Long Eaton Paragon Cycling Club

Club Run - Dale AbbeyLong Eaton Paragon Cycling Club has been a part of the town scene since it was formed as a racing offshoot of the Long Eaton CTC (Cyclists Touring Club) in 1950. However, over the years it has tried to cater for all aspects of cycling.

The most successful period was undoubtedly through the sixties and the early seventies, when the Paragon Team of Gordon Booty, Andy Kirk and Nick Copeman won the British 100 mile Time Trial Championship on the London's Bath Road.

Every week the Paragon had winners like Nick Copeman (emigrated to New Zealand), Scotsman Andy Kirk (emigrated to Canada), Gordon Booty, Pete Stark, Terry Poulter, Mick Potts and Dave McLean. Ex-international Carol Barton raced in several different countries for Great Britain.

Gordon Booty
Gordon Booty
Simon Wilson
Simon Wilson
June Walker
June Walker
Mick Potts
Mick Potts
Pete Dark
Pete Dark

Youth Hostelling was a popular touring pastime with up to 18 members attending weekend and Bank Holiday tours. Veteran Ron Smith has taken regular Sunday club runs for members to all areas of the local counties and a well supported venture of the Paragon has been car-assisted day runs to the quieter areas of Wales and the Yorkshire Dales.

Ex Tour of Britain rider, Pete Dark has been the clubs most successful veteran rider and still holds all the clubs veteran records, while more recently Simon Wilson proved to be one of the countries best junior riders.

During the year 2000, the Long Eaton Paragon Cycling Club celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a full programme of racing and touring events. Open promotions by Roger Cooling and culminating with a Grand Golden Jubilee Reunion Dinner at the Regency Rooms, Ilkeston, Derbyshire on Saturday 28th October 2000 to which all members, past members and friends are welcome.

To obtain more details of the Paragons 50th Anniversary celebrations, contact either the Secretary, Maurice Buxton on 0115 9734593 or the Treasurer, Brenda Rhodes on 01332 872850.

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