West London Combine 25 – August 16th

The West London Combine is considering whether or not to run their 25 mile time trial on the Amersham Road on August 16th. The committee is asking if anyone would like to ride this event which would be run as advised by the CTT under Covid 19 rules I.e. no headquarters and no pushing off. If anyone wants to ride this event could they let me know ASAP in order that I can let the committee know.



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John Tipping Collage

Thank you for all your tributes to John Tipping. Lots of photos of bridges and cafes. I managed to ride Tippy’s 10 Bridges last weekend in the lovely sunny weather.
If you want to see the collage please click the link below.
I have sent the collage to his daughter who had hoped to join us on the 31st with other family members. It was not to be this year. We look forward to a very special 10 Bridges and Kaf to Kaf in 2021.


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Important Information from BC on WCC Club activities

The following is a bulletin from British Cycling regarding the present lockdown on organised cycling.

British Cycling can today (27 May 2020) provide an update on the current suspension of sanctioned cycling activity, which was due to run until 30 June 2020.

While many of you have been enjoying the opportunity to ride recreationally, we appreciate that the cycling community is looking for direction and certainty on when club, group and competitive activity can resume.

In the absence of specific dates from the UK and devolved Governments, which are naturally hard to set, British Cycling is seeking to balance the desire to return to sanctioned cycling activity, where safe to do so, and concern for the health of people in our sport and in wider society. Because cycling encompasses a wide variety of activity, we are therefore proposing to move to a rolling suspension. This will apply to each of England, Scotland and Wales. The following position has been agreed with Scottish Cycling and Welsh Cycling, but we recognise that devolved government guidance may dictate that adjustments are required, including the dates we are working towards.

We have split activity into three broad categories:
1. International and national level races;
2. Regional racing and non-competitive events;
3. Club and group activity.

International and national level races, including national series and championships

Here we are extending the suspension until 1 September 2020.

We will review this on a fortnightly basis and we will give six weeks’ public notice of any extension or curtailment of the suspension. This means that the original dates for a number of national series and championship events across multiple disciplines are no longer feasible but we will endeavour to rearrange these events later in the calendar year if possible.

It is possible that the racing format in some of the disciplines, for example outdoor individual events, may return sooner than others if appropriate measures can be put in place to manage the risk in line with Government guidance and any guidance that we put in place. In all cases we will carefully consider the options available including reasonable measures that can be introduced to manage the safety of the events, participants, volunteers and the general public.

Regional racing and non-competitive events e.g. sportives

Currently we believe that regional races are more likely to return sooner due to shorter travel distances, fewer event personnel involved and the expectation that they will attract lower spectator numbers. However, due to the current Government guidelines on social distancing we feel that now is the right time to extend the suspension to the 1 August 2020. We will review this on a fortnightly basis and we will give four weeks’ notice of any extension or curtailment of the suspension.

As with international and national racing, we will adopt a risk management approach which means that some disciplines or events can return ahead others if the format allows the safety of all to be managed appropriately.

We have also taken the decision to extend the suspension to the 1 August 2020 for Sportives and other non-competitive events. As with regional racing, we will review this on a fortnightly basis and we will give four weeks’ notice of any extension or curtailment of the extension. 

Club and group activity
The third category of activity is other club and group activity, such as coaching, instructing and leading, club rides, HSBC UK Breeze rides and similar.

It is likely that these activities can be reintroduced at shorter notice, with a greater degree of flexibility, with appropriate guidance and measures to manage risk ensuring compliance with Government guidelines and emerging industry best practice. As such we will be extending the current suspension until 4 July 2020 to be consistent with the stages announced by Government. We will review this on a fortnightly basis and we will give two weeks’ notice of any changes.

If you would like further information as well as links to FAQs and the situation specific to Scotland and Wales, then please link to the BC website here

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John Tipping Tribute

Unfortunately I won’t be able to run the audax rides scheduled for 31st May. This was to be Tippy’s Thames Bridges and Tippy’s Kaf to Kaf both memorial rides to our great friend John Tipping. His daughter and family had planned to join us.
As a tribute to John can I ask you to email me  at xxx a picture and/or video of you at a bridge or cafe, Hopefully I can then make a collage of photos for us at WCC and his family. If you would rather you can pm me.
I’ll start you off with photos of me at Eton Bridge and Marlow Bridge.

Thank you,
Will miss seeing you all at this ride.

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Going Down To The Pub

Whilst we have all been in lockdown, I have been looking at future events to organise on the social front. It appears to me that we can sometimes combine rides with social events. There are many places we haven’t been to before in Bucks, Herts and Oxon that offer some nice roads and great scenery.  Oxford City is an example of a marvellous place to visit on or off the bike. Even if we only use the famous city as a backdrop for a coffee and a ride through. How about getting the train out, visiting the famous Ashmolean Museum and cycling home?

In the next few weeks we will be working behind the scenes to work on new ride routes that might take in some of the more interesting places in our bordering counties west of London like Waddesdon Manor, Buckingham Town and Claydon Manor.

Club members please drop me an email if you can think of anything worth adding to the list. The aim is to start a number of rides from Amersham to give us a few miles further to explore.

Sorry if you clicked on the link looking for a Pub Run 🙁

It was just ‘click bait’ to get you to read this blog but suffice to say we will be looking to have a number of nights out on offer as soon as we can.


Gerry McManus





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Covid-19 update

In line with guidance from government and British Cycling, all club activities are currently suspended.

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/     https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Until further notice, solo rides for exercise once a day are allowed.  Ride sensibly and carefully. You do not want to put any additional pressure on the NHS.


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West London Combine 25 on 15th March – Amersham Road

Quick note from Gill Reynolds that the closing date for entries is 8th March.

Enter now. And good luck.

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Club runs: Jan-Feb 2020

Rides proposed up to 5th March 2020. Subject to agreement at the WCC AGM on 2 Feb, several people will lead individual runs on different dates.

Jan 12 – Westerley Winter warmer. A number already entered.
Jan 19 – Tring Espresso Lounge (+ Harp RC classic)

Jan 26- Billingbear Golf Club (card payment only)

Feb 2 – AGM inc a short club run. See Kulvinder’s email.
Feb 9 – Wargrave – Cwtch


Feb 23 – Englefield Green (Gerry)

March 1 – Velolife (WL10 Knowl Hill)

March 8 – Marsworth Black Barn (WL 25 Gt Missenden)


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Liz Creese

I am passing on the sad news that Liz passed away last Friday, 7th December. It was peacefully in her sleep with her family present. Liz has been a member of the club for 30 years and has been one of our great audaxers. She was national champion in 1992, 1994, 1995 and other gender champion in 1990,1991, 1993 and 1996.

Denis Falvey passed this news on and said he did not have any details about her funeral yet.

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Willesden CC Xmas Party

The Annual Willesden CC Xmas party for members and their friends and families will be held on Friday 20th December, at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit.  Starting from around 5:30pm, ending around 9-9:30pm, or when we get tired.

The Minet Ladies Cycling Club will have their own lovely party the same afternoon and all are welcome to join us to compare mince pies, sausage rolls, sandwiches, “nibbles”, etc.

Xmas cards may be exchanged as per tradition, trophies may be returned to we know not where and any accounts can be settled on the night.

Please come along for tea, music, games, light conversation and general fun (subject to availability).  THERE WILL BE some PRIZES. And prizes mean…prizes (subject to winning them.  Also subject to me acquiring them by 20 Dec.).

If you can, please bring something for a buffetLet me know what you’re thinking of bringing please, via email and/or the Willesden Facebook “page” so I can help coordinate and we don’t end up with nothing but 80 boxes of Twiglets (not really a problem if that happens).

Merry Xmas One And All,

John Wheatley

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Slower club run – Nov 3rd

Here is the route for the more leisurely club run to Musette Cafe on 3rd November.  No surprises with this route.

We depart from Denham at 09:30.




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Club rides – shorter, slower, new date

The shorter, slower club ride scheduled for 27 October was so slow it has been moved to the following week, 3 November.

The scheduled departure time remains 09:30 from Denham.  We will be going to the Musette Cafe near Aldbury.

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It is proposed to run two more Sunday club rides from Denham starting at 10.00am.

The first one will be on the 29th September led by Marianne Harding and the second on the 27th October led by John Wheatley .

Further details will be available nearer the time and will also be published on Facebook

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Willesden CC Road Races 15 September 2019

1st Place John Walker – Ashley Cox, Flamme Rouge

2nd Place Otto Rutter 3/4/W/J

1st Place Trevor Smith 3/4/W/J

3rd Oliver Peckover E/1/2

The annual John & Dulcie Walker Memorial Road Races took place on 15 September 2019, ably organised by new boy Aidan Hegerty, with a crowd of helpers from the club.


3rd James Pittard 3/4/W/J

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Club Track Champs Results

11 riders took part in the club track champs on Saturday at Welwyn track.

The club track Champion for 2019 is Sam Grant. Second place went to Connor Woodford and James Edwards came third.



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West London Hill Climb 2019

The West London Hill Climb is on Sunday 6th October at Windsor Hill with a 9.31 start time.

Can members let Gill know by Sunday 22nd September if they want to ride.

The club run on this day will be near the hill climb.

email: g.reynolds@live.co.uk

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Cycling Holiday in Riccione, Italy 2020

Cycling Holiday in Riccione, Italy 2020

As most of you may know, for the past few years, I have been making arrangements with the Hotel Gambrinus in Riccione on the East Coast of Italy, for a group of us to stay with them for a week. There were 24 of us last year staying at the hotel who put on Tour Guides every day for groups of different ability over 35 to 55 mile rides.

I am the central point of contact with the hotel but people have to book their own travel arrangements using Bologna or Rimini airports.

The week proposed for next year is 25th April to 2nd May and I will be talking to the hotel before the end of September to try to get a block reservation of rooms and bikes to hire.

As a guide, in 2019 the price per person sharing a twin or double room was 49 euro plus city tax. This is full board, including wine at the dinner table in the evening. Bikes are about 90 euro a week (you need your own insurance).  Return air fares were between £70 and £120 depending on when you book etc and an extra coach fare will be payable if flying in to Bologna.

The hotel is not massive and priority will be given to WCC members / friends who have been before.

Full details to follow in due course but it is important for us to look at a potential group number to get rooms and bikes reserved in advance.

With this in mind, please could you indicate your level of interest to me by September 22nd 2019 by email gerry@gerrymcmanus.co.uk

Please note that it’s a cycling holiday and not a training week


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Social Night Out – an AC/DC tribute band at The Tropic at Ruislip

Social Night Out – Friday 13th September – The Tropic at Ruislip – Grosvenor Vale, Ruislip HA4 6JQ


The Tropic club is hosting a night featuring an AC/DC tribute band called AC/DC UK – £12 in advance or £14 on the door.

The act features their most famous songs including (I guess) Back In Black, Whole Lotta Rosie, Dirty Deeds Done Cheap and Thunderstruck.

Please let me know if you are going by September 6th so I can get tickets in advance for everyone and you can pay me on the night.

email me at gerry@gerrymcmanus.co.uk

The venue is a short walk from Ruislip / Ruislip Manor Tube Stations

Gerry McManus

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Club Fun Day and Track Champs this Saturday 31/08/19

All club members are welcome at Welwyn Gosling Stadium for Club Fun Day and Track Champs.  Fun races for adults and children on road or children’s bikes.  Track bikes are available for hire for those wishing to take part in Track Champs.  Start time 2 p.m. Bring a picnic!


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2019 John and Dulcie Walker Memorial Road Races

Willesden Cycling Club

John and Dulcie Walker Memorial Road Races

Sunday, 15th September 2019

Enter on British Cycling web site

Race 1
Dulcie Walker Memorial Road Race

(Regional A, Band 3 for Categories 3/4/W/J)

Start 9:30am
(sign-on 8.15am to 9:00am)

* * * Prizes from 1st to 15th * * *


Race 2
John Walker Trophy Road Race
120 km

(National B, Band 2: E/1/2/)

Start 02:00pm
(sign-on 12:45pm to 1:30pm)

* * * Prizes from 1st to 15th ***

The Course

WCC RR Course 2015

  • The anticlockwise circuit starts on the A329, north of Little Milton, heading south through the village.
  • It then turns east onto the B480 at Stadhampton, running south-east past the southern boundary of Chalgrove Airfield.
  • The route the turns left off the B480 on to an unclassified road, heading 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 that is approximately 200m to the east of the junction of the A40 with the A329.
  • The route then turns south-west, back over the M40, then along the A329 to complete the lap in Little Milton.
  • There are no significant climbs to negotiate.


Race HQ and Sign-on

The Race HQ is at –

The Pine Lodge,
Little Milton Village Hall,
Thame Road,
Little Milton,
OX44 7PZ

WCC Race HQ - The Pine Lodge, Little Milton

Please ensure that you park in the field behind the Village Hall/Race HQ (Please note that the main front car park will be kept free for the race vehicles).

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

Please take away all of your rubbish. Empty gel packs should be put back in your pocket after use.

We ask that you please go directly to the HQ after the finish of the race; please do not wait for friends at the finish line. Plus, you will want to enjoy our catering service.


Race History and Trophies

The “John Walker Trophy” is a E/1/2 Road race and is the pinnacle of all Willesden CC events. The winner will have their name engraved on the the prestigious and impressive trophy, which is a salute to John Walker. John was a great wit and raconteur in the Willesden CC and for many years he was the Master of Ceremonies at our annual club dinner. John was an avid jazz fan and his bike was badged up as a Stan Getz to honour the great American jazz saxophonist. John was also a creative and artistic person who had a talent for airbrushing incredibly intricate and dark satanic designs on to custom motorbikes.

John Walker Trophy – previous winners

2018 Joshua Boyman, Hoops Velo
2017 Jake Hales, Spirit Tifosi Racing Team
2016 Matt Cronshaw, Madison Genesis
2015 Tristan Robbins, Madison Genesis
2014 Elliot Porter, JLT Condor
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

Dulcie Walker Memorial Road Race, is a 3/4/W/J race. The winner will have their name engraved on the “Dulcie Walker Poniard” (a ceremonial tapered knife). Dulcie Walker was John Walker’s mother. She is also remembered as a quite a character and is thought to be the first woman to hold a motor cycle licence in the UK.

Previous winners –

2018 David Roper, Ride 24/7
2017 Danny Axford, Artic Tacx RT
2016 James Kingsley, Watford Velo Sport
2015 Luke Souter, Shutt VR / Digital Keystone
2014 Alexander Evangelidis. London Dynamo
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



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