The ‘Wheelers’ extend a warm welcome to one of the clubs most talented and successful riders…
Stuart returned to his home town this week to be inducted into Wolverhampton’s Sporting Hall of Fame - This being the City’s formal acknowledgement of all sports persons from Wolverhampton who have achieved European, Commonwealth, World or Olympic success.
It was great to see Stuart again, as he now lives in Sydney with his wife and 6-year-old daughter – some journey, but well worth the trip to be given such an accolade alongside many other outstanding athletes from so many sporting activities.
NOTE. Stuart will be attending Aldersley Stadium Track on Friday evening (28th September), no doubt looking for his successor!
For those of you who may not been involved in cycling when Stuart was at his peak here is a brief resume of his involvement and his major achievements;
Stuart joined the ‘Wheelers’ as a 13-year-old and it was immediately evident that this lad had what it takes….
Success came quickly with many wins as a youth rider in circuit races and time trials. By the time Stuart turned junior he was indeed a force to be reckoned with - taking the RTTC (now CTT) Junior BAR (Best All Rounder) title with a record overall time. He then went on to be one of the countries best time trialists, here are some statistics that support that statement:
British Cycling’s National Time Trial Champion 6 times (not 4 as erroneously reported elsewhere): 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003 & 2005.
National 25 Mile Time Trial Champion 5 times: 1997, 2000, 20001, 2002 & 2003.
National Hill Climb Champion 5 times: 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996 & 1997.
National 10 Mile Time Trial Champion 3 times: 2001, 2003 & 2004 (in 2001 he set a new National record of 18 min. 19 seconds dethroning the Famous Scottish cyclist Greame O’Bree).
GB Olympic Team Athens 2004: Road Race and Individual Time Trial
World Championships: 1998, 2000, 2001 & 2002 Individual Time Trial
Team GB – Commonwealth Games: 1994, 1998 & 2002 Individual Time Trial.