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Jim Case - pictorial reminiscences from 1948/9 

Author Jim Case

Jim Case rode in the East London CC during 1948/9:

When I was not racing on Sundays I would be riding with East London CC, on occasions with hard riders Harry Burville, Clive Parker, Dennis Talbot. etc. from the Paris team (and would I suffer).

During the week we rode evenings. On Mondays I would ride to the cyclists' hang-out at the Alfa cafe in Epping Road. How the owners put up with the noise I don't know. Tuesdays were usually the same.

On Wednesday we would meet up at Little Heath on Southend Road and do a hard training ride Dave Robinson would be with us - I went to school with him. We would again finish at the Alfa cafe. We called a hill near Epping 'the wall' because it was one in four!
On Thursday we were back to the Alfa cafe and usually took a ride to another cafe in Potters Street, which was another cyclists favourite not far from Matching Green. Afterwards, there would be a blind back to the Alfa cafe.
Friday, I believe, we went to a club house at Upshire Good Intent near to the Wake Arms off Epping Road. We had a set of rollers there (Dennis Talbot could confirm). On Saturdays we would have a tour of bike shops in the area.
In November 1949 I was called-up  for National Service.  After three months basic training at Padgate and six months trade school at Melksham this was the end of my cycling.

Jim now lives in Australia and would like to contact any of his old cycling friends.

1 - Mass-start racing on perimeter track at the old airfield (main runway in background) at Matching Green, Essex 1948/9
Jim Case on right with his Leach Marathon with Osgear and Major Taylor stem

2 - Another shot of Jim on the L M - no Major Taylor stem here

3 - Jim leads off at the start of the East London CC Team Time Trial

4 - Approaching the finish of the TTT on the Southend Road - Jim on left still driving on for the last few yards.
Rider in centre sitting up and on right already undoing straps.

5 - Jim leading into the hairpin in the Finsbury Park Massed Start race

6 - Later in the race, Jim on right, dropping back to find a space in the peleton

7 - Jim chasing hard after stopping with Osgear problems

8 - Jim Case on a Dawes in the first cross-country race at Chobham, Kent
(Dennis Talbot and Harry Burville spectating).

9 - Jim finishing in fourth place in the cross-country.
Note late-forties style set-up with saddle virtually on top tube.
Single-speed Dawes.