Information on Mansfield and areas cycling clubs has so far been gleaned from various sources, such as old programmes, oral history, newspaper cuttings, and the Internet. It is hoped that cycling enthusiasts will add more information to these pages.
Cyclists Hostel, Mansfield Woodhouse
Although this impressive looking building at Mansfield Woodhouse warranted being made in to postcards, little else is known about it. No doubt it provided facilities for distant cyclist who came to the area to take part in road races or track events at Forest Town. Cyclists such as Enzio Sachi, (Italian), Arie Van Vliet, (Dutch) Sid Patterson (Australian), and local man Reg Harris.
Mansfield Victoria Cycling Club (MVCC)
This club was founded in 1917 and its founder members included Frank Spencer, J Fletcher and W Fletcher.
On Saturday August 20th 1921 a Sports event was held at Forest Town, this included cycling events. The following members of MVCC are listed in the programme as taking part.
in the Quarter Mile Handicap;One Mile Handicap; One Mile Championship
G Biggs; J J Gundel; J W Roberts.
In 1935 the Cycling Manual & Year Book lists the General Secretary as Mr A Ladd, of Pilsley Chesterfield.
Oral History from P N 31/3/09 & 1/4/09
The three photos in my album are of Mansfield Victoria Cycling Club, pre 1938. John Newton is on all three, Phyllis Vamplew on two, and her sister Evelyn possibly on all of them.
They are of club events. The cups and shield were kept in a bank and two people had to sign to get them out. Does anyone know where these are now?
Some Sunday club runs were to Matlock, Blyth, and Gunthorpe Bridge. They found tea places where we could eat our own sandwiches and get a cup of tea. The bikes were propped up against a wall. Then we would have a walk round before cycling back home.
Club Meetings used to be in a room above The Young Vanish [Public House] at Glapwell (before it was altered). They would cycle there from Mansfield Woodhouse. This may have been before Jim Fletcher had his cycle shop built on High Street, Mansfield Woodhouse as the club then met above the shop. Phyllis Vamplew had her SUN bike from Jim Fletchers shop around 1934.
Jim Fletcher had a son Jack and daughter Doris who were also in the cycling club
When there was racing on at Forest Town Track, Jim Fletcher’s uncle was timekeeper, Frank Spencer did the microphone.
I think Reg Harper who worked for Jim Fletcher had a brother who had a cycle shop near the Shoe Company in Mansfield.
Sutton Aces* used to race on the track and road, they may have become Mansfield Aces Cycling Club.
Mansfield Aces Cycling Club
The white building on the Pump Hollow Side of Forest Town Track was the clubroom for the Mansfield Aces. When this was erected is unknown, additionally just how long they were involved with events at the track is also unknown. The club were involved in a cycling display in September 1988 when the refurbished sporting facilities were opened. The Mansfield Aces ran the Cycling Track League events at Forest Town for a number of years. They were still holding events there in 1991.
In 1935 the Cycling Manual & Year Book lists the General Secretary as Mr S Barnes of Mansfield.
Mansfield Cycling Club
In 1935 the Cycling Manual & Year Book 1935 lists the General Secretary as Mr S Robinson of Mansfield
North Notts Olympic Road Club
The web site for this club states it was ‘formed in 1952 by a group of local cycling enthusiasts to compete against rival clubs such as Mansfield Victoria, Aces, and the Bentick Wheelers’. It is based in Mansfield and is ‘a club that caters for all ages, abilities, and aspects of cycling from time trials to road racing, track, to the Sunday club run – we have something for everyone’.Look at the web site to discover more.http://www.north-notts.org/
*Nothing is known about Sutton Aces Cycling Club