Slower club run – Nov 3rd

Here is the route for the more leisurely club run to Musette Cafe on 3rd November.  No surprises with this route.

We depart from Denham at 09:30.



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Club rides – shorter, slower, new date

The shorter, slower club ride scheduled for 27 October was so slow it has been moved to the following week, 3 November.

The scheduled departure time remains 09:30 from Denham.  We will be going to the Musette Cafe near Aldbury.

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It is proposed to run two more Sunday club rides from Denham starting at 10.00am.

The first one will be on the 29th September led by Marianne Harding and the second on the 27th October led by John Wheatley .

Further details will be available nearer the time and will also be published on Facebook

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Willesden CC Road Races 15 September 2019

1st Place John Walker – Ashley Cox, Flamme Rouge

2nd Place Otto Rutter 3/4/W/J

1st Place Trevor Smith 3/4/W/J

3rd Oliver Peckover E/1/2

The annual John & Dulcie Walker Memorial Road Races took place on 15 September 2019, ably organised by new boy Aidan Hegerty, with a crowd of helpers from the club.


3rd James Pittard 3/4/W/J

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Club Track Champs Results

11 riders took part in the club track champs on Saturday at Welwyn track.

The club track Champion for 2019 is Sam Grant. Second place went to Connor Woodford and James Edwards came third.



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West London Hill Climb 2019

The West London Hill Climb is on Sunday 6th October at Windsor Hill with a 9.31 start time.

Can members let Gill know by Sunday 22nd September if they want to ride.

The club run on this day will be near the hill climb.


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Cycling Holiday in Riccione, Italy 2020

Cycling Holiday in Riccione, Italy 2020

As most of you may know, for the past few years, I have been making arrangements with the Hotel Gambrinus in Riccione on the East Coast of Italy, for a group of us to stay with them for a week. There were 24 of us last year staying at the hotel who put on Tour Guides every day for groups of different ability over 35 to 55 mile rides.

I am the central point of contact with the hotel but people have to book their own travel arrangements using Bologna or Rimini airports.

The week proposed for next year is 25th April to 2nd May and I will be talking to the hotel before the end of September to try to get a block reservation of rooms and bikes to hire.

As a guide, in 2019 the price per person sharing a twin or double room was 49 euro plus city tax. This is full board, including wine at the dinner table in the evening. Bikes are about 90 euro a week (you need your own insurance).  Return air fares were between £70 and £120 depending on when you book etc and an extra coach fare will be payable if flying in to Bologna.

The hotel is not massive and priority will be given to WCC members / friends who have been before.

Full details to follow in due course but it is important for us to look at a potential group number to get rooms and bikes reserved in advance.

With this in mind, please could you indicate your level of interest to me by September 22nd 2019 by email

Please note that it’s a cycling holiday and not a training week


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Social Night Out – an AC/DC tribute band at The Tropic at Ruislip

Social Night Out – Friday 13th September – The Tropic at Ruislip – Grosvenor Vale, Ruislip HA4 6JQ


The Tropic club is hosting a night featuring an AC/DC tribute band called AC/DC UK – £12 in advance or £14 on the door.

The act features their most famous songs including (I guess) Back In Black, Whole Lotta Rosie, Dirty Deeds Done Cheap and Thunderstruck.

Please let me know if you are going by September 6th so I can get tickets in advance for everyone and you can pay me on the night.

email me at

The venue is a short walk from Ruislip / Ruislip Manor Tube Stations

Gerry McManus

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Club Fun Day and Track Champs this Saturday 31/08/19

All club members are welcome at Welwyn Gosling Stadium for Club Fun Day and Track Champs.  Fun races for adults and children on road or children’s bikes.  Track bikes are available for hire for those wishing to take part in Track Champs.  Start time 2 p.m. Bring a picnic!


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2019 John and Dulcie Walker Memorial Road Races

Willesden Cycling Club

John and Dulcie Walker Memorial Road Races

Sunday, 15th September 2019

Enter on British Cycling web site

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

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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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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

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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:

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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. 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

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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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