On 24 March Dulwich Paragon CC promotes the 54th consecutive running of the spring classic road race for the Wally Gimber Trophy. The race on a testing circuit over 140k at Tenterden, Kent is one of the country’s longest running events and attracts a top class field.
Above: Wally storming to another win at a packed Herne Hill in the 1940s.
Wally Gimber was an active Dulwich Paragon member who excelled on the local Herne Hill track in the post war years. He was the London track, massed start and roller champion and set a national tandem-paced half mile record of 48.55 seconds. He emigrated to the US in the 1960s and donated the trophy to the club for a race to be run in his name, keeping in regular touch with the club until his death in 1993.
Past winners of the race include a young Bradley Wiggins while Simon Cope and Rob Hurd are both four-time winners. Many riders name the race as a favourite of the season.
Race organiser Nigel Wood said; ‘The race always produces a worthy winner and the testing course means a bunch finish is rare. This year’s winner will take home the historic trophy and £250.’