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Ratae Memories - John Garner

Ratae Memories - from John Garner


I was reading an article about Lucy Garner and that her Grandad was a founder member of the Club and has the same surname as me.

I was a member as a teenager in the 1960s and remember doing time trials from Syston and the Six Hills out to Nottingham.

Club runs started on Sundays from the open market and we met by Gary Lineker's Dads stall. This was at the same time as Alan Bland!  I still have my club cloth badge that I had on my touring shorts. Racing kit was nothing like today. I had black woollen shorts with shammy leather insert and a black tee-shirt with red and green diagonal ribbon.

I rode a bike made up of various parts but had Campag. 5 gears and quick release wheels with tubs. I then had a King of Mercian with 531 frame Nervex lugs and 10 gears plus, a cotter-less chain-set!  I used the same bike with equipment changes for racing, touring and training.

My Son and 16 year old Grandson now ride.  My son is a Triathlete and my Grandson is doing long club runs and Sportives and is going to race. They both have two carbon framed bikes and all the kit.

For me I maintain my interest as a spectator. I was born in Leicester but, we all now live in Cheshire.

I hope this is of interest to any older members; I have enjoyed recalling my fond memories of my introduction into the world of cycling.

John Garner

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