Terry Walsh

Terry Walsh has always been a cyclist prepared to encourage others.

As a racing cyclist with the Bournemouth Arrow CC he coached young riders in the ways of club life.

When he came to the CTC in the early 1990s he put into action his ideas of how to encourage people to start cycling, and Terry’s leaflets “Free Bicycle Rides” were soon being distributed to cyclists he met, to other club riders, to cycle shops, and wherever his energetic promotions led him. The Saturday morning ride from the outskirts of Christchurch to Burley in the New Forest was born.

Terry turned up every week, not discouraged if few turned up. Encouraging them, leading them and bathing in their satisfaction that they could actually ride the 10 miles each way. The ride continues today and is known by everyone with a bike in the Bournemouth area, and Burley is regularly overwhelmed by cyclists of all abilities on a Saturday morning. Terry is still there, riding is as back-marker, watching out for anybody new and telling them all about club riding in CTC Wessex.

Terry took over the organising of CTC Wessex premier event The Gridiron 100 in 2006 and ran it for 5 years, taking the entry level from 500 riders to over 1000.

Terry is currently President of CTC Wessex Cycling.

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