Category: History

February 5, 2016 Richard_calder No comments exist

CLUBMAN OF THE YEAR :  Steve Burton Steve has recently taken a backward step from running the club after nearly 40 years of involvement with the Clarion in the Wakefield area. He has had considerable success in competition and been an ever present as event organiser and a lynch pin of the club. He has…

February 25, 2013 Richard_calder No comments exist

Despite appalling weather conditions, a number of hardy characters braved the snow and hills in the “Cobbles of Halifax” pre-Flanders tribute to the Gent Wevelgem Belgian Classic on  24th March.  Organiser Michael Vennard was forced to modify the route with some of the cobbled climbs so reminiscent of much of the route of the Belgian Spring…

May 6, 2012 Richard_calder 1 comment

Cliff at Club Dinner Feb 2012 Cliff Kettlewell has died aged 85 on Thursday 3rd May.Cliff’s first involvement with cycling was with the West Riding Wheelers in the late 1930s and 40s until World War II curtailed his cycling for more than 30 years.During the war he served in India, then officially known as Hindustan,…

April 23, 2012 Richard_calder No comments exist

Nick Firth win’s the 1984 Notton Road Race from his breakaway companion Colin Nelson (Leeds RC)   at Chequerhouse on O2 1984 Nick Firth who has recently rejoined Calder has had a long and sometimes colourful career as a racing cyclist in the colours of Calder and also Wakefield Cycling Club. He has kept meticulous records…

March 19, 2012 Richard_calder No comments exist

Colin Sturgess Highly regarded cycling Physiotherapist Paul Brown has passed away after battling Parkinson’s disease for a number of years.Paul was a member of Calder Clarion and cycled with the club, but was better known as a top class physiotherapist. The pinnacle of Paul’s career was probably as Physiotherapist to the British Cycling team at…

March 15, 2012 Richard_calder No comments exist

Peter Howard – Gold Medal in Australia Calder member Peter Howard has received confirmation of a place in the Olympic torch relay. His slot is at Headingley on the 24th June. The relay will be passing through Wakefield on it’s way to the new Olympic stadium. A recent press release quoted: A Lifetime in Sport:…

March 14, 2012 Richard_calder No comments exist

Jonny Croston, first recipient of  the Geoff Whiteley New Years Day 5 Mile Trophy, presented by George Masson . Tim Moss looks on. A new trophy was presented to the club recently by Geoff Whitley to go to the fastest ride in the New Years day 5 mile time trial. First winner of the trophy to be…

February 22, 2012 Richard_calder No comments exist

While rummaging on a stall at a small jumble recently, Paul Gittins came across two old cycling handbooks with yellowing pages. They were copies of the 1958 and 1959 RTTC Handbooks. When Paul looked more closely,he realised they had belonged to non other than Barry Hoban, who had written his name in both along with some…

February 18, 2012 Richard_calder No comments exist

Geoff  Whiteley I have known Geoff since I joined the Calder in 1965. He joined, as a junior in 1962. He spent most weekends going on club runs or hostelling by bike. He started racing in 1963.His fastest 10 mile time of 25.54 was achieved on the Pontefract course in August after racing most of…

November 8, 2011 Richard_calder No comments exist

The following is a plea from James Vaughan who lives in Cambridge and is a keen cyclist. This is a long shot but I am trying to find out about my great grandfather (pictured) and wondered if anyone could help? (tried Googling etc but no luck) I think he was called John Holgate and our…