Save the Date: Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony 2016

Hi folks

On behalf of the committee, I am delighted to announce the date of the next Willesden Cycling Club Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony.


You are cordially invited to save the evening of Saturday, 23 January 2016 in your diaries, for a fabulous night of fine dining and celebrating the achievements of our members throughout the year! Festivities will begin from 6:30pm. The dinner will take place at the same venue as this year, the beautiful four-star De Vere Denham Grove Hotel, Denham, Buckinghamshire. Overnight accommodation will be available.


One of the loveliest things about the dinner this year is that it was truly a team effort, so I am calling on your help again. Do you have any skills related to the below, or friends who do? (Or can you think of other ways you can help?) If so please email me at

  • Sourcing a great band
  • Floristry for the table decorations
  • Crafting cute favours for the tables
  • Colour printing and stapling
  • Hiring (or borrowing) a stage and lectern
  • Securing high quality raffle prize donations

Full details to follow. If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact me.


CZ x

Event: Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony
Date: Saturday 23 January 2016
Time: From 18:30
Venue: De Vere Denham Grove Hotel, Tilehouse Lane, Denham, Buckinghamshire UB9 5DG
Tickets: Booking information to follow.

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Clean sweep for Pierce at Welwyn


Alex had a really good night at Welwyn, here is his report:

The second night of Welwyn track league was a very chilly one. However I (Alex) was feeling brave and decided to leave the leg warners at home… As soon as I took my trackies off I regretted this decision, so thanks Connor for being sensible and bringing a spare pair!

Tom, Sam and I rode the senior B events while Connor decided to step up and ride the senior A. I won the Scratch by a whisker and the bloc pursuit by half a whisker, nearly getting pipped to the line in both events. My win in the points was a little more comfortable as I managed to breakaway in the middle, sit up and still win the sprint for the last set of points!

Sam and Tom rode well at their first track league appearance at Welwyn, with several strong attacks which didn’t quite stick in the heavy wind. Now they have a feel for the track I’m expecting a clean sweep from one of them next week!

Meanwhile in the A’s Connor adapted well to the higher pace and the end of the night he was riding very comfortably in the group for the ten mile event. Connor and I were in the leading group for the majority of that race but missed a breakaway in the last few laps that managed to stay away…

All in all another successful night for the Squadra Verde!

Tom with a gap in the Points race.

Bs 10 lap scratch final sprint

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Alex grabs points at Eelmore’s opening round


Connor and I (Alex) raced at Eelmore last night. It was dusty and boring as per normal. I got 6th/7th (to be confirmed) and Connor got caught up behind a crash in the sprint so slipped just outside the top 10. First points of the year for me, just 37 to go!

Photos courtesy of 1st Gear Cycles (I’ll remember my glasses next time)

Wednesday night Kye also raced Eelmore and came away with a brilliant 3rd place

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Willesden Team Step Up at Hillingdon

2015 BC West Thames 3 - WillesdenCC20

Alex’s Race Report

This week Connor, Darryl and I decided to join Sam and ride the E123. An early duo escaped (Nuun-Sigma Sport & Pedal Heaven) afterwards the pace was erratic with many riders trying to join the break while Nunn and Pedal Heaven covered the moves. Each of us had go at least once but nothing stuck. I managed to get into a strong group at one point, which I thought would stay away but the wind meant we didn’t work well together.

Eventually a chase with several strong riders got away, and the pace went up to over 30mph! Darryl and I came to the front to try and pull them back. This jump in the pace unfortunately led to Connor and Sam getting dropped after their earlier efforts.

In the last laps the chasing group pulled away and took the majority of the top places behind the winning duo. The bunch sprint was a little shaky, Darryl and I almost ended up on the grass coming out of the hair pin and lost position… However we both felt strong enough and hopefully there will be a better result next week!

Alex Pierce 26th
Darryl Lusardi 28th
Connor Woodford DNF
Sam Grant DNF

E123 Photos:


Simon’s Race Report:

The race started off at a nice comfortable pace. After a short while it soon picked up. One or two attempted breakaways were closed down towards the end of the race.
Graham and I were nice and comfortable in the group and managed to stay in till the very end for the fast sprint! I was very pleased with my performance!

14th Graham Simpson
19th Simon Passey

3/4 Photos:


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FREE “Access All Areas” Pass


Ray Kelly has a very limited number of FREE “Access all Areas” passes for the Hillingdon stage of the three day Condor stage race to be held this weekend on Sunday 3rd May 2015!!!

As well as a superb track side viewing position ahead of all other spectators, you will also have access to all areas during the race day. This will give you a close up view of all the racing machines plus the chance to mingle with the riders.

Corporate hospitality will also be laid on, though this is limited to drinks only.

See full terms and conditions below

Please contact Ray Kelly immediately to secure your free pass!

Please help!!


Terms and Conditions

1. You will be required to be at the circuit for 9:00am on Sunday 3rd May
2. The “Access all Areas” pass will be in the form of a tabard (supplied), which is to be sported at all times.
3. The tabard will contain the word “Marshal” written upon it in large letters.
4. You will be required to wave a flags of certain colours (including chequered). May also involve pointing and talking.
5. Your grandstand viewing location will require you to assist riders where required and help manage the throng(s) of adoring spectators.
6. The rolling out and reeling in of red and white tape might be required. Chairs and tables may need to be stacked/unstacked.
7. At least one cup of tea/coffee is included in your pass courtesy of “Julie May Catering”
8. It will be a fun day and a chance to meet up with your other clubmates.
9. A warm fuzzy feeling is freely available as you realise you are helping Ray Kelly run one of the most important road races of our year.
10. Ray can be contacted on 07563 539 637 or email him on




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Latest news and results from Gladys

The Willesden have been very busy this week as well as taking part in events we have been responsible for organising three of them!

On Wednesday Ian & Pauline Why ran the 110 Km Audax event from Boullters Lock with over 40 riders taking part. Sunday the club organised the West London Combine 25 mile time trial with 63 entries on the Amersham Road while Ray Kelly ran the 2nd Go Ride event at Malorees School in which 21 children took part.

On the Racing front Alex Pierce, supported by a good backup team, won the 4th cat race at Hillingdon on Tuesday evening. Connor Woodford was 4th and Daryl Lusardi 6th with Simon Passy and Graham Simpson (10th) finishing in the main bunch. Sam Grant rode in the E/1/2/3 event and finished in the top 20 in the bunch sprint.

Alex rode at the first night of Welwyn Track League on Friday gaining 2nd place in the Points race and 3rd in the Elimination.

Jayne Paine went down to the Gravesend Cyclo Park to ride in a 40 mile event for 1st cat riders only to find she was the only female so she rode round with a young 3rd Cat rider giving her coaching tips!

Gill Reynolds rode the Banjo C.C. 10 mile timetrial at Maidenhaed on Saturday afternoon recording 26.46 and Brian Moon finishing in 29.19. She returned to the same course on Sunday morning to ride the Westerley C.C. event and although the weather was much colder returned in 26.23.

All for now,

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WCC Malorees Go-Ride Races.

Yesterday was the second and final part of the Willesden CC’s Spring Go-Ride racing at Malorees school.

The forecast rain did not appear and the grass track was in good shape for the day’s racing. A hallmark of this mini-series has been good turnouts and very competitive racing by the local young riders. Yesterday we had 22 riders ranging between 4 and 12 years old, with the youngest still sporting a natty pair of stabilizers. I must say that bike handling skills were very impressive, with not one faller or collision throughout the day. Well done all to all racers and well done to Ray Kelly and Paul Kaffel for coaching the children so well and for making the whole day possible.

We managed to cram 10 races and an “All-Stars” prize presentation into a couple of hours. All the children were fantastic, giving a great show to all the adults who loudly cheered from the “Grandstands”.

Thanks to Vyv Baker and Janice Kelly who ably managed a last minute rush of entries as well as keeping everyone supplied in tea and cake. A special treat for Ray and me was that Rod and Roger Woodford took down the course and packed every thing away whilst we were sorting out the prizes – thank you guys, you’re up for a medal next time! Defo!

So here is the bit you been waiting for…… the full results covered from every possible angle. Just click here to download the results (PDF Format) —> 2015-04-26 Malorees Results

All the children and adults enjoyed the day, so there is a real demand for more races in the summer, so watch this blog for more details on possible dates.

Miles Back



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BIG One Cycle Jumble – May 2nd


Cycle bargains galore at the next BIG One Cycle Jumble: Saturday 2 May at 9am until 1pm at the Epilepsy Centre, Chesham Lane, Chalfont St Peter, SL9 0RJ

Event page

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Hillingdon Slipstreamers – Time Trials

The Hillingdon Slipstreamers’ Circuit Time Trials are on Sunday 24th May 2015.  Costs have been kept at a very reasonable £5 per rider. To enter you must complete and return the entry form(s) before the 12th May 2015 closing date.

The day will consist of four races, restricted to a maximum of 30 riders per race.  The races are :

Race 1: Boys and girls aged 12 or under on the day
Race 2: Boys and girls aged 14 or under on the day
Race 3: Boys and girls aged 16 or under upto and including 31st December 2015
Race 4: Mums and Dads “Come And Try It”

Each Race will be 10 laps of the Hillingdon circuit.

Medals will be awarded to individual categories and teams, whilst the fastest riders will be proudly going home sporting a gleaming trophy! But that’s not all, Chris Sellings will be arranging some side show races between the time trials to keep you all entertained and the BBQ will definitely be fired up. So all you WCC U18 racers, why not form a team and enter this great event as soon as possible.

All riders need to complete the entry form – click here —> Entry_Form_2013_Electronic

If you are also part of a team, then you will also need complete the Team Entry form  – click here —> Team Entry Form

If any adults would like to have a ride in the “Come and Try It” race, then please mail Dave George at – You need to be over 18 and not have taken part in an Open Time Trial competition before.

Happy racing!



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Club Monthly Meeting on Friday 1 May 2015

town crier

Monthly meeting to be held in the Club House of Hillingdon Cycle Circuit, Minet Park this Friday 1 May at 8.00 p.m. after training.

Once again, we welcome club members to come along to the meeting.  You can then air your views and present positive ideas towards the growth and running of your cycling club.

Please come along and support your club.

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Boulters Bash 110km Audax

Ian and Pauline Why organised a superb mid-week Audax yesterday.  Ian had ordered good weather for the event and it was delivered in buckets and on time. This was to the complete satisfaction of all riders, many of whom were stripped down to shorts and summer jerseys.

Ian and Pauline’s smooth management of the signing on process lent a calm and unruffled atmosphere to the start of the event, coping easily with over half of the 40+ strong field who were entering-on-the-line. They also laid on  Ray Kelly to provide background banter and to test drive the cafe’s bacon sarny/cappuccino combo – a brave man that!

Annie proudly sporting her new steed. She's now even quicker!

Annie proudly sporting her new steed. She’s now even quicker!

Ian Birch about to set off

Ian Birch about to set off

The one and only Mr Moon

The one and only Mr Moon

Tony Willard readies himself for the start. Good to see Tony back on form after his nasty spill earlier this year


The Captain and Mr Back do the “Sky Stem Stare” thing.

As soon as ten o’clock arrived, we left – sorry ten o’clock it was nothing personal. The Captain, Miles Back and Mrs Back rode as a team, immediately setting a tempo that enabled us to move in to a very strong and unassailable last position.

Once out of Maidhead the route settled in to a string of quite and delightful lanes as we streamed along to the turn at Pangbourne. All the necessary info controls were in safe positions, easy to locate and simple to remember. After a  short excursion off route in Pangbourne to cycle past the Lamborghini shows rooms we were soon in the Pangbourne cafe to be greeted by Jim and Wendy Mears on Brevet card stamping duties.

I had my customary mid ride meal of beans on toast. Danny Pollock of the Gregarios is renouned for setting standards for this bean based nutrition. My serving rated an impressive 9/10 on the Pollox scale.

Whilst on my second cappuccino Jim reveled that Jim McKay had not been though yet. This could not be true – Jim nips along at formidable pace. I thought he must have whizzed through so fast that he was somehow missed. Moments later my jaw swung open as Mr McK appeared. He was missing his chain, his rear derailleur and most of the skin off one knuckle. A pothole had unseated him and whilst lying on the ground he also managed to break the fall of the following rider. A bit shocked but reasonably in tact Jim had to abandon and was ferried back home by the ever helpful Jim and Wendy.

The return leg saw the Captain make a calculated attack – to me it had all the hallmarks of a hard rider off to film lambs is a field to post on to Facebook. The hills of the second half of the ride were quite demanding and we arrived back at a deserted finish except for Ian and Pauline had dutifully waited for us to return.

It was a great event, well run with a spot-on route sheet. Well done the Whys – you may have secured this gig forever!

Miles Back

Stay Miles Back 2

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Strong Willesden Team Win at the Circuit

willesden CC BC West Thames 2

It was another evening of nice weather for the racing at Hillingdon last night. Continue reading

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Malorees School’s Exciting Go-Race Day

Yesterday was the first round of the WCC/Malorees School Go-Race day for 2015. It was a morning of many thrills but no spills. All riders provided the enthusiastic crowd with close and exciting racing.

Conditions for the racing were just about perfect with a dry playing field enabling some impressively fast racing, with all the riders performing exceptionally well. The races were coming thick and fast and by the end of the morning some 15 incident free races had been run. Full results of the individual and Team Pursuit races are at the bottom of this post.

The second and last round of the WCC Malorees Go-Race series  is scheduled for Sunday 26th April, sign on from 9:00am with racing starting at 9:30 onwards. Full details can be found here

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Individual Races - Placings Individual Races - Points Team Pursit ResultsA PDF file of the above results is available here 2015-04-19 Malorees Results





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Rider Development Session – Race Preparation – 26th April

british-cycling-logoRider Development Session – Race Preparation

Sunday, 26th April 2015 – 13.30 to 17.30

Hillingdon Cycle Circuit
Springfield Road,

£4.00 per rider

Aimed mainly for 4th Cat riders these sessions are aimed at anyone planning to race in any Surrey League events during 2015. However these sessions are also ideal for those just wanting to hone their racing skills. The sessions are open to both male and female riders from 14 years upwards.

The Curriculum will include:

  • A World Class warm up. You can warm up on circuit or use your turbo or rollers if you prefer.
  • Group riding skills: (Basic) Maintaining your position, close quarters riding, manouvering through the bunch.
  • Cornering: Line choice, gear selection, entry and exit speed, body position on the bike, eye-line. Optimum line and enforced change of line due to others.
  • Group riding skills: (Advanced) Working efficiently in smaller groups, breaks, chases etc. TTTs and “Thru & Offs”, pace lines/chaingangs, close wheel-to-wheel riding.
  • Sprinting: Good technique, holding a line etc. Sprint drills to take away.
  • Coach-led races: ‘Mock’race scenarios and tactics to practice the coaching points.
  • Classroom session. This gives the riders advice on WHAT and HOW to train for racing.
  • Feedback & Q & A

In short, the curriculum includes all the essential elements you will to fulfill to enter the 2015 Surrey League series of events (you must attend two sessions to be race-ready).

There will be two groups for some of the segments. One group who have attended their first Race Preparation Session and another group for those for whom this is their first session.

The time table for the afternoon is as follows

13.15 Sign on.

13.30 Briefing.

17.30 Close

Note: A Parent Consent Form will be required for all U18s

These sessions will be run by –

Graham MacNamee
Development Coach Central Region
Go-Ride Programme

For further details and on-line entry – please click here

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Results from the velodrome

Results from the legacy event at the Olympic velodrome on Saturday. Tom Zittel and Connor Woodford both rode well even through they had both been promoted to the B events. Tom had a great start in the Elimination race coming second he followed this with 5th in the Course de primes and 6th in the points race. Connor come 5th in the elimination race and 4th in the Scratch race.
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April 26th WLC 25 mile time trial – Now taking entries

I’m now taking entries for the above time trial. If you wish to enter please let me know with your PB for a 25. Whilst it would be great to see you enter, I’d really appreciate if you would consider marshalling this event as Willesden is the organising club and we are a bit short of marshals.
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Severn Across – Club 400k Audax 9 May

Willesden Cycling Club Audax UK Super Ransonneur Series

The club’s 400k Audax from Chalfont St Peter to Chepstow and back, runs on 9 May and is filling up fast. If you have not entered you’ll need to get a move on. And if you are free early on the morning of 9 May, your tea-making skills would be appreciated.

The event has run for 14 years and is part of the club’s Super Randonneur Series that includes the epic 600k Beast from the East. Part of the qualifying series for this years Paris-Brest-Paris, the Seven Across runs to Woodstock, Tewkesbury, Newent, Chepstow, Malmsbury, Wootton Basset, Membury and Henley. It is mostly flatish but with a couple of interesting lumps on the approach and exit from Chepstow; the ride’s challenge is really a test of mental stamina.

With a cap on around 100 entries there are still places for Willesden members who want to have a go.

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The ride starts at 0600 from Chalfont St Peter Community Centre and organiser Liam FitzPatrick would be delighted to have any help he can get from 0500 with tea making for the riders. If you can help contact Liam on 07881 841 355 or

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It’s back….!


The Beast from the East 600km Audax

The Beast from the East

Saturday 23rd May 2015

Start Time: 06:00

Starting from: Waltham Abbey

Entry Fee:£20.00

A 600km Audax (and 2015 Paris-Brest Qualifier) starting from Waltham Abbey.

Controls at Princes Risborough, Hungerford, Warminster, Taunton Deane services, Yeovil, Middle Wallop, Dinton Pastures and Little Missenden.

Organiser Mark Brooking would like helpers from the club for the start and finish in Waltham Abbey and also at the turn-point in Yeovil. Any helpers get a free entry into the “Helpers ride” on the 16th/17th May, plus that inner glow of helping your club mates on this demanding ride.

Please contact Mark on if you are able to help.

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Reminder: Pub Run, Thurs 16 April

Hi folks

A friendly reminder that our Pub Run will be next Thursday, 16 April. Hope to see you there! Full details below.


CZ x

Event: Pub Run
Date: Thurs 16 April 2015
Time: 8:00pm onwards
Venue: Coach and Horses Pub, 1 High Road, Ickenham, Middlesex UB10 8LJ

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Monthly Meeting Friday 10 April

               town crier

Monthly meeting to be held in the Club House of Hillingdon Cycle Circuit, Minet Park this Friday 10th April at 8.00 p.m. after training.

We welcome club members to come along to the meeting.  You can then air your views and present positive ideas towards the growth and running of your cycling club.

It would be great to see new faces.

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