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.