Brian celebrates 80th birthday with 80k bike ride

PUBLISHED: 15:31 05 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:31 05 December 2017

Brian Quantrill and friends.

Brian Quantrill and friends.

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Active Clevedon & District Road Club member Brian Quantrill celebrated his 80th birthday with an 80k bike ride.

Most local sports clubs are run by an unsung band of volunteers who give up their own time and effort for the benefit of the sport they love.

In the local cycling scene, Brian Quantrill is a name known by many for his long and loyal support of the Clevedon and District Road Club. For a good portion of the club’s 65-year history, Brian has been an active committee member, taking on many roles and giving up thousands of hours to help promote the sport and keep the club alive.

Brian is still active on the bike as well as on the club committee and so what better way to celebrate his 80th birthday than a 80k bike ride. A huge turnout of past and present club riders as well friends and family joined Brian for the president’s ride-out.

Due to numbers, riders split into three groups for the pedal to Bleadon before returning to Clevedon for a welcome buffet lunch and chance to reminisce about rides gone by.

The Jones family is another with a long history in the local cycling scene with three generations still putting the miles in. Huw may have hung up his racing wheels but son Gareth and Grandson George regularly race together.

This winter they have been trying cyclocross and at the latest round of the Western League once again had some good results on a cold and technical Costwold circuit.

George, who races for the VC St Raphael team, made good use of his hill climbing ability to take 10th in the senior race with Gareth in Clevedon colours taking 17th in the competitive vets’ 40 race.

Details of how to join a social Sunday club ride or get involved in racing can be found at www.cdrc.cc

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