Good to hear from you James, and another Jim Guard owner!
I do not know the Baylis brothers, but found this on a quick search on google, so educating myself!
SPOTLIGHT ON SOUTHAMPTON
By Tony Taylor
The long established Southampton Wheelers
produced two top post war time trialists - Ken
Whitmarsh and Jon Baylis. After the last war
Ken Whitmarsh had recorded times for 25, 50,
and 100 miles, of 58min 54sec, 2hr lmin 6sec
and 4hr l0min 0sec. He clocked 4:18:53 to win
the National 100 mile TT Championship in
1952, while Jon Baylis took the same title in
1961 with a time of 4:11:54. The Southampton
Wheelers, including his brother David Baylis
and Pete Betteridge were also the winning team.
That year, Jon Baylis recorded a 4:02:42 in the
prestigious Bath Road 100, but was beaten into
2nd place, as was Pete Betteridge in
the same event the following year,
when he recorded 4:03:46. Jon
Baylis recorded a 1:55:42 in the last
50 mile TT of the season to clinch
the runner's up position in the 1960
British Best All Rounder (BBAR) the
third Southampton Wheeler to have
done so, after Johnny Potter and
1961 proved to be the club's
most successful year, with the Baylis
brothers and Betteridge winning the
team prize in the National 12 Hour
Championship. Jon Baylis was again runner
up in the BBAR, and the team of Jon Baylis,
Pete Betteridge and Ray Holt were runners
up in the BBAR team award. The Baylis's
grandfather Alfred, was a founder member of
the Southampton Wheelers, and their uncle was
the club's best pre-war rider.
In the 1955 Womens' National 10 mile TT
Championship, the Wheelers team of Anne
Mounsey, Pat Clark and Olive Guard won the
team award with a competition record.
Another outstanding time trialist was
Glen Longland (Antelope RT). He broke the
competition record for 12 hours in 1983,
1986 and again in 1991, breaking the 300
mile barrier. Longland later turned his efforts
to three wheels, and between 1989 and 1992,
broke the tricycle competition record at 10, 25
and 50 miles. The Antelope RT broke the team
record on all these occasions, with R.Dadswell,
T. Dadswell and N. Stroud. R. Dadswell also
broke the 12 hour tricycle record in 1993.
The Achilles VC was the first to affiliate to
the British League of Racing Cyclists (BLRC) in
1944, to cater for road racing. An early success
was the 3rd place by Ron Filsell in the first ever
stage race in Britain, the 3-Day Southern Grand
Prix, held that year. This club was superseded
in the early 1950s by the Orion RC, later by
the Test RC, and eventually the GS Europa.
The leading road-men from these clubs in
the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s were Brian Packer,
John Parfitt, Mike Lewis, Pete Glasspool, Colin
Ayley and Derek Witt, who was
tragically killed by a drunk driver
Southampton had its own
cycle track at the Southampton
Sports Centre, with regular
meetings under the auspices of the
Southampton Cycle Track League.
Competitors were mainly from
and Bournemouth/Poole area.
In 1945 Freddie Prince bought
a cycle shop in Shirley Road,
Southampton, and started to build
racing frames, giving them the brand name
Rotrax (his shortened version of road and
tracks). The business proved very successful,
until mass production proved too much for
specialist frame builders. For the 1950 season
Brian Packer rode as an Independent (semi-
professional) for Rotrax Cvcles.
Another business in Southampton was
Jim Guard Cycles. Jim Guard was himself a
racing man in the Southampton Wheelers, and
for seasons 1960 and 1961 he sponsored as
lndependents, Test RC members Mike Lewis
and Pete Glasspool.
Over the years there have been many local
cycling clubs in the area most of which had
racing traditions in time trials, the majority
have since disappeared. Some familiar names
were - Crabwood CC Erramus CC, Southern
Paragon CC and Solent & District RC,
although the Sotonia CC still survives.