Willesden Funday Photos 20-8-17

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Anne Mograby, with the help of Mick Hill and John Tipping put on a very enjoyable ride last week, along with the weather.

“Wednesday, August 16th was a dry and mostly sunny day, unlike the previous Wednesday, so all looked good for Riverside to Riverside Audax ride from Maidenhead to Benson.    47 riders set off from Jenner’s cafe, which was great for a mid week event.   All but one finished well within the time allowed.

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Good to see a dozen or so Willesden members riding the event.  A big thank you to Annie and Ian Birch who persuaded some Hillingdon Triathletes to forgo running and swimming and stay on the bike.  Thanks also to Graham Haysom for persuading several of the Redhill CC to join us.    Anne Mograby”

Thanks Anne, Mick and John for once again organising such a brilliant day.

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Club Track champs 2017

Club Track Champs 2017 at Welwyn on Sunday 3rd September from 11.00 to 13.00. Please arrive at 10.30 for 11.00 start.  Track bike hire available for £3.  Youth, Junior and Senior champs to be decided.

All welcome including spectators!

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Riverside to Riverside Ride – Wednesday 16th August  and

Willesden Fun Day – Sunday 20 August.

Details below

Riverside to Riverside Ride – Wednesday 16th August


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Marshals for WCC road races

We will need a lot of help with marshalling the road races on 24 September.  I expect we will have a number of Accredited Marshals on the day, but the circuit will need additional marshals to ensure the safety of the races.

Details of the course etc are shown in the earlier post. Please let me know if you are available to help.

Thanks,  John Wheatley


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Riverside to Riverside Ride – Wednesday 16th August

1 ride – 2 cafes, 1 river

Many of you may know this ride, previously organised by Mick Hill and John Tipping.   It really does show the best of 3 counties Berkshire, Bucks and Oxfordshire.   Starting at Jenner’s cafe there are a few ups at Marlow and  Turville before the great descent down to Watlington.   The ride goes through some pretty villages before half way stop at the riverside in Benson.   The second half of the ride takes you across open farmland at Ipsden and visits the  Maharajah’s Well at Stoke Row.   Going through Henley sees you on the home strait back to Maidenhead via Knowl Hill,  Fifield and the Fat Duck in Bray.

Happy to take entries on the line.  A cheap day out £4 to Audax/ CTC members.

Anne Mograby

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John & Dulcie Walker Road Race for 2017

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/157557/John-Walker-and-Dulcie-Walker-Memorial-Road-RacesThe Willesden will be holding their annual John and Dulcie Walker road races on Sunday, 24th September 2017

Venue:   Little Milton Village Hall, Thame Road, Little Milton, Oxfordshire, OX44  7PZ

Dulcie Walker Memorial Road Race
(Regional B, Band 4: 3/4/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 : There will be an  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

2016 Matthew Cronshaw – Madison Genesis

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 –

2016 James Thorp-Kinsley – Watford Velo Sport

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 Chamberlain, 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, 11th Sep 2017
Event Organiser:
Jayne Paine
Cheques payable to:
enter online at British Cycling
Online entry method:
Organiser selects entrants


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Top 10 for Copley in Nationals


Second claim member Josh Copley rode the Junior National Road Race recently. Here is the report via Catford CC:

National Junior Road Race
On Sunday 16th a CatfordCCEquipe/Banks junior team of Josh Copley, Ieuan Woods and Hector Corey rode the National Junior Road Race near Wallingford, as a bonus our headline sponsor Jeff Banks CBE presented the prizes on the day! Here Josh reports on the event from his perspective which culminated in a fine top 10 position against the best Juniors in the country:

This year three CatfordCC Equipe/Banks riders lined up in Wallingford the start of the Junior National Road Race Championships, with a field of 120 riders. It was also the first time all three of us had ridden as this group of three, but we had all raced with each other at National Level before. The course consisted of six laps; 4 short ones which had a long testing hill/drag, then two longer laps which had a steep hill in. The total race distance was 72 miles. The race rolled out and what followed was the most uneasy 5 miles I have ever ridden, even as a neutralised zone. Normally the riding is close but uneventful, this time however all manner of things happened. From proper crashes to complete wheel blow outs which sounded like shot guns going off, all of which was accompanied by a lot of shouting at each other and the occasional insult as people tried to stay upright! Once away on the course Ieuan Woods tried an early attack just before the first time up the first drag, unfortunately this was closed down by the peleton. Hector Corey and myself waited a little longer before trying to make moves. After the 3rd time up the shorter hill I decided to attack, just after the feed. I was joined by two others shortly after. My group made it over to the break forming a group of six. We worked together well. Ieaun and Hector closing down moves from the main group. My group completed a lap of the short loop and the first lap of the long loop before being caught by a group of favourites about eight strong. Over the last climb a small group of favourites attacked. I had just pulled off the front and was unable to follow this move, later was told by Paul Dole (the Commissaire driver) it was my one mistake of the race and cost me! I was part of the second group over the last climb. The run into the line was fast and twisty. One rider attacked with five miles to go, he had played us all telling us he was spent for the last ten miles! I found myself in third wheel with one kilometre to go, and waited until three hundred metres before launching my sprint from second wheel (the picture above shows just how close the finish for 8th place was. I came away with 2nd in my group giving me 9th on the day. Glad to walk away with a top 10 at the national champs. I was completely spent at the end, Jeff Banks ended up popping into Costas just to get me some water. Very tough day out. Lots of encouragement at the road side, a real testament to Wallingford and the local community for being able to put on a bike race.

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The Willesden Fun day this year is on Sunday 20 August at Hillingdon  Circuit.  Arrive at 1.30 for a 2.00 start.

Fun races for all the family.  You can ride, help or just bring a picnic and enjoy the day.

We will have plenty of prizes for all events.  For your enjoyment there will be:  A one lap time trial, team events,  one lap dash for all age groups, a slow bike race, 10 lap handicap, and kids races. Please come along and join in the fun.


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A Ride to Remember Tim – Sunday 16th July

Earlier this year we lost Tim Wainwright, a highly respected and loved member of our club.  Tim lived in Sanderstead, Croydon and rode many miles though the lanes of Kent. His great friend and riding companion, Mark Green, is inviting us all over to Kent on Sunday 16th July for a ride through the lanes that Tim loved.

The ride will be about 80 miles long but there will opportunities to cut it short if you wish. It will be social ride run at a speed to suit the group. Mark has put a great route together and it will be a real treat for those of not familiar with riding over the that side of London!

We will meet at Sanderstead station at 9:30am. The station has car parking and is less than 30 minutes away from Victoria by train. Mark is planning to make the first stop at Lullingstone to admire the lilac fields. From there we will then head along Pilgrims Way to Otford and then on to Plaxton, Wateringbury and then finally to Rochester where we will make the turn for home. We will be passing tea rooms and pubs along the route so we should have plenty of opportunity for refreshment.

It will be good to have some idea of numbers so could you either leave a comment or leave or a “like” on the Facebook posting here

Warmest regards, John Davies

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Wembley Road Club 29th 30-mile Charity Cycle Ride

FullSizeRenderSunday 25 June: Start & Finish at The Plough, Winchmore Hill, Amersham – 10am

John Morris’s annual charity cycle ride takes place this Sunday.  Funds raised will go to the Thames Valley Adventure Playground.

The ride leaves The Plough at 10am,following early Refreshments, then heads through Penn to Beaconsfield, and on to the lunch stop at Huntswood Golf Club (by about 11am). Refreshments are taken.

Afternoon stop at The Greyhound (Refreshments) & back to The Plough for Refreshments.

Entry by sponsorship or a donation to a good cause is welcome.

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Wembley Park Cycle Club for Kids

Free Kids’ Cycle Club for 7-12 year olds

Starting Saturday 17th June from 9.30-11.30am in the Yellow Car Park opposite Wembley Stadium

  • Riders should already be able to ride a bike and will need their own bikes and helmets which must be worn during the sessions. Bikes need to be roadworthy and have fully working brakes. The sessions will be run under the guidance of a British Cycling qualified coach from The Willesden Cycling Club assisted by volunteers.
  • All riders will need to sign on for each session and written parental consent must be given. The signing on and parental consent forms will be available on the day.
  • Please arrive early for each session so that the forms can be completed prior to riding.
  • For further information contact Ray Kelly, mobile 07563 539637, or email raymondkelly211@ btinternet.com
  • If you cannot yet ride a bike or feel that a refresher session would benefit you then please contact Brent’s cycle training providers Cycle Instructor: www.cyclinginstructor.com to book a free lesson, via email: info@cyclinginstructor.com,  or  call  0845 6520421.


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Boulter’s Bash and a couple of other Audaxes

Willesden CC are running three Audaxes on Sunday 2nd July 2017 all starting from
Riverside Gardens, Maidenhead. The Bash has a history of attracting good weather. The rides are:

1 Jack Eason Struggle, 200K, 08:00 calling at Dorking, Leith Hill, Petworth, Black Down and Alton

2 Boulter’s Bash, 100K, 09:30 which is flat to Theale, then hilly to Pangbourne, through the Chilterns and Marlow

3 Locked and Boulted, 50K, 10:00 Hambleden Lock, Fingest and Marlow

The Boulter’s Bash pitstop has been moved to Theale this year as Pangbourne prices were getting silly.

All events will have entry on the line with a discount for online entry unless the event limits are reached.

For more info go to https://tinyurl.com/3-audaxes

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Club General Meeting Friday 9 June

Just a reminder that we will be holding our club’s general meeting this Friday 9th June at 8.00 p.m. in the Club House at Minet Park Track.    Any reports from officers unable to get there would be most appreciated.

Wendy Mears

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Fantastic news!

Jayne won the UCI Tour of Cambridgeshire Gran Fondo on Sunday 4 June.

She smashed it and recorded the fastest chip-time out of all the women – 3 hours 23 minutes 42 seconds.   There were 54 women in her age group 50-54.  She says it was 90 miles of windy hell and said she latched on to some very good wheels!  We all know how hard she races and I suspect others were trying to latch on to her wheels.

Jayne has well and truly qualified for the Worlds in Albi in August.

Chapeau Jayne


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Club Track Champs

The Club track Champs will be on Sunday 3rd September at Welwyn track from 11.00 until 13.00 please try and attend races for all ages and abilities.

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Track Results

Tom has been getting in the results at Welwyn track league over the last few weeks. On the 12th May he was third in the devil. On the 19th May he was 4th in the 10 lap scratch and 2nd in the devil and on the 26th May 3rd in the 10 lap block handicap all without the usual support of our track team. So came along all you track riders get up to Welwyn on a Friday night and show a few more Willesden jerseys.

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Quarterly Club Meeting

Our quarterly club general meeting has been changed to Friday 9 June.    It starts at 8.00 p.m. after Ray’s training session.

I would appreciate receiving any reports from officers unable to attend.



Time Trial Secretary

Trophy Secretary

Social Secretary

Looking forward to receiving positive responses for the above positions.

Wendy Mears



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Willesden WLC 50 Mile time trial – Marshals and helpers needed June 18th

We are the organising club for the West London combine 50 mile time trial on June 18th. Once again I am asking for volunteers to help with Marshalling and the start and finish, lastly someone in the hall to make a note of finish times.
Mrs Mick is manning the kitchen. So at least I have one volunteer
First rider is off at 07.30 and being a 50 mile TT last rider last year was finished at around 10.30
Thanks in advance
Mick Paddington Willesden TT Sec
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The Willesden are in need of new officers for 2018:

Treasurer  – Gladys Purdy has done this job tirelessly for as long as I can remember and she would now like someone to step forward and takeover this role

Time Trial Secretary  – Mick Paddington has done a fantastic job but due to personal reasons has to give up this role.

Trophy Secretary  –  Jim Mears has diligently carried out this role but age is catching up on him and like Gladys feels that someone younger should step up to the plate.

Social Secretary – Charlotte Zittel did a fabulous job organising our annual awards dinner, introducing pub runs, kayaking, and many other enjoyable activities.  The role has been empty for a number of years so it would be great for someone to come forward even if it is just to organise our Annual Awards Dinner for next year.

Please let me know me of your interest.  I look forward to receiving a bumper amount of replies.

Wendy Mears

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