We are very sad to announce that Dave Creasy has passed away aged 78.
If you have ever been to Herne Hill in the last 50 years you would have known Dave Creasy. Whether you rode the local track league or went on to become an Olympic, World or National Champion you would have been helped by Dave.
From the early 1960s Dave worked at Herne Hill for the London County Council (later the Greater London Council) Youth Service, which ran track cycling classes for schools throughout South London.
On finding out that the kids he taught at Herne Hill found it difficult to join local clubs he (together with Bill Dodds and Sean Purcell) founded the Velo Club de Londres as a youth cycling club in 1964. They got funding from the GLC to run a youth club, this included afterschool track sessions in the summer and gym sessions in the winter. Many of the youngsters who started with the club went on to National and International successes. Dave held virtually ever position in the Velo Club Londres and spent the last 10 years of his life as its president.
When the GLC was abolished in the mid 1980s Dave continued to work part time at Herne Hill for the new owners, Southwark Council, until the track closed at the end of 2004. When British Cycling and the VC Londres reopened Herne Hill in mid 2005 Dave was the first to offer his help. He continued putting in many thousands of voluntary hours, often being the first to arrive and the last to leave, he would do this 7 days a week during the summer months.
Dave was a life long member of the Polhill Cycling Club in whose name he still promoted an annual LVRC road race. He always proudly sported his BLRC pin badge.
He was involved in the organisational side of the Clive Stuart professional team, based at a cycle business near his Catford home in 1970. For many years he helped Colin Coe organise The Tour of the Hop Fields in Kent.
Dave was also a member of the Pedal Club since 2001 and was a member of the Board of the South East Region of British Cycling. Only last month he was a delegate for the South East Region at the British Cycling National Council.
Dave always wanted to help people enjoy the sport that was his life.
He will be greatly missed.
Daves funeral will take place on the Tuesday 4th January 2011 at 3pm at Beckenham Crematorium & Cemetery, Elmers End Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 4TD
“Just heard the news that Dave Creasy has passed away, the man who first got me on a bike at Herne Hill when I was 8. Had a good chat with him only a few weeks ago at the pedal club, god bless you Dave RIP” – Bradley Wiggins, multi Olympic track cycling medalist
“What a great loss to our cycle sport and also to me. Dave was a very good friend of mine and I’m proud to have known him. We shall all miss you Dave, R.I.P.” – Graham Webb, 1967 world amateur road race champion