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Another shot of Jenny, who gave the Beastway team one of her National Championship jersey’s and which hangs to this day on my wall. Here she is in week 9 as guest race starter (she jumped in once they were all away) – 2006
The tomb of the Vassallo family is worth a visit alone and features mother Vassallo with her handbag
Jack Finch in 2013
Paul Douglas leads Luton CC team mate Gavin Rumbles – 2005.
On Vauxhall beach, yes it’s the seaside as far as Teddington Lock I believe. 28 Challenge Roubaix’s feature on my summer cross bike.
A more personal side of life on the Thames, an old toy marble, a little shard of crockery and clay pipes, the latter being the cheap smoke of the day
Weirdly a bit of this section of the Berlin Wall I snapped in 1991 looks like it’s outside the Imperial War Museum in London now
There are gravel trails shooting off in all directions
Bikes have right of way
2003 Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry- 2002
SKY road pro Ian Stannard (left) and riders such as Laura Trott, Alex Dowsett, Jo Rowsell, Bradley Wiggins and Ben Swift knew Eastway well 2005
And in 2002 with a few subtle differences
Cocktail sticks shaped like the East Berlin TV tower
Sankt Andreasberg has some of the steepest roads in Germany
A sort of metaphor for parts of the Harz, nature begins to reclaim the Rehbergklinik
Lincoln Romain and Brixton Cycles may be based in south London but they supported Beastway for 19 years!! – 2006
Daniel Kogan leads the pack up Oxo Hill – 2006.
The wall once pushed right up to the Reichstag but has been demolished here 1991
Russell Jones hits the coal dust in 2011
The late and much missed John Ibbotson leads a break up Oxo Hill 2002
National Trophy action in 2003 OH and it rained, a lot!
Olympic mega-star Laura Trott in 2006 and main picture above at Cleary’s in 2005
…. they scared the hell out of people when they popped up without warning.
Multiple British MTB Champion Jenny Copnall was a legend at Eastway – 2002.
A typical Eastway sprint finish in 2006
I bet it feels spooky at night
The Thames tamed at Vauxhall
New Concordia Wharf, just imagine the chimney spewing smoke
Once blighted by raw sewage and pollution the entrance to the River Neckinger and the infamous Jacobs Island Rookery – “literally the smell of a graveyard”
An ancient wood which meant falling timber at times
Tony Bartlett at Frylands Wood at the Sydenham Wheelers London League on 14 11 1976. Note the French noir like action in the background
The war section of the cemetery with the WW1 victims to the left and the greater number of WW2 dead to the right, most having died in the final fight for the Harz in April 1945. Sankt Andreasberg saw a fierce engagement
Dominic Gabbellini was a prolific winner and he always raced on the lightest Condor possible – 2006
A picture of a picture by Geoff Waugh he exhibited in London
Ian Cleverly editor of Rouleur also pictured in 2006
Turn left and onto an old abandoned road
Tour de France star Stuart O’Grady enjoys the heady atmosphere of the Centenary Good Friday Track meeting at Herne Hill in 2003
The Royal Aquarium hosted some of the earliest ‘London Six Day’ races and featured races for women
My winter cross bike a Trek X02 pictured in 2018
Real pave and at times very tricky
A US P-47 Thunderbolt in Luftwaffe markings and behind a P-51 Mustang being put back together at Gottingen-Weende
Wendy Manning killed by enemy action aged 1
Gary Baker shows what it took to win at Eastway 2002
Old Eastway was a wonderful place and this is all that remains of the road and off road circuits at the London Olympic Park.
Steve Hamblin leads out the race at Cleary’s at round one of the 2006/07 season..
A huge debris field of nails, bolts and screws on the Greenwich foreshore
– The super steep abandoned Oder Valley Railway line that once was the longest rack and pinion line in Germany with just the station and a steep gravel path left to bear witness to it (I bet they wished they hadn’t closed it in the 50’s)