TA EAST E-NEWS Midsummer Day 2018

To TA East members & friends

From Ferg Muir


A rather basic edition to remind you that :

Next Saturday is our ride with history – to the memorials both modern and historic to the man dubbed  “The Father of Road Sport”  and perhaps the most famous tricyclist of all  –  F T BIDLAKE –


That’s Saturday 30th June 2018


We will meet at recently unveiled mosaic to F T Bidlake at

Sandy Library, Market Square  SG 19 1EH 10.30am, followed by a…


Late morning visit to the Bidlake Memorial Garden, Girtford Bridge, once on the Great North Road – but fortunately now bypassed  Grid Ref TL164487

Followed by


 Lunch at Jordan’s Mill the splendid mill and riverside tea-rooms on the River Ivel, just off B659  SG18 9JX TL 184430.


These places all in Bedfordshire – but only just over the border from Herts and Cambs.



And to announce the:




Saturday 11TH August 2018 – 12.15pm at Tostock Gardner’s Arms, Church Road, Tostock nr Bury St Edmunds IP30 9BA


That will be preceded by a meet for coffee at the Maglia Rosso cafe/bike shop, 10.15am.

The Maglia Rosso is just south of  Hawstead, near Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5NR; Grid Ref TL862582., followed by a ride to Eastern Region AGM.




Commiserations to our member….


The following is mostly lifted from Mary Horsnell’s report to the VTTA mag:


Ian was late for his 72nd birthday party. Thinking to celebrate he went out for a ride on his  bike…….Unfortunately the Police Accident Reduction Unit was operating in the area and  one of their vehicles collided with Ian’s bike on a roundabout, causing it to be written off.

As he lay in the road he saw a slogan on the police vehicle –

“What did the driver say? – Sorry, I didn’t see you”.


You couldn’t make it up!

A visit to hospital revealed only superficial cuts and bruises, so hopefully he is by now back in action…….As he certainly is – see below:


Congratulations to our member….


Who has won the Fliss Beard Trophy – TA 100 Mile Championship with his 6:21:03 ride in the TA South East 100 on Romney Marsh.


Peter outlasted potentially overwhelmingly strong opposition from Lez Young and Gavin Hinxman, both of whom did not finish.


Proving that he is indeed largely recovered, Ian Mackenzie came second in 6:27:36, a ride which won him the handicap medal.


Attached – I hope is the East Region programme, as submitted for the forthcoming Summer Gazette.


Best Wishes to you All

Ferg Muir 01603 615000, fergusmuir@btinternet.com


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