The formation and the first year
The Forty Plus CC was founded by Cecil Cooke. Cecil Cooke was an enthusiastic club cyclist who who was President of the Hertfordshire DA of the CTC, from soon after its inception in 1928 to May 1937. He was also the first secretary of the Veterans Time Trials Assoication (VTTA), established in 1943. Cecil Cooke proposed the VTTA be opened to women but this was turned down. In February 1951, he therefore wrote to the magazine “Cycling” to sound out whether there would be support for a social cycling club in London and the home counties catering for riders over 40 of either sex.