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Welcome to Houghton Cycling Club

Houghton Cycling Club was established in 1932 and is therefore one of the oldest cycling clubs in North East England.

Whatever your cycling interests, age, experience or ability, Houghton Cycling Club is open to everyone!

We cater for many different types of cycling including social, road racing, time trials, touring, mountain, audax and cyclo-cross.

We organise a very popular Sunday club run program which includes several ride options each week. We also promote a number of events throughout the year, including a series of 10 mile time trials, a reliability trial, circuit racing on the Nissan test track or at Hetton Park, the acclaimed Houghton Feast cyclo cross event at Hetton Park and the popular “Quarrington Hill Climb” competition in October.

The club is very active in road and Cyclo-cross racing scene with a number of members competing at a high level. However, we are keen to support anybody wishing to try racing for the first time, whether that be circuit racing or time trials.

Our Next Event

  • Sun
    09
    Apr
    2017

    Paris- Roubaix Club run and Social Event

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Club Runs

Sunday Rides for Members

We organise a very popular Sunday club run program which includes several ride options each week.

Our aim is to make the club run program as varied and interesting as possible so all ideas from members are welcome.

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Membership

Join us!

New members are always welcome at Houghton CC.

If you’d like to join like minded folk for club runs, events, competitions and social get togethers then membership is for you.

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Coaches Corner

Notes from our Resident Coach

From health and safety to improving speed and technique, our resident coach Ken Rutherford can help.

If you have any queries regarding cycle training, coaching etc just get in touch.

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Hoping to organise some recreational track rides from Broom Park picnic area car park Durham later on this year with the club.. Riding from there tomorrow 10 am with the wife and a few friends to Lanchester for a coffee. It will be a slow steady ride 16 miles, perhaps a bit soggy. You are welcome to jion us. ... See MoreSee Less

Hoping to organise some recreational track rides from Broom Park picnic area car park Durham later on this year with the club.. Riding from there tomorrow 10 am with the wife and a few friends to Lanchester for a coffee. It will be a slow steady ride 16 miles, perhaps a bit soggy. You are welcome to jion us.

British team finish of Tour de France de L'avenir Parc des Princes 1962. There Houghton, Hartlepool and Ferryhill riders on this photo! ... See MoreSee Less

British team finish of Tour de France de Lavenir Parc des Princes 1962. There Houghton, Hartlepool and Ferryhill riders on this photo!

Ena Douglas, Riccardo Ransarno and 11 others like this

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Peter ReedLeft to right, the late great Arthur Metcalfe from Hartlepool, another late great Peter Chisman Houghton CC from Shiney Row, and from the great Ferryhill Wheelers would that be you George ?

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Peter ReedThought so 😊

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Peter ReedWas that the year Chis won a stage finishing in the Roubaix velodrome ?

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George BennettThey were Arthur, Ken Hill, Billy Holmes, Peter Crinnion, big Chis, Billy Bradley,me and Bev Wood manager. We were the biggest team to finish and got a standing ovation on our lap of honour.

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George BennettSome good lads in that team and I'm not just talking about ability.

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Brian HogarthThree of the others are Ken Hill, Billy Holmes and Bill Bradley. George B is right next to BB. Don't know who the mechanics are. Recognise 4th from left but can't put a name to him. This was the year Chis won Milk Race and was selected for Tour de l'Avenir and World's in Barcelonette in Switzerland - too heavy a programme really! Have very pleasant memories of meeting Chis and Arthur over lunch in Lincoln after the finish of the last ever Milk Race (won that year by a young Irish lad whose name I don't remember). Those were tha days when, if selected for Great Britain you were given one jersey which you washed each night in the bathroom sink - but you had to buy your own tracksuit from Raxar sport.

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Brian HogarthGood to hear from you George - were you still in the Army at that stage?

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Ken RutherfordGeorge Bennett, Brian Hogarth, Peter Reed. Great banter lads, really good to read!

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Brian HogarthThis was the year when we had a club team in the Merseyside Easter 4 Day - sponsored by Corona. We stayed at a place know as the Kirkby Residential Club (really a workers hostel and no longer in existence) and shared a room with Hugh Porter. That was a really fast early season race - the first time I ever saw echelons, on the wind blown area between behind Southport and across to the M6

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Brian HogarthDid you ever ride that one George?

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George BennettRode it in 64. Cant remember what I did, it was a cracking field though. Racing in the tank country of Northern France it was echelons all the time they it called it eventail racing (fan racing) I loved it but you had to think ahead.

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Brian HogarthIf anyone would like to see what racing in the Tour was like around the time we're talking about I suggest they have a look on Youtube at a film called "Vive le Tour 1962" It is in full colour and lasts about 15 minutes. See if you can spot Anquetil, Poulidor, Bahamontes, Van Looy, Brian Robinson, Seamus Elliott. Graczyk.

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George BennettIf you want to see a road race with Big Chis. Paul Blackett Eddie McGourly try putting Velorama into youtube and go to close to the last 25% of it !

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Peter ReedWill have a look ! See Eddie most weeks, but haven't seen Paul for ages, in the good old "social" seasons of yesteryear We spent many a happy hour nightclubbing in Sunderland and South Shields 😄🍺🚴🏿

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Brian HogarthJust remembered another thing about Chis and Tour de l'A, In those day it was run at the same time as le Tour. As part of the preliminaries all riders in both races were given a public medical in which, among other things, the expanded size of their lungs was measured. J. B. Wadley wrote in the old glossy magazine "Sporting Cyclist" (remember it?) that Peter Chisman was second only to Anquetil in that particular test.

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George BennettThey never tested me and I rode it twice

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Brian HogarthHi George, I had a look at Velorama - which was great - but it raised a lot of questions? You know which race it was - you won it!!!!

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Brian HogarthI suspect it was 1963 0n the Sherburn Hill circuit organised by myself on behalf of HCC. I wonder why all the shots of our riders - and who actually took the footage, also who produced Velorama? A photograph of Chis which was identical to some of the side-on shots appeared in Cycling Weekly. An interesting point is the HCC racing jerseys. You will notice they look very like the jerseys worn by Gemianini-St Raphael and indeed they were copies of those with appropriate HCC-Vaux lettering. They were designed by club member Ray Goldsbrough, who was a graphiic artist. We order about 40 direct from the manufacturer in Italy and they were very good quality. There was a slight hiccough when they were delivered to Glasgow Airport but other than that there were no problems. Great days!!

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George BennettHi Brian Hogarth it was the last stage of the Ferryhill Wheelers 1st two day 3 stage event 1964. It was the West Auckland, Woodlands, Folly Top, Staindrop cct. The footage I think was taken either by the Bbc local news or Tyne Tees television and was shown on the television local news on the Monday night. When my mother saw it she said it was embarrassing as it was me who was the rider who put his tongue out when passing the cameraman.

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George BennettBy the way Brian, Bob Douglas organised the Velorama race, he married a girl from Houghton. Ena Douglas

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Brian HogarthI was going to change my mind but you beat me to it - although, from the village sign I was going to say it was the Ferryhill C.C. Staindrop Road Race - on the circuit you mention. I didn't see Bob in shot anywhere - although I did fancy i saw Davey Hill of West Hartlepool C.C. briefly What was the origin of the rest of this video.

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