General Club Meeting – Friday 3 March 2017

The Willesden is having its first General Club Meeting of the year this Friday 3 March at Minet Park in the Club House.  It starts at 8.00 p.m. immediately after Ray’s Turbo Session, so let’s make an effort to get to both of these things.  All are welcome.

Wendy Mears

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The Willesden Reliability Ride

103 riders set off and 91 came back. The rider feedback has generally been very positive. This was due to all the help I, the organiser, got. The excellent catering organised by Vyv Baker and Janice Kelly, aided by John Davies, Paul and Sylvene Baxter and Sue Palmer. Ray Kelly and Stuart Birnie manned check-in. Tony Flynn and Wendy and Jim Mears put up the navigation arrows the day before. I take sole responsibility for choosing Jungle Green Camouflage as an arrow colour – it increased ride challenge, but perhaps not in a good way. Finally, a thanks for the help and advice from Ray and Wendy that allowed me to get the ride off the ground quickly.

There were four time bands for riders to attempt ride within and the lists below show who made it. If you were back just in time, but lingered outside HQ for  a while you might not show up.

100Km  3hours 30 Minutes

Roger Fowkes  Reg Stone

100Km  4 Hours 30 Minutes

Chris Abraham   Daniel Bingham   Ian Birch   Will Blackham
Amit Chauhan   Dragos Colbeanu   Chris Denman   Andy Flint
Dave Gayler   Des Gayler   Allen Huish   Mateusz Kolodziej
Agne Kudirkaite   Ross McArthur   Ian Nissenbaum  Jon Nunney
Russell O’Malley   Duncan Radbourne   Thomas Saminaden
Darren Smith   Bill Stringer   Russell Tamplin   Craig Wilkie
Marc Wilmot   Mick Fuller

100Km  5 Hours 30 Minutes

Karrie Archer   Kevin Hurley   Mark Lawrie

50Km 2 Hours 30 Minutes

Verity Allsopp  Dean Ashton   Anne Bennett   Dave Brown
Patrick Bucek   Paul Buckland   Mick Clark   James Edwards
Tania Halban   Marianne Harding   Richard Hutt   Chris Kelly
Justin King   Greg Lawes   Martin Long   Peter Manley
Andrew Mears   James Mears   Graham Pettitt   Gill Reynolds
Elisabeth Sullivan   John Wheatley   Ray Kelly

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West London Combine 10 Mile Time Trial March 5th – Open for entries


I am now taking entries for the first club time trial of the season. This is a 10 mile race on March 5th , first rider will be off at 08.30.
The course is the Maidenhead thicket course H10/2. HQ is at the usual place of Knowl Hill.
Please let me know your personal best for a 10 if you have raced before.
Mick Paddington
Willesden CC TT Sec
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REMINDER – Subs are due

Subs were due by 31 January 2017.

If you would like to rejoin, please send your subs via the following methods:

Direct into the bank:    TSB Harrow, Account no. 00106568, Sort Code 77-70-72                           OR (if you prefer the cheque option), please raise cheque to Willesden Cyling Club and send to:

Liz Creese
39 Bridgewater Road
South Ruislip

Many thanks.


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Willesden Reliability – help please

Help needed!!! The Reliability is next Sunday (19th) and I need assistance on Saturday to put out the arrows and help registering riders on the Sunday – which would still let you ride the 50K. Please respond to




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Mike the Bike

Mike Ellison on the 100km “Brass Monkey” Audax in 2007, as pictured by Tim Wainwright.

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Reminder – it is Mike Ellison’s Memorial Gathering this Sunday 12th February 2017.

Please let Barbara know if you would like to say a few words as you would be most welcome to do so and if anyone has some of pictures of Mike, please send to me :



Wendy Mears

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Zwift evening at Cycle Right


The excellent Cycle Right shop in Northwood Hills is laying on a special Zwift evening specially for Willesden CC members. This promises to be a great evening for all of us. You only need your cycling kit, cycling shoes and a towel. Cycle Right will supply the bikes and everything else needed.

If you don’t want to ride, just come along for a chat, coffee and cake, and cheer the riders along.

The date for your diary is Thurs 23 February from 7.00pm, at Cycle Right, 89 Joel Street, Northwood Hills, HA6 1LU

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Dear Members,

Here are the details of the Memorial Gathering for Mike Ellison.  Please RSVP Barbara to let her know that you will be attending and let her know if you wish to say a few words as this would be appreciated.   Barbara and the family also appreciated the plant and cards received from members of the Willesden Cycling Club.

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You are invited to join us for the Memorial Gathering to celebrate the life of

Michael Ellison

(22.05.1945 – 17.11.2016)

Sunday 12th February 2017 – 2:00 – 5:00 pm – Members Room, Uxbridge Golf Club, The Drive, Uxbridge, UB10 8AQ

RSVP to Barbara Ellison 07894 092374/text by 2nd February 2017

Please kindly refer any donations to Michael’s Cancer Research UK Memorial Page

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Photos: Club Dinner – January 2017

A few pictures of everyone enjoying themselves thanks to Wendy and Jim who stepped in after the sudden death of Mike. Thanks to Ed for providing the disco, after an enjoyable meal, which got lots of people dancing the night away!!

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Lost Property from Saturday Night

Did anyone go home by accident with Reg Harrison’s padded grey/blue raincoat and scarf.  If so please let me know so that I can get it returned to him.

Many thanks.

Wendy Mears

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Awards Presentation Dinner 21 January 2017

Numbers were down this year but thanks to everyone who came last night to make it an enjoyable evening.

Once again thanks to Ray Kelly for being our toastmaster, he always gives us a great start to proceedings and continues it throughout the night.

Thank you to Cycle Right of Northwood who donated a very nice Lezyne GPS for a prize in our raffle, very generous and kind. Please go and have a look at their set up selling all kinds of cycling gear as well as the finest coffee and cakes, a must go to place.

Well done to all the trophy winners  – please continue to perform well in 2017.

Thanks also to Ed Sullivan, DJ extraordinaire; who expended a lot of energy to put on a fabulous show, the music was great to dance to. I would highly recommend his services to anyone who needs a DJ.

We must not forget Mike Ellison who started the organisation of the Dinner and without him offering to take on the role, I don’t think an Awards Dinner would have happened this year. RIP Mike.

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Team Quest Reliability Trials-Sunday 22nd January 2017


The BIKE Shop – North Harrow / Home of Questbikes

Team Quest Reliability Trials-Sunday 22nd January 2017

100Km 9.30am. 60Km
HQ-Fulmer Village Hall
Details-Paul Doel. 07867487387
Entries via BC website or on the day.

With less than a week to go we can finally unveil our routes for the 2017 Team Quest Reliability Ride. We have two routes on offer at 60km and 96km. Download the routes onto your GPS devices via the following links using either Strava or Garmin Connect.

Long ride:…

Short Ride:…


The BIKE Shop – North Harrow / Home of Questbikes

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Willesden Reliability Rides on February 19th

The Willesden Reliability Rides are on February 19th, with 100km and 50km routes starting from Chalfont St Peter’s. You can get a discount of £2 for entering online in advance. With 3 target paces for a hilly 100 and a moderately challenging 50, there is something for everyone.

So get out and ride it! And tell your cycling mates who are not in the Willesden all about it.

Details, including online entry, are at

Some volunteers will be wanted on the weekend of the event and mostly they will still be able to ride.

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REMINDER – Willesden Awards Presentation and Dinner – Saturday 21 January

dancingPlease let me know by Monday 16 January if you are coming to the Awards Presentation and Dinner on Saturday 21 January 2017. Contact:  Thanks.

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London-Wales-London needs help!

Willesden’s massively popular 400km audax needs help.

LondonWalesLondon is turning out to be a massive success with over 120 registered riders and a waiting list of 35 hopefuls. But the Willesden promoted event needs help at the end of April.

Specifically we need offers of help:
at the start from 0400 on Saturday 29 April morning for 3 hours
checking in riders at the Woodstock control on 29 April from around 0800 until about 1030
checking in riders at the Chepstow control from lunchtime to early evening on 29 April
helping out at Lambourn control from early evening to the small hours on 29/30 April
welcoming weary riders back at Chalfont from midnight until around 1000 on Sunday 30 April.

If you can spare a few hours contact Liam FitzPatrick

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REMINDER – Willesden 2017 Annual Trophy Awards Presentation and Dinner Dance


Tickets are still available, if you would like to come please contact Gladys or Wendy, letting us know if you have any specific dietary requirements.    


Date:   Saturday 21st January 2017

Venue:   Uxbridge Golf Course, The Drive, Uxbridge, Middx, UB10 8AQ

Time:   18.30 for 19.00 – 23.00.

Price:    Adults £30.   16 and under £15.

Programme:   Arrival, Meal, Prize Presentation, Disco by Ed Sullivan Dancing  Various toasts led by Toastmaster Ray Kelly. Cross-toasting fun and dancing the night away.

dancingMenu:   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.

Payment can be made direct into the Willesden bank account:   TSB Harrow, Account no. 00106568, Sort Code 77-70-72     OR      Cheque payable to  Willesden Cycling Club to Gladys Purdy 55 Exeter Road, Rayners Lane, Harrow, Middlesex, HA2 9PQ

If you use the cheque option please indicate on back of cheque how many vegetarian meals you have ordered.  If none then “No vegetarian’

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Rich deflates at Windmill Hill


Rich Cooper: I raced at Windmill Hill, Deepcut yesterday in the Gorrick Brass Monkey’s Winter Enduro series – race 1.

Started very strong, near the front (of 60 odd vet starters) and everything was going so well, until my rear tyre punctured. Not normally an issue as the sealant normally fills the hole, but this was next to the rim. Tried sorting it with the gas pump, but it deflated again. Put a tube in the tyre, and ran out of gas for the inflater. With no backup manual pump I had to do the walk-of-shame back to the start. On the way bumped into some friendly local riders who offered me a pump, managed to get myself up and running again and completed 2 laps in the 2 hour deadline. Looking at my laptime for the second lap I would have likely been in the top 20, one of my best results – but alas I finished 57th!

A frustrating, but still fun day.

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The ride is organised now for the 19th February. It will start and finish at the community centre in Chalfont St Peter, with a 50Km and 100Km event. See for details.

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Trophies not yet returned.

If you are on the following list please ensure that you return your trophy ASAP so they can be sent to the engraver to be ready for the next club dinner in January.

Contact Jim Mears to make arrangements for their return via email:

Alex Pierce…Men’s RR                                                        Ron /Gladys Purdy…Marshalling

Connor Woodford…Junior RR and Men’s Track               Lucie Woodford…Schoolgirl Track

Josh Copley…Schoolboy Track and Schools 10TT             Jane Moore…Ladies’ Audax

Jayne Paine…Ladies’ RR and Ladies’ Track                      Hugh Smith…Mug of the Year

Mark Brooking/Jane Moore…Tandem TT, Audax Merit, and Audax Tandem

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