The original Dorking Cycling Club was formed in May 1887 by a group of tradesmen, with over 100 members by 1900. Club runs were held twice weekly throughout the summer and members took part in early track and road races. The highlight of the sporting year was the athletic sports held from 1889 at Pixham Lane on August Bank Holiday Monday attracting very big crowds of spectators. Cycle races featured prominently with 1 mile and 3 mile events for bicycles and tricycles of different types.
The Dorking area was a magnate for cyclists throughout the early 20th Century, with several hotels in the town catering for the London Cycling Clubs, who would cycle down and stay for the weekend, to enjoy the countryside, much as today's sportive riders who come to Dorking from all over the world for the same reason.
The Second World War sadly brought an end to Dorking Cycling Club's activities but some 124 years after it's first conception, it was re-established in August 2011 by Graham Baker a local postman and cyclist, who recognised the area lacked an established cycling club club.
Dorking has hosted a number of top-level races, including the London - Surrey Cycle Classic in 2011, which was the Olympic Road Race trial run, won by Team GB Rider, Mark Cavendish. In 2012 the Olympic road race bought cyclists to Dorking to complete several laps of a 15.5km (9.6 mile) loop up and around Box Hill. The Prudential Ride London-Surrey also passes through Dorking.
The Dorking Museum has a an archive of cycling related local history who we would like to thank for allowing us to publish some of their photographs and Royston Williamson who got up very early one morning to take the contemporary photographs with us.