Startlist: Jef Schils Memorial

Startlist for the National B Jef Schils Memorial road race near Colchester (Essex) on Sunday (Sept 3rd)

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Startlist: Jef Schils Memorial

Where: Marks Tey (CO6 1EB)
Distance: 122.5Km
When: 2pm
Start: Marks Tey Hotel CO6 1DU

About Jef Schils
Jef was born at Kersbeek-Miskom on 4th September 1931 and died at Zellik on the 3rd of March 2007.

As a cyclist he quickly made an impact. As a youth, he won 87 races. In the Independent category he won 18 of the 19 races in which he started – the only one he didn’t win being the Belgian Championship where he broke his frame. He became National Professional Belgium Champion in 1952. As a 20 year old, one day before he had to start his 2 year Military Service, despite his limited training opportunities because of his military service, in 1953 he won the 293km long Paris-Tours with a record average of 43.53 km per hour.

Despite the many set backs in his career he won 108 Professional road cycling races amongst them many semi-classics. His nickname was “Little Coppi” because the great Fausto who regarded him to be one of his best friends. Eddy Merckx claimed that because his father was a great supporter and took him to watch Jef race it stimulated his desire to start racing.

Jef’s son Patrick Schils was also a Belgian Professional cyclist who moved to England in 1983 where he met his wife Nickie and started Velo Schils InterBike, a family run Cycle shop in Marks Tey, Colchester.

Marks Tey Hotel 14:00 Neutralised start Turn left onto London Rd/B1408 – Turn right onto School Rd (400m) Follow the road through Copford towards Hardy’s Green (Km 3.9) Turn left approx. 300m before Hardy’s Green village at Sylvia Cottages (Km 4.9) cross Maldon Rd/B1022 to Orpen’s Hill towards Birch (Km 6.9) official start past finish line
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