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 www.provizsports.com 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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The 2018 The John & Dulcie Walker Memorial Road Races

The following is a big thank you from Jayne Paine (Race Director for the John and Dulcie Walker) to all the volunteers who helped make the 2018 John and Dulcie Walker races such such an amazing and successful event. As you can see it takes a huge number of people to make these races happen.

Jayne has also given an excellent write up of the event in her own original style.

In my view the biggest thank you must go to Jayne herself. She has transformed the running of this annual happening in to what is a very slick and prestigious event. Her hard work, leadership skills and flair for handling people is remarkable. Thank you Jayne for all the fabulous work you have done for the Willesden Cycling Club.

Miles Back (AKA Lord of the Zip ties)

The John and Dulcie Walker Memorial Road Races

The road races were yet again glittering events studded with cycling stars from around the country, but mainly from a 50mile radius of Oxford.

The real stars however were the many, many people who gave up their time and energy to make the John and Dulcie a real favourite on the calendar, and I can’t thank them enough.
Here is a list of those people, in no order as they were all vital to the smooth running of the day:

National Escort Group
Clive James
Roy Miller
Neil Magrath
John Rodda

Lynda Kellam
Mick Clarke
Des Gaylor
James Simons-Boswell
David Gable
Gary Baker

Chief Accredited Marshal
Mark Barter

Accredited Marshals
Ian Why
John Wheatley
Lee Fleming
Mark Cameron
Chris Londy
Mahfoud Bettine
Trevor Davis
Hannah Makins
Ray Morgan
Derek Wallis
Colin Mead
David Gable
Carmen Devlin
Gary Nixon

Chief Marshal
John Wheatley

Red Flag Marshals
John Tipping
Justin Semmens
John Davies
Paul Baxter
Ron Purdy
Chris Kelly
Dave Brown
Richard Creese
Liz Creese
Ian Oliver
Sean Bannister

Sam Grant

Lead Car Drivers
Marianne Harding
Ray ‘Skid-Pan’ Kelly

First Aid
Donna Cabral

Commissaire Drivers
Clare Gillot
Paul Doel

First Aid Driver
Dave Styring

Neutral Service
Steve Avery
Keith Hicks

Signage Team
John Davies
Roger Crouch
Paul Baxter

Catering Team
The Minet Ladies
Sylvene Baxter
Kulvinder Hamilton-Grey
Lynne Wheatley

Justin Semmens
Richard Creese
Ron Purdy

Finish Line Team
Sam Grant
Roger Crouch
Mark Doel

Parking Tsar
Ron Purdy

Sign-On Team
Vyv Baker
Janice Kelly
Gladys Purdy

Prize-Giving Team
Ray Kelly
Gladys ‘Pucker-Up’ Purdy
Jayne ‘Puckered-Up’ Paine

Trophy Secretary
Jim Mears

Over the last five years that I have been the organiser there were people absent this year due to holidays and 21st birthdays who have always in the past helped hugely and they should not be missed out in this list of the fabulous:
Nici Savage
Lauren Savage
Kirsten Savage
and I suppose Tony Savage for letting us have his family for a week of shopping, cooking and baking, making tea, and podium duties.
Wendy Mears
Jim Mears
Gerry McManus

Also there are the people whose advice and guidance have been indispensable to me, they have made this rather tricky job a lot less stressful:
Des Gaylor
Mark Doel
Aiden Hegarty
Patrick Kavanaugh
Mick Clarke
Ian Chatsworth
John Davies
Trevor Smith

The British Horse Society and the Horse & Hound put our races on their social media feeds which helped to ensure safe racing and riding for all road users.
Thank you the village of Little Milton for having an excellent hall and an excellent pub!

And thank you to the 160 riders who came and gave us their all.

Racing Roundup
So let’s talk about the races. It was a dry day, some sunshine, S/W wind moderate.
There were full fields of 80 riders in both the events.

The racing started with the Dulcie Walker, a Regional B race for 3rd + 4th Cat riders which involved 60miles, 3.75 laps, of the Great Milton Course.
The riders rolled out of HQ at 9.30.
At the end of the first lap the notorious pinch-point got both pointy and pinchy. One rider ended up wiping his nose the full length of an on-coming car and few others had a bit of a lie-down. Forever sporting, the riders ahead of the crash made a run for it. Kicking the dead and dying out of the way, those caught behind the crash gave chase.
Lives were laid on the line, wheels were sacrificed and looks were exchanged, but there was to be only one winner of The Dulcie Walker Poniard.

1st – David Roper – Ride 24/7 – winner of the Dulcie Walker Memorial Poniard
2nd – Cian Smailes – N-Fuse Identity Racing
3rd – Robert Attread – Maidenhead and District CC

Junior – Jack Brooks – Bicester Millenium CC – winner of the Giant Chupa-Chup
Prime- David Roper – Ride 24/7

Actually, with prizes down to 15 there were lots of winners and Gladys and I congratulated them in the time-honoured podium-girl way, because we are old-fashioned and because we could.

Then before you had time to say cake, it was roll-out for the premier event on the road-racing calendar, The John Walker Memorial Road Race for Elites, 1st and 2nd Cat racers. Some of the best in the country were there, and those that were not sent telegrams.

The 80 mile race kicked off with a no-holds-barred scramble for position. Very quickly a break formed. There were chasers, and chasers chasing the chasers. It was fast. It was dynamic. It was all going on. The four NEG motos and the lead cars and comms had one helluva job, and as I was in a lead car driven by our own Ray ‘Skid-Pan’ Kelly I should know. But I can’t give a proper race report because most of the time I had my eyes closed. I can tell you that is was action packed, with near-misses, attacks into on-coming traffic, disqualifications and hair-pulling.

So me and Gladys put on our cherry chap-stick, Ray wet his whistle and we got down to the serious business of prize giving and the handing over of the gleaming, silver John Walker Memorial Trophy.

1st – Joshua Boyman – Hoops Velo
2nd – William Scott – Flamme Rouge
3rd – Joseph Clark – Cycling Sheffield Giant

Junior – Joshua Sandman – Team Backstedt Bike Performance , winner of the Lego Set
Prime – Joshua Boyman – Hoops Velo

Then it was up to The Lamb for the traditional schooner or two of sherry.
What a day.

Jayne Paine

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Club Runs Oct-Dec 2018

Your club runs list for the rest of 2018 is now available here: WCC-Club-Runs-OCT- DEC 2018


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WCC Road Race 16-9-2018

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WCC road race Sept 2018The followwing photographs were taken by the Car Park Attendant Ron Purdy who was still working when the Dulcie Walker event was running..Jane made a great success of both events.
The girls in the kitchen did another marvellous job and all the other people involved who help to make the day a sucsess THANK YOU!!

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This Concerns YOU.

Yes I mean You!!    Willesden Road Race organiser, Jayne Paine, is pitifully short of helpers for next weekend’s John and Dulcie Walker Road races. There are not enough people to fill each role and you should deep into yourself if you have not responded to Jayne’s call for help.

You can help in any of the following areas –

– Marshals – accredited and red-flag
– Drivers
– Course signage
– Sign-on desk
– Refreshments – making + selling
– Finish-line
– Race Course Signage

You can contact Jayne Paine on email using paine.jayne@gmail.com, or through a comment on this blog posting.

Your help is vital – contact Jayne now. Go on …. I mean now.

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Results from the club track champs

Despite a small turn out, 6 senior riders and 2 youth riders, we had some good racing on Sunday 2nd September at the club track champs. Riders in senior races Darryl,  Roger, Connor, Chris, Ray and James. Youth races Lucie and Vicky

200 m TT

1st Roger, 2nd Darryl, 3rd Connor


1st Darryl, 2nd Roger, 3rd James


1st Roger, 2nd Darryl, 3rd Connor

Handicap Elimination 

1st Darryl, 2nd  Connor,  3rd Lucie

Handicap 10 lap 

1st Darryl, 2nd Roger, 3rd Lucie

Senior Champs overall

1st Darryl, 2nd Roger, 3rd James

Youth Champs

1st Lucie, 2nd Vicky




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Club Track Champs this Sunday 2nd September

The club track champs are this Sunday 2nd September at Welwyn track. Please arrive by 9.30 for a 10 am start.  Entry £5.00, bike hire £3.00.

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Willesden’s thriving audax organisation continues to develop with new events being added to the long distance calendar all the time. And the popularity of events like London Wales London mean that the club is getting mentioned in national media such as a Guardian Blog.

Entries for the increasingly popular 400km LWL open on 16 September. Last year the event sold out in 8 hours but organiser Liam FitzPatrick promises that there will always be a space for WCC members who want to have a go. The ride is one of the qualifiers for Paris Brest Paris which runs in 2019 and which has traditionally had a large showing from the club.

Other audax events coming up include Ian Oliver’s 300km ‘Three Down’ on 8 September and the well established Autumn 100km and 200km rides from Chalfont St Peter on 13 October, run by Martin Lucas.

WCC members are always welcome as helpers at the start and finish of events; if you have some free time contact the relevant organiser who will bite your hand off!

Liam FitzPatrick

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A very important date for all your diaries!!

Finish Line Preparations

The Willesden Cycling Club promoted road races, known as the John and Dulcie Walker Memorial Road Races, will be held on Sunday 16th September, at Little Milton Oxfordshire OX44 7PZ

Jayne Payne is the Race Organiser/Director and she needs your help to make this happen.  As a club member you should contact her now to offer your help in any of the following areas –

– Marshals – accredited and red-flag
– Drivers
– Course signage
– Sign-on desk
– Refreshments – making + selling
– Finish-line
– Race Course Signage

You can contact Jayne Paine on email using paine.jayne@gmail.com, or through a comment on this blog posting.

Your help is vital to making this prestigious event a success.

To the memory of the wonderful Mike Ellison. Here shown explaining the finer points of engaging with race officials

To the memory of the wonderful and greatly missed Mike Ellison – Un Marshalle Extraordinaire

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Club Track Champs

The club track champs are on Sunday 2nd September 10am to 12 noon at Welwyn track. All welcome entry only £5.00 and you can hire a track bike for £3.00.

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Riverside to Riverside Audax – Wednesday 15th 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 in Maidenhead 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.
A ride out and cake what more can you ask.
Start 10:00 am at Jenner’s cafe, Raymead Road, Maidenhead SL6 8NP
Distance 118km
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Club Run 22 July Little Italy

Here is the outward route for Sunday 22nd July:






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Lexi Cinema – Willesden

The Lexi Cinema in Willesden will be screening the new documentary about David Millar, called ” TIME TRIAL” at 6:30pm on Thursday 19th July 18.

This is a once-off screening of the film and it will also include a pre-recorded Q&A with David and the film’s director afterwards.

David Millar having excelled in cycling at the highest level was then  found guilty of doping and punished with a 2 year ban. He returned as a spokesperson for clean cycling, and he helped to set up Team Sky in 2010.  David is an articulate, intelligent character, and this documentary was conceived of to record his valedictory year – 2014 – where he rode in the season’s big races before he retiring at the age of 37.

A mini camera was fitted to his handlebars, and the film makers got permission to film from the heart of the peloton during races, providing great insight!  When a fading Millar is dropped from the Tour de France squad, though, the documentary is presented with a more interesting narrative:  Millar is seen wrestling with his sense of waning power, and the humiliation of failure.

The film has an 18 certificate and lasts just over 80 minutes.

The Lexi is a small and beautiful cinema in Kensal Rise, Willesden.

Address – 194b Chamberlayne Road, London NW10 3JU

Nearest Public transport

Overground:  Kensal Rise Station (3 mins walk)
Tube:  Kensal Green (10 mins walk) – Bakerloo line. Willesden Green (20 mins Walk) Jubilee line

Parking : On street parking in nearby streets

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Willesden West London Combine 50m TT

IMG_0651Tony Flynn, WCC Time Trial Secretary, has provided the following report. Thanks to Tony and Trish for doing a superb job of organising and looking after club volunteers on another hot morning.

The West London Combine 50m TT on 8 July was organised by Tony Flynn for Willesden Cycling Club at Great Missenden.  The event went really well with some impressive times.

The event was won by Ben Allen from the Westerley CC with a time of 1:55:03.  The full results are here: Results Sheet

A big thank you to all of the Volunteers: Ray Kelly, John Wheatley and Roger Woolsey (Westerley CC) for the timekeeping team.

Gill and Derek Reynolds, Gerry McManus, Brian Moon and Roland Colicott (westerly cc) for Marshalling.

Ann Woolsey (Westerley CC) and for running the kitchen.

Thanks all, Tony Flynn

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audax Sun 1-7-18 Jenners a few more photos

Audax Jenners 1-7-18 (1)

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A message from Tony Flynn for Willesden CC members


For the WLC 50 Mile TT on July 8th, 2018 to be a success, I really need assistance for Marshalls.

I have received confirmation from 3 members already for help which is great. But I really need another 2 marshalls and still someone to push the riders off.

I am aware that the club run will be stopping by but the even starts at 7:30 where assistance is required.

Any help would be greatly appreciated


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Club runs July to September 2018


The Club Captain has prepared a varied programme of rides for the summer with something to suit everyone.

WCC-Club-Runs-JUL-SEPT 2018


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This Weekend – John Morris Fun Charity Ride

John Morris 2018

This coming Sunday sees the running of the 30th Annual Charity Cycle Ride! This family fun event is organised each year by John Morris and is a great day out for cyclists of all types and abilities. This is a great event and has always been well supported by members of the Willesden Cycling Club?

John Morris’s route varies slightly each year, but it is always a wonderful route with at least two excellent stops along the 30 mile course.

It starts at 10.00 am on 24th June at from The Plough public house, Winchmore Hill, Bucks (Map), where you can sign on and also make a donation to this year’s charity, which is The Thames Valley Adventure Playground for children and adults with special needs in Taplow.

The Thames Valley Adventure Playground provides a chance for children and adults with all types of special needs to enjoy the fun, freedom and friendship afforded by the opportunity to play and share experiences in a safe and stimulating environment. This includes wheelchair-accessible roundabouts and swings, elevated walkways, allowing someone with profound and multiple difficulties to enjoy the excitement of ‘climbing’ trees, multi-sensory rooms to stimulate and relax, with specially-trained staff to provide help and support.


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