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.

Ipswich Road Race Results

2015 saw the Ipswich Road Races being a huge success again. The Mens race was oversubscribed for another year and selection for the races took place around the ERRL rules to ensure we had an even field of riders from the Eastern area ERRL CLubs.

A full field of 70 Men took to the roads around Gosbeck before the 40 Women raced after lunch. The Womens field had double on online entries compared to last year, and was a Womens Eastern Road League (WERL) event. While it was a little damp for the Men, the sun did come out in the afternoon for the Women.

Many thanks to all the people who gave up their time to help out on this prestigious event.

Mens result to 20th place
1 Jack Hardwicke, Ipswich BC
2 Morris Bacon, Strada Sport
3 Grant Martin, Ipswich BC
4 James Browne, VC Norwich
5 Chris Guy, Iceni Velo
6 Martin Barkes, Ipswich BC
7 Amir Eshtehardi, Finsbury Park
8 Jeremy Perks, Chelmer CC
9 Trevor Ormes, Velo Shils Interbike RT
10 Ben Steadmand, Colchester Rovers
11 Andrew Bean, Strada Sport
12 Chris Cassell, Rapha CC
13 Micheal Atkinson, North Road CC
14 Joshua Aiken, Stowmarket & Dist CC
15 Stuart Clark, Chelmer CC
16 Simon Potter, CC Sudbury
17 Dan Grey, VC Norwich
18 Jonathon Chapman, CC Ashwell
19 Matt Bridges, Strada Sport
20 Ben Wright, VC Revolution.

Womens Results to 20th place
1 Sian Botteley, Velosure Starley Primal
2 Rose Osborne, Team WNT
3 Abby Mae Parkinson, Team Giordana Triton
4 Suzetta Guerrina, London Dynamo
5 Annasley Park, Team Giordana Triton
6 Laura Cameron, London Phoenix
7 Susan Freeburn, PMR@Toachin House
8 Helen McKay, Les Filles Racing Team
9 Nicole Oh, Les Filles Racing Team
10 Lauren Kirchel, Chelmer CC
11 Michelle Sellars, London Phoenix
12 Rebecca Carter, Team WNT
13 Aofie Doherty, London Phoenix
14 Louise Laker, PMR@Toachin House
15 Gaia Casciello, Welwyn Wheelers
16 Caroline Guest, Ford Cycling Club
17 Melissa Dowell, Braintree Velo
18 Catherine Coley, Ludlow CC
19 Rebecca Johnston, Stowmarket & Dist CC
20 Nicola Soden, Carnac Planet X

Ipswich Spring Scrambles 22nd March

Ipswich BC as part of the Eastern Road League is proud to present a Reg B race for 3rd and 4th Cats (0930hrs), and a Women only race (1300hrs) on the same day for 2 / 3/ 4’s.

Working with British Cycling regional representatives and local authorities, Ipswich Bicycle Club has a history of providing quality racing in the area, and the Gosbeck circuit is quite a challenging course. The neutralised roll out from the Village Hall heads north to Helmingham and Framsden Mill, where at the top of the climb and after five laps the race ends. The course itself turns left to Petaugh after Framsden, left to Crowfield and sharp left back to Gosbeck.

This year we have employed the services of the National Escort Group who with their motorcycles help to ensure the safety of the riders and the public.

Whilst the riders are racing a team of volunteers has worked hard in order to support the race on the day, and in the weeks beforehand. These people give up their own spare time to support this event, and are appreciated enormously by the organiser.

Women only racing is becoming more popular and this year a field of 40+ has already signed up for the afternoon race. Riders in this race are coming from as far afield as Manchester and Kidderminster, with lots of Eastern counties riders taking part. The Men’s race has a full field of 70 riders, all from Eastern Road Race League member clubs.

The Women’s Only Reg B has 19 places left. If you would like to enter please contact Paulrippon32@btinternet.com, who will endeavour to get you a place before the race day.

March News

As March commences I am pleased to say we now have 163 members in Ipswich Bicycle Club, most of which are re-joiners from last year. A few people are still to renew, which can be done here https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/club/subscriptions?&club_id=2303

March is quite a busy month for the Club, so I have jotted down a few dates.

1st March Reliability Rides from Playford Village Hall. http://ipswichbicycleclub.co.uk/2015/02/ipswich-bicycle-club-reliability-rides/

2nd March Social Evening at Greshams 1930hrs, with a talk from Carl Boucher from Science In Sport Nutrition – Carl is very knowledgeable and is happy to take our questions from members.

4th March Roller Evening at Copdock Cricket Club

14th March Annual Dinner and Presentation Evening at David Lloyds. RSVP to Matt on matt@stripteesuk.com – or by telephone on 07738 171909. The photo competition has lots of entries on our FB www.facebook.com/groups/275350485899940/

22nd March Ipswich Spring Scrambles. Mens and Womens Road Races from Gosbeck, as part of the ERRL.

The weekly Saturday the Club Rides continue from Northgate rolling out at 0900.