FAMILY CHRISTMAS PARTY – Friday 18 December 2015

MC900410675[2]Willesden Cycling Club’s annual Family Christmas Party is being held at Minet Park Club House on Friday 18 December 2015 from 5:30 pm onwards.

As usual, contributions of food and drink will be much appreciated, and as in previous years if you wish to bring a small gift for your children or anyone else of your choice, Santa will be coming along to hand out the gifts.  Please write the recipient’s name on the parcel.

If you want to wish any club folk a Merry Christmas then also bring your Christmas cards, this will save you dosh on postage.

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Club runs – winter weather

Please note, club runs are scheduled to run throughout the forthcoming winter.   Weather and road conditions may well deter people from riding.  Personally, I will be erring on the side of caution when there is frost, ice or snow.

This Sunday 22 November 2015 the scheduled destination is Wendover Woods, the highest and probably coldest point in the Chiltern Hills, with some lovely outdoor seating. Wrap up warm!

wendover snow

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2015 Trophy Winners

Here is the list of trophy winners for 2015 as I and other officers see it. If there are any objections or if any unclaimed trophies can be claimed please contact me with details at,  or telephone: 01494 862 372 asap as medals will be ordered soon.                Thanks, Jim Mears   WCC Trophy Secretary.


Men’s RR champion:                          Alex Pierce 29 points

Ladies’ RR champion:                        Jayne Paine 37 points

Vets RR champion:                            Jayne Paine

Junior RR Champion:                         Connor Woodford 8 points

Schoolboy RR champion:                   Josh Copley 15 points

Schoolgirl RR champion:                    none claimed, none found



Men’s track champion:                       Connor Woodford

Ladies track champion:                      Jayne Paine

Junior track champion:                       Darryl Lusardi

Schoolgirl track champion:                  Lucie Woodford

Schoolboy track champion:                Josh Copley


Time Trial

Ladies TT champion:                         Gill Reynolds   22.965 mph avg.

Erica Spring 10 mile tt trophy:             Gill Reynolds:  24:48

Men’s TT champion:                          Stuart Birnie:  25.289 mph avg.

Nick Tidmarsh 10 mile cup:                 Stuart Birnie:  20:53

Dunning Cup 25 mile TT:                    Stuart Birnie:  55:12

Alf Peyton 50 mileTT cup:                  Stuart Birnie:  01:51:09

Palmer Trophy 100 mile TT:                Stuart Birnie:  03:52:24

Vets TT champion:                            Gill Reynolds

Junior TT champion:                          no claims, none found

School person 10 TT:                        Josh Copley: 21:46 (new record)

Hcp 25 (jim Revill):                           no winner

Novice 25 (Jackson cup):                   no winner

Tandem TT champions (Reg Yates);    Mark Brooking/Jane Moore: 12 Hr-206.95 miles/24Hr-347.95miles. Avg speed over both- 15.872 mph.



Men’s audax champion:                      Martin Lucas  145 points

Ladies audax champion:                     Jane Moore 34 points

John (Rocco) Richardson Audax merit: awarded at AGM

School person audax champion:          no claims, none found

Audax Tandem (S. Grison) :                Mark Brooking/Jane Moore  32 Points


Other Trophies

Jack Eason International trophy:          Martin Lucas: For riding the Eiger Sanction and the Manch to Med, 200K/day over 2 weeks in September

WCC stayers trophy:                         Stuart Birnie: 12Hr-278.60 miles and 24Hr-504.11 miles-TTs

NYGL sportive cup:                           no claims

Marshalling trophy:                            The Purdies

Mug of the Year:                              no nominations as yet

Sash of Honour:                               awarded at the AGM

Hill climb champion:                          James Edwards: 2 min 32 sec

Champion tout terraine (off road):       Rich Cooper

Freewheeling contest:                        On AGM day

Friathon:                                         On AGM day

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Results from Gladys

I was hoping to report a 1st and 2nd this morning. However, Stuart Birnie,last year’s winner failed to finish due to mechanical problems. Meurig James was 2nd last year and repeated his performance in the 6-12-24 World’s Time Trial Championships held at Borrego Springs in California. He covered 492 miles and was 2nd in the 30 to 39 category and 4th overall in the event.
He now lives in Philidelphia but is still a member of the Willesden Cycling club. He had an horrendous accident in 2011 when hit by car and spent several months in recovery.

Nearer home Rich Cooper rode in the first of the Brass Monkey’s Winter Enduro Series at Checkendon finishing 24th out of 58 riders in the Male Vet category in what he described as a mud fest.

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Race Report: Central CX League Round 8

CXL round 8 bannerPhotos: Keith Perry

Saturday I drove up to Desborough Leisure Centre for the Central League CX race that Kettering CC were promoting. It had been raining for a couple of hours by the time the senior race was due to start and the course had been ‘improving’ all day.

Dave from Pedalling Gear had ridden the Vets race earlier and gave me some very useful pointers on the course. We didn’t get a warm up lap so the first time we would ride everything was in the race and it was still persistently raining. Did I mention I hadn’t done this before?!

If you haven’t seen a cross race before you might not know that the sprint is at the start. I was at the back because I don’t have any league points. I would need to make up places throughout the race. First I needed to stay upright on the first tight dropping left hand bend which I managed as guys were coming off left and right.

After this “feature” everyone started to spread out a bit and I found myself in a battle with a couple of others. The rain eased and finally stopped but every corner was getting slicker and slicker as the race progressed. I managed to gain a few places only to lose them again with a poor remount or line choice. Near the finish on the last lap I was gaining on an A5 Rangers CC rider. There was a gravel pit at the bottom of a hill which threw me right over the bars. The lad on my wheel was also off and after a quick “You Alright?” he was back on and I went for his wheel. I nearly overtook him on the last running section but a cramp after remounting ended that idea.

I finished 23rd in the end and had a blast. Everything was very well organised by Kettering CC, friendly marshals on the whole course and showers afterwards. A brilliant event.

On the 13th of December there is a round at Hillingdon if anyone wants to have a go. MTBs are welcome.

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We need an organiser for the Reliability Trial next February.

Ray Kelly has organised this event on and off for many, many years, but is now standing down.  He will be happy to advise the new organiser on what needs to be done and as always there will be other Willesden members who will help whoever takes over this important role.

It would be great to have someone new to breathe some fresh air into this important event.

Someone, please come forward to help your Club.

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Reminder: Pub Run, Thurs 19 November

Hi folks

A friendly reminder that our Pub Run will be next Thursday, 19 November. Hope to see you there! Full details below.


CZ x

Event: Pub Run
Date: Thurs 19 November 2015
Time: 8:00pm onwards
Venue: Coach and Horses Pub, 1 High Road, Ickenham, Middlesex UB10 8LJ

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The Andy Mears Octet with vocalist Matt Walker, trumpet star Enrico Tomasso, and Syd Lawrence tenor saxophonist Mike Hope will be celebrating the music and life of Frank Sinatra on what would have been his 100th Birthday.

Venue:    Ickenham Village Hall, 33 Swakeleys Road, Ickenham, UB10 8DG
Date:       Saturday 12 December 2015, Doors open 7.45 p.m.
Tickets:  £15.00 are available from Prop Music International, Swakeleys Road UB10 8DF,
or on the door on the night, or at
or by contacting Wendy and Jim Mears if you would like tickets.

A selection of hot and cold snacks are included in the price
Licensed bar serving excellently priced beers, wines, and soft drinks

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17-RTTC2015xHere are a few photos from Derek Reynolds with Gill competing in the rttc,can you spot a
world champion?

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Time to help the Trophy Secretary

The WCC race season finished on the 31st of October so it is time to return your trophies won in 2014.  Return them to Jim Mears at the club meeting on Friday the 6th of November but please no later than the AGM on the 6th of December.

Please contact me to make arrangements for collection if you cannot make these meetings. email: or telephone: 01494 862 372.

To determine the trophy winners for 2015  please send your results to,

Information required would be total points acquired between 1/11/14 and 31/10/15 for road racing or audax.  For time trials send the fastest times ridden with date and the course.  If you have ridden sportives, mountain bike events, or have taken on any epic cycling adventures this year please let me know. If you are under 18 please let me know your age and date of birth to determine which category you will be in.

Who might be up for ‘Mug of the Year’, please send in a suggestions with details.

Thanking you in anticipation,


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Monthly Club Meeting – Friday 6 November 2015

Monthly meeting to be held in the Club House of Hillingdon Cycle Circuit, Minet Park this Friday 6 November at 8.00 p.m.

Please come along to the meeting to air your views and present positive ideas towards the growth and running of your cycling club. 

STOP PRESS:  Don’t forget, cycling on the track from 5.30pm and Turbo at 7.00pm (sharp). Bring lights for the track and turbo, bike etc for the turbo session. Ray Kelly

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Liberty Grace

A possible new member for the club,at her first monthly meeting.
Perhaps some of the older members might like try putting in an appearance next Friday’ meeting!!

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Massive Results update – World Champions, club records and epic punctures!

Here is what members have been up to over the last few months.

August 3rd

Last weekend Hannah Gunn, Rebecca Pressner, Simon & Mark Passey and Sam Grant went all the way down to Plymouth to take part in the Bontrager Twentyfour 12 mountain bike race as a
mixed team raising £1,186 for the British Heart Foundation in memory of Brian
Wright, who as President and Coach of the Hillingdon Slipstreamers and Chairman
of Willesden CC inspired them to ride and are now undertaking coaching

Gill Reynolds maintains her award winning ways when she won the age
group award in the CTT Championship 25 held on a hilly course near Buntngford in
Essex recording 1.19.35.

August 10th

On Tuesday night at Hillingdon in the BC West Thames event Daryl Lusardi took
21st place, Connor Woodford 25th and Sam Grant 32nd.

On Thursday afternoon in the London & Home Counties VTTA 10 Gill Reynolds added another medal to her collection taking the 3rd on Standard award with an Time of 25.57

August 17th

Jayne Paine was at Reading Track on Saturday riding in the Women’s Omnium. She won the 2km pursuit, was 5th in the 500m time trial, 8th in the sprints and 10th in the points race.

Gill Reynolds recorded 1.07.26 in the Hampshire Road Club 25 mile time trial also on Saturday.

This weekend was the start of the Paris/Brest /Paris event which is only run every four years.
Several of our members are taking part and Stuart Birnie has already covered 449km of the 1200km since leaving Paris on Sunday afternoon.

August 24th

This week our Audax riders have been in action. On Wednesday 13 members took part in the 110 km event from Boulters Lock

All 12 riders who tackled the Paris/Brest/Paris succeeded in completing the 1230km in the time allowance of 90hours.

Martin Lucas 58.56
Stuart Birnie 69.20
Richard Jennings 76.51
Jane Moore and Mark Brooking (on a tandem trike) 83.19
Peter Turnbull 84.22
Mel Kirkland 86.46
Andrew Deaner 86.48
Jocelyn Chapell 87.04
Marcus Jackson Baker 87.18
Ray Kelly 89.24
Akiko Kawchi 89 35.

Gill Reynolds rode in the EECA Vets 10. Mile event recording 25.07 finishing in 9th place from a field of 50.

Yesterday disaster struck the club run! On their way back from Aylesbury the heavens opened and although they took shelter under some trees they arrived in Chesham to find it flooded and they all came back by train.

August 31st

Our club championships were held at Welwyn Track yesterday. Results as follows.
Jayne Paine (Ladies), Connor Woodford (Men’s), Darryl Lusardi (Youths), Lucie Woodford (Girls) and Josh Copley (boys)

September 7th

Yesterday the club was organising the annual John Walker and Dulcie Walker road races at Little Milton in Oxfordshire. The Dulcie Walker for 3rd and 4t category riders was held in the morning and was won by Luke Souter from Shutt Velo. The John Walker for Elite and 1st and 2nd cats which covered 85 kilometres was won by Tristan Robbins from Madison Genesis.

Last weekend saw Rich Cooper taking part in the 12:12 Torq in your sleep mountain bike event at Minley Manor and in spite of an early puncture the team he was in “scrambled Legs” finished in 16th place. It also was the debut of his son Bradley, aged 2 as he completed the 1km on his balance bike to gain a medal and a chocolate bar.

Gill Reynolds gained another 1st lady prize in the Bozzard Wheelers 10 mile time trial recording 25.11. Brian Moon also rode returning in 29.18.

September 14th

Sixteen years old Josh Copley riding in the GHS Final finished in 11th place in the country when he rode the 10 mile time trial in 21.46. He also lowered the club’s Junior 10 record which he established last year.

Gill Reynolds was very active In the Charlotteville 10 returning in 25.26 she took the fastest lady vet and the 3rd fastest lady prizes. Brian Moon also rode finishing in 29.58.

On Saturday in the East Anglian Vets Association, on a very windy day and with a field of 150 entries, Gill’s time of 26.28 gave her the 4th fastest lady vet award.

Rich Cooper riding in British Cycling’s Rampage XCSeries race 1 at Checkedon in the Vets 40+ category took 14th place gaining 7 points on his racing licence.

September 21st

Jayne Paine rode in the National Womens’ track Omnium at Stratford on Saturday finishing 2nd overall. She took 1st place in the Scratch Race, 2nd in the Points Race, 3rd in the 2000m individual pursuit, 5th in the Keirin and 6th in the 500m time trial. She is hoping to ride the World Masters in October.

Gill Reynolds recorded 25.18 to gain 3rd fastest lady in the Northampshire 10 TT at Bedford on Saturday and then rode at Marlow in the Westerley C C 25,on a foggy and chilly morning,to finish in 1.6.59 to be the 4th fastest lady and to gain the London and Home Counties lady vets age record.

Abdul Wasay made his debut to time trialling when he finished in 30.29 in the West London Combine 10 mile TT on the Amersham Road course.

October 5th

Jayne Paine won the 2000m individual pursuit in the 50/54 category at the World Masters Championships at Manchester on Sunday with a time of 2.36.068. She now can wear the rainbow jersey!

Stuart Birnie set a new club record when riding in the Leo R.C. 30 mile event on Saturday. His time of 1.00.47 beat the previous record by over 4 minutes.

The trikes were also out this weekend. In the Eastern section of the Tricycle Association event Mark Brooking took 2nd place and 1st handicap with a ride of 1.22.21 and Jane Moore was 3rd in 1.23.29

October 19th

Gill Reynolds finished off her time trialling season with yet another medal winning ride. In the RTTC National Circuit Championships at Thruxton she covered the 5 laps of the track,a distance of 11.7 miles, in 30.31to win her age group award.

Rich Cooper did not have such a good result in the Night of the Knobbly Tread,a mountain bike event organised by the West Drayton Mountain Bike Club at Black Park. He was in 4th place on the first lap but then hit a tree stump,broke a spoke and couldn’t continue.

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Club Digest May – September 2015

A short digest of the club’s activities for the last few months compiled from posts on the Blog and Facebook. I hope you find it interesting.

Vyv Baker

Willesden Digest 2015 May – Sept

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2016 Spring Training Week in Italy

Earlier this year Gerry McManus had a great spring training week at a bike hotel in Riccione on the Italian Adriatic Coast. He had such a good time that he intends to return for the week of 23rd to 30th April in 2016 and he is throwing open an invitation to all his Willesden CC clubmates to join him.

Gerry will co-ordinate the bookings with the Hotel, but you will need to arrange your own travel out there, either by plane, car, train or even possibly ……by bike!!??

Hotel Details
The hotel is called the “Gambrinus” and for the past 14 years it has run early season training camps along the lines of those in Majorca and also other hotels in Italy.

The hotel is rated as a 3 Star and is close to the sea front in Riccione (see map below).

Hotel Gambrius

The Rooms
There are three kinds of rooms available, Olympia, Sport Quality and Family suite.

The “Olympia” rooms are situated at the front of the hotel. They are more spacious and have been recently renewed.

The “Sport Quality” rooms are situated mainly at the sides and rear of the Hotel.

The “Family-Suite” is made up of two rooms with sliding doors and a bathroom with bath. One room is bigger and has a double bed, the other one has two sofa-beds.

All rooms have direct-dial telephone, SAT-TV, independent air conditioning system, a safe, hair-dryer, private balcony, bathroom with shower-box or bath.

The prices below include a 5% discount if we book early and are per day, per person and on a SUPER HALF-BOARD basis. The SUPER HALF-BOARD includes:

  • bed & buffet breakfast
  • A generous “Big Snack” when you return from your ride. This includes pasta, buffet salads, cold cuts, vegetables, cheese, fruit salad, yoghurt and home-made cakes.
  • Evening meal with wine and water

The buffet breakfast is served on the veranda. There is a choice of three evening menus with fish dishes every day and a generous buffet of starters.

The hotel is air-conditioned throughout and also has a garden.

Olympia double room – €52.25 pppd
Sport Quality double room – €48.00 pppd
Single room – €57.95 pppd

Included in the above prices is :
1. Free transfer from Riccione railway station to Hotel Gambrinus.
2.  Romagna wine and water served with dinner; water served with the “Big Snack”.
3. A special dinner with fine wines tasting.
4. Free admission to the municipal Olympic swimming-pools (covered and open air).
5. Access to all the facilities of a Fitness centre (sauna, Turkish bath, Technogym equipment).
6. Exclusive Cycling Guides (for road and MTB) will accompany us during our rides out into the Romagna countryside. Guiding is available six days a week (except Saturday). The cycling groups differ in their speed and in the length of the routes to suit all levels.
7. Laundry service for your cycling clothes.
8. Secure and equipped bike store room.
9. Garden area for bike washing and repairs.
10. A Welcome Drink with information on the weekly programme (every Saturday at 19h00).
11. Brochures for the cycling routes and small maps.
12. Arrangements with a workshop and with a specialized shop in repairing bikes.
13. Internet point and Free WiFi.
14. City-bicycles for guests use locally.
15. A beach cabin (100 mt. from our Hotel).
16. Free parking in the Hotel’s car park.

ON REQUEST (for an extra charge):
1. A physiotherapist for sports or relaxing massages in the hotel.
2. A meal at the Country Holiday Farm during one of your daily rides.

Tourist Tax is not included in the above prices
It amounts to €1.50 per person, per overnight stay, for a maximum of 7 overnight stays. Children under 14 years of age are exempt. The tax is to paid in cash.

Cycle Hire
The Hotel Gambrius is offering us a 50% discount on the hire of their Fondriest Carbon bikes. The discounted price is €49.00.  All are equipped with Compact crank set 50/34 front and 11/28 cassette. All them have a basic computer and a puncture repair kit.

Cycle Guides
The Gambrius has four guides to cater for all levels of cyclist. They all have an in-depth knowledge of the routes of the beautiful roads of Romagna and Marche. The Guides are –

A professional cyclist from 2005 to 2010 with team Acqua e Sapone. For the  last three years he has provided guests with all the training expertise that you can expect from a former professional.

Both a cycle guide and singer! He has been a cornerstone of the Gambrinus for some time. When not cycling Paolo plays the guitar and apparently has an amazing voice.

Both a cycle guide and dancer! He is one of the most experienced guides. Ivan can lead groups of all levels. All without neglecting his other profession as a dancer.

Roberto is my kind of guide! He is the darling of cyclists who do not have to rush, who want to take pictures and find out more about the the medieval villages his routes will take you too. Roberto is also a lover of mountain biking

Hotel Gambruis guides with   Maurizio Fondriest (in centre)

Hotel Gambruis guides with Maurizio Fondriest (in centre)

Getting there
The nearest Airports are either Bologna or Ancona (Ryanair).

From Bologna Airport
Bologna airport is served by Easyjet, Alitalia, British Airways and Ryanair. You will need to get the shuttle bus from the Airport to Bologna Station, this will cost €6 and take about 20mins. From Bologna station you will need take a train to Riccione, about 80-90mins, costing between €9.00 and €15.00 depending on the train service.
The Hotel Gambrius will pick you up from Riccione station for free.

From Ancona Airport

Ancona airport is approximately 12 km (6 NM) west of Ancona. It is served from the UK (Stansted) by Ryanair. There is an hourly bus service (7.45 to 23:15 Mon to Saturday. Limited service on Sunday). Alternatively take a taxi transfer to the station (about 20 minutes, cost unknown). From Ancona station the train trip to Riccione is about 50-70 minutes and cost is between €5.90 and €11.00 (depending on train service).
The Hotel Gambrius will pick you up from the Riccione station for free.

For further information contact Gerry on




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AGM – Sunday 6 December 2015

This year’s Willesden Cycling Club AGM is on Sunday 6 December 2015 to be held at Ickenham Guide Hut, Community Close, Ickenham, UB10 8RE starting at 2.30 p.m.   All members are welcome to come along and have their say.

If you would like Alterations and/or Additions to the Rules and Handbook then please submit to me in writing by Thursday 5 November latest  I can then include on the AGM Agenda which will sent out to all members before the AGM.

Can officers send me a written report for the year 2014/2015 so that I can also include with the Agenda to be posted to all members, otherwise you will have to give a verbal report at the AGM.

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West London combine hill climb 11-10-15

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Reminder: Pub Run, Thurs 15 October

Hi folks

A friendly reminder that our Pub Run will be next Thursday, 15 October. Hope to see you there! Full details below.


CZ x

Event: Pub Run
Date: Thurs 15 October 2015
Time: 8:00pm onwards
Venue: Coach and Horses Pub, 1 High Road, Ickenham, Middlesex UB10 8LJ

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Willesden CC’s Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony: Sat 23 Jan 2016

Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony
6:30pm, Saturday, 23 January 2016
De Vere Denham Grove Hotel


The Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony combines a fabulous night of fine dining and with a celebration of the club’s achievements made throughout 2015! Please find below full details about the event.

All members should receive a formal invitation by post over the coming weeks. If you do not receive this, then please contact to check your details.


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