I think I am the only current rider who remembers Barry, but there may be former riders who visit our website.

Sadly, Barry died as the result of a brain tumour on 16th July. He was a kind, gentle man and a gentleman. I was sad when he gave up club riding many years ago, for he was always good company. My memories of time spent together awheel are all happy ones.

In 1981 Barry had his arm twisted to ride a trike in the National 24-hour Time Trial, accompanying two other W Surrey CTC members, Stuart Jackson and Edwin Hargraves, who were keen on breaking records on trikes and tandem trike. Riding for Farnham Road Club they won the team prize with a National Competition Record of 1230 miles (Stuart setting a club record of 456.6 miles). (See http://www.farnhamroadclub.co.uk/records/Club_Records_2017_11.pdf, where the name Mantle is also to be found.)

There is to be a private service for family and close friends at 3 p.m. on Wednesday 8th August at Guildford Crematorium.

On Friday 10th August at 11.00 a.m. there is to be a Memorial and Thanksgiving Service at St Mary’s Church, Bramshott (near Liphook), GU30 7SQ, for all Barry’s many friends. The vicar is arranging for Barry’s bike to be at the church ‘as he lived on it’.

  1. Hi Chris and old friends, Stuart persuaded Barry to ride the Wessex 24hr in 1981. He lent Barry his touring trike, fitted with a set of racing wheels. Barry learnt how to ride the trike, not an easy thing to do. Barry was the only one of us who had previously ridden a 24hr race in the Catford 24hr in 1975 when he spent a few hours sleeping in a launderette in Bognor Regis. Barry rode 335 miles and was looked after by Dave Bolingbroke. He always gave me a cheerful reply when I passed him on that ride. He was a wonderful companion on hostelling holidays, always so helpful and kind. We were all together last November for Stuart and Ruth’s wedding. I asked him then if he had ridden a trike since that 24hr ride, no he hadn’t. He was best man at my wedding in 1985, I shall miss him greatly. Edwin Hargraves

    • Hi Edwin, great to hear from you. Many thanks for adding colour to my original post and for your other memories.