If you’re thinking about calling us today don’t leave it too late, we’ve got some celebrating to do. We’ll be raising a glass or two to a certain Mr Keith Bingham who retires on Thursday after 40 years of tireless devotion to Cycling Weekly.

It’s an incredible achievement, four decades reporting every aspect of cycling from pothole outrages in your street to the Tour de France. Keith is without doubt Britain’s most respected cycling journalist, who has campaigned relentlessly for worthy causes over the years, fearless in his pursuit of the truth.

He is the longest-serving writer in the 120-year history of the magazine and is as familiar to readers as many of the famous riders he has interviewed over the years.

When Keith first started at the end of June, 1971, the magazine cost 12½p for 32 black-and-white pages. Eddy Merckx’s winning start at the Tour de France shared top billing with Derek Cottington’s National ‘50′ victory. I remember it well, as by bizarre coincidence this just happened to be the first ever issue I bought as a kid.

Now KB has contributed to more than 2,000 issues, that’s in excess of 100,000 pages. Cheers Keith, thanks for everything.

Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly

  • alan edwards

    just picked up about Keith’s retirement while checking current t.d.f. news. Old mate – the Pifco Kid – hope to see you soon

  • Ian Franklin

    I have known Keith for a long time and he is probably the last of the real cyclists working on what used to be ‘our comic’. Keith will confirm that he is as aghast as many cyclists in the UK at the direction CW has taken, that is, away from the club cyclist. It is sad to see CW stuck on a readership of less than 30,000 when the sport is growing at such a fantastic rate in the UK and world wide. Many clubs have doubled and tripled heir memberships but none of this is reflected in CW’s circulation as the contents are largely irrelevant to the average club cyclist. Keith loves all aspects of the sport – a stance which is at odds with what seems to be the Editor’s view. We will miss you Keith and I think now, after buying the magazine (and keeping every issue) since 1960, the time has, sadly, come to cancel my subscription. I will treasure the copies of CW when it contained real reports of the cycling scene in its broadest sense, time trials, road races and track. I learnt my journalism under the guiding hand of Alan Gayfer – there was a man who loved and understood the sport. I am sure if Keith had become the editor, the magazine would not be the mess that it is now. Enjoy your retirement Keith and come and do some cycling here in Chiang Mai, Thailand!

  • John Carden

    There was a good attendance – Peter King, various BC Regional Chairs, Cycling Weekly, Off road representatives etc. Both the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) fielded their full teams to present their schemes.

    It is fair to say that the ODA “consented” scheme, i.e. the one that has planning permission, which was developed in co-operation with the various cycling bodies, was shown to be a balanced VeloPark, with the Velodrome as its hub, with the whole of the road circuit visible from the protected viewing area around the base of the Velodrome. This was the basic design feature. Good quality off road, cross and BMX circuits are provided.

    The OPLC team were given a hard time because their scheme was shown to be the best of a bad job, once then prime housing land next to the river is taken and the circuits moved further East, away from the Velodrome.

    The key feature of the Velodrome as central viewing hub is lost and the quality of the off road and cross circuits is compromised.

    There has been no consultation by the OPLC on the scheme – this event was organised by the Eastway Users Group (those that used to race on the old pre-Olympic circuit at Eastway which was demolished for the Olympic Park.

    There are very few days in which one can object, and planning will be given if there are no objections.

    If you are interested in the Cycling Legacy contact the Chair of the Eastway Users Group, Michael Humphreys, on eastway7506@btinternet.com, for details of the schemes and how to make your comments.

    John Carden (Committee Member Eastway Users Group)

  • John Carden

    Keith has helped secure the olympics temporary replacement and legacy.

    He says in the 120 year anniversary edition:

    Regarding F Edmund Dangerfield who founded Cycling Weekly in 1891

    “We like to think that this man with “danger” in his name would, today, also have taken issue with the Olympic Park Legacy Company and told them to shove their ideas which threaten to delay the completion of the VeloPark”

    And later in the article….

    “I like to think that I helped bury British Cycling’s cockeyed idea to foist Rammey marsh on the sport as the replacement circuit for Eastway – demolished for the Olympic site, campaigning of Eastway Users to secure their preferred option at Hog Hill”

    There is an Eastway Users Group meeting tonight at at the Methodist Hall in Approach Road, Bethnal Green E2 9JP from 7pm on Wednesday 30 March. Both OPLC (their new scheme, moving the cycle circuit off-centre from the velodrome to make way for housing next to the river) and ODA (The EUG preferred scheme, with both planning permission and funding) will present their legacy Velopark schemes.

    If you are interested in retaining the adopted scheme and best legacy, you should try to attend.

    John Carden (Committee Member Eastway Users Group)

  • Lionel Cowin

    I’m sure you’ll enjoy retirement – it’s been good to me these past 5 years. Try the Isle of Man for a cycling holiday! Best wishes

  • HOWIE BOLT

    Tomorrow is the next day in the rest of your life Keith.Well done for all your contributions and articles_pg_Inspire.With the demise of Tony Bells articles on the back page,and now you goin,just how long will I and others, stay an avid reader of the “Comic”,or am I just another “Northener”,who will be seen by Southerners [who are so far away from reality] as a nuisance? £400 pounds for a lighting set?
    Editors opening about his forthcoming “Sportive”,what a joke.

  • peter hudson

    I remember your days as “fringe” in the Merseyside Wheelers.Best Wishes for retirement. Tbest career move you can ever make. Keep dem wheels a’rolling

    Pete

  • steve hackett

    good friend-great bloke! have a beer for me!!!!!!

  • Alastair Babington

    What a great edition of Cycling Weekly. Articles on Keith Bingham and Lance Armstong retiring. It must be a great honour for Lance to be in the same issue as the infamous Bingers.
    Bing takes the yellow jersey though with over 2000 issues.
    A true cycling enthusiast. When not on official duties reporting on the Tour de France he spent his holidays watching the event. I know I shared a tent with him on one trip. But that’s another story.
    Happy retirement Bing.

  • David Chadderton

    Thank you Keith. Your work must have had a significant benefit to my cycling life. I started reading Cycling at age 14 in 1958 in Milford on Sea, racing down to the village paper shop each week. Was a little confused by the addition of Mopeds, but kept the faith. Was amazed by the exploits of Stan Britain in the TdF, saw his dirty bike in Ken Prescott’s bike shop window in Pokesdown, Bournemouth, Brian Robinson, Reg Harris winning the national sprint title at age 54, Beryl Burton and countless others. Drooled over the ornately filed lugs of steel framed racers. Never really believed that plastic bicycles would ever be made as prophesied, how wrong I was about that. Enjoy your ‘retirement’, keep pedaling and soon you will wonder how you ever found the time to go to work in the morning as an active life is never empty. Thanks again from Ballarat.

  • Rob Courtney

    Yes, I bought my first copy of Cycling (as it was then) in 1971 and since then must have read countless contributions by the great Keith Bingham. Hard to imagine the comic without his name in it somewhere.

  • Peter Ryalls

    Thanks Keith and congrats on your excellent reporting over the years.
    Your recent campaign for recognition of the fundamental role of BLRC in the development of road racing is appreciated by all of us who were members of this organisation in the 50′s.
    Who is going to wind up BC now??

  • Mark

    Thank you Mr Bingham for all your great work! Have a great reitrement :-)