80th Anniversary - A message from the President
From 1933 to 2013 -- 80 years of pedalling
A lot of miles have been ridden since that first ride in March 1933, probably several million! Originally just for leisure and touring and exploring the countryside, but this turned very soon to competitive riding and it was not long before some of the Club members were riding “Against the Clock” against each other but with the onset of war this was curtailed until 1945 when competition resumed.
The Club continued to thrive and grow and by the mid 1950’s was very strong and by 1960 the Club was expanding into other fields by promoting a number of extra events one of which became the “Ovaltine International” sponsored by the Kings Langley firm and also the mammoth task of the London to York Road Race sponsored by the Daily Mail. The Club had by the mid 1960’s the premier Road Racing team in the country with several International riders and in 1964 had the West London, the All London and the British National Champion in Bob Addy who later went on to represent Great Britain in the Tokyo Olympics.
They have had Officials as well as riders in the Club helping with the Milk Race (Tour of Britain) and the National and World Championships. Success continued and Ian Banbury won the British Junior pursuit Championship and later became a bronze medallist in the Montreal Olympics in the Team Pursuit. This was followed some years later when another member Matthew Stephens represented Great Britain in Barcelona. This was followed in 2012 by another rider Connor Dunne becoming the Irish under 23 Time Trial Champion, still a member although now racing in Holland for a Dutch Club.
Looking forward we continue to thrive with an active Go Ride section for the youngsters. We promote road race, time trial and cyclo cross promotions that attract high quality fields and have an active and varied club membership.
Here's to the next 80 years. Keep pedaling.