Cycling club founder dies

ALBERT Saunders, who has died after a long illness at the age of 87, was the founding father of the Cycling Club Breckland.He was also a former chairman of the East District of the Road Time Trials Council and organiser of innumerable time trials.

ALBERT Saunders, who has died after a long illness at the age of 87, was the founding father of the Cycling Club Breckland.

He was also a former chairman of the East District of the Road Time Trials Council and organiser of innumerable time trials.

For decades he acted as timekeeper at more than a dozen events every year.

He was organiser of open events from 10 miles up to 12 hours, culminating in running two National Championship 50 kilometre Team Time Trials.


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Born in London, he and wife Margaret enjoyed many years of cycle touring with their three children.

They moved to Norfolk at the end of 1959 to run a smallholding at Rockland All Saints and cycling took a back seat until they joined Thetford CC in 1966.

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Two years after moving to the village of Carbrooke, he joined West Suffolk Wheelers for a short period until, urged by a number of youngsters, set about founding Cycling Club Breckland in 1975.

Albert was very proud of his family, many of whom were involved in cycling.

His son Don was a competition record breaker and national committee member and grand-daughter Heidi won the GHS National Schoolgirl Championship over ten miles in 1989.

He had four other grandchildren and five great grand-children, two of whom are already take part in time trials - a fitting tribute to a man whose life was devoted to the sport he loved.

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