About the Kingston Wheelers

Founded in 1924, we're cycling club members from all over South West London, Surrey and beyond. Whether we're commuting, touring, racing or just cycling in Richmond Park, the club exists so we can share our enthusiasm for cycling.

We meet regularly, both on and off the bike. In addition to the regular Sunday morning club rides, the club organises trips abroad to ride cyclosportive events like the Etape du Tour and the Tour of Flanders.

Throughout the year, some of us take part in time trials, road races and other competitive events where there are club trophies up for grabs for members in a range of events. These trophies are awarded at our annual prize presentation and lunch at the end of the year.

For more information on the club and how it functions, see the members' information page.

A brief history

The Kingston Wheelers Cycling Club was formed in 1924. Six cyclists met in a cafe on the Portsmouth Road near Kingston police station. Bill Orpin was amongst these and Gil Jessop - to whom our open 'Sporting 14' time trial is a memorial - joined the club in about 1930.

Stuart Bedingfield on his Lock TT bike at Shepperton in 1935

The second world war curtailed activities for a number of years. The last club run was in 1941 and most members were called up for service. Two members were killed in service, one in the English Channel and one in Burma.
Bill Orpin and Gil Jessop served in the armed forces and after demob, they reformed the club in Chessington in 1953. Although the club only had a few members at this time, it grew steadily until there were 18 members and they could no longer meet in a member's house. The club met in different pubs and schools until it found a more permanent home in the Latchmere social club in Ham, where it met during the 1980s.
This brief history was given by one former president, Gil Jessop, to another, John Bornhoft, on 20 January 1990. Both are sadly missed.

Former club member Mike Broadway has supplied a collection of photos. Click here to begin a slideshow of images with commentary from Mike and then click on the image to move onto the next photo in the series.

To view a short film of the 1969 London Easter Parade, click here. At 31 seconds into the film you can see the club, complete with team van, in the parade.

Nowadays the members meet socially in Kingston's Market Place as well as taking part in many forms of cycling, including road racing, cyclocross, time trials, touring and of course the club runs which start in Surbiton. The club promoted four races in 2009 as well as helping in other events. We've got an expanding membership and you'll find many of us on the roads of London, Surrey and far beyond.