So what happened next?
On the racing side, time trials were the all consuming passion
of Clive Pugh, who took places in National Championships and
third in the BBAR. Robin Jackson was winner of the first CTC
National 25 mile championship. Other riders like Eddie Napper,
Ken Maunder, Tony Allsop, Stuart Byde, Bill Gilham, Martin
Druce, Leon Gipson, Geoff Taylor, Jon Airey, Rod MacFadyen,
and Gill Clapton took (and some still take) prominent places
in local events and championships.
Road Racing has not been great: with Richard Woodgate having
the longest career with many placings, and Stuart Byde who
rode the Archer International Grand Prix at Beaconsfield.
Our most succesful track rider was Gordon Wooldridge who represented
Great Brittain in the Junior World Championships in the USA
in 1978. It has always surprised me that we have had so few
track riders when Reading is one of the few towns in the country
with a track.
On the social side, we kept the clubroom on Silver Street
going until the move to Palmer Park Sports Stadium in December
2000. On the road, coffee runs continue each Sunday. Although
once very popular, all-day runs are a rare event. There has
been a long standing controversy about the pace of clubruns,
with many experiments to split those who are out for a social
ride from those who are training. Since Reading CC was formed
there have been many changes. Now there are few social riders,
and many more sporting types.
Cycling in our club is an athletic activity which is obviously
the choice of our active membership. In the future it seems
likely that the local CTC will recruit most of the social
and touring riders. Top racers will ride for clubs which can
offer team and financial support. So where does that leave
Reading CC? Probably where it has always been: as a firm base
for the middle ground. Cycling is changing in line with social
factors, traffic congestion, and so on. We have to move with
it. One thing is certain: we will have to work hard to ensure
the future well being of the club, but I am certain that we
John Barnes - Chairman.