The Kapiti amateur cycling club was formed in 1967 with riders that were members of the Otaki Athletic and Cycling club. At that time the majority of riders lived in the Paraparaumu and Paekakariki area so it was logical to form a club in the Paraparaumu area.
The clubs first President was Len Reid who his now a life member of the club and enjoying his retirement. Len was a tireless worker and it was his foresight that enabled the club to grow.
The club boasted many national champions on the road and track, none more famous than John Dean, who in one year held four national titles, as well as representing New Zealand at the Mexico Olympics. At its peak in the late 1970s and 1980s the club had approx 80 members, with a strong emphasis on supporting college cycling. Kapiti College won the national college teams timetrial in early 1980.
The club went through a lean patch from 1998 until 2005, but the trustees of the club kept the club afloat and now with a dedicated committee the club is thriving with a membership approaching 100 actual riders, organised training groups ,summer racing and two open road races planned , the club can look forward to a good future.
R J Pratt (President)
Check out some photos...
Bob Pratt in full flight.
Greg Cundy attacking a climb.
In front of the clubrooms circa 1977
Peter Baker, Bob Pratt, and Neil Lyster at Wellington Center Champs in 1970 - Photo taken by Max Horncy
Kapiti Cycling Club Race start on Rimu Rd (Rimu Rd/ Rata Rd circuit circa 1976)
Scott Reade, Greg Cundy, Peter ?, Shawn ? (John Dean standing on left in check shirt)
Danial Cummings, ?, Andrew McKay, Ross Kendall, Steve McKay
If anyone has any old photos or stories from the club's past - please send them to me and i'll publish them here for posterity.