In 1981, Richard Clark emulated Peter Keen’s wins in the Thames Valley schoolboy’s championship and the West London 10 mile championship. That year Miles Kingsbury came close to a sub 4 hour 100 mile time trial when he achieved an outstanding victory in the Westerley Road Club’s 100. His time of 4hrs 15secs reduced the long standing 100 record, set back in 1971 by Steve Wilson, by a staggering 11 minutes.
In 1982 Richard Clark, a first year Junior, went on to gain a superb 5th place in the National Junior 25 mile time trail championship in a time of 57mins 24secs. No sooner had Richard moved out of the school ranks than his brother Andrew stepped into his shoes winning the West London schoolboy championship for the fourth successive year by a Wycombe rider. Meanwhile Simon Winfield kept up the Wycombe schoolboy tradition by winning the Thames Valley Schoolboy Circuit Championship at Blenheim Palace.
In 1983 Richard Clark looked an almost certain medalist in the National Junior ‘25’ championship having recorded a new junior club ‘25’ record of 54mins 25secs. In the title race the entire Wycombe team of Clark, David Tyan and Andrew Clark all inexpicably went off course at the same spot during the race!
Later the same year Richard easily won the Welsh Junior ’25’ mile championship in superb 56mins 31secs. Before the year was out he reduced the club’s 10 mile senior and junior record to 21mins 10secs, a near 29mph ride. Richard finished the year in 5th place in the National Junior B.A.R competition with am average speed of almost 27mph. Meanwhile brother Andrew continued the Wycombe tradition and duly won both the west London and Thames Valley schoolboy championship, and then went on to 5th place in the G.H.S national championship in 24mins 27secs. That same year saw Stuart Robinson win the Thames valley junior championship, narrowly outsprinting Richard Clark into second place.
Throughout this period of staggering and unparalleled schoolboy successes Steve Noble continued his dominance in local road races winning the Thames Valley senior road race Championship in 1981 and then again in 1983. In 1981 Steve gained the greatest single day road race performance ever by a Wycombe rider when he finished 4th in the National Senior Road Race Championship in Essex, just 4 seconds behind the winner after 112 miles of gruelling racing.
During the heady days of success in the early 80’s tragedy struck the club in 1982. Lesley Cole was killed whilst riding home one night from a race meeting at Reading Track. The victim of a hit and run accident Lesley’s death left the club membership stunned.
In 1984 Andrew Clark became the first Wycombe rider ever to win a BCF road race medal when he sprinted to 3rd place in the BCF National Schoolboys road race title at Bristol. To many people who witnessed this event and in the commentary that followed in the cycle press, Andrew was the man of the race having towed the breakaway group along for most of the event. Earlier in the year Andrew had convincingly won the West London Championship and the Thames Valley circuit championship’s. Incredibly, for six successive years Wycombe schoolboys had won both championships.
Throughout the late 70’s and through the early 80’s the clubs membership flourished until by 1982 it stood in excess of 100, more than double the active membership back in the mid 70’s period. In consequence the broader aspects of club life began to become prominent again. Tourist trails in the January and February period each year saw massive groups on the road with 50 to 60 riders becoming common on the traditional routes such as the Bicester 50. Unlike the early seventies the summers of the 80’s did not give way solely to racing fraternity and regular club runs were a feature right throughout the year.