Clive Rayner – Clothing Secretary
My first ride with VCN was on Sunday 4th November 2001, a club ride to Bungay. Having enjoyed the ride I joined the club shortly after that and soon became used to cycling in a group. I have also made some very good friends through the club and enjoyed the social side of cycling including many cycling holidays in Europe. Feeling I wanted to give something back to the club, I joined the committee and in 2009 when the post of clothing secretary became available I put myself forward for it. I enjoy the position, it keeps me in contact with the current members and a chance to welcome new members to the club when they place their first kit order.
Robert ‘Rob’ Smith – General Secretary
I’m a trained Orthopaedic/ trauma nurse and chose to combine my career with my lifelong love of cycling when I began working on the medical team for the Milk Race in 1976. I worked in the event for 18 years .
I’ve also worked in the Medical Team for a variety of other prestigious cycling events including , National Championships, World cups, World Road, World Track and cyclo Cross championships. In 2002 I achieved a career long dream of working at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester as the Velodrome Medical Manager. I then eclipsed this achievement by working as the Medical Manager at the Velodrome and BMX track at the London Olympics and Paralympics in 2012.I have been a keen cyclist all my life and I’m a founder member of VC Norwich in 1983. Since retiring om working on races I have been involved with supporting training camps in Mallorca.
A committee member for many years and chairman for a while I’ve been club cycling for more than 40 years, starting it as a way to beat asthma as a teenager. Never competitive (known as the mobile chicane in circuit races and just about scraping a long 23 for a “10”) I just love the camaraderie of the club scene. My biggest frustration is that my work keeps me away from Norfolk too much these days so I don’t get a chance to ride with the club as often as I’d like. I’m easy to recognise, at 6’4” I always look like I’m struggling because there aren’t many clubmates big enough for me to draft behind….