Bryan Stout renowned for his ceaseless support for cycle road safety and raising awareness of bad and reckless motorists involved in cycle accidents was ironically killed, hit from behind by a Spanish motorist high on Cocaine and Alcohol, while cycling back to his hotel alone in Mallorca on Tuesday 18th April 2017. Bryan, a Catford man through and through, who died just five days before his eighty-six birth day, loved his annual trips to sunnier climes for doing what he loved most, riding his bike and engaging with other likeminded individuals. It is not known exactly when Bryan joined Catford Cycling Club, but evidence suggests the early 1950s, as in 1954 it is recorded that anticipating the change in rules requiring roads to be closed to other traffic for massed start racing, at Bryans instigation, the Club applied to organise the 1954 NCU (National Cyclists Union) London centre Road Race Championship. “The Clubs bid to organise the London Centre championship was successful and Bryan Stout eagerly undertook the first Catford CC road race promotion since the 1890s. The event became an ‘open’ the following year and eventually, the Club’s classic Brighton to London”. The race was held on a very rainy June 13th Sunday, the HQ being The Fox in Keston, and the start was on Hayes Common. Bryan riding pillion on a motor cycle would hold up the chalked board informing riders and spectators of winners of the numerous primes. Bryan continued to be “Massed Start” Secretary throughout the 50s and felt his dream for the club had been fulfilled, for as more members took part in road races he stated “My dream has come true”. The Stapleford Tawney aerodrome circuit in Essex was a most popular venue in the 50s with Bryan himself a regular member of the Catford team. In 1955 Bryan broke the club Farnborough to Canterbury and back record with a time of 5h 9m 11s, a distance of around 110 miles. As Massed Start Secretary Bryan was so enthusiastic about the Catford’s open road race that he wrote to Sir Winston Churchill seeking permission to call the event “The Chartwell Grand Prix”. Needless to say the reply from Churchill was disappointing. In 1956 when NCU Clubs were given permission to affiliate to the League, Catford CC were one of the first to do so, and Bryan was appointed its delegate at South London section meetings. Catford’s open road race eventually became the London to Brighton and in 1959 when it finished at Herne Hill, and coincided with a professional track meeting, one of competitors in the Omnium was none other than the great Fausto Coppi.
Bryans son Alex has a ‘Just Giving’ site set up for Bryan : www.justgiving.com/fundraising/BRYANSTOUT