SRC Club History

Our name was changed from the Merriot & District Wheelers to Somerset Road Club in c1930 when founder Vic Dight moved to Taunton to live. This gave the club a broader catchment to attract riders. The Sandy family have been the cornerstone of the Club for over six decades. Brian Sandy was part of GB Olympics Team in the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo which represented the rehabilitation of Japan after the Second World War. Brian took part in the Men's Team Pursuit over 4000 metres which was a track cycling event held as part of the Cycling at the 1964 Summer Olympics programme. The event was held during 19 October and 21 October 1964 at the Hachioji Velodrome with 18 teams of 4 cyclists. Along with Brian the GB Team was comprised of the following riders: Trevor Bull, Hugh Porter and Harry Jackson. Brian also won the National 5 Mile Grass Track Championship 3 times running narrowly missing out on his 4th victory with a very creditable 2nd place.

Brother Pete Sandy now in his eighties and Club President won the Divisional Road Race Championships three times; a feat that has never achieved by another rider in the division. Pete also won the European Masters Championship in 1998 and won the ICF World Championship for his age category in 2000. Whilst racing in France he scored victories in Cholet/Coron Maine Loire, Saffre Loire Atlantique, La Planche Vendee, Colon Normandy. Other Divisional Championship winners include: Baz Hooper, Neil Brookes, Dave Smith, Dave Coward and of course Brian Sandy! Pete also won the National Verteran Road Race Championship in 1972 beating the great Bob Maitland that day. A full report of the race as it appeared in Cycle Sport can be viewed via the link below. Brian's son Greg, an elite racer, has been one of the top riders in the region for two decades and notably won the European Masters Road Race Championship in Mallorca. Of additional note Baz Hooper rode the Tour of Britain 3 times finishing all 3 events which was no mean feat as the race was a bit longer in those days! The National Veterans Road Race Championship report as it appeared in Cycle Sport back in 1972 can be viewed HERE