The Charlie Betteley Vets Race Championship
In honour of our dear departed friend and colleague, Charlie Betteley, Stafford Road Club is running a Veterans Race Competition for our members who are 40 years and over and who participate in mass start races (see full conditions below). The competition winner will be awarded the Charlie Betteley Memorial Trophy. Riders wishing to compete in this club competition should submit their results (finishes and placings) to the Road Race Secretary. The current standing for this year and final standings for 2013 are as follows:
Andy Prince 62
Dave Smith 42
Sue Smith 39
Adrian Robinson 27
John Charter 23
Rob Faulkner 11
Simon Robinson 1
COMPETITION CONDITIONS 2014
Charlie Betteley Trophy is open to all SRC members who are 40 and over on the 1st January.
All competing members must use SRC as their first claim club.
All members must wear club kit either current or new design in all races entered.
The competition will include mass start races ( 10 + riders to count as mass start ) on track, road race, grass track, cyclo cross and mountain bike.
There will be no additional points for competing in national or international events in fairness to those members wanting to take part but are unable to find the time to enter those events.
The minimum distance for an event is 5 miles.
Points will be awarded as follows:
3 points for race entry and starting the race.
1st position 10 points,
2nd position 9 points,
3rd position 8 points,
4th position 7 points,
5th position 6 points,
6th position 5 points,
7th position 4 points,
8th position 3 points,
9th position 2 points,
10th position 1 point.
All results must be forwarded to the road race secretary at the end of each month with event details and position if you are in the top ten. If the results are not sent then that months results will not be included on the results table.
Born in Stafford on 13th November 1920, Charlie Betteley sadly passed away while out riding his bike on Sunday 25th November 2012.
A long-time member of the LVRC, having joined when it started in 1986, Charlie was an enthusiastic road racer with a successful string of veteran titles including one World Masters and four National LVRC road race championship wins.
Riding in Stafford Road Club colours for most of his career, Charlie was one of the pioneers of road racing on the open roads in the UK and held a BLRC first category licence. He was National Grass Track Champion over 5 miles in 1949.
In 1958, he took a rest from road racing, during which he remained an enthusiastic club rider and competed very successfully in local time trials until the lure of veteran racing drew him back into the fray.
With Stafford RC, he won the Club Road Race Championship in 1985, and the Club BAR (over 50, 100 and 12-hours) in 1990, and every year from 1992-1998.
After his retirement from racing, Charlie continued to give his club colleagues a hard time on club runs, particularly on the hills, and was still riding at least 100 miles a week up until his final ride.