Charming film about the Thanet RC

Thanet Road Cycling Club celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2017. This commemorative film, made with Heritage Lottery Funding, captures the quintessential nature of club life in the UK.


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Trophy winners 2016

Here is a list of trophy winners for 2016 as I see it so far. If anyone disagrees or can fill in any blanks please contact me.

Johnny Walker Senior RR…..Mathew Cronshaw

Dulcie Walker RR………………James Kingsley

WCC men’s RR Champion….Darryl Lusardi

Ladies RR Champion…………..Jayne Paine

Vets RR Champion……………..Jayne Paine

Junior RR Champion………….not decided

Schoolboy RR Champion…….not decided

Schoolgirl RR Champion……..Anastasia Vockic

Men’s Track Champion……….Tom Zittel

Ladies Track Champion………Jayne Paine

Junior Track Champion………Connor Woodford

Schoolgirl Track Champion…Lucie Woodford

Schoolboy Track Champion…not decided

Ladies TT Champion…………..Gill Reynolds

Ladies 10 miles TT Champion.Gill Reynolds

Men’s TT Champion……………Stuart Birnie

Men’s 10 mile TT ……………….Stuart Birnie

Men’s 25 mile TT………………..Stuart Birnie

Men’s 50 mile TT………………..Stuart Birnie

Men’s 100 mile TT………………Stuart Birnie

Vets TT ,10,25,50 mile TT……not decided

Junior TT Champion…………..Josh Copley

Schools TT Champion…………not decided

Hcp 25 TT………………………….not decided

Novice 25 TT………………………not decided

Tandem TT………………………..Mark Brooking/Jane Moore

Men’s Audax Champion………Martin Lucas 104 points

Ladies Audax Champion…….Els Vermeulen 26 points

Audax Merit……………………..not decided

Audax Tandem…………………Mark Brooking/Jane Moore

Schools/Junior Audax………not decided

Jack Eason International….Stewart Birnie

Stayers 12/24 hour TT……..Meurig James

Sportive………………………….not decided

Marshalling ……………………John Weatley

Mug of the Year………………not decided

Champion Tout Terraine…Richard Cooper

Freewheel and Friathon to be held on the morning of the AGM.

Don’t be shy, if you think you deserve one of the trophies or know someone who does please contact me asap.

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Barbara Ellison contacted me to say that Mike passed away unexpectedly on Thursday 17th November after a short illness.

There will be no funeral but his family are going to organise a memorial gathering in the New Year.

This is a great shock as another Willesden stalwart leaves a great hole in our club because he did so much for us with huge enthusiasm and will be greatly missed.  Our thoughts go out to Barbara and his family at this sad time.  RIP Mike.

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This weekend all began on a car trip where somebody suggested inviting Hippy to come on the weekend on a longbarrow – just for fun. It was also made quite clear that there were to be least 3 pub stops over the course of the weekend and a decent overnight stop. I think it was the beer offer that clinched it.

Jane had plans to do the more gentle TA run to the viper for lunch on the Saturday with Els.They both jumped in at the deep end and went for the longer option.
The event started from Roydon Mill about 7 miles north of me so we had a brief ride to the start so that Hippy could master the gears and learn handling of the mount. The exact opposite of his road bike in many ways.

So with two stokers who had never ridden either a tandem or a trike before we set off into the rain. It should be noted that my crew only had one good leg, Hippy had been doing some insane Gym work and had delicate hamstrings and I had had a close encounter with a city pedestrian who thinks red means go which left me with a severely bruised right side.

En-route we found a disabled tandem by the roadside. ‘Do you have a spare tyre’ the lad asks.
‘Of course’ I say
Looks of disbelief.
‘Well do you want it or not ?’
Lad is overjoyed as it’s a long walk to lunch from there.

We made good progress and the gloom lifted as we passed through the Wimpole estate to the pub In Arrington for lunch.Stew and dumplings followed by Jam Roly poly and custard gave the stop a decidedly suet theme.The beer wasn’t bad either.
A series of songs completed the repast and the race was on to get as close to Bedford and our hotel as soon as possible before dark.

On a long descent the front tyre blows like a pistol shot
The Peleton look around to see who is in trouble – longbarrow just carries on until it slows.
No noticeable change in handling.
Hippy is impressed that we stay upright – one of the advantages of the extra wheel.
A two inch split in the sidewall – totally trashed.
The lad with my tyre comes by – feeling guilty. He is such a skinny chap I tell him to carry on as the support van is on its way with a spare tyre.

We regroup at Blunham (another Pub).
The next leg is cycle route 51 – an old railway bed that will deliver us straight to the hotel by the river.
Its dark.
The blue signs are above head height so hard to illuminate.
And the trail twists and turns through a series of ninety degree bends around houses and snakes its way past a gravel works.
Progress is slow.
On the outskirts of Bedford it is better lit and we arrive at the Park Inn for the night.
Jane is concerned about her brakes – severely worn down by lots of use the wet abrasive paste gathered from the lanes.
Hippy and I make it to the local Halfords just before closing and come away with a new tyre and some brake pads.

A swift fettling session with a cool beer to aid me renders the ladies tandem roadworthy once more.

The rooms are good.
The shower is good.
The food is good.
Beers are limited so after dinner the chaps wandered into town to find something better.
We strike it lucky as the Swan Hotel opposite is hosting a Camera beer festival.
With 11 tokens each and a special glass it turns into a late night.
A splendid end to a damp day of trundling.

The following day dawns dry and bright.
It’s a buffet breakfast which sets us up for the trip to the lunch stop in the Woodman in Nuthampstead.
As we have a lunch slot booked there at 12:30 we leave straight after breakfast into glorious sunshine.
A stark contrast from the murk of the previous day.
We aren’t caught by the rest of the riders so join a solitary gent by the War memorial in Ashwell to observe two minutes silence.
The event is always held on Remembrance Sunday.
The noise from a football match behind us spoils the solemnity somewhat.

We make it to lunch in plenty of time.
Another good lunch and time to swap my new tyre for the one i borrowed for the last 50 miles.

We decide to leave first to make best use of the daylight and arrive safely back at the start id daylight – just.

A good time was had by all.
Hippy may or may not come out to play seriously on a few short time trials
And Jane & Els have a few firsts to chase next year after a bit more practice.

We shall have to see how it all works out.

One thing is certain – we will all be back next year on the crest CC tandem weekend.

Mark Brooking

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Jayne Paine LVRC Champion!

Jayne Paine our World Champion and World Record Holder did very well at the LVRC Championships over the weekend.

Jayne won the Gold medal in the 2km pursuit and the 500m time trial. She took the silver in the sprints after having recorded the fastest time in qualifying. She also won silver in the Points and Scratch Races.

Overall she was the best in her age group and won the LVRC Championship jersey.

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Trophy Time

It is that time of year again. If you have any trophies in your possession then it is time to return them to the trophy secretary. You can bring them to the club meeting on Friday November 4th or contact Jim Mears to make arrangements for their return.

Tel.  01494862372     or    email

Please return them ASAP but please no later than the AGM on the 4th of December.

If you have been involved in any aspect of cycling over the past year regardless of how much or how little you have done please inform Jim via email with your achievements, points etc.  The more information you can supply the better, you may be entitled to a trophy.

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This year’s AGM will be held on Sunday 4 December 2016 at Ickenham Guide Hut, Community Close, Ickenham, UB10 8RE starting at 2.00 p.m.

All members are encouraged to come along and have their say.

If you would like Alterations and/or Additions to the Rules and Handbook then please submit to me in writing:  email: by Monday 7 November 2016 latest.   I can then include on the AGM Agenda which will sent out to all members in advance to the AGM.

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Club monthly meeting will take place after Friday turbo training at 8.00 p.m in the Club House of Hillingdon Cycle Circuit, Minet Park on Friday 4 November 2016

Club officers who are unable to attend please send me your apologies and a report if you have one.  

Many thanks.

Wendy Mears  

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Jane and Mark’s SWCRRA certificate


Mark Brooking and Jayne Moore were presented with their SWCRRA certificates at the TA dinner past weekend for the Lands End to Bristol part of their aborted End-to-End record attempt. Brian Griffiths was their representative. Mark said ” We were only 4 minutes faster than Jane did it (on her own), but we did have diversions and road closures – and she had to push me up the hills…” He added that ” Maybe one day I might get a national one “

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Gill wins National Circuit TT

Gill Reynolds won her age group in the National Circuit Time Trials at Thruxton when she recorded 33.19.

All for now

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Tucker wins Euro Qualifier!

Despite the appalling weather ( worst I’ve experienced in a duathlon ) I managed to win my age group ( 70 -74 ) in the European Qualifiers and will be selected for next April’s European Age Group Duathlon Champs in Spain.

– Ray Tucker

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Willesden CC 2017 Annual dinner and dance

Date: Saturday 21st January 2017

Venue: Uxbridge Golf Course
The Drive
UB10 8AQ

Time: 18.30 for 19.00 – 23.00.
Price adults £30; under-16 £15.

Programme: Arrival, Meal, Prize Presentation, Disco. Various toasts led by Toastmaster Ray Kelly. Cross-toasting fun.

Menu: Galia Melon with Berries, Shank of Lamb in Red Wine Sauce or Vegetable Lasagne plus Selection of Vegetables, Sherry Trifle with Cream, Coffee and Mints.

Ticket choice

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West London Combine Hill Climb & Club Championships


Photo shows Tom Zittel who became this year’s Hill climb Champion when he climbed Windsor Hill in 1 minute 53 secs.

others taking part were
Josh Copley 1.58
James Foley 2.21
Harrison Tibbs 2.26
Jayne Paine 2.45
Roger Crouch 2.52
Ryan Finestone 2.55
Brian Moon 3.17.

Gill Reynolds had a successful ride n the Don Byham memorial 10 mile time trial at Tring taking the fastest lady and the fastest lady vet on standard when she recorded 25.11.

All for now,

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Get Your Willesden Bidons now!


Specialized have just delivered our new Willesden bottles.
Thanks to Rich Cooper for design!

They are £6 each and can be collected from Pro Music International during opening hours or at the Friday night training sessions from Ray Kelly at Hillingdon Circuit.

If you can’t make it in person, order yours below and they will be posted for £4 per order.

Don’t delay we only have 50 available!



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Club Run Sunday 9 October

In order to provide support and encouragement to the Willesden riders (and everyone else too) doing the Hill Climb at Windsor Hill (the top is off Broad Lane nr Beaconsfield/Wooburn Green HP10 0LN) this week’s club run will depart Denham at 08:45.

Let the Club Run Captain know if you’re coming –


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Jayne Paine World Champion

Jayne Paine become World Masters pursuit Champion at Manchester yesterday. Jayne beat Janet Birkmyre in the final last night. In the earlier rounds yesterday morning she recorded the fastest time and a new World Record for her age group 2.31.59 for two kilos.

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Club Monthly Meeting – Friday 7 October

Club monthly meeting will take place after Friday night training at 8.00 p.m in the Club House of Hillingdon Cycle Circuit, Minet Park on Friday 7 October.  Ray Kelly will also run a turbo session to supplement the circuit training.

Club officers who are unable to attend please send me your apologies and a report if you have one.  I will not be in attendance but will pass on any emails to one of the Committee.

Wendy Mears  

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London-Wales-London – Willesden’s new 400km Audax


Looking for a 2017 challenge? Try the revamped club 400 audax next April!

The Willesden’s annual spring 400km audax has undergone a bit of a facelift. And members are being challenged to see if they can cope with a full day in the saddle.

We’re run the Severn Across for 14 years but from next year it is rebranded as the London-Wales-London along with a few refinements. It takes place on Saturday 29 April 2017.


The much loved route goes from Chalfont St Peter to Chepstow and back. Riding at speeds of between 15 and 30 kph entrants visit Woodstock, Tewkesbury, the Severn Bridge, Malmsbury and Lambourn. Everyone gets a night ride and to enjoy the unique companionship that comes with audaxing.

In recent years Willesden riders have always made a good showing and although the format changes are intended to attract a new type of audaxer, the organisers hope that club members can ensure a good Willesden presence on the road and in the controls.

Volunteers have already come forward to staff the control at Lambourn but help is needed at the 6am start on the Saturday and at the finish through Saturday/ Sunday night. Volunteers to test the route a week or two before are most welcome.

Potential entrants or helpers can find out more by contacting organiser Liam FitzPatrick ( or by visiting the

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Entry Open for Hill Climb Champs!


Mick is now taking entries to the Hill Climb Champs. Just shoot him an email to enter.
Sunday, October 9th with the first rider off at 09.30

Windsor Hill (HHC011)

Enter by Emailing Mick

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Willesden Johnny Walker Road Race 18-9-16













road-race2016-13A few pictures,the winners and some helpers!!

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