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Wheelers Centenary 2023

We mustered up after 100 years!

2023 is the centenary year of Southend Wheelers Cycling Club. This is a notice that appeared in the Southend Standard on the 10th May 1923:

TO CYCLISTS

Next Sunday May 13th, there will be an

Invitation run to Epping Forest. All riders 

welcome. Start Victoria Corner 8 am. So

muster up and see if we can’t get a club in

Southend. Full particulars A. Holmes 50,

Inverness Avenue, Westcliff

Sunday 21st May “The ride that never was” NRTNWis now the Ride that eventually was!

A club run was completed to replicate the ride that Wheelers founder Arthur Holmes planned 100 years ago, but this time we got to Epping Forest as advertised, rather than just Hockley Woods!   We "mustered up"  at "Victoria Corner" for the start  where Tommy Heath’s bike shop was (see images below), adjacent to Odeon cinema Southend SS1 1TJ at 9:00hrs. The destination was the Kings Oak Cafe, High Beech, Epping Forest IG10 4AE. It’s an 84-mile ride there and back, so suitable for orange and red groups. Green and blue groups had a one-way option, with transport provided back from Epping Forest. There is no record of the exact destination Arthur Holmes had planned, but as the Kings Oak PH is a Victorian building, it could have been their intended stop? This is the gpx file for the ride that never was! Mike Street was the photographer at the start of the ride! This ride has been organised, and the route checked by Kevin Smith and Terry Butcher. Download Terry's written instructions doc here.

A Centenary deserves a Century ride - completed!

Martin Harris led one of the Centenary Rides to Epping Forest and turned itinto a Century Ride - and he means miles not kilometres! Target average speed was 17 mph - meaning a a 3 hour ride to get there, 30 minutes for lunch and 3 hours home again.This is the Century ride gpx file.

Check our events listing for other Centenary events. There will also be a Centenary  and Reunion Dinner on Sunday 19th November at Saxon Hall, Aviation Way, Southend SS2 6UN from 1:00pm.

Archives and Memories

We are looking for club start and result sheets, press and media content and your stories about your favourite year, favourite event or precious memory. If you can write, record or type your content, please e mail it to: archiveandmemories@southendwheelers.org This list of venues significant in the Club's life has been compiled. Can you add to it? Defunct bikes shops also appear on the list, but what ones aren't listed so far?

 

You might be a member of another club who rode a Wheelers event! Many thanks to the one ex Wheeler so far to send in their memories, Patrick Wilson. Download Patrick's memories here.

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