SID STANDARD 1931-2003
"it's all rideable..."
President of Beeston Road Club, former President of Nottinghamshire Cyclists Touring Club
and an inspiration to countless cyclists in the area, Sid died on September 10th 2003,
following an accident while out riding his bike in the hills of Derbyshire.
Sid was an engineer and was involved in the design of Sturmey Archer hub gears. In the 70's he opened a bike shop in Beeston and production of handbuilt bikes bearing his name started.
Every Sunday for 40 odd years, Sid also introduced groups of youngsters to the joys of cycling. There didn't seem to be a lane, bridlepath or donkey track in the East Midlands that he had not ridden at some time.
Many of his proteges have gone on to distinguish themselves in the sport and he could count National Champions and an Olympic medal winner amongst them.
He also loved cycle touring and in the holidays would take local kids to Wales to ride some of the famous mountain passes.
In 1996 he won a Mayors Award in recognition of his work with "The Juniors", some of whom now have kids of their own who also sat on Sid's wheel.
A major heart operation a few years before his death kept Sid off of his bike for a short time, but as soon as he was able he was back in the saddle and out riding again. The year he died he had already clocked up over 6000 miles.
His funeral made the local news, 400-500 cyclists formed the cortege, led by his son David.
The police stopped traffic, even on the busy A52, cutting off Nottingham from the motorway. The "club ride to out-do all other club rides..."
When the Nottingham Tram system was built, the trams were named after "local heroes". Tram No 209 was named after Sid.
Sid's often repeated motto of "it's all rideable" usually came when we were nearly up to our axles in mud but also could apply very well to much of the rest of life.
He is sadly missed...