To TA East members & friends

From Ferg Muir

If you no longer wish to receive TA East E-News, please let me know and I will remove your address from the distribution list


It was sad but I guess inevitable to hear this news from organiser Michael Keen.

To quote the TA Website:

We are sorry to announce that the weekend at the “Comet Hut”in Burton End, near Stanstead Mountfitchet, (March 27th – 29th) has been cancelled due to the Corona virus restrictions. We are looking forward to October when, hopefully, all this will be a bad dream.

Also – from Mick Madgett this time:

EASTERN REGION 25 MILE TT CANCELL ED  –  5th April 2020 : Message from Mick Madgett: 

Good afternoon; I have been informed that our HQ has been closed due to the Corona virus situation and, under the circumstances; I have taken the decision to cancel the event. Hopefully this will still give time to find an alternative event, if any are going ahead!     Thanks Mick Madgett. 



Members will be very sorry to hear that Sian Charlton of Lowestoft  is very poorly.

Although only two years ago Sian was still volunteering at Bressingam Steam Museum she has suffered a series of set-backs, including broken bones and made worse by shingles.

I have sent a card on behalf of the region


Now for a more cheerful item – Following on from the first part of John Davis’s article on his recumbent trike experiences,   published in the previous TA East E-News under my title  “Laying Down on Three Wheels”, here is John’s account of his ride (at the age of 84) in


I have come full circle bringing all of you up-to-date on the how, why, where and when you can now find me riding a recumbent trike.

 It is time to consider the subject of the CTC organised Tri Vets ride in 2019, as suggested by Fergus and which led to writing this article.

The Vets Triennial is a gentle 100 miles to be completed in 12 hours including rest periods. It is organised at three year intervals by several CTC groups during June and July in different parts of the country.

Over the years the Essex CTC has achieved a considerable reputation for its expertise in this event based on the village hall at Aythorpe Rodingwith the start currently at St John’s Hall at Mountnessing.

It is a ride of four parts each approx 25 miles.

The first section is from the start to Aythorpe Roding Village Hall and a break for an early11’s. The field is divided into groups of 10 plus a leader and sweeper, each group departing at five minute intervals. A north westerly circuit then follows and then there is a stop for lunch.

A second circuit to the north east brings riders back to the hall for the tea stop.

Then the final leg returns to the start to finish 100 miles of gentle cycling in the Rodings and the Easters, generally gently rolling countryside. 

This last leg returns via Great Easton, Dunmow, Pleshey, Writtle and Mill Green which is the hilliest section of the day.

All the 2019 riders were successful and for at least three it was their first 100.

Personally I felt quite at ease but pleased to finish my 13th Tri Vets.

I fully intend to be there in 2022. How about you?

John Davis

Tidings Hill,  Halstead.


Best Wishes to You All

Ferg Muir 01603 615000, fergusmuir@btinternet.com


XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.