The Brickhampton Golf Club did the Club proud again this year in hosting the 130th Dinner and Prize Presentation. Marie Cook had planned the event meticulously and it wa a shame that she wasn’t able to join us to see the plans come to fruition. The evening had a lively start with an impromptu table raffle, courtesy of the Club Sponsor Phil Griffiths. Three prizes per table meant that it wasn’t quite “every one a winner” though one table, whose numbers were reduced to four by illness, enjoyed the shorter odds it gave them! Also organised by Phil was a display of desirable bikes: two new ones from the Pinarello stable and two historic ones. One, ridden by Chris Boardman, broke the hour record in 2000 and the other was ridden by Bradley Wiggins in his last road race at the 2015 Paris Roubaix. It was still coated in the original Flandrian dirt!

Club speaker Daryl Stroud reviewed the Club’s passage through the pandemic amd praised riders and organizers alike for how the club’s activities had been maintained thourgh a difficult couple of years. He was too modest to mention his own role in making the 2021 TT programme a success. He then introduced the guest speaker, Martin Astley, a founding director of Bike Park Wales, who entertained the audience with the sometimes difficult history of the bike park, now widely recognized as the best in Britain. One diner, though, had to persuade his wife that not all the trails were as challenging as those in Martin’s video, and that it wasn’t a requirement to make the bike fly!

The evening finished with the prize presentation and raffle.