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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

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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.

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Racing Results

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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

Northwood Wheelers History

An update on the history of the Northwood Wheelers, and some personal reminiscences, by Colin Turner via email 22/12/13.

In late 1947 Tom Simpson, Gordon (Boff - short for boffin) Empson, my brother Roy & myself were asked to assist with running the cycling section of The Northwood Boy’s Club. I can’t remember if any others were involved at this time. None of us had any experience of running a club, as none of us had ever been a member of a cycling club before. There were so many restrictions placed on what we could do that it soon became impossible to operate within the Boy’s Club. A rather acrimonious break from the Boy’s Club ensued, and in 1948 we formed the Northwood Wheelers.

We soon came to the notice of a local resident, Mr. Fred Reynolds. Fred was a council member of the Road Time Trials Council, the then governing body of time trials in the UK. He helped us get the club on a proper footing. Jack Sharp was another who helped us in the early days - he later became president.

My memories of the early days are rather vague as unlike David I did not keep a diary. Tom Simpson worked with Stan Boyes, a cyclist/tricyclist of long standing. In my memories of the club he was always there, so I am sure got involved at an early stage.

I have my Youth Hostel Association membership card for 1948 and it records eight overnight away rides in that year. Most of those would have been club runs. The one that stands out is Cleeve Hill near Cheltenham, in November - this run subsequently became a regular on the weekend nearest the 5th November.

My first record of racing activity is in June 1949 when I entered the Uxbridge Wheelers 25 on 19th June, I recorded a time of 1.7.55. My first record of a club event is a 25 on the Amersham course on 26.3.50, qhich was won by Alan Browne in 1.6.42. Northwood Wheelers club events that I entered in 1950 were 4 x 25 miles, 2 x 50 miles. 1x 100 miles. We also took part in 4 x 25 mile interclub events against other local clubs. My racing records stop in 1954, by this time I was married with 1 child and finding it difficult to find the time to get fit.

Another early event that we took part in was the Brentwood Road Club’s 100 mile utility event on 6.2.49. There were a multitude of classes from which one could chose, from a Ladies 100 in 9 hours to a double gents tandem in 6hr. 30min. Tom & I entered double gents tandem. A few other club members entered solo in eight hours. It was a hard ride, cold, foggy near the sea at Malden and a niggling cold breeze all day. Tom and I were ahead of schedule so we waited near the finish. Cold and shivering, we had a 3 minute window 6.30 to 6.33 to be classified, we went in and recorded a time of 6. 27 so no certificate!  

Colin noted he had copies of the club magazine from No.2 to No.14 - these form part of the collection of scans listed above.