Formed in 1930 as Reynard Wheelers. In 1939 at the start of the second world war, the membership had reached 63 but due to members enlisting for duty, the membership remained at around 12 for the duration of the conflict. With more enthusiasm than we could imagine, the club flourished and with a name change in 1947 to Coalville Wheelers Cycling Club the membership rose to 64.
In 1951 with much black ink staining the amateur hacks in the club, a monthly newsletter was established which, with the advent of internet, is still produced today at key times of the cycling year.
The 1970’s were the Wheelers most revolutionary ( sorry!) times. The membership reached the dizzy heights of 150 members not unrelated to the fact the Peter Clayton, Ray Pears and Clive Bancroft were the three people who managed to secure a site for our very own clubroom. This building, the original telephone exchange at Osgathorpe, was on the route to our racing course and when it was put onto the market, these three great guys had the vision to see it become the bedrock of our club life. It still has a great buzz, especially when we are racing from there from February to September. It also provides a base for other social events and a warm and friendly welcome during the winter nights.
It was also during the 1970’s that the club became famous for its very own club 100 mile time trial with as many as 25 brave souls taking part. The course, which is impossible on the roads today left Griffydam ( our home!) and traced the roads to Derby, Nottingham, Gotham, Rempstone and finally turning outside the Ring of Bells pub…in the middle of the A6. (What fool would attempt that now!) and back up Piper Wood Hill for the last five miles to the clubroom.
So here I am reflecting on my happy days as a lad when I joined the club. As I write this, I can feel the enormity of the task and I will now embark on research to tell you what we have been doing in all the other activities leading up to the present day, but I can tell you this “It’s the Greatest Club in The World”
Dedicated to Geoff Dring ..Mr Coalville Wheelers…more anon.