Becontree Wheelers

Cycling Club

Founded 1925

Founded 1925

Affiliated to
British Cycling, Cycling Time Trials, CTT London East, Eastern Counties CA

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Becontree Wheelers 1980 to 1999

If you have any material which will add to the record of the club's history, please contact the club. Photos, documents, results and stories are all welcome.

Ockendon series The 1980s saw club members participating in the Ockendon evening series and at the Eastway circuit. Riders included Terry Carr, Peter Lifford, Martin Wright, Gary Tyrrell, John Norbury, Richard Hodges, Chris Terry, Dave Bearfield, Chas Hardless, Andy Piddington, Ian Damant, Roland Sapsford, Trevor Mills, Trevor Sanders, Peter Payne and Craig Stevens.
Herne Hill Track Track racing was popular with Andy Piddington, Terry Carr, Paul King, Tony Foote, Chris Terry, Craig Stevens and Martin Wright amongst others riding at Herne Hill.
Becontree at leiseure Activities were not confined to racing; leisure riding being popular with many members including John Waller, Charlie Ocker, Bert Casey, Stan Taylor and Peter Nicholls.
For the past decade, Derek Jennings has dominated the Senior and veterans Championships.

In the same period unfortunately, membership had dwindled as it became more and more difficult to attract young blood into the sport. Throughout this period however the club had the good fortune to have several very loyal members who have kept the club alive. To quote Tony Dewerson "If to keep the club alive it means just me riding a turbo in my front room - then so be it." It is this spirit that has kept it going.

The future now looks bright, the club is emerging, albeit slowly from those difficult times. Last year saw the club junior 50 mile record smashed by Andrew Hawtin and this year Francis Jackson broke the Junior 25 record.

We have started to do well in the Counties events. In 1994 we took the Junior and handicap B.A.R. awards (Andrew Hawtin & Pat Goodwin). This year thanks to some brilliant rides by Francis Jackson, the club has retained the Counties B.A.R.

In the same year we have amassed 20 plus Counties medals, had a team of three finish the ECCA 12 hour in which we took the VTTA team prize and attracted several new members , all keen to compete in club colours.

The future of the Becontree looks good but we must encourage this growth, to bring the club back to its former glory.When the Millennium celebrations start I for one hope to be there along with the Becontree celebrating its 75th year.

Pat Goodwin 1995.
TFrancis Jackson ECCA Junior BAR 1996 Francis Jackson received the ECCA Junior BAR award from former Tour De France rider, Vin Denson

Paul Hardy received the BCF Essex Division Gold Badge of Honour from Alan Sanders. Watched by club President, Derek Jennings.

Pete, Alan, Charlie Tony, Trevor, Pat, Francis, Andrew and Derek in club colours.

That summer, Francis Jackson took Becontree colours to a Time Trial in Kent where his efforts were recorded on video.

In October, Andrew Hawtin, Francis Jackson, Pat Goodwin and Mark Jordan formed the club team in an open 10 mile Time Trial on the E64 course. This was recorded on video.
Epsom CCIn July, several members joined the trip to the "Tour de France" organised by Brendon Ladd. Click Here to see an account of the trip written by Peter Harries of the Epsom CC, which is very funny insight into the serious(?) competition that took place.
1998 Club activities 1998 Club members were active in many local events.

This Web site was published for the first time.
1999 Annual Dinner 1999
At the annual dinner and prize presentation, trophies were awarded to Andrew Hawtin, Phil Keat, Suzanne Jackson, Tony Capon, Andy Page, Gary Tyrrell, Tony Knight, Tony Cooling and Charlie Jepson.
Andy Page Club records were broken this year with Andy Page lowering the 10 mile time trial to 20:27 and Andy with Francis Jackson recording 21:06 for a new 10 mile Tandem record.

Gary Tyrrell, Stuart Allen, Tony Dewerson, and Richard Knight were also active in time trials.
Arctic Challenge Arctic Challenge.
At the end of June, Rob Smith from Totnes rode to the North Cape in Norway in Becontree colours. This was part of the RNLI Arctic Challenge, a sponsored ride to raise money for lifeboats. The ride is from Tromso to Nordkapp, a journey of 483 km or 300 miles in 8 days and visiting the most northerly lifeboat station in Europe.Click here to see Rob's account of the journey and some photographs of the ride.
On Tour with Epsom CC In July, Brendon Ladd again orgainsed the trip to the "Tour de France" with the Epsom CC. Dave Brown, Trevor Blewer and Pat Goodwin were in the party. Click here to see the Photo Album.