Glendene Cycling Club

Glendene Cycling Club

Road Racing

Most traditional road races are held on open public roads, usually supported by marshals and support vehicles.
Circuit racing takes place on closed roads or circuits and is becoming more popular because there is no road traffic. The Hog Hill circuit in Redbridge is the local one - a 1.9 km closed circuit with a short but sharp challenging hill. The North Weald is a safe closed circuit that uses the old airfield, an ideal flat racing circuit (as shown in the photo above).

Time Trials

Time trialling is the simplest form of competitive racing - riding against the clock. It is often called the 'race of truth' because the result depends only on the effort of each rider without any form of assistance. For fixed distance events, riders start one minute apart and the clock ticks until the end of the course is reached. The most popular distances are 10, 25, 30, 50 and 100 miles. Some riders enjoy the endurance of long distance fixed time events lasting 12 or 24 hours. The aim is to ride as far as possible in the time, the longest wins.

Beginning in 2023, the CTT introduced a new road bike category for open time trials. A standard road bike with drop handlebars only and no aerodynamic enhancements such as disk wheels and tri-bars.

Racing Affiliations


British Cycling

Club Racing Legends

What makes the Glendene Cycling club special is that it has a long history of producing and developing racing talent. Previous Glendene Race Team members who became professional riders includes Alex Dowsett, Russell Hampton, Peter Kennaugh, Luke Rowe and Johnny Bellis. Many other riders went on to become top amateurs competing and winning in a range of championships.

Alex Dowsett

GCC Alex Dowsett

Alex became an international professional cyclist and rode for some of the leading teams. His early days in cycling were marked by remarkable success with the Glendene.

He joined the Glendene Cycling Club as a teenager and quickly rose through the ranks. Alex won the National Junior Road Race Series in 2005 and five other national titles in the same year.

This period set the stage for his future as a world-class competitor, laying a foundation of teamwork and discipline under the club's guidance. In 2006, he won the opening time trial at the Ster Van Zuid Limburg 3 Day International, a prestigious junior stage race in Belgium. His performances at Glendene Cycling Club then helped him to earn a spot on the Great Britain Olympic Development Programme (ODP).

Alex Dowsett rode for several professional cycling teams during his career, including:
  • Trek Livestrong U23  (2010)
  • Sky Procycling  (2011-2012)
  • Movistar Team  (2013-2015)
  • Katusha–Alpecin  (2018-2019)
  • Israel Start-Up Nation  (2020-2021)
He retired from the sport at the end of the 2022 racing season.

Alex suffers from a severe form of haemophilia, a blood disorder. As a professional cyclist, he is the only known athlete with this condition to successfully break into elite, able-bodied sport. Alex has said that he never let his haemophilia stop him from pursuing his dreams.

In addition to his cycling career, Alex is also a co-founder of the Little Bleeders charity, which provides support and resources to families of children with haemophilia. He is a passionate advocate for haemophilia awareness. Read more about Alex's story here:

Little Bleeders

Russell Hampton

Russell Hampton

Russell started his cycling career riding for the Glendene, firstly as an amateur riding for the Glendene Racing Team and progressing rapidly to become a professional. He was a close team mate of Alex Dowsett and they shared many events on the road and on the track. Russell went on to compete in top-level races and won numerous gold medals in international competitions. He was also an outstanding time trialist.

More recently he has been coaching and helping riders improve their fitness and racing performance. His coaching skills have also been used by British Cycling at the Lee Valley Velodrome. He is now a representative for Bioracer, a leading custom cycling clothing company.

Russell kit

Russell's National Championship kit.

Andrew Kerr

GCC Andrew Kerr

Andrew started his cycling career as a member of the Glendene Cycling Club. In 2016 he won the Glendene Silver Jubilee Trophy, the Club's Senior Road Racing Championship. He quickly developed and showed outstanding talent in spite of suffering from Type 1 Diabetes. His condition was diagnosed in 2002 and he was determined not to let Diabetes get in his way. Andrew is a successful cyclist and has competed in numerous road races and criterium events.

Andrew is a co-founder of Team Type One Style, a UK-based sports team. The team was originally intended to be an elite cycling team, but they expanded the team to be inclusive of all sports and backgrounds. The team’s mission statement is to “Shift the Perception of Type One Diabetes” through awareness and publicity on how to best assist those with the condition.

Read more about Andrew's team - their aims, activities and plans here:

Team Type One Style

Emily Robertson

GCC Emily Robertson

2014 was an outstanding racing season for Emily. Racing for the Glendene, one of her major achievements was breaking the club 10 mile record for women. Emily smashed the previous record with an incredible time of 20:52, an average speed of almost 29 miles per hour. She earned the place of First Woman. The Time Trial Legends national directory placed her as the ninth fastest woman of all time in the country amongst professional riders.

Emily was in good company that day. The men's competition record was broken by Alex Dowsett then riding for the Movistar Professional Team (Alex also won the 2013 Giro d’Italia individual time trial).

In 2023 Emily was back in action breaking records, this time on a road bike, and no longer riding for the Glendene.  Emily found success in 10, 25 and 50 mile time trials and was awarded a number of prizes for First Woman and Course Record. The highlight was the ECCA 50, which she completed in 1:56:49 on a road bike, an incredible achievement. To put this in perspective, club champion Colin Mannakee holds the long standing senior record for 50 miles on a road bike in a time of 1:58:16.

Emily pushes for equality in racing so that men and women have the same opportunities and recognition.

Glendene Junior Team

GJT 2010

The outstanding Glendene Junior Team from 2010.

Left to right are team members Conor Dunne, Al Murison, Jim Lewis, Tom Moses and Paul Young along with Team Manager Bob Downs.

Colin Mannakee

Colin Mannakee

Colin became Essex Champion in 1966 and also formed part of the Essex Squad which swept to 5th place in the National Team Pursuit Championship. Another milestone was reached in 1969 when Colin became the first Glendene man to go 'inside two hours' for 50 miles, clocking a time of 1:58:16, still a club record (and in the days when all riders were on a standard road bike). In 1969, Colin went on to break the club record for 100 miles in a time of 4:14:17 (see photo). This placed him 14th in the National Championship, unbeaten in Glendene club records. Building on this success, the same year Colin broke the club 12 hour record, with an astonishing distance of 244.246 miles, averaging over 20 miles per hour.

In 1977 Colin, already the most prolific winner ever of Glendene club trophies, came out of racing retirement. He gained a further nine titles and finished in the placings (top 6) of 15 open road races. Colin bounced back again on his 48th birthday to win a Midlands road race. He went on to gain a bronze medal in the National Veterans Criterium Championship for his age group.

A true champion.

Colin often rides with the Glendene C Group on Saturdays.

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The Early Days

Did you know that the Glendene Cycling Club was established over 100 years ago?

It was founded in the East End of London in 1921 by ten racing enthusiasts looking to set up a new competitive racing club. They met at the East Ham home of Mr E.J. Morgan, who was elected the club's first president. It was decided to call it the Glendene Cycling Club.The somewhat unusual name "Glendene" was chosen in memory of a successful touring holiday they had enjoyed in Scotland the previous year (1920).

By 1924 the Glendene Cycling Club was described in Cycling magazine as the nursery of budding speed men.

W B (Bill) Temme

GCC Bill Temme

ln 1925, W B (Bill) Temme startled the cycling world by winning the North Road Memorial '50', an invitation event limited to the best  twelve 50-milers in the country. Bill won this Classic again in 1926. The Glendene Cycling Club was established at the top. Temme's prowess was legend; his great win in the Hovis 100 at Herne Hill; his victory in the Bath Road 100 (The Blue Riband); his National Competition records at 100 miles (4:44:48, including two punctures and a bike-change). There followed a 30 mile record on a tandem with Bob Harris (1:9:00).

Bill Temme represented England in the World Championship Road Races of 1925 and 1926. Apart from Bill, the Glendene had many prominent riders gaining records - Sarluis, Bailey and Drayton, and others. Bob Harris, also acknowledged as a contender for first-class honours, first appeared as a prize winner in 1928 and, while Bill Temme was hospitalised, Bob kept the Glendene Cycling Club name to the fore and in 1929 broke the ECRRA London to Cambridge and 100 mile road records. Bob continued winning until he lost an arm at work, but courageously, he came back to produce some great rides before his untimely death in 196I.

The photo above shows national champion Bill Temme of the Glendene Cycling Club posing on his racing bike along with his many trophies.

GCC old logo

Read more about the early days of the Glendene Cycling Club here.

And there is more about the first 75 years of the Glendene Cycling Club here.