There is a club ride every Sunday at 8.15 leaving from the Okehampton Arcade. Rides are usually 3-4 hours long and include a café stop somewhere en route.
Wednesday evening rides are continuing through the winter leaving from the Arcade at 6.30pm. These rides are usually about 30miles (2-2.5 hours) and occasionally take in a local hostelry.
Spinning classes are being run through the winter on Friday evenings at Phoenix Gym, Okehampton. If you are interested in attending please contact Chris Hariades tel 07729 574565.
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Tony was born in Highgate, London, but his association with Devon began at the outbreak of war when, to escape the blitz, a young Tony was brought down to live with his Gran who ran the village Co-op shop in Bridestowe. Tony loved the rural life and the countryside. It made a lasting impression on him.
At the cessation of hostilities, Tony returned to London to complete his secondary education, where he excelled at sport. He loved to return to Devon during the holidays and on at least one occasion, cycled the entire distance from London to Bridestowe in a day. Not bad for a fifteen year old!
After completing the obligatory two years of National Service, Tony eventually embarked on a career with J S Sainsbury’s in the North Kent area. During this time he met and married Brenda. After taking early retirement, Tony and Brenda moved to their new home in Bridestowe. Tony was finally back in his beloved Devon.
For many years, golf had been Tony’s preferred leisure activity. That is until one evening when he and Brenda were returning from a days shopping in Exeter, and they happened upon a time trial being run by the then newly formed Okehampton Cycling Club. As a result of that encounter, the golf clubs were discarded, and a bike appeared. Tony joined the club, and began training in earnest. Not without occasionally questioning his sanity! It should be remembered that most other club members were around half his age. Tony soon established himself as an excellent time trial competitor, entering events all round Devon and Cornwall. Though sometimes critical of his own performances, Tony’s approach was always that the sport should be enjoyed. He loved meeting and talking to fellow cyclists. In 2008, in the SW District championship 25 mile event, Tony won the first prize and medal for the fastest veteran on standard time.
Soon after joining OKCC, Tony was co-opted on to the club committee, and over the years became progressively involved in the running of the club and it’s events. His natural abilities and organisational skills were invaluable, and his roll in the club became pivotal. Always willing to help, always dependable, always there to advise, always there to encourage youngsters and those new to cycling, and of course his humour, generosity and sense of fun that endeared him to all who met him. A testament of this is the large number of tributes written by fellow cyclists who had come to know him over the years. He was voted OKCC “Club Person of the Year” on two occasions, and no doubt there would have been more if he had not ruled himself out of the vote!
Less known were Tony’s artistic and creative talents. He crafted many superb wooden sculptures and he excelled in marquetry work. He built two model railways, and constructed a number of highly detailed scale dioramas, many of military scenes. Then there was a much exhibited model he constructed of the old Bridestowe Village Hall as it was during 1940s, and more recently the superb prize winning model of Sourton Parish Church. Over the years, Tony had acquired an extensive knowledge of military history, and had built up a collection of small military objects of historical interest.
Tony was a lovely man of rare quality. He will be greatly missed by all of us who were privileged to have known him.
Robert Szembek OK C C
Okehampton Cycle Club has been in existence for over 10 years and aims to encourage and support members of all ages to cycle for leisure, pleasure and to participate in competition. Our main focus is road cycling but several of our members are also mountain bike enthusiasts.
The Okehampton area offers a wide range of cycling opportunities from spectacular moorland scenery to leafy, winding country lanes and picturesque villages.
Membership is open to anyone aged 12 upwards. The Club currently has over 35 members and always welcomes new riders.
Okehampton Cycle Club is affiliated to British Cycling and Cycling Time Trials.
This website is intended to be an information point for forthcoming events, club news and competition results.