Covid-19 update

In line with guidance from government and British Cycling, all club activities are currently suspended.

Until further notice, solo rides for exercise once a day are allowed.  Ride sensibly and carefully. You do not want to put any additional pressure on the NHS.


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West London Combine 25 on 15th March – Amersham Road

Quick note from Gill Reynolds that the closing date for entries is 8th March.

Enter now. And good luck.

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Club runs: Jan-Feb 2020

Rides proposed up to 5th March 2020. Subject to agreement at the WCC AGM on 2 Feb, several people will lead individual runs on different dates.

Jan 12 – Westerley Winter warmer. A number already entered.
Jan 19 – Tring Espresso Lounge (+ Harp RC classic)

Jan 26- Billingbear Golf Club (card payment only)

Feb 2 – AGM inc a short club run. See Kulvinder’s email.
Feb 9 – Wargrave – Cwtch


Feb 23 – Englefield Green (Gerry)

March 1 – Velolife (WL10 Knowl Hill)

March 8 – Marsworth Black Barn (WL 25 Gt Missenden)


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Liz Creese

I am passing on the sad news that Liz passed away last Friday, 7th December. It was peacefully in her sleep with her family present. Liz has been a member of the club for 30 years and has been one of our great audaxers. She was national champion in 1992, 1994, 1995 and other gender champion in 1990,1991, 1993 and 1996.

Denis Falvey passed this news on and said he did not have any details about her funeral yet.

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Willesden CC Xmas Party

The Annual Willesden CC Xmas party for members and their friends and families will be held on Friday 20th December, at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit.  Starting from around 5:30pm, ending around 9-9:30pm, or when we get tired.

The Minet Ladies Cycling Club will have their own lovely party the same afternoon and all are welcome to join us to compare mince pies, sausage rolls, sandwiches, “nibbles”, etc.

Xmas cards may be exchanged as per tradition, trophies may be returned to we know not where and any accounts can be settled on the night.

Please come along for tea, music, games, light conversation and general fun (subject to availability).  THERE WILL BE some PRIZES. And prizes mean…prizes (subject to winning them.  Also subject to me acquiring them by 20 Dec.).

If you can, please bring something for a buffetLet me know what you’re thinking of bringing please, via email and/or the Willesden Facebook “page” so I can help coordinate and we don’t end up with nothing but 80 boxes of Twiglets (not really a problem if that happens).

Merry Xmas One And All,

John Wheatley

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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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