To TA East Members & Friends

We have a meet at DEBENHAM on the SATURDAY 19th APRIL and if you want to enter the 20 mile time trial, run by the Stowmarket & District CC that rounds off the afternoon, there is just time to enter – ENTRIES CLOSE TUESDAY (8th April) Details near the bottom of this newsletter.

Earlier in the day, we will meet for coffee around 10.30 am at CARTERS TEAPOT POTTERY AND CAFE in Low Road, Debenham.

Around 11am we will leave for a short clubrun and lunch will be, as is our custom in Debenham, at THE ANGEL – very likely in the garden through the archway.

Details – The Teapot Pottery is at the south end of Debenham grid ref TM174630. IP14 6QU. The Angel is towards the north end of the High Street Grid Ref. TM 174635.

Even if not racing, parking can be found at the event HQ – The Leisure Centre, Gracechurch Street IP14 6BL , Grid Ref TM 16763, on the west side of the village


A subject of interest to quite a few tricyclists. Is beer any good after a long hard ride, or are we just kidding ourselves – imbibing a diuretic and de-hydrating ourselves further?

Roy Prockter draws my attention to the following web page:



Please note that TA East Chairman Martin Badham has changed his e-mail address. It is now


I understand the reason for the change was that the new service provider promised to be less expensive.

However, as it was told to me, his old computer baulked at the installation process.

Upshot is that Martin has a new Dell computer running Vista, and would probably be glad if you would buy him a pint at the next meet.


I’ve had a phone call from the organiser of the 100. That’s the combined EDCA, TA East and Fliss Beard trike national championship 100 on SUNDAY JUNE 22nd. As a member club of the EDCA the TA East has an obligation to provide a marshal at the A11/ B1111 junction near East Harling. On at least the last couple of occasions when this has cropped up I have been able to fulfil the requirement by marshalling close to the Event HQ before doing my newspaper reporter job at the finish, but this isn’t possible this year as bicyclists doing 3:45 rides will have gone home before the marshals at Harling have seen the last 6 hour riders through. Can anyone Help?


Mark Cozen’s photos at www.mphotography.smugmug.com/gallery/4545550_YHWUB#269229846

give an idea of the conditions at the better end of the course in the Spring 25. It was worse near the turn at Thetford. There the road was snow covered and it was difficult to see the edge of the tarmac. At least there was very little traffic.

Geoff Morse and Richard Clarke, the marshals at the turn had a most difficult job, and deserve our particular thanks.

Result: (Handicap time first, scratch 2nd)

1 , Ian Mackenzie , Southend Wheelers , 0:56:31 , 1:27:57

2 , Andrew Nye , Ashford Wheelers , 1:04:05 , 1:29:20

3 , Clifford Tremaine , Kettering CC , 1:12:54 , 1:32:08

4 , Ferg Muir , TA East Region , 1:05:40 , 1:32:44

5 , Martin Badham , CC Breckland , 1:04:56 , 1:42:57

6 , Adrian Hills , Colchester Rovers , 1:18:18 , 1:44:10

DNF: Barry Charlton, Alan Nye

DNS: Peter Holland (apologies), Ken Usher

Afterwards the TA gathered at Thelnetham White Horse for what proved to be a splendid lunch. All of us along one long table .Although I had only 7 bookings, the landlord cheerfully accepted it when eventually 13 turned up – (after a morning of snow!)


I mentioned Ampersand Books in TA East News recently.

Proprietor Ed Green now has his stock of cycling books for sale on the web. See:


Forthcoming Racing:

Wednesday 9th April : Enter-on-the Line 10 at Gardeners Arms, Combs 1845 and in the pub afterwards. And for the following 5 Wednesday evenings. Promoted by the Stowmarket & District CC. Two laps of quiet triangular course. Sociable atmosphere.

Sat 12th April: Leamington Criterium – no entries on the day, but there might be just time to enter in advance.

Saturday 3rd May : TA East 25 at Sleaford. Entries close 15th April. Part of Camping weekend in Lincolnshire see p 46 of SpringTA Gazette.

Bank Holiday Monday 5th May Ixworth Tricycle Criterium , promoted by West Suffolk Wheelers. Trike race 1355. Entry details at bottom

If looking for accommodation, you may be interested in the Travelodge £19 a ROOM offer: [link: www.travelodge.co.uk/saver_search/index.php

The nearest Travelodge is near Mildenhall, at Barton Mills 16 miles from Ixworth.

Wed 7th May Entries close for Asse Championship races (about same distance as Leamington for some East members) – see p 47 of Gazette.


Geoff Booker (Oxonian CC) was fastest trike in 3hrs 6 mins for the 50 mountain miles. East Chairman Martin Badham (CC Breckland) finished in 3-40:26. Started in bright sunshine, he tells me, but as they climbed from Sedberg towards Hawes the moors were covered with snow and after the finish in Ingleton the snow came down everywhere.


I hear that Carl Saint, medallist in the National 50 bike Championship when it was held in the Waveney Valley a few years ago, has been trying out Peter Hopkins’ trike.

Watch this space.

Entry Details : Stowmarket & District CC Rural 20: Fee £6.50 to Gary Buckle, Rosebud Cottage, 2 Church Road, Stowupland IP14 4BG

Ixworth Criterium: Race Organiser: Adrian Grimwood, 8 Leabrook Close, BURY ST EDMUNDS IP32 7JH 07786 618747 Trikes £8.00 in advance; £10.00 on day

Look forward to seeing many of you soon

And if you intend racing at Debenham then PEN TO ENTRY FORM

Ferg Muir 01603 615000 fergusmuir@btinternet.com


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