A brief History of Newark Castle Cycling Club

Founded in 1947. Most of the cycling races then were fixed distance Time Trials.

In the 1960’s an influx of young riders joined the club and wanted to compete in the more colourful scene of Road Racing. These riders formed the basis of a strong and feared group of riders, with Roger Hobby scoring a hat trick of senior East Midlands road race titles in 1966, 1967 and 1968. A record that remains unsurpassed.

During the late 1970’s we had another influx of young riders to carry the banner, producing a National School boy champion in 1972, namely David Miller. Also among this group of young riders Nigel Redmile became a National Champion on the track in 1980, winning the 20K title.

David Miller had by then turned professional and won 2 National road race titles in 1985 and 1987, as well as racing extensively in France and Belgium.

During the decade up to the Millennium we had a very successful group of track riders winning National titles between 1991 – 1995. The most successfully being Pete Kennedy who won 6 National titles.

Bob McGregor won 3 National vets. track titles, 1989, 1990 and 1991. Helen McGregor won the ladies 800m. Track titles in 1993. Steve Taylor won Welsh titles in Mountain biking and Cyclo Cross races. In the past 30 years we have had a worthy 29 National titles to our credit. Also Steve Pulford was World Masters Sprint Champion in 1998 in Seattle in America and won 8 National Sprint titles at Masters level for ages 35 years plus. Most of these wins going unheralded in the local press due to a focus towards the more popular football.

During the past decade hardly any youngsters came into the cycling club, so the committee decided to become involved with British Cycling who were promoting nationally setting up ‘Go ride’ schemes.

The culmination of this policy can be seen in the success of the British Cycling track team who won 8 gold medals in the last Olympics, all the riders coming through from the grass roots at ‘Go ride’ level.

The committee founded the Newark Castle Junior Cycling Club in 2011 to cater for 8 – 16 year old youngsters. Steve Crosland the British Cycling coach for the East Midlands went into local schools to do sessional work with youngsters to teach bike handling skills. It is through his commitment and support we have gained interested youngsters in the sport. We have now lowered the age entry to 7 years. We are currently planning to support Juniors from 16 to 17 years before the transition to Senior Level.

We have seen an up surge in interest at Senior level since the Olympics and a group of ladies who are keen to race in the coming year. This has been encouraged by Rebecca Darrington who has initiated setting up a group of interested ladies under the BREEZE scheme with British Cycling.

This year has seen an increase in members new and old entering the club Evening 10 mile Time Trials and some very notable records have been achieved across all age groups.