2017 is Interlinkx CiC & CC Hackney's tenth year.

Interlinx CiC, is also responsible for CC Hackney's HQ/house and home as well as leading on fund raising & community outreach. It's been ten years since founding in 2007. Our partner organisation (CC Hackney) came into being later in the same year.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

It's getting dark out there...lighten up!

Fawcett bike club youth members who have been riding without lights for so long have been taken care of by Hackney Council (Sustainable Transport) and protected with sets of low cost but efficient LED lights. All appreciated this thoughtful act by showing off their bright lights and feeling a whole lot safer on the way home.



Sunday, 17 September 2017

Daubeny Fields Fun Day by Concorde bike club

The Daubeny Fields Fun Day. 

Interlinkx CiC and CC Hackney's Concorde bike club members along with family, friends and residents experienced the full effect of the MiHS (Made in Hackney Sound system) All units were out in force today, back to the roots of where it began (Concorde Youth Club sound system project)
Assisted by local sound man Devon, the rig rang out better than it ever has done, doing the event proud and a making a name for it's self. This is in advance of the future CC Hackney, Interlinkx CiC and ARDP fund raising events coming up.
The dates will be at: The Hackney Marshes Centre, Lea Valley Rowing Club and the Concorde Centre. More information to follow.

The Daubeny Fields Fun Day (by Concorde bike club) was manged and funded by Hackney Marsh Partnership.

video video

Friday, 4 August 2017

Alex Peters and our U23 Eritrean race cyclists visit Concorde Bike Club

Saturday 29th July 2017
Today Interlinkx CiC & CC Hackney's Concorde bike club had some in house guests; professional rider Alex Peters and our U23 Eritrean racing cyclists (Haben, Fnan, Sham & coach Zemi) came down as part of the beginning of a new initiative. The Aspiring Rider Development Project (ARDP) is focused on helping more young people in Hackney (and London) to access quality cycling and the opportunity to travel, learn and train further afield. From here the commitment is to encourage and support more from BAME & socio-economically challenged backgrounds towards cycle sport participation.

Here is a section taken from the Aspiring Rider Development Project guiding overview:  

Interlinkx CiC & CC Hackney (ICiC CCH)
Sponsors, partners and funders are sought to bring forward the development plans detailed below. Over the last 10 years ICiC & CCH have prepared out reach foundations in East London, where the prospect of raising the sport of cycling for all is there to see but yet to realise. 

Aspiring Rider Development Project (ARDP) is an extension of our established outreach coaching program in East London that’s been run by ICiC & CCH since 2007. The aim now is to manage and assist youth and 18+ riders from multi-cultural backgrounds towards performing to their highest potential. From there we will help and encourage athletes to progress onto the ultimate target of representing their country at international level. London’s population of all nations means much is possible and achievable here. Targets would move on from regional and national races to UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) sanctioned qualifying events and championships such as; The All African Games, Youth Olympics, Asian Cycling Championships, Pan American Championships, World Championships, Commonwealth Games, the Para & Olympic Games.
In any case training camps and sessions will routinely include a wide catchment of age groups and abilities sharing the same roof and table; that’s from explorer leisure riders up to elite athletes; benefiting all taking part.

ARDP Management & coaching team: Keir Apperley (lead) Marlene Laverns, Zemichael Abrha, Judith Philip, Alex Peters, Virginia Gakuya & Prosper Watts.
Pilot scheme junior and youth riders: Haben Gebrehiwet, Fnan Afewerki, (Eritrea) & Kai Watts (Ethiopia,
Barbados & st. Lucia) Tyshah Daley (Jamaica) & Ryan Da Costa (Angola) Israel Oketade (Ghana)
Our Hackney outreach projects: Concorde Bike Club, Fawcett BC, Pearson Street BC, Jack Watts BC, Elsdale BC & the Hackney Primary School Cycling League.

Sham, Zemi, Haben & Fnan

A snap shot of Fawcett community bike club

Some snap shots taken during Fawcett Estate community bike club session on Thursday 27th July 2017. 


Thursday, 13 July 2017

2017 Young Hackney Sports awards

Concorde regular Ryan da Costa and Kai Watts receive 2017 Young Hackney Sports awards. It was for volunteering and their consistent, helpful attitude with Interlinkx CiC & CC Hackney. Presenting the trophies after an inspirational talk was Team GB (running) sprinter; Adam Gemili.

Young Ryan on stage with his award.
Neil, Adam, Kai & Keir

Manager Keir Apperley invites Ryan Da Costa to the stage.
Club Coach Neil Irons praises Kai Watts & Ryan Da Costa

Friday, 7 July 2017

Former Fawcett regular returns to say hello & a new CoD

Thursday 6th July 2017

Ahead of this session we posted up of our newly agreed code of conduct. This was in response to a general slackening of discipline and behavior over recent weeks. We needed to call a group meeting where we took time to discuss and identify areas for improvement and lines that cannot be crossed.

Apart from the act of maintaining people there was nothing so day-to-day about the return of one of our former Fawcett regulars known as Dutch. Our man dropped in to say hello and check out how we're doing, this happens from time to time. Grown up now, Dutch is leading a successful career as a UK rapper in the growing UK Grime scene. He assured me that the class of 2007 had benefited from their time at Fawcett Bike Club (FBC) by learning to take their time and do the right thing. After checking out the names of his mates on our tag wall, he said "a big one here was that he and his peers realised that there was no need to resort to steeling bikes". That's while the FBC was on hand and running well. He also agreed that his class learned to be more open and accepting towards any visitors (no matter who they were and where they came from) that shared an interest in cycles and cycling. Remembering this was at a time when serious territory issues were striking grief, fear and division all over - let's hope that this dodgy period is confined to history. 

Well done Dutch, it was good to see you again.    

Not forgetting our revised Code of Conduct:

Monday, 26 June 2017

Planning meeting - setting up a new estate based bike club in Hackney

Interlinkx directors Keir Apperley & Giuliana Molinari (behind camera) meeting with young Fawcett bike club member Zen and community engagement officer; Siovhan Cromby at the Hackney Council area offices in Stamford Hill.

We gathered to check and agree on our new project plan and contracts for the planned opening of our latest estate based bike club to open on the Jack Wattts Estate This is set to launch in September 2017. We also discussed ideas around supporting developing Zen's start up programming work in social event management for her peers across the borough.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

The squeakiest wheels get the most oil.

This youngster has finally taken charge of the bike he has been patiently waiting for. It's taken us quite a while to get this done and see him sorted with a ride of his own. He is so quiet compared to the others, but his patience and politeness has not gone completely unnoticed. It's said that the squeakiest wheels get the most oil - not always!  

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Mosaic for ICiC

Hackney Mosaic have created a fine piece for Interlinkx CiC that is bound to be on display at the Elsdale Centre. This is our new base and community project, supported by Hackney Council and in partnership with Cycling Club Hackney.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

New Centre new storage solution

On the way down Well Street
Yesterday (Tuesday 25th April) ICiC & CCH took delivery of refurbished 40 foot shipping container from the Budget Container Co. It is to serve as a bike and equipment store for the Elsdale Centre's on going cycling delivery programme. This week we are moving out of Nightingale Estate after a 10 year residency, the old 70s concrete, condemned building is finally coming down as part of the wider regeneration project going on there. We'd like to thank our main supporter and partner Hackney Council Housing for setting us up in our replacement base and office. 


The Elsdale Yard & truck hauler Adrian up top taking off the lifting gear chains.

The address:

Ariel view - Elsdale Centre; the diamond shaped building to the left, the yard just NW of here.

New base for Interlinkx CiC and CC Hackney

Time at Nightingale Estate & Olympus Square is just about up, we're set and ready to move on. As director of ICiC I signed a legal document with Hackney Council (our main sponsor and enduring partner) for a new home for us at the Elsdale Community Centre E9. This is a long term arrangement and we will be moving to this space this week. Both organisations (Interlinkx CiC & CC Hackney) will accommodate and run sessions that effectively outreach the neighbourhood and serve those that would otherwise not access quality cycling in the Borough of Hackney. Delivery here will be happening as an on going commitment that is in line with our main sponsor's informed policy and the general headline view 'Hackney: a Place for Everyone' 

Working from here will be a significant change for the better, we have the potential to make a positive and lasting impact at the ECC. Unlike Olympus Square, this building is not condemned for demolition; we could be here happily ever after!

I'd like to thank everyone who has helped and supported us so far (10 years) and I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do for those that like cycles and cycling from our next home.

Below is a time line regarding this move:
The last session from 6 Olympus Sq: 15.04.17

Saturday youth group sessions start at ECC: 06.05.17 
1. Outreach & beginners introduction session 10.00h - 12.00h (Keir & Zemi)
2. Established and experienced session 09.00h - 11.00h (Neil, Prosper & Harry) 

CCH & ICiC's Elsdale Community Centre launch party TBC : 20.05.17 (6-10pm)

Best regards,

Keir Apperley

Director - Interlinkx CiC
Manager - CC Hackney

Sunday, 19 March 2017

One of Interlinkx CiC's supported riders hits the heights

Congratulations Anoushka Minale of CC Hackney (supported by Interlinkx CiC)  for her second place in the March Hare circuit race classic last Saturday. - well done Anoushka, keep it coming!

Monday, 13 March 2017

Ride, play and ride again. Two ICiC & CC Hackney supported youth groups visit Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Saturday 11th March 2017 - 2pm
Cycling Club Hackney and Interlinkx CiC would like to thank Sported for alerting us and forwarding to our youth group leaders the entry pass tickets to see an excellent performance of William Shakespeare's; The Taming of the Shrew. It was at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre London SE1 and If it wasn't for this we'd most probably not of made it down to see it. After the show The Globe's education director Patrick Spottiswoode came on stage to thank everyone involved and especially the sponsors; The Deutche Bank's Corporate Citizenship Committee. All of our youngsters and adults enjoyed the visit and are keen to come back again, the Globe may well need more bike racks outside in future.


Patrick Spottiswoode, Ryan Da Costa, Israel Oketade, Reyko King Sutherland, Tyesha Daley, Unais Bin-Dawud, Antoine Fofanah, Jakob Ukote, Keir Apperley

Outside before the performance.

Inside, the show is getting ready to start.

After the show CC Hackney coach Neil Irons at the wedding table minus his 9 strong youth group, they were in the cafe already:)

Giuliana Mollinari with our young riders.
Ready for the ride home to Hackney, topped up with fine words, better than as the best food going!

Never heard this before... everyday phrases that came from the Bard William Shakespeare.


If it be so, sir, that you are the man must stead us all, and me amongst the rest, and if you break the ice and do this feat, achieve the elder, set the younger free for our access, whose hap shall be to have her will not so graceless be to be ingrate.” — Tranio (as Lucentio)


“Yes, for a score of kingdoms you should wrangle, and I would call it fair play.” — Miranda

On the way out for those that missed it on the last trip - we made time to check and respect the site of The Battle of Cable Street.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Another high turnout recorded for our Concorde group riders.

Read about our Fawcett riders making regular training appearances on Saturday mornings with Cycling Club Hackney and the Concorde Centre group - link here> 

Hagerston BMX pump track

Monday, 13 February 2017

Fawcett Bike Club - signing up cycle enthusiasts since 2007

Fawcett's sign up wall.
Fawcett community bike club's wall of fame and the class of 2017