Archive for February 2012
Boudicca Ride 33, 71 & 101 mile Sportive Rides 10th June 2012 HQ. World Horse Welfare, Snetterton, NR16 2LP
Sara Flatt BC Regional Events Officer and myself have been working on this for a while and are now in the position to announce it to Norfolk and the World as entries go live via British Cycling on 1st March.
Sportives in Norfolk have taken a long time to ‘get going’ but what we are attempting to achieve from this event and it’s legacy is probably unique – a non-commercially run event committed to making a profit but where the profit is used to provide support to local cycling clubs and local charities.
Two charities have agreed that our proposal is beneficial to them. We will be using World Horse Welfare as the event HQ – this is a great location just off the A11 with plenty of car parking space, good access to quiet roads and a large café. We are also supporting the East Anglian Air Ambulance and using their publicity expertise and database to reach out to recreational cyclists in the Region.
The sportive and the publicity around it will be a vehicle to raise awareness and raise the profile of our sport with the general public. We want clubs to benefit by increasing publicity for all our cycling activities from club runs to racing. And, importantly we will generate a ‘club fund’ to encourage and support new competitive events in the area.
Naturally such an event cannot be run without quite a bit of help on the day which, as you correctly guessed, is why I am writing to you! Help us to help yourselves is probably a good way of describing it.
We need marshals at HQ and out on the route, people to put up and take down the route signs, people to man the refreshment stops and people to drive sag wagons. We don’t need 100′s, if we get 20 that will be ample. If you agree to help, we will pay you a pre-determined amount. If you wish to Ride the Sportive and can find a willing helper we will pay them and you will get a substantial refund on your entry fee.
I have previously asked all Norfolk clubs with a similar inducement if they want to help and to date I have 3 definite and 1 probable.
So please consider our proposals, circulate all your friends and reply asap please.
Event is now on:-
and several others shortly.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ring or email
01953 681755 or firstname.lastname@example.org Regards Ken Jolliffe
The CTT handbook and website incorrectly lists the event organisers phone number for both the open TTs (24th March & 9th June).
The correct number for both events is 01394 385281, all other details in the handbook are correct.
The start sheet for the Open 10 on the revised Hingham – Watton course is attached.
If you are able to add yourself to Mark’s team of helpers then contact him on 01953 607594 or email@example.com .
In the second phase of his attempt at an RRTY award (Randonée Round the Year) Martin Badham rode from the Travelodge where he had spent the night to the start in Bedford, a little longer than necessary due to a dispute with his GPS. Therefore I arrived to find the bunch had already departed so rapidly picked up my Brevet card and set off in pursuit. The route westwards out of Bedford gradually climbs up to Chichley Hill roundabout and Newport Pagnall and two more late starters overtook me along here. Through Wolverton to Old Stratford where I took my first, planned, deviation from the route. The Official Route was all on A and B roads and I thought to use some lanier alternatives. The first took me along a cycle-path that crossed the big roundabout on the A421 by a flyover. The cycle-path was fairly clear of snow and ice but the metal flyover was covered in irregular ice. The trike made it over after a fairly rough ride, then onto the lanes heading for Wicken and Maids Moreton, then a short piece of main road into Buckingham for the first control. All controls were free, meaning that proof of passage could be obtained by producing a till receipt from any shop, café or ATM. Buckingham appears to exist in a different century, the centre of town was absolutely quiet with nary a shop open. Eventually I spotted a convenience store where I bought some biscuits but had to ask the shop lady for a receipt which she produced with a quizzical look. As I sorted myself out before setting off again two of my tricycling colleagues whizzed by with greetings hanging in the air. They disappeared around the corner and by the time I had gathered my wits and set off were out of sight. I caught a glance of them as they exited the roundabout at the top of the next, long, hill and didn’t see them again until the finish. Reverting to the Official Route along the A4095 around the Bicester ring road and off on Lane Variation 3 along part of the Akeman Street. This proved to be a sluggish plug into the slight but nagging head-wind. Back on the A4095 and resolved to stick to the OR for the rest of the day to Witney and the final few kilometres along the A40 to the Little Chef at Burford. Replete with eggs and beans on toast, ordered, eaten and paid for in 12 minutes, I set off on the return leg. The views from the A40 of Cotswold valleys below the ridge were stunning and the wind, now largely behind me was very helpful. Passing along the Bicester ring road I was waved at by one of the aforementioned trikies who had retired with painful knees and was on his way home. Darkness came shortly before Buckingham and the drizzle started at Wolverton, interspersed with heavy showers. I donned my rain jacket and now blessed the slope of the land from Chichely Hill to Bedford, bowling along until the odd climb reduced my head-long dash to a crawl. Its surprising how slowly kilometres can pass at the end of a long ride, but at least they pass quicker than miles. Eventually the organiser’s house came in view and I was able to chat with the third tricyclist before she headed home. Refreshed with tea and pizza I headed further East until I was able to cry “One more kilometre and we’re in the shower!” but when I got into my room I could not make the thing work so settled for a bath. Two rides done, only ten more to go!
Alex’s thanksgiving service will be at 2.30pm in St Nicholas Church, Dereham on Saturday 18th February. All welcome.
The family would be delighted if any of Alex’s cycling friends rode to the service and attended in cycling regalia, and we all know that Alex would have approved.
No flowers please, any kind donations will be divided between the Prostate Cancer Charity and the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Donations in advance to funeral directors, R J Bartram & Son (17 Theatre Street, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 2EW, tel: 01362 699484), or there will be a collection on the day.
There will be tea and coffee available for all at the end of the service.
Please pass this information on to anyone who knew Alex and may not otherwise have known.
Please note I’ve edited the post to state that this is a thanksgiving service, rather than a funeral.