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!
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.
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 (Time Trial Secretary, 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 (Youth, Welfare and Charities 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.
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.
Adrian Healey (Committee Member)
Adrian’s cycling journey began back in 1990 when he was forced to buy a bike to get to and from work. A year later he joined SDCC and rode London to Brighton – that was it; he was hooked. Over the years he cycled Lands End to John O'Groats (890 miles in 5 ½ days), time trialled, achieved his 2nd Cat race licence, came 3rd in Eastern Cyclocross Seniors and got his 1st Cat in 1996.
In that same year, Adrian had a motorbike accident that he thought would end his cycling days forever. That was until 2008. With weight creeping on and smoking habit, Adrian invested in a mountain bike and promised his long-suffering cycling widow wife “I won’t be racing; it’s just to get fit”. He then joined TROG and GRT and has raced mountain bikes ever since.
Liam Trainor (Committee Member)
Liam’s love for cycling started in 2008. He was out on his mountain bike when he saw a group of guys on road bikes fly past and thought he must have one. A year later, on his 18th birthday, he got his first road bike. It was a slow burner for the first couple of years, but as he started going progressively faster and further, he became hooked.
Liam joined SDCC in March 2015 after what must have been months of deliberating if he would keep up or not (he did. JUST!). Now a regular on lots of different club rides, Liam’s favourite is the Saturday café ride. After all, it's not a bike ride unless you stop for coffee and cake half way around.
Martin Hosking (Committee member)
It was a mini mid-life crisis that got Martin on his bike back in 2013. In a bid to get fit and lose a few pounds, he dusted off his old mountain bike. His first attempt was a ride around Alton Water took nearly an hour and almost killed him. Later that year, after getting bored riding solo, he joined SDCC. It was the best thing he ever did. Fast forward a few years and his best time round Alton Water is now just 25.5 minutes proving that, no matter how unfit you are, with a bit of help and motivation you can boost your health and fitness in. He also takes a lot of inspiration from some of the OAPs in the club, some of whom seem to struggle to walk without a stick, but put them on a bike and they can still smash out a time trial faster than most.
With that in mind, he hopes to be cycling for many years to come.