Obituary – Peter Lickfold

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It was with great sadness that the Board of British Cycling North West Region learned of the sudden death of Peter Lickfold on Friday 20 September 2013.

Peter was involved with cycling for over 55 years, racing as a member of the Manchester Velo CRC in the 1960s before going on to become the club secretary. He joined the British Cycling Federation at its inception and later took on the role of Road Race Secretary and Registrar of the Manchester Division.

Peter was elected to the British Cycling Executive Board and served as a member for two years. He was awarded the Manchester Division Badge of Honour in recognition of his services to cycling.

However it was as a prolific race organiser that Peter Lickfold will be best remembered. For 28 years he organised the Junior Peaks Road Race, considered by many to be the foremost junior race in the UK at the time. He also organised many more races at regional and national level and more recently became involved with sportive rides too.

When the Manchester Velodrome was opened in 1994, Peter was a founding member of the Manchester Regional Track League and went on to organise the Friday night league for more than 16 years, attracting riders from near and far to one of the most popular track leagues in the UK. A ceaseless worker for the League, he also took on the role of Registrar and later Chairman.

Even before his death, the Track League Committee had inaugurated The Peter Lickfold Trophy to be presented to the winning rider of the Friday night races. This will now be renamed the Peter Lickfold Memorial Trophy and will be presented for the first time in December of this year.

The funeral service will be held on Monday 14 October at Stockport Crematorium in the Rowan Chapel at 11:30 followed by a carvery at the Puss in Boots pub, 147 Nangreave Road, Offerton, SK2 6DG.