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Romford - Harlow
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.
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.
In 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.
This Web site was published for the first time.