2019 John and Dulcie Walker Memorial Road Races

Willesden Cycling Club

John and Dulcie Walker Memorial Road Races

Sunday, 15th September 2019

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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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Social night cycling and soccer

Social Night Out Tuesday 13th August

Hayes and Yeading FC v Harrow Borough FC


Beaconsfield Road, Hayes, Middlesex, UB4 0SL (round the corner from the cycle circuit)

Kick Off – 19:45

Hayes and Yeading Team Photo

Did you know there was a great football club just round the corner from the cycle circuit at Minet Park?

They play in the Bet Victor sponsored Southern League Premier Division

This match will be a hotly contested local derby. H and Y were Isthmian League champions last season and are new boys to this league with a point to prove.

Tickets are £10 adults and £6 concessions. I believe tea and burgers will be available for purchase.

There will be cycle racing on the circuit before hand starting at 6.30 so you can watch a bit of that before hand and grab tea and cake in the HQ, where we will congregate. Cars need to be moved to the H and Y car park in time for the game.

Gerry McManus
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John Tipping’s Funeral – The ride

AS a final salute to dear John Tipping a few of us will be riding to his funeral from Jenners Café at Boulters lock on Monday 29th July 2019.

We are planning to meet at Jenners Café from 10:00am onwards on Monday 29th, with the aim of leaving for John’s Funeral at 10:45am, which will be held at Easthampstead Crematorium, Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham RG403DW. The route is 15 miles long and think we should be arrive at the Crematorium between 12:00 and 12:15pm so that we can accompany the cortege.

If you have a Willesden top then sport it proudly in Tippy’s honour. The “wake” is very close by and it should only take us 5 minutes to ride there from the Crematorium.

So far there are six of us riding at Jenners, if anyone else would like to join us then you would be most welcome – please let me know either through this blog post or the Willesden CC Facebook page.

John Davies

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John Tipping’s Funeral

From Tony Willard

The funeral of John will take place at Easthampstead Crematorium Nine Mile Ride Wokingham RG403DW on Monday 29 July at 1230pm and afterwards at Pinewood Cafe and Bar Old Wokingham Road RG403AQ

Those wishing to cycle behind the hearse from the entrance to the crematorium (200 yards) may do so after parking up.

The wearing of Willesden CC tops etc. would be a nice tribute to John.

Please could you let me know if you are attending. Email address is tonywillard272 at gmail.com

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John Tipping

Tony Willard posted this on the club Facebook page.

“It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that my old friend John Tipping passed away on Tuesday.
Details are all a bit vague at the moment, but funeral arrangements will be known later.
RIP my old mate and thanks for all the memories.”


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All runs leave Shane’s Nursery, 29 Oxford Road, Denham @ 09:30 unless otherwise stated

Copy and paste this file for a PDF copy: file:///C:/Users/user1/Documents/WCC/WCCclubrunsJulyDecember19-3r.pdf

7         Heartwood Tearooms – Sandridge
14       Thame
21       Haddenham – Norsk, was Little Italy
28       Henley

4        Rushmere Country Park, nr. Leighton Buzzard
11       Billingbear – Golf Club
18      Quainton – George & Dragon          /      WLCA  “25”
25      Moss End – Garden Centre

1        Black Barn – Wilstone Green           /     WLCA “10”
8       Lookout – Bracknell
15      Little Milton Village Hall – 09:30 & 14:00 – CLUB ROAD RACE: NO CLUB RUN
22     Dunstable Downs
29     Hellfire Caves – West Wycombe

6         t.b.c.               /            Club hill climb – WLC – see Gill.
13       Pages Park – Leighton Buzzard
20      Haddenham – Garden Centre
27       Wargrave – Old Post Office

3          St. Abans – Sports Centre
10        Fernygrove Farm – Hawthorn Hill – A330
17        Horsley Green – Stokenchurch – A40
24        Cheddington – Waterside Cafe

1          Chalfont – Rowan Garden Centre         /        Club AGM?
8         Bledlow – Red Lion/Chinnor railway
15        Ivinghoe – Old School
22        Burnham – Sunrise Cafe
29        Moss End – Garden Centre

5  JANUARY  2020 Boulters Lock – Jenners Cafe


Important information:

Please note:   Rides are for WCC members only with a maximum of 3 rides for prospective members.

All club runs will be at the speed of the slowest rider.

In the interests of safety we recommend that you wear a hard shell helmet.

In bad weather please use a bike with mudguards and a rear mud flap to protect yourself and others.


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Saturday 31st August Club Track Champs and Fun Day

We have decided this year to combine the Track Champs and Fun Day at Welwyn Track. The start time is 2 p.m.  All the family welcome and bring a picnic.

Track Champs

The usual racing programme.  Track bikes are available for hire if required for these events.

Fun Day

Fun races for all ages and abilities on any bike. We are able to use the cycle track or running track.

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Seven summer Audaxes

Summary of Willesden summer audaxes

A gentle reminder that between next weekend and late August the club is running seven audaxes, ranging from 50Km to 600Km. The ones coming up soon are:


Post Box

With these you can’t cheat organisers by using Google Streetview

Sat 25 May 2019
06:00 from Chalfont St Peter    Bare Bones 400
BRM [PBP]  £7.00    Liam  Fitzpatrick
Controls at Woodstock, Tewkesbury, Chepstow and Membury, plus 1 information control.
A simple 400km PBP qualifier. X rated BRM for experienced audaxers from Chalfont St Peter to Chepstow & back. All commercial controls; postal finish. Zero TLC & a grumpy wave off from the organiser – proper audax.

Bus shelter

There for audaxers to have a little lie down

Sun 02 Jun 2019
09:00 from Maidenhead    10 Thames Bridges
BP  £4.00    Anne  Mograby
It really does show the best of the river Thames. There are a few ups to Marlow, then to Hambleden, Henley and Sonning. The ride goes through some pretty villages before a half way stop at Dinton Pastures. The second half of the ride takes towards Ascot and through Windsor Great Park. On the home straight  you visit Datchet and Eton and pass the Fat Duck in Bray.

10:00 from Maidenhead    Kaf to Kaf
BP  £4.00    Anne  Mograby
Starting at Jenner’s cafe there is one up to Pinkneys Green. The ride then goes through some pretty villages before a break at Dinton Pastures. The second half of the ride goes towards Ascot and back  to Maidenhead via Fifield and Bray.

Details of all the events can be found at http://www.willesdencyclingclub.co.uk/calendar/audax-calendar/ ‎

Rainbow cake

A regrettable necessity to get proof of passage

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Help with Hillingdon Crit on June 29th

Reading CC have been in touch asking if we can help them. They are holding criterium races on the afternoon of Saturday 29th June and are having trouble recruiting a first aider for the event. If you are qualified and able to help or have a recommendation as to how they may be able to recruit someone suitable, please contact their secretary at secretary.readingcc@gmail.com.

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Cyclist Track Day, 18-19 May – £10 discount

I got this message yesterday from the club’s contact page. The discount code is CLUB35

“It’s Emily here from Cyclist Magazine. I’m reaching out to you with an exciting offer for our hugely popular Cyclist Track Days event at Lee Valley Velo Park in London. Your club will be able to ride any of over 200 new bikes from the likes of Pinarello, Cannondale, BMC, 3T and more, on the purpose-built circuit.
> We want to offer you and your club an exclusive discounted ticket at just £35 for our event on Saturday/Sunday 18th/19th May. This applies to standard price tickets only, and includes the following:
> –        Coffee and a delicious hot lunch
> –        A Cyclist goody bag worth over £30
> –        A chance to test out the latest clothing from our sponsor, ASSOS of Switzerland
> More information can be found on our event website here: https://cyclisttrackdays.com/live/en/page/home

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Tim Wainwright’s bikes for sale

Especially if you audaxed, you would have known long-time Willesden member Tim Wainwright. Tim sadly died in March 2017, and now his wife Pauline, herself a cyclist, is putting his bikes up for sale.

His audaxing career started in the late 80s and he died as the result of a colliding with a parked van when out on his bike. He rode in most major audax events and had a host of audax palmares. When he wasn’t riding himself, he was expertly photographing events. He managed to make time to edit one edition each year of Arrivee, Audax UK’s magazine. He was also a thoroughly likeable man.

http://www.eastsurreyctc.co.uk/pages/TimWainwright.htm is a very good tribute to Tim.

There are two bikes: BOTH HAVE NOW BEEN SOLD!

Mercian Flam Red

  • £195 ono
  • 23 1/2″ Touring / Audax bike frame no suggests 1986 built
  • 531 respray sticker -probably 531 db or similar
  • Campag triple 46/42/26.     9sp STI 13- 28
  • Shimano hubs & brakes. Wheels run true
  • Campag 27.2 seat pin

Mercian red bike

small ding to top tube otherwise perfectly straight

Shorter Blue

  • 23 1/2″ Audax  Frame no suggests 1974 built. All straight
  • £175 ono
  • 531 respray sticker as above.
  • SR chainset 48/42/26
  • 7sp bar end 13 – 28
  • Campag hubs. Shimano brakes / gear mechs.
  • Campag 27.2 seat pin

Shorter blue bike

Both ready to run. Would make excellent winter / commuting bikes

Tim’s friend Paul Coan is dealing with the sale. If you are interested please contact him at paulcoan at hotmail.co.uk

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New Wednesday Evening Club Run!! Members only

6.30pm on Wednesdays. Start outside Cycle Right, Northwood Hills. Bring lights but we should be back before dark. Not too far and not too fast. Just right.

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Message from your time trial secretary and deputy club runs leader

The West London CA 25 was held on 7th April. Jaysel recorded a 1.08.58. A great ride considering he rode the 32 miles out to the event into a headwind! The conditions were cool and foggy. Gill managed a 1.22.27 – a slow time but a lot of effort went into it. Brian Moon and Ray Green and Derek were out to support he Willesden Riders. Casey Matthews was unable to start due to illness.

The next West London CA 25 is on the 19th May. The Willesden is down to help the Twickenham with the marshalling. If you can help with the marshalling please let Gill know. We are no longer running the 50 so helping marshalling this 25 is not too much to ask.

If members want to ride the event on the 19th May can they let Gill know (07594435107 or g.reynolds@live.co.uk)) by 12th May.

As the Willesden members will be either marshalling or riding this event – the club run destination has been changed to the Coffee Shop at Aston Clinton.

If any one has any ideas for a club run destination (or want to lead one) can they let me know. Gill

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Cycle Circuit Fridays – now on at Hillingdon


STOP PRESS!!  There WILL be a session on Good Friday 19 April, which makes it Really Good Friday.

Please support your club by attending.  You can ride, train, or just drop by for a chat and a mug of tea.  Willesden CC needs more members to support it by attending these sessions.  Your membership also entitles you to a discount on the already modest fee for Fridays, and you will be making a £2 saving on the cost we charge non-members to ride.  This all helps contribute to the hire of the circuit.

Club coaches are always on hand, giving their time voluntarily to provide you with guidance, support and training to achieve your goals for the season.  All levels are catered for.

Sessions start from 5:30pm.

Please check the images below for a taste of what you’re missing.

Actual photo from the most recent Friday session

Actual photo from the most recent Friday session

A view of the circuit at Hillingdon, taken from a vantage point nearby

A diagram of the circuit showing what shape it is when on graph paper

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Willesden Rovers Cycling Club 1888

I spotted this posting on the Willesden Local History Society. It is from a newspaper said to have been published in 1888. Note the time the club run starts.

Anyone have any further information on the Willenden Rovers?

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Samaitans Cycle Sportive – 29th June 2019

I am part of the team that organise the Samaritans Cycle Ride in West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
We are a stone’s throw away from London. I am contacting all the cycling clubs I can find and ask them to tell their members of our charity cycling event.

The Samaritans Cycle Sportive is now in its third year and is firmly established as one of the best value sportive events in the Chilterns and is situated on London’s doorstep. With all proceeds going to the Chiltern Samaritans.

All entrants completing any of the 3 routes will receive a free glass of local Ale, a free burger, a shiny medal and during the ride, enjoy wonderful free feed stations and to take in the glorious Chilterns area of outstanding natural beauty scenery together with chipped timing. (the chipped timing will also put riders into Gold, Silver or Bronze for their times/age). Tickets from only £15 !!

The Samaritans Cycle Charity sportive consists of 3 routes, 20, 50 & 80 miles. The 50 & 80 mile routes include the infamous Whiteleaf Hill and the Whiteleaf Challenge when the fastest of the day will get the Whiteleaf Challenge trophy.

All three routes have excellent route management, which includes chip timing, gpx file, signage and marshals on the day.

I am also part of Amersham Cycling club and other members of the team are Wycombe Cycling Club, so any events you need promoting to other clubs, please contact me and we can distribute to our clubs and advertise them on our websites.

Many thanks,
Peter Hart

We are also on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/samaritanscycle/

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The Ride London BC Club Challenge

Once again British Cycling is offering affiliated clubs the chance to apply for team entries for the Ride London event due to take place on Sunday 4th August 2019.

Team categories can be all men, all women or mixed (two men and two women). There are places for 300 teams in the British Cycling Club Challenge. If the demand from clubs for team entries is greater than the available places, entries will be awarded on a proportional basis, based on the number of British Cycling members at each club followed by a random draw, if required.

Ray Kelly will be managing the team entries for the Willesden CC. So please contact him immediately for your place on one of our teams. Ray’s email address is raymondkelly211@btinternet.com.

Ray will be making our team application shortly, so you have no time to lose!!

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March – June
All runs leave Shane’s Nursery, 29 Oxfod Road, Denham @ 09:30, unless otherwise stated.

3 March  –  Velolife, Warren row   –   NB:   WLCA “10”
10 March  –  Cheddington
17 March –  Craft Centre, Wokingham   –   NB:  WLCA “25”
24 March – Red Lion, Bradenham
31 March – Hellfire Caves

7 April – Ivinghoe    –   NB:  WLCA “25”
14 April – Chinnor Railway
21 April – Farm Cafe, Binfield
28 April – Velolife, Warren row

5 May – Seale
12 May – Espresso Lounge, Tring
19 May – Billingbear   –  NB:  WLCA “25”
26 May – Dinton Pastures

2 June – Lookout, Bracknell
9 June – Cafe Twit
16 June – Quainton
23 June – Fairoakes Airfield, Chobham

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Reliability Ride 2019, Results and more photos…

Can be found at http://www.willesdencyclingclub.co.uk/calendar/reliability-rides/

Ian O

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Verulam Reliability Ride (VRR) – Sunday 3rd March 2019

Another Reliability in the Chiltern Classic Series. The start at Redbourn is a short drive up the M1.

Two routes:

The main route is 114km (71 miles) whilst the shorter route is 79km (49 miles). The rides follow two challenging routes, starting in Redbourn (AL3 7PP). The main route has 6 significant climbs including Whiteleaf, Wardrobes, Wigginton Lane and New Road.  The course is not particularly difficult but it is a tough test, making it a good training ride for the early Spring. The shorter route misses out Whiteleaf and Wardrobes, but has the added benefit of including The Crong!

Registration from 8.00am for departures from 9.00am, leaving in waves of 15 (max).

HQ address: Redbourn Recreation Centre, 75 Dunstable Rd, Redbourn AL3 7PP

Entry fee in advance £8, £10 on the day (if available)

See https://www.verulamcc.org.uk/club-runs-a-activities/local-events/verulam-reliability-ride

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