Friday evening saw the Club annual Awards Dinner at OtleyGolf Club. It was a fabulous evening enjoyed by over 120 members celebrating another year of successes at both local and national level by senior and junior members.
The Master of Ceremonies, Club President, Liz Hills, reviewed the past year saying “We now have over 500 members, we have been voted Cycling Weekly Club of the Year and the world has recognised that Yorkshire is the place to be, with the UCI World Championships taking place in September.”
The magnum of Champagne that was given to us at the Cycling Weekly Awards night was raffled along with 2 ‘Yorkshire Hampers in Otley’ baskets of goodies and a Chevin Cycles voucher.
We were due to host a very special guest of honour for the evening who won the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award.Philip Whitehead is the oldest member of the club at 92 years old. Born in Otley he lived and worked here for many years, Philip now lives in Ilkley. He won many races including the gruelling Circuit of the Dales, a 50 mile hilly time trial around Ingleton, Garsdale, Sedburgh, Hawes and Ribblehead. He also won the YCF 12 hour time trial. He was a winner of the clubs best all-rounder contest with an average speed for 25, 50, 100 miles and 12 hours of 22.191mph on a traditional steel bike with no aerodynamic equipment used in modern racing. In 1956 he broke all the club records including the 12 hour with a distance of 251.495 miles. Philip joined the club in 1940,from 1946 to 1948 he was in the army. He is a former racing secretary of the club and has been a member for 76 years. Unfortunately Philip was unable to attend but Brian Keighley, George Baxter and Peter Yates gave us an insight into his achievements.
Huge thanks must go to Rachel Crowther, ably assisted by Christine Bell, who organised another great evening of celebration. This is Rachel’s last time as the Awards Co-ordinator so if anyone would like to be part of a small team to help organise next years’ event please let us know.