Hillingdon Slipstreamers – Summer Race Series

Slipsteamers LogoThe Hillingdon Slipstreamers are pleased to announce that they have secured Monday nights for-

1. Youth only coaching sessions.
2. A full Summer Race programme
3. A 6 date Go-Ride series.

The season will kick off with three “Coach Led Racing” sessions on

30th March (Sunset 19:30),
06th April (Sunset 19:41),
13th April (Sunset 19:53).

These sessions are open to anyone wishing to ride the Monday night summer series. It will enable riders to become fully familiar with the  Hillingdon Cycle Circuit in a race scenario and coaches will be on hand to explain the racing etiquette necessary to ride safely on the circuit.  There will be race scenarios to practice, possibly in teams (dependent on numbers) and they will contain equal measures of coaching and training.

These coaching sessions are open to all youth riders between the ages 7 and 16 at a cost of £5 per session. You do not need to be a British Cycling member or hold a race licence for this block of training.

The Clubhouse will be open from approx. 17:30 for signing-on and registration with Coaching sessions starting at 18:00.


Summer Race Series

The Hillingdon Slipstreamers Summer Series starts for real on Monday 27th April. The events are still in the registration process, but the provisional calendar is as follows-

Slipsteamers Summer Race Programme

Go-Ride Series

With the arrival of the longer evenings, the Slipstreamers have been able to host the following Go-Ride events on Mondays for the new or less experienced young racer

25th May, 15
01st June, 15
15th June, 15
22nd June, 15
29th June, 15
13th July, 15

Signing-on and registration will start at 18:00 and the Go-Ride races will take place between 18:30 and 19:00.


The Hillingdon Cycle Circuit is located within Minet Park in Hayes in West London. It is on the east side of the A312 Hayes Bypass at the A4020 Uxbridge Road roundabout about one and a half miles north of M4 junction 3. The entrance is in Springfield Road off the A4020 Uxbridge Road.

The post code is UB4 0LP.

Happy racing!





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Results from Final week of Winter track League

There were two evenings of racing over the last week to finish off the track league at the Olympic velodome. On Monday 23rd Connor and Alex rode the 3 events with Connor taking third in the elimination and 4th in the points race. Despite some great efforts from Alex, Andrew Smith gained enough points over the three events to be equal with Connor on points overall. On Thursday with a good crowd in attendance of Willesden supporters Marianne, Jayne, Tom and Connor rode three events each. They started with an Elimination race with Connor winning and Tom taking 5th. Jayne come second in the ladies race with Marianne staying in contention . This was followed by a Scratch race in which Connor came 4th just edging out his rival Andrew Smith. Jayne come third in the ladies scratch. The last race was a points race and Connor came third with Jayne 5th in the ladies race. We all now waited for the final points to be added and a great result for the Club with Connor winning the ‘C’ league and Jayne second in the Ladies League.

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Boulters Bash 110k Audax


Ian Why is organising the Boulters Bash Audax this year, so make sure you take Wednesday 22nd April off work! If you don’t have a job there is no excuse to ride this cracking event.

Starts at Jenner’s Café near Boulters Lock in Maidenhead at 10:00
Its 110km and goes out to Pangbourne and back.

Entry fee is £3:00 for Audax members and £5:00 for non Audax members to cover temperary membership.

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Stolen Bike: Cervelo P5

Ray Tucker has asked that all Willesden members keep an eye out for this Cervelo. It belongs to a friend in the British Duathlon Team.

rare bike maree

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Go Ride Racing Dates!

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Go-Ride Grass Track Race Series 2015

Sunday 19th April, 2015


Sunday 26th April, 2015


Malorees Junior School,
Christchurch Avenue,
London NW6 7PB

Racing Starts  at 10:00am
Get there by 09.30am to sign on.

Entry fee – £3.00 

We have a limited supply of bikes and helmets for loan so please bring your own if you can, plus gloves and warm clothes!

For information and entry form, contact Ray Kelly
on raymondkelly211@btinternet.com, or call him on 07563 539637

Go-Ride Racing is entry level competition for riders aged under 16, parental consent will be required.

The Willesden Cycling Club has an enthusiastic Go-Ride structure in place for encouraging and developing young riders. Our club has been granted prestigious “Club Mark” status and has been awarded with two generous grants by the Wembley National Stadium Trust to drive forward our young rider development programme.

Go-Ride is an excellent way of starting in cycling and developing riding skills. Over 70% of the Team England cyclists in the Commonwealth Games and in the GB cycling team at the recent UCI Track Cycling World Cup started as youngsters at their local Go-Ride Club.


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Volunteers / Marshals needed for April 26th Time trial

Willesden CC is the organising club for the 25 mile time at Gt Missenden on April 26th.
We need volunteers for the usual duties. As ever I am grateful to  all of you who turned out last year to make this event a great success.
I’ll need pusher offers and marshals for the event. Please let me know if you are able to help out.
Also we are in need of a time keeper for the event, I can assist with this, but if anyone out there is willing or knows of a willing person to carry out this important task for us please let me know.
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Results from the velodrome 16th March

With two extra Mondays 16th and 23rd March added to the intermediate track league Connor had to defend his lead last Monday. In the first race a 40 lap scratch Andrew Smith who is second overall won with Connor missing out and scoring no points. The elimination race followed and ended with Andrew Smith leading out the last lap and Connor coming around to win. In the final points race Andrew Smith took the early sprints with Connor taking the last lap Andrew Smith won with Connor second.  With just next Monday and Thursday to go Connor leads by 16 points. Come along next Monday or Thursday to support our riders.

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Live Jazz @ Ickenham Village Hall, Saturday 21 March 2015, doors open 19.30,         33 Swakeleys Rd, Ickenham, UB10 8DG.

Enrico Tomasso (tpt) & Roy Williams (tbn)celebrate the musical collaboration of Clark Terry & Bob Brookmeyer. With Christian Vaughan, pno; Dave Green, bass & Matt Skelton, drums.

2 times winner of the best trumpet category in the British Jazz Awards, Rico is considered one of the finest on the scene today.

Multi poll winner and jazz trombone legend Roy Williams’ contribution the British and International scenes is unrivalled.

Tickets, £12 – available from Pro Music International, Swakeleys Rd, UB10 8DF, on the door on the night or at


Licensed bar serving excellently priced beers, wines & soft drinks   

More info at - www.tootsmusicmanagement.co.uk/news-events     

If you are able to pass this on to anyone you think might be interested that would be hugely appreciated.  Contact Jim or Wendy Mears if you would like some tickets. Cheers. Hope to see you there.


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Jane Moore – It’s Official!

Jane Moore received her certificate at the RRA lunch last week, which formally recognises her End-to-End record breaking ride.

Pictured below are three three lady End-to-Enders, they are

– Eileen Sheridan who set the women’s bike record in 1954.

– Lynne Taylor who has established the record twice on a bike and once on a mixed tandem.

– The Willesden CC’s very own Jane Moore who set the trike record in 2014 and the only award winner this time at what was quite a gathering of endurance athletes.

Mark Brooking has also been honoured with a place on the RRA committee. This is highly deserved as Mark put in an phenomenal amount of work into the preparation and running of Jane’s record ride. Well done Mark!

L to R:  Lynne, Jane and Eileen

L to R: Lynne, Jane and Eileen


Jane and Lynne

Jane and Lynne


Lynne and Eileen

Lynne and Eileen

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Lee Valley Velodrome Track League – March 12th + Photos


Another great night for the Willesden last Thursday at the track league in Stratford!

In the women’s events Jayne and Marianne were both riding very well. Jayne further cemented her 2nd place in the league table with a 1st in the opening 30 lap scratch race followed by a 2nd in both the Points and 40 lap scratch races. Jayne was called out early in the elimination while Marianne continued to give the Willesden spectators someone to cheer for! I really enjoy watching the women racing, the competition is fierce!

The large group of Willesden supporters also had plenty to watch in the men’s races. In the opening scratch I (Tom) attacked from the gun but only ever gained a third of a lap advantage before being joined by a PMR@Thachim rider by which time I had sat up totally knackered. Connor was looking strong for the rest of the race and finished it off in 2nd behind Stephen Vinning (East London Velo).
In the points race we both managed to grab a handful with Connor finishing 3rd and me 4th. Ian Prenelle (Finsbury Park CC) took the top spot which has helped him close in on Connor’s overall lead.
The elimination was next up and we both stayed out of trouble until there were only three or four eliminations left at which point I was called out for riding on the blue, bugger, that will teach me! Connor made it to the final sprint where Paul Morton (PMR@Toachim House) led from the front. Only Connor was able to hold Morton’s wheel who showing his strength took 1st place with Connor just behind.
The final scratch race of the evening followed where eventually a break formed with both Connor and myself in the mix. When it came down to the last few laps I could only watch as the sprint started and the others started to pull away. Connor took a fine 1st place and with it maximum points in the league table, I think I was 6th or so.

In the overall competition Connor is still leading by 26 points. Just behind is Andrew Smith (unattached) who is in the other C group racing while we are off the track. Andrew won every race he rode and gained 40 points on the night while Connor picked up 32. The C league has the closest competition for the overall win in the whole series!

Full Gas have added two additional nights of racing for the Women and C groups starting with tonight where Connor will be defending his lead. The final Thursday night meeting will be the 26th of March at 7pm.

We had a great group of supporters in the stands and hope to see them again next week!

Full Results
Overall Standings

Jody Coxon was kind enough to send over some great photos from the meet.
Thanks Jody! See the Willesden gallery on Jody’s Flickr page here.

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2015 Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100

Prudential Ride London 100BC are offering members who belong to their affiliated clubs a chance to ride in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 British Cycling Club Challenge on Sunday 2 August.

BC has space for for 400 teams of four riders each, teams can consist of one of the following –

– Men’s Team (4 riders, all male)
– Women’s Team (4 riders, all female)
– Mixed Team (4 riders, 2 male, 2 female)

Ray Kelly has applied for two teams places (one all male team and one mixed team), but we will have to wait to see what they allocate to us on the ballot due to take place 30 March 2015.

Riders must be a current British Cycling member at the time of entry and on the day of the event. Those holding an Elite or 1st Category British Cycling Race Licence are not eligible to enter the Club Challenge. Riders who have already secured an individual place through the original entry ballot or a charity place are not eligible to enter the Club Challenge.

The entry cost is £58 per rider. If you would like to be selected for one of the teams then contact Ray on raymondkelly211@btinternet.com

The Ride London-Surrey takes place on Sunday 2 August 2015.
More details are available on their web site

Miles Back

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Reminder: Pub Run, Thurs 19 March

Hi folks

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


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Event: Pub Run
Date: Thurs 19 March 2015
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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Alex back on form at the Velodrome

Alex Pierce rode in the special event night at Stratford on the 23rd Feb and had a fine win in the Sprinters 6 lap dash. He also come third in the sprinters course de primes. Alex has been off form for a while but is now coming back to full fitness ready for the summer season.

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Club Runs March-May 2015

In astonishing news just in, it appears that a new club runs list has emerged.  A team of archaeologists and other world-experts are now examining it to establish whether it is authentic.  There are one or two new destinations on the list which suggest it could be a figment of someone’s imagination.  Judge for yourself by downloading the Word document here.

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Monthly Meeting on Friday 6 March

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

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Results from Glad – Hippy wins a short TT!

1-02-Combine 10 1-3-15 (9)At the West London Combine 10 mile event yesterday, Stuart Birnie, who last year took the world’s 24 hour championship, finished in first place in a field of 120 riders with a time of 21mins 58 seconds. Nick Mc Cullough finished in 26.01, Annie Birch 32.25, Mick Paddington 33.01 and Ray Kelly 34.21.

You can read Stuart’s report here.

After 2 months off with a broken thumb Rich Cooper rode in the Southern XC Round 1 event at Black Park finishing in 26th place.

John Williams,, having a rest from his bike ,took part in the Wormwood Scrubs Park run and his time of 29minutes put him in 21st place overall and 2nd in his age group.

Our track riders had a rest as the Revolution Series was taking place at Stratford.

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Combine 10 1-3-15

4-Combine 10 1-3-15 (10)

1-02-Combine 10 1-3-15 (9)

2-Combine 10 1-3-15 (14)

3-Combine 10 1-3-15 (12)A really good morning for the Thicket 10, and out of 120 riders our Stuart
Birnie won it!!Here are all the photos of our riders (I hope)

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Willesden CC Condor Support Races – 3 May 2015

Willesden Condor Support Race

We are  delighted to announce the Willesden will be putting on both Youth and 3/4 Cat races in support of the Condor London 3-Day race series at Hillingdon Circuit.

Willesden racers are expected to ride if they can. Lets show them what we have!

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Ray is also looking for helpers on the day. In order to run a safe and successful event we will need friendly sign on staff, a crack catering team and marshals. If you can help out in any way please email Ray Kelly.

Event: Willesden CC Condor Support Races
Date: 3 May 2015
Time: Youth 10am / 11:45  3 & 4th Cats
Venue: Hillingdon Circuit
Enquiries: raymondkelly211@btinternet.com

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Velodrome Session Video and Photos

On Saturday the velodrome was full of Willesden green once again. Evidence provided by Kulvinder, Ian and Derek
Thanks to Tony Woodford for organising and John / Vyv for helping out.

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Mountain Biking In Italy

Hi Ray,
Sorry I didn’t get back to you about meeting up on a bike somewhere. I’ve had a few issues with my back, hip and knee – apprently due to sitting down at a desk too much! I’m confined at the moment to the turbo and swimming.
Anyway, I thought I’d send you this link about mountain biking in Piemonte. When I had my house there (sold in 2011, unfortunately), Guiseppe Rossi – one of the organisers for this MTB project – was my next door neighbour. He and his family were extremely pleasant and friendly neighbours to have and Guiseppe is a very keen and committed cyclist and cycling organiser. He has run numerous cycle training courses for children and young people over a number of years and for awhile had a purpose-built MTB course on the hill next to his house.
Would Willesden be happy to place a link on the website for ‘Cycling and Hiking In Piemonte’? I can highly recommend both the area (Province of Asti, near Acqui Terme) for its cycling terrain (perfect for both MTB and road) and the expertise and skill of Guiseppe and his colleagues. In addition to this, Piemonte is famed for its cuisine and wines and there are numerous excellent restaurants and vineyards close to where Guiseppe lives.
There are plenty of places to stay nearby, whether at small hotels or ‘Agriturismos’ – usually wine producers who also have accommodation.
Access is good too, with airports at Milan, Turin and Genoa 1.5 to 2 hours drive away.
Let me know if you need any more information.
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