Meet Harlow Cycling Club. Harlow Cycling Club was formed on 8th June 1956 as a “method of keeping youngsters off the streets and keeping them occupied with a worthwhile pastime”.
The Club adopted the light and dark green livery of the Harlow Urban District Council as its racing colours and met weekly at the Glebelands Common Room in Mark Hall North.
The first Club 10 mile Time Trial was held on 26th August 1956 and the fastest time was Dennis Kholman who recorded 27 min 20 secs. Miss A Morris recorded a ladies record in a time of 34 min 01secs. Club Runs were well attended and the Club began to promote time trial events. The Club’s first 10 mile Time Trial was held on a course that started in Old Harlow and by promoting Club and Open Time Trials, it quickly established itself as a progressive club in the cycling world.
Since the creation of the club in the late 1950’s right through to 1990’s Harlow Cycling Club and its members can be seen in many of British cyclings progression with some of its most notable being:
- 1961 Ken Wall beavered away to make the world’s fastest set of Racing Rollers, which featured in the 1966 BBC Blue Peter Programme and of which many world records were broken and held.
- July 1962, the Club promoted the BCF Essex Division’s Senior Road Race Championship.
- Winter 1963, the Club promoted its first National Championship, The National Cyclo-Cross Championship.
- August 1964 the club took on the biggest task attempted in its history and promoted the National Professional Road Race Championship
- 1967 saw Ron White promote the first of the Smirnoff Scramble Cyclocross races. This continued in an unbroken sequence for the next 25 years.
- 1968 Vin Denson, a continental professional teammate of Jacques Anquetil and Raphael Geminani returned to the UK and was made an Honorary Member of the Club.
- 1979 the Club promoted the National Junior Cyclocross
- 1982 Jackie Harris became the first Harlow CC member to be selected to compete at a Worlds Senior Championship.
- 1984 the Club promoted the Essex Division Senior and Junior Road Race Championships and again in 1989.
- 1991, the Club promoted its first National Road Championship in 1968 with Rod Scott organising the BP International National 100kms Team Time Trial Championship. The winning team included Chris Boardman, the Olympic Pursuit Champion in 1992.
Over the many years, Harlow Cycling Club has promoted events, promoted and developed riders and has taken an active part in the local and national club scene. It has provided the Chairman and General Secretary to the BCF Essex Division, the Chairman of the National Racing Committee. It has had representation on local and national committees almost since the club was founded.
Club members have officiated at races and race meetings at all levels from Club events up to and including World Championships. Several of its members have been National Champions and one a World Champion. The Club has been represented in International and National Teams the World over.
With an interesting history, Harlow Cycle Club is still a vibrant and well-attended club with organised rides catering to all abilities and levels in order to encourage the spread of our love of all things cycling.
We asked the club why they chose to use Nopinz as their kit supplier – “An exciting new kit with new racing focus, we chose Nopinz for a number of reasons, firstly Is the recognition of the quality and aero benefits that it provides especially in regards to time trialling, second was that their custom store had no minimum order quantities which is a huge plus for club individuals that race whereas most other brands do not do this, finally Is the pricing of the kits making them hugely competitive with other well-known brands on the market. “
Weekly events include Tuesday training ride, Thursday social ride, Friday mountain bike Madness and Sunday extended Social Ride. We also have our monthly ladies only ride, out and back Strava segment bash and members callout rides. HCC Cycling Holidays albeit a little quiet in the past few years are once again picking up with UK and Europe trips on the agenda. Harlow CC can also be seen on many of the TT and Crit series races throughout the year.
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