There is an opportunity to come and meet the club for short ride and spot of lunch on Sunday 12th July. We have two options:
either meet us at our usual Sunday club run rendevous at Sabines Road, Navestock Heath at 09:30 for a short ride to Hog Hill, or
Meet directly at Hog Hill at 10:30 for a few laps of the circuit (the number of laps depends entirely on your level of enthusiasm!!!) followed by lunch in the cafeteria.
All newcomers are welcome.
We further regret to announce that Eileen Taylor passed away last Thursday (11th June) after a long illness. Eileen was the wife of Bill Taylor - club President from 1958 to 1968, and mother of current President Bernard. She was long time supporter of the club and was given an honorary membership for her services. Part of those services were to make the cakes for the club room each week and it is has been estimated that she baked over 50,000 of them!.
The funeral service was held at Manor Park Cemetary on Friday 19th June with around 30 friends and family attending and Bernard gave a poignant eulogy to his Mum:-
We regret to record the deaths of members Tom Marchant and John Snook.
Tom died on 29th August 2008, aged 97. He joined the Easterley about a year after the formation of the Club and rode regularly on runs up to the outbreak of the War and continued to ride occasionally throughout the 1940s and 50s. He competed in time trials but mainly enjoyed Club runs and touring.
Together with his wife Rose, he was a regular attendee at Club and other cycling social functions where they really enjoyed their dancing. After the loss of Rose, he continued to attend London East Fellowship lunches and the occasional club dinner until he moved from Leyton to Ramsgate in his last few years to be nearer his son.
John died on 23rd January 2009, aged 76. He joined the Easterley in the autumn of 1947 with Len Unwin, Frank Farr, Bill Dodds and John Cutmore. He raced on the track and in time trials and was always a strong competitor. He also enjoyed the odd tour, usually riding a 70” fixed over the hills of Dorset and Devon.
He served his National Service at RAF Henlow where he met up with Ted Lane.
After a steady start to racing using equipment which he picked up from Club members who had discarded it. He finally bought a very nice Gillot and started to really turn out good performances. He won the Club Junior Championship in 1950 and the Senior Championship in 1952 and was the first rider in the Club to beat the hour, achieving this in a Romford Wheelers 25 on the Southend Road, finishing third in the event. He was often known to break a raw egg on his handlebars and swallow it before starting an event. We eventually lost him to sailing where he continued to be a strong competitor.
In his later years he was a frequent attendee at Club and other social events.
Notice is given that the 2009 Half Year will be held on at the club room on Wednesday May 13th from 8.30pm. Any items for the Agenda should be handed to the General Secretary.
We are pleased to announce the inaugural combined Easterley Road Club / Brentwood Rotary Club grass track meeting on Sunday 19th July 2009 at the Brentwood Centre.
Andy Ballentyne attended the 2009 edition of Dave Le Grys's (Legro's) training weekend at the Calshot
Activities Centre on the weekend of 21/22 March. Format of the weekend was travel down Friday, have a road session Saturday morning around the
New Forest, followed by sessions on the tight 143m indoor velodrome on Saturday afternoon and
Friday morning was bright and sunny - as was indeed the whole weekend - and good run down to Hampshire meant time for a 2 hour ride around the New Forest, taking in Beaulieu, Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst in the sunshine. Back for a shower and then a meet up with the others in the party at the Activitity Centre bar for dinner and a few drinks.
Saturday morning was more of the same, with a different 35 mile route - but more sunshine! Back for lunch and then a start on the track in the afternoon. This was a varied session - a warm up, followed by taking laps - either solo or in a group (Hunter's Variation) and then Madison practise sessions with the emphasis on changing in the bunch. This was followed by a session of timed flying laps and then a warm dowm. After a shower it was time for dinner and then a social evening in the bar!
Sunday morning followed a similar format to Saturday followed by lunch and the drive home.
Following on from our successful event last year, we are running another "Come Try It" 5 mile event for newcomers on 5th May at 19:15. The course will be once round the circuit we use for our usual evening '10' series.
Q. What is it?
A. A Time Trial - riders are set off at minute intervals and the winner is the one with the fastest time. There is lots of useful information on the Cycling Time Trials (CTT) website. Also have a look at our Beginners Advice page.
Q. What kind of bike must I have?
A. Any kind of bike will do as long as it is road worthy. Remember the idea is to have fun.
Q. Where is it?
A. Navestock Common near Brentwood. Parking is available on the common.
Q. Do I need to be a member of the club.
A. NO! This is a Come and Try it event to see if you enjoy it. If you do, and you fancy joining the club afterwards then you will be more than welcome.
Q. Do I need a crash hat?
A. These are compulsory for riders under 18 and recommended for riders aged 18 and over.
Q. What will it cost?
Q. Will refreshments be provided?
A. Prizes and refreshments will be available at the finish.
Q. Is there an age limit
A. Riders must be 12 years and over. Riders under 18 must have signed permission from their Parent / Guardian