Wednesday, February 5, 2014
The Bungay-based Godric Cycling Club welcomed Kevin Mayne, the Development Director of the European Cycling Federation as guest of honour at their annual dinner and 74 members and friends - a record for recent years - gathered to hear him.
Mayne, pictured, was director of the Cyclists’ Touring Club for 14 years, during which time CTC membership rose from 44,000 to 67,000 - and he has a strong connection with the Godric Club - both his father and grandfather spoke at the club’s first annual dinner in 1953.
Now he lives in the French-speaking part of Belgium and leads the European organisation, largely funded by the industry and national cycling bodies, which aims to increase cycling by ordinary people across the Continent. He is a great fan of Boris-bike style schemes and recounts stories of riding on such bikes in European capitals and elsewhere on his splendid blog ‘I Do Not Despair’. He rides with a local club and copes with their custom of embracing each other and kissing at the start of club runs.
At the dinner Cheryl Mayne presented trophies to, among others, Jim Caplin, Pat Sheppard, John Pugh and James Trenchard. Pugh, a stalwart club member in the 1960’s has finally retired from a business career and once again taken the President’s Trophy for club run attendance, as well as the Edna Wigby Rosebowl for service to the club.
Godric club runs, incidentally, are now split into two rides, with the same cafe destination - so that young members can spin briskly through the Suffolk lanes while the older members take a shorter route at a more sedate pace.
James Trenchard, once a Godric junior champion and now making a comeback as a vet, took the lion’s share of the racing awards including the 50 Championship and fastest 25 of the year.
Elsewhere, former Norfolk cyclo-cross rider Helen Wyman took the bronze medal in the Women’s World Championship in Holland, while Sean Dunlea was 47th in the Junior Worlds.