History (All words courtesy of Trevor Yeoman)
It is known that there was a Cycling Club in existence in Buxton in the late 1890’s according to reports extracted from the Buxton Advertiser and photographs shown in various historical books of the town, but no actual names of people actively involved are quoted. It is therefore taken that the present club was formed by Ron Woodward in November 1948 when the following article appeared in the Buxton Advertiser:
Saturday 13th November 1948
“A cycling club is to be formed in the district shortly. Anyone interested is invited to the first run which starts tomorrow, Sunday at 9.00am from The Crescent’. Ronald Woodward of 17 Forest Avenue, Buxton will supply any further information”
A set of club rules from 1949 (supplied by Vivienne Yeoman) cane be found HERE
- By the mid 1950’s some members were participating in long distance reliability trials and racing with varying degrees of success. During the late 1950’s there was an influx of new members aged 16/16 years old who, whilst still at school gave the club stability and prospects for the future.
- The 1960’s proved a very difficult and challenging time for the club. Many of the younger members were getting married or moving away from the area to further their careers, leaving only about 3 or 4 active members. Serious thought was given to disbanding the club but enthusiasm and dedication to the sport won through and by the end of the decade new members began to join.
- In the 1970’s the club went from strength to strength with more junior members joining the club and many of these members are still actively cycling today.
- By the 1980’s and 90’s , the club was still maintaining a healthy membership and with the advent of the new millennium the club continued to thrive with approximately 50 members bringing new ideas and greater range of activities into the sport. Foreign cycle tours, mainly to France, to experience and enjoy the spectacle of ‘Le Tour’; winter weekend breaks and organised visits to use the excellent Velodrome Track facilities in Manchester, as well as the usual racing season, now feature in the calendar of many members of the club. For the first time in it’s history, Buxton Cycling Club has entered into sponsorship with a member of the club, Sam Clark of Sett Valley Cycles, New Mills, and it is envisaged that this partnership will be doubly beneficial and attract new members to continue the success of the club.