What is the Dave Finch Memorial Series?
The Dave Finch Memorial Series comprises a selection of time
trials on sporting courses. It is a championship that runs from
the start of the season to the end and the winner of the series
is awarded the Dave Finch Memorial Trophy.
Who was Dave Finch?
Dave Finch was a very popular veteran member of Reading CC.
He took a very active part in club life. Surprisingly, he was always
a second claim member, keeping his allegiance to his first claim
club: Hounslow & District Wheelers.
Dave took part in clubruns, organised training sessions,
rode the club time trials and attended the clubroom regularly. His
forte was hilly events. For most of his time with the club Dave
lived at Whitchurch Hill and worked in Benson - making full use
of his daily ride to work. He was employed by the MOD at RAF Benson;
managing a graphic design office. Later Dave became manager of the
television studios at the army establishment in Beaconsfield. He
moved to Burchetts Green when he was promoted and redployed to the
Army Education establishment at Beaconsfield. He used to train army
personnel in the techniques of TV interviews.
He moved from Whitchurch to Burchett's Green and continued
to ride to work on a daily basis It was in September 1982 that Dave
was struck behind by a motor vehicle while climbing White Hill (between
Loudwater and Holtspur on the A40) and was killed. He was 46 years
old. The driver pleaded that he was blinded by the rising sun but,
as far as I can remember, was short of essential documents like
insurance. In view of his popularity and his ability in hilly time
trials a memorial trophy was purchased and dedicated to the series
of hilly club time trial events.
What do I have to do to qualify?
On the Time Trials page you will
see certain events that are part of the series. Each ride you do
in the series counts towards the championship. There is a plaque
to be won for a year. If you win an event, you are awarded 20 points.
Second place gets 19 and so on. At the end of the season, your points
from your best five rides are added up and the person with the most.
How many points do I have?
Check the Time Trial results as the season progresses. Points will
be allocated and recorded by the Time Trial Secretary.
Who has won the series in the past?
Follow this link: Dave
Finch Memorial Series Winners