Cycling veterans hold reunion event

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Margaret Barrett, front, joins fellow former Keighley Road Club members at the reunion (7811002) Margaret Barrett, front, joins fellow former Keighley Road Club members at the reunion (7811002)

VETERAN cyclists from Keighley Road Club held a reunion in a town centre pub.

About a dozen former members of the now-defunct cycling club chatted over old times in the Rodney.

The riders, who were mostly in their 70s, were members of the well-known club during the 1950s.

The reunion was organised to coincide with return to Keighley from San Diego of former Keighley man Graham White.

Mr White, who was holidaying in Keighley to watch the Tour de France, asked a friend to contact a few of their fellow veterans.

John Brooks, one of those present, said: “I was a member of about seven years then I joined the Brontë Wheelers."

According to Keighley cycling expert Frank O’Dwyer, Keighley Road Club was one of several rival cycling clubs in the town in the mid-20th century.

Like many other early cycling clubs the Road Club ran races on public roads where each rider set off at a minute’s interval.

Following the Second World War a rival movement developed with riders competing in one mass, like in the Tour de France.

This led to several Keighley clubs such as Keighley Road Club, Keighley Clarion, St Christopher’s and Keighley Velo, who were members will of two competing national cycling organisations.

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