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Chairman's Message: October 2017 ...

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Your current serving committee members are shown below.

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SecretaryJohn Carver
ChairmanIan McDonnell
PresidentTerry Bush
Evening League Co-OrdinatorMick Case
Membership SecretaryJon Carver
Social SecretaryChristopher Wilson
Mens CaptainDavid Cook
Ladies CaptainJoy Wilkinson
ClubHouse SecretaryIan McDonnell
Club Kit CoordinatorSimon Stevens
Sunday RidesIan McDonnell
TT RecorderPatrick Smith
TreasurerJackie Popland
WebmasterGraham Laming

About: Graham Laming - Web Master

Role in club:
I am the club's web master. I create web applications in php, HTML5, css, mySQL and Javascript.

I am an industrial software design engineer and electronics design engineer for custom-made industrial systems, working in almost any industry imaginable and also the marketing manager for a UK Electronics manufacturer.

Cycling background:
Cycled 10km each way to and from school in Zimbabwe where I was born and lived for 19 years.

Joined BRCC in 2006, served on the committee as treasurer and web master for 10 years.

Favourite cycling activities:
I commute by bike every day. I enjoy the challenge of longer rides - I rode 558km solo in a day, 31 times around the 11.3 mile TT course - as a charity fund-raising ride.

I rode my record of 647 km (402 miles) in a day, solo, unsupported, on 4th November 2017 in the Sonoran Desert of California during the 24 hour world TT championships.

Graham Laming 24 hour TT 647km

My target for 2018 is 676km in a day. I also enjoy competing in shorter time trials.

Favourite bike:
My old 2009 Felt B12 which has now done around 80 000 miles. I commute, race and tour on it.

Married with 2 children. Hanna is a dietitian at Addenbrooks hospital, Jan is studying architecture at university.

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About: Chris Wilson - Social Secretary

Role in club:
Social Secretary

I have been a cyclist for over 30 years having been a member of the successful Gravesend CC, Gemini BC, Woolwich CC and VC Elan all based in Kent.

I am a previous winner of the Beds RCC middlemarkers 25 with a PB of 59-26 and received a pair of thermal gloves for my efforts.

Having once achieved 2nd category status I retired from competitive cycling, but have always maintained an interest and decided to join Beds RCC upon moving to Bedford from Kent where it is much easier to get out cycling than in semi urban Kent.

As social secretary I can draw upon my experiences at other cycling clubs where the social aspect was always enjoyed, especially in the close season.

I will be putting together a varied calendar of events to appeal across the range of cyclists we have in the club and hope that you will not only be able to enjoy riding the bike but to enjoy the social aspect also, whether it be for a quiz at the club house or for a trip farther afield to watch the finish of the Paris Roubaix.

I am particularly interested in the up and coming cycling scene in the Philippines and would be pleased to hear from anyone considering a visit there to experience cycling in completely different conditions and to take in some races in the Philippines in 2019.

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About: David Cook - Mens' Captain

Role in club:
Mens' Captain

After many years of martial arts and running (the latter being a good form of self defence if the former isn’t working) I started my cycling career quite late in life.

That said, and since joining the BRRC, I’ve done quite a good job of making up for lost time. My initial venture into time trialling at one of our Evening League events, opened a whole new world of joy and I haven’t looked back since.

It’s an honour to have become Men’s Captain and I look forward to being involved in as many events as possible. BRRC is an extremely open and friendly club, and one where you will receive a very warm welcome.

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About: Mick Case - Evening League Co-Ordinator

Role in club:
Evening League Co-Ordinator

As a teenager my late Father introduced me to cycling, and in particular to Time Trials. I was a member of Beds Road CC in the early 80's and raced in our Evening League and at other local club events with St Neots CC and Hitchin Nomads using courses on the A1, before joining the Army at 16. Towards the end of my 5 years of Army service I made an attempt to begin racing again and had an entry in the Tri- Service 25-mile TT in 1987. However, prior to the event I was offered the chance of a 5-week trip to Australia (which I won on the toss of a coin!), missed the TT and cycling slipped from my life again.

In 2007 I ran the London Marathon and in the aftermath of trying to maintain my newly found fitness I entered an off-road duathlon. I enjoyed the bike leg so much I bought another road bike, spent a couple of years competing in triathlons and before long I was back racing TTs which continues to this day.

I retired in 2016 and now run Eagle Cycle Services, repairing and servicing bikes. I wanted to put something back into Beds Road CC after years of turning up, racing, then going home so I volunteered to join the committee and run the Evening League during 2017.

The Evening League is open to club members of all abilities over 12 years old and is a chance for riders to test themselves against the clock over the club's 2 main TT courses, the 10 and 11.3 milers, both starting and finishing at our clubhouse in Cardington. It's great fun and I promise it will be the best slice of cake and brew you will have each week so make sure you give it a go.

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