Willesden help in the West London 25 on 15th May.

The Willesden is down to provide marshals for the above event. The event starts at 7.30 am. If you can help marshal in this event please let Gill know. She cannot do all the marshalling on her own. We can go on to have a clubrun after the event.


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Restarting Hillingdon Training on Fridays

Weekly training at the Hillingdon Circuit is restarting this week – (Friday 29th April). The Clubhouse will be open from 17:30 & we aim to finish about 19:30 depending on numbers & daylight. £4 for adults sign-on and £2 for youths/U18. Hopefully tea & cake will be provided for a modest 50p. Everyone welcome, not just Willesden club members, so come along with your mates and let your cycling friends know.

Sam Grant

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West London Combine 25

The first West London combine event of 2022 is a 25 mile on the Amersham Road on 20th March.

Entries to me by 11th March.

Thanks. Gill

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Willesden Reliability is now the Chiltern Arrow

Following the success of last year’s event in early September which had 130 riders and with the apparent demise of the Chiltern Classic Reliability series, it has been decided to keep the event in the warmer part of the year and to rename it.

It will follow more or less the same routes as last year and have the challenge of a reliability. It will be held on Sunday September 11th with rider HQ at Chalfont St Peter. I will open it for bookings in the next few weeks.

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Accredited Marshall Training

The following email has just been received from BC…
From: Lucie Gallen 
Subject: Training course for accredited marshals in Central Region

Evening all!

First of all I want to wish you all a happy new year. I do hope you’ve managed to enjoy the festive season while avoiding the other C-word. 
While the race calendar is gradually taking shape, I’m writing to ask for your help. Mark Doel has managed to get two courses for accredited marshal training approved to bolster our ranks with a third one lined up. The first course is scheduled for Sunday, 16th January at Hillingdon (start 11 a.m.) with the second on 12th Feb at Abingdon.
Anyway, what I want to ask you if you could help spread the word by sharing this information and link with your respective clubs (if you are a member of one), and encourage anybody interested to step up.
Thanks very much for your assistance,
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Iris Sacker

I am afraid that I have to report the death of another of our Life members. Iris Sacker died last week just before her 93rd birthday. Iris was always helping out in the kitchen when the club held road races etc.

Her husband Ron has arranged the funeral for Wednesday January 13th at 11am at Breakspear Cremation.

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Message from Stan’s son

Dear WCC

I know Denis Peterson kindly passed on my thanks for the donation to the British Heart Foundation in memory of my dad, Stan Vygus.  However, I ought to personally say thank you from my brother, Adrian, and myself for the £50 donation. It was an unexpected, very thoughtful and wonderful gesture. We raised over £150 in total for this charity that was very dear to Stan’s heart (pardon the pun!). It will help make up for the sponsored walks that he will, alas, walk no more.

Thanks once again, and have a great Christmas.

Robert Vygus

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Gordon Piper

It is with regret that I have to report the death of Gordon Piper.

From Ian Piper:

The funeral has been arranged for 11am on Monday 1 November 2021 in the Chapel of Rest at Hedley Price Funeral Directors, Minehead. We have decided that any donations should go to the Westerley Care Home, Minehead as they were so good to Dad. Donations can be made via Hedley Price as follows:
The Westerley Amenities Fund (Westerley Care Home) c/o Hedley Price Funeral Directors, Mart Road, Minehead TA24 5BJ Tel. 01643 703111.

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Stan Vygus Funeral

Hello Willesden Cycling club

My dad Stan’s funeral will be at 15:30 hrs (i.e 3:30 pm) on Monday 25 October 2021 at the memorial chapel Sussex & Surrey Crematorium, Balcombe Road, CRAWLEY, RH10 3NQ.

M23 junction 10
then about 1 mile up to the big roundabout
right the way round to head back on yourself towards the M23
Take the slip road on your left before the motorway
Crematorium just a little way along on your left (opposite new houses).

Robert Vygus. Tel: 07970  843724  robvy@sky.com

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Stan Vygus

Stan Vygus

It is with regret that I have to report the death of Stan Vygus. He was one of the oldest members of the club. He joined when his Dad was President before the War. He was the Secretary of the Willesden Old Timers club. No details yet about funeral arrangements.

Regards Gladys

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West London combine hill climb, 3rd October.

Anyone interested in the West London combine hill climb on Windsor Hill?

It’s on the 3rd October 2021, 9.30 start.

Would be nice to get a few riders from the Willesden competing.


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Stuart Birnie sets new Willesden CC 12 hour record

New 12 hour record


Stuart held the 12 hour time trial record set in 2014 at 293.63 miles. He has exceeded that for the past two years, both times at the National 12 hour Championship run by Breckland CC.

In 2020 he rode 294.66 miles and this year,  on August 1st, 299.22 miles, tantalisingly close to 300.  This is an amazing average speed of 24.935mph.

A fantastic achievement, chapeau!


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Thursday Evening Training at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit

Hello all,

Ray has done an amazing job over the years & he can no longer continue to run the  session. I have managed to book the circuit for Thursday evenings with Ian Why.

Sessions start from 18:00.

The session will be £3 for adults & £1 for children U16.

The session dates are :


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Midweek Willesden Audax

The Riverside 2 Riverside 100 km Audax

Wednesday 18th August 10am from Jenners, Ray Mead Road, Maidenhead SL6 8NP

2 cafes – 1 ride
Many of you may know this ride, previously organised by Mick Hill and John Tipping. It really does show the best of 3 counties: Berkshire, Bucks and Oxfordshire.
Starting at Jenner’s cafe in Maidenhead, there are a few ups at Marlow and Turville before the great descent down to Watlington. The ride goes through some pretty villages before half way stop at the Waterfront Café on the Thames in Benson. The second half of the ride takes you across open farmland at Ipsden and visits the Maharajah’s Well at Stoke Row. Going through Henley sees you on the home strait back to Maidenhead via Knowl Hill, Fifield and the Fat Duck in Bray.
Start of the ride

Start of the ride

Happy to take entries on the line. A cheap day out £4 to Audax/ CyclingUK members (£7 to others)

Cycling, friends, tea and cake, sounds like a good day out.

If you want to book in advance go to the event listing at Audax UK

Anne Mograby, Organiser

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The next West London 25 TT

The next west London 25 will be on 15th August on the Amersham Road.

This event can be either a single ride or a 2-up. If anyone wishes to ride can they let me know. The organiser is also looking for marshalls.



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Olympic Cycling Information Online

The UCI have posted all the documents for the Tokyo on line here


These include all the maps and profiles for the road cycling events.



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Charity Ride Manual now available

Click below to download the ride manual for Sunday 27th June.

The Lakeside Cafe at the Hospice have kindly extended the breakfast menu for us until 11.30



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Charity Ride and Social Event 27th June

We finally have everything confirmed. The HQ will be a the usual start / finish point for the event usually organised by John and Diane Morris the Plough at Winchmore Hill, Bucks. Sign on from 9.15 for 10.00 start. The pub owner Raff will be on site to supply early morning coffees before the start.

The route is  only 48km and I’ve ridden it to check last Saturday. A gentle ride out and back.


The ride is a social event but if you help raise funds for the Thames Hospice, it would be appreciated. The half way stop is the lovely new cafe at the Hospice in Bray with views of the lake. (and very reasonable prices) We are hoping that they might extend the breakfast menu until we get there.

So if you may want to help raise money from your kind friends and some may just want to pay a tenner to ride on the day to support the event. The JustGiving page is here

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gerard-mcmanus and funds go straight to the charity.

Alternatively you may want to use the sponsorship form as we will be doing at our local pub next weekend! And you can bring it with you on the day if you can.

Thames Hospice Sponsorship Form 2021

I would be delighted if you would confirm your attendance  in advance so we can warn the hospitality sector to me via WhatsApp, Text or email on gerry@gerrymcmanus.co.uk

Looking forward to seeing you all helping to support a good cause and meet some friends.

Non cyclists welcome just for a slice of pizza or a coffee.



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Charity Ride 27th June 2021

Unfortunately John and Diane Morris are not organising their annual charity bike ride this year due to Covid-19 restrictions but I thought it might be nice to run something more informal on the same date which would have been 27th June 2021. Start time 10am.

One of their beneficiaries over the years has been the Thames Valley Hospice (Thames Hospice) and they have just opened up a new cafe by Bray Lake which we visited yesterday. It’s delightful with inside and outside seating and views of the lake. It’s an ideal half-way spot for the ride which will be around 30 miles and more of a social event.

My proposal is to start and finish the ride at the usual place at the Plough at Winchmore Hill and I hope to finalise that this week.

So keep the date in the diary and I hope to confirm soon!




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Ken Daniels

Vic White has supplied a picture of Ken Daniels. Ken was one of the club’ strongest ever riders. He rode in the Tour of Britain and the Tour d’Avenir.  Vic said “This is him in the Club Road Race on the Toms Hill circuit, some time in the ’60s I think. The jersey style might date it.”

Ken Daniels, Willesden Rider

Ken Daniels

In creating this post for Vic I was unable to find out anything about Ken other than what is on the club website. Can anyone fill in some details about him – either post on the club facebook page or in an email to info@willesdencyclingclub.org.uk

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