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Standout rider Tate

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

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It is all done and dusted - the last of the 16 trophies that have seen many battles throughout the season has been won, writes Clive Adamson.
And as I've said many, many times, to win a trophy in the Wheelers is not easy.
Long gone are the days of big handicaps because what we have now are riders who put in a lot of hard work because they know that's the only way they have a chance of competing with our best riders.
We have some very good, hard TT trainers in the club, riders like Wilkie, Brandon, Ian and Dave. Riders who have set the standard but one rider who has stood out for me and it's because of hard work is Geoff Tate.
A couple seasons ago Geoff was out with us and took a bad fall breaking his hip and I thought then, 'that's the last we'll see of him'. But he has battled back and had a really fantastic season through hard work. So any rider who hasn't won a trophy, just look at what can be achieved.
Another rider of note who, can I say because I certainly did not see this coming, was Ian Weir. Ian rode his socks off at our Hillclimb on Tuesday night to win what was a hard fought battle. Nineteen riders signed on to ride what is a really tough hill.
Ian was the first Wheeler up it in a time of 56 seconds, just two seconds behind overall winner Roger (Dodge) Aiken. Out of the first half dozen riders there wasn't a lot in between them so massive thanks to all who rode it making it another very successful event in the Wheelers' calendar.
Once again a rider who deserves a mention is Philip (Tin) McKinstry, a rider who never gives up.
Tin is not built for hillclimbs but fair play to him, taking it on and even finishing it even when half way up his oil light came on. So, for the last time this year as race secretary, a massive thanks to each and every one for making it another very successful year's racing in the Wheelers. It makes my life easier when everyone is happy with what we are trying to do here, not one issue had I to deal with, just some wee matters and that's all down to a faithful bunch of riders that I have a lot of time for.
Club Meeting in the Albert
There will be a club meeting in the Albert on 25 September at 7.30pm.
All, and I mean, all trophies are to be returned, plus we hope to have a chance to order our new Rab Wheelers jackets plus fleeces and t-shirts. So if you are not there, it will make it harder for you to order what you want.
Club dinner and prizegiving
Our club dinner and prizegiving will be held in the Albert on Friday, 17 November. It is always a fantastic night in our calendar.
Saturday Club Runs
As you know by now the Saturday Club has resumed and they will be steady in around 15 AVG for a few months. I must state this is not the start of our winter training plans.
A3 Nationals
Well done to Wheelers Ian Weir who rode at the weekend in the A3 Nationals, a very tough race. Ian has had another fantastic year's racing in the Wheelers' colours.
Join us
Once again any rider who is not in a club and would like to try their hand at racing, why not give us a call or log unto our Web www.westdownwheelers.com or our Facebook.

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