Mark Draper - Certificate of Merit

Mark Draper - Certificate of Merit

Mark joined CTC in 1976 and rode with the Edgware Section from early 1977 to 1981 in that time he was a very regular active riding member.

In 1980 he became the section Treasurer and DA Representative.  A change of employment required him to move to the Chester and North Wales DA area in 1981.  In 1983 he joined the DA Committee soon after coming to live on the Wirral and in 1984 became DA Treasurer and continued to do that job very efficiently until 1995.  During the latter part of 1995 he had moved to Whitchurch in the neighbouring DA.  He continued on the DA Committee for a further year after giving up the Treasurer’s position and became DA Auditor.  During the time he served on the committee he organised or helped organise the heats of the BCTC and also took on the position of DA Registration Officer.

In 1994 mark responded to an appeal in Cycletouring for someone to take the DATC into the electronic age.  Up until then the competition had been a total manual process.  During the latter part of 1994 and into 1995 discussions took place about the requirements needed to make the competition compilations fully electronic.  So in 1995 the first version of the system was produced to cover the season’s events programme and carry out the calculations as required by the DATC Coordinator.  Since then there have been many versions of the programme, which have responded to the changing demands of the competition.  The setting up of the CTC competitions website was another big step forward along with event organisers being able to submit their results electronically.  The website contains details of the DATC, Mille Miglia, BCQ and CTC Bar Time Trial Competition (no longer being held due to lack of support).  These items require updating constantly and programme information passed to CTC National Office for use on the CTC website and ‘Cycle’ magazine. 

It cannot be stressed too much that without Mark’s input it would be exceedingly difficult to maintain the competition in its present from.  His comments and suggestions are extremely useful at all times and the clam way that he undertakes the various changes required by the DATC Coordinator makes for an excellent team and Mark is well worthy of this award.