Ipswich Bicycle Club Hill Climb and Half Wheel Trophy

This year’s hill climb and half wheel trophy will be held on Saturday 28th November on Willisham Hill. The Saturday social ride will be leaving Northgate at it’s normal 9am start time and heading to the bottom of Willisham Hill.

Anyone wishing to register can do so before at Northgate or at the concrete pad at the bottom of Willisham hill. We hope to get underway no later than 10am. On completion of the hill climb, we will contest the half wheel trophy which the winner will be the rider who can travel the furthest on the decent, without pedalling.

Following the contest the social ride will then loop back round to Ipswich (varying distances per ride group), to the Cult Bar for coffee, cake and chat.

Photographers and supporters are most welcome.

Hope to see you there Matt

October Newsletter

Dear Members,

Thank you to those who came to the last social night at Greshams. Hope you all enjoyed the informative talk by Sportsmen East. Some people asked for a copy of Mike’s presentation, if you did want it please could you email Mike and he will send it to you.

His email is mb.sportstherapy@yahoo.co.uk. Just to remind you all, SportsMedEast are continuing their 25% discount for all club members.

This Monday evening is our monthly Club Social evening at Greshams. We are pleased at this meeting to have Dave Chisholm from Carbonology coming to give us a talk about all things Carbon Fibre. Dave is a fantastic engineer who started his career in the Royal Navy, was the logistics manager for Cycling & Sailing at the Sydney Olympics & most recently Dave has been working on project Speedbird to set a new world speed record on water. When not involved in amazing projects Dave Runs Carbonology – a Carbon fiber fabrication, supply & repair business. This is a talk not to be missed! 7pm for 7.30 start.

The Eastern District Hill Climb takes place on the 18th Oct. Entry is here and is run at Semer Village on Watsons Hill. This annual Hill Climb is very popular for both spectators and competitors. The first rider goes off at 1100.

Ipswich Bicycle Club is delivering a range of coaching from basic and intermediate cycling techniques, through to preparing riders for competitive cycling in cyclo cross or road racing. Each coach is qualified to deliver British Cycling’s programmes, where riders can progress into competition. Ipswich Bicycle Club is a Go-Ride accredited club, and is able to deliver this programme regularly at club sessions and also externally to schools.

Check out the Club website for more information under coaching

The Club has also arranged some informal Cyclo Cross training for those who like it muddy! Training takes place on Tuesdays at Wherstead Ski slope, behind the driving range from 6.30pm.

Long standing Club member Keith Hill is going to hang up his Time Trailing stop watch. Keith has done this successfully for many years and his service to time trailing is very much appreciated. The Club needs some people who would to learn the art of time keeping. If you are interested please drop a line to Paul Rippon.

The AGM will take place at Greshams on the 2nd November. Notice and agenda to follow shortly.

Lastly, membership of the Club is now 246 members! This is a great amount of people, from so many different aspects of cycling.

Kind regards

Paul Rippon.

Ipswich Bicycle Club Grand Belgian BBQ Extravaganza

Ipswich Bicycle Club is proud to announce …….
Grand Belgian BBQ Extravaganza                                 IBC Summer BBQ Poster
Saturday 22nd August
Greshams Sports & Social Club
4.30 – 11pm – food served @ 6pm
IBC is proud to host our first summer BBQ                                  To celebrate we are going Belgian themed
Prizes for the best dressed Belgian
Come & enjoy some great food, drink & hospitality with friends from the Club. Open to all IBC members and guests
Win a Ridley Bike + many other Belgian goodies from Lefe Beer & Chocolate in the Grand Prize Raffle
Club Rollers – Raffle – Grand Prizes – Cheesy Music – Great Beer – Good Friends
Tickets available now from
Elmy Cycles – Ipswich – 255247 – Tickets available at the shop now.
Matt Kerr – 07738 171909
£10 Adults
£5 Children
Raffle Tickets £5 per strip

Latest club clothing order has arrived

Hi All

The Endura Club order has now arrived, if you pre-ordered garments they are also here. Collection for this can be from Gresham Social Night on Monday 3rd August if possible, if not please phone me on the number below to arrange an alternative.

I still have two orders from the October delivery for Stephen Searby and Andrew Newman, could you both please collect these asap.

There seems to be a misunderstanding on how you get kit. Stock kit is kept at my home and is available only at the club social nights first Monday in each month, or if needed urgently from my home (details below).

Please can you contact me by phone (leave a message if no reply) or email me but do not Face book or messenger me as I don’t see them often enough.

Thank you

Colin Newstead
87 Hadleigh Rd
01473 216388

April Club News

Welcome to the April Newsletter of Ipswich Bicycle Club.

108 cyclists tackled the 3 different routes from Playford Village Hall for the annual Reliability Rides. Many were pleased of the cake selection or beans on toast at the finish. I don’t think anyone managed to get lost this year with the new maps.  By far the most popular distance was the 100Km ride, to challenge the more hardy riders. Some members (you know who you are!) took full advantage of Anna, who was providing massages for a contribution toward her British Heart Foundation fundraising.

The Ipswich Spring Scrambles took place from Gosbeck. This year we held a 3 / 4 Mens race and a 2/3/4 Womens race. The Mens field of 70 was always going to be full. This is a really popular early season event on a popular course. 46 women raced after lunch, covering the same distance as the Men. With the finish at the top of Framsden Mill hill it is suited to the very light sprinters for a quick run up the hill. Congratulations to 1st Jack Hardwicke, 3rd Grant Martin and 6th Martin Barkes. In the Womens Race 1st was Sian Botteley from Velosure Primal, 2nd Rose Osborne Team WNT and 3rd Abby Mae-Parkinson Team Giordana Triton. Thank you to all who helped out.

The Ipswich District Cycle Association  time trials have begun with two 5 milers’ from Henley. This Tuesday 21st April, is Ipswich Bicycle Club turn to host the events for 6 weeks on the Crowfield Circuit. Sign On is at Crowfield Village Hall from about 5.30pm. If you can spare some time to help out it would be appreciated over the coming weeks. The categories have been altered this year to have a Ladies section, road bike section, and others. The new web page has all the details.

With the warm weather more people are taking to their bikes again to take part in the Saturday Club rides. If you would like to lead one of these rides one week, please do mention it to the ride leaders David Boother, Will taylor or Jules Hicks. I can pass on your details if you wish.  The popularity of this weekly ride out means we do need people to come forward to lead.

Not sure about taking part in the Ride London event? Good news, there are still Club places for Ladies wanting to take part in the Prudential Ride London event on Sunday August 2nd. Club info for Ride London if you are interested. It should be a great day out riding around Surrey and the capital. prudentialridelondon.co.uk

The popular Club training sessions are continuing to take place with Adam Keer. Check out coaching to see what is going on. Members and non-Members are always welcome.

The Club has become involved with Kesgrave Community Centre, with their Special Cycle Roadshow– To celebrate the Women’s Cycle Tour starting in Suffolk this year, KWMCC are organising a special Cycle Roadshow event on the 14th June at Kesgrave Community Centre. Ipswich Bicycle Club has a gazebo/stand. If you would like to help out, please contact Wendy Boother.

Keep an eye on the events page on the FB group to see what else is going on.

Happy Cycling

Paul Rippon.