• Cyclo Cross at and abandoned Velodromes

    When so many years ago Good Friday Track Meeting promoter Graham Bristow organised a cyclo cross race at Herne Hill Velodrome in London approximately 25 people turned up for what was quite good fun. Since then cyclo cross has become British Cycling’s largest growing cycle race discipline and this is mirrored across the world including… Continue Reading

  • John Parr WW1 Cyclist

    A Sunday trip to visit a friend in Finchley, London saw me walk from Woodside Park Tube Station and along Lodge Lane. Although I nearly missed it, I spotted a plaque placed on the pavement in front of a modest house flagging up that the first British soldier to die in World War One spent… Continue Reading

  • Mud larking on the Thames

    Along the River Thames In London there are the obvious signs of its industrial and global shipping past. Redundant machinery, abandoned wharfes and slipways point to this industrial and commercial history, but if you look hard enough at the foreshore you can find more personal items associated with the people who lived or worked on… Continue Reading

  • Cable Street London 1936

    In October 1936 Sir Oswald Mosley attempted to lead the British Union of Fascists (BUF) along Cable Street into a London East End community and take control of the streets and enflame not only the local community, but also the country against Jewish people. Oswald was following a tactic that had worked in Germany and… Continue Reading

  • Lost Velodromes – dash for cash

    English Victorian’s seem to have invented everything, whether this is true is debatable, but what we can say for sure is that they were mad on sport. Historian Christopher Hill described it as the ‘World Turned Upside Down’ – the period when the UK moved from an agrarian economy to being one of manufacture and… Continue Reading

  • I found a velodrome, but didn’t, but I did….

    London is full of seemingly forgotten stories that can come alive if you have an enquiring mind and if you look beyond the obvious. Whilst I was hunting for a lost Victorian velodrome in east London I came across a rather nice mural painted close to where the velodromes northern banking would have been. Looking… Continue Reading

  • Earlsfield Cemetery – let’s create the NHS

    My post about the Gottingen Stadtfriedhof in central Germany and the sense of abandonment I felt whilst there, got me thinking. It made me think closer to home and so now I stand in Earlsfield Cemetery in Wandsworth, south London. At the dawn of the 20th Century European nations were tied together by many separate treaties, which… Continue Reading

  • Gottingen StadtFriedhof – abandonment

    Separation, abandonment or ‘left behind’ are words that will scare most of us. These thoughts came into my head as I stood in a Stadtfriedhof in deepest central Germany. Before me stood two grave stones and a third not in sight but close by of three soldiers of the ‘Great War’. What sparked a reaction… Continue Reading

  • International 2016/17 Cyclo Cross

    UCI rated cyclo cross races unless otherwise stated. The big issue being geo-restrictions on content. 2015/16 Season Upcoming races (results & video links yet to be added) That’s it for the season. February 19 2017 Internationale Sluitingsprijs – February 19 The last international cyclo cross of the season held at Oostmalle, Belgium. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60ajkDLIWSk (Bit of both races) Elite… Continue Reading

  • London 2016/17 Cyclo Cross Pics and Video

    Video and Picture links for the London and South East 2016/17 Cyclo-Cross League 2015/16 League – London/SE Cross Website Cyclefit London and South East Cyclo Cross Team Championships The London Cyclo Cross Association Team Championships held at Great Walstead School, Sussex on February 5 and promoted by Crawley Wheelers – GO THERE Cyclefit London and South East Cyclo Cross League Rd 13 The thirteenth… Continue Reading

  • ‘Roubaixesque’ London Gravel Fahrradtour

    Not all cycle races or rides are created equal but some stand out because they are more than just another race or ride. Not only do they offer extra drama (OK, chaos) but also add something different. I am drawn to races and rides that are in this camp.  I like track cycling but it’s… Continue Reading

  • London Lost Cyclo-Cross Courses

    The London Cyclo-Cross association came into being in the 1950’s and a league has run ever since, although in the 2000’s we added ‘South East’ to the League title as many races are not actually held in London. In those early years it was oh so much simpler for the LCCA to promote at venues… Continue Reading

  • Hackney GT Beastway MTB Series Round 1 2016

    The first round of the Tradervan/Hackney GT Beastway Mountain Bike Series held at Redbridge Cycle Centre, NE London on Saturday April 9. Grassroots MTB racing that has run for 24 years and after being a member of the ‘Tyranny’ that organised the series for 19 years, it was great to attend as a ‘civilian’. Lots… Continue Reading

  • Eastway London 1975 – 2006 Ten Years Gone

    2016 marked the 10th year since the last season of events were held at the Eastway Cycle Circuit when the beloved cycle venue was wiped away with the holding of the 2012 London Olympic Games. Opened in June 1975 the Lee Valley Eastway Cycle Racing Circuit celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2000 and few would have… Continue Reading

  • International 2015/16 Cyclo Cross

    International 2015/16 Cycle Events with a hint of dirt. Those shown are UCI rated races unless otherwise stated. February 24 2016 Masters Waregem Cyclocross 2016 The evening of madness, bunny hopping and racing held mid week on February 24 and the close of the 2015/16 cyclo-cross season. Video: http://sporza.be/permalink/1.2582070 Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgwZdoXiPxo Elite Men 1 Sven Nys 0:29:57 2… Continue Reading

  • London 2015/16 Cyclo Cross League

    Video and Picture links for the London and South East 2015/16 Cyclo-Cross League Cyclefit London and South East Cyclo Cross Team Championships The Cyclefit London and South East Cyclo Cross Team Championship held at Great Wanstead School, nr Haywards Heath, Sussex on February 7 2016 – GO THERE Cyclefit London and South East Cyclo Cross League Rd 15 Round fifteen no senior races –… Continue Reading

  • A2 – Cyclopark

    The 3rd January 2016 saw a heroic cyclo-cross race held when heavy rain fell and high winds lashed Round 12 of the London/SE Cyclo-Cross League at a venue that was created in 2012 on an abandoned section of the A2 road. Route 66 is an iconic highway that once spanned the USA and is probably the most famous road in the… Continue Reading

  • Poking Bart Wellens in the Eyes

    A string of professional cyclo-cross stars raced toward me, as I, with camera in hand, got ready to shoot – ‘Click’ went the shutter, ‘flash’ went the bulb and at that same moment Bart Wellens’ crashed to the ground screaming, “I can’t see, I’m blind, I can’t see”. Fellow riders flew to his aid and I… Continue Reading

  • Betteshanger Cyclo-Cross – England

    Most of the time, we tend to think in the moment without making much reference to our surroundings and how they have been shaped or formed. Nonetheless and despite our indifference – every place has a story to tell, and under our feet (or wheels) is history aplenty. For many years the Velo Club Deal… Continue Reading

  • Koksijde World Cup Cyclo-Cross

    The ‘Vlaamse Duinencross’ is a much loved round of the UCI World Cup Cyclo-Cross series and is held at Koksijde, Belgium in the Autumn. Koksijde is situated near the popular holiday resort of De Panne, close to Dunkirk, Eurotunnel and the Channel Ports making it a magnet for UK fans. If you are yet to visit a… Continue Reading

  • The worst cyclo cross event in history

    The worst cyclo cross event in the history of all things – Round 9 of the London and South East Cyclo Cross League 2014/15. Rain fell and fell and fell and fell…. turning Wivelsden Farm into first a mud bath, then a swamp and then a river of water that flowed freely along the whole course. Senior winner Jonathan… Continue Reading