His­tory

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Formed back in 1932 by a group of friends, The Ces­trian Wheel­ers quickly be­came an Ncu-reg­is­tered club and boasted reg­u­lar club rides out to­wards the likes of Den­bigh in North Wales or Shrews­bury in Shrop­shire.

As the club grew it gained a strong rep­u­ta­tion for time tri­alling, pro­mot­ing its first ‘25’ in July 1937 and its first ‘50’ in the Septem­ber of that year. Club runs and rac­ing re­turned in force af­ter the war and soon af­ter a young ‘Vin­nie’ Den­son joined, quickly set­ting tan­dem records with Keith Law­ton. As Den­son pro­gressed through the ranks and onto the pro­fes­sional road stage, the club con­sol­i­dated its bur­geon­ing time trial rep­u­ta­tion.

Just over a decade ago, with num­bers down to 150, the com­mit­tee de­cided a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion was needed and started the to­day’s up­ward trend, boost­ing mem­ber­ship by 200 in the space of three years. With the club fo­cus­ing on of­fer­ing a num­ber of dif­fer­ent runs and also new rider de­vel­op­ment for all ages, they also at­tracted spon­sor­ship from Toni & Guy (Ch­ester) and Pear­son Fi­nan­cial Man­age­ment.

Mean­while, the club’s time tri­alling suc­cess has con­tin­ued — the torch now car­ried by the Na­tional TTT Cham­pi­onship win­ning team of Gina Ri­ley, Jill Wilkin­son and Re­becca Hol­land.

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