On Sunday 26th July 1953, we know that the following riders competed in the Third Annual Three Dales Road Race: P.N Ellis, B.V. Sweet, M. Dibb and D.H. Modley.
Later that year on 9th August 1953 the following riders competed in the York Rally Road Race: P.N. Ellis, D.A. Molloy, B.V. Sweet, M. Dibb and A.G. Smith.
Many other local road races took place such as The Golden Acres Circuit Road Race, and The Denby Dale Road Race.We have access to many of the start sheets, results and programmes from this era, which we will scan, catalogue and add to this site.Ilkley and District Cycling Club organised its own prestigious race, called the Yorkshire Dales Road Race, and we know in 1953 it was the fifth annual race. The Start was at the Town Hall with the finish on Skipton Road and was a circuit via Addingham, Bolton Bridge, Blubberhouses, Catchem Corner, Summerbridge, Pately Bridge, Greenhow Hill (prime), Dibblebridge, Grassington, Skipton and back.
Pictured here our own Brian Sweet working hard over the Greenhow climb.
The club was also a social club, with traditional club rides often including a picnic along the way.
Here's the group from one such outing.
Later in the 1950s, when Brian had moved on, we know that another local member, Alan Wilson, was an active junior.
The photograph shows a badge from the club that Alan still holds to this day.
We would be very keen to hear of any other stories from the old club, or of cycling at the time, and we would also really like to have a club historian who could start to chronicle and record the history of the club. If you would be interested then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org