The Rodney Cycling Club
[I decided to create this page dedicated solely to the Rodney Cycling Club because I was receiving so many comments from old members who had discovered my blog as it contained one of very few references to the club on the internet. Please be aware that this is a work in progress – I have lots of content to add when time allows]
I used to belong to the Rodney Cycling Club, based in Kitto Road, Nunhead. That club doesn’t appear to exist any more. I was only 14 at the time! I wasn’t with them that long but I can recall cycling up Leith Hill with them, after meeting up somewhere near The Oval, I think (if anyone knows where, please let me know). I remember that we carried our bikes up the wooded hillside of Leith Hill once we got there. I also remember a 10-mile time trial out on the A20 near Badgers Mount, that half killed me, and a hill climb in Ranmore that I still have the results sheet for:
On that sheet it looks like someone (maybe me at the time) has gone over the letters in pen, but I see that David Bowin looks like it says David Bowie underneath! I also remember going to the clubhouse in Kitto Road – all I can remember about that evening was that there was someone riding their bike on rollers with sweat forming a pool on the floor beneath him.
Although I was only with the club for a very short time, this page, being one of the few references to the club, has become a kind of repository for memories and the like connected with it.
The daughter of a long-time “secretary, tea maker and general dogsbody” of the Rodney sent me a wonderfully-drawn potted history of the club and of some of the more notable members. It was created by Les Somerville. It appears that the drawings were made around the time I was there. I have converted them to a pdf, which can bee seen by clicking the image below.
If anybody has any more information or memorabilia connected to the Rodney Cycling Club, please leave a message below at the bottom of this page.
I still have some more stuff to post here, so keep checking back.