Happy 90th Birthday to Ron Osborne

Ron and Dick at his 90th birthday party

Many happy returns to our oldest member and long-time stalwart of FCCC, Ron Osborne (right in the pic), who celebrated his 90th birthday on Friday 31 August 2018.

Ron joined us way back from the Kingston Phoenix CC along with Chris Thain (sadly no longer with us) and Ron Taylor who fondly remembers riding a tandem 30 mile race with him many years ago where they won a medal. Maybe not the most famous ever “Two Ronnies” but probably so on a tandem.

Ron continues to give up his time to support the club in his role as honorary auditor and was the club secretary for several years but is probably better known for his long stint, until just a couple of years ago, as a timekeeper in club, local open events and National Championships time trials.

To mark the occasion, the club bought Ron a book on the history of cycling, and in the photo you can see club president Dick Poole presenting it to Ron.

We wish Ron a very happy birthday and many more to come!

British Cycling National Masters Championships

Good luck to the club’s road race team for this coming Saturday, 21 July 2018, where they will have several racers competing in British Cycling’s National Masters championships at the Rockingham circuit.

This is a prestigious race, with jerseys and medals up for grabs for each age group. Even being accepted for entry is a feat in itself, due to it being based on points scored for the season leading up to the event. Over 200 cyclists will be competing.

Go team FCCC!


Off-Road Racing

We’re not just about road and track biking. Plenty of our members are keen MTBers, and some of them race too.

Ollie Rastall was out this weekend racing his mountain bike in Round 4 of the SouthernXC race series at Mattersley Bowl in Winchester.

Ollie reports:

A testing course with little to no flat, so it was a relentless 8 laps through rooty woodland. Got away from the main bunch to lead the race with two on my tail for 4 laps, then dropped back to 3rd where I finished.

June 17th 12 Hour TT Volunteers

Many thanks to those of our social riders out today who indicated they can help out with marshalling at this event.  Please email organiser Donald Ashton on [email protected] with your preferred time slot i.e. early/late morning or afternoon.

We are still desperate for more volunteers so if anyone else can help please email Donald as above.

Marshalling merely involves standing on a roundabout directing the riders so no specific skills are required.  More details can be found here:

RTTC National 12 Hr Championships

RTTC National 12 Hr Championships


FCCC have been given the honour of promoting this year’s national 12-hour time trial championship on behalf of the London West District Council.  Riders will be travelling from all over the UK to compete in this prestigious event, many as part of their attempt in the 2018 Best British All Rounder (BBAR) competition.

The event will be held on the H12H/8 course (A31 between Farnham and Chawton) and controlled from event HQ at the Alton Assembly Rooms.  Donald Ashton, our time trialling secretary, is the Event Secretary.

With the event running from 07.00 hours to 20.30 hours this is a huge undertaking and will also require the help of volunteers from fellow clubs in our district as no club can be expected to have the resources to do it alone.

The biggest requirement is for course marshalling and number checking, ideally for time slots of 2 or 3 hours each during the day.   For our part it falls on the committee once again to appeal to our members and ask you whether you can spare a few hours to support the event.

Vernon Schutte, whom I’m sure has kept you entertained with his time trialling chronicles in the club newsletters including his maiden 12 hour in 2017 (report link here), will be flying the flag for FCCC in the race and would be hugely appreciative of any support and encouragement you can give during the day.

If you can help please let us know as soon as possible together with your preferred time slot by emailing Donald at [email protected] so he can start drawing up the roster.

Thank you in advance for your support.

FCCC Committee

Gene Alexander 1916-2018

Gene and husband Vince - March 2016

Gene Alexander 1916-2018

It’s with great sadness that we have to report the passing of the club’s oldest member – Gene Alexander at the age of 102. Gene was originally a member of the Camberley Wheelers (having joined in 1935 at the age of 19) which merged with the Farnborough C.C. to become the Farnborough & Camberley C.C. and has been a member for over 60 years. In the 1950’s she was a prolific rider in short distance road and track events and in 1951 with J.Budd broke the womens’ tandem 30 mile record in a time of 1.11.36, in 1955 as Gene Tiley she broke the womens 25 mile record in a time of 1.04.01. She was also a good track rider and at Reading track set a new hour record of over 22 miles, -considering that was done on a cinder track I don’t think there are many lady riders who could cover the same distance to-day in the same conditions.

Gene was always a staunch supporter of the club and would usually be present at Bentley issuing out the numbers at the club Open events until ill health prevented her getting out. Her birthday was in February close to the club’s AGM and I shall always remember the day the dates actually co-incided and she still turned up!

A lovely lady who will be greatly missed by all those that knew her.

Dick Poole – President


The photo is of Gene and husband Vince at the FCCC Open TT in March 2016

Gene’s funeral was held on Thursday 17 May 2018 at Easthampstead Crematorium.

It was a lovely service and very well attended, including several club legends from the past (see the upcoming June newsletter for more details) paying their respects to a fellow legend, Gene.

Donations, if desired, to Stroke Association, c/o Cooperative Funeral Directors, 68 Victoria Drive, Farnborough GU14 7PH

2018 Pru Ride 100 Club Team Places

The club have been successful in being awarded a “male team” (apologies to our female members) entry of 4 riders for this year’s 2018 Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 British Cycling Club Challenge.   Specific details from British Cycling are as follows:
Each rider within the team must pay their own entry fee (£69) and complete their own online entry form; all four riders in the team must have completed and paid for their entry by 17:00 Friday 25 May or the team will not be entered and not score in the club challenge. It is not possible to merge any incomplete teams.
Your club will be sent an entry link by 17:00 Friday 6 April.
Please note:
 ·        A team comprises of four riders.
 ·        Every rider in a team must be a current British Cycling member.
 ·        Riders who hold an Elite or Category 1 British Cycling Race Licence are not eligible to enter the Club Challenge.
·        Riders who have already secured an individual place through the original entry ballot or a charity place are not eligible to enter the Club Challenge.
·        Once a rider has paid for their entry, they are not able to transfer their entry to another rider. Should riders no longer wish to take part, they can withdraw and defer their place to the 2019 event.
As in previous years if you are interested in applying for one of these places please email Jeff Davis ([email protected]) by the end of next Friday 6 April and we’ll make the draw over that weekend.