To TA East members and friends

From Ferg Muir

East Anglian recipients of TA East E-News will already have been reminded of the East AGM on Saturday (6th), so I will confine myself to saying we hope as many members as possible will attend to avoid difficulties over a quorum, and to tell what a lovely place we are having coffee at beforehand – The Wortham Tea Rooms. A traditional building, very much hidden by big trees – so keep your eyes skinned for the big white teapot on the A143.

Coffee: 10.30, ish

AGM at Stoke Ash: Noon, prompt.



ALAN NYE – I was pleased to receive a phone call from “Mrs P” telling me that Alan is getting on OK following his fall in Halesworth and managing to get about. We heartily wish him a speedy recovery.


GEORGE ARNOT – Not quite such good news – I’ve just been talking to George, of the North Road CC, who has recently moved to the Hinckley area to be nearer his family

He had an accident recently, coming off his bike in Market Bosworth and ending up with an arm between some iron railings and an awkwardly broken humerus – at age 82. But he seems remarkably cheerful. Doing half an hour a day on the turbo to keep fit.

Sadly, he has decided to sell his trikes – including the one that used to be his friend H R Morris’s personal machine – see below.


MARCUS HOPKINS – More commiserations due here. Another one who has fallen off his bicycle, I believe.



Sorry that I wasn’t quick enough to tell you that last week Cycling Weekly ran a five-page feature on the clubhuts at Ugley near the E1 time trial start. The article was centred on the Lea Valley Hut and featured Mike Keen’s brother Don and the bacon butties he does for events based there. Trike riders will have the chance to try these on Sunday 5th October when the TA East Autumn 25 is based there – with accommodation available.

Just to remind everyone of the details: Sunday 5th October

East 25 on E1/25B at Quendon , Essex. Entry £8.50, Mike Keen – 13 Benn St, London E9 5SU  Accommodation available at the Lea Valley CC Comet  Hut. at Burton End.

Refreshments after finish at the Lea Valley CC’s other hut near Ugley Grid Ref TL526295.

If you come to the AGM there should be a copy of the Ugley Huts issue of Cycling Weekly to distract you.



TRIKES FOR SALE – news of several have come to my attention:

Mick Butler (in Wistow, nr Huntingdon)  is selling two trikes for George Arnot:

H R Morris – formerly the builder’s personal machine – yellow, recently updated to TWD by Trykit £750

George Longstaff  – TWD £550.

Both said to be 23.5 or 24 inch frames. Contact Mick on 01455 846808 for details, or email him at classiclightweights@gmail.com


Ken Rogers step-through (ladies) frame in Ipswich

This machine is at the Green Bike Project on the north side of Christchurch Park,

Speak to Dave 07905 336111  9am- 3pm M-F + Sat morning


Still available, I believe: Trike and separate Conversion.  John Malseed has answered the Huffey family’s request for help with Dave Huffey’s (Chuff’s) machines.

John says:

His trike is very poor it is not an Ephgrave frame, rear end is okay….If you could advertise it for around £75 .  There is also a Higgins conversion axle with support stays missing – you could advertise this around £45. Contact John – in Dedham – at jpmvictor@hotmail.co.uk  01206 323334.


Nothing to do with trikes……. but I was struck with this from “Domestique” Charly Wegelius’s autobiography, ghosted by Tom Southam, (Ebury Press, £8.99)

The Italian style of racing is……a culmination of geography, history, aesthetics, passion, celebrity and that deep seated Italian desire to see something beautiful.


The race routes never follow common sense: why would you, if you could deviate, take in a climb with a picturesque backdrop or go past a historic chapel? The racing keeps the riders on their toes and in touch with the history of their sport.,….Italian races are tailored in the same way that Italians like to tailor everything: perfectly designed to get the best out of the riders and the environment.

The race routes will take account of what the weather will be doing and where the sunlight will fall.

It’s no accident that the races that bookend the Italian season – Milan San Remo and Lombardia – have such beautifully lit finishes; the spring sunshine bathes the finish of the first and the autumn light fades luxuriantly on the last.


Finally, thanks to Gwyneth & Pete Holland for details of the:

Lincoln Wheelers Trike and Tandem Weekend 2014

(Please contact Peter Holland 01526 322633 for full itinerary for the weekend)


Saturday afternoon 11th October 10 mile event.

Sunday morning 12th October 25 mile event.      Closing dates Tuesday 30th September 2012


Social Weekend Programme all welcome including those not riding events

Saturday 11th October from 4.00pm after the event: Bernard Rosen Memorial ride and tea party £5.00 per person.

Evening meal: Pride of Lincoln, Streak House on A46

NB Bookings for tea party and evening meal to Peter Holland by 5th October please

Sunday 13th October: Lunchtime meal will be available no need to book

ACCOMMODATION B&B available at tea venue at South Scarle – (tel 01636 892349)

Nearby Hotels: Ibis Hotel, Lincoln www.accorhotels.com Travelodge www.travelodge.co.uk

There are also other B&B’s and camping available in the area

NB All booking of accommodation must be done direct with venue




Ferg Muir  01603 615000  fergusmuir@btinternet.com


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