|Victor Berlemont Trophy Race
The Victor Berlemont Trophy Race is to
be held on Wednesday 10 August 2011 at 13.30, start from Winn Hall, Dunsfold and is open
to E,1,2,3 riders, entry through the Surrey
League or on the day.
There will be additional prizes and the original Berlemont Cup will be presented. It is
hoped to keep it running as an annual event.
The distance approx. 140 km, five laps of Alford and six laps of the Dunsfold Circuit,
finishing at Dunsfold Green.
The race was first run as a BLRC event in 1951 won by Chris Hooper, Southern Velo, since
then many famous names have won, including Dave Bedwell, 3 times, Les West, 3 times, and
Gary Crewe in 1972 when it was run as the National Championships run in the Ashdown
Forest. Other names include Brian Wiltshier, Dennis Tarr, Dave Nie , Alan Jacobs, and
George Edwards and Terry O'Brien. Last year's race was won by Alex Higham.
Victor Berlmont ran the York Minster pub in Dean Street, Soho, much used by all the famous
sportsmen and artists of the day.
The French Resistance had its Headquarters there during World War II with De Gaulle at its
head. His son, Gaston, took it over when he retired until it was sold in 1989. Gaston was
a bubbly character with a huge moustache and great enthusiasm for cycling and at times
would get his Chauffeur to drive a pre-war Parisian Bus out to the events. He was Vice
President of the BLRC and President of the Southern Velo Cycling Club.