RIDING THE OLD FRONT LINE AUGUST 2014
Dear Willesden clubmates,
Between 2 and 10 August I will be cycling from the north coast of Belgium down to the Franco-Swiss border as part of a small team aiming to trace the route of the Western Front. We are doing this to mark the centenary of the First World War breaking out in Europe, and to raise money for two charities that provide for ex-servicemen and women (the Lord Kitchener Memorial Holiday Centre in Lowestoft and Gardening Leave, which provides horticultural therapy). As part of the link between past and present, my sister Emily, a nurse in the Royal Navy (and winner of a ‘Milly’ award in 2013 for her work in Afghanistan and other dangerous places), is part of our support crew.
This adventure will require cycling somewhere in the region of 500 miles: several days of long, flat stages will be quite literally topped off at the end with an ascent into the Vosges mountains (followed by a weary descent). Even this terrain witnessed fierce fighting during the war.
As some of you may know, I’m a historian by profession, so I’m looking forward to combining cycling with a chance to travel through some of the landscapes I have read so much about. More poignantly, it will be impossible to avoid the lingering scars on the countryside and the immaculate cemeteries which record the deaths of vast numbers of young men. Given that our ride will coincide with the anniversary of the outbreak of war, it will also be an unrepeatable chance to experience the commemorations and to try and understand what the ‘war to end all war’ means to people a hundred years after it began.
The ride has a website here: http://oldfrontline.angliatours.co.uk/
You can also follow our progress via twitter: @OldFrontLine
I’d be really grateful for any donations via MyDonate
When I return, I’ll be sure to provide a write up of our adventures!
Many thanks, and I hope you’re all having enjoyable cycling summers,
I came 6th in my age group at the World Duathlon Champs in Pontevedra in Spain and the British team were crowned World Champions followed by Spain, France, then USA and over 60 other countries.
The run phases were through the streets of Pontevedra but the bike course consisted of a 6 miles climb up a mountain followed by a white knuckle ride down the other side. I found it scary but enjoyed the whole experience and the camaraderie amongst the British team was great.
The World Champion British Team!
The lastest round-up of WCC achievements is a regular feature of the sports pages of the Brent & Kilburn Times – thanks to Gladys Joy for writing these reports each week. So if you have a result or an event to publicise then Gladys Joy will be pleased to hear from you.
Last Thursday’s edition carried the following report from Gladys -
Full PDF version here -
Brent & Kilburn Times – 2014 07 17
Brent & Kilburn Times
Yesterday our riders started from Ruislip riding 100Kms to commemorate Rocco Richardson who used to run the Audax events from there. Instead of entry fees his partner, Liz Creese accepted donations towards the Marie Curies nurses fund and £90 was raised.
On Wednesday afternoon Gill Reynolds took the 2nd fastest Lady on Standard in the London Vets 10mile at Tring recording 24.36 and Pete Cookson finished in 22.2 his fastest time this year.
Gill travelled down to Farnham on Sunday to ride the Hounslow and Dist. Whls 25 miler and in spite of the heat returned a time of 1.07.29 for the distance.
On the Maidenhead Thicket course on Thursday evening in the Middlesex R.C. 10 Darryl Lusardi rrecorded 24.31 and his Dad Tony 25.36. (I think they were taking a break from circuit racing as this week there was so many buckled wheels and broken spokes at Hillingdon on Tuesday evening they are still sorting out the results!)
Tom Zittel rode at Reading track on Monday finishing 2nd in both the the Derny final and the 20Kms races.
All for now,
The weekly report of the club’s achievements in the Brent & Kilburn Times. Thanks to Galdys Purdy (WCC Press Officer) for keeping up the good work.
Brent & Kilburn Times – 2014 07 10
The Willesden will be holding Go-Ride races at Hillingdon cycle racing circuit on Friday 25th July, commencing 5.30 pm. These are specifically aimed at novice young riders under 16 years old. The races are being held to celebrate the Tour de France’s phenomenally successful three days in England. The evening will consist of a variety of short races both on the tarmac cycle circuit as well as on the grass at Hillingdon.
To mark the occasion British cycling will be providing medals as well as T Shirts for the entrants. Entry cost is £2 per rider. Riders must bring their own bikes and helmets.
We will need marshals and helpers. Anyone who can help, please report to Ray Kelly at 5.30pm. Senior riders would be needed to ride round the circuit behind the racers as rolling marshalls.
The WCC Under 18s were a corner stone of Team Brent at last Saturday’s London Youth Games held in wet conditions at Crystal Palace. These games are Europe’s largest youth sports festival with over 30 different sports taking place. The games help promote sport as well identifying and developing young sporting talent in London.
Brent is very strong at football, but it is good to see that their cycling team is continually improving. This year the cyclists finished in overall 11th place, which was a marked improvement on last year’s 17th place.
Here are some excellent pictures of the day (when it wasn’t raining!) taken by Cathal Macilwaine.
WCC Under18 Directeur Sportif
Gladys Purdy does a great job of submitting a weekly report to the Brent & Kilburn Times. As well as valuable publicity for the club, the reports are a good round up of results for all club members. So please send your results and photos to Gladys and she’ll make sure you’ll appear in the next edition.
PDF version – B and K Times – 2014 07 03
Another week of great track results from the green team. Last weekend Jayne Paine rode the National Masters track Champs at Newport with a fine third place in both the points race and the scratch. On Monday at Reading Tom Zittel who is improving week by week come a fine second in both the 10 lap scratch and the points race. He also came sixth in the unknown distance and was the first B rider. Friday at Welwyn and Connor Woodford won the senior B 10 lap scratch race. He followed this up by winning the 10 lap A/B block handicap holding off the senior A riders for the whole race.
Oh yea, oh yea, calling Willesden members to remind them that there is a monthly club meeting being held at the Hillingdon Track Club House at 8.00 p.m. on Friday 4 July 2014
Please save the date now as your help will be needed to run successful and safe racing on Sunday 7th September 2014.
We will need 15 or more people for marshalling duties, plus a catering team and other race roles on the day. All marshals will receive full briefing, hi-viz jackets and flags to warn traffic that the race is approaching.
The course HQ will be at Church Road, Great Milton, Oxfordshire, OX44 7PD. The Dulcie Walker Cup will start at 9:30am and the John Walker Trophy will start at 1:00pm.
If you can help with marshalling please let me know – wheatleyjk at gmail dot com