To TA East Members & Friends

From Fergus Muir


It is time to plan for Somerset

Entries close on Monday (7th June) for the 2010 TA Championship Criterium on Sat 19th June at Merryfield, Ilton near Ilminster, just off the A303.

So it is more than time to post your entry

The organiser has specified a minimum of 10 entries for the trike event, so entries are urgently requested. Entry fee is £15

The Race Organiser is :
Miss Anna Ellington
48 Behind Berry
TA11 6JS
01458 272242

If, like me you have missed the last post collection before the weekend (which these days seems not long after breakfast on Saturday), perhaps after posting you entry, an email to Miss Ellington and to TA Crit League Co-ordinator Ian Matthews might be a good idea.

I have just bought a new map of the area (OS Landranger 193) and the country round about looks ravishingly beautiful. The journey should be very worthwhile.

If you look at the website of the campsite near Langport that Ian suggests you can see how it sits right up high with a view across the Somerset Levels. Ian promises a clubrun there on Sunday.

(I notice the campsite advertises 2 bedroom static caravans for hire to Over 55s at a special price of £200 for a week (based on 2 people)- I would be interested to hear from anyone who might come in with me on this – Ferg 01603 615000)

Now, as headlined on the TA Website, here is an urgent note regarding this year’s

Fliss Beard 100 trike championship on July 11th at Attleborough in Norfolk.

Because this is being held alongside the CTT 100 Championship (a rare priviledge, I suspect) the closing date has to match –that is THREE WEEKS IN ADVANCE – Sun 20th June.

In retrospect, a non-standard closing date indicator should have been added when details went to press, but the thought didn’t occur last October

Do please pass this on to anyone who might be thinking of entering.

See the Activities Section of the TA Website for details of a nearby campsite and pre-event social.

Regarding the B100/4 course to be used for the Fliss Beard, it worth mentioning that last year Ralph Dadswell’s winning trike time was 4:16:10, and East member Adrian Perkin did 4:43:38.

I have just come back from watching these two do 4:45:13 and 5:9:42 respectively on the D100/2 in the Anfield 100, in quite decent conditions.

Thinking again of the CRITERIUM LEAGUE, after Ilton we move from the west to the east – the next two counting events are the back-to-back grass track meetings at Bredfield, near Woodbridge in Suffolk on Saturday 3rd July and at Colchester on Sunday 4th.

As last year, camping will be possible after the event at Bredfield and there will be a coffee meet beforehand by the tideway at Woodbridge and an evening meet at Hasketon, deep in Edward Fitzgerald country on Saturday evening.

For getting home after the Colchester Rovers meeting, it is worth noting that the dual carriageway A12 joins Colchester to the A14 and hence to Cambridge and the Midlands, or in the other direction, to the M25..

Turning to more local meets, the TA EAST have a meet on a FRIDAY – the 25th June. This will be an exploration of the famously dignified resort of FRINTON-ON-SEA. Those who wish will be able to meet up for lunch in a nearby village beforehand. More details soon.

Our PIN MILL evening meet yesterday was well attended and held in almost perfect weather. There was plenty of talk and I never found a chance to ask our East Secretary Roy Prockter about his natty road vest advertising a beer. I bet there is a story there somewhere.

On the way I learnt something new about tricycles – the pedals are pretty important in keeping them upright.

On the short ride from Ipswich station to Pin Mill my right hand pedal came loose – my second problem with a Stronglight right-hand crank in less than a month. Determined to get there, I pressed on. That is to say I pressed on the left hand crank only and got to Chelmondiston slowly but surely. All I had to do then was freewheel down the lane to the Butt & Oyster.

It was only as I cheerfully gathered speed that I realised that there is quite a sharp camber and I needed to put my weight on that right hand pedal.

The lane down to Pin Mill follows the right-hand side of a small, steep sided and beautiful valley. I was about to explore that valley without the trike. I leant out to the right, probably with weight on the left pedal. The Higgins went on two wheels, in which condition it does not handle very well, and veered across the road before I managed to stop it. I must eventually have put some weight on the offside pedal, because it fell off completely. I proceeded down the rest of the lane very slowly indeed.

Thankfully at the pub was former member Brian Johnson, an almost ever-present at these annual evenings by the River Orwell. Fortunately he had come in his builder’s truck, and he later took me and Higgins to Manningtree station and the Norwich train.

Meanwhile, incidentally, the Chairman was getting lost in the backstreets of Ipswich, and missed his train – luckily not quite the last one. He says in his own defence that he not unreasonably turned off Wherstead Road into Station Street, and I see, looking at a street map, that indeed there IS a Station Street and it does NOT lead to the station. How odd.


I have been contacted by a disabled non-member who has this two-wheels-at-the front trike for sale:

Ad for your newsletter: Newton 21C Tadpole Trike. Immaculate condition, hardly used. Rohloff hub, cost over £1000 – Bargain £875. Keith Pemberton Phone no. 01245 223897 (Danbury, Chelmsford). Keith can email further detailskeith.p@fsmail.net

This reminds me that Deputy TA Webmaster Mike Moody still has a Parker conversion set for sale – 01945 861046.

Both Mike and John Purser suggest that the conversions offered by Bike Care, mentioned in my May 12th TA East News, are probably made by Parker.

A message from National Secretary Richard Bailey: I have been telephoned by a cyclist from Bacton (Norfolk) who has been left with balance problems following an accident. He would like to try a trike before buying one and I offered to contact the Eastern Region to see whether anybody could help.

Please could you let me know if anyone springs to mind as local, preferably with a 22″ frame trike that could be tried.

Can anyone help?


National Captain Dave Hardy writes:

Hi Fergus

To make a block booking for Mildenhall to ensure we all camp together this year, we need individual booking form – sent to me – which I will then submit – I would like to do this just after the May Bank Holiday.

So far we have planned club runs everyday to fit around the Mildenhall programme, grass racing as part of the programme and we hope to have ‘try a trike’ for a couple of 1 hour slots – time to be arranged. No parade of trikes this year!!!!

On the social side as we will be camping together – hopefully – and will therefore have a base, on the Friday catering arrangements will be left to individuals to sort out, on the Saturday we will organise a take away curry – very good discount negotiated and the on the Sunday evening a barbeque – it’s up to individuals if they want to join us or make there own arrangements – in the present economic climate we are making every effort to keep costs down. As we will have a base tea, coffee, cakes will be available all day.

We have a picture quiz planned for Saturday night with prizes!

The cost of camping is:
£25.00 Motorised pitch – doesn’t mean the pitch moves – but is for those with vehicles
£15.00 for tents – those without motorised vehicles

This does allow you to use all the facilities.

The Mildenhall web site does give details of other camp sites – some are slightly cheaper but with fewer facilities and you will miss all the fun of camping on Barrow Row and possible toilets.

Any questions – give me a ring 0116 2675979 or email


Please get those entries for the Ilton Criterium in the post

Best wishes

Ferg Muir 01603 615000 fergusmuir@btinternet.com


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