Meet the Team
We're lucky to have an enthusiastic bunch of keen cyclists who help keep our club running behind the scenes. Here are some of the people that make it all happen:
Matt Flynn (Chairman)
Like most people, Matt spent a lot of time on a bike when he was a kid, dabbling in a bit of 1980s time trialling. But, once he hit the grand old age of 16 he discovered motorbikes. They dominated Matt’s life for the next 20 years until he decided he was getting too fat and needed to lose some weight for his motorbike racing. His adult cycling journey began with mountain biking in 2005. Two years later he bought a road bike (the Bianchi!!!) and started riding with SDCC the same year. Now Matt enjoys club rides, sportives and racing as well as being the club’s Chairman.
Russ Dawson (Secretary)
For many years (about 40) Russell and physical exercise were strangers. However, when the scales tipped eighteen stone, he decided it was time to take action. After paying several gym memberships (without actually going), he realised the only thing he enjoyed there was the exercise bike, so he thought he'd try cycling. He bought a hybrid for £250 (which seemed a lot for a bike, although now he knows differently) but after six months of cycling alone and competing against himself on Strava, he decided it was time to join a club. By chance, he joined SDCC as the Saturday meeting point was close to home and since then he’s tried most disciplines with the club, lost four stone and had the most fantastic time last year cycling over 5,000 miles.
Colleen Buckle (Treasurer)
Colleen’s husband, Gary has been a member of SDCC for over 20 years. As he became more involved and the club expanded, more hands were needed to keep things ticking along. Although Colleen prefers four legs to two wheels, she was more than happy to help out with the club’s finances. Her support for the club has been unwavering, and she is usually found at the club's time trials, sportives and road races feeding the participants with homemade cakes, tea and coffee, which are always very welcome.
Gary Buckle (Membership Secretary)
It was an accident at work that began Gary’s cycling journey. At that time he was in his late 30’s and needed something to motivate him and get him fit again. He bought a bike from a friend at work, and 25+ years later he’s still cycling. He's cycled in France, Belgium and Italy with his most memorable ride being the Stelvio in Italy. For many years, Gary’s main focus was time trialling, but last year he decided (for the third time) that it took the enjoyment of cycling away from him, so now he mainly rides for pleasure. He gets a real kick out of encouraging others to improve, and he’s also passed on his passion for cycling to members of his family. You’ll find Gary out most weekends on club runs giving the younger members a run for their money!
Hannah Buckle (Social Secretary)
As the mother of two girls, Hannah firmly believes it’s important to be a positive and strong role model. She has always made an effort to keep fit and strong through gym work and running. However, after seeing what cycling has done for her Dad, Gary, she decided to give it a whirl a few years ago. It’s safe to say she’s hooked. Hannah enjoys riding socially on the club rides and doing sportives regularly, but with a strong competitive streak, she’s always looking to improve – especially beating people up hills. Hannah’s biggest achievement to date was June 2016 cycling Coast to Coast across the Lakes in a day – a distance of 150 miles. But not satisfied with just doing it once, she’s going back to better her time.
Emma Taylor (Time Trial Secretary)
Emma began cycling back in 2010. It was a slow burn to start with, but before she knew it, she was hooked. Although she can sometimes be spotted on a weekend club ride, Emma’s real passion is time trialling. She’s been doing it for a few years now and loves it. There’s something about racing against the clock that she finds addictive; racing herself and always striving to improve her personal best and finish further up the results table. One of the great things about cycling for Emma is that through it, she's met so many friendly and like-minded people who share a passion together.
Gary Freeman (Road Race Secretary)
Sport has always featured in Gary’s life. His early years were spent kicking a football around for his local village team. To maintain his fitness levels he began mountain biking on the weekends. A few years ago Gary decided to extend his love of cycling, bought a road bike, and joined SDCC. After his first Sunday club ride, he never looked back. He enjoyed riding with the fast boys on the Saturday and Sunday rides and doing a spot of racing. It wasn’t long before his talent shone through and he was asked to join the club’s race team. His most significant achievements over the past two years of racing have been gaining his 2nd Cat licence in his first year and then achieving his 1st Cat licence in 2017. Although a born racer, Gary still enjoys the club’s café rides, eating cake and drinking coffee.
Freddie Grover (Youth Representative)
Freddie’s cycling journey started on a thin strip of tarmac, behind his house, surrounded by grass on both sides to soften the blow of his inevitable tumbles.
As soon as the stabilisers came off, there was no stopping him. An avid viewer of the Tour de France highlights, Freddie soon started to dream big and, after buying a signed Chris Froome autobiography, he said good-bye to his underwhelming football career.
Cycling soon became his passion, even after getting dropped from his first club run after 12 miles. He made a mark on his fourth club run after turning up on a freezing cold day in shorts. It wasn’t long before his legs turned blue and he realised leg warmers were a good investment.
Since those early days, Freddie has gone from strength to strength, now being an integral part of the Fast Test Road Race team
Graham Berry (Off Road Secretary)
Graham joined SDCC about 18 years ago. His first outing with the club was the Reliability Ride and since then has enjoyed Sunday club rides and other disciplines. He still remembers signing up for his first Wednesday evening time trial and not being impressed being classed as a veteran at 41! Since then Graham has become a key figure within the club becoming an accredited marshal, taking on the organisation of the Mid Suffolk Road Race and the East District championship on the Ashley course at Newmarket, the club’s first National B road race and crit races at MoD Woodbridge. As if that wasn’t enough, Graham also organised the club's Reliability Ride, has been involved in timekeeping for both club and open time trial events and has been Road Race secretary. He is currently the club's Off Road secretary.
Paul Moss (Newsletter and Website Editor)
Paul began riding back in 1998 when he realised it was much quicker and easier than a car into the middle of Ipswich. Gradually, he became more interested in road cycling and did a few of the early Bike Event rides after buying a titanium bike with his redundancy money in 2004. After being persuaded to enter his first race in October 2006 as part of a four-man team at Dusk Till Dawn, he started riding cyclo-cross, joined SDCC, raced time trials during 2007 and the hill climb in November 2007. His first road race was in late 2007, and he was East District Hill Climb champion in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and won the event overall in 2010. Today Paul enjoys time trials, cyclo-cross, mountain bike racing and sportives.
Terry Ferris (Welfare Officer)
A proud Scott, Terry has had a passion for cycling for over 50 years after making his first bike from old parts, odd wheels and flat tyres. Both Terry’s sons are members of SDCC – the younger a regular club rider, the elder an occasional club rider but rides in the Army so is forgiven. He’s been a member of SDCC for four years and is now part of the committee holding the position of Welfare Office. His role is to make sure the younger members are not pressurised into something that they are not happy with or wish to do willingly. Also if any club member has concerns with regards to this or the vulnerability of other members, they can contact Terry.
Mark Weston (Triathlon Representative)
Sport has always been a big part of Mark’s life. He started cycling about eight years ago and joined SDCC almost immediately. Over the years, Mark's standout moments have been: losing about three stone (as a result of cycling), riding the ‘Fred Whitton’ sportive three times, the Dragon Ride twice, MTB The coast to coast, cycling the length of Italy (averaging 120 miles per day for 8 days), riding the London Surrey 100 four times (fastest time 4hours 15 min) and obtaining a 3rd CAT race licence. Mark was also the club’s Chairman for three years, but his best moments by far have been meeting and spending time with some wonderful like-minded people. Mark’s latest challenge has been triathlon. In 2016 he competed in four taking two age group podiums. In 2017 he became the triathlon secretary for SDCC TRI-TEAM.
Chris Hart-Davis (Ladies Representative)
Sport has always been a priority in Chris’s life and is a self-confessed endorphin junkie. After years of running, she decided it was time to quit while her knees were still in good shape. Chris had done a bit of fair weather cycling, but after being persuaded to join a group for a cycling holiday in Italy, felt as though she’d discovered her “new best sport”. After returning home, the first thing she did was join SDCC. She loves the opportunities it gives right through the year to ride in a group, take part in sportives and discover new routes around the area. In 2015, Chris rode over 5,500 miles and climbed nearly 240,000ft in four months to come second in the Club Championship, mainly to prove to herself that being a lady of a certain age is no barrier on a bike.
Julian Gooderham (Charities Representative)
An avid viewer of the Tour de France in the mid-eighties, Julian joined the West Suffolk Wheelers in 1988 and dabbled in TTs and crits. In his late teen's pubs took over, but his interest in cycling remained. The lure of the sport dragged him back towards the end of his thirties. Julian joined SDCC five years ago, enjoying the Sunday rides. Since then he’s ridden the Anglian Tour of Britain twice, the Maratona, Liege Bastogne Liege, Tour of Cambridgeshire twice, Ride London three times and raced Trinity once. Now he just enjoys riding his bike with fellow SDCC members socially to (in his words) ‘keep the weight off'.