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Arthur Puckrin – A tribute

Arthur Puckrin, who sadly died recently, was a long time member of Cleveland Wheelers and for many years was a regular feature at the Evening Series.

Cycling was not his chosen sport however. He was primarily a triathlete or more specifically an ultra triathlete. He was attracted to endurance events which took days to complete.

Before we had the club website Arthur used to write up his exploits for inclusion in the club magazine, The Spokesman. This is one such article which appeared in the Winter 2002/03 edition.

I think it gives some indication of the measure of the man.

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Putting the trial into TT – the Teesdale Mountain Time Trial

Time trialling is a strange pleasure, especially for the majority of participants who are never going to actually win. There is no TT equivalent of a freaky round of golf (the day when your mishits are so bad they sail right over the gorse onto the next fairway) when you can score 8 or 10 shots better than normal. Most time-triallists are largely competing with themselves – their previous performances on the same course, their times against those always around their level, but most of all, during the event, their mind trying to win over their body to just keep going.

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The Bealach na Ba

Many of us work off cycling ‘to do’ lists don’t we? For me, along with the Ventoux at some point, the Bealach na Ba has been on my cycling ‘must do’ list for quite some time. For about 12 years in fact, which was the last time I ventured into this part of the Highlands of Scotland en route to Applecross, then Torridon. At that time, when travelling by car, there was no one attempting it by bike, nor was there the previous time I’d been over it. ‘Next time I’m up this way I must bring my bike’ I thought. In those 12 years a lot has changed, I’m older for a start! Mitigating against this bikes are generally lighter and have lower gears available fortunately for me. What I didn’t expect to see was a lot of cyclists toiling up it in mid October, but there again cycling has boomed, the 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs rates it ‘the Holy Grail, the toughest and wildest climb in Britain’. So is it?

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Carlton Bank

Carlton Bank appeared in an article in Cycling Weekly towards the end of last month. If you missed it you can see it here.

The photograph in the article was taken by CWCC stalwart, John Main, and it was one of a set he took at the CWCC Hill Climb on Carlton Bank back in 2009.

The full album can be seen here on Flickr.

The 2009 event was won by Richard Meadows and the full results are here.

In the album you can see Bryan Bevis completing the climb on his tandem as he used to do every year. The hill climb is back on Carlton again this year (organised by Stockton Wheelers). Since Messrs Kirton And Tate had such a good debut on the tandem in the Two Up perhaps they may think about reviving the Bevis tradition on the Bank.

Freewheeling Contest, 1973

The club received the following email from former (and now once again current) member of the club, Andy Allen, who enclosed a photo from the early 70s, taken at the annual freewheeling event, one of the novelty events that still survives to this day, and on the same course. The photo was taken at the top of the hill in Ingleby. It’s a great piece of history.

Hello Dave,

I’ve rejoined the club tonight after first joining over 40 years ago! Thought I’d drop you a photo of one of my first club rides ( freewheeling contest) in 1973…

In the picture is: Eddie Granger, me, Nic?, Frank Bradley, Don Urwin, Jean Nicholson, Steve Binks, Jim Nicholson, Mike Binks, Ray Burnett, Dicky Bowes, and Geoff Reynolds.

I get back to Teesside more frequently now so hope to get out on the odd club run. Bumped into the club a couple of weeks ago on the Pickering road, was good to see the club.

All the best and hope to meet you before long.


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