BRIAN WESTWOOD - Former Life Member
11-06-1932 to 21-12-2019
We were sad to learn that a Wheelers Life Member passed away just before Christmas - Brian Westwood aged 87.
Please note that there is a 'Memorial Ride' planned for Brian on Sunday 19th January starting from Aldersley Stadium at 9.30 am.
Several groups of all ages and abilities over various distances but all finishing at the Fordhouses Cricket Club, Wobaston Road Fordhouses, Wolverhampton WV9 5HH at 12.30 pm. concluding at 2.30 pm - Everyone Welcome who knew Brian.
Drinks and refreshments will be available.
If you have any pictures or other relevant memorabilia please feel free to bring them along - everyone welcome to join Pam (Brians Sister) and those who knew Brian.
For those of you who did not have the pleasure of knowing Brian here is a brief description of the sort of person he was....
Brian was a quiet unassuming Gent who worked tirelessly for the club and represented the Wheelers for over 66 years of membership.
A versatile rider who turned his hand to Road Racing (a former winner of our own Two Counties Road Race - when it was a Premier level event), a little Track & Cyclo-Cross, but his main forte was Time Trialling... A discipline that he excelled in and in which he defied his age for many years.
What's more he was good at almost any distance, becoming Club Champion at the following:
25 Mile TT Champion (The R. T. Whitmore Trophy) 1964
50 Mile TT Champion (The W. M. Hayward Challenge Cup) FIVE Times: 1965, 67, 68, 69 & 71.
100 Mile TT Champion (The R. P. Usher Cup) FOUR Times: 1964, 65, 68, & 81.
12 Hour Champion (The Jack Green Cycles Trophy) TWICE 1966 & 1971
Veterans Time Trial Champion (The Bill Bassett Trophy) THIRTEEN Times, eleven of which ran consecutively: 1991, 92, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 2000, 01, 02, 03 & 2004.
Brian was equally successful in his support off the bike, having been the club's Time Trial Secretary for something like 33 years!!!!
A post that he had taken up temporarily until the club found someone good at it!
This was not an easy task especially in the mid 1980's when there were over 80 club riders Pre-Entered for each race held nearly every Tuesday throughout the season.
Every rider would receive a start sheet showing the starting order, seeding and handicap allowance all handwritten (or later typed) and photocopied.
AND a full result sheet compiled by hand and issued within 2-3 days, all without the aid of computers and Emails now that is dedication!
It is this that makes people refer to Brian as a Wheelers 'Legend' - an appreciable contribution from such a quiet man.
A former employee of the Fafnir Bearing Company in Villiers Street, Wolverhampton, somewhat fitting as this is the site of the former Marston Cycle factory famous for the Sunbeam Bicycle!
Brian was not married and did not have children, but leaves behind his sister Pam who lives on Coven, near Wolverhampton.
Literally everyone who knew or even just met Brian would say, 'what a nice man' and they would really mean it. Brian is sadly missed but he left so many of us with some wonderful memories - Thank you Brian from all your friends in the Wheelers and the Cycling World at large.