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History

Brian Edward Green was born in Leicester the only child of Lol and Hilda.

A working class family, their transport was either the bike or by foot.

Their holidays which my Dad loved, was a tour to the coast on the bike.

Many story's I have been told of the two kids in the street "Ron Parks” and “John Tallis" the adventures these three would have, the rides to the coast, the times the whole street were trying to find them when a puncture delayed them.

Sleeping in old barns on route, times different to when I was young, very different to now.

My Dad was a apprentice plumber and got into the sport of cycling fairly late, he saw a grass track meeting at Abbey Park in Leicester and liked the speed, the banter, the crowds, the girls watching, the whole package…

The local stars at that time were "Colin Hearth” and “Bill Duffin".  I have met Colin who became the Canadian national track coach in the Gordon Singleton era.  Colin was to become my hero and also World Keirin champion at Leicester. Bill still races today and gives some younger riders a run for their money.

Not forgetting the likes of Owen Blower, a fantastic time triallist and all rounder who a few years ago I had the honour of building a bike for, and Lionel Crompton and Ray Dring with whom he was good friends.

Benny Foster who many will remember with his colourful jackets from the Track Champs at Leicester was the track coach of the East Mids Clarion.

My Dad became a very track rider in a season and was giving the riders that he had been watching, a hard time.

He won many races in only a couple of seasons, many prizes that were won were sold off by his Mum to help pay for equipment and fund racing.

And then national service got in the way, Dad was stationed at Beeston and it was there he was to meet my Mum Anne.

One story that I was told was of "Pinky Green” (his racing name) came over to Nottinghams track league and won the 5 mile, the last race of the night. He clipped away near the end.

He came back the following week and won the 5 mile again, this time in a gallop.

Getting married and having a family finished the racing ,a few half-hearted come backs never came to anything.

It wasn’t until many years later when he brought a second hand Paragon track frame that he decided to have ago at building a frame.  A fully qualified plumber and heating engineer and wicked with a brazing torch .

He made the first in our garage, then showing his worth to a few local shops who gave him orders he decided to give up his job at Skerritts of Nottingham and open Langdale’s.

Why the name I am often asked? Well he spent alot of time riding in his youth in the Lake District and particularly liked Langdale… hence the name!


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Track champs 1982

 started riding at the age of 10, although my first love was football, I played for my school team Sir John Shirebrook in Calverton from as early as a second year and then kept the place until finishing junior school. We were a good school side, we won the league!  I also represented the Arnold and Carlton area team from the same age so for nearly 3 seasons I was the best ‘keeper locally.

When I went to Frank Seely I carried on playing and we won the cup for under 16s.  I played Saturday mornings for the area and Saturday afternoons for Calverton colts.

Cycling was beginning to become more important than the football, and I was starting to get some results and did not enjoy throwing myself on the ground as my legs were starting to become precious.

Local rider Phil Wilkins had become one of my hero’s,  as I would go with Lin and Phil now and again and watch him ride top junior races. He would often win or just be beaten by one Malc Elliott (Tour de France star and still a big name today).. Phil himself having won many races, having also been a pro and currently the Vets Nnational Criterium Champion.

From the opening of the shop I was always around and about.  I have seen many faces come and go, then return as cycling never leaves the blood.  Working in the shop at weekends and after school my mate Dave Good and I would ride the Leicester track league on a Tuesday and Nottingham on the Wednesday.

I started riding with the Sherwood and joined the newly formed Trent valley which had flash new clothing and fresh ideas, no longer running unfortunately.  I had two good years with them but had wanted to join the no-one club at the time Velo Club Europa.  Having watched Geoff Cooke, Trever Gadd, Steve Cronshaw, Paul Sydenham.

Dad machine examing.
Who is holding the bike up ?
Dad machine examing.
Who is holding the bike up ?
Trent Valley CRC
Trent Valley CRC
First 25
First 25
Mick Beats Gadsby
Mick Beats Gadsby
Club Dinner.
Me Dave Good Paul Hughes
Club Dinner.
Me Dave Good Paul Hughes
Phil Wilkins
Phil Wilkins
Nottingham Track League
Nottingham Track League
Phil Wilkins in France.
Phil Wilkins in France.

T.T.
T.T.
Club Run. Collin Hearth second left Dad far left.
Club Run. Collin Hearth second left Dad far left.
Ray Dring my Dad and Lionel having a Laugh
Ray Dring my Dad and Lionel having a Laugh
Track Meeting.
Mick Sheppard Dave Dad far right.
Track Meeting.
Mick Sheppard Dave Dad far right.

The club changed its name to Velo Club Nottingham and some of its more notable names were: Piers Hewitt, Gary Sadler, Mark Barry, Shaun Wallace, Gary Coltman, Jon Walshaw most of which had been National Champions.

I look back to some of the pre track champ training sessions which were brilliant behind Geoff’s motorbike and it was ace.  Martin and Richard Oakes, Adrian Adgar, Phil Wilkins, Alan Taylor, Tim Beech, Dave Sheppard, Nigel Redmile, Dave Miller, Simon Day, many still riding today.

During my time with VCN I got glandular fever and this stopped me riding for a few years, but when I started again, things had changed and I joined the newly re-formed Mapperley CC, of which I am still a member of today.

I started riding at the age of 10, although my first love was football, I played for my school team Sir John Shirebrook in Calverton from as early as a second year and then kept the place until finishing junior school. We were a good school side, we won the league!  I also represented the Arnold and Carlton area team from the same age so for nearly 3 seasons I was the best ‘keeper locally.

When I went to Frank Seely I carried on playing and we won the cup for under 16s.  I played Saturday mornings for the area and Saturday afternoons for Calverton colts.

Cycling was beginning to become more important than the football, and I was starting to get some results and did not enjoy throwing myself on the ground as my legs were starting to become precious.

Local rider Phil Wilkins had become one of my hero’s,  as I would go with Lin and Phil now and again and watch him ride top junior races. He would often win or just be beaten by one Malc Elliott (Tour de France star and still a big name today).. Phil himself having won many races, having also been a pro and currently the Vets Nnational Criterium Champion.

From the opening of the shop I was always around and about.  I have seen many faces come and go, then return as cycling never leaves the blood.  Working in the shop at weekends and after school my mate Dave Good and I would ride the Leicester track league on a Tuesday and Nottingham on the Wednesday.

I started riding with the Sherwood and joined the newly formed Trent valley which had flash new clothing and fresh ideas, no longer running unfortunately.  I had two good years with them but had wanted to join the no-one club at the time Velo Club Europa.  Having watched Geoff Cooke, Trever Gadd, Steve Cronshaw, Paul Sydenham.


The club changed its name to Velo Club Nottingham and some of its more notable names were: Piers Hewitt, Gary Sadler, Mark Barry, Shaun Wallace, Gary Coltman, Jon Walshaw most of which had been National Champions.

I look back to some of the pre track champ training sessions which were brilliant behind Geoff’s motorbike and it was ace.  Martin and Richard Oakes, Adrian Adgar, Phil Wilkins, Alan Taylor, Tim Beech, Dave Sheppard, Nigel Redmile, Dave Miller, Simon Day, many still riding today.

During my time with VCN I got glandular fever and this stopped me riding for a few years, but when I started again, things had changed and I joined the newly re-formed Mapperley CC, of which I am still a member of today.