Archive for December 2011
Fancy Dress in parenthesis:
Chris Nudds CC Breckland 24:17
Danny Watkins Anglia Velo 25:43
Patrick Ellis Diss CC 25:50
Declan Davis CC Breckland 26:02
Geoff Frost API 26:07
Michael Wood CC Breckland 27:33
Iain Dawson Iceni Velo 27:35
Darrell Glover NABC 28:34
Simon Atherton CC Breckland 28:45
Nick Parravani CC Breckland 28:50
Leon Cole CC Breckland 29:44
Matt Carter (Darth Vader) CC Breckland 30:05
Frances Savoury NABC 30:57
Roger Graham CC Breckland 31:07
Martin Spaul NABC 31:54
Myles Lubbock CC Breckland 35:08
Brian Foster NABC 35:08
Mark Fairhead (Christmas Tree) CC Breckland 35:39
Wendy Spaul NABC 37:20
Stephen Penney (Jack Sparrow) CC Breckland 37:48
Ian Doe VC Norwich 38:17
Meanwhile, in darkest Bedfordshire, Martin Badham rode the Veteran-Cycle Club 10, in association with the Hitchin Nomads.
An interesting course starting a mile or so from Old Warden that rolled in a circular form to the west of the Great North Road, north to Old Warden, through Ireland and Southill, almost to Broom. Then, just short of Biggleswade, back through Old Warden, passing the HQ in the Village Hall to finish a mile short of the start, but the wrong side of a tough climb. Having finished we returned to the village hall where soup, main course, cakes and tea were in plentiful supply.
Riding his 1936 Raleigh clubman’s machine he did 40:51, which having had the handicap applicable to age of mount and rider deducted came out as 34:37.
Happy New Year to you all
Missive from Ken Joliffe
Thought you would all like to know what else is going to happen in 2012.
It is mainly Norfolk but since you don’t need a passport to cross the border—.
Planning is well underway for a new sportive in Norfolk in early Summer 2012. As well as delivering a quality event and helping to put Norfolk on the sportive map (along with the Hethersett 30/60) the aim of the event is to raise funds to support the local cycling clubs that are committed to organising events in Norfolk.
The route will take in Norfolks finest scenery and as many of the high points as possible! If there’s a hill, we’ll go up it and prove, as many
of you already know, that Norfolk is far from flat! Distance will be around 100 miles with a shorter route of 30 miles also on offer.
The HQ has been confirmed as the World Horse Welfare Centre just off the A11 at Snetterton – this venue has an almost limitless amount of car
parking and equally importantly, a huge café! But we’ll be keeping numbers to around 500 for 2012 … unless we change our minds!
We will provide as many of the ‘must have’ items as possible including:
electronic timing, GPS route downloads, mechanical assistance and emergency recovery.
More info will follow as soon as details are confirmed.
One thing we want is the Sportive Title – any ideas?
Clubs wishing to access the funds raised by the event should be prepared to make some contribution to the running of the event.
Gas Hill Gasp Friday 6th July
It is the wish of the City Council that it becomes an annual event as part of the new Norwich Lord Mayor’s Celebrations. Using the lessons learnt this year the cost has been significantly reduced making the GHG viable on a relatively low budget.
Next year we want to have a more varied programe and introduce a fun element; veteran bikes, trikes, tandems and shoppers spring to mind. The
racing makes the hill look easy so we need something to show how difficult it really is! Any more suggestions?
Whilst most of us would prefer a Crit this is currently unaffordable by us or the City Council but we see the GHG as a ‘foot in the door’ that may help ‘open doors’ for such an event in the future.
An official reply is awaited but on the costs we have been quoted this will not be a viable venue. Region of £600+ per day including 1st Aid. If we could be sure of similar numbers to Hog Hill then it would be. The MoD have to charge commercial rates.
2nd May to 25th July except 4th July.
Go Ride to Elites
This will clash with some of the Ipswich Events but both parties believe there are sufficient riders in the area to make both ventures viable.
Website will be up and running again shortly. Information on Lotus and Ipswich events on BC website.
Cyclo Cross – New event – New Venue
World Horse Welfare will host a round of the Eastern Cross League next winter. The course may prove a bit novel, whilst most of it will be between the paddock fences on cinder or grass it may prove possible to route through the indoor arena!
Spectators can then watch from the comfort of the cafe!
This will partly fill the need for more events in Norfolk. Lets hope the large fields we are seeing this year will include more Norfolk riders.
Tony is revamping this website. Its principle function will be to act as a calender of ALL cycling activities and give new cyclists a guide as to what is available. Please visit and give him your support with information.
Other events – rumours only at this stage.
1 or 2 more road / circuit events + a 100 & 200 k Audax rides.
The CTC Rough Stuff in October saw another 50% increase to 180 rides, just a year or two back it was under 10. The Norfolk Nips Audax’s are proving so popular that entries have had to be limited to 170, double the previous year.
Tony Clarke has been ‘blamed’ for this increase by his repeated emails. If this is the power of communication via email we should have more of it.
Not sure the organisers appreciated the huge increase as it takes organising to a new level but they coped extremely well. The efforts of
mainly Norwich CTC are appreciated to say the least.
Lets hope this sort of increase is reflected across all aspects of our sport and pastime next year.
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