Graham Mills - Certficate of Merit

Graham Mills - Certficate of Merit

Graham Mills 1949 - 2007 (Posthumous)

Graham Robert Mills was an outstanding example to other cyclists by virtue of his immeasurable contributions to the Cyclists’ Touring Club, to cycling in Wales, and ultimately to the national cycling community.

A member of the CTC for over two decades, Graham participated fully in the life of the Chester and North Wales District Association.  An enthusiastic rider with his local Mold Section, rarely missing a club run, he served variously as its Section Secretary and as its Treasurer over a period of almost 20 years, during which time he also represented the Section on the District Association Committee.  His voluntary work for DA activities and events was considerable and included, inter alia, participating in DATC events (he won the National Award for the DATC’s Best Male Veteran in two consecutive years); contributing to the DA quarterly magazine, The Link; assisting with or organising tourist trials such as the annual Veterans’ Hundred Mile Tourist Trial and the Hill Climb Competition.  He also used his skills as a rider in planning a number of longer rides when, in 1999, his DA hosted the Nantwich Birthday Rides.  In 2005 Graham was elected unopposed as President of the Chester and North Wales DA, which post he still held at his untimely death.

Representing his fellow cyclists as a CTC Councillor from 2004 to 2006, his influence extended into the wider Club community.  He was deeply involved in the formation of CTC Cymru, and in promoting cycling throughout Wales.  Not only was he variously that organisation’s Treasurer and Secretary but also its Chairman in 2005/2006.  Within North Wales, he organised many cycling activities and will be especially remembered for his association with Audax  events. (Graham was a committee member of Audax UK where, typically, he was held in high esteem.)  In all of these ways he both helped to promote North Wales as a cycle touring destination and, by so doing, to assist local business enterprises in an essentially rural area.  From 2003 onwards, Graham was instrumental in the planning and organisation of the annual Welsh Festival of Cycling and had already begun work on the 2008 Birthday Rides at the time of his death.

A superb touring cyclist, his legacy includes his research and contributions to the Collins guide, Cycling in Snowdonia and North Wales.  He will be long remembered as a paragon of all things cycling and a fine example to all who had the pleasure of working with him on cycling matters.