Ray Kelly (Willesden Cycling Club) has been awarded British Cycling’s regional badge of honour for his services to cycle racing and cycle coaching.
Kelly received his reward from British Cycling’s Central Region Chairman, Kelvin Hoy at the lunch meeting of the Pedal Club in London on May 17th.
As a British Cycling commissaire and judge, Kelly has contributed to Central Region road races, the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit, the former Paddington Track (1980’s) and the Surrey Road Racing League.
He was a contributing member of the team that developed the use of the unfinished Hayes By-Pass for closed road racing in the 90’s. Kelly started youth coaching there as part of the Prime Coaching team.
He was also key member on the Minet Park development team, which built and ran the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit which opened in 1999.
His passion for coaching youngsters saw him become a British Cycling Go-Ride coach in the noughties, visiting inner London schools and inspiring boys and girls to ride bikes.
Ray was delighted to receive his award in London. “It was an amazing day and so unexpected,” said Kelly: “I’m so glad I had so many of my friends around when I received my award.”
Kelly was accompanied to the lunch by his son Chris and daughter Samantha and a number of Willesden CC members.