To TA East members and friends
From Ferg Muir
We have eight booked so far for lunch. I will ring the Cross Keys this evening, but I can update them later if any more contact me to be added to the list. 01603 615000 fergusmuir@btinternet.com


The tricycles form the biggest field among the three successive events run by Mick Madgett that morning – For Trikes, Pre-1980 Nikes and Medium Gear (72”) Bikes.
Off from 9.01am there are 11 trikes: A Nye, M Badham, P Holland, P Hopkins, C Hutchinson, F Muir, I Mackenzie, D Cannon. M Hopkins, J Dupen and, off at 9.11 scratchman Barry Charlton.
The Classic Bikes are nos 13-20 and the Medium Gears Nos 22-31.

Best wishes in particular to Dave Cannon, riding his first time trial for 23 years and to No 24 Mrs K Smith (Sleaford Whs) in the Medium Gear riders, who I think must be a Purser in-law making a welcome return to racing after a period of ill-health.


Sadly absent from Bressingham will be Bill Hutchinson of Swaffham. Bill died last week after a period of increasing ill-health occasioned by Parkinson’s Disease. A long-time V-CC as well as TA member, he would have enjoyed looking at the classic machines.
Bill often used to appear quietly among those milling around at the start of the March 25s when they were at Billingford. I hope to tell you more about Bill in a future TA East News. Our condolences go to his wife Rilla, herself not at all well, and to their family.


We have just had a great, if wet, weekend as guests of the Lee Valley CC at their clubhut near Stansted. You will, I expect, be able to read my account, just written, in the forthcoming TA Gazette.
Many thanks to Mike Keen and Frida Wesel for all their work that made it possible.

I have just eaten at new cyclists cafe THE DANDY HORSE, Norwich
This is a cyclist’s cafe and bike repair shop, opened this week at 27 Magdalen Street, Norwich.
See www.thedandyhorsecoffeehouse.co.uk/ 
Looks like being a fine addition George Borrow’s Fine City, and a bit of a drain on your captain’s purse. In charge is Matt Lawford who was a fellow worker with Adrian Hills at the Colchester project which shipped donated bikes to Africa.

Magdalen Street is the direct way north out of the Norwich city centre in the direction of Wroxham. The Dandy Horse is on the right, about halfway between Fye Bridge over the River Wensum and the Magdalen Street Flyover, where the inner link road goes over the top. Grid Ref 231091.
The general procedure is to wheel your bike though the cafe to secure parking at the back. Not sure yet if the door is wide enough for trikes, but there are public bike racks in Magdalen Street just though the flyover or outside St Clement’s Church near Fye Bridge.
Nearest bus stop is Anglia Square.

(This account of Martin Badham’s trike ride in the Old Squit 200 km Audax on March 2nd was originally a hurried personal note to me.
But I thought it worth a wider audience – especially as Audax is popular with trikies but a bit under-represented in TA East E-News. I have edited Martin’s words quite a bit, so I had better so I had better take responsibility, but the “I” of the text is our Chairman) 

I rode with Mike Moody (him on 2 wheels) as far as the northern limit of Hellesdon whence he gradually faded into the distance, along with almost all the other riders. We rolled up to Reepham, noted the name of the King’s Arms PH, then headed along the B1145 through Bawdeswell, Billingford where I was nearly taken out by a post-lady; nifty swerving to the right hand kerb saved me as she swung out and stopped, seemingly oblivious, to deliver her next batch of letters – it all adds to the excitement.

I paused for a bite of energy-bar in Stanfield and Jan Roberts (former TA East member from Bury) who had started at the end of the field also on his bike, caught me. We had a bit of a chat and he pressed on; I passed him a little later delivering a progress report to his wife on the mobile ‘phone. As we headed through the lanes for Sandringham he caught me and we sort out the café at the Visitor’s Centre together, ate tea-cakes and had a hot drink with Sue Gatehouse (of the organising team) . Her job done, she headed back to base, Jan updated his report and I, expecting him to catch me soon, set off for Salthouse.

What a beautiful route: Through Shernbourne, Bircham, Stanhoe, North Creake, Wighton, Binham, Blakeney and Cley-n-t-Sea for a welcome bowl of soup at the Control. The sun came out soon after Sandringham and with all the climbing I was soon stripping off my outer layers. The hills are fairly forgiving, each climb being followed by a long ridge and a long descent, and I made such good time that Jan didn’t catch me until I was ready to start the next stage to Sea Palling.

I left him diving into his soup and climbed up to Kelling Heath, through Kelling, Gresham, Metton, Roughton, Southrepps and Mundesley to join the coast road. At Happisburgh, my GPS led me round the back road to Happisburgh church, and later directed me to Cart Gap before suggesting I take the unmade road at the back of the dunes. As it was getting on to dusk and I was not using my dyno-hub I declined this suggestion, but still approached the Control from the wrong direction. Frazer (Tomsett) did the necessary and just as I prepared for the last, dark leg Jan turned up.

Aided by the chap in the, closed, café offering us a mug of milky coffee we decided to pool resources for the final push through Hickling to the environs of Potty Heigham and thence through Ludham to Hoveton, on to Coltishall, Frettenham and Spixworth then along Quakers Lane to the back of Catton and along Fifer’s Lane to the finish in Hellesdon half a hour inside the limit.

Keith and Sue welcomed us with more soup and tea, Keith (Harrison) told me about his thoughts for helping at the LEL, I’m to be offered the job of computer jockey, and I bent my limbs for the homeward leg. Although my right knee was rather stiff as I crawled into bed, I was pleased how it held up but I’m glad it was no more that 200 kms. Mileage for last week = 230.64. (All on trike)
Martin Badham

Congratulations to Jane Swain and Mark Brooking who successfully completed the Up the ‘Uts 200 kilometre Audax in Herts and Essex. And commiserations to Dave Rossall who hit one of the many potholes so firmly that he split the axle casing of his trike while riding the 100km version.

I’ve recently heard several mentions of cheap bike stuff available periodically at LIDL supermarkets.
I have no personal experience, but it looks as if one of their sales of bike items starts today – see

Book – DENNIS HORN – Racing for an English Rose

This 84 page book on the Fenland and Norwich Amateur BC track cyclist is by TA East E-News reader Peter Underwood (who also runs a magnificent website (www.classiclightweights.co.uk) and published by our member Adrian Bell’s Mousehold Press.

Adrian brought a copy to the door earlier today and I haven’t read it yet, but there are details on the Mousehold Press website.

Bill Finch 25 and TA SE Pub Meet
Martin and myself are planning to ride the Bill Finch 25 at Challock in Kent on Sunday 14th April.
We are staying Saturday night the independent hostel at Doddington
More riders from the East would be great – it’s only just across the water..

Finally – for those who like to plan well ahead – Here is the
Saturday 20th April 
East Coffee at Kersey Mill (IP7 6PD, TM012444) and Lunch at Edwardstone White Horse (Mill Green CO10 5PX, TL951428)

Saturday 4th May East 25 at Sleaford Hope Pete & Gwyneth have supplied details ]

Saturday 11th May
East 100 on B100/9 at Fakenham. Start 12 Noon £9.00. M Badham, 9 St Pauls Close, Horsford, Norwich NR10 3HG Tel 01603 897738
Course B100/9 Three laps of circuit Fakenham-Hillington-Gayton-Fakenham
Suggested campsite: Fakenham Campsite, Burnham Market Road, Sculthorpe, NR21 9SA Grid Ref TF908310 Tel 01328 856614.
Also the excellent YHA Wells-next-the Sea is just 10 miles away.
But this year note different Event HQ – Hempton Village Hall Grid ref TF914292

Wednesday 15th May
East Evening Meet at the Punchbowl, Battisford Tye near Stowmarket, IP14 2LQ Grid Ref TM 024 54. 7pm onwards. Community run pub with good food & beer.

Tuesday June 11th 
East Evening Meet at Redgrave Cross Keys on B1113 TM 045780, IP22 1RW.

Thursday July 4th 
East Evening Meet at Butt & Oyster, Pin Mill, Grid ref TM205380 IP9 1JW , 6 mls SE of Ipswich.

Saturday July 13th
East Wherstead and Shotley Gate
Meet for coffee at Suffolk Food Hall Cafe overlooking the Orwell Bridge Grid Ref TM166408 IP9 2AB. Lunch at Shipwreck PH , Shotley Gate, which is at the extreme northern end of the Shotley waterfront with spectacular views of Harwich harbour. TM156354, IP9 2RY.

Sunday 28th July
East 12hour on B12/3 in Norfolk £14.00 D Saunders , Gravediggers Cott. Church St, Carbrooke Thetford IP25 6SW 01953 884297.

Sunday 15th September 
East 50 on B50/18, Attleborough. £8.50p M.Badham (see East 100)
Followed by East AGM.

Sunday October 6th 
East 25 on E1/25B at Quendon , Essex. (Accommodation possible at Lea Valley Huts) Details: Mike Keen

Best wishes to you all
Ferg Muir 01603 615000 fergusmuir@btinternet.com


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