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Doncaster Wheelers Cycling Club celebrated it’s 90th anniversary as riders of all ages took part in a series of events to mark the occasion over 26th and 27th March.

The Wheelers’ history dates back to Sunday 21st March, 1926, when a group of like-minded cyclists met outside Majestic Cinema for a ride to Rawcliffe. This was just the start, and the club has grown ever since.

Over the 26th and 27th March, the club held a number of rides to mark the anniversary, and held a party which was attended by members past and present to share stories and memories, and plans for the future!

Club President, Martin Maltby, said, “The 90th Anniversary rides were very popular with the members and their families and it was great to see some of the older members reminiscing about their earlier cycling memories at the celebration buffet after the rides.

“The Doncaster Wheelers is going from strength to strength recently, primarily I think it is down to the revival of the Doncaster town centre races known as the Doncaster Cycle Festival which is now in its 3rd successful year, the legacy of the Tour De France visiting Yorkshire in 2014 and the Tour De Yorkshire stage finish which is being held in Doncaster on the 30th April 2016.”

Recently, the club has become increasingly involved in organising and increasing awareness around cycling and racing locally. The pinnacle of the club’s efforts has been Doncaster Cycle Festival, a closed-road circuit race in the town centre attracting riders of all ages and abilities, all the way up to Olympic Gold Medal winners!

On the back of the Cycle Festival events, the club has set up and improved its Go-Ride junior coaching programme, which has already brought through a number of young, promising riders to the cycling scene and started to develop a future generation of racing stars.

Cutting the cake
Left to right: Terry Hibbitt, Johnny Beaumont, Bud Kendel, Katie Canham, James Canham, Grace Blair
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