The Maldon & District CC member was behind the SPOCO time trial series

Bill Norris, the founder of the popular Sporting Courses Points Competition time trial series, passed away on September 16 aged 87. Maldon and District CC member Norris formed SPOCO in 1982, a competition that sought to hold events on non-standard distance sporting courses as opposed to flat, busy roads.

“The title ‘Best [British] All-Rounder’ was ludicrous,” he wrote. “The BBAR rider was a flat earth specialist. Only courses on which fast times could be achieved, and days that were termed ‘float’, were of interest.

“SPOCO was introduced to encourage the use of courses where the traffic was light and the terrain sporting. Standard distances were not necessary, as the competition was decided on placings to give points. The use of non-standard distances made it possible to start and finish at suitable locations.”

Norris’s series proved popular in the south east, and inspired similar events across the country. His funeral will be held on Monday (October 5) at 13.20 at Southend Crematorium’s West Chapel.

By request no flowers, with donations in Bill’s memory to Haven Hospice Westcliffe-On-Sea.

  • Steve Davis

    I rode 2 ups 10’s with Bill in his late 50’s early 60’s on his Wester Ross bike when I was a kid with the MADCC, his big gear windmilling along but he loved his time trialling. Sometimes controversial and outspoken, Bill always had the courage of his convictions to say what he thought but backed it up with hard work and commitment to time trialling and SPOCO, I won’t ever forget the way he encouraged me and many other youngsters in their early MADCC years.

  • Richardcary

    Very sad about this. Bill was my helper for all the 12s I rode and got me into sporting courses. A great guy. I miss him.

  • Rupert the Super Bear

    I’m very sad to hear of Bill’s death.
    His son Johnny was a good mate of mine. We rode the National 25 together a few weeks before Johnny’s untimely death at the hands of a hit and run driver. I believe I’m right in saying that this was one of the driving forces behind Bill’s creation of the SPOCO events.