Seventy-five years ago, Flying Officer Cyril Timson gave his life for his country fighting in the Second World War.
A member of Welland Valley Wheelers and a former Robert Smyth School pupil, the 22-year-old was lost over the skies of France in his RAF de Havilland Mosquito on the way to attack an industrial complex. His body lies in a military cemetery in Grandcourt, northern France.
Following his death, his family supported the creation of the Cyril Timson Memorial Trophy, which was funded by public subscription.
The trophy is awarded to the fastest Welland Valley rider – on a handicap basis – of a 25 mile time trial.
This year’s Timson Cup, as it is now known, takes place on Sunday, September 8.
Due to roadworks and traffic concerns around the M1 at Lutterworth, the race HQ and the course have been changed.
Race HQ is now Husbands Bosworth Sports Pavilion (not Marston Trussell – as in the club calendar) and comprises of 2.5 laps on quiet roads around a circuit covering Welford, Naseby, Clipston and Sibbertoft. You can view the course here:
Race HQ opens at 8am and the first rider is away at 9am.
The Timson Cup is a handicap event and can be won by any club rider of any speed who goes well on the day.
Club chairman Jon Durnin said: “This year is the 75th anniversary of Cyril Timson’s death. I am hoping as many club members as possible will enter the Timson Cup competition to honour his memory on this poignant anniversary.”