Stowmarket and District Cycling Club - cycling since 1881
It's true! The earliest mention of the Stowmarket Bicycle Club was in the East Anglian Daily Times on June 17th, 1881.
Even back then it was an active club, holding an annual sports event, lantern parades and smoking concerts and even a road race. During that era one of the club's mainstays was J Lillistone.
In the 1930s the club's rider of the day was "Mighty Atom" Gilbert Rowden who, while a member, held all the club records form 25 to 100 miles.
The club was re-founded in 1981 by Doug Riley and John Howlett. Since then the club's gone from strength to strength in terms of membership and cycling disciplines with representatives in road racing, time trialling, grass track, mountain biking, cyclo-cross, charity rides, sportives and of course club rides.
Over the years the club has benefited from a number of influential chairmen, including the late Renny Stirling who was a stalwart and instigator of the modern era club (and a legendary TT rider in his day).
The club has seen success over the years with some notable riders, some of whom are still racing today:
|Glenn Taylor||Member 1983-88|
|Neil Douglas||East District Cycling Association 100 mile TT record breaker and Out-and-Back Ipswich-Norwich record, July 1999 2:59.59|
|Lee Bark||Local TT Legend|
|Jayne Williams||2013 World Duathlon Champion for her age category|
|Ryan Ostler||2013 World Duathlon Champion for her age category|
|Verity Smith||Competed in 2016 World Triathlon Championships|
|Gareth Turner||Signed for Latcham Sunwise Race Team (2017)|
|Joshua Andrews||Signed for Morvelo Basso Road Race Team (2017)|
|Rob Ormond||Signed for Morvelo Basso Road Race Team (2017) and made his Tour Series debut)|
|Rebecca Johnson||Signed for Aprire Bicycles/HSS Hire Road Race Team (2017)|
|Alex Harrison||2017 qualified to represent GB in the Worlds Triathlon, under 21|
The club kit
SDCC's yellow and black club kit is instantly recognisable and the envy of many.
There have been many versions over the years (some better than others), but the current incarnation was introduced in 2016 and proudly displays our sponsors, Fast Test.
The club as it is today
Today, our membership is in excess of 200 and still growing.
Running along side the club is our successful road race team, Fast Test Race Team, which comprises of both men and ladies.
But of course, we are a cycling club at heart and that means we take our club rides very seriously (especially the ones that involve cake and coffee).
If you love riding your bike, we're the club for you.