Below is the opening words in the programme celebrating the KENTISH WHEELERS Golden Jubilee Dinner and prize presentation in 1953.
Can you imagine the uproar today at such remarks?
Mind you this is just the start of something like 200 lines of printed matter. Plus of course the speaches and responses by people such as H H England, W F holdsworth, etc.
I wonder if they managed another fifty years as a "chaps" and "fellows" only club?
THE KENTISH WHEELERS' STORY
" We want to make it a real racing club, no girls, only fellows." With these sentiments Walter Pitts launched his cycling club in December 1903, and, if he had been spared to be with us to-day, he would have agreed that his hopes had been realised.
Our founder set the example, and, at the Good Friday meeting in 1904, riding with F. Milner of the Rodney, he gained second place in the open tandem event. The name "Kentish Wheelers" had appeared in a prize list for the first time, and it was not long before others (notably H. Joe) Mortimer and W. B. (Billy) Brown) saw to it that the name of the Club appeared frequently at or near the head of finishing lists in time trials.
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