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The League of Veteran Racing Cyclists provides racing for cyclists who are veterans. To be eligible to join you must be 40 years of age or more; the League is open equally to male and female bike racers. Don't worry if you think you aren't fit enough to race - in the LVRC you are always allowed (encouraged, in fact) to compete in an older age group than your calendar age indicates. The only exception to this is National Championship and Percy Stallard Series races. This is deliberately designed to help people get back into racing, and move up the groups as fitness starts to return.
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ROY GODBEER 1st September 1929 – 8th March 2015
ROY (Spit)GODBEER passed away on Sunday 8th March 2015 after suffering a heart attack following a successful hip operation on Friday 6th March. Roy was in his 86th year.
Roy lived in Walthamstow East London in his younger days and was employed as a cabinet maker/carpenter which he continued to pursue into his early eighties working freelance on many building sites in and around London. There are not many East London and Essex cyclists who have not had Roy to fit new doors in their homes.
His interest in cycling started in his teens and he became a member of the Marsh Road Club. After finishing his national service Roy continued his cycling and joined another East London club, the Comet Cycling Club. He then became part of a formidable road race team along with Johnny Homard and Tom Bristow and they competed in most of the top amateur events around the country throughout the fifties with considerable success. They could easily be identified in a bunch as they used to wear red and white spotted neckerchiefs. He was also a regular competitor in the annual Catford Hill Climb and he also visited Belgium on many occasions staying at the famous Cafe’den Engel and competed in many of the local races.
Roy took the honours in the Apex Trophy Road Race on two occasions and won the Barnet Road Race in 1953. He also competed in the Olympic selection races but the high spots in his racing career were in 1954 and 1955 when he took part in the Circuit of Britain with the Essex Team along with amongst others Vic Stark and Derek Worsley. In the 1954 race Roy was second on Stage Five and third on Stage Six and finished a creditable overall sixth on General Classification.
After retiring from cycling Roy and his wife moved to Hullbridge and lived on the banks of the River Crouch. Roy lost his wife Lily in 1994 and afterwards naturally found life a bit empty. However, after visiting a cycle race meeting at Boreham Airfield together with his faithful dog Jenny (who Roy subsequently brought into race headquarters and she would eat your sandwiches if they were left unattended) he got chatting with some of his old acquaintances and was encouraged to get a bike and join them in the Southend Wheelers.
Roy soon got the pedals turning and started riding regularly with the club. This led to competing in club time trials and subsequently also joining the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists where even at seventy years plus, was able to take part in his first love of road racing.
Roy never looked back and cycling became his life once again and he regularly took part in Randonees, Time Trials, Circuit and Open Road Races and made many visits to the Majorca Training Camps. There were not many days when he was not on his bike.
Roy was never one for using the latest aero equipment and to level the playing field the Southend Wheelers created an annual time trial in his honour ‘The Roy Godbeer Non Aero Championship’ where disc wheels aero helmets and tri bars were banned.
In recent years Roy also won many League of Veteran Racing Cyclists events including the SE England Toachim Vets/Mstina Jersey Series in his age category together with National and Regional Championships. As the years passed by it has been necessary for the LVRC to create a new age category each year to accommodate him.
Roy had a wealth of knowledge of cycling gained over at least the past seventy years and was a popular and most sociable person who was loved by the cycling community wherever he went.
Roy leaves a daughter Janet and son-in-law David who he loved and was very proud of.
The cycling scene in Essex and beyond will not be the same without Roy, he will be sadly missed.
I first came across Spit as we all knew him as in the cycling world in the 1950s when I was a young junior taking part in my first race on Stapleford Tawney airfield The National selection race for the next Olympic Games finished on the same circuit and to the best of my recollections “Spit” came in the leading group and finished third.
Spit was a prolific winner at the time and something of a hero to me, together with Johnny Homard and Tom Bristow they formed the Comet CC one of the best teams in Essex and were always immaculate in their green racing jerseys with a spotless green and white spotted neckchief. Spit came onto the scene again in the 1980s and raced in veterans events his never give up attitude was an example to all. He won many League of Veterans Cyclists championships in his age group and was a cheerful companion in many cycle sportive events where his never say die banter kept us all going in inclement weather. He always made a point of thanking the promotors and officials at events and I shall miss him turning up at events in the old red van with the dog in the back.
Rest in peace Spit you were one of nature’s true gentlemen
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LVRC INTERNATIONAL RACING INFO FOR 2015
ICF World Road Championship 2nd August 2015
Aartselaar Belgium, South of Antwerp. repeat all other info from 2014
43rd FIS-RSC International Cycling Week Hartberg
Austria 14th - 21st August 2015. repeat all other info from 2014.
Masters Championships St Johaan Austria
Events from 22nd - 29th August
World Cup 22nd - 25th TT 26th Masters 27th - 29th
repeat all other info from 2014
Racing in Belgium.
All as 2014 but add www.waod.be after Wielerbonden
New for 2015
UCI World Cycling Tour
The idea behind WCT is to have an "amateur world champion" There are qualifying rounds held throughout the world and qualifiers contest the world championship for their age group.
The qualifying events are Sportives, but in fact are mass participation races No qualifying events in UK as Sportives here are non competitive, except there is a qualifying event for the time trial only Peterborough 6/7 Jun.
European qualifying events:- St Tropez 12Apr. Copenhagen14/16 May. Skyros 22/24 May. Ljubljana 12/14 Jul. Trento 17/19 Jul. St Johaan 22/24 Aug. Final Aalborg Denmark 3/6 Sep.
Day licences available for qualifying events. UCI (BC) licence required for final.
Full details www.uciworldcyclingtour.com
European Masters Games. Nice 1st - 11th October 2015
Road Race 3/4 October
Track no details
MAIN LVRC DATES 2015
LVRC Cyclo Cross Champs Misterton, Leics 18th Jan (details below)
Omnium Competition, Newport Velodrome, Sun 15 – Mon 16th Feb
LVRC EFGH RR Champs 10th May
LVRC AB RR Champs, Worcs 24th May
LVRC CD RR Champs, Audlem Cheshire 21st June
National Criterium Champs, Lichfield Sat 5th Sept
National Track Championship, Newport Velodrome, Sat 19 - Sun 20 Sept
LVRC TT Champs 27th Sept
June 28 LVRC Battle of Edge Hill RR
July 12 LVRC Omloop RR
PROVISIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DATES FOR 2015 & CLASSIC RACES
Online Membership now available for Region 3 Members.
AGE GROUP PERCENTAGES WHICH WILL BE USED IF ORGANISERS ARE OVER SUBSCRIBED
Category / Age Range
A 40 – 44
B 45 – 49
C 50 - 54
D 55 – 59
E 60 – 64
F 65 – 69
G 70 – 74
H 75 – 79
I 80 – 84
J 85 – 90
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