Resumption of club runs but with restrictions

Due to the new relaxation of Covid-19 rules, we are provisionally starting the Spring/ Summer club runs on Sunday 18th April 2021 with a return ride from Shane’s Nursery at Denham out to the P.E. Mead Farm Shop (Black Barn) at Wilstone Green near Tring, Herts. It’s a 54-mile ride that goes out via Great Missenden and the cafe stop has been selected because it has an out-door seating area. Members can also join the ride at Great Missenden when we pass Matilda’s cafe by the roundabout in the centre of town. Car parking is free here on Sunday’s (Link Rd Car Park, Great Missenden HP16 9AE)

Here is the route we are planning to use:

Club run route 18th April 2021

We will be setting up a WhatsApp group for members to advise their attendance. It will take a little time to build up the contact list, so bear with us.

Any potential new members who want to join the ride can email us on

The ride will meet outside Shane’s Nursery on the A40 at 9.30 for a 9.40 start.  UB9 4EA

Riders will be divided into groups of six by the run leader (in this case me) and should stay in the same group at the cafe stop

The ride is weather permitting. A rain jacket will be useful to wear at the cafe stop if it is cold. Don’t forget face covering / masks for using toilets and any other indoor areas

All other Willesden club run rules will apply

I look forward to seeing some familiar faces on Sunday.

Yours in sport

Gerry McManus



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West London combine 25 on 4th April

The Willesden cc had 100% attendance in this event. It was a cold morning but there was only a slight wind.

Jayne recorded a fast time of l hour, four minutes and 53 seconds making her lst lady by almost 5 minutes.

Jamal managed to successfully negotiate the course and recorded 1 hour, 9 minutes and 2 seconds on a road bike for his first 25 mile timetrial.


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10 Thames Bridges and Kaf-to-Kaf Audaxes, 23rd May

From Anne Mograby

Hi folks its that time of year again when I’m thinking about the Audax rides. So pleased I can run them this year. So put Sunday 23rd May in your calendar and get down to Jenners to ride either Tippy’s 10 Thames Bridges or Tippy’s Kaf2Kaf. Both rides are in memory of our dear friend John Tipping.

Each ride can only have a maximum number of 30 riders, due to Covid rules, so please book in advance to ensure your place.

Hope to see loads of WCC on 23rd.

TIPPY’S 10 THAMES BRIDGES (John Tipping Memorial Ride)- 9AM START 1 ride – 2 cafes, 1 river, 10 bridges (110km)

It really does show the best of the river Thames. Starting at Jenner’s cafe there are a few ups to Marlow, then to Hambleden, Henley and Sonning. The ride goes through some pretty villages before the half way stop at Dinton Pastures. The second half of the ride takes you towards Ascot and through the Great Park. On the home strait back to Maidenhead you visit Datchet, Eton and the Fat Duck in Bray.

Entry details at

TIPPY’S KAF TO KAF (John Tipping Memorial Ride) – 10AM START 1 ride – 2 cafes (64km)

If you fancy doing something a bit shorter, then the 64km Kaf to Kaf is for you. Starting at Jenner’s cafe there is a climb up to Pinkneys Green. The ride then goes through some pretty villages before the half way stop at Dinton Pastures. The second half of the ride takes you towards Ascot and back to Maidenhead via Fifield and Bray.

Entry details at


10 Thames Bridges Start

10 Thames Bridges Start


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Digger Baulch – funeral

Digger’s Funeral will be taking place on Tuesday 23rd March at 3.30p.m.
If you want to watch it you will need the following information.
Go to about 5 mins before the time and you will have to insert the username-qeki8256 and then the password-555012
If you would like to see it later, you can wait for 4 days and it will be available to watch for about 20 days.
Gladys Purdy


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Historic club photo

We got an email from James Brazier with some interesting photos.

James says “I attach a scan of an old family-photograph which, I believe, was taken around 1900 of Willesden Cycling Club. Judging by the silver cup in the foreground and the three racing cycles in the photo, I would guess that it was a cycle-racing club rather than a cycle-touring club.

The gentleman with his arms crossed in the front row on the left side of the picture is my maternal grandfather, Robert Oldfield who had a butcher’s shop for many years at 80 Willesden High Road until 1935. He was born in 1868 so would have been in his early thirties if my guess of around 1900 is right.”

Possibly Willesden Cycling Club c.1900-1

Possibly Willesden Cycling Club c.1900-1

James also supplied two pictures of a medal:

“I attach two images of a silver medal awarded in 1895 which you might find interesting. I cannot unravel the elaborate monogramme (BBRC?). Unfortunately, there is no known connection between the medal and my grandfather. The winning time for the 10-mile event (under 27 minutes) was around my best for a 10-mile time trial in the late 1950s! All I ever got was a bronze medal consolation prize.
Front of 1895 time trial medalFront of 1895 time trial medalIf anyone can add more information about the club photo (such as confirming its date or the event it was taken for) or about the medal send a message to

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West London 25 – held back until April 4th

The West London 25 is due to be held on April 4th, 7.31 start on the Amersham Road.  If anyone wishes to ride can they let me know by 27th March.   The event is also looking for  marshals, so if anyone can help this would be appreciated.


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Bike books want a good home

An email from Paul Spicer, the son of John “Spike” Spicer, a long-time Willesden CC member, came our way. His father had a collection of cycling books and other material and Paul is keen for it to go to a good home or homes. If you have any ideas how the collection could be a resource for cyclists in our neck of the woods that would be great. However if you might be interested in having part of the collection either post on the Facebook item corresponding to this post or email  and I will pass the responses on to Paul

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Digger Baulch – a tribute from his Leicestershire clubmates

This is the tribute to Digger on the RTTC Legends Facebook page, with permission by Dave Binks of Leicestershire RC. The RTTC group is a closed one, so I have copied it verbatim here.

I have just been told that Paul Baulch, who, as a member of the Willesden CC in the late 1950s, was one of the top riders in time trialling. I believe he finished 2nd in the BBAR at that time. He later moved to Leicester and rode for the Leicestershire Road Club for some time before moving over to the Ratae RC, another Leicester club. Paul was a great clubman, and for many years always stood on the same corner, as marshal, in the LRC’s Hilly TT on Easter Monday. Paul had been ill for some time.

RIP, Paul, and I’ll “See you up the road”.

If I can find a photo, I’ll post it later.

  • I only remember the Digger of the late fifties, teamed with John Blunsdon. I rode with/against them many times, often chatting. RIP Digger.
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    Hi. I am Paul’s younger daughter, Lindsay. Thank you all for your kind words. Cycling was Dad’s life-long passion and he was never happier than when out on his bike. He made lasting friendships through cycling and in recent years was President of the Ratae RC. He enjoyed the social side of the Club after he could no longer cycle. He will be greatly missed.
    May be an image of 1 person, standing, outdoors and text that says "JOHN GROATS LANDS END 874 PENTLAND SKERRIES 6 LEICESTER 27THAUGUST 1988 601 ORKN SHETLAND ES medella"

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    The photo is just as I remember him, Lindsay, even down to the LRC/Medella jersey! It was sad to see his health deteriorate in the latter few years, but it didn’t seem to affect his sense of happiness. A life-long cyclist in the true tradition of someone who really liked just riding his bike.
    The first Time Trial star of the day I met. It was in a field on Pangbourne Lane. Being a Junior I was in awe but still remember that he took time out to talk to me and wish me all the best in my cycling future. I remember his nick name was “Digger”. RIP Paul.
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      yes, Digger was the name we used, at his request.

    • Paul was a true gentleman.
      Was a regular on the Wednesday run which met at the Durham Ox at 10.00 on the way to Sedgebrook or Margaret’s cafe at Redmile. This was in the 1990’s.
      Paul was a member of Willesden CC that held the 30 mile team competition record in 1954 that was not broken until 1963.
      RIP Paul.
      • I remember Paul on the Wednesday runs to Sedgebrook & Redmile in the 90’s -he was good fun and always enjoyed a blast back after the cafe
      I first saw Paul in the late 70s when he was riding the Leicestershire RC club events. He was, of course, well into the Vets category at that time. I knew nothing of his race pedigree when I commented on his wiggly line when racing. He just laughed and said he had always ridden like that. I said he would go faster if he rode in a straight line. Imagine my embarrassment when I found out how good a rider he had been!
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    Very sad news, Paul was such a nice man and a super cyclist ,with an immaculate pedalling action.condolences to the famiy
    Rip Paul x
  • Oh that is a great shame. Have a lovely story about Paul circa 1967. I rode the Milk Race crit at Blackpool, a nocturne sponsored by Camping Gaz. Got home in Peterborough about 1am and at 6am I reported to the Sans Souci F1 25 tt. Shocked to see my gear mech crushed in boot of car. Paul the absolute gentleman proffered me his bike as he just finished and I had enough time to lower saddle (he was taller than me) and put my pedals on his cranks. Think I finished 5th that morning rudely beating Paul’s time. I then met up with again at Baz Clarkes funeral a few years ago. Great rider, nice guy RIP.
    • That’s a shame, he used to come over and ride the wvw tens afew years back.
      I didn’t realise at the time what a great rider he’d been.
      RIP Paul
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Digger Baulch

Gladys Purdy writes:

It is with great regret that I have to report the death of Digger Baulch. I have known him for over 70 years. He was a great club mate. In the 1950s he finished in 2nd place in the Best All rounder competition, was part of the winning team that took the National 30 mile team record in 1954 (which wasn’t beaten until 1961) and he held most of the club records and riding with John Blumsden the tandem records too.
When he settled in Leicestershire he joined the Ratea and took on many of the posts needed in the successful running of the club.
He still maintained his connections with the Willesden however, and met up with the Old Timers section to enjoy a chat about “old times”.
R.I.P. Digger.

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A Virtual Reliability Ride

Smart trainerHarp RC came up with the great idea of a virtual Reliability Ride and Willesden CC, along with the other Chiltern Classic clubs, has been invited to join in.

“As we cannot run the Harp Hilly in it’s usual form we have set up a virtual event for the short 555km route on RGT Cycling.  There are two events over the weekend of 30 / 31 January, a 2:30pm event on the Saturday and a 10:30am event on the Sunday.

The events are free to ride as RGT Cycling is free to join and it is free to ride events that have been set up on their ‘Magic Roads’

In case any of your members are interested the RGT Cycling events are:

Saturday, 30-Jan-2021 at 14:30:

Sunday, 31-Jan-2021 at 10:30 :

best regards

Richard Hutt”

If you want to ride and need to install RGT then you need two apps, one on your phone and another on a PC/MAC/iPad. The web page that explains it and tells you what to do is

It might just be my PC, but when I tried a “direct” Windows install of the PC App it did not work, but using the Microsoft Store worked fine.

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Our friends at Westerley are organising a Christmas season event and they are inviting Willesden CC. Even if the full 500 is impractical, you can do a bit and give something for a very good cause.

This is what Christmas is all about, getting out on the road to play with your new toys and burning off some calories. Did anyone mention that the weather can be unpredictable? No worries, just ask Santa for a rain jacket and thermals. Even better, get a smart trainer and do all or some of the rides indoors!

The Festive 500 is designed to get us out on our bikes during the festive season holidays and started as a marketing ploy by Rapha. However, after 2019 Rapha decided not to award any of their sought after sew on patches to folks completing the challenge. So we have created our own version just for you.

Westerley CC’s Dave Morrison has combined a few things to rectify the Rapha retraction, and hopefully rectify a nasty disease along the way. Ride a Festive 500 for Harrison’s fund and raise money for research into Duchenne Disease and you can have one of these special badges. SIGN UP HERE 

You may not have heard of Duchenne, it’s not the most prevalent disease, but it is a very nasty and cruel disease. It only affects boys, and kills most of them before adulthood. Victims are born with it but decline and wither away during their teens. There are no survivors. The pain is intensified by the fact that, as a rarer condition, public funds for research are directed at more prevalent diseases. This just adds to the despair endured by families with affected sons.

Dave has done a number of long distance rides to raise money into research for Duchenne with his friend film producer Nick Taussig (BAFTA nominated McQueen last year). Nick has two sons with Duchenne. Nick and Karla only found out when their second son was born, that the first already had this fatal disease.

So, whether you just want to ride, want a badge or want to help fund some research into this disease, why not sign up for the Festive 500 Challenge?

You can sign up with Harrison’s Fund, named after Harrison Smith, a Duchenne victim. It’s a small charity and your money will reach the front line, rather than get absorbed in big charity overheads. You can also link your STRAVA account so that your Kilometres are logged with the charity. It’s as easy as that, plus of course getting a few friends, relatives, clubmates and sympathisers to help you raise £500.

Westerley have a selection of local rides which you may choose to use to build up your distance. In fact, we are contemplating doing club rides using these routes over the holiday. You can also ride your own routes of course. But the real challenge can be the unpredictable weather…which may dictate how many kilometres you may choose to do on any given day. Non-members are welcome to join us on these rides but remember, if the weather is bad, unlike the Rapha non-patch version, the Harrison’s Fund version allows indoor rides! You are welcome to ride both challenges simultaneously but only the Harrison’s Fund version offers the finisher’s patch.

Here is our Westerley CC Festive Fayre:

Christmas Eve Ride 151km

Xmas Day Morning Mission 47km

Boxing Day Morning Ride 70km

Knock Out Ninety Seven 97km

Filler Fifty 50km

Westerley Xmas Fat Burner 85km

Wing Tring Thing 201km

Bad Weather Filler Ride 30km

Forty miles of fun 64km

PLUS The Box Hill New year’s Eve Fleche.

We suggest that routes are allocated to particular days nearer the dates, based on weather conditions and general consensus if group rides are the order of the day. We are also contemplating a ride to Box Hill on New Year’s Eve where Nick Taussig and his family will meet us will refreshments. Anyone can ride to Box Hill on the day from any start point, a Fleche /Arrows as Audax riders will know, is a ride starting anywhere with a common target, in this case Box Hill.



Once you click to register it will take you to a more detailed event page where you can complete your registration & it will automatically set up your fundraising page.

There is an option to link your Strava account to your fundraising page. You can then publish your rides to your page. Here is an example for you to see what it looks like

Watch out for developments on nearer the time for details of club rides.

Dave Morrison’s tips:

I’ve done the Festive 500 three times and tend to be weather watching all throughout Xmas. If Christmas Eve has nice weather I try and do a long ride to knock out as many kilometres as possible in case the rest of the week is miserable.

I get up early on Christmas morning and do a short urban ride around Harrow. You’ll find very little traffic about and can get back early to be with the family.

Similarly on Boxing day I get out for a ride as early as possible to be back in time for whatever is planned in the afternoon with the family (or football)

The following days I pick the length of ride according to the weather conditions.

I always have a short back up urban ride for really bad days, just to score some kilometres and avoid piling on the pressure towards the end.

But of course, it will be so much more easily planned with Harrison’s Fund as they allow indoor rides to count.

What’s stopping you? SIGN UP HERE 

FOOTNOTE: The spirit of the Festive 500 has always been about getting out on the bike over Christmas and the New Year. However, in the modern world of smart trainers it seems a bit unfair that everyone needs to suffer all weathers so, subsequently, it was decided to allow participants to include indoor rides logged on Strava towards their total. This will also allow a few evening rides to count if you have family or work commitments. Whilst some may lament this shift in ‘derring-do’, we would suggest that anyone who wants to do all of their rides outside, still can. More importantly, it may help raise more to fight this deadly disease, which we are sure you’ll agree is far more important. Thanks for your support. If you can’t ride, please sponsor a mate.


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Pictures of the 1950 Willesden Dinner

Following up her chat with club members at the end of our Maidenhead mini golf championships, Janice Halter, Fred Everett’s daughter, forward some pictures to do with the club’s 1950 dinner to us. If you want to share reminiscences please email or use our facebook page.

Janice with her parents

The dinner cover


Prize winners

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Chance encounter with the daughter of a longtime member, Fred Everett

Just after the club mini-golf championship, a couple on a walk came up to talk to us. Janice Halter is the daughter of a longtime member, Fred Everett. She sent the following message to the club yesterday.

On a walk along the Thames at Maidenhead last Sunday (11th October) we came across a group from Willesden Cycling Club at Jenners Riverside Gardens. I had to speak to them as my Dad – Fred Everett – was a very keen member of the club for a number of years and also their Treasurer for many years. One member – Ray Kelly – had certainly heard of my Dad and may have met him. I still have the many medals Dad won over the years including the Life Membership he received in 1968 for 21 years of continuous membership.
Ray mentioned the name of Gladys Purdy – a name I instantly recognised. Sadly Dad passed away in December 1996 and a few club members very kindly attended his funeral in Reading where we live ( Dad was in a care home nearby in Shiplake).
It’s good to know the club is still going.
Best Wishes to you all especially anyone who might have known my Dad or heard of him.
Good luck for the future
From Janice and Peter Halter.

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2020 Willesden CC Mini-Golf Championship & RAF Memorial ride

Just confirming the fun mini-golf  championship taking place on the Jenners Cafe crazy golf course at Boulters Lock, Maidenhead on Sunday 11th October at 13.00.

The cost of an 18-hole round is £3.50 with a trophy for the winner. Car parking fees may apply but check on arrival.

The 13:00 golf start gives us time for a local bike ride starting at 9.30am from the Cafe in the surrounding area travelling out towards Windsor Great Park with a stop and the amazing R.A.F. War Memorial at Englefield Green (Route info to follow)

Meet at 9am for a coffee if you are early. There is a Facebook event created for you to respond to on the club group page.

Social distancing rules will apply and groups on the road will be max of four.

This event will proceed subject to weather conditions. Check Facebook for updates nearer the time.

Jenner’s Riverside Gardens, Raymead Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 8NP


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West London combine hill climb 4th October

Would anyone like to ride this event?

It is on Windsor Hill 9.30 start. Closing date is 27th September.

Thanks Gill

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Anyone know Ken Daniels?

This interesting enquiry was emailed today to us by a Roger Hawkins

“I have been doing some research into the history of an early 1960’s Viking track bike now in my ownership. Apparently the bike was used in the 1967 Earls Court 6 days event.

It is my understanding this bike was once in the possession of a gentleman called Ken Daniels and was ridden by Ken in the 6 days whilst a member of Willesden Cycling Club.

The bike has been resprayed at some point, plus it is in need of some TLC and maybe some restoration. It would be nice to get some idea of the frame’s original colour, spec. etc.

Mr Daniels would now be in his mid 70’s. Would the club still be in touch with Mr Daniels?, or have any colour photographs in its archives of the event featuring this particular bike?”

Roger supplied a  photo of the bike and some additional details

“I purchased the bike on Ebay from a chap called Paul who lives in Nottingham. Paul told me he purchased the bike from Ken around 15 years ago and travelled down to west London to pick it up. Ken passed some of the bike’s history on to Paul.

Roger would love to restore the bike to as it was in 1967, if possible.

Can anyone help? I will pass on Roger’s contact details if you can.

Ian Oliver

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2020 Willesden C.C. Mini Golf Championships

All members and friends are invited to participate in the 2020 Willesden C.C. mini golf championships. Taking place on the Jenners Cafe mini course at Boulters Lock, Maidenhead on Sunday 11th October at 13.00. This gives us time for a local bike ride starting at 9.30am in the surrounding area. Meet at 9am for a coffee if you are early. There is a Facebook event created for you to respond to on the club group page. The cost of a round is £3.50 with a trophy for the winner. Car parking fees may not apply but check on arrival.

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West London Combine and Jayne’s 25

The West London Combine 10 will be on the 6th September.  The Twickenham have agreed to run this event but would be grateful for any volunteers to marshal.

If any club members wish to ride can they let me know by 26th August.  I have one entry so far – Jamal.

In other news Jayne Payne did a very fast ride in the 25 on Sunday with a time of 1:03:23.


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Last call! West London 25 on 16th August.

We have 3 fast riders entered already and there is room for more. Let me know if you wish to enter as soon as possible.

Also, last weekend, Stuart Birnie (Hippy) broke his own 12 hour club record with 294.1 miles.


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Wearing the Green with pride

The club asked that members not wear its colours during lockdown, to deflect resentment from non-cyclists. With the now changed conditions, it’s policy that you can wear our colours freely. Vai squadra verde!🚴‍♀️🚴‍♀️🚴‍♀️

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