>Dinner, a missed opportunity and a film show

>The Willesden CC dinner was good fun with some disgraceful behaviour from our elders, some bad dancing and a fascinating speech from Club President Jim Love about his experience as a competitor at the 1948 ‘ Austerity’ Olympics.

I didn’t make it to the Harp Hilly Hundred reliability trial. There were many reasons for this, but the main one was laziness. No doubt the bold fifty who did turn up in the rain will be wupping my @rse for the rest of the season – Karma. There are five more of these Chiltern Classics to come and I’m pencilled in to ride four of them. I expect the weather will be great from now on.

Instead of training I headed to the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith for the annual cycling film afternoon. There were some great track films – Herne Hill in the 50s, London 6 days and the American six days – and some footage of Vin Denson winning the Tour of Luxembourg. Vin was there being interviewed by David Harmon. I bought a copy of his new book and he autographed it! There were also interviews with Steve Heffernan and Mo Burton who used to ride for the Archer RC before becoming successful pros.