Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome - The Big Finish

by Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome / www.hernehillvelodrome.com in Herne Hill

To complete the final phase of the Save the Velodrome campaign by kitting out Herne Hill's beautiful new pavilion.

by Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome / www.hernehillvelodrome.com in Herne Hill

We did it
On 24th December 2016 we successfully raised £89,184 with 802 supporters in 18 days

New stretch target


Big Finish?

Flippin’ enormous finish! We smashed it; obliterated the 75K target in less than a week. That was absolutely amazing and a massive thanks to all who pledged. You truly did your bit to fit out the new pavilion. You played a crucial part in calling Herne Hill Velodrome….(gulp, we’re going to say it)….saved.

So what next?
Well, we did have a stretch target, a bigger figure we didn’t dare put down first: £100,000. What do you reckon?
There’s plenty more we could pay for. Inner track fencing, MTB trails, PA system. The list is extensive and it all feeds in to our ultimate goal: to make Herne Hill Velodrome an inclusive cycling centre for for all kinds of cyclists. So what do you say?  Push on until Christmas? See how far we can get?

Ladies and gentlemen, this race is now an ‘unknown distance’: How much will we make by midday on the 24th?
We did pretty well in that last sprint. Now back on the drops, we’re pressing on.  We’re racing towards: 

An Unbelievable Finish!


A new pavilion was always the big goal of the incredibly successful Save the Herne Hill Velodrome campaign. Thanks to various sponsors (Sport England, The London Marathon Charitable Trust, the Mayor’s Fund and Southwark Council) that building will be completed in early 2017.  Crucially however that building will still need kitting out.

This is your chance to help the Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome do that job, to provide all the essential equipment an excellent cycling pavilion requires and allow us all finally to say: “We saved the Velodrome”. In the long race to secure our wonderful venue’s future this is the lunge for the line. We need your help to make it happen. We need your donations for: The Big Finish.

Keep reading to see how you can help and the rewards on offer if you do....

“Hang on, hang on: Save the what?”

The historic Herne Hill Velodrome that’s what! A fantastic cycling centre-for-all in South East London, a vital resource for riders and fans for over 125 years, the iconic 1948 Olympic venue and the training ground for generations of champions. Bradley Wiggins, Laura Kenny and Joanna Rowsell Shand are just the latest on an ever-lengthening list.

And it nearly closed. In 2010 a drastically deteriorated surface and length of leasehold issues combined to threaten disaster: the end of Herne Hill.  This is when the cycling community and local residents combined to launch the amazing Save the Velodrome Campaign. An official charity emerged (the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust, with the Friends as their fundraising arm) who drew up a three phase plan of action and secured an incredible 99 year lease with the landowners. The Trust's ultimate aim: securing the future of Herne Hill Velodrome for generations to come.

Phase 1
Resurfacing the track (completed in 2012, with all-weather tarmac)

Phase 2
Improving facilities (lights, an inner track and a multi-use games area completed in 2014)

Phase 3
Building and fitting out a new pavilion (due for completion in 2017, but only with your help!)

How can you help?

We need your donations to equip every room in the pavilion – the Club Room, the Changing Rooms, the Meeting Room, Kitchen, Office, Toilets and Storeroom. We also want to rebuild the old Grandstand (to the left of the pavilion) and refurbish it with over 250 new seats to give us that big crowd capacity Herne Hill deserves. There's an exhaustive list below showing how we will spend the £75,000 we are raising.

And what have we got to offer you in return?

Well, we've got loads of unique rewards to say thank you for contributing to this vital final stage of Herne Hill’s regeneration. The more you give the more you get. From limited edition ‘Big Finish’ caps, t-shirts and FHHV jerseys through to custom made FHHV/Condor Lavoro track bikes and personalised Herne Hill Track Days (with Big Finish kit thrown in). There are bespoke Pro Cycling Trumps prints and, perhaps best of all.....the chance to have your name on a seat in the refurbished Grandstand (right next to the new Pavilion on the start/finish line - we'll be in touch when the campaign ends to confirm your 25 characters!).

All the rewards are listed to the right, just click to donate and claim them. A special downloadable card is available to anyone who’s donating as a Christmas present, so your nearest and dearest will know exactly what they’ll receive early in 2017. Click here to download...

All amounts are minimum donations but whatever you give you’re guaranteed a warm feeling inside next year; you’ll know that you did your bit to keep Herne Hill Velodrome alive, that you played your part in…The Big Finish!

(More pictures coming soon, as the designs are finalised)

Thanks for your support, see you at the finish line!

The Friends of Herne Hill Velodrome Committee
On behalf of The Herne Hill Velodrome Trust
(Company Number: 07458529, Charity Number: 1140128)

Photo credits: Phil Wright, Tom Simpson, Marko Mulligan, Jon Baines, cyclephotos.co.uk, Wheels for Wellbeing + Tom Oldham.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Big Finish Sticker: You'll receive a BIG thank you and a Ltd Edition 'The Big Finish' sticker.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Ltd Edition FHHV Cycling Cap: You'll receive a BIG thank you and a Ltd Edition 'The Big Finish' cycling cap (pictured on the main page - one size fits all)

£20 or more

£20 Reward

New Reward! The Future Stars Big Finish T-shirt. This cracking design - by resident FHHV designer Carl Ison - is for the Future Stars of HHV. Whether blazing a trail on the track, in the mud or round the inner track on a strider bike, it’s just for them. No adult sizes. Ever! (See main page for pics)

£30 or more

£30 Reward

The Big Finish Ltd Edition T-shirt: You'll receive a BIG thank you and a Ltd Edition 'The Big Finish' t-shirt, designed by local illustrator Ben Scruton. See main page Ben's great early sketches.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Ltd Edition Cap and T-shirt Pack: You'll receive a BIG thank you and a Ltd Edition 'The Big Finish' cycling cap made by Milltag and a t-shirt designed especially for the campaign by local illustrator, Ben Scruton. See left for Ben's early sketches on the Big Finish theme.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Special Friends of HHV Membership + Big Finish Cycling Cap! The perfect last-minute xmas gift, that keeps on giving throughout the year; Our Special Friend’s Membership, now with added Limited Edition Big Finish cycling cap. This new reward includes all the benefits of our Special Friends membership, incl. discounts at a range of London-wide retailers including Condor, Rapha, Brixton Cycles and Volcano Coffee (full details here: http://www.hernehillvelodrome.com/friends/) and on top of that, a lovely Ltd Edition Big Finish cycling cap. Your membership card will be with you in early January, so you can start saving right away, with your Ltd Edition cycling cap following in February or March. There’s also a Christmas Card insert that you can download from the HHV website here: http://www.hernehillvelodrome.com/xmasdownload/

£75 or more

£75 Reward

A personalised A3 Pro Cycling Trumps 'Big Finish' print A personalised A3 Pro Cycling Trumps print (see pic on main page) of you or a friend wearing FHHV colours (or a jersey of your choice), with your stats and name emblazoned across the top. A great gift!

£85 or more

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£85 Reward

Ltd Edition FHHV Cycling Jersey - Early Bird Price - first 100 jerseys reduced from £95>£85 You'll receive a BIG thank you and a Ltd Edition 'The Big Finish' navy blue cycling jersey, produced by Milltag. This will be the only production run we ever produce using this colourway. See imagery on the main page.

£95 or more

£95 Reward

Ltd Edition FHHV Cycling Jersey: You'll receive a BIG thank you and a Ltd Edition 'The Big Finish' navy blue cycling jersey, produced by Milltag. This will be the only production run we ever produce using this colourway. See imagery on the main page.

£99 or more

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£99 Reward

New Reward! Cyclocross Masterclass with Philip and Anna Glowinski - Limited to 20 places per session. £99 (this includes a Big Finish T-Shirt and Cycling Cap valued at £50) Join us at Herne Hill Velodrome’s off-road trails for a 3hr cyclocross workshop with Croydon’s, nay, Britain’s, finest off-road-siblings. Covering a range of skills and techniques - for cyclocross riders of all abilities - this promises to be a great chance to improve your CX skills and have some fun in the process. All participants will also receive a Ltd Edition Big Finish cycling cap and t-shirt. Once participants are confirmed, we’ll set a date in spring/summer of next year and finalise the content and timings of the session. All riders must own their own CX or mountain bike and be over 8 years old, with anyone under 18 having to be accompanied by an adult. (If you don’t own your own bike, but are keen to take part, please email friends@hhvt.org, prior to pledging, to discuss the possibility of HHV providing you with a bike) The Glowinskis: Anna and Philip have been riding and racing bikes - on and off-road - for over 25 years. Cyclocross is where it all began and off-road is where their hearts still lie. Anna was a national champion as a child and Philip is still seen at the sharp end of senior CX races, sneaking the occasional win. Philip is also the organiser of the VCL's London League cyclocross and was the course designer for Herne Hill's legendary Muddy Hell. They both prioritise skills over fitness so this session is great for anyone looking to get started on, or perfect, those important corners, remounts, hops and starts. Did we mention victory salutes and wheelies are available on request? HHVs Offload Trails: As well as the tarmac oval around which much at Herne Hill Velodrome revolves, the site features an extensive network of off-road trails. These provide a training ground for burgeoning talent, including current CX national champion Ben Tullett, and a regular venue for cyclocross racing. Unfortunately, rain tends to turn this much-loved site into a sea of mud and a burial ground for ripped-off rear mechs, and urgent work is needed to weather-proof the trails. Money raised from The Big Finish will certainly help toward improving this vital part of the HHV site. NB: At least 8 participants must sign up for the session to gp ahead. If there's demand, we'll run another 3hr session for an additional 20 people, so watch this space if you miss out.

£125 or more

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£125 Reward

A Seat With Your Name On - Early Bird Offer! - first 75 (of 175) seats reduced from £150>£125 You'll receive a BIG thank you and your name on a seat in the refurbished Grandstand for eternity...well, as long as the Grandstand is (grand)standing. You can chose up to 25 characters to have on your plaque, so you can chose your own name, or that of a loved one. (Please note, they'll be no permanent seating on the pavilion steps, these seats are in the refurbished Grandstand, overlooking the start/finish line right next to the pavilion, a vital piece of infrastructure to ensure big crowds at HHV events!)

£145 or more

£145 Reward

The Ltd Edition Kit Pack: You'll receive a BIG thank you and a Ltd Edition 'The Big Finish' kit pack, including two cycling caps, t-shirt, navy blue cycling jersey (produced by Milltag) and 5 Big Finish stickers.

£150 or more

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£150 Reward

Donated Reward: Burgess Park BMX Track Day! Alistair at Southwark Council has kindly donated a 2hr coached BMX session for up to 15 people (aged 8 and above) at Burgess Park BMX Track. There’s only one available, so grab it while you can.

£150 or more

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£150 Reward

A Seat With Your Name On: You'll receive a BIG thank you and your name on a seat in the refurbished Grandstand for eternity...well, as long as the Grandstand is (grand)standing. You can chose up to 25 characters to have on your plaque, so you can chose your own name, or that of a loved one. (Please note, they'll be no permanent seating on the pavilion steps, these seats are in the refurbished Grandstand, overlooking the start/finish line right next to the pavilion, a vital piece of infrastructure to ensure big crowds at HHV events!)

£150 or more

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£150 Reward

Donated Reward - The George Gori Strip Down & Rebuild - only 1 available! Your bike totally stripped down and given the ‘Sigma Sport Gold Star Service’ (http://www.sigmasport.co.uk/workshop) by legendary Herne Hill rider George Gori. When not lighting up Herne Hill events with his unique racing style, George is head of bike production at top West London outfit Sigma Sport. He wanted to get involved somehow (that’s what we’re talking about!) and so is offering his number one rated bike mechanic skills to the Big Finish Campaign. Let’s not forget this lovely fella prepared Dan Crawford’s 2012 Olympic Bike and that Pinnarello in Martyn Ashton’s ‘Road Bike Party’ film (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZmJtYaUTa0). This is your chance to donate to our terrific cause and get a pro-level spruce up for your beloved bike. Nice one George! (Your bike can be dropped off at the Esher workshop or by using Sigma’s in-store reserve and collect service)

£195 or more

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£195 Reward

Donated Reward: Guru bike fit at The Department of Endurance. Kindly donated by Ben at DoE, all the details of this fantastic bike-fitting service can be found here: http://doendurance.com/bike-fitting/

£250 or more

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£250 Reward

Donated Reward: VIP Hospitality Package for 2 people at any stage finish of the 2017 Tour of Britain. First class food and wine as close to the finish line as you can get! Thanks again to Rob Kennison for offering up such an apt finish to The Big Finish!

£275 or more

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£275 Reward

The Named Seat and Ltd Edition Kit Pack: You'll receive a BIG thank you and your name on a seat in the refurbished Grandstand for eternity...well, as long as the Grandstand is (grand)standing. You can chose up to 25 characters to have on your plaque, so you can chose your own name, or that of a loved one. In addition, you'll also receive a a Ltd Edition 'The Big Finish' kit pack, including cycling cap, t-shirt and navy blue cycling jersey, produced by Milltag.

£475 or more

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£475 Reward

Family Seats - Early Bird Offer - first 5 (of 15) family seat packs reduced from £575>£475 You'll receive a BIG thank you and 4 adjacent seats with your name on in the refurbished Grandstand, for eternity...well, as long as the Grandstand is (grand)standing. You can chose up to 25 characters to have on each of your plaques, so you can have the names of your family or friends all lined up together. (If you're a family of five or more, grab this reward and any additional single seats and we'll ensure they're all adjacent).

£495 or more

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£495 Reward

Donated Reward: Hand-built track wheels courtesy of East London’s www.stayercycles.com. Partner Jonas (Rooze), a regular at HHV Track League, wanted to chip in somehow and decided what better way than to offer up his sister Judith’s wheel building skills! (He’s checked since: she’s more than happy to help). So up for grabs is a true one-off: a unique set of FHHV decaled track racing wheels, customised to your requirements (final design to be agreed by the pledger – the pic on the main page give a general idea). The wheels will come with zenith track hubs, ACI spokes and the most excellent Stayer carbon fibre tubular rims. Spoke count and rim depth to be chosen by you (38mm to 88mm) and you can upgrade anything if you’ve got the dosh. The Stayer Cycles team are ready to create your perfect racing wheelset.

£575 or more

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£575 Reward

Family Seats! You'll receive a BIG thank you and 4 adjacent seats with your name on in the refurbished Grandstand, for eternity...well, as long as the Grandstand is (grand)standing. You can chose up to 25 characters to have on each of your plaques, so you can have the names of your family or friends all lined up together. (If you're a family of five or more, grab this reward and any additional single seats and we'll ensure they're all adjacent).

£1,195 or more

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£1,195 Reward

Ltd Edition FHHV Navy Blue Condor Lavoro Track Bike: Only 10 of these beautiful bikes, decorated in a Ltd Edition Big Finish colourway, will ever exist...and this is your chance to own one. See pics on the main page for an early taste of this beautiful bespoke bike and its full specification.

£1,500 or more

£1,500 Reward

Group Track Day + Ltd Edition Kit Bundle (up to 12 people). 1.5hrs of track time, including your own coach, at HHV. You can treat some track novices to their first taste of riding round in circles or use the time to focus on specific drills or events, it's totally up to you. Up to 12 riders can take part and each rider will receive a Ltd Edition 'The Big Finish' Cycling Cap and Cycling Jersey.

£2,000 or more

£2,000 Reward

Group Track Day + Ltd Edition Kit Bundle (up to 20 people). 1.5hrs of track time, including your own coach, at HHV. You can treat some track novices to their first taste of riding round in circles or use the time to focus on specific drills or events, it's totally up to you. Up to 20 riders can take part and each rider will receive a Ltd Edition 'The Big Finish' Cycling Cap and Cycling Jersey.

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