Thursday, 18 October 2018

Duo pick up two trophies each on champions night

GS HENLEY Cycling Club topped off a successful year with their annual dinner and prize-giving last weekend.

GS HENLEY Cycling Club topped off a successful year with their annual dinner and prize-giving last weekend.

Some 64 of the club’s members attended the evening which also saw a guest speaker’s appearance by former member Joe Harris, who has spent two seasons racing with the Continent’s best in Belgium.

The evening opened with the customary annual general meeting which saw new members being elected to the committee.

Farewells were made to James Pilgrim Morris (track rep), John Hopkins (Sportive rep), Hamish Floyd (treasurer) and Sean Gorvy (TT rep) and in their places were welcomed Lydia Brookes, Nick Beech, Nick Cooper and James Archibald respectively.

The prize giving rewarded success in each of the main disciplines that the club participates in, with multiple prizes being awarded to two outstanding club members.

First up was the Road Race trophy, awarded to Paul Elcock for his series of impressive wins throughout the season that saw his promotion to second category.

On the track Lydia Brookes was a class apart and earned not only the GS Henley trophy but also the award from the Palmer Park Velodrome committee for the most improved rider in the season.

The three time trial trophies were hotly contested with Paul Elcock taking his second cup of the night for the Open TT competition and Lydia Brookes doing likewise for the Ladies’ Club TT. James Archibald took the men’s Club TT trophy for the fifth successive year. The Sportive trophy was awarded to Andy Williams for his contribution to club cycling, whilst the chairman’s award went to Blackett Ditchburn who has led the development efforts of the club by welcoming and training new members.

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