Following a 60 mile sponsored cycle ride, organised by former members of the Ely City Road Club (which folded on 13th February 1957), it was felt that there was, once again, a need for a cycling club in the City.
A club room with gymnasium facilities was offered by Centre E, the local youth club for Tuesday evenings, with club runs on Sunday mornings. Following several meetings the name of the club was settled as – Ely & District Cycling Club. Officials were appointed and a set of rules drawn up. Mention must be made here of the help, assitance and guidance of the stalwart of the Newmarket & District CC – Mike Dorling, who has remained a good friend of the club ever since.
For the 1971 season a programme of club trials was drawn up and has continued every year since gradually evolving into the current programme. Subscriptions were fixed at 10/- (50p) for Seniors & 5/- for Juniors. A major expense was saved when the trophies of Ely City Road were passed on to the club, along with the magnificent sum of £1, all that was left of the finances of the old club.
From those early days, it developed into today’s successful club, promoting Open Time Trials, then Open Road races and Open Grass Track racing followed.
National Championships have been promoted, first on Grass Track and in June 1994 the Ladies National 25 mile championship on the Chatteris course. Over the years the club has produced a national grass track champion – Mark Zaschke. Success has followed in road racing and time trialing – Alan Newark taking a World Championship gold medal in age related Veterans World Cup events. Numerous other club members have won area and local titles in all disciplines of our sport.
We have had over 40 years as the Ely & District Cycling Club and with the help of the club members, young and not
so young, we look forward to many more happy and successful years ahead.
Ely & District Cycling Club is affiliated to: British Cycling (BC), Cycling Time Trials (CTT), and Eastern Counties Cycling Association (ECCA).