Veteran Voices Collection

This Veteran Voices Collection is made up of written Recollections, old Photographs and audio recording from the past times of our members and former members.

 

1. GORDON MEAD RECOLLECTIONS

Gordon Mead in 2016

Gordon has made two contributions. In the first, Gordons Story , he covers almost 90 years of cycling memories strting from his childhood, through to ‘discovering’ the CTC  just after the War, his cycling adventures both in the UK and abroad, and the changes that have occured over the years in the equipment, the cyclists he rode with, and the up and downs of riding with CTC Coventry.

The second, It’s been a Long Journey , Gordon gives more details of his impressions and in particular the characters that made such an impression on him

 

 

 

2. JOHN CRIGHTON MEMORIES

John Crighton in 2018. I was taking part in the Velo Retro ( 30miles Le Loafeur) in the Lake District with daughters Hilary ( in pic) and Elaine as part of my 80th birthday celebrations. We were all on 1982 bikes. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. My jersey was a present I got the day before! It’s a replica of a Charlie Gaul jersey . He wasn’t the most popular person, but he did win the TdF in 1958 so don’t get his pic mixed up with mine!

Having been introduced by Gordon in 1960 to cycling with CTC Coventry John had just over two years cycling with us but in that short but intensive time he made many good friends and built up indelible and very fond memories. In this, Your Road to Happiness , his recollections paint a happy and fulfilling impression of cycling with our Club.

 

Plus some images from John

 

3. KATH SHIPLEY

Kath Shipley looks all the way back to cycling with the Club as a youngster in 1948 when organised cycling was perhaps more of a family aligned activity, and a key part of members non-working life. Memories of the Family Section, shows how she had different experiences and how she grew ‘through the ranks’, to cycling with the adults.

 

 

4. MARGARET HEARN ON THE BRITISH CYCLIST TOURING COMPETITION

In Recollections of the BCTC , Margaret Hearn looks back in time to when her family all competed in the British Cyclist Touring Competition – a challenging event to plan a route using many exotic route plotting skills, and ride routes using advanced route following skills. (Ah, those pre-GPS and pre-Garmin days when Ride Leaders needed proper skills !) 

Judging from the photos the whole occasion seems to be a very happy experience.

 

5. SHARON CLIFFORD STORIES

These are some initial ‘braindump’ recollections from Sharon of Birthday Rides back in the late 80’s to early 90’s, Sharon Clifford stories.  We will be doing some more work with her to gather the photos and polish the text.

 

6. MEL COX PHOTOGRAPHS

Mel has send in a bit of a ‘mixed-bag’ of old photographs which we will be working our way through, sorting out and properly captioning.

7. EADIE ATKINS MEMORIES OF LEJOG

This audio recording is from an interview that Pete Seamen did back in 1997 with Eadie Atkins of her extraordinary Lands End to John o’ Groats ride and on to 1000 miles.

Pete Seamen interviewing Eadie Atkins