The club started out life in the 1940s as Belperion Road Club before re-emerging in the mid 1970s as Belper BC, with sponsorship from Thorntons (who had a factory in the town). The club were known as Belper BC Thorntons Toffee during this period and had a very strong road and time trial team, producing many riders who competed successfully at regional, national and international level. The Thorntons sponsorship ended in 1988 when the company became a PLC.
The red and white jersey comes from the sponsorship. The late Ian Ringrose redesigned the kit with idea of the stars and stripes coming from the 1984 Olympics held in Los Angeles, USA. The kit has since had a couple of updates but still retains the red and white colours and stars and stripes theme.
Famous riders for the club through the years have included Derrick Woodings, Mike Allen, Dave Orford, Rex Butler, Mick Potts, Mark Storer and Carl Owen.
Above: Mick Potts, Mark Storer & Derrick Woodings, Mark Storer & Carl Owen and (bottom) Dave Orford
The club still continues to do well today and supports both competitive and non-competitive cyclists. Members currently compete in road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross and mountain bike cross country events. Non-competitive participation includes touring, sportives, club road rides and club MTB rides.
Riders are encouraged to join the weekly club run. Riders meet every Sunday morning either at Belper Triangle at 9am or outside the Hurt Arms, at the junction of the A6 and A610 in Ambergate. Riders leave the Hurt Arms at 9.15am and normally return at about mid-day. The club are also looking to introduce a slower Saturday ride this year for newcomers. There are also plans for a club organised time trial on the A6 between Cromford and Broadholme and another in the Windley area later in the year.
The club night is the first Monday every month (except Bank Holidays – then it’s a week later) at the Strutt Club (Conservative Club), Campbell Street in Belper. Starting at 7pm, all are welcome so come down and see what it’s all about.
Above: Isabelle Boon on the podium for her cyclo-cross achievements, seasoned veterens Derrick Woodings and Mike Allen and a photo taken in January 2013, showing just some of the regular Belper BC cyclo-cross riders
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