News Archive 2007

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30 Dec 07: Posted results for Gateway's League round 12 at Grays.

17 Nov 07: Mark Cozens has uploaded photos from Broome Heath to

17 Nov 07: Geoff Bores would like to thank everyone who managed to avoid him and his bike when he crashed at the start of the Broome Heath Race. Geoff says, "I'm pleased to report that both rider and bike (miraculously) unscathed. I promise to try not to do it again."

17 Nov 07: It's time to start thinking about proposals for the League AGM. If you have any ideas about how the League could be improved, please submit them to the League Secretary. The date and location of the AGM are still to be finalised but we'll publish them as soon as we have them.

16 Dec 07: Posted results for League round 11 at Broome Heath.

8 Dec 07: Posted results for League round 10 at Redgrave.

8 Dec 07: We have a number of items of clothing that were found after today's race. Please email the webmaster if you think they may be yours.

4 Dec 07: Photos from the Regional Championships are available on

4 Dec 07: Added the missing under-12 league placings from the weekend.

2 Dec 07: Posted results for the Regional Championships at Hempton.

28 Nov 07: Posted start lists for the Regional Championships at Hempton. Entries are now closed, of course, except for under-12s who can enter on the day.

28 Nov 07: Fixed an error in veteran league placings regarding Paul Moss and Paul Harris.

25 Nov 07: Results are posted for League round 8 at Hillyfields.

17 Nov 07: Good news: League round 10 at Redgrave is not affected by avian flu. Organiser Bob Hayward has met with DEFRA and other relevant authorities. All parties are keen for the cyclo cross to go ahead as planned.

11 Nov 07: Results are posted for League round 7 at Mistley.

9 Nov 07: Added report on the Inter-Area Championships.

8 Nov 07: Retraction: it seems I jumped the gun with the announcement regarding parents following under-12 riders. The issue will be discussed by the Eastern Cyclo Cross committee at their next meeting. Until then, the situation remains as it was previously.

8 Nov 07: Updated league placings with the results from League round 6 and the Inter-Area Championships.

5 Nov 07: Notice is hereby given that in future, sign-on for Eastern League events will close 15 minutes before the start of each race.

5 Nov 07: Mark Cozens has uploaded photos from Eccles Hall to

4 Nov 07: Results are posted for today's race at Eccles Hall. League points will be calculated later - we're unable to do it until we get results from the Inter-Area Championships.

4 Nov 07: Apologies to anyone who was not gridded in their correct place today. Some riders placed a tick after their name on the sign-on sheet, which meant that their numbers were not transferred to the PDAs. We will have a new system in place next week to ensure that this problem does not reoccur.

4 Nov 07: Following an incident at Eccles Hall today, parents will no longer be allowed to follow under 12 riders who are racing. This applies whether parents are cycling or on foot. This is to ensure a safe environment for all riders.

3 Nov 07: Norwich City College Extreme Sports Physiotherapy department will be in attendance with their sports event marquee at the Eccles Hall race tomorrow. This is a unit set up in the last year to provide a free physio and sports therapy service at sporting events around East Anglia. It provides realtime work experience for fully qualified recently graduated students whilst promoting the college and assisting local athletes. So come along and see them for pre or post race massage or repair. It is all free although donations are gratefully received.

3 Nov 07: Good luck to all our riders who are representing the region at the Inter-Area Team Championships in Lutterworth tomorrow. Remember that top League points will go to those selected riders. Riders at Eccles Hall wil get points following on from those. This applies to the senior, junior, women and youth categories.

3 Nov 07: Mark Cozens also has photos from the Ipswich National Trophy race on

22 Oct 07: Mark Cozens has uploaded photos from Chantry Park to

21 Oct 07: Results are posted for today's League Round 5 at Chantry Park. It was good to see Trevor Holmes at the race, though he won't be riding for a little while. His injury turned out to be a dislocation of the shoulder with torn tendons. Get well soon, Trevor.

21 Oct 07: Pete Whelan (on behalf of Suffolk CTC) wishes to thank all the cyclo cross riders who supported last week's Rough Stuff ride. Next year's ride will be on 12 Oct 2008, with maybe a later start to encourage potential riders who have to travel. Some lost property was found: if you are missing a helmet, with a pair of glasses and mitts inside it, please contact the organiser, Paul Remblance or email Pete on

20 Oct 07: Don't forget that you must enter in advance if you want to ride the Regional Championships at Hempton. Click here for an entry form. The race also counts towards the Eastern League. The official closing date is 12 Nov 2007.

10 Oct 07: Parking arrangements will be different at this year's Chantry 'cross. In order to keep cars away from the pavillion, we will be using the main London Road entrance, which is on the same road as last year but about 500m closer to Ipswich centre. This is the gate that was used as the exit at last year's National Trophy event.

10 Oct 07: Carl Thomson is looking for helpers for his Chantry 'cross. XRT is a small team, so if you or a travelling companion can spare some time to help with course set-up, marshalling or packing away, he would be very grateful. Contact Carl on or 01473 422407.

10 Oct 07: Added team placings from Saturday's Welwyn race.

8 Oct 07: Results are posted for Saturday's League Round 4 at Welwyn. Commiserations to Trevor Holmes of Diss CC who fractured or dislocated (we're not sure which at the moment) his collarbone during warm-up.

5 Oct 07: The EC-CA has appointed Shaun Aldous to manage the region's women's cyclo-cross squad. In addition to selecting and managing the EC-CA Women's team for the Inter-Areas, Shaun will use his expertise to guide and develop the region's women riders. Shaun will be organising women's training sessions and providing pre and post race guidance at league events. Any Eastern Region women interested in representing the EC-CA should contact Shaun. Shaun Aldous is an experienced Cyclo-Cross competitor and rides for Interbike RT. He is a prolific winner of Eastern Cyclo-Cross events including winning the South East and Eastern Cyclo-Cross Championships and has twice been winner of the Eastern Senior Cyclo-Cross League.

Carl Thompson has been appointed to jointly manage the EC-CA youth and junior squads. Like Shaun, Carl has been a top class cyclo-cross rider, winner of the Eastern Region Champs and past member of the National Junior Squad. He will be spectating at a number of league events this season and will pass on his advice and ideas to youth riders. Carl will be working with Mark Wyer who is trying to expand the scope of the EC-CA squad system. Mark said “I am delighted that two such experienced and enthusiastic riders are prepared to put so much back into the sport.”

5 Oct 07: This year’s Inter-Area Team Championships are on the 4th November at Lutterworth. The EC-CA is intending to enter two youth teams to follow up last years 4th and 5th places overall. In addition a third team will be entered if there are enough youth interested. This third team will have to pay their own entry fees. All youth riders interested in riding should contact Mark Wyer on

5 Oct 07: Entry forms are available for download for the CTC Rough Stuff Sunday ride.

5 Oct 07: Advance apologies: results for League Round 4 at Welwyn will probably not be on the web until Monday evening.

1 Oct 07: Mark Wyer will be running Cyclo-Cross training sessions at Gosling Sports Park, Stanborough Road, Welwyn Garden City (here) on Wednesday evenings from 7pm until around 8.15pm. The first session will be Wednesday 3rd October. Bring trainers to warm up in as well as bike kit. The cost is £2 for youth riders and £3 for seniors. The sessions will cover both skills and fitness. Meet at top of the Cycling Track. For more details, email Mark on

30 Sep 07: Results are posted from today's League Round 3 at Brickwall Farm.

28 Sep 07: The Annual CTC Rough Stuff Rides, suitable for MTB, cyclo-cross bikes and even good touring bikes with sensible tyres take place on the weekend of 13th/14th October. Saturday 13th October sees the introduction of a new event at Knettishall Heath, covering 25 miles of tracks and bridleways, entirely self guided (information controls not marshals).

Sunday, 14th October is the 'normal' rough ride of 25 miles, with the optional extra 5 mile challenge loop. Start time of 9:30am to 10am. New this year is a 10 miles beginners challenge in one hour (or thereabouts), starting at 10:30am. The HQ for the Sunday is Butley village hall. Doors open at 9am. Refreshments available. Entry fee £2. Just turn up on the day, fill in a form and ride. Further details from Paul Remblance

23 Sep 07: Results are posted from the fast and furious League Round 2 at Hempton. Photos from Mark Cozens will soon be on

21 Sep 07: The HQ for this Sunday's race at Hempton is 100 yards past the original venue at the Fakenham Horse Racing course. This is a new venue that the organiser wants to try as it will provide camping facilities for the regional championships. It will be signed posted and there should also be showers.

21 Sep 07: Dominic Castle asked us to pass on the following: "Many thanks for the calls and messages after my mishap at Stevenage on Saturday. The damage was a confined to a broken knuckle and the re-separating of my partially repaired collar bone - and the loss of another race jersey. Thanks to those who stopped and helped and waited with me; sorry about the squawking! Cheers, Dom."

21 Sep 07: Read the EADT report of the Stevenage race on our sponsor's site at under the headline "Fireman Bell answers the call". Paul Douglas has photos from the event for sale at

21 Sep 07: Updated the list of people who have joined the 2007-8 League.

19 Sep 07: The 2007-8 season is now under way, with many London riders joining us for the first race at Stevenage. Results are now posted. Commiserations to Dominic Castle, who ended up in hospital.

19 Sep 07: Sorry for the delay in getting this week's results posted - your webmaster was away racing in Cornwall with no internet access. There will likely be a similar delay after round 2 but then normal service should be resumed.

14 Sep 07: Updated the list of people who have joined the 2007-8 League.

5 Sep 07: Added results for the Tour of the Cornfields.

31 Aug 07: Updated the list of people who have joined the 2007-8 League.

27 Aug 07: Added a page explaining how Eastern League races work for those who are new to cyclo-cross.

27 Aug 07: Added a list of people who have joined the 2007-8 League.

27 Aug 07: The organisers of the Tour of the Cornfields are delighted to announce a deal with TORQ Fitness Consultancy to supply the refreshment products for the ride. TORQ will be supplying their TORQ bars in Tangy Apricot, Sun dried Banana, Raspberry and Apple and Pineapple and Ginger flavours. In addition TORQ energy carbohydrate drink will be available for thirsty riders.

Ride organiser Mark Wyer said, “We are delighted that TORQ are supporting the ride and hope this will be the start of a long partnership between TORQ and the Tour of the Cornfields.” For more information about TORQ products, visit

27 Aug 07: The EC-CA is one again running a youth development squad for the 2007-08 season. There will be between 8 – 12 places for Under 16 and Under 14 aged riders. To qualify for the squad riders must have been born in the years 1992 – 95 and must be eligible to compete for the Eastern Region.

Riders on the squad will be provided with a support package including squad training sessions, race feedback, discount on TORQ energy products and use of squad warm up jacket. In return, riders will be expected to compete regularly in EC-CA league events, compete in National Trophy/National Champs/Regional Champs and be available to represent the region at the Inter-Area Champs on Sun 4th Nov.

Squad selection will be based on performance at the pre-season training session and in the first 3 races of the EC-CA league.

Pre-season training will be on Saturday 8th Sept, venue TBC but probably Highams Park School in East London. Riders who cannot make this training session but wish to be considered for selection should contact Novice ‘cross riders are welcome, you don’t have to have a ‘cross bike, a MTB is fine. We are especially keen to attract promising girls to become members of the squad.

23 July 07: The fixture list for 2007-8 is available.

23 July 07: League round 6 at Eccles Hall is on the same day as the Inter-Area Team Championships. The Area wishes to send a team to the Championships without penalising riders in the Eastern League. So, on this day, League points wil be allocated firstly to the riders in the championships and then to riders in the local event. For example, if four senior riders finish in the championships, they will receive the normal 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th position league points, respectively. The first rider in the local event would receive the normal 5th position league points, and so on. Riders will be selected for the championships based on average points in League events.

14 July 07: We have a new event on the calendar this year: the pre-season Tour of the Corn Fields cyclo-cross sportive on 2nd September. It's just the thing to get you warmed up and in the mood for the competitive stuff.

14 July 07: The calendar for the coming season is shaping up. Stay tuned for the full announcement with dates, etc. Meanwhile you can now join the League for 2007-8.

11 Feb 07: The season is well and truly over now with the results posted from the MADison. Thanks to Carol Jeckell and Dominic Castle for presenting the League prizes after today's event. And thanks to Mandy Cook and Mildenhall CC for hosting it.

6 Feb 07: The Association AGM minutes are posted. Thanks to all those who attended.

6 Feb 07: A couple of corrections to the final league placings: Bruce Robinson in the Veterans and Interbike in the Team categories were missing their points from Mistley.

4 Feb 07: Results are available from the last race of the season, League round 14 at Mistley. The final League placings have been posted, including medal winners. The team prize was given to Ipswich Bicycle Club - although Diss & District CC had the same number of points and the same number of wins in their best 8 races, Ipswich BC had scored points in a greater number of races overall.

4 Feb 07: Found at Mistley today: a tool bag and a grey cycling jacket. To claim, please contact Tim Butler on 01473 414546 or Tim still has the thermal cap and a Nike hat that were found last week at Eccles Hall.

2 Feb 07: The Association AGM will follow Sunday's race at Mistley at 3pm, not 3:30 as previously announced. Click here for the AGM agenda.

31 Jan 07: Please note that unlike previous years, we will be collecting League race numbers at the end of the season. If you're racing at Mistley or coming to the Madison you can hand yours in then. Otherwise, please send to the League administrator: Tim Butler, 340 Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, IP3 9AA.

31 Jan 07: A team of 8 riders were selected to ride the Youth Inter-Area Championships in 2007 on Sunday 21st January... Read more here.

31 Jan 07: A thermal cap was found after the race at Eccles Hall on Sunday. To claim, please contact Tim Butler on 01473 414546 or

28 Jan 07: Results are posted for today's Norwich ABC Eccles Hall Cross. Mark Cozens was snapping away and photos will soon be on

28 Jan 07: Next week's race at Mistley will be followed by Eastern Cyclo Cross Association AGM. Please stay around after the race to join in the discussion on proposals that will affect the League in the future. The AGM will start at 3:30.

28 Jan 07: The League has vacancies for a number of posts: a Secretary (or possibly Assistant Secretary), someone to erect the start and finish banners at races and PDA operators at the finish line. If you think you could help with any of these or you know someone who could, please contact League Chairman Chris Gooch on or 01473 311955.

28 Jan 07: Details have been announced for the End of Season Madison which will be followed by the overall League Prize Presentation.

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