Prize Presentation

January 10, 2007

The Flying Scotsman film (The Graeme Obree story) is showing at the MAC cinema in Cannon Hill Park on the following dates:

3/8/07 – 18.15

4/8/07 – 15.30 & 20.30

5/8/07 18.15

There are a few club members interested in going, contact Geoff if you are interested in meeting us there.

There is also a trip to Ghent to watch the six day racing in November at the famous Belgium track, let the committee know if you would like to go.


History of the Warwickshire Road Club

January 7, 2007

The Warwickshire Road Club was formed in 1924, the following article explains how it happend:

How The Warwickshire Road Club Was Formed

Although it has always been accepted without question that the foundation of the Warwickshire Road Club was in 1924, without Minute Books for the period 1924-28 I have always wondered who produced the motivation, but never bothered until fairly recently to make the effort to find out.

In 1992, with the possibility of a new Club Handbook in mind, I started making enquiries from those who I thought might be able to assist. Unfortunately letters to our elders in the CTC Headquarters, the Birmingham and Midland D.A., and the Northern Section produced no results until Alan Cotton of the Southern, and ex Warwicks, found a reference in a copy of Cycling dated September 5th 1924:

” Known as the Warwickshire Road Club, a new racing club has recently been found in Birmingham, the Hon Sec of which is Mr. W. Roberts, 282 Belqrave Road, Birmingham. Membership is confined to full and family CTC-ites in the Birmingham and Midland District Association area, and the secretary will be glad to receive invitations for members to take part in open events.”

Afterwards the result of a 25-mile event won by W.H. Long in 1.12.56 was found in the August 29th issue, and this was followed on 26th September with the result of a Warwickshire Road Club 12 hour event won by N. Jones with 193.75 miles, with W.H. Long second with 193 miles.

A few years ago , thanks again to Alan Cotton, we made contact with W.H. (Howard) Long, and he was still fit and well and lived in the Lichfield area. The following is Howard’s own account of the formation of our Club: ” The Warwickshire Road Club, which was formed in 1924, developed from a subsection of the Northern Section of the Birmingham and Midland District Association of the CTC, an alternative run known as the Northern Section Hard Riders. This sub-section catered for members who wanted to ride farther and faster than the members of the ordinary runs. In addition the NSHR used to organise two time-trials a year, a 25 and a 12-hour. These time trials attracted members from other CTC Sections, particularly the Southern and one or two from Walsall.”

The DA. Secretary at the time was Leonard Ellis who rode with the Northern Section. Ellis later became Assistance Secretary at the CTC Headquarters in London. It was mainly on his initiative that the idea of forming a racing club confined to CTC members was broached, following the popularity of the NSHR.

In the summer of 1924 Ellis and myself were on tour in France, Switzerland and Italy, and during that tour it was agreed that when we got back we must start that racing club for CTC members. I was Chief Consul for Warwickshire, but also filling a temporary gap as Northern Section Secretary, and so it became my responsibility to call the meeting which was to form the Warwickshire Road Club. This would be late July or early August 1924 at the Northern Section Headquarters, Potters Cafe, Tyburn. The formation of the CTC racing club was ‘agreed at the meeting in early August and the following officers were appointed:

President: Mr. 0. W. Eyre
Secretary: Mr. W Roberts
Timekeeper: Mr. H. Pritchard


News Letter

January 7, 2007

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WHEEL NEWS

Warwickshire Road Club Newsletter

Spring Edition

Racing Season Planning

I have a plan of events created by Richard Somerville. You can find it on the web site at: www.warwickshirerc.co.uk or on the notice board in the club room. Please try to enter so we can get teams into events and share travelling costs.

Don’t Forget! The open 50 in May, Open 25 in July and 2 Day GP in August. Trophies are for club members only so you’re in with a chance.

Club Kit

The jerseys we order from Impsport are made to order, and after a couple of years we have built up a small stock. We would much rather see these jerseys on the backs of club members rather than left in a box so the sale is on.

We will not be re-ordering until the Autumn, so here is your chance to get instant delivery. Remember that the Club subsidises the cost to the tune of 25%

Impsport Short Sleeve Road Jersey – £28

2 x size M – 38” chest

1 x size XXL – 44” chest

Impsport Long Sleeve Road Jersey – Size L – 40” – £29

Impsport Long Sleeve Training Jersey – Size L – 40” – £32

[ 3 x pockets – thicker material than road jersey]

Impsport Bibshorts – L – 34” waist – £29

I also have 4 x Short Sleeve jerseys from Bicycle Line, our first order in the new design. They are equivalent, or smaller, than British Medium size – £15 each

Racing

The Midland CTT denied our request for a new 25 TT course out to Alcester and back which was to be run on Sundays when no Open events were available in the region. The good news is we will be running a Sunday club “10” instead. Colin is getting it built into our Club programme, check website or board for dates.

Thanks to Members

Thanks to all members for joining, we hope to see you all soon.

Subscriptions are now at 2007 prices:

Full membership – £16.50

Second Claim – £10

Second family member in same household – £6

Racing fees, £1.50 per ride or £17.50 Season ticket, are unchanged.

Racing News

Richard Shimmell, Richard Somerville & Preston Eckloff already have the season off to a flying start. I’m gathering results so please email me at webmast@warwickshirerc.co.uk so I can include them in the next news letter and on the website.

Coaching: If you have any training questions you can email Ramin at coach@warwickshirerc.co.uk and I’m sure you will get some very good and highly qualified advice.