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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West London Combine 25 – August 16th

The West London Combine is considering whether or not to run their 25 mile time trial on the Amersham Road on August 16th. The committee is asking if anyone would like to ride this event which would be run as advised by the CTT under Covid 19 rules I.e. no headquarters and no pushing off. If anyone wants to ride this event could they let me know ASAP in order that I can let the committee know.



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John Tipping Collage

Thank you for all your tributes to John Tipping. Lots of photos of bridges and cafes. I managed to ride Tippy’s 10 Bridges last weekend in the lovely sunny weather.
If you want to see the collage please click the link below.
I have sent the collage to his daughter who had hoped to join us on the 31st with other family members. It was not to be this year. We look forward to a very special 10 Bridges and Kaf to Kaf in 2021.


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Important Information from BC on WCC Club activities

The following is a bulletin from British Cycling regarding the present lockdown on organised cycling.

British Cycling can today (27 May 2020) provide an update on the current suspension of sanctioned cycling activity, which was due to run until 30 June 2020.

While many of you have been enjoying the opportunity to ride recreationally, we appreciate that the cycling community is looking for direction and certainty on when club, group and competitive activity can resume.

In the absence of specific dates from the UK and devolved Governments, which are naturally hard to set, British Cycling is seeking to balance the desire to return to sanctioned cycling activity, where safe to do so, and concern for the health of people in our sport and in wider society. Because cycling encompasses a wide variety of activity, we are therefore proposing to move to a rolling suspension. This will apply to each of England, Scotland and Wales. The following position has been agreed with Scottish Cycling and Welsh Cycling, but we recognise that devolved government guidance may dictate that adjustments are required, including the dates we are working towards.

We have split activity into three broad categories:
1. International and national level races;
2. Regional racing and non-competitive events;
3. Club and group activity.

International and national level races, including national series and championships

Here we are extending the suspension until 1 September 2020.

We will review this on a fortnightly basis and we will give six weeks’ public notice of any extension or curtailment of the suspension. This means that the original dates for a number of national series and championship events across multiple disciplines are no longer feasible but we will endeavour to rearrange these events later in the calendar year if possible.

It is possible that the racing format in some of the disciplines, for example outdoor individual events, may return sooner than others if appropriate measures can be put in place to manage the risk in line with Government guidance and any guidance that we put in place. In all cases we will carefully consider the options available including reasonable measures that can be introduced to manage the safety of the events, participants, volunteers and the general public.

Regional racing and non-competitive events e.g. sportives

Currently we believe that regional races are more likely to return sooner due to shorter travel distances, fewer event personnel involved and the expectation that they will attract lower spectator numbers. However, due to the current Government guidelines on social distancing we feel that now is the right time to extend the suspension to the 1 August 2020. We will review this on a fortnightly basis and we will give four weeks’ notice of any extension or curtailment of the suspension.

As with international and national racing, we will adopt a risk management approach which means that some disciplines or events can return ahead others if the format allows the safety of all to be managed appropriately.

We have also taken the decision to extend the suspension to the 1 August 2020 for Sportives and other non-competitive events. As with regional racing, we will review this on a fortnightly basis and we will give four weeks’ notice of any extension or curtailment of the extension. 

Club and group activity
The third category of activity is other club and group activity, such as coaching, instructing and leading, club rides, HSBC UK Breeze rides and similar.

It is likely that these activities can be reintroduced at shorter notice, with a greater degree of flexibility, with appropriate guidance and measures to manage risk ensuring compliance with Government guidelines and emerging industry best practice. As such we will be extending the current suspension until 4 July 2020 to be consistent with the stages announced by Government. We will review this on a fortnightly basis and we will give two weeks’ notice of any changes.

If you would like further information as well as links to FAQs and the situation specific to Scotland and Wales, then please link to the BC website here

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John Tipping Tribute

Unfortunately I won’t be able to run the audax rides scheduled for 31st May. This was to be Tippy’s Thames Bridges and Tippy’s Kaf to Kaf both memorial rides to our great friend John Tipping. His daughter and family had planned to join us.
As a tribute to John can I ask you to email me  at xxx a picture and/or video of you at a bridge or cafe, Hopefully I can then make a collage of photos for us at WCC and his family. If you would rather you can pm me.
I’ll start you off with photos of me at Eton Bridge and Marlow Bridge.

Thank you,
Will miss seeing you all at this ride.

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Going Down To The Pub

Whilst we have all been in lockdown, I have been looking at future events to organise on the social front. It appears to me that we can sometimes combine rides with social events. There are many places we haven’t been to before in Bucks, Herts and Oxon that offer some nice roads and great scenery.  Oxford City is an example of a marvellous place to visit on or off the bike. Even if we only use the famous city as a backdrop for a coffee and a ride through. How about getting the train out, visiting the famous Ashmolean Museum and cycling home?

In the next few weeks we will be working behind the scenes to work on new ride routes that might take in some of the more interesting places in our bordering counties west of London like Waddesdon Manor, Buckingham Town and Claydon Manor.

Club members please drop me an email if you can think of anything worth adding to the list. The aim is to start a number of rides from Amersham to give us a few miles further to explore.

Sorry if you clicked on the link looking for a Pub Run 🙁

It was just ‘click bait’ to get you to read this blog but suffice to say we will be looking to have a number of nights out on offer as soon as we can.


Gerry McManus





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Covid-19 update

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

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/     https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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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