This coming Sunday sees the running of the 30th Annual Charity Cycle Ride! This family fun event is organised each year by John Morris and is a great day out for cyclists of all types and abilities. This is a great event and has always been well supported by members of the Willesden Cycling Club?
John Morris’s route varies slightly each year, but it is always a wonderful route with at least two excellent stops along the 30 mile course.
It starts at 10.00 am on 24th June at from The Plough public house, Winchmore Hill, Bucks (Map), where you can sign on and also make a donation to this year’s charity, which is The Thames Valley Adventure Playground for children and adults with special needs in Taplow.
The Thames Valley Adventure Playground provides a chance for children and adults with all types of special needs to enjoy the fun, freedom and friendship afforded by the opportunity to play and share experiences in a safe and stimulating environment. This includes wheelchair-accessible roundabouts and swings, elevated walkways, allowing someone with profound and multiple difficulties to enjoy the excitement of ‘climbing’ trees, multi-sensory rooms to stimulate and relax, with specially-trained staff to provide help and support.
For those of you who have the technology, here is the TCX route for Sundays ride. There were road works in the route last week, so hope they have now been completed.
Ian Why has contacted me to say that if people would rather make a donation to charity in lieu of flowers then the family have chosen The London Air Ambulance charity.
After Pauline’s funeral there will be a collection box when we gather at the Bowls club, or donations can be made direct to the charity via the The London Air Ambulance (Charity no 801013) donations page on their website.
The 3rd of June dawned bright and sunny for the annual 10 Bridges and Kaf 2 Kaf Audax events. Brevet cards, entry forms, route sheets and validation stickers all ready for the hoped vast crowds of on the line entries. At the beginning all that could be seen was a sea of red and black Maidenhead Cycling Club, Where was the green of Willesden? However that soon appeared with many Willesden members riding the 64km route.
Ray Kelly devised an off road route for the Kaf 2 Kaf which was definitely the high (or low point) of the ride for many. We had 55 riders on the 10 Bridges and 14 on the Kaf 2 Kaf. It was hot day with temperatures in the high 20’s. It was even hot sitting in the shade. A good day was had by all.
Thanks to everyone who rode and supported the event. Special thanks to David Dyer for bringing along about a dozen of his riding buddies from MCC . From me a big thank you to John Tipping who was my right hand man all day and also to Mick Hill and Ian Oliver who helped at the busy times. I hope this event has wetted your appetite for more Audax rides, the next one is organised by Ian Oliver and is on 1st July.
The many of the Maidenhead!
The Kaf 2 KAF riders set off to Mud-enhead….
Anne, Mick and John with the Kaf 2 Kaf riders
Anne with a big turn out for the 10 Bridges ride.
I’m rather late in reporting this but Stuart “The Hippy” Birnie has recently set a new club record and a personal best on the ACME Wheelers 25, with a time of 49:43. Well done Hippy!
At the moment Hippy is on the Trans Am Bike race, which started on 2nd June. The TABR runs west to east across America and the riders have to be self supported. At present (Monday 4th June @10am) he has covered 486 miles in 1 day and 20 hours. You can follow his progress on the TABR website
As some of you may have read on Facebook, club member Peter Dixon died on Monday May 28th. If anyone wants to send a message to his family you can do it through his friend Adrian Masters at email@example.com.
Pauline receiving her life time membership at the 2008 Willesden Dinner and Dance
As many of you many of you will know, Pauline Why, passed away peacefully and quietly at her home last week. Pauline was a valuable helper on club events for many years and was also an Accredited Road Race Marshall, ensuring rider safety our annual road race. Her contribution to the family of cycling has been invaluable and our condolences go to her husband Ian and her two boys, Peter and Richard.
Pauline’s funeral will take place at 11:30am on Monday 11th June 2018 at Breakespeare Crematorium, Breakspear Road, Ruislip, Middlesex, HA4 7SJ. Directions can be found here
This will be followed by a gathering at Denham Bowls Club, Denham Way, Denham, Uxbridge UB9 5AX. More detailed directions to the bowls club can be found here.
Anne Mograby is running two Audax rides for us on SUNDAY 3RD JUNE. Both starting from Jenners Cafe in Maidenhead (See map here)
You have two rides to choose from –
“10 THAMES BRIDGES” – Starts at 9:00am
1 ride – 2 cafes, 1 river, 10 Thames bridges (100km)
It really does show the best of the river Thames. Starting at Jenner’s cafe there are a few ups to Marlow, then to Hambleden, Henley and Sonning. The ride goes through some pretty villages before its half way stop at Dinton Pastures. The second half of the ride takes towards Ascot and through the Great Park. On the home strait back to Maidenhead you visit Datchet, Eton and the Fat Duck in Bray.
Enter 10 Thames Bridges
“KAF TO KAF” – Start time 10:00am
1 ride – 2 cafes (62km)
If you fancy doing something a bit shorter, then the 62km Kaf to Kaf is for you. Starting at Jenner’s cafe there is one climb up to Pinkneys Green. The ride goes through some pretty villages before the half way stop at Dinton Pastures. The second half of the ride takes towards Ascot and back to Maidenhead via Fifield and Bray.
Enter Kaf to Kaf
Anne is happy to take entries on the line. It is an excellent value for money day at only £4 per person (for Audax/ CTC members). There is a small extra insurance charge for non-Audax/CTC riders wishing to take part.
Anne hopes to see you all there.
Join the world of Audax riding
All riders please note you need to register your car reg number in the track centre to get 3 hours free parking. Please arrive in good time as we are on the track at 9am.
List of riders Neil Martin, James Edwardes, Connor Woodford, John Wheatley, Darryl Lusardi, Andy Taylor, Chris Kelly, Adam Huddle, Roger Woodford, Tony Flynn,
Please note I still have some places let me know if you wish to attend.
See bike spec below do not worry about the 84in gear as this is not a taster session.
Can all riders who are coming to the club track session at the velodrome on Sunday May 27th please pay your £20.00 into the club bank account TSB Harrow account no 00106568 sort code 77-70-72 mark the payment track session. Also let me know you have paid and your email address so that I can send you further information.
Below is a link to a downloadable PDF file containing all the details of the Willesden CC club rides. The list has been prepared by the Club Captain, Brain Moon, with the IT assistance of Seán Bannister.
The Club Track Championships will be held on Sunday 2nd September from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Welwyn Track.
I have now booked the Lee Valley velodrome for Sunday 27th May from 9 a.m to 11 a.m. We are limited to 15 riders so let me know ASAP if you are riding. The cost is £20.00 and you will need to book and pay in advance.