April 2019

Whitewebbs Clubroom

Every Thursday Evening
8pm to 10pm.
Pied Bull Public House
Bulls Cross
The Pied Bull has always been very accommodating.

Club Open Event

The CTT have approved our 10-mile open event on F20/10 to be held on 29th June 2019.

The Head Quarters have been booked (Amwell Village Hall) along with the overspill car parking field (behind village hall). Our Time Keepers are willing to assist (Frank Turner & Michael Bannister). Our Frank Rasey will be in control of recording and displaying event results via projection screen on the day in village hall.

We still need some turn marshals and some finish line checkers please.

Club Events 2019

The Brinley Lewis Trophy (Club 10m series) for the best seven out of nine Wednesday evening events, along with 25 Championship plus Hill Climb dates are as follows:

April 17th Ware-Puckeridge First event completed Chris Wedge 22:30 Roy Alexis 26:24 Stu Levene 27:18 David Solomon 30:59
May 1st Rush Green-Turnford
May 15th Cole Green
May 29th Ware-Puckeridge
June 12th Rush Green-Turnford
June 26th F20/25 Championship
July 10th Cole Green
July 24th Ware-Puckeridge
Aug 7th Rush Green-Turnford
Aug 21st Cole Green
Aug 28th Hill Climb

A Trip Down Memory Lane

William (Bill) Green
(Italics added by Ed)
Whilst driving to Portsmouth last year to the club weekend, I was struck by how much the A3 has changed from the early 1950's when we rode along it to the isle of Wight Easter cycling festivals.

The clubroom was in south street back then so on the Thursday evening before Easter we met there to begin the overnight run to Portsmouth. The first leg took us round the north circular (mainly single carriage way back then).

The North Circular was constructed in the 1920s and 30s, and is a 25.7mile long ring road around central London running from Chiswick in the west to Woolwich in the east.
Across Kew bridge.
The present bridge was opened in 1903 as the King Edward VII by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, designed by John Wolfe-Barry & Cuthbert A Brereton.

Then through Kingston-Upon-Thames.
For much of the 20th century, Kingston was a major military aircraft manufacturing centre specializing in fighter aircraft - first with Sopwith Aviation, H G Hawker Engineering, later Hawker Aircraft, Hawker Siddeley and eventually British Aerospace. The renowned Sopwith Camel, Hawker Fury, Hurricane, Hunter and Harrier were all designed and built in the town. and onto the A3(also single track).

There was more countryside between towns than nowadays so riding two abreast on unlit roads required concentration whilst the echoing sounds of our tyres on the road together with whirring of gears produced an eerie sensation as we went through small dimly lit villages like Ripley. Coaching stop over on the way to Guildford.

After negotiating the cobbled high street of Guildford (there's a bypass now),. and is midway between London (27 miles) and Portsmouth. The High Street still has the cobbles then it was on past Godalming Coaching Village to begin a three-mile climb of the devil's punchbowl. Is a large natural Amphitheatre and beauty spot. to Hindhead, also the destination for many a club hard-ride so that we could sprint for the top (no longer possible as the road is diverted through a tunnel).

Then it was on through the dark countryside to Liphook, Also a coaching stop, used by Samuel Pepys in 1660s, it must have been about now that the lady members took advantage of a covered bus shelter ,hoping to snatch fourth winks but soon dashed out when the tramp already in residence objected to sharing.

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So, it was off again through the sleeping market town of Petersfield Is the crossroads of well used North, South, East and West routes which grew into a coach stop. Then across the downs and Horndean Home to Gales Brewery (then Fuller, Smith and Turner since 1850) .and down to Portsmouth to catch the ferry to the island.

Once there we occupied three guest houses around Sandown which saw many knotted towel fights between rooms, also as this was the era of water pistols a certain amount of inter room rivalry took place, which culminated late one evening when some of us who were waiting, loaded pistols in hand pointing at the door but.

When it opened the landlady stood there! After she dried off and we had eaten humble pie that ended the evening's entertainment. I remember Pete's 'Hall and Whelan' starting in a circuit race which we all turned up to watch, it started at the bottom of a steep hill and when the bunch went off, the two Pete's not being in a low gear fell off. There was plenty to see on the island and the more adventurous went skating with varying degrees of success. I have to confess to not being one of this group preferring two wheels to eight.

When it was time to come home we and hundreds of others all crowded on the main deck to listen to Petula Clark sing, though when she refused to sing her latest hit she got booed off .Then it was off up the A3 to Kingston where we often met other club members at what we called the apple pie cafe .Altogether these were truly memorable weekends that are still treasured nearly seventy years.

Anybody have any race memories on the IoW?


Cod, Lentil & Beetroot Traybake.

Serves 2

300g steamed beetroot drained and cut into wedges.
390g tin green lentils, drained
2 garlic cloves, crushed.
2 tsp creamed horseradish sauce.
10g fresh parsley, leaves roughly chopped.
half lemon, zest and juiced.
2 tbsp olive oil.
2 boneless cod fillets.

Preheat oven to Gas 6; 200 deg C, fan 180 deg C
Pat the beetroot dry In a 2ltr ovenproof dish, mix the beetroot, lentils, garlic, horseradish and 1/3 of the parsley.

Pour over the lemon juice and 1 tbsp oil. Season and mix well, bake for 15 mins. Top with the cod and sprinkle over the lemon zest. Add the remain oil, another 1/3 of parsley and some black pepper. Bake for 10-12 mins or until the fish is cooked through and firm to the touch, then sprinkle with remaining parsley.

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Enfield: Did You Know


The first mention of an Enfield Football Club appeared in the Meyers Gazette & Observer dated 6th December 1884. At a preliminary meeting, a resolution was passed stating "that gentlemen here present do form themselves into an Association Football Club to be called the Enfield Football Club". The club's playing debut was on December 13th 1884 when they beat St. Jude's F.C. 3-1 on their home ground of Enfield Cricket Club.

Their fixture list was composed entirely of friendly matches against other local teams. In 1893 they achieved one of their best results when they beat a team from Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 at their Tucker's Field ground. The club joined a league for the first time in 1895, but despite early success, they folded in 1898.

Enfield Spartans Football Club Meanwhile in 1893, a group of youngsters in the district had banded together to create Enfield Spartans Football Club. They played only friendly matches in their debut season at their Bailey's Field ground, off Baker Street. On joining an organised league the following season, the Tottenham & District Junior League, they moved to the larger Tucker's Field, previous home of the earlier Enfield F.C., renting the field from a local dairy owner.

There were no amenities on site and players had to change in the George Public House in the town centre and walk the mile or so to the ground in full kit. Occasionally players would take a bottle of beer with them so they could enjoy half-time refreshments. When a ground nearer to the town centre became available on the demise of the other Enfield F.C., the Spartans took up residence and within a couple of years dropped the word Spartans from their title.

The club's formative years were spent in a number of local leagues - the Tottenham & District Junior League (1894-5), the North Middlesex League (1896-1903), the London League (1903-1913) and the Middlesex & District League (1908-1912). Enfield managed to win four league titles during this time and won the Middlesex Charity Cup in 1910 and the Journal de Liege Cup on foreign soil in 1912.

Their star player was Sid Crowl who played once for Tottenham Hotspur in the Football League and on fifteen occasions during the First World War. He was one of a number of players who was selected to play for their county and did participate in a trial for the England Amateur team.

The club's switch to the Athenian League in 1912 was an indication of their growing status, and the prestigious Middlesex Senior Cup was captured for the first time in 1914, but the First World War brought a temporary end to their contests on the football field.

More next issue

Approved Social Events 2019
A BBQ in June at 25 Netherby Gardens proposed for Saturday 22nd June.

2019 is our 70th Anniversary
We shall be celebrating this along with our yearly prize presentations on November 16th 2019 at the Homestead Hotel Welwyn

Christmas Lunch 2019
Alas has been superseded due to our Anniversary celebrations

Weekend Away

Club News.

Michael Howard (one of our living abroad members) under took a 5week slot of a 10week cycling tour in Western Africa. The Western Sahara to Sierra Leone. The whole trip extracts can be found at https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/28/travel/africa-cycling-trip-adventure.html


Here are some extracts.
The whirring bikes streaked over the rough ribbon of asphalt through the Sahara in Mauritania, and the intensity of the landscape shifted. Miles of flat, desolate sand stretched to the horizon in all directions, dissolving into an immense dome of pale blue.

The sun in the cloudless sky was so searing it had bleached the bones of a camel protruding from the sand. A headwind, relentless and gusting, drained legs and thrashed the robe of a tribesman striding along on the roadside.

Then there were the tractor-trailers. Every 10 minutes or so, an oncoming rig appeared in the distance, gathering sheets of swirling sand in its wake. With only two tight lanes, the best recourse was to grip your handlebars and duck as the truck roared by, its vortex jerking the front of your bike and sandblasting every piece of uncovered skin.

In the fast-growing category of adventure cycling vacations, it's safe to say that this one -- West Africa en Velo, TDA Global Cycling's first expedition through West Africa --- was on the extreme end.

Not just for the duration -- nearly 4,000 miles through seven countries and one disputed territory over 10 weeks, averaging about 70 miles a day -- but for the location. The region has been more associated with civil war, disease and extremists than bucket-list challenges. But as political and economic stability has increased in recent years, so has the number of foreign tourists.

The idea was to cycle and camp from Casablanca to Cape Coast in Ghana, through the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, the desert in Western Sahara and Mauritania, and rolling farmland, tropical forests or palm-fringed shores in Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and Ghana.

We rolled up to our desert camp, completing one of the tour's longest rides, 100 miles. My crotch was raw, my legs were spent and my feet ached from my cycling shoes.

There was no rest yet. I was introduced to the routine that the three dozen other riders had already adopted: Lug your duffle bag down from the truck. Find a spot and pitch your tent. Fill a bucket for a splash bath. Gather for the riders' meeting at 5:30 p.m. Line up for dinner of rice and chicken or pasta and meat.

Sit around and talk about the ride, past rides and injuries. Grab a shovel and dig a hole for a toilet. Duck into your tent. Collapse exhausted, usually by 8 or 9 p.m., to wake up at 5:30 in the chilly morning dark.

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Roy Alexis:

Lanzarote Training Camp

Roy spent 7 nights at with the De Ver Cycle Club covering a total of 445 miles which included 22000 feet climbing with a maximum of 25% incline. It always felt like you were riding into a head wind throughout most of the rides especially around the coastal areas.

We covered the same courses as last year, including the hill climb of which l made a very considerable improvement coming 8th from 28 riders with a time of 11min 58 sec over a distance of 2.5 miles.

At the end of the week we decided to cycle round the whole island which is approximately 100 miles depending on route taken, however it was cut short as one of the riders was having trouble coping with the windy conditions and not enjoying himself.

Having to take cover due to a heavy rain storm we cut short the ride but still covered 80 miles in 7 hours. Before going on the Training Camp, Roy had also completed two Sportive rides In the Cambridge and Hertford areas, both in the 60+ mileage.

David Solomon

David Solomon has completed two Sportive rides pre-season. Starting and finishing Peterborough 74 miles and Newmarket 85 miles with his younger son Paul (46) "The last long ride l completed with Paul was when l dragged him and other son Steven (48) on a 14-day cycle camping holiday Land's End to John O'Groats when they were 11 & 13.

It has taken him this long to forgive me. How the times have changed, he is now dropping me on the hills with me working hard to catch him on the descents and flat before the next hill looms ahead".

Don't forget to use our website to catch up on any racing results
and general information. We post our function photos for all to see.

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See You up the Road, ED.