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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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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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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