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2009-03-04

TA EAST NEWS – MARCH 14TH 2009

To TA East Members and Friends

BOOKING NEEDED FOR MEALS AFTER EAST 25

Sorry to have to ask for definite commitments, but 22nd is Mother’s Day and even cafes which I have checked out are asking for bookings.

Both our usual post-25 pubs have had new managers recently – Thelnetham only last week.

REDGRAVE CROSS KEYS was welcoming and does main courses at £6.95. I will assemble numbers of those wanting a meal by the end of Monday evening and try to book there – SO PLEASE LET ME KNOW BY THE END OF MONDAY (16th) IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BOOK A MEAL.

Regarding the 25, it is on Sun 22nd March starts at 9 am on the A1066 at Bressingham, turning at Thetford. I believe the entries are Alan Nye, Ian MacKenzie, Peter Hopkins, Mark Ready, Paul Willsher, Peter Holland, Martin Badham, Adrian Hills and me Fergus Muir. HQ is Bressingham Village Hall, in the village, just north of the A1066.

Our February Meet at NEEDHAM MARKET AND BILDESTON was really well-attended – I think there were 15 at Bildeston Kings Head. This brew-pub does seem to have fallen into good hands – the new young landlord (Nigel) is very much in the right spirit, the beer is still good. The previous landlord (Kevin) was there as a customer –remember he is the chap who once rode a 25 on a trike.

There is a good account of the day on the EAST NEWS pages of the TA Website The following will take you straight there: https://www.tricycleassociation.org.uk/EastNews.html

Alternatively, from the home page of the TA Website follow the sequence :

Regions

East

East News….or East Gallery

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BIKE TO TRIKE DIFFERENTIALS – The subject of what is an appropriate percentage difference in time trials cropped up recently.

I have always tended to the view that the VTTA differential of 8.3 (or is it 8.5) % was about right, but have little hard evidence. In gathering a bit of information I guessed that Peter Hopkins might well know the personal bests of the current top men and indeed this proved to be true.

Thought these might be of general interest:

Name Bike 25 Trike 25 Percentage longer
Barry Charlton 49:24 55:02 11.4%
Carl Saint 49:10 54:48 11.4%
Dave Keene 51:44 55:19 6.9%

To go from the sublime to the ridiculous, my own are:

Fergus Muir 1:2:21 1:10:51 13.6%

More examples would be interesting. Contributions welcome.

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Mention of Barry reminds me that the March issue of the TESTING TIMES has two items of special trike interest – a piece about Barry Charlton’s training regime and an interview with Glenn Longland with a bit about his 21:05 trike 10 comp record, confirming that it was done in the days before tri-bars were permitted.

For the Testing Times see www.planet-x-warehouse.co.uk/?p=4358

Anyone keeping notes for future cross-toasts may like to know that Peter H, in excusing what seemed to me a quite decent time for a “10” (in February), said this included going off-course TWICE. This is a “10”, remember. And his wife was marshalling at one of the places.

I should hasten to add that he didn’t ignore Anita – he took an exit off some huge elevated gyratory system before getting as far her marshalling point.

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Now a complete change of subject

GETTING A CRUTCH BACK TO ASSE

This is my personal problem, but can anyone help? After my crash in the Asse criterium last year Andre Van Bosbeke lent me a crutch – which was incredibly useful for getting about in the following days, and in particular trooping down to the car-deck when the ferry berthed at Harwich on the way home.

I now need to get this back to him. If anyone is visiting by car and might be able to take it, I would be very glad to hear – or indeed if anyone has experience of posting very odd-shaped parcels.

TRICYCLES WANTED – I am still looking for a small tricycle for a lady. Or possibly a conversion set, as Dick Knights has let me know he has a couple of small ladies bike frames available.

Also wanted is a decent machine, around 22 inch, suitable for time trialling. Former TA East captain Adrian Perkin of the Godric CC is showing an interest in this. Let me know – or Adrian 01508 520961, if you have any ideas. He would also be interested to know – even if it is not for sale – the whereabouts of the small Higgins on which he did many miles in the 60s – including his 386.9 mile 24 hour, which is still the East District trike record. Originally gunmetal grey and believed to have been sold to one of Geoff Mayne’s pupils.

BEST WISHES TO YOU ALL

AND PLEASE LET ME KNOW BY LAST THING MONDAY (16th) IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE BOOKED IN FOR A MEAL AT REDGRAVE CROSS KEYS.

Ferg Muir

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