Tucker wins Euro Qualifier!

Despite the appalling weather ( worst I’ve experienced in a duathlon ) I managed to win my age group ( 70 -74 ) in the European Qualifiers and will be selected for next April’s European Age Group Duathlon Champs in Spain.

– Ray Tucker

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Willesden CC 2017 Annual dinner and dance

Date: Saturday 21st January 2017

Venue: Uxbridge Golf Course
The Drive
UB10 8AQ

Time: 18.30 for 19.00 – 23.00.
Price adults £30; under-16 £15.

Programme: Arrival, Meal, Prize Presentation, Disco. Various toasts led by Toastmaster Ray Kelly. Cross-toasting fun.

Menu: Galia Melon with Berries, Shank of Lamb in Red Wine Sauce or Vegetable Lasagne plus Selection of Vegetables, Sherry Trifle with Cream, Coffee and Mints.

Ticket choice

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West London Combine Hill Climb & Club Championships


Photo shows Tom Zittel who became this year’s Hill climb Champion when he climbed Windsor Hill in 1 minute 53 secs.

others taking part were
Josh Copley 1.58
James Foley 2.21
Harrison Tibbs 2.26
Jayne Paine 2.45
Roger Crouch 2.52
Ryan Finestone 2.55
Brian Moon 3.17.

Gill Reynolds had a successful ride n the Don Byham memorial 10 mile time trial at Tring taking the fastest lady and the fastest lady vet on standard when she recorded 25.11.

All for now,

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Get Your Willesden Bidons now!


Specialized have just delivered our new Willesden bottles.
Thanks to Rich Cooper for design!

They are £6 each and can be collected from Pro Music International during opening hours or at the Friday night training sessions from Ray Kelly at Hillingdon Circuit.

If you can’t make it in person, order yours below and they will be posted for £4 per order.

Don’t delay we only have 50 available!



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Club Run Sunday 9 October

In order to provide support and encouragement to the Willesden riders (and everyone else too) doing the Hill Climb at Windsor Hill (the top is off Broad Lane nr Beaconsfield/Wooburn Green HP10 0LN) this week’s club run will depart Denham at 08:45.

Let the Club Run Captain know if you’re coming – WillesdenClubRuns@live.co.uk


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Jayne Paine World Champion

Jayne Paine become World Masters pursuit Champion at Manchester yesterday. Jayne beat Janet Birkmyre in the final last night. In the earlier rounds yesterday morning she recorded the fastest time and a new World Record for her age group 2.31.59 for two kilos.

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Club Monthly Meeting – Friday 7 October

Club monthly meeting will take place after Friday night training at 8.00 p.m in the Club House of Hillingdon Cycle Circuit, Minet Park on Friday 7 October.  Ray Kelly will also run a turbo session to supplement the circuit training.

Club officers who are unable to attend please send me your apologies and a report if you have one.  I will not be in attendance but will pass on any emails to one of the Committee.

Wendy Mears  

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London-Wales-London – Willesden’s new 400km Audax


Looking for a 2017 challenge? Try the revamped club 400 audax next April!

The Willesden’s annual spring 400km audax has undergone a bit of a facelift. And members are being challenged to see if they can cope with a full day in the saddle.

We’re run the Severn Across for 14 years but from next year it is rebranded as the London-Wales-London along with a few refinements. It takes place on Saturday 29 April 2017.


The much loved route goes from Chalfont St Peter to Chepstow and back. Riding at speeds of between 15 and 30 kph entrants visit Woodstock, Tewkesbury, the Severn Bridge, Malmsbury and Lambourn. Everyone gets a night ride and to enjoy the unique companionship that comes with audaxing.

In recent years Willesden riders have always made a good showing and although the format changes are intended to attract a new type of audaxer, the organisers hope that club members can ensure a good Willesden presence on the road and in the controls.

Volunteers have already come forward to staff the control at Lambourn but help is needed at the 6am start on the Saturday and at the finish through Saturday/ Sunday night. Volunteers to test the route a week or two before are most welcome.

Potential entrants or helpers can find out more by contacting organiser Liam FitzPatrick (lfitzpatrick01@gmail.com) or by visiting the www.londonwaleslondon.com

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Entry Open for Hill Climb Champs!


Mick is now taking entries to the Hill Climb Champs. Just shoot him an email to enter.
Sunday, October 9th with the first rider off at 09.30

Windsor Hill (HHC011)

Enter by Emailing Mick

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Willesden Johnny Walker Road Race 18-9-16













road-race2016-13A few pictures,the winners and some helpers!!

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Willesden Road Races


Here is report of the club road races held at Little Milton in Oxfordshire yesterday.

Matt Cronshaw(Madison Genesis) is holding the cup
Joshua Lawless (PMR) in silver position
Rhys Howells (Richardson Trek)-Bronze.
Also in the photo is Jayne Paine the organiser of the events wearing a Willesden vest and Gladys Purdy (Club President) who presented the medals.

In the Dulcie Walker Memorial Race for 3/4 category riders ,which was held in the morning.James Kingsley(Watford Velo Sport)was the winner,Second David Watson(Ride Coventry) Third place Will Holland (Lovello Cinelli RT) all of whom received medals.

Saturday evening Rich Cooper rode in the Vets Category for the first time in the West Drayton Mountain Bike event,aptly named, Exposure Night of the Nobby Tread, and finished in an excellent 6th position.

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Club Runs September – November 2016

The Club Runs list for September to November 2016 is now available here wcc-club-runs-sept-nov-2016club run

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WCC Road Race Day Time Table

Willesden Cycling Club – Road Races
Race Day Time Table – Sunday, 18th September 2016

Dulcie Walker Memorial Road Race

(Regional B, Band 4: 3/4/W/J)

Start 9:30am
(sign-on 8.30am to 9:00am)

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

John Walker Trophy Road Race
120 km

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

Start 01:30pm
(sign-on 12:15pm to 1:00pm)

* * * 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

Vital Race Day Information

  • Sign On : Please sign on at least 30 minutes before the start of the race. Failure to do so may result in the race organiser giving your number to a reserve rider.
  • Parking: Please ensure that you park only in the field adjacent to the Village Hall/Race HQ. The main car park will be reserved for official race vehicles only.
  • Race Detritus: OK, so this is a posh name for rubbish. Please take away all of your junk. Empty gel packs should be put back in your pocket after use – please do not litter.
  • Finish line: Sorry but we need to keep this as clear as a whistle for the safety of everyone. So please go straight to the HQ after the finish of the race – please do not wait for friends at the finish line.
  • Catering : The fabulous Nici and Debbie will be providing the now legendary race catering. The array of delicious fare will include tea, coffee, sandwiches, plus cakes, cakes and more cakes!

Race History and Trophies

The Willesden Cycling Club was founded in 1927 and our annual road race day is one of the premier events in our calendar. On race day we will have two trophies to contest, they are –

The “John Walker” Trophy

This is a E/1/2 Road race and is the main event of the day.

The winner will have their name engraved on the the prestigious and impressive trophy, which is a salute to a much loved club member, Mr John Walker.

John Walker 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

2015 Tristan Robbins – Madison Gesesis

2014 Elliot Porter, JLD 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


The “Dulcie Walker” Memorial Road Race

This is a 3/4/W/J race to identify the stars of tomorrow. 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 –

2015 Luke Souter – Shutte Velo Rapide

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

Event Details

Event URN:
Start Date:
Sun, 18th Sep 2016
Event Type:
Road (Competitive)
Little Milton Village Hall, Thame Road, Little Milton, Oxfordshire, OX44 7PZ
Central Road Race League
Entry close date
Mon, 5th Sep 2016
Event Organiser:
Jayne Paine
Cheques payable to:
enter online at British Cycling
Online entry method:
Organiser selects entrants



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HELP !!!!!!!!!


I am desperately short of volunteers – please, please help.

A small number of people have volunteered so far and that is super…… but it is not enough unfortunately.

Altogether I need:
2 people on teas/cakes/sandwiches (now sorted)
5 drivers
2 photofinish/finish line
2 sign on
20 marshals

Also signs need to be put out/taken in

I need to assure the commissaires/police by this Friday that we have the manpower for a safe race otherwise it will be cancelled.

Jayne Paine – Road Race Keeper

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Stuart “Hippy” Birnie 10 TT Record

Hippy set a club record of 19:54 for 10 TT over the Bank holiday weekend. Completing the course at an average speed of 30.2mph

Hippy now possesses an impressive set of club records that span distances of 10, 15, 25, 20, 50 and 100 miles, plus the 12hr and 24hr…. oh and he is pretty nippy riding across continents too!

Please read Hippy’s engaging article on his latest record here.


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A Riverside Report

Riverside 2 Riverside Ride Report

I had been watching the weather forecast all week and the spell of nice weather brought in a flurry of entries in the last 2 weeks. Wednesday 17th August started well with bright sunshine seeing 62 riders off from Jenner’s cafe in Maidenhead. We beat our record for a midweek ride as last year we had only 47 riders!!


There were riders and bikes of all shapes, sizes and ages, most of which managed around the course. It was good to see many of the regulars rolling up for another Riverside 2 Riverside and also many new faces as well. Thanks to Ian and Annie Birch who gathered up a crowd of Hillingdon CC and to Graham of Redhill CC who made it their midweek ride. It was great to see a good turnout of Willesden riders 12 or so in all.CIMG0337[1]

Thanks also to Gladys andRon Purdy for coming to see the ride in at Jenners. A big thank you to John and Mick, I couldn’t do it without you

Thanks for all your support guys. CIMG0330[1]The ride saw many ups, the biggest and best being Turville Hill and a few downs before reaching our 2nd riverside cafe in Benson. We had a few DNF mainly due to the heat. I think most people enjoyed it despite the heat and Turville Hill.

Anne Mograby – R2R organiser

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Club Meeting – Friday 2 September

Club monthly meeting will take place after Friday night training at 8.00 p.m in the Club House of Hillingdon Cycle Circuit, Minet Park on Friday 2 September.  

The main topic of discussion will be the Road Race, so we would appreciate seeing old and new members at the meeting.

Club officers who are unable to attend please send me your apologies and a report if you have one.  Many thanks.

Wendy Mears  

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Club Track Champs 2016

The Club Track Champs are on Saturday 3rd September at Welwyn start time 2pm. All welcome bike hire available you must have ridden on the track before. Ladies Gents Senior Junior and School boy and Girl champs to be decided. Come along you may become a club track champ.

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Club run 28 August

In a change to our published programme, the club run on 28 August will be to Wokingham Farm cafe.


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Transcontinental Bike Race 2016

Stuart/Hippy has crossed the finish line of the Transcontinental Race* at  00:16:54 AM (CEST) Wednesday 11th August. Total distance was covered was 3562.8 km in 12 days 1 hr 02min.

Chapeau Hippy the Beer Cat!!


* The Transcontinental Race (TCR) is an annual, self-supported, ultra-distance cycling race across Europe. It is one of the world’s toughest ultra-endurance races.

Aside from some short obligatory sections riders are free to choose their own route, which runs from the start in Geraardsbergen, Belgium to Çanakkale, Turkey. However riders have to pass through controls in Clermont-Ferrand, France, the  Furka Pass, Switzerland, Passo di Giau, Italy and the Durmitor Massif, Montenegro.

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