Bob begins by hinting at touring articles, and asks for views on the club magazine. He moves on to a general ticking off of high spiritied club members, who’ve apparently been mucking about at the Grange, where the club rents a room for meetings.
Four more members welcomed - two ladies, a senior and a junior.
An invitation to identify who Ivor Storey is…
Four events are listed in the Junior ’10’ programme for 1953
Page 2 begins with another exhortation for members to behave themsleves - reads as though the club committee has received complaints from somewhere!
Annual Night Ride to Stonehenge, by D. Saunders (Touring Secretary). The weather seems to have been pretty much OK this year, nor were there any mechanical issues (I detect a note of disappointment!). They did have an encounter witha grumpy cafe owner in Amesbury.
The Club ’50’ on June 21st was won by Colin Turner, continuing his run of form, with 2:15:53 and a comfortable margin over second placed Ken Dopson. Seven riders finished, with one DNS and two DNF.
On 1st July, the Junior ’10’ was won by L. Chapman, presumably the same Len Chapman who took 4th place in the Club ’50’, in 25:49. The vitality of the club is indicated by the fact they could actually put on a Junior time trial (my present club couldn’t!) - there were eight riders who finished, with three riding private time trials (presumably they weren’t juniors?), and one lady.
There’s a note clarifying the business of riders going off course (alluded to in Issue 11), and thanks to Jim Farrell’s friend on a motorbike who made general assistance of an unspecified nature!
Colin Turner now holds the club ’25’ record with 1:02:04, in winning the inter-club event with Herige CC and ensuring a Northwood victory.
More Racing Results
The Club ’30’ had less than ideal conditions (cold wet mist), but Colin Turner won the event with 1:17:54, leading home the usual suspects. 10 riders entered and started, only one DNF.
In the club track chamionship, nine riders competed at the Slough track and Tony Standing won overall. Points were accumulated through several events: 440yard scratch sprint; 880 yards flying start time trial, and a 5 mile scratch race. Tony was a last minute entry on a borrowed bike, as he was completing his National Service.
The detailed results are listed (continuing on p5).
More Racing Results
The Norlond Combine ’12’ incorporated the Club 12h Championship. The winner of the club championship was Rodney Bridge, who covered 209 miles and 1074 yards. Alan Stratman came second (207 miles 284 yards) and Roy Turner third with 199 miles and 1064 yards. Colin Turner suffered three punctures and retired as did Ken Dopson, though for unspecified reasons.
The RTTC have written to clubs with a warning about ‘heads down’ riding, which leads to accidents - disqualification and suspension being the ultimate sanction. The RTTC seem to have written to clubs quite frequently!
News Items from Ivor Storey:
The rider who regularly pays entry fees but never rides; a riposte to Tom Simpson with reference to his grumble about riding styles in the previous issue; the Druid Clan and the implication that ther will be a victim of the Stonhenge ride; a comment about horseplay with water pistols at the club room and a suggestion they be used to cool riders during time trials instead. Ivor finishes with a taunt about his secret identity.