IBC December Newsletter

Chairman’s Corner…

Welcome to the Ipswich Bicycle Club Newsletter.

The year seems to have gone by in a flash. Ipswich was fortunate to have so many events this year, including a Stage finish for the Tour of Britain, Crafted Classic, Sky Rides, Sunrise Appeal for the Ipswich Hospital, and a Cycle Swarm to name just a few.

The Club has a great membership, with riders participating in Cyclo Cross, Time Trialling, Road Racing and Mountain Biking. We have members that rarely ride a bike, but enjoy the helping out and socialising with us. The Coaching that takes place is a feature that younger riders, and their parents, seem to enjoy in its safe environment. Getting together with other local Clubs increases the breadth of knowledge and techniques that riders benefit from.

The Reliability Rides from Playford earlier in the year were a great success for the Club. Not many riders managed to lose their way following the maps and instructions this time, and most of the participants were eager to get through the beans on toast afterwards. Some did take up the offer of a massage for their aching legs. Some with far too much enthusiasm and pants showing! Next year the Reliability is moving to Gosbeck Village Hall on the 6th March. With 3 new(ish) routes and hopefully gpx files for Garmins etc. the rides should be a good morning out if we get some good weather. These rides are open to non-members too.

The Spring Scramble Mens and Womens Road Races are planned again for next year, keeping with the Eastern Road Race League rules for 3/4 rider selection. The Womens open race is proving to be a success, and again will count towards the Womens Eastern Racing League.  Next year these races take place on the 20th March from Gosbeck village Hall. Riders were very complimentary about the Club, organisation and the use of the motorcycle out riders. Many of the Women travel a long way in order to take part in our race, which is testament to the popularity of our race.

Club Membership prices for next year remain the same as this year. Re-joining is simple, and makes an ideal Christmas present… Either give Jo Newstead – Membership Secretary, a cheque (payable to Ipswich Bicycle Club) for the relevant amount at the Club Social, or go online at the BC website. Doing it with a cheque or cash saves each member the £1 BC admin fee.

The Saturday Social rides prove themselves to be popular every week, sometimes irrelevant of the weather forecast. The ride leaders have done a great job in trying to vary the café stops to mix it up a little. Being a cycle Club we are limited by the return distance to the cafes. Be aware that bicycles with a fixed gear, deep section wheels, and the use of TT bars are no longer acceptable, for the safety of those around you.

Although very cold, and a touch damp, the Club Hill climb proved very popular, with 22 members climbing Willisham Hill, before coasting down gain for the Half Wheel Trophy. After missing his time slot by warming up, Phil Hetzel took the 1st place with a winning time of 1:26.

Ipswich Bicycle Club was very proud to have held a Cycle Cross National Trophy in November at Trinity Park. Steve Grimwood pulled off a superb event, with riders and spectators coming from all over the country to ride a varied course. The Iceland CX team, like all competitors, were very impressed with the facilities and course alike. The eastern Cycle Cross league returns to Trinity Park in January for the XRT Elmy event on 24th Jan details here

All the events that the Club hosts are all done with lots of volunteers who work behind the scenes and at the event giving up lots of their own free time. Thank you to all these people who have helped put throughout the year. It is appreciated by everyone the work you do.

A few dates for your diary:-

26th December          Boxing Day ”Guess the distance” at Henley Community Centre

27th February           Annual Dinner, to be finalised

6th March                   Reliability Rides from Gosbeck

20th March                 Ipswich Spring Scramble Mens & Womens Road races

29th March                 Time trialling begins at Henley

June / July                SCRS series will be returning to Trinity Park

Hopefully we are going to hold a Grass Track meeting at Chantry Cricket Pavilion in the summer as part of the Grass Track league system.

There have been so many Club Members making fantastic results; it would seem unfair to single out individuals, so I have just added a few links so you can see.

Spoco East

Eastern Road Race League

Womens Eastern Racing League

ICA Series Results

Suffolk Cycle Racing Series.

Eastern Cycle Cross League

And finally,

Happy Christmas and holiday season everyone. Hope to see you at the Club Social at Gresham’s on 4th Jan.

Happy Cycling

Paul Rippon.

Coached Training – 12th Dec

Saturday 12th Dec
Foxhall Stadium Ipswich

Autumn/Winter sessions will all be offroad where a Mountain or Cyclo Cross bike will be required. Sessions will look at core bike handling skills and combine mini race scenarios giving a good workout. Sessions work around and support entries to the Eastern Cyclo Cross League.

The session runs from 10am-12noon for riders aged 7yrs+ with Adults most welcome.

Don‘t forget your bicycle (in full working order), helmet, drink, £3.00 per rider and appropriate clothing for the weather.

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