Mansfield Victoria Cycling Club

Geoff Simpson has submitted a number of photographs from his cycling days with the Mansfield Victoria Cycling Club.

The first three are of his Racing Licence.

Next from left to right: Pete Sinfield, Dave Clarke, Geoff Simpson, Margaret Jackson, Shirley ? and Groves Jackson ( father of Margaret).

The fifth image is of Dave Clarke and Geoff Simpson and another cyclist.

The sixth image shows the same group as in the fourth photo – on a ride to Mablethorpe.

Geoff Simpson in the track vest designed by his mother! He had no idea that it was the same design as the World Champion’s and as such was illegal! They all just had one bike each and trained and raced in time trials, up and down mountains on a fixed gear. They then changed to 3 speed gears for a flat road race, usually at aerodromes. He rode this bike, with fixed gear on his very first track race at the Nottingham Quin-Centenary celebrations in 1948 at the Nottingham grass track when he was 17.  

Geoff and Dennis who was not in the Vics. He was a trainee plumber and was with Geoff at Mansfield Technical College. 

The next photo shows Geoff at the Black Rocks, wearing the customary gear for cyclists at the time – no Lycra!

Finally Mansfield Technical College  – Form 2B

 

Comments about this page

  • THIS WAS WHEN I WAS 17 YEARS OLD, AND RODE IN AN OLYMPIC SELECTION RACE, COMING 5TH. (SAME TIME AS THE WINNER, PETER PROCTOR). I AM NOW 85 AND HAVE COVERED OVER 800 THOUSAND MILES

    By james geoffrey simpson (12/04/2017)
  • THE OTHER CYCLIST WAS DEREK BUXTON

    By james geoffrey simpson (12/04/2017)
  • Geoff! I still can’t believe our paths have never crossed, Nobby Clarke and Pete Sinfield were riding when I was in the Vics 1954ish. The club meetings were in the Angel Pub,Woodhouse, later Kings Head and William the 4th on Sutton Rd. One of the girls on your photo lived in Warsop, always rode a Claud Butler Mixte frame, I thought her name was Margaret Baines, she rode from Warsop to Mansfield regularly up to the 80s. If you live locally, pop in Woodhouse Library, Thursday morning and Friday morning, I volunteer in the Heritage Link.  My Vics vest went to the Cycling Museum when it was in Lincoln and my Weinman Rims.  

    By Tom Shead (30/07/2015)

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