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Dave 'Papa' King

 Dave King & Arthur Metcalfe Aerial 2 day 1966     Dave King Aerial 2 Day 1966 (4th wheel)

 Aerial 2 day 1966 Dave King & Arthur Metcalfe (eventual winner) on Legs Cross climb

 Aerial 2 Day 1966
 (Peloton including Norman Baty, Ray Wetherall, Dave Cummins, David King)

Dave King AKA Papa King

I first started cycling at the age of 13 when I bought a second hand "Mercian" from a friends brother. Although the bike was several sizes to big it was my first introduction to cycling. Two years later after leaving school and going to Technical College I met John Morris a fellow cyclist who was a member of the local cycling club Ferryhill Wheelers. Johnny persuaded me to go out with the club on a winter club run, a complete novice and totally unprepared I agreed. Forty mile later I was laid by the side of the road with the dreaded "Bonk", my first introduction to real cycling was a baptism of fire.

I joined Ferryhill Wheelers and started road racing first as a junior and then on through the senior ranks. I raced for several years as a first category cyclist until I married and had a family, with the extra family and work commitments I retired from cycling for 18 years. When my sons were independent I got the bike out again and started training. It was a long arduous task but I eventually got fit and started to enjoy my cycling again.

Now my cycling is mainly done alone or with my youngest son Rick and his friendon their "steady Saturday morning ride" to Penny's Cafe at Barnard Castle. I've ridden slower road races!!!!

My love now is recreational cycling and calling at the local cafe's for well needed refreshment, I hope to see you there.

 Kildale Hill Climb 1963

 David King Teesside Divisional Hill Climb Championships
 Kildale 1963


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