The Passing Of Bill Thorncroft

News has reached the club that club honorary life member Bill Thorncroft sadly passed away on Wednesday 23rd Jan aged 97. The club would like to convey condolences to his family and friends.

A long time member of Essex Roads Cycling Club, Bill joined in the 70’s when the Brentwood RC amalgamated with Essex Roads.

Details of funeral arrangements are not known at this time, this post will be updated when known.

4 Comments

  1. KEITH HARROD

    RIP Bill Thorncroft

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    1. Dave Brown

      Thank you for your message Keith, may he RIP.
      Best Wishes
      Dave B.

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  2. Sue Rogers (nee Fenwick)

    Bill was a stalwart of timetrialling from the late 1940s to end of the century. He was a specialist long distance man, riding several 24 hour time trials. He was part of the team that held National Competition Record for 25 miles in 1947. Always passionate about the sport, he soon took to organising behind the scenes. He served on the RTTC (forerunner of Cycling Time Trials) committee at national level, he served on ECCA, on the now-defunct Essex Cycle Racing Associaton, and on London East District Council, as well as club committee positions, and he promoted time trials too. He timekept, he measured courses. He provided support and encouragement to riders. When I was riding for Essex Roads CC in the 1980s, I couldn’t afford racing wheels and he lent me a beautiful light pair of 28 spoke sprint wheels with Clement Number 3 silk tubulars (the equivalent of riding on top end discs and tubs today) which I used in national championships and Best All Rounder timetrials. He was a total gentleman, very kind, very genuine, with quick wit, dry humour and always wanted to see just, fair play in the sport. RIP Bill.

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    1. Dave Brown

      Hi Sue, that’s a lovely message with so much detail about his passion and contribution to our great sport and the many, many riders including yourself who he encouraged and supported along the way on their cycling journey, thank you. I didn’t know him personally, however he was clearly a key figure in the sport, not just for ERCC but also for the time trialling scene locally and nationally, i’m sure he will be missed by many who new him. RIP Bill from all at ERCC and also from the cycling community far and wide.
      Dave B.

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