Willesden road race prize to help riders reach peak performance

In addition to doling out a ton of cash to the top riders in the Willesden road races, the ever-resourceful Jayne Paine has secured an extra special prize for the fastest racers.

The top five in each of the Dulcie Walker Memorial (for 3/4, women and juniors) and in the John Walker Trophy (E/1/2) will receive two free movement therapy classes with yoga, pilates and dance teacher Marcela Wakeham.

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Movement what?!
Movement therapy is a discipline devised by Marcela specifically for athletes who train and compete hard, and it’s designed to prepare the body for peak performance on the bike.

It draws, so Marcela tells us, on a variety of physical disciplines and therapies such as yoga, pilates and dance to:

  • Strengthen and condition muscles
  • Increase flexibility and mobility
  • Balance your musculoskeletal system
  • Aid recovery from hard exercise
  • Prevent injury

In essence, Marcela’s approach to physical preparation is based on undoing the muscular imbalances caused by patterns of repeated movements. Cycling is a classic case of this, where we repeat the same motion over and over.

In so doing, we strengthen some muscles and tire them out through overuse; others lie weak and dormant – and this leaves us prone to injuries such as ligament damage.

Marcela promises to “help athletes eradicate patterns of movement that are out of balance, and to isolate common movement errors that cause injury and rob athletes of speed, power and endurance”.

Can’t say fairer than that!

So, if you want to get yourself TWO free movement therapy classes with Marcela, you’ll just have to finish in the top five…

If you’re not top five material, but would like to be, you can still email Marcela to enquire about classes.

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Last weeks results


Timetrialists have been busy this week.
On Saturday Ed Packard rode a 100 mile Sportive around the roads of Suffolk but he got up on Sunday and in the Stowmarket & Didtrict 10 recorded his 2nd fastest time of the year in 23.07.

Also on Saturday riding in the Bossard Wheelers 10 near Luton Gill Reynolds was the 3rd fastest lady in 26.17. Clubmates Pete Cookson and Brian Moon recorded 23.57 and 28.55. Sunday saw Gill take the 2nd fastest lady award with a 26.28 in the Fairly United 10 in Oxfordshire. (photos provided by Jun Aishima)

The Track season is coming to an end-(light and weather conditions having an effect) but the club ran their own Track Championship event at Welwyn yesterday. Unfortunately Tom Zittel did not contest the last 2 events as he crashed in the Scratch race.

Connor Woodford Schoolboy Champion
Jayne Paine Ladies Champion
Roger Woodford Senior Champion
Alex Pierce Junior Champion.
Ray George was the best placed Veteran
Kye Lewis the best placed under 12

Connor Woodford won the 5 event Omnium. 22 members took part including 3 who were under 8! Happy to say that Tom’s injuries were cuts and bruises which were treated at the local hospital.

All for now,

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Club Track Champs Results, Photos and Video

Good turnout again for the club track champs at Welwyn on Sunday. Connor Woodford who rode consistently  throughout won the 5 event Omnium. Tom Zittel who had won the points race crashed in the scratch and was unable to continue.

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Thanks goes to Charlotte and the Kellys for the following photos.

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Mike Eddlestone – funeral details

Mike’s funeral will be at 12.30 on Monday 1st September at East Flower Terrace, Breakspear Crematorium.

Mike will be sadly missed by all of us in the Willesden Cycling Club.


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Hippy smashes Club 12-Hour Record!

2014-06-15 Newbury RC 12hr TT – H12hr/8

Snippet from Stuart’s report:

Second place to current BBAR Champion Adam Topham’s 298.13 miles as well as a PB and Willesden CC club record by over 20 miles.

I started a bit faster than I’d planned to and than I’d usually do but I knew I was fitter this year and hadn’t ridden a 24hr TT three weeks prior so I was fresh and pretty sure my power should be up. It was and I felt comfortable holding the higher power. It was a power PB by almost 20W for the 12hr duration so pretty good.

Full report can be found on Stuart’s blog.

Snippet from Rachael Elliott’s race report:

“…National 24-hour champion Stuart Birnie (Willesden CC) to clock a second 100 miles faster than Topham. It was getting painstakingly close. Somehow, despite his issues, Topham managed to put in a third 100 miles in a sub-4 hour time and finished strongly to record an exceptional distance of 298.13 miles. Birnie meanwhile, who reportedly spent just 31 seconds off the bike all day, broke his old personal best by over twenty miles with 293.63 miles. And testament to his long distance credentials, circuit timekeeper Marion Fountain reported that Birnie finished the 12 hour time trial looking stronger than most riders do at the end of a 10.”

2014 Newbury RC 12hr Results

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Where are the Willesden?

Overview of locations of Willesden members near LondonHi folks

I’m sharing some information you might find interesting, which will help anyone planning get togethers for the club.

Here is a link to an interactive (anonymised, limited zoom) map of all the postcodes of Willesden members.  We’re definitely mainly west Londoners! Very cool to see some members in far flung places too.

Explore the map

Any surprises, or just as you expected?


CZ x

p.s. If you have changed address recently, don’t forget to update our Membership Secretary, the fabulous Liz Creese!

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Club Track Champs

Just a reminder the club track Champs are next Sunday 31st August at Welwyn. Start time 12 noon please arrive by 11.30 bike hire is available  at £3.00 .

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Tom wins at Reading

Last Monday 18th August Tom Zittel won the senior B points race at Reading. He was also 3rd in the Scratch Race and 2nd in the one lap sprint.  Tom is now in the lead in the session long senior B category.

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Behind the Bike Shed’s end of summer Series – Thruxton Race Circuit

I won at Thruxton today the hard way. And I think had there not been some men in green cheering me on I might have bailed halfway through. Thankyou Lusardis and a Finestone!
-Jayne Paine

Great days racing at Behind The Bike Sheds End Of Summer Series at Thruxton Race Circuit today. As you may of heard Jayne Paine won the women’s race. Darryl Lusardi came in around 12th in the 3rd cat race, Ryan Finestone finally broke top 10 in the 4th’s with a fantastic sprint in the bunch. Well done guys!
Tony Lusardi

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Mike Eddleston

Mike EddlestonHi All,

I received a phone call last night from Mike’s family, and sadly, Mike Eddleston passed away a week or so ago. He had a heart attack, whilst cycling out in Dorset way.

I think the funeral is due to take place on Tuesday 2nd September at the Breakspear Crematorium at 12.30. I shall double check on the date. I took the phone call whilst on my way home from work, and also on the train, and I was in total shock to hear the sad news, hence I will have to double check the date. I have passed on my condolences on behalf of WCC.

Kind Regards, Surendra Patel

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Willesden CC – Road Race Programme

Willesden Cycling Club – Road Races
Sunday 7th September 2014

Race 1 – Dulcie Walker Memorial Road Race
(Regional B, Band 4: 3/4/W/J)
Start 9:30am
90km (3.8 laps) Points from 1st (15) to 10th (1)

Race 2 -John Walker Trophy Road Race
(National B, Band 2: E/1/2)
Start 01:00pm
120km (4.8 laps) Points from 1st (60) to 20th (1)

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The anticlockwise circuit starts on the A329, north of Little Milton, heading south through the village and then turning east onto the B4880 at Stadhampton. It then runs south-east, past the southern boundary of Chalgrove Airfield, turning north-east to Stoke Talmage, crossing Haseley Brook and then passing under the M40 before turning north-west onto the A40 (Tetsworth High Street). The circuit continues west along the A40 (crossing the finish line, which is approximately 200m to the east of the junction of the A40 with the A329) and then turns south-west, back over the M40, along the A329 to complete the lap in Little Milton. There are no significant climbs to negotiate.

Please sign on 30 minutes before the start of the race. Failure to do so will mean that the race organisers may give your number to a reserve rider.

Dulcie Walker Memorial Road Race
Previous winners

2013 Tim Edwards, LBRCC
2012 Richard Stanton, Arbis LLP Roy Pink Cycles
2010 Roger Prior, Zappi’s Cycling Club
2009 Thomas Moore, Cambridge University CC
2008 Ben De Wet
2007 Roy Chaimberlain, Alpha Road Club
2006 Race cancelled
2005 John Wager
2004 Marc Freullet, Team Quest
2003 Thomas Wright, Oxford City RC
2002 Simon Henley, Evans RT
2001 Ashlet Freeman
2000 Adam Henley, Team Milton Keynes
1999 Martin Freeman, Wills Wheels CC

The winner of the 3/4/W/J race will have their name engraved on the Dulcie Walker Poniard (a ceremonial tapered thrusting knife).wcc rr prog 2

John Walker Trophy Road Race - Previous winners

2013 Lewis Atkins, Pedal Heaven RT
2012 Matt Cronshaw, Node 4 Giordana RT
2010 David Mclean, Velosport Pasta Montegrappa
2009 Marcin Bialoblocki, Wilier Live to Ride
2008 Dan Staite, Python Racing Team
2007 Clive Nicholls
2006 Race cancelled
2005 Robert Hud, Bioagrico Fabelec Selexion
2004 Colin Roshier, Team Quest
2003 Danny Axford, Arctic Tacx RT
2002 Mark Lovatt, Compensation Group RT
2001 Justin Hoy, Evans Cycles RT
2000 Danny Axford, Arctic Tacx RT
1999 Gordon McCauley, Kingsnorth International Wheelers
1998 George Rose, Cardiff JIF
Remembering John and Dulcie Walker

John Walker was an avid jazzer. His bike was badged up as a Stan Getz. One of his talents was airbrushing incredibly intricate and dark satanic designs on motorbikes. He was a great wit and fine company to be with. For many years he was the Master of Ceremonies at the Willesden Cycling Club annual dinner.

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Dulcie Walker (John’s mother) was also quite a character. It is thought that she held the first ever woman’s motor cycle licence in the country.


Please ensure that you park in the field adjacent to the Village Hall/Race HQ (you will be directed there) – the main car park reeds to be kept free for the race vehicles.

Tea, coffee, homemade cabs and sandwiches will be availawcc rr prog 4ble for all to buy at Race HQ courtesy of Nici Savage. All profits will go to -

The Fountain Cancer Centre
Royal Surrey County Hospital
NHS Trust Foundation
Egerton Road

Reg Charity no 1089086 - www.fountaincentre.org



Please take away all of your rubbish. Empty gel packs should be put back in your pocket after use. Please go straight to the HQ after the finish of the race; do not hang around for friends at the finish line.

The Willesden race organisers will retire to the Lamb Inn, Little Milton at the end of the event. If anyone wishes to congratulate the head honcho on a fabulously run race, then actions speak louder than words; so it’s a large one for Jayne Paine please.

Other watering holes on route include:

The Crown. Stadhampton
The Lamb Inn, Chalgrove
The Red Lion, Chagrove
The Swan, Tetsworth
The Old Red Lion, Tetsworth
Three Pigeons, Milton Common

Rumours that race entry fee covers a complimentary bacon butty and a mug of builder’s tea at Raymond Blanc’s “Belmond Le Maison aux Quat’ Saisons” are nothing other than rumours. But if you do pop in for a bite, we understand that they are perfectly fine about you walking on the parquet with cleats and that helmets and sweaty, wet lycra are simply not a problem either……
Full downloadable and printable PDF file available here – JDW_roadrace_prog2014_v3


Jayne Paine
WCC Rood Race Secretary

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Moon Shines in last weeks results

1-old crocks 17-8-14 (26)

The Hillingdon C.C. ran their annual Old Crocks 10 mile timetrial on the Amersham Road yesterday and Brian Moon recorded a 30.55 which with his handicap allowance made him the winner.

2-old crocks 17-8-14x (7)

Beryl Brookes of the Hillingdon C.C. awarding Brian Moon his cup

Time trialists, riding 10 miles, in the Cronon C.C. event on a course west of Cambridge recorded the following times:
Ed Packard
22.59 (a season’s best)
Pete Cookson 23.37
Gill Reynolds 25.40

In a large field at Hillingdon circuit on Tuesday evening Darryl Lusardi finished 6th, Tony Lusardi 30th and Connor Woodford 44th.

All for now,

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Alex gets his first win on the track.

On Friday at Welwyn Alex Pierce had his first win on the track in the 10 lap block pursuit. Alex has only ridden the track a few times yet he managed to stay away on the last lap from a chasing group. Connor was 3rd in the same race. Connor again completed a very fast 10 mile finishing with the senior riders in a race that was run off in 21 minutes.
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Reminder: Pub Rub, next Thurs 21 August

Hi folks

A friendly reminder that our Pub Run will be next Thursday, 21 August. Hope to see you there, those of you not away on holiday! Full details below.


CZ x

Event: Pub Run
Date: Thurs 21 August 2014
Time: 8:00pm onwards
Venue: Coach and Horses Pub, 1 High Road, Ickenham, Middlesex UB10 8LJ
Enquiries: social@willesdencyclingclub.org.uk

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Jane Moore Sets New LEJOG Record


Well we finally made it to the top. Jane arrived at John ‘o Groats at 22:45 on the Thursday night. She chose not to carry on for the 1000 miles as an achilles problem was beginning to flare up. The End to End was always the primary objective. There were a few bonuses on the way. All are subject to ratification. Jane could end up with the following – none of which have ever been achieved by a woman on a tricycle. Continue reading

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Ed Packhard’s visit to the WW1 battlefields

Dr Edward Packard placed a memorial cross at Hartmannswillerkopf cemetery on behalf of Willesden CC.

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Film screening: Half the Road, Thurs 28 Aug

Hi folks

Favourite cycle cafe Look Mum No Hands are screening the cycling documentary Half the Road: The Passions, Pitfalls and Power of Professional Women’s Cycling on Thursday 28 August at their Mare Street location.

View the trailer below:

They say:

“We had a sell out session at our last screening so we are arranging another night. The film explores the world of women’s professional cycling, focusing on both the love of sport and the pressing issues of inequality that modern-day female riders face in a male dominated sport. Documentary written and directed by Kathryn Bertine.

Entry will be free and all money raised on the night will be split between the Amy Dombroski Foundation and Racing Chance, both causes supporting Women’s Pro Cycling.

To attend the screening please register for a ticket and your details will be checked on arrival. Seating is limited so register early to avoid disappointment!


Event: Screening of Half the Road
Date: Thursday 28 August 2014
Time: 18:30, for a 19:00 start
Price: Free
Venue: Look Mum No Hands, 125–127 Mare Street, E8 3RH, London
Booking: Tickets required, visit the Look Mum No Hands Facebook event page for details
Enquiries: Contact Look Mum No Hands, email pollyfarrington@hotmail.com or call 07985 200472

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Report: Willesden Regatta 2014 (kayaking evening)

Hi folks

A lovely time was had at the kayaking evening last month which was fully booked. Thanks to everyone who came along! Thank you to Sue Palmer for her help in organising it for us.

Enjoy the below video courtesy of Thomas Zittel and photos thanks to Pauline Why.


CZ x

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Results from the Press Secretary

Time trialists were in action in the London Vets 10 mile at Maidenhead on Thursday afternoon. Pete Cookson recorded 23.30, Gill Reynolds 26.06 and Jim McKay 28.06.

Our Junior riders- Darryl Lusardi rode on Hillingdon circuit and finished 12th and Connor Woodford was 3rd in the under 16 event. Kye Lewis at Eelmore Circuit was 6th.

Connor rode again at Welwyn Track on Friday finishing 3rd in both the Senior 10 lap Scratch and the 8 lap block pursuit.

Taking part in the Prudential event on Sunday were Andy Bond, Rich Cooper, Tony Lusardi and Carl Yates. Cooper was probably the most comfortable in the wet as he is used to mountain biking events.


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Reading Dernyfest and Women’s Omnium 2014

Jayne Payne took to Reading Track on Saturday for the Women’s Omnium. Jayne was 7th in the 500m. She then won the points race by lapping the field, was 4th in the sprint, 6th in the pursuit and finally 9th in the Scratch race. She finished in 6th place overall beating many of the girls who were half her age.

Connor Woodford rode the Senior derny race and was 2nd in the minor final just beaten in the sprint for the line after 35 laps.

Photos courtesy of Biker Jun with some rights reserved.

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