Next Thursday, 1st Nov, is our club AGM. Come along for the chance to see how the club’s run, have a chat on ideas for the club, maybe consider volunteering for one of the open committee positions, and vote on club member of the year. 7pm Thursday 1st at Greshams.
The following vacancies exist for next year’s committee:
Coaching Secretary, Time Trial Secretary, Youth Representative, Ladies Rep and Male Rep.
The Hill Climbing season is upon us again, so, as last year, we are heading back to Semer and Watson’s Hill for the 2018 event, followed by the Half Wheel competition just round the corner. On Saturday October 6th the SSR (Saturday Social Rides) will head over to Semer, so that those who want to have a go can and others can offer their support. We really hope that you do decide to give it a go as you’re going to have to ride up the hill anyway. 😉. Saturday social ride leads will be taking mixed groups directly there from Northgate, leaving just before 9am. Registering will be done on the day at the bottom of the hill between 9:45 and 10am. We are hoping to get the first Rider off before 10:15. We really would like people to give support to those as they reach the summit but also don’t want people standing around for too long getting cold. Therefore we are suggesting that when you want to, you can carry on and regroup at Corncraft cafe for cake and coffee before we make our way back to Ipswich, doing the half wheel challenge on the way back. The half Wheel challenge is always a fun chance of a trophy and everyone is in with a chance. Please note the Sudbury Open is the following weekend (Sunday 13th) so it’s a great chance to test those legs.
The Cycle Club Sudbury Open Hill Climb, incorporating the EDCA Championship, is to be held on Sunday 14 October, first rider off at 11.01am. This event is held on the BHC/1 course, at Watson’s Hill Semer, on a closed road.
HQ Semer Village Hall, on the B1115 Hadleigh/Bildeston road.
If you’ve attended before, you’ll know this is a great event to ride, and also to watch; refreshments available at the HQ before and after the event, and also not far from Hollowtrees and Corn Craft cafes.
Ipswich Bicycle Club is pleased to be holding its delayed Spring Scramble on the 22nd July, on the Butley circuit. Moving course for logistical reasons, the route is shorter and much flatter than the Gosbeck circuit which we have used for many years. The cold weather in March forced us to reschedule both races to the next available date in the Eastern Road Race League calendar. There will be the Men’s 3/4 in the morning, and after lunch a Women’s 2/3/4.
The Members of Ipswich Bicycle Club have pulled together to produce an excellent day of racing. Together with British Cycling commissaires, the National Escort Group, and local Accredited Marshals.
A small number of Entry on the Line is available for the Men, and with slightly more for the Women. With temperatures expected to hit 24C on Sunday afternoon, and remaining dry all day. EOL is £25.
Road race organiser Will Taylor says thank you to all those that have already pledged help to assist at the re-scheduled IBC Road Race set for Sunday 22nd July 2018.
He could do with a few more volunteers even if it means only spending an hour as this gives people already working a break to watch the racing or rest up. All jobs are required, catering help with food prep, tea & coffee making etc, marshall assistance and following the race in cars.
Also if you just want to come up and watch then bring a chair and set yourself up somewhere around the course to watch as the riders are likely to go round for at least 8 laps so plenty to see and photo opportunities.
On 30 June, alongside the regular Saturday Social Ride, Debs will be leading a Ladies Ride to Snape Maltings Granary Cafe. The ride will be about 30-40 miles at 13-15mph average.
Meet at Northgate Sports Centre, Ipswich at 8.45am – rollout will be at 8.55am. The ride should get back to Northgate by about 1pm/1.30pm.
If the weather looks like it could be hot, bring suncream and plenty of fluid, as well as at least one spare inner tube.
This coming Thursday 7th June is our monthly social evening at Greshams from 7.30pm. We plan to run an evening club ride, pre- social, which will set off at 6.30pm from the church hall car park at St Augustine’s roundabout. Please arrive at least 10minutes before to organise suitable groups as per SSR- ALL welcome. The ride will likely be around 20-25miles and end up at Greshams.
As well as a pre-social ride, Steve Grimwood has kindly agreed to do a session on group riding skills with basic bike maintenance. Matt Rude Kerr will also be sending some club kit samples to try.