Saturday 31st August Club Track Champs and Fun Day

We have decided this year to combine the Track Champs and Fun Day at Welwyn Track. The start time is 2 p.m.  All the family welcome and bring a picnic.

Track Champs

The usual racing programme.  Track bikes are available for hire if required for these events.

Fun Day

Fun races for all ages and abilities on any bike. We are able to use the cycle track or running track.

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Seven summer Audaxes

Summary of Willesden summer audaxes

A gentle reminder that between next weekend and late August the club is running seven audaxes, ranging from 50Km to 600Km. The ones coming up soon are:


Post Box

With these you can’t cheat organisers by using Google Streetview

Sat 25 May 2019
06:00 from Chalfont St Peter    Bare Bones 400
BRM [PBP]  £7.00    Liam  Fitzpatrick
Controls at Woodstock, Tewkesbury, Chepstow and Membury, plus 1 information control.
A simple 400km PBP qualifier. X rated BRM for experienced audaxers from Chalfont St Peter to Chepstow & back. All commercial controls; postal finish. Zero TLC & a grumpy wave off from the organiser – proper audax.

Bus shelter

There for audaxers to have a little lie down

Sun 02 Jun 2019
09:00 from Maidenhead    10 Thames Bridges
BP  £4.00    Anne  Mograby
It really does show the best of the river Thames. There are a few ups to Marlow, then to Hambleden, Henley and Sonning. The ride goes through some pretty villages before a half way stop at Dinton Pastures. The second half of the ride takes towards Ascot and through Windsor Great Park. On the home straight  you visit Datchet and Eton and pass the Fat Duck in Bray.

10:00 from Maidenhead    Kaf to Kaf
BP  £4.00    Anne  Mograby
Starting at Jenner’s cafe there is one up to Pinkneys Green. The ride then goes through some pretty villages before a break at Dinton Pastures. The second half of the ride goes towards Ascot and back  to Maidenhead via Fifield and Bray.

Details of all the events can be found at ‎

Rainbow cake

A regrettable necessity to get proof of passage

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Help with Hillingdon Crit on June 29th

Reading CC have been in touch asking if we can help them. They are holding criterium races on the afternoon of Saturday 29th June and are having trouble recruiting a first aider for the event. If you are qualified and able to help or have a recommendation as to how they may be able to recruit someone suitable, please contact their secretary at

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Cyclist Track Day, 18-19 May – £10 discount

I got this message yesterday from the club’s contact page. The discount code is CLUB35

“It’s Emily here from Cyclist Magazine. I’m reaching out to you with an exciting offer for our hugely popular Cyclist Track Days event at Lee Valley Velo Park in London. Your club will be able to ride any of over 200 new bikes from the likes of Pinarello, Cannondale, BMC, 3T and more, on the purpose-built circuit.
> We want to offer you and your club an exclusive discounted ticket at just £35 for our event on Saturday/Sunday 18th/19th May. This applies to standard price tickets only, and includes the following:
> –        Coffee and a delicious hot lunch
> –        A Cyclist goody bag worth over £30
> –        A chance to test out the latest clothing from our sponsor, ASSOS of Switzerland
> More information can be found on our event website here:

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Tim Wainwright’s bikes for sale

Especially if you audaxed, you would have known long-time Willesden member Tim Wainwright. Tim sadly died in March 2017, and now his wife Pauline, herself a cyclist, is putting his bikes up for sale.

His audaxing career started in the late 80s and he died as the result of a colliding with a parked van when out on his bike. He rode in most major audax events and had a host of audax palmares. When he wasn’t riding himself, he was expertly photographing events. He managed to make time to edit one edition each year of Arrivee, Audax UK’s magazine. He was also a thoroughly likeable man. is a very good tribute to Tim.

There are two bikes: BOTH HAVE NOW BEEN SOLD!

Mercian Flam Red

  • £195 ono
  • 23 1/2″ Touring / Audax bike frame no suggests 1986 built
  • 531 respray sticker -probably 531 db or similar
  • Campag triple 46/42/26.     9sp STI 13- 28
  • Shimano hubs & brakes. Wheels run true
  • Campag 27.2 seat pin

Mercian red bike

small ding to top tube otherwise perfectly straight

Shorter Blue

  • 23 1/2″ Audax  Frame no suggests 1974 built. All straight
  • £175 ono
  • 531 respray sticker as above.
  • SR chainset 48/42/26
  • 7sp bar end 13 – 28
  • Campag hubs. Shimano brakes / gear mechs.
  • Campag 27.2 seat pin

Shorter blue bike

Both ready to run. Would make excellent winter / commuting bikes

Tim’s friend Paul Coan is dealing with the sale. If you are interested please contact him at paulcoan at

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New Wednesday Evening Club Run!! Members only

6.30pm on Wednesdays. Start outside Cycle Right, Northwood Hills. Bring lights but we should be back before dark. Not too far and not too fast. Just right.

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Message from your time trial secretary and deputy club runs leader

The West London CA 25 was held on 7th April. Jaysel recorded a 1.08.58. A great ride considering he rode the 32 miles out to the event into a headwind! The conditions were cool and foggy. Gill managed a 1.22.27 – a slow time but a lot of effort went into it. Brian Moon and Ray Green and Derek were out to support he Willesden Riders. Casey Matthews was unable to start due to illness.

The next West London CA 25 is on the 19th May. The Willesden is down to help the Twickenham with the marshalling. If you can help with the marshalling please let Gill know. We are no longer running the 50 so helping marshalling this 25 is not too much to ask.

If members want to ride the event on the 19th May can they let Gill know (07594435107 or by 12th May.

As the Willesden members will be either marshalling or riding this event – the club run destination has been changed to the Coffee Shop at Aston Clinton.

If any one has any ideas for a club run destination (or want to lead one) can they let me know. Gill

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Cycle Circuit Fridays – now on at Hillingdon


STOP PRESS!!  There WILL be a session on Good Friday 19 April, which makes it Really Good Friday.

Please support your club by attending.  You can ride, train, or just drop by for a chat and a mug of tea.  Willesden CC needs more members to support it by attending these sessions.  Your membership also entitles you to a discount on the already modest fee for Fridays, and you will be making a £2 saving on the cost we charge non-members to ride.  This all helps contribute to the hire of the circuit.

Club coaches are always on hand, giving their time voluntarily to provide you with guidance, support and training to achieve your goals for the season.  All levels are catered for.

Sessions start from 5:30pm.

Please check the images below for a taste of what you’re missing.

Actual photo from the most recent Friday session

Actual photo from the most recent Friday session

A view of the circuit at Hillingdon, taken from a vantage point nearby

A diagram of the circuit showing what shape it is when on graph paper

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Willesden Rovers Cycling Club 1888

I spotted this posting on the Willesden Local History Society. It is from a newspaper said to have been published in 1888. Note the time the club run starts.

Anyone have any further information on the Willenden Rovers?

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Samaitans Cycle Sportive – 29th June 2019

I am part of the team that organise the Samaritans Cycle Ride in West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
We are a stone’s throw away from London. I am contacting all the cycling clubs I can find and ask them to tell their members of our charity cycling event.

The Samaritans Cycle Sportive is now in its third year and is firmly established as one of the best value sportive events in the Chilterns and is situated on London’s doorstep. With all proceeds going to the Chiltern Samaritans.

All entrants completing any of the 3 routes will receive a free glass of local Ale, a free burger, a shiny medal and during the ride, enjoy wonderful free feed stations and to take in the glorious Chilterns area of outstanding natural beauty scenery together with chipped timing. (the chipped timing will also put riders into Gold, Silver or Bronze for their times/age). Tickets from only £15 !!

The Samaritans Cycle Charity sportive consists of 3 routes, 20, 50 & 80 miles. The 50 & 80 mile routes include the infamous Whiteleaf Hill and the Whiteleaf Challenge when the fastest of the day will get the Whiteleaf Challenge trophy.

All three routes have excellent route management, which includes chip timing, gpx file, signage and marshals on the day.

I am also part of Amersham Cycling club and other members of the team are Wycombe Cycling Club, so any events you need promoting to other clubs, please contact me and we can distribute to our clubs and advertise them on our websites.

Many thanks,
Peter Hart

We are also on facebook:

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The Ride London BC Club Challenge

Once again British Cycling is offering affiliated clubs the chance to apply for team entries for the Ride London event due to take place on Sunday 4th August 2019.

Team categories can be all men, all women or mixed (two men and two women). There are places for 300 teams in the British Cycling Club Challenge. If the demand from clubs for team entries is greater than the available places, entries will be awarded on a proportional basis, based on the number of British Cycling members at each club followed by a random draw, if required.

Ray Kelly will be managing the team entries for the Willesden CC. So please contact him immediately for your place on one of our teams. Ray’s email address is

Ray will be making our team application shortly, so you have no time to lose!!

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March – June
All runs leave Shane’s Nursery, 29 Oxfod Road, Denham @ 09:30, unless otherwise stated.

3 March  –  Velolife, Warren row   –   NB:   WLCA “10”
10 March  –  Cheddington
17 March –  Craft Centre, Wokingham   –   NB:  WLCA “25”
24 March – Red Lion, Bradenham
31 March – Hellfire Caves

7 April – Ivinghoe    –   NB:  WLCA “25”
14 April – Chinnor Railway
21 April – Farm Cafe, Binfield
28 April – Velolife, Warren row

5 May – Seale
12 May – Espresso Lounge, Tring
19 May – Billingbear   –  NB:  WLCA “25”
26 May – Dinton Pastures

2 June – Lookout, Bracknell
9 June – Cafe Twit
16 June – Quainton
23 June – Fairoakes Airfield, Chobham

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Reliability Ride 2019, Results and more photos…

Can be found at

Ian O

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Verulam Reliability Ride (VRR) – Sunday 3rd March 2019

Another Reliability in the Chiltern Classic Series. The start at Redbourn is a short drive up the M1.

Two routes:

The main route is 114km (71 miles) whilst the shorter route is 79km (49 miles). The rides follow two challenging routes, starting in Redbourn (AL3 7PP). The main route has 6 significant climbs including Whiteleaf, Wardrobes, Wigginton Lane and New Road.  The course is not particularly difficult but it is a tough test, making it a good training ride for the early Spring. The shorter route misses out Whiteleaf and Wardrobes, but has the added benefit of including The Crong!

Registration from 8.00am for departures from 9.00am, leaving in waves of 15 (max).

HQ address: Redbourn Recreation Centre, 75 Dunstable Rd, Redbourn AL3 7PP

Entry fee in advance £8, £10 on the day (if available)


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Willesden CC Reliablity 2019 Feb

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West London Combine 10

If anyone wants to ride the West London Combine 10 on Knowl Hill on Sunday 3rd March can they let Gill Reynolds know by 24th February. Contact (
Please intend to ride when you enter as the club pays your entry fees.
The organiser of this event is looking for marshals so if you cannot ride but are able to marshal or make a cake then please let Gill know

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All club members have been emailed or posted an invite for the AGM  and a survey to complete.  If you have not received either message please email me (not other means of contact, please) at and I will send them on to you.

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Jim Love was the Willesden President for many years and he contacted me because he has in his possession a large number of slides and photos of the Willesden dating back to the 1920’s.  He was wondering whether there is anyone  in the Club who knows how to transfer these historical items into a format for the 21st century.  Let me know if someone could help, I am sure the Club will cover any expenses.

Wendy Mears

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New club 25 mile TT record

Stuart Birnie dropped a line to say he’d recorded a new personal best (and therefore a new club record) at the Acme Wheelers (Rhondda) CC 25 mile time-trial on May 20th. His time was 49:43. Chapeau!!

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Discount on Proviz Sports Products

Proviz Sports who make Hi-Viz sports products are offering a 15% discount to club members. The discount code is WillesdenCC15 and is applicable across all products on on an ongoing basis.

This notice is not an endorsement by Willesden CC of Proviz or their products and WCC will not involve itself in the event of a dispute between you and Proviz.

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