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Contacting Corallian CC

For all information regarding the club please email info@corallian.cc.

John Talbot - Chairman

John Talbot

Although a keen cyclist as a teenager it wasn't until 2008 that John discovered his true passion for cycling. This was during the training for an unsupported Land's End to John O'Groats ride to mark his 40th birthday. The LEJOG was completed in 2009 and it was around this time that he also discovered the joy of club and group riding.

An experienced ride leader John has led group rides in many areas, he enjoys creating routes and discovering new places. He still tries to include some cycle touring in his repertoire and has cycled the circumference of Wales in a series of shorter tours.

John is a member of Audax UK and has completed two consecutive RRtYs, he is an audax organiser and is involved in the annual Harlequin Hack and Blowingstone audaxes from Uffington. He is planning to ride London-Edinburgh-London (LEL) in 2017.

Outside of cycling John is an experienced organiser and volunteer, he has been chairman of a local astronomical society for over 10 years and vice-chairman and league secretary of a local table tennis league for 12 years. He is also involved as a volunteer in several other organisations.

When he isn't riding his bike John is a keen runner, plays league table tennis and is an amateur astronomer. He is an Information Systems developer for the British Geological Survey and lives in South Oxfordshire with his wife and two children.

Chris Walters - Secretary

Chris Walters

Despite having wasted much of his 20s and 30s white water kayaking, Chris has since come back to cycling with the passion he had in his teenage years.

His main interest is road cycling and he is very familiar with the areas around Wantage, Newbury and Hungerford and can find some lovely obscure places to visit on club rides. Finding new places to ride is a bit of a thing for Chris though, and he has led many rides off the patch including holidays to the Alps, Provence, Languedoc and the Pyrenees, as well as many other parts of the UK.

Chris has held committee posts for a wide range of volunteer groups including cycling clubs, canoe clubs and industry professional groups, where he combines his knowledge of IT and project management, and his ability to initiate change and get stuff done. The day job is running a team who deliver a portfolio of technology projects at Vodafone.

Corallian Cycling Club is where it all comes together for Chris, and his enthusiasm for getting the club up and running to be a vibrant and buzzing group is sometimes scary!

Other interests include photography, skiing and playing the guitar, and supporting his family’s continuing obsession with kayaking.

Richard Preece - Treasurer

Richard Preece

A late convert to cycling Richard took up cycling to support his son who thought it would be fun to ride with a local cycling club. It was a bit of a shock to the body to start riding at 50+!

At first he found it a struggle to keep up with the groups but after a few rides his fitness improved and he was able to stay with the beginner rides. Over the years he has progressed to harder and longer rides. In 2013 he completed a 24 hour 200 mile ride around the boundary of Oxfordshire.

Richard has managed an under 11 football team, been a helper with the cubs and the Air Training Corps. He is an estate manager with a large construction company.

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