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To TA East members and friends

From Ferg Muir


Attached to this edition there should be comprehensive details of the


Friday March 14th  to  Sunday March 16th

It is a mouth-watering plan and Mike & Frida have clearly put a lot of effort into the research.


This is either an outstanding area for pubs or Mike has powerful antenna for finding them – or both.

I think I only know one of those included, but that one – The Bell at Wendens Ambo – was excellent  when I had lunch there after the Crest Road Race a couple of years ago.


Bookings go to Mike Keen – and do please pay careful attention to what he has written – in particular about wellingtons and sleeping bags, for instance.



Strangely enough a CREST CC result sheet dropped through my letter box this morning.

I was puzzled at first, but it turns out to be a copy – sent through several hands – of the result of the 1968 Crest “Open 50 Miles Second Class 50” on the E1 course near the Hut.

And number 24 was Mike Keen’s dad – D.E. Keen (Comet CC) , 1;11;19 at 25 miles and 2:31:10 at the finish.  No mention of his then long-haired son.

Just one trike entry Albert Gravenor (Unity) who was DNS. But on a bike was West Suffolk Whs member B G Cross who I think was trike owner at one time – and whose Result Sheet I think this originally was.  West Suffolks won the Team Prize – medals. Definitely no cash prizes then. The thought of what would happen to the sport of Time Trialling if that were allowed would send shivers down the spine of RTTC club delegates of that era. Third overall, for instance, received a “Stainless Steel Toast Rack, value £1.17.6” The winner and the handicap winner  (J W Cox, West Suffolk Whs)  got  8-Day Clocks, value 5 guineas. I wonder if all these came from Clerkenwell Trophies.

People on the sheet that I recognise as still racing today include Ken Orrin (Chelmer) and John Steed (West Suffolks)______________________________________________________________________________




It turns out that Paul and Jacquie Denny would like to sell their solo and tandem trikes to good homes.

Basic details are

TANDEM TRIKE: Higgins, 1962, 21 inch front and 18” back, double gents, with differential,  26 inch wheels. Thought  to be 32” axle.

TRIKE: Higgins  22inch, (also 22” top tube), one wheel drive, no wheels.

This is the machine that Paul rode to trike 100 miles team Competition Record in 1960.

Paul and Jacquie live in Norwich.  I am not at all sure that either machine is instantly available for inspection – I suspect they are well stored way. I can field enquiries – my no: 01603 615000.





So said our East Chairman when I queried why it was taking so long for him to get from one phone handset to another. Apparently our members Martin and Dave (Cannon) were steaming through the night to the Veteran Cycle Club Flat Section Meet at Scole then Laxfield when Martin couldn’t react quite quickly enough to Dave’s call of “Hole” They were both on those funny two-wheeled things on which  you can’t take the weight off a wheel so easily as on a trike. So the chairman went down and has been subject to the attentions of First Responders and X-Ray technicians etc. Nothing appears to be broken but getting moving in the morning is still very slow and painful, I understand.

Dave and his wife kindly put Martin up for the night and Dave drove Martin to fulfill his commitment to provide cakes to celebrate his birthday (64th, I think), as is the custom at the regularTuesday morning gathering of cyclists at The Old Railway Station Cafe., Reepham The existence of this informal late morning rendezvous is worth noting, if you are ever in North Norfolk on a Tuesday.


NB There are TWO old stations in Reepham. This is the one just to the north of the village centre, on the B1145.

(The other one, to the south, is strictly speaking  Whitwell & Reepham  station and is the base of a burgeoning railway preservation society).



Best Wishes to you all

Ferg Muir 01603 615000

LEA VALLEY HUT, Behind The Ash, BURTON END, nr Stansted.
POST CODE: (THE ASH), CM24 8UQ GRID REF: TL 531 237 MIKES MOBILE: 07726 141 340

The Ash has kindly said we can park in their car park, or on the verge opposite at Warmans Barn.
WELLY BOOTS OR STRONG PLASTIC BAGS (Norfolk Wellies) are a must. There are slippers at the Hut.
FRIDAY 15: The Hut will be open from 3:30pm. DINNER , A Take –Away from Stansted about 7pm.
Michael to collect, then retire to the Ash.

SATURDAY 16: Early Morning Tea for the Audaxers ( wake me up ). BREAKFAST from 8:30am.
Meet up in the Ash car park. The ride starts at 10:30am , heading via Manuden,
through Clavering and its ford, to lunch at The Bell Inn, Wendens Ambo.

12 o,clockses: Meet up at the FOX PUB, CLAVERING, Grid Ref; TL 476 319.

LUNCH: 1 pm at the 15c BELL INN, Wendens Ambo Grid Ref; 511 364 We then return to the Hut by way of Widdington, past (?) The Fleur de Lie, and The Shaftesbury Hut, for news of our Audaxers.

FRIDA will be cooking up a CHILLI for about 7:30pm.Add your own heat,
Will any Vegetarians let us know and Frida will do a meat free version.
Dinner will be reserved for any very slow Audaxers.

SUNDAY 17: BREAKFAST at 8:30am. Depart from The Ash at 10:30am. Via Mole Hill Green and Tilty, for

LUNCH: at The FARMHOUSE INN, Monk Street, Grid Ref. 614 289 , just south of Thaxted.

COSTS: Hut Fee £3:50 per night. DINNER, approx at cost. PLEASE bring your own beer, wine, etc.
BREAKFAST: Bring your own eggs bacon and muesli and we will cook it up together, to save time.
We will supply: bread, milk, butter, tea, coffee, etc.
You will also need: wash kit, sleeping bag, pillow case, pyjamas
.For those tri-cycling to the Hut, there are hand towels and a couple of sleeping bags available.

THE PUBS need some idea of numbers, so PLEASE let me know if you are lunching, even at the last minute

Michael Keen, Mobile: 07726 141 340 E.Mail Day Phone, 020 7253 2370

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