown was the first of our riders to finish, in 12th place (a strong ride, after a couple of mechanicals and a fight with a barbed wire fence); Nathan Allatt was 14th, Jack Ford 23rd, and Louis Cook 31st (and 9th U14). It was good to see a strong turnout in this category, particularly from some who are not experienced ‘crossers’ and whose thoughts are already turning to the road season in 2015. This winter preparation will surely stand them in good stead. Well done lads!

In the U10 race there was another remarkably dominant performance from Oli Akers, who always seems to thrive in the muddiest conditions. He was well clear of the other riders and once again showed tremendous bike-handling skills on a course that began to cut up badly. Oli has won all 9 rounds of the winter series – amazing consistency over the season. Well done, Oli. A successful 2015 beckons! Oli was followed home by Megan Rees, who showed considerable guts to complete the race gloveless and finished as second girl (5th overall). She looked good on her new bike and is also looking forward to 2015 with excitement.


The ‘Old Guard’

The Senior/Vet Races were hotly contested as usual. The older riders were treated to some nice tarmac as the course was altered to take in the road circuit and it proved a welcome respite from a race circuit that was rapidly turning into a bog! Al Rees and Lee Brown were engaged in an ‘epic’ battle for virtually the whole race, until Lee’s rear mech snapped on the last lap (not the luckiest of days for the Browns!) and he was forced to run the last half lap. Al finished in 22nd place (11th V40) with Lee in 41st (20th V40). It was also good to see a strong ride from Robin Clough on a very tough course – he finished 76th (40th V40) and kept a good pace throughout the race.

In the Women/V50 race there was another stand-out performance from Amira Mellor who took an impressive overall win (riding for Paul Milnes) and led home the whole field – and, more importantly, her mum and sister!! Athena rode well to finish 16th (1st senior female) and Rachel was just behind in 19th place (1st V50 female). Quite a haul for the Mellors!! Sarah Clough also produced a fine ride to finish 31st (4th V40 female) and match her husband’s endeavours – I’m not sure who took home the ‘muddiest Clough’ title, however!


Happy New Year to all HCC riders from the results service! Here’s to more success – and, more importantly, enjoyment – in 2015!!

More HCC Yorkshire Success!

8th January 2015



The Club is proud to announce yet more regional success in what has been a truly outstanding first season of competition. Holmfirth CC finished in 3rd place overall in the Yorkshire Points Cyclo-Cross series, amassing 6197 points over the 9 rounds. Finishing behind 2 sponsored veteran cyclo-cross clubs – Pedalsport and Paul Milnes – is certainly nothing to be ashamed of and, with 44 clubs taking part in the competition, this achievement is hugely significant. Well done to all HCC riders who contributed to the Club’s success, particularly the youngsters who have not been put off by the tough courses and harsh weather and for whom the future looks very bright. There were notable performances at the youth level overall by Louis Cook who finished 4th U14 boy and Amy Hinchliffe who was 6th U14 girl. It is also worth noting some of the individual successes in the senior categories. Sarah Clough was 6th female overall and 4th vet female (outstanding consistency, well done Sarah!), whilst Rachel Mellor finished a strong 12th overall and 1st V50 female. In the vet 40 category there were 2 top ten performances from Lee Brown in 8th place and Al Rees in 10th; well done to both!

This is a great end to the season and the Club can set its sights even higher for more success next year.


Ripley Castle Cyclo-Cross

The famous and much anticipated Ripley Castle Cyclo-Cross took place on New Year’s Day and, once again, there were many Club jerseys in evidence. In the senior races Amira Mellor finished as first female (no doubt getting in some practice for the Nationals) and was the head of a Mellor triple, with sister Athena finishing in 9th place and mum Rachel not far behind (5th FV). There were strong performances as well from Virginia Roberts (8th FV) and Andy Akers (34th V50) who looked outwardly stylish in the TV coverage from Look North but was inwardly seething after being cut up badly by a ‘large pseudo Belgian guy’ (his words) and losing a number of places on the final lap.

In the youth categories there was individual success for both David Riley (3rd U8 boy) and for Oli Akers (2nd U10 boy), who have both started 2015 on a very positive note.


War of the Roses Cyclo-Cross, Todmorden

The keenly anticipated duel between Yorkshire and the North West regions took place last Sunday in freezing conditions at Todmorden and, it is fair to say, Yorkshire handed out a right thumping to its less illustrious neighbour (by 202 points to 84!). This just goes to show the strength of the Yorkshire League. Once again, the Club contributed a large number of these points. There were victories for Oli Akers (1st U10 boy), Megan Rees (1st U10 girl) and Victoria Hodgson (1st U8 girl) and there were other strong rides from Ben Hodgson (3rd U10 boy), Will Knight (5th U10 boy) and Frances Hodgson (4th U12 girl). Al Rees was the only senior competitor from the Club and he prospered from his running background on a hard-going course that required a lot of dismounts (‘like fell running with a bike’); despite his inability to ride up the infamous Toddy cobbles, Al finished in a strong 9th place overall (5th V40), defeating a number of his familiar rivals.

HCC Dinner & Celebration

10th February 2015


The hottest ticket in town!

This Friday sees the inaugural Club Dinner taking place at Holmfirth Civic Hall from 7pm onwards. It plans to be a great night with something for everyone – a buffet, a bar, a little bit of jazz, a look back on the Club’s achievements in our outstanding first year, a live band with a bit of groovy dancing from our coaches, a chance to socialise with other club members and a few treats thrown in for good measure. All ages welcome – so what are you waiting for? Tickets are still available (£10 adults, £5 children), just check the link on the website and come and be a part of something special.


The Cyclo-Cross Season comes to an end (almost!) – the road beckons!

We are half way through February already and the first road race of the year is less than a month away (the first Yorkshire Day at the Races – bring it on!). Most of the ‘roadies’ are busy putting the hard miles in, either indoors on their turbos or outside on the mud stricken roads of Yorkshire, and it will be exciting to see what this season brings across the age groups and categories. Some of the youngsters - Louis Cook, Jack Ford, Jim Brown and Nathan Allatt - have been competing on the boards at the Manchester track league, so they should be hitting form at the right time.

Our road riders will have a hard act to follow if they are to live up to the success of our cyclo-cross racers. Last weekend saw the Yorkshire Schools Cyclo-Cross Championships at Spen Valley High School and HCC members shone through once again. Full results are not available yet, so these provisional results will be updated as soon as possible. Congratulations go to those achieving podium finishes: Megan Rees rode strongly from the front to win the U9 Girls’ category, Ruby Yates finished 2nd in the U11 Girls’ race (a great effort, considering her frantic last minute dash to make the start line on a bike with dodgy brakes), Will Knight was 3rd in the U9 Boys’ race (reproducing Stephen Roche’s magnificent Tour de France winning effort from 1987 at La Plagne by literally fainting and collapsing over the line), and there were strong supporting rides from Oliver Hone (4th in the U9 Boys’ race), Oli Akers who rode well to 6th place in the U11 Boys' race and a number of other HCC riders – further details to follow.


Finally, it goes without saying that the Club is hugely proud of Amira Mellor’s achievements in cyclo-cross over the whole winter period, in what has been a real breakthrough season for her. Her outstanding 28th place finish in the elite women’s race at the World Championships in the Czech Republic has created a huge amount of interest across the international cyclo-cross community and we all wish her the very best for a professional contract and further success! Amira can count on the support of all of us at HCC – we might not always be able to follow mum Rachel and family to the far flung corners of the world (North America will be hosting 2 rounds of next year’s World Cup!), but we’ll be there in spirit!

GoRide Awards

4th March 2015


Club Success for Andy and Tilly

Holmfirth CC was well represented at the British Cycling Go-Ride Conference that was held at the National Cycling Centre (Manchester Velodrome) last Sunday. Andy Akers was presented with the Yorkshire Coach of the Year award, a very well deserved reward for all his hard work and dedication, which has seen the club’s Go-Ride activities go from strength to strength during its first full year. Andy’s enthusiasm and positive approach have been evident throughout the year (most notably when the weather has been rather inclement!) and these true ‘Yorkshire’ qualities have kept many of our youngsters going in the difficult winter months. Well done, Andy, we are all really proud of your achievement!

Equally impressive has been the commitment and energy of Tilly Brown, who also collected her Platinum Cycling Award for Young Volunteers at the Manchester Conference. This award recognises over 72 hours volunteering for the club at regional and national events – an amazing level of commitment for a full-time student! Tilly is a familiar face to most club members, helping out at a huge range of events and she displays an authority and maturity well above her age. Well done, Tilly, a great achievement.


Track League

With the winter track league season reaching its summer break it's a good time to reflect on some HCC success. We've had four regular competitors at the Monday night track league at Manchester this year. Louis Cook has been the latest to join and has established himself very well, showing early signs of talent for the discipline and picking up league points with several top 3 placings. Jack Ford has competed regularly and, although perhaps not his favourite type of racing, he will benefit from the speed once he's back on the road. Nathan Allatt likes to animate the racing with his attacking style and has picked up wins in scratch races. Lastly (but certainly not least) Jim Brown has had a great first half of the season, winning on a weekly basis and building up a comfortable lead in the Youth League standings. Well done lads, keep it up on the boards! With regular cluster sessions and a few specially organised club events to come, we are hoping to see a few more riders competing in the near future.


Road and Time-Trial Success

Yes – it must be Spring! The road season has started again! And it has brought early season success for some of our established racers. The first youth road race of the year took place at the Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire last Saturday and on a very blustery day there was another victory for last year’s ‘prolific fast-man’ Jack Ford, who took the bunch sprint ahead of Jim Brown. An HCC 1-2 in the first event – things are looking good. In the U14 race both Louis Cook and Ollie Rees looked comfortable in the bunch, with Louis eventually taking 4th place in the tight sprint.

This weekend sees the first big clash at the York Sport circuit, so we’re hoping for more club success. There are more than a dozen HCC riders competing, so book your spot early to see if Lee Brown can hold off Sam Travis in the much anticipated clash of the titans.

Nathan Allatt has continued where he left off last year in securing success for the club against the clock. He picked up a win in the Rossendale CC event at Bolton Bowl where over 100 riders competed in the hilly 11 mile technical course. A great start, Nathan, well done. This weekend he is attempting to take Lee Brown’s youth record in the Matlock Hilly 25 – should be an intriguing challenge!


York Thoroughbreds!

13th March 2015


York Day at the Races sees HCC thoroughbreds in action!


There was a magnificent turnout by club members last Saturday at the first York Sport event of the year. With the club gazebo looking resplendent under some early season Spring sunshine and our cycling cheerleaders (Danielle and Jenny) in attendance, having ridden over to support, it was great to witness some classy performances across all age groups.

In the youth ranks there were well-earned victories for two of our prolific cyclo-cross stars making the transition to the road after a winter on knobbly tyres: Oli Akers and Megan Rees both fought hard to secure wins against stiff opposition in the U10 category. Mackenzie Riley rode very strongly in the U8 boys' race for a podium finish and there were resilient performances from Harriet Heppenstall and Oliver Hone, making their race debut at York.

At U14 level Ollie Rees produced a great performance to get in the decisive 4 man break and he looked comfortable alongside the leading trio. A little bit of inexperience led him to start the sprint from too far out and he was unable to hold off his 3 breakaway companions who came round him into the fierce headwind – a lesson learnt! Louis Cook rode strongly in the bunch and, after a few digs off the front, he managed to pick up 7th place.

In the U16 race Jim Brown looked strong and was particularly active at the front of the race, trying a few breaks and chasing down dangerous moves; Jack Ford, looking stylish in his new socks, also featured near the front of the bunch. Jim tried a long sprint from the front into the final straight but failed to hold on as Jack and another rider came round him – unfortunately Jack was pipped on the line for first place, whilst Jim did well to hold on to 3rd.

It was great to see a large HCC contingent in the 4th category adult race, with 5 riders on the start line. HCC were in evidence near the front of the bunch in the early stages of the race, with Andy Cook and Paul Netherwood doing some turns on the front and Jamie Taylor, James Little and Andy Akers looking comfortable in the main group. The race stayed together throughout and positioning was crucial on the last lap: Paul managed to move forward at exactly the right time and took an excellent 2nd place at the finish – a really strong performance in his first race of the year. Well done lads!

In the 2/3/4 race Lee Brown was looking to replicate his prolific 2014 form and he was joined by Al Rees, both riders looking for success on their new ‘summer bikes’. A break of 3 managed to get away early on and they never looked threatened, so the bunch sprint was for 4th place. Lee comfortably delivered the necessary power on the line and had enough time to glance over his shoulder (and make a cup of tea) as he romped home, disappointed that the break had not been pulled back. Al rode comfortably in the bunch and finished just outside the top 10, an encouraging performance at this stage of the season.

Next weekend sees the first Bradford circuit race of the year and another strong HCC turnout is expected, although a few regulars will be travelling to Darley Moor for an alternative experience. Good luck folks!



Nathan Allatt rode his first 25m time-trial last weekend in Matlock and he produced a great ride on a slightly shortened course to record a very impressive 1.04.18 for 6th place overall (and yet more prize money!). This is an excellent time on what was a hilly route and Nathan appears to have great form – it should be an exciting season for him. Next weekend sees him at Addingham for a 10, so good luck Nathan.



Will Knight travelled down to the National Schools’ Cyclo-Cross Championships at the weekend and he produced an outstanding performance to finish in 8th place in the U10 Boys’ race, despite a crash on the start line. Will has really come on this year and he will have enormous confidence going forward. Keep it up, Will!






Road & Track Success

19th March 2015


Success on the road at Bradford and Darley Moor!

The Club’s youngsters were once again in the thick of the action last weekend, taking inspiration from Sky’s regular ‘hard man’ Ian Stannard (and his excellent win at the opening semi-classic of the year, Het Nieuwsblad) to brave the icy cold conditions and record excellent performances at the latest series of circuit races. In Bradford (never warm, even in a heatwave) Mackenzie Riley produced an outstanding effort to record his maiden victory on the road in the U8 boys’ category. He is clearly taking his lead from the success of other HCC riders, most notably Oli Akers, who was successful yet again in the U10 boys’ race. We had a season of podium finishes in cyclo-cross and it looks like the road is following in the same vein. Ruby Yates finished an excellent 2nd in the U12 girls’ race and her sister Millie also rode with determination to a creditable 4th place in the U14 girls’ category. There were also strong rides from Callum Wilson and Oliver Peters.

Ollie Rees and Jim Brown made the trip into Derbyshire for something a bit different and both achieved excellent results. Ollie took his first victory at U14 level and demonstrated much better race craft to score a well-earned win and his first taste of prize money! Well done, Ollie. Jim was racing against tough opposition in the U16 race, including Harry Hardcastle (who had already beaten most of the seniors earlier in the morning). Jim rode superbly to make the decisive 3 man break, only to be ‘turned over’ by his two breakaway companions, but 3rd place was an excellent performance, particularly in light of his efforts on the track the previous evening (see below!). Both Ollie and Jim will be keen to continue their strong performances this coming weekend at the second York Sport fixture and they are in with a real chance of further glory. The York Sport event will see the return of the ‘big dogs’ (the adults, that is!) on what should be another good Club outing. It’s always sunny in York: pull out the gazebo, order in the post-race ice creams, cheer on the HCC riders – what could be better? Good luck everyone!


5 Star Performance at Track League

Jim Brown continued his recent run of good form on Friday night at Manchester Track League's First Division. After wining 4 out of 5 events the week before Jim had been moved up to Group 4 (of 5) undeterred by the stronger competition he went on to win an amazing 5 out of 5 events! A clean sweep is a very rare feat, Jim's reward will be to race in the top group next week with average speeds usually over 30mph - watch this space.

4th Cat Win for Al

26th March 2015


York, controversy, a blast of winter.

In the week that Richard III is re-buried in Leicester of all places (‘shame’, I hear you cry) it seems apt to (mis)quote one of Shakspeare’s most famous lines: ‘Now is the winter of our discontent, made less glorious by the absence of sun in York’. Yes, the brief appearance of Spring sunshine had fooled us into packing away our leg and arm-warmers – and they were very much needed by all those racing last weekend! Controversy almost overshadowed the events on the York circuit as ‘Kask Bambino-gate’ rumbled on and allegations of ‘gear-fixing’ in the U10 girls’ race had the Daily Mail on the phone (I might have exaggerated that last one). Anyway, none of this appeared to deter the HCC competitors and, as usual, there were strong performances from Oli Akers in winning the U10 boys’ race, Megan Rees (who recorded a ‘phantom victory’ in the U10 girls’ race), Ruby and Millie Yates, Ollie Rees (4th in the U14 boys’ race), Louis Cook (7th in the same event), Jack Ford (3rd in the U16 race) and Jim Brown. There were mixed fortunes in the adult races with a cheeky victory for Al Rees in the 4th cat race, with strong supporting rides from James Little (15th), Jamie Taylor (16th) and Paul Netherwood (who finished outside the top 20, but had put in a huge ‘Stannard-esque’ stint on the front of the main group for 3 laps); unfortunately, Lee Brown crashed out in the final stages of the 2,3,4 cat race when well placed. Lee rode well the following day to record an 18th place finish in the BBM road race near Goole (2 races in 2 days – ‘chapeau’!). It took Lee a little less time to recover from Saturday’s efforts than his wife Danielle and Jenny Rees who both rode over to York once again to support the riders – only this time into an unforgiving icy head wind – double chapeau!!

This week sees the next circuit event at Forge Valley, Sheffield – hosted by us! So please come along and either race, support, help out – or, preferably, all three. A great atmosphere is guaranteed. Don’t forget to bring a flask and some home-made cake!


MTB – Nutcracker Series

Lee Brady and Andy Woodward performed well at the Nutcracker event in Whinlatter Forest at the weekend. The course was very demanding with 13 gruelling miles off-road and 2500ft of climbing. Andy finished in 14th place and Lee was 24th – well done lads, a great effort. At the same event, there were encouraging rides from a couple of determined youngsters: Callum Wilson finished 9th in the U14 race and Aaron Wilson was 12th in the junior category (particularly impressive after he clipped a log and hit his quick release, causing a few mechanical issues). It’s good to see the club well represented in MTB racing – keep it up folks!


Victoria Park Youth Race

Jim Brown and Jack Ford travelled to Leamington Spa on Sunday in the absence of any local racing. They were unimpressed by the short oval circuit which had no real corners, making them appreciate the quality of the circuits we are blessed with in Yorkshire. The natives were not too friendly either, consistently working against Jim and Jack who they no doubt saw as outsiders and threatening local dominance of the series. Jack didn’t contest the finish after one tangle too many pushed him off line on the last lap. Jim stuck to the task despite being cut up and came over the line 4th.

Forge Valley Circuit Races, Sheffield

1st April 2015


HCC was well represented at the latest series of circuit races in Sheffield. These early season races are attracting bigger and bigger fields and it is encouraging to see a lot of ‘first-timers’ giving it a go. All riders who competed on Saturday should be proud of their efforts as, once again, the inclement weather created tough conditions – thankfully, no-one got blown off their bike in the strong winds, unlike Geraint Thomas at Ghent Wevelgem!

The youth races were packed full of HCC riders. In the D/E category Oli Akers was victorious again in the boys’ race, with Oliver Hone 5th and Mackenzie Riley 10th. In the girls’ race Megan Rees (with her gears sorted!) finished in 2nd, Ruby Seabridge was 3rd and Jess Parr was 5th. In the C category Gabriel Seabridge finished 4th in the boys’ race, with Louie Taylor 5th; Frances Hodgson was 3rd girl and Ruby Yates 4th. In the B category Ollie Rees was 4th boy, with Louis Cook 9th; in the girls’ race Millie Yates was 2nd and Isabelle Seabridge 3rd. Finally, in the youth A category Jim Brown was 2nd and Jack Ford 10th. A great effort form all of youngsters: well done, let’s hope there is a similarly good turnout for the races at York on Good Friday.

Al Rees produced another solid performance to finish in 3rd place in the adult 4th category race, a result that sees him move up a category. Andy Cook rode well in the wind in the same race before he unfortunately lost contact with the main group and Owen Morris made his debut, putting in a good effort on the tough circuit.


National Mountain Bike Series Round 1, Sherwood Pines

In the first round of the MTB XC series Callum Wilson finished in 31st place in the juvenile male race and Emelia Clarke finished in 19th place in the youth female race. Well done both!


A raid across the borders, a sub-hour and more circuit success!

10th April 2015


What an Easter weekend for HCC riders! Spring has certainly ‘sprung’ for the club, with success right across the board and riders of all age groups throwing themselves into early season racing like new-born lambs leaping for joy.


Youth Tour of Scotland

Jim Brown and Jack Ford were joined by a couple of ‘guest’ riders (Euan Cameron and Will King) in an HCC composite team that took on the gruelling 4 stage Youth Tour of Scotland event in Perthshire over the Easter weekend. The lads acquitted themselves brilliantly against top quality opposition and, despite coming unstuck on a couple of occasions in a crash-strewn race, they finished as 4th team overall. There were a string of top 10 placings on individual stages, with Jim Brown’s 2nd and Jack Ford’s 7th place finishes on the final stage being the stand out results for our boys. Excellent stuff lads, well done all. Thanks should go to all 4 riders for flying the HCC colours with such professionalism.


Time-Trial Success

The club’s leading ‘testers’ were in action at the Ilkley 25 over the Easter weekend and achieved great results. Nathan Allatt was the best performer in the U19 age group with an impressive sub-hour 59.12 and Rachel Mellor was the Womens’ Vet category winner with a super-fast 1.04.27. These are great times so early in the season and things are looking good for both riders as they will no doubt be targeting faster times on quicker courses later in the season. Well done both.


York Circuit Races

There were 2 races in quick succession at York, but they took place in contrasting conditions: it was a wash-out on Good Friday and a balmy ‘summer evening’ the following Tuesday; unsurprisingly, HCC riders performed well in both events. On Friday there were 2nd place finishes for Laura Ibbotson (U14), Oli Akers and Megan Rees (U10), with good showings from Oliver Hone, Millie and Ruby Yates, Ollie Rees, Louis Cook, Angus Cole and Joseph Ibbotson. On Tuesday the standout performance was Lee Brown’s victory on his return from illness in the adult 2/3/4 race and there was further success from Oli Akers and Megan Rees (1st in the U10 age group), Jim Brown (2nd U16) and Ollie Rees (3rd U14). Once again, there was a large contingent from HCC, many staying to the end to cheer on Andy Cook in the 4th cat race that finished in the darkness.


What a weekend! Keep racing hard folks and watch this space for the next successful chapter in the 2015 race season.

The Holmfirth Degenkolb?

16th April 2015


Despite the fact that Wiggo was advertised by the British media as a Paris-Roubaix favourite, those of us in the know (i.e. real cyclists) realised that it was a long shot at best; so there wasn’t a great deal of disappointment when John Degenkolb crossed the line for an impressive win on Sunday. The very humble German power-house is a great role model and has been making steady progress for a couple of years and is now churning his big thighs to victories in all manner of different races? He is a quality sprinter, capable of winning any hard and fast race. Anyway, where is this going, I hear you ask? This week’s club results seem to indicate that we have a few ‘Degenkolbs’ of our own. Could it be Jim Brown who won twice over the weekend - at Saltaire on Saturday and Tameside on Tuesday night? Could it be Jack Ford, our ex-U14 national champ, who won at Hetton? Could it be Aaron Wilson – 5th in the Midlands round of the MTB series and 4th at Tameside on the road, showing his increasing versatility? Could it be Lee Brown, fresh from another victory in the 2/3/4 race at Tameside? Who knows, the jury’s out. Whether it’s the caffeine-rich Alpecin shampoo that they are all using, or something less sinister, it seems to be working. Keep up the good work fellas!


Results round-up

Congratulations to Nathan Allatt for another time-trial victory at the weekend. Nathan (our own ‘Wiggo’ in the making) stormed to a 23.20 at the Ravensthorpe 10, where he was 5th overall and first junior. Don’t worry, Nathan, if you are going to follow Sir Brad you’ve got a few years of time-trialling left before you need to go and practise on some cobbles.

Congratulations to Emelia Clarke (the next ‘Annie Last’? Ok, I’m going to stop this now…) for her 3rd place finish at the Midlands MTB series race 1 – a great ride.

The Tameside circuit races on Tuesday night were packed full of HCC riders (I think we had more competitors than the host club Mossley!) and there were a number of impressive performances on the tight and twisty course. Aside from those already mentioned, Oli Akers won the U10 boys’ race, Ruby Yates won the U12 girls’ race and Millie Yates won the U14 girls’ race on her tasty new bike. There were strong rides from Megan Rees (3rd U10 girl), Oliver Hone (3rd U10 boy), Ollie Rees (3rd U14 boy), Louis Cook (5th U14 boy) and Callum Wilson (12th U14 boy). After Lee’s dazzling sprint victory the highlight of the evening was undoubtedly the 4th cat race, with 4 HCC riders in the front break of 10 – what a great sight! Our riders were led home by Aaron Wilson in 4th, with Andy Cook in 6th, James Little 7th, Glen Hale 10th, Simon Pymm 13th and Owen Morris in 21st. Well done lads!


Next week the race reports section will run a special feature on our climbers – in the true spirit of the Ardennes Classics, which kick-off this weekend with the Amstel Gold race. Did I mention Dutch lager? Camping abroad? Oliver Woodhouse?

Youth National Series, Hetton

23rd April 2015


Strong Performances at the first round of the Nationals

5 HCC riders made the trip to the delights of Hetton-le-Hole in the north east at the weekend for the first round of the National Youth series. On a very narrow and fast course it was inevitable that there were a number of crashes – thankfully, all of our lads came through unscathed.

In the U16 race Jim Brown continued his fine form with an impressive 8th place and he was closely followed home in the hectic sprint by Jack Ford in 10th place. The lads were riding in a high quality field against older competitors and they both showed fine race craft to get themselves in the right position at the end of a gruelling event. In the U14 race Ollie Rees produced perhaps his best performance of the season with a fine 10th place on a course that didn’t really suit his lightweight climbing physique. He showed excellent positioning in the final run in and used his small frame to squeeze through a couple of tiny gaps in the mass sprint. In the same race Louis Cook was unfortunate to get held up behind a nasty crash on the final lap, having looked strong in the bunch for the whole race, and his finishing position of 47th does not tell the true story of his race. Both of these races contained fields of over 80 riders and our boys were at the heart of the racing throughout, proudly displaying their HCC jerseys in front of the large crowds. In the U10 race Oli Akers produced a fantastic performance to break the Hillingdon Slipstreamers’ monopoly on the podium by finishing in 3rd place. Oli’s impressive bike-handling skills stood him in good stead and he is showing the ability to compete in lots of different race situations, which bodes well for the future. Well done, Oli.

Jim, Jack and Ollie Rees now head to the next round of the series on the Isle of Man, with their confidence sky high.


Hammerstones Circuit Races

On the same day as the nationals a number of HCC riders made the somewhat shorter trip to Elland for an ‘Early Bird’ White Rose event and, once again, there were some great results. Callum Wilson was 4th in the U14 boys’ race, with Laura Ibbotson a fine 2nd in the U14 girls’ event. In the U10 boys’ race Joe Ibbotson finished an excellent 2nd, with Oliver Hone in 5th. In the U8 race Mackenzie Riley finished on the podium in 3rd place.


BBM York Sport Races

Last Saturday saw another round of the York Sport Spring series of races. The official results are not out yet, but there were wins for Ollie Rees (U14 boys) and Megan Rees (U10 girls), while Lee Brown finished 2nd behind Rob Scott in the 2/3/4 race. In the same race Al Rees and Sam Travis were riding well but got caught behind a crash on the penultimate lap. Mackenzie Riley also rode well to a 4th place finish in the U8 boys’ race.


Tameside Circuit Races

Another big HCC contingent made the journey to Mossley for the latest Tameside races. Those present were privileged to witness the first ‘battle royale’ of the Brown boys as Jim used his dispensation to good effect by claiming a fine 4th place – just one place behind his dad – in the 2/3/4 race. Al Rees rode strongly to finish 10th and Sam Travis was always close to the action and finished 16th. In the 4th cat race Glen Hale just missed the podium with his 4th place; James Little was 10th, Simon Pymm 17th and Owen Morris 23rd. Ruby Yates won the U12 girls’ race, Millie Yates won the U14 girls’ event and Oli Akers won the U10 boys’ race. Ollie Rees was 2nd U14 boy, Megan Rees 2nd U10 girl and Oliver Hone 4th U10 boy. Well done all!!

Storming 25 from Nathan

29th April 2015



A PB Demolition Job!

Top billing this week undoubtedly goes to Nathan Allatt for his exceptional time trial result last Sunday in Wales. Nathan completed his latest 25 in 53.51 – a full 6 minutes off his PB – and it is clear that he is on flying form. Perhaps the club’s inaugural ‘time trial/social’ evening the previous Thursday gave him the extra zipp to produce a performance like this – is there something in the water at ‘Brambles? Joking aside, the quality of this ride should not be underestimated and there are many of us now looking forward to Nathan’s forthcoming results in the summer: just imagine what might happen in warm, still, evening conditions on a fast course? Great stuff Nathan, keep it up.


Dalby Forest MTB

From aero helmets and stealth bikes to fat tyres and big rocks – the contrast couldn’t be more stark! A number of HCC riders were involved in the latest round of the Nutcracker series and the junior/youth results are as follows: Emelia Clarke was 4th youth female, Aaron Wilson 7th junior male and Callum Wilson 7th juvenile male. Well done all. Special mention also goes to Amira Mellor (riding for Paul Milnes) who came 1st in the junior female category – it must be those ‘C’ rides fine-tuning your form, Amira!


Circuit Races at York/Darley Moor/ Tameside

A number of HCC riders were in action across the region in the returning wintry weather. At York, Lee Brown claimed an excellent 6th place in the E/1/2/3 race (finishing ahead of pro Graham Briggs of JLT/Condor, who seemed unwilling to persevere in the harsh conditions), whilst Jim Brown scored an excellent 3rd place and Al Rees squeezed another top 10 finish in the 3/4 event. Both races seemed ‘tetchy’ and there were a few verbal confrontations during the races to give added spice. Must have been the weather!

At Darley Moor Megan and Ollie Rees both finished in 3rd place in their respective categories (U10 girls and U14 boys), whilst Jack Ford got boxed in and missed out on the sprint, finishing in 20th place in the U16 race.

The latest round of the Tameside series took place on Tuesday night and Jack Ford was back to winning ways with victory in the U16 race. Oli Akers produced his second win in 3 days (following on from his impressive victory in the north east at the weekend) in the U10 boys’ race and he was followed home by Oliver Hone in 5th place. Millie and Ruby Yates both had solid rides as usual and they are well placed in the overall series. Glen Hale secured 4th place in the 4th cat race – he now moves up to 3rd cat where he will join, amongst others, Lee Brown (6th this week) and Sam Travis (12th) in the 2/3/4 ‘mash-up’!


Isle of Man Weekend

Good luck to Jim Brown, Jack Ford and Ollie and Megan Rees as they travel to the home of Cav and Kennaugh for the next round of the National Youth Circuit Series. Let’s hope it warms up a bit!

Isle of Man Youth Tour

8th May 2015


National Youth Series, Isle of Man

4 HCC riders made the short ferry journey to the Isle of Man for the second round of the National Youth Series last weekend. The IOM festival is made up of 3 stages and is one of the ‘blue riband’ events for youth and junior riders who can follow in the footsteps of Mark Cavendish, Ben Swift, Peter Kennaugh and other professionals who have all competed here in the past. The quality of racing is about as high as it gets at this level, so any achievement is noteworthy, but the fields are particularly strong in the C, B and A categories. The racing is on closed roads, with neutral service support and police outriders, giving the youngsters a full ‘pro’ experience and it is well worth a visit.

In the U16 (A) category Jim Brown and Jack Ford were up against it, being a year younger than most, and they struggled to assert themselves against stronger, more experienced racers, some of whom are on the Olympic Development programme. They were never far from the action, however, with Jim finishing 26th overall and Jack 28th and it is clear on the evidence this year that they will be hard to beat in this category next year. At U14 (B) Ollie Rees continued his recent good form and, after a solid prologue, he cemented a top 10 position with a gutsy 9th place on the shortened hilly stage 2. Ironically, Ollie’s 7th on the last stage was his best result – on a flat and fast circuit that probably doesn’t play to his strengths. He finished 9th overall (and 1st in the team competition, ‘guesting’ for Paul Milnes) – an excellent result. Finally, Megan Rees battled hard for 3 days and showed real determination, particularly on the very grim stage 2 hill climb, to finish in 7th overall. More importantly, she thoroughly enjoyed the racing and can’t wait to return!

Well done to all our riders – you all represented the club with pride! We are already looking forward to next year!


Circuit Races at Tameside and Richard Dunn (WRYL)

Tuesday night racing at Tameside continues to throw up HCC success. On a wet and wild night Oli Akers was victorious again, soloing impressively to victory in the U10 race. Jack Ford returned to winning ways, with victory in the U16 race and Lee Brown rode everyone off his wheel on the last lap to cruise to victory in the 2/3/4 race (followed home by Jim Brown in 7th and Sam Travis – looking resplendent in his new skin-suit – in 8th).

On Wednesday night it was the return of the White Rose Youth League series, at the Richard Dunn centre in Bradford. There were victories for Oli Akers and Megan Rees, a 2nd place finish for Ollie Rees and solid rides by Mackenzie Riley, Oli Hone, Harry Gilligan and Callum Wilson (full results still not out).



Wednesday night saw the first of this ‘summer’s’ Sovereign 10 TTs and it was great to see that 4 of the 5 riders on the start line were from HCC! It was a wild night, so full credit for all 4 of you – especially when you are unlikely to be posting anywhere near a PB! Full details of this will also be published when the results are in.

A Flying Start for TP

12th May 2015


Well, we’ve all been saying it for some time now. ‘Stop chasing Strava segments – you’re too good for that - and get yourself in some races!’ Tom Traviss-Pollard, or TP as we know him, finally got round to it and entered the Barnsley Road Club’s 55 mile road race at the weekend – and the rest, as they say, is history (see Barnsley RC’s race report below). To be fair to TP, his time has been split between studies (at Loughborough Uni), travelling home and training, so it hasn’t been easy to balance his cycling commitments. It is clear, however, to those of us who have had the ‘pleasure’ to ride behind him this year that he is a prodigious talent and this result is, therefore, no surprise. Just imagine how well he’ll be going when he starts doing some serious training! TP managed to bag £150 in winnings from his endeavours on Sunday; this should help to pay off his student debt and enable him to buy his own skin-suit so that he doesn’t have to borrow Louis Cook’s! All of this on a bowl of frosties and a borrowed gel. Having suffered like a dog in the race (somewhat further down the field) I can attest to being both slightly awed and envious at the same time.

Congratulations also go to Sam Travis who was first junior home and scooped the £25 prize in the process – continuing his fine form of late; and also to Glen Hale, who rode strongly in the main bunch and was comfortably in the top 20 in a race that saw less than half the field finish.


Official Race Report: “The Barnsley Road Race” was held on Sunday 10th May 2015, on the Holmfirth Hade Edge circuit amid blustery but dry conditions. This spectacular course is well known as a climbers circuit with around 1500 m of elevation gain through its 55mile passage, but today any rider aiming to win had to master brutal cross winds at the top of the course, and the mile long grippy drag on each lap. Today that rider was Thomas Traviss-Pollard, a local based rider from Holmfirth Cycling Club and, at 21 (on Tuesday,  is a rider to keep a keen eye on.

The race commenced and upon reaching the top plateau, attacks soon started, but it wasn’t until a 3 man break emerged on lap 2, combining the powers of Traviss-Pollard, Michael Harris (HD Revolutions), and Adam Snow (Velo Viewer)  together and benefitting from co-operative riding to gain 2 minutes on a shattered peloton which was now spread around the circuit. Coming from an athletics background, Traviss-Pollard, who had already taken the first ‘sprint prime’ comfortably, was looking ever more relaxed alongside his 2 break away companions, and on lap 6 decided he wanted to go it alone. Very early on the climb of the sixth lap, Traviss-Pollard simply increased his leg speed effortlessly, and once over the finish line had already amassed 45 seconds on his former comrades.

Taking the second prime unopposed Traviss-Pollard simply battled on, time checks read for the next 5 laps, minute on minute increases to the next place rider. Upon the completion of 12 laps, Travis Pollard rose to the adulation of waiting crowd to achieve 4m56s gap over the next placed rider. Riders came in, with huge time gaps, but the man of the moments’ achievements in his home area is the stuff dreams are made of. If he keeps repeating this type of performance, read back, you heard this here first!!



Results Round-Up

15th May 2015


Circuit Racing

Another week packed full of circuit races for riders of all ages.

York Sport Saturday 9th – Andy Cook finished in 8th place in the 4th cat race and is closing in on his 3rd cat licence!

Darley Moor Saturday 9th – Oli Akers was on form yet again, winning the U10 boys’ race.

Tameside Tuesday 12th – Jim Brown got on the podium in the 2/3/4 race with a solid 3rd place, just squeezed out of 2nd in the sprint. Lee Brown was 7th, Sam Travis 11th and Al Rees 14th.

In the 4th cat race Nicky Wroe was 11th, James Little 12th, Andy Cook 16th, Simon Pymm 18th and Owen Morris 26th. Ollie Rees was 2nd U14 boy, Millie Yates, 2nd U14 girl, Ruby Yates 1st U12 girl, Oli Akers 1st U10 boy and Oli Hone 6th U10 boy.

Some good results here – and another fantastic turnout on a very breezy evening!

Forge Valley Wednesday 13th – a maiden victory for MacKenzie Riley in the U8 boys’ category! Well done Mackenzie, fully deserved, after a Spring of near misses.


Yorkshire Summer Cyclo-Cross, Keighley

On a testing course, but in ‘atypical’ pleasant summer sunshine, some of the HCC cross gang were in action at Oakbank School. Oli Akers was 1st in the U10 category, Harry Gilligan 4th in the U8s, Emelia Clarke 13th (6th girl) in the U16 race and Rachel Mellor 1st in the FV50 category. Well done all.


Northern Youth Omnium Heats

The first 2 regional heats of the national youth omnium track competition were held at the weekend. Jim Brown and Jack Ford competed on the outdoor track at Knowsley on Saturday. Rain early in the day reduced the competition to 4 events: Time Trial, Scratch, Elimination and Points. Competition was fierce with over 40 riders vying for 5 places in the national final in what could be regarded as the strongest region. Jim finished the day in 9th place (2nd first year rider). Jack ranked 27th, a strong performance as a first year under 16.

Sunday saw the competition move indoors at Manchester, unaffected by the weather riders competed in a 1km TT, Scratch, Elimination, Kierin and Points Races. Again there were over 40 riders, many with the latest aerodynamic equipment even including double disc wheels. With Jack not riding Jim flew the HCC flag finishing the day in 12th position (3rd first year rider). Jim was particularly pleased with 1 minute 11 seconds in the ‘kilo’, that’s 31mph average speed from a standing start with no push!  The final heat is held at Scunthorpe this Sunday, Jim lies in 11th place overall.


Time Trials

Results from the first – very windy – Sovereign 10 TT have been released. Nathan Allatt achieved an impressive 23.58, with Jamie Taylor riding to a 25.58, Rachel Mellor 28.21 and Trish Mellor 33.21. Well done all. This week’s conditions were much better; look out for a re-cap in the next report, featuring Jane Travis’s 2015 season race debut.

Results Round-Up

26th May 2015


Yorkshire RR Champs - TP shines again

Thomas Traviss-Pollard produced another stellar display in the Yorkshire senior road race championships on the weekend of 18th May, when he rode to 5th place against a high quality field containing a number of elite professional riders. TP was always near the front and managed to infiltrate a select chase group that formed behind the lead breakaway of 3 riders on a flat but exposed and windy course in North Lincolnshire. He eventually took 2nd in the bunch sprint, just beaten by Yorkshire legend John Tanner and it was another indication of his rising potential. Unfortunately, this looks like TP’s last ride in HCC colours, as he has been snapped up by British domestic racing team Polypipe and will be riding in their colours for the rest of the season. We wish him the best of luck.

In the Masters/Junior Championship race that took place earlier in the day all 3 HCC riders rode well in the main field, but missed the key break of 8 that decided the podium positions. Lee Brown attempted to lead Sam Travis out in the sprint for junior honours, but a sketchy last corner (with a car in close proximity) caused them to lose a few places and Sam finished in 6th place – a great ride, nonetheless. Al Rees finished just behind them both.


North West Youth Tour

Four HCC riders competed in the latest round of the national youth series – a four stage competition that took place in Preston and Lancaster. Stand out performer was Jim Brown, who took 4th place in the opening hill climb, then followed it up with 5th, 11th and 2nd to finish an amazing 5th overall in the U16 boys’ category. This is quite remarkable, considering that Jim is a year below most of his fellow competitors, and it is a real step up for him in a season where he is starting to shine. Well done Jim. Jack Ford, also a bottom age group U16, finished 15th overall after a solid hill climb result; and Ollie Rees finished 13th overall in the U14 boys’ category, a little disappointing after his opening 6th place hill climb effort. All 3 riders performed with great professionalism over the weekend, managing their efforts well over 3 tough days. Average speeds were well over 40kph in the circuit races! Unfortunately, Oli Akers struggled with illness in the U10 boys’ race and did not finish – let’s hope he gets back to his usual form soon.


There will be a round-up of the latest time trials and circuit races in the next report.

Summer is here at last!

4th June 2015



Doncaster Criterium

The appearance of town centre criterium racing is a clear sign that summer has arrived. The first of these took place in Doncaster last weekend and HCC riders were to the fore in many of the races. There were fantastic performances from MacKenzie Riley (5th U8 boy), Theo Hone (16th U8), Oli Akers (1st U10 boy), Megan Rees (2nd U10 girl), Jim Brown (3rd U16), Jack Ford (6th U16), Jim Brown again (2nd 3/4 cat), Al Rees (12th 3/4/cat) and Lee Brown (19th, E1/2). This is a great event, with fully closed roads in the town centre, music, police outriders, a real festival atmosphere – a good one to choose next year for anyone wanting to sample a ‘professional race environment’.



The Tuesday night Tameside circuit series continues to produce good results for the club. A number of our younger riders have been doing well, notably Oli Akers who has achieved a couple of victories since the last report. In the senior races the club is starting to dominate the podium and this week’s 2/3/4 race saw a near clean sweep – with Lee Brown in 1st, Jim Brown in 3rd and Jack Ford in 4th. For anyone with nerves of steel (it is a tight and twisty course), this is a good way to hone race fitness – check out the BC website for details of the weekly races.


White Rose Youth League

The last 2 rounds of the White Rose League have seen further good quality performances (it was almost bizarrely warm at this week’s event at Bradford) from a number of riders in the A-E categories. It is good to see a number of new faces this year and youngsters like Laura Ibbotson (U14 girls) are making good progress and learning the essentials of race craft. The number of HCC jerseys on the start lines of these youth races is steadily increasing – the future looks bright!


Yorkshire Summer Cyclo-Cross  

The latest round of the summer cyclo-cross series took place at a new venue, Middleton Park near Leeds. The results service has been playing up, so I’m still waiting for details of this race - there were certain to be a number of HCC regulars on the start line! The next event is at Otley on Wednesday 10th June. Please go to the YCCA website for further details.


Time Trials

Many of our regular testers continue to set good times at the Sovereign TTs (Wednesday evenings) – in windy, hard conditions. Rumour has it that Sam Travis and Jack Ford were involved in a head-to-head contest the other week, although both were eclipsed by Jamie Taylor.

Nathan Allatt continues to ride well and completed the fast V718 10 course in a PB of 20.03 the other evening. Well done.


Other News

Congratulations to Sam Travis who represented Yorkshire juniors in the recent 2 day Ilkley Stage Race. He has been improving all season and riding strongly, so this achievement was fully deserved. Sam raced with Liam Gilpin and Jake Beach and rode well against top quality opposition; this type of experience will undoubtedly stand him in good stead for subsequent races during the course of the season.


Results Round-Up

12th June 2015


National Youth Circuit Series Round 4, Hillingdon


The latest round of the national youth series took place in the rather uninspiring surrounds of Hillingdon, North London and 3 HCC riders made the long journey south to compete. On a very flat, wide, sprinters circuit it was rather inevitable that lone breaks stood little chance of success and bunch sprints were the order of the day; these conditions tended to favour the more powerful riders. Ollie Rees survived a crash filled race to emerge somehow unscathed in 15th place in the U14 boys’ race; Jim Brown scored a fine 6th place and Jack Ford was 25th in the U16 boys’ race. All 3 did well to place highly in fields of over 80 riders. The next round takes place this weekend in Cardiff; umbrellas and Welsh/English dictionaries are being packed as I write this.


Circuit Racing

Pontefract Criterium


A great atmosphere greeted those racing at Pontefract last weekend, with ‘thousands’ (H. Cooper quote) lining the streets to cheer the riders home. Standout performances came from Lee Brown in 4th place (2/3/4 cat), Jim Brown 5th (U16) and Jack Ford 13th (2/3/4 cat). Ilkley and Otley are just around the corner for the next slice of high octane city centre racing action.




The latest results from Tameside saw Lee Brown victorious again – and this time with a new lap record to boot (he’s sniffing around for some new Rapha kit) – after a textbook lead out from his son Jim, who held on for second. Sam Travis finished 8th and Al Rees succumbed to ‘hellfire corner’ and was refused a lap out by the commissaires when well placed. Ollie Rees won the U14 boys’ race and Millie and Ruby Yates both rode well to finish 2nd in their respective categories.


Holme Valley Wheelers 2 Day Race


Sam Travis was looking to put TTP to the sword at the high quality HVW 2 day race, but on junior gears it was always going to be a struggle! As a matter of fact, the event should have been re-named the HVW 1 day race as Stage 1 was neutralised after a traffic incident (hence the strange sight of Laura Trott, in national champions jersey, studying the 2 for 1 offer on the Dunkirk blackboard) and the TT on day 2 was ‘part terminated’ (not everyone got to ride) due to high winds and frisky horses. Sam managed to further his road racing experience in difficult conditions.


Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross Summer series, Otley


Beautiful conditions greeted the riders for the latest round of the summer cyclo-cross series. In the U14 race Oli Akers rode well despite a couple of mechanicals to finish in 18th place (1st U10), and Harry Gilligan rode to a strong 48th (2nd U8). Rachael Mellor came home 1st vet50 woman. The senior results are not yet available.

Results Round-Up

18th June 2015


National Youth Circuit Series Round 5, Cardiff

After Jack Ford’s untimely crash at the velodrome, it was left to Jim Brown and Ollie Rees to fly the flag for HCC at the latest round of the National Series in Cardiff. There was a great atmosphere, with the youth races being part of a weekend of cycling events in Cardiff, including the Velothon – a sportive with 15,000 riders (including our own Richard Knight!) – and a new UCI pro race on the Sunday. The course was brutal with 4 hairpins on each lap, and the fields split up quickly in all of the races. Ollie Rees was always active at the front of the main group, not quite having the power to follow the front 4 riders who gapped the field. He dug in well and finished in 8th place, a result which leaves him just outside the top 10 in the overall series. Jim Brown rode without his glasses, rather a handicap in the bad weather, but, despite a puncture (one of many on a difficult road surface) he produced an outstanding ride to also finish in 8th place – probably his best ride of the series so far. Jim is in the top 5 overall with 2 races to go. Well done lads.



Megan and Ollie Rees and Oli Akers made the journey over to York to ride the White Rose Youth League last Thursday. Ollie Rees produced a great performance to take 3rd place overall and 1st U14 in the U14/16 combined race, finishing just behind 2 Clifton riders in a 4 man break, where he was the only U14. Megan Rees rode well on her Youth E gears (!) to win the U10 girls’ category and Oli Akers was 2nd in the U10 boys’ race. Well done all.



The latest results from Tameside saw a familiar result, with another Lee Brown victory in the 2/3/4 race, and he was followed home by Jim Brown in 2nd place. In the 4th cat race Andy Cook produced a great ride to take 3rd and Simon Pymm was 8th, with Owen Morris 20th. It was great to see the return post-injury of Louis Cook in the U14 race and he showed that he is on the road to recovery with a fine 4th place – well done Louis! Oli Akers produced another strong performance with victory in the U10 race.


Yorkshire Coast Clarion 20m TT

Nathan Allatt produced another excellent ride with a fast 47.00 flat in a 20 mile time trial, a strong performance, showing that he is riding well over the different distances. Well done Nathan.


Parkwood Springs MTB Event

There was a veritable ‘crash fest’ at what must have been a very challenging event at Parkwood Springs last weekend. Lee Brady had a close encounter with another competitor and came off badly, managing to finish, but losing places as a result. Unfortunately both Aaron and Callum Wilson crashed and were unable to finish – better luck next time guys! Emelia Clarke managed to stay upright and finished in 7th place. Well done.


Huddersfield Star Wheelers 3/4 Road Race

There were strong performances from HCC riders at the summer evening road race held by HSW around the Birds Edge course. After a lone rider escaped, the race became rather tactical and generally stayed together until the final drag to the finish where Al Rees was pipped on the line for 3rd place after a long sprint. He was 4th, with Sam Travis 7th and Glen Hale 9th – 3 riders in the top 10! James Little rode well, albeit on his own, after missing the delayed start and trying to chase on – not an easy task. Better luck next time James!


Morvelo City Cross

It looks like the Seabridge family had a great day out at the Morvelo City Cross, with Ruby 1st U10 girl, Gabriel 3rd U12 boy and Jude 3rd U8 boy. Great stuff!