News from Past Years


MICK BURROW (1940 - 2015)

We are sorry to announce the death on 13th February of Mick Burrow.

Mick's Funeral was at Chelmsford Crematorium on Thursday 12th March at 1.30pm.


ROY DAVIDSON (1910 - 2015)

We are sorry to announce the death on 5th February, at the age of 105 years, of Roy Davidson of the Viking RC. Roy has been a longstanding Vice President of the Association.


Sherilyn Powell's Report on Cyclo Cross in Italy

Riders -Sherilyn Powell Chelmer CC, Glenn Dossett Welwyn Wheelers and James Jackson Colchester Rovers.

It all began with an email. It was sent to a few riders inviting them to be a part of a cyclo cross event held in Buja, Northern Italy on the 4th October. I immediately registered my interest in participating and was put in contact with the relevant people. As I am well acquainted with the riders in the Eastern Area, I was asked to put together a small team of under 23 riders or juniors who could represent the Eastern Region at the event in Italy and chose Glenn Dossett and James Jackson as they regularly came top three in their respective categories and would be good ambassadors for the country.

As I had taken the unofficial role as team manager, I had to do a lot of background work. Preparation required for the team to ride included gaining the approval from both British Cycling and the Italian equivalent in order for the riders to participate in the event before flights could be booked. It was now a week before the event and there had been no flights booked at all. This was where the main problem lie; bikes are classed as excess baggage and therefore a fee was required, a fee which was £50 per bike per flight.

We are grateful to the ECCA for stepping in to pay, in its entirety, the cost of the oversized luggage fees which ultimately enabled us to race in Italy. Once we had arrived at the airport, we were collected by the organisers of the event with a team car which was large enough to fit the bikes in perfectly as well as the British contingent. As part of our allowance we had brought a fourth person to be in the pits - a good investment, it turned out. We were taken to our hotel which was across the road from the start of the course where we set about re-mantling our bikes - we had dismantled them in order for them to travel.

Morning dawned bright and hot, not typical conditions for cyclo-cross, however we were able to ride the course a number of times to familiarise ourselves with it before the racing started. We found it was a fully technical course with an excellent format, one of the best courses we had ridden. Riding the course before the event was essential as it meant that we were able to experiment with various sections such as the jumps, ditches and banking to determine which method would be the most effective for the race itself.

James, myself and Glenn at the finish

The Junior and Senior women were racing at the same time, although a minute apart. The Junior race went off fast with James getting an excellent start before dropping back slightly as the course bottlenecked. The boys rode hard and well, battling for their positions with James and Glenn coming in 14th and 15th respectively; an excellent show for the boys, even after both had experienced their own minor crashes - no damage worse than a couple of bruised egos. Unfortunately I wasn't so lucky; crashing early on in the race meant running half a lap to the pits with a broken bike where I swapped for my spare. This meant that I lost a lot of time and therefore didn't place as highly as I would have liked, however the experience of racing abroad amongst such highly skilled riders more than made up for the disappointing result.

Once the race had finished and we had returned our electronic trackers, we dismantled the bikes and packed them up in the foyer of the hotel before heading to the airport for the return journey.

On behalf of myself and my team members I would like to express our gratitude for the funding we received from the ECCA which enabled us to race in this event and to experience cycle racing in another country.

Please note that the Counties committee would welcome applications from youngsters to part-fund their activities from the Bolton fund.



DICK SPANTON (1930 - 2014)

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Past President Dick Spanton on the morning of Thursday 2nd October. Dick has been ill for some time suffering from prostate cancer, kidney removal, broken hip and hospital infection during the past 2 years. In April he was diagnosed with dementia and then the cancer returned to his internal organs. For the last fortnight he was in Bluebell Court Care Home.

Dick worked staunchly for the cycling community for most of his life - as timekeeper, as London East DC official, as ECCA official, and as Brentwood RC and then Essex Roads CC member and committee member, and of course President of the E.C.C.A from 2007 to 2012.

The funeral took place at Pitsea Crematorium on Friday 17th October at 1.20 pm

Sincere condolences go to his wife Wendy and all the family.


LILY SHAKESPEARE (8th August 1932 to 27th May 2014)

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Lily Shakespeare of the Shaftesbury Cycling Club.

As many of you will know she had not been in good health for the last few years but a fortnight ago things got much worse and she was admitted to Basildon Hospital. Despite all their efforts her condition deteriorated and she died at 11 o'clock on Tuesday 27th May.

Sincere condolences go to George, Christine and Steve and her wider family.

The Funeral and Service of Thanksgiving for Lily took place on Wednesday 4th June at 11.00 a.m. at Herongate Wood Woodland Cemetery, Billericay Road, Herongate, Essex, CM13 3SE and was attended by between 200 and 300 family and friends.

Any donations in Lily's memory will be given to Macmillan Nurses and so far these have exceeded £1200.

Also, for any friends who wish to express their feelings, the Shaftesbury website has a Book of Condolence.


RENNY STIRLING (7th February 1953 to 31st March 2014)

Renny's funeral service and burial will take place on Thursday 17th April at his local church, All Saints, Crowfield, Suffolk, commencing at 11am. There is limited capacity in the church and parking is available only on grass verges of nearby lanes.

Afterwards, family and friends are invited to a gathering to reflect on and celebrate Renny's life. This will be held at Easton Grange, Easton, IP13 0EL, commencing at 12:30 and scheduled to finish by 5pm.

If you are considering attending one or both of the events, please advise me as early as possible on or . This will greatly help with planning and will enable me to send you more details.

If you would like to send a floral tribute or make a donation in Renny's memory, these can be sent to the funeral directors: Farthing Singleton & Hastings, Deben House, 650 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich IP4 4PW. Christine has requested that any donations be made to Suffolk Preservation Society or Suffolk Animal Rescue.

My email address book contains only a limited number of cyclists, so please forward this notice to anyone you think may be interested.

“Renny grew up in east London and joined the local Glade Cycling Club at the age of 17. It was a club that enjoyed all forms of cycling and Renny never missed anything - youth hostel weekends, touring holidays, straight-out record attempts, racing on road and track - bicycles, tricycles and tandems.

Renny soon established himself as a key member and frequent leader of the Glade's successful timetrial squad. Like so many of the Glade, Renny acquired a tricycle and a tandem. He rose to national prominence in 1975 with both tandem and tricycle competition records. His 59:28 to win the Tricycle Association championship not only set a new individual record, but led a team whose time has since been improved by less than a minute in the ensuing 38 years. Further tandem and tricycle team competition records followed in 1976.

Renny always thrived in good teams. In 1977 he moved from the Glade to the Unity CC, where he was a member of their BBAR-winning team in 1978. He subsequently rode for Edgware RC and Redbridge CC.

In 1986, he moved to a rejuvenated Leo Road Club, where he was instrumental in their choice of racing strip with plenty of stars! Here, he achieved most of his personal bests, especially in 1987 when he finished 7th in the BBAR. In 1989 he and Antony Stapleton set the current RRA straight out tandem record of 41:04.

After moving to Suffolk, Renny joined the Stowmarket & District CC, enjoying occasional timetrials until he was 50. He was a regular on clubruns and always ensured the pace was high. He rode 100 miles in the weekend before he died.

Renny's passion for cycling took him into the cycle trade, firstly as a representative then national sales manager for Dawes Cycles. He subsequently worked for Saracen Cycles, Schwinn/GT and East Coast Distribution before working with Spanish manufacturer Orbea. He and Christine were responsible for successfully developing their presence in the UK market.

Renny was at home, working on the computer, when he suffered a heart attack. Christine found him shortly afterwards, but it was too late.”

Ken McDonald     


Good news on Doug Yareham - September Update

Doug is on the mend and is to start physio shortly to regain use of his legs and feet.

He's been overwhelmed by support and well wishers from the cycling community and would like, through the Counties website, to send a big thank you to everyone.

Some news concerning Doug Yareham

Whilst racing in the E2/10 on Saturday 2nd June, Doug was hit by a car at 70 m.p.h. He sustained a badly broken left leg from knee down and including the whole of his foot. His right foot is broken as well. Obviously, he has a few (yes, I really do mean a "few"!!) cuts and bruises. He was operated on on Sunday morning and all seems to have gone well. He will be in hospital for a minimum of four weeks and the cast will stay on for a minimum of three months.

He is in Addenbrookes Hospital, Ward C8 (go through main entrance) and visiting hours are from 3 - 5 p.m. and 7 - 8 p.m. I would suggest from this week-end (9/10 June) onwards if you wish to visit.

I must stress that he is very positive and whilst his injuries are severe enough, he and, of course, I are extremely fortunate. The Nursing Staff who deal with many road accidents and in particular the Consultant are utterly amazed that he more or less walked away from an impact of 70 m.p.h.!!!!

At this point I, personally, must express my sincere thanks for the support I received on Saturday from Emily Saunders & family who helped me "pack up" so to speak, and to Claire Lee who was outstanding. She not only drove me to the scene of the accident (having never driven my car before, she made it seem a piece of cake), she then drove me to Addenbrookes and stayed with me until 7 p.m. that evening. Thank you also to Lea Marshall and Nick Hastler for getting Claire's car to the hospital, to Tom Platts who has kept riders informed via the CTT Forum and to Rob Young who stopped riding so that he could watch over Doug and help prevent traffic causing more damage to him whilst he was down on the ground. So vital. Thank you all so much. I want to say so much more to you all, but I can't find the right words, so I hope my thanks are enough. They are meant from the heart!

Also, thank you to all who have telephoned and e-mailed. Both Doug and I have been immensely touched by the concern shown and the offers of help. This is not an easy time at all, but knowing we have your support and friendship is of great comfort.

We wish you well and look forward to seeing you soon. Take care.

Christine Yareham     


MICHAEL ANDREW SCOTT 1957-2011

“Mick”, as he was known by everyone, was the first youngster to join the Essex Roads when Bernie Davis revived the Club in 1972. He was a boisterous mickey-taking lad, who you always knew was in the room. He left after two years to join the Basildon C.C. for two or so years, I believe. He then re-joined the Essex Roads about the time I joined the club in early 1977. He never lost his boisterous mickey-taking lifestyle, even when he got married in 1981 and had a family of two sons and a daughter. He was a very responsible man and was not afraid of taking on work for the club. He was an expert at multi-tasking and would run our club evening events, allocating numbers, making up start sheets, handing out marshals' tabards and pushing off or timekeeping if needed. He was club quartermaster, ordering stock and selling whenever the club met, or over the internet.

Mick became ill about five or six years ago when he was diagnosed with bowel cancer and had an operation to remove it which left him with a colostomy bag for about six months. He went back to work as soon as he was able, because he said "Sitting around at home being miserable was not going to help him or anyone else". He was soon back into club life. Things progressed health-wise and Mick had a successful operation to reconnect his plumbing.

His health took a turn for the worse when he developed a secondary cancer in his lungs and commenced some serious chemotherapy. It did not appear to stop Mick with his club work and he was back to running club events and quarter-mastering as and when he was able, although the chemo took its toll.

Mick did not complain about his lot and in one serious conversation he had with me he said "You get one life so it is best to get on with it and do not waste it!"

When cancer struck for the third time even Mick could not fight it and he died in his sleep whilst being cared for in St. Lukes Hospice. Mick and his family had wonderful support at his funeral with some 450 people attending, including 45 club-mates in full kit following the hearse on bikes. Mick was a great chap and inspiring club mate and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Richard Spanton     


Bill Thorncroft at 90

As Bill reaches his 90th birthday the Counties website sends him Best Wishes.
Visitors may find the following two documents of interest.

"An Appreciation of Bill Thorncroft"

"Bill Thorncroft at 90"


GEORGE DENNIS MAY

1931 - 2010

It is with much sorrow that we record the Death of George May, an ECCA Vice President and long-serving ECCA Official, on the 21st November, 2010. George had been suffering for many months with Cancer. He was aged 79.

The ECCA extends its sincere sympathy to his wife Nora.

Nora May wishes to extend her sincere thanks for all the Sympathy Cards, Telephone Calls, Letters and Donations that she has received since her sad loss of George in November.

She also said how much she appreciated that so many people attended the Funeral on one of the worst snowy days we have had for a long time.



DICK MORRIS

1913 - 2010

Dick Morris died on Tuesday 2nd November at the age of 97. He was still riding his bike earlier this year, but a stroke put him in hospital and then a nursing home for his last few months.

His funeral was on Tuesday November 16th, 12:45 at Cambridge City Crematorium - on the left off A14 just after leaving M11 and shortly before the turn off for Bar Hill.

To join the Lea Valley CC "clubrun" to Dick's funeral, meet and leave from the Bar Hill Sports and Social Club at 12 noon. A 5 mile amble via Dry Drayton and Madingley and afterwards cycle back to the social club to toast Dick's memory.


BRIAN WARD

It is with much regret that we report the death, whilst cycling, of Brian Ward, Hainault R.C., in a recent Road Traffic Accident. Brian was the Time Trial Secretary of his Club.

The Funeral arrangements for Brian are:
Thursday, 8th July at Chelmsford Crematorium at 12.30.
Afterwards at Mulberry House, (on the A414 from Chelmsford to Ongar).
Those wishing to go to the reception are asked to e-mail .


ALBERT AYTON

It was with much regret that we learnt of the recent death of 89-year-old Albert Ayton. He had been a member of his Club, Eagle R.C., for 71 years! His funeral was on Wednesday, 17th March at the Epping Forest Burial Park, Kiln Road, North Weald, Epping, Essex, CM16 6AD.

Peter Smith and James Pettigrew have written an interesting appreciation of his life and services to cycling and this can be seen by clicking here.


ECCA WEBSITE VISITS

As the Website counter passes 50,000 now would be good time to thank all our visitors for their continued support. Statistics show a huge interest around the Festival and for all Start and Result Sheets. It is anticipated that this coverage will continue, together with progress reports on our Trophies plus the usual news and information.


BILL HESTER, 1935 - 2009

It was with much regret that the ECCA learnt that Bill Hester died on Thursday, 5th November.
Bill was an active member of the East Anglian VTTA since joining in 1979, he was their Newsletter Editor up until recently. He had been a member of the Leo Road Club since 1953.

Bill was only 74 but had been diagnosed with cancer and it was this that took him.

Funeral Arrangements for Bill Hester

Tuesday, 17th November, 12.45 p.m., Earlham Crematorium, Norwich, NR2 3RG.

By request, Family floral tributes only. Any Charity Cheques please in favour of “East Anglian Children's Hospice” c/o Rosedale Funeral Home, Yard House, High Street, Attleborough, NR17 2EH

Val Hester wishes to thank all those who attended Bill's Funeral and to tell you that the Collection in aid of East Anglian Children's Hospice raised the magnificent sum of £1,330, which was very much appreciated by the Hospice and Val.


Further decisions following the Cancellation of the ECCA 100

The Committee had further discussions on the question of who wins what and the Committee unanimously agreed that, "to be fair to all concerned and avoid any queries or resentment later, neither the Allondon Trophy nor the 100 miles Team Shield will be awarded this year".


Cancellation of 5th August ECCA 25

I am sorry to have to tell you that as I only received 19 entries, a decision was taken to cancel the event for practical reasons. I do not consider it reasonable to expect marshals to put their hands in their pockets to spend a considerable amount on petrol travelling from as far afield as Kent to "police" up to 19 riders.

We (ECCA) thought that by changing last year's 10 to a 25 would have attracted more, not less, riders but obviously we were wrong! It is in the calendar for 2010 and I hope that we get more entries next year.

Sorry to disappoint you all, but I hope you can see the sense in this. Should you have any comments, complaints or constructive criticisms to make about our programme why not attend the AGM on behalf of your club - Sunday 6th September at Mountnessing Village Hall at 2.30 p.m.

Good luck for the rest of the season.

Trevor Pedley, Event Promoter and ECCA Chairman


Change of Workings for some 2009 ECCA Competitions following the Cancellation of the ECCA 100

Using its powers under Rule 12, the ECCA Executive Committee have made the following changes to some Trophy Conditions for 2009 season following the cancellation of the ECCA 100.

HANDICAP BAR. The 100 will be removed from the qualification, i.e. only 25 and 50 miles to count.

EASTERN COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP. The number of qualifying events will be reduced from 6 to 5 and the requirement that one of the 100 or 12 hour must be included will be removed. Points will be awarded from four at 10 or 25 miles and one at 50 miles or 12 hours.

MEN'S BAR & VET'S BAR. No change, the qualifying 100s will be the EDCA and N Mids events previously allocated.

The Allondon Trophy and 100 miles Team Shield will be awarded to the fastest rider/team in the EDCA and N Mids events.


Festival Map Reading Competition

One or two keen map readers have already spotted the 'deliberate mistake' in the Counties Festival Open Map Reading details that were included in the recent ECCA Newsletter. Somehow, the necessary map was specified as 1998, but organisers Janice and Ken McDonald advise that what is needed is Ordnance Survey Map 167, Edition C2, Crown copyright 2004 or later.

The Map Reading is for teams of two and starts at 10am on Sunday 3rd May at High Easter Village Hall. Entry fee is 8 per team, with entry at the start. Competitors have to plot a route from a variety of clues, cycle the route of around 20 miles, answering as many questions as possible, and return to the hall by 2pm. Points awarded for the Map Reading have sometimes been important in the team competition, so please encourage a pair from your club to enter.

As well as the right map, competitors will need a pen or pencil and might find all or any of the following of use - eraser, ruler, magnetic compass, pair of compasses (as used for drawing circles) and a 'Romer' (or piece of card marked off in tenths of a kilometre). It will help greatly to be familiar with Grid References and OS map symbols.

Many thanks,
Ken McDonald


CTT National 12 Hour Championship

The ECCA Committee are pleased to publish the following letter received by John Cottee soon after the event.

Dear John,

While it is still fresh in my mind (and the aches are still in my legs), I wanted to congratulate you on running such a fine event yesterday and thank you and your team for all their efforts.

From a rider's point of view every aspect of the event was excellent. The signposting and marshalling couldn't be faulted and there was no danger of someone like myself, who didn't know the roads, going off course.

Despite the tough day you were rewarded with some excellent performances and I was amazed to find when I checked that in his long career Ian Cammish had never won the 12 Hour Championship before!

Thanks for taking on the task and for all your hard work, and if I ever get it into my head to ride a "12" again, I would certainly like to make it the ECCA event!

With best wishes,
Yours in sport,

Julian Gee

Sotonia CC
CTT National Committee


2008 A.G.M. - Sunday 7th September

The Annual General Meeting of the Eastern Counties Cycling Association took place at Mountnessing Village Hall starting at 2.30 pm.

Position Changes

Peter Wermerling relinquished his position as Assistant General Secretary and this post is now taken up by Joan Potts who had already announced her decision to stand down as Marshalling Secretary. No nominations or volunteers were found at the meeting to take on the Marshalling work and consequently the vacancy is being advertised through all ECCA clubs. Vacancies also exist for organisers of three time trials for the 2009 season.

Good Friday: 2-up 25 miles on the E9
Sunday 21st June: 10 miles on E7
Sunday 5th July: 100 miles on E2/100
Volunteers should contact the ECCA Chairman or the General Secretary (details on the Contacts page).

2008 ECCA Chairman's Annual Report

CHAIRMANSHIP: My first full year in the chair has been something of a learning curve, interesting and little taxing on occasions but nonetheless satisfying thanks to the support of the Executive Committee.

MEMBERSHIP: It is encouraging to see a slight increase from 65 to 67 clubs.

COMMITTEE: A great variety of matters are covered each month. There will be at least one vacancy to fill this year as you will see below, so it would be nice if we can get some younger volunteers to come forward forward.

MARSHALLING: Despite the hard work put in by Joan Potts, the failure by Member Clubs to provide marshals does cause major problems for event organisers on occasions. Thankfully 2007/2008 has proved less troublesome than most, but despite this Joan has decided to stand down after 14 years doing a thankless task supremely well. I sincerely hope we have a volunteer at the AGM to pick up the reins because without this vital work the running of events would become chaotic.

FESTIVAL: After spending many hours in his spare bedroom turned office, Alan Osborne was gratified that all the hard work put in by himself and partner Joyce Cooper was rewarded when entries for the 2008 Festival (the 31st promotion) were very much the same as the previous year. The icing on the cake was the glorious weather conditions enjoyed by everyone over the weekend. The Club Team Winners Chelmer C.C., scored 430 points with API - Metrow in second place. Once again the Saturday programme had only one event, but in 2009 we shall use the Redbridge Cycling Centre and promote the 10 miles time trial as a Circuit event (look out for the new Course Number E101/10), together with a full afternoon of British Cycling Circuit Races, catering for all ages.

ECCA WEBSITE: The past year has seen a surge in interest with more than 11,000 “Hits” in the past twelve months. Since the site was created in 2002 there have been over 42,000 visitors, which is very gratifying. Our thanks to Keith West and Alan Osborne who spend a great deal of time keeping it up to date for our benefit. If you have not yet viewed it, please do so, it is well worth a visit. www.EasternCounties.org.uk

TRACK: We continue to be indebted to Peter Waghorn, Welwyn Wheelers for allowing the ECCA Track Championships to be incorporated in his excellent meeting each September. As ever, we extend our gratitude and best wishes.

TIME TRIALS: Apart from the cancellation of the 3-up Team Time Trial due to lack of interest (just 3 teams entered!), the usual full programme of events has gone ahead without the problems experienced last year. Again I am pleased to use the word encouraging in describing the level of entries this year. To date, despite a slight reduction in the Festival Time Trial entries due to the imposition across the board of our "closed shop" policy, the overall level is up by 60 - most notably the 100 miles accounted for over one third of this (22). There was also a considerable increase in the number of 12 hour riders but this was influenced by the fact that the event included the RTTC National Championship. I think it only fitting to pay tribute to Peter Smith who has decided after 10 years that it is time to let someone else run the 100, and to John Cottee for putting on an admirable 12 Hour event in the face of considerable personal adversity.

EQUIPMENT: Stan Broom continues to put in a tremendous amount of time looking after our signage so that event organisers can meet the stringent risk assessment requirements . He is also instrumental in the successful promotion of events . An extremely valuable member of the organisation who deserves much gratitude.

SOCIAL: I am told the 2008 Lunch and Prize Presentation was a success. Much of this is down to my partner Claire's input plus that of "new boy" Terry Anderson who organised and ran the prize presentation so efficiently. The 2009 function is scheduled for Sunday 25th January and yes, it will be organised by myself again (for positively the last time) unless a volunteer comes forward at the AGM . This function is very much a team effort and once again I must praise Michael Purvis for doggedly tracking all competition results and putting together the tables and result book without which we would be in serious trouble.

ECCA Centenary: On 25th May, 1910 the Association came into being so your Committee and others are planning to put on a number of special events in 2010 to celebrate 100 years on the road. The major event currently in the pipeline is an Anniversary Dinner and Dance being organised by Terry Anderson . This is due to take place on Saturday 23rd January, 2010, at Stock Brook Country Club near Billericay so put the date in your diaries as I am sure it will be a memorable evening. In addition I hear on the grapevine that the remaining founder member clubs are putting their collective heads together to put on further events (of a sporting nature I believe) later in 2010. As they become available, further details will be published in both the quarterly newsletter edited by evergreen Bill Thorncroft and on the website for which we have Alan Osborne and Keith West to thank.

PROMOTERS AND OFFICIALS: As is customary, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who gave of their time in ensuring the continued success of the Association and its activities.

TREVOR PEDLEY, Chairman

Opening of Redbridge Cycling Circuit at Hog Hill - 19 August 2008

Good News!!

We have been asked by the London Development Agency to put on a programme of races and youth activities in support of the official opening of the Redbridge Cycling Circuit, 'Hog Hill', Forest Road, Hainault, by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, on 19th August.

Although this request was at short notice it gives us a wonderful opportunity to showcase cycling so your riders support would be very much appreciated.

Entry is free, commemorative medals will be awarded for the races and there will be a 250 Prize fund in addition to the medals.

Please help to make this a very succesful day for cycle sport.

Regards
Trevor Mills
Chairman & Secretary, BC Eastern Region

The latest details can be found by downloading the PDF file by clicking here


2008 TROPHY CONDITIONS

In answer to Bill Norris's request for the Committee to widen the scope for the Trophy, the conditions for the “John Norris” Cup have been amended with immediate effect. The full list of Conditions are available on our Racing pages but why not click here to see the Trophy Conditions now.


ECCA MARSHALLING SECRETARY - VACANCY

The Executive Committee has been advised that Mrs Joan Potts will not be standing for re-election as Marshalling Secretary at the Annual General Meeting on 7th September, 2008. Joan has carried out this important job for 14 years and has ensured that all Clubs have been allocated duties in a fair and just manner in proportion to their members' entries to ECCA events. Her efforts have been much appreciated by the Committee.

We now seek a Volunteer to carry on this job. Please contact Peter Beresford, our General Secretary or Trevor Pedley, our Chairman. Details on our Contacts page on this website. Joan will be able to brief any potential candidate on the work involved.


FESTIVAL RANDONNÉE ORGANISER

Please note that the previously-published Telephone Number for Kieron Yates has been amended.
It is now 020 8533 5693.


JUNE KENNINGTON

It is with much sadness that we record the death of June Kennington, Basildon C.C., on Wednesday, 27th February, 2008.

Many riders, marshals, officials and spectators will remember how June and Les provided refreshments on the roadside at many events, long before Village Halls became mandatory.

The Association extends its sympathy to Les and Family.


REDBRIDGE CYCLING CIRCUIT LIMITED (also known as HOG HILL]

Good News!!

The 800m North Circuit is now completed and the London Borough of Redbridge are opening it from 23 February. Initially it will be only be available for weekend use whilst the Pavilion and Car Park are completed. During this interim period a temporary Club Room, male and female changing rooms and car park have been provided.

During the month of March no charge will be made for the use of the circuit but all usage should be booked via Alison Puddle of the London Borough of Redbridge.

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This an excellent opportunity for clubs to visit and experience the circuit.

Trevor Mills, Chairman and Secretary, British Cycling, Eastern Region

Background information is available on the bikeradar website - click here.


Website Problems

Apologies to all those who have been unable to view the website over the Christmas and New Year period. In September the site was hosted on a new server for a 3-month trial period with very satisfactory results. Then everything seem to go wrong when we signed up for the final account. Different interpretation between the Service Provider and our Website Administrator meant that the files didn't link up and you got the dreaded 'Error 404 - page not found'. It's all sorted out now and hopefully error free. However, if you do find any broken links or pictures missing, etc., then please inform the so we can put them right.

Webmasters of other sites. If you have made direct links to any of our pages please note that you will now need to recode your links. The new front end address of our site is "http://questronics.org.uk/EasternCounties/" but you should first try "http://www.EasternCounties.org.uk".


2007 Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting held on 9th September, 2007, was attended by 30 delegates representing 15 Clubs from our membership of 66. At this meeting Val Hester reached the end of her five-year term as President and was succeeded by Richard Spanton, Essex Roads C.C., a rider and official of considerable experience. In consequence of Alan Osborne's resignation from the Chairmanship in May 2007, there were several other changes to the Executive Committee. Trevor Pedley moved up to Chairman and Peter Smith was appointed Vice Chairman. After several years' work as our Awards Secretary, Stan Broom stepped aside in favour of Terry Anderson who will work in tandem with Stan until the 2008 Prize Presentations. Alan Osborne will continue for the present as Festival Co-Ordinator and our Webmaster. It is known that Diana Freeman wishes to stand down as our Archivist, but no volunteers have been forthcoming. The Committee seeks a person to take on this interesting appointment.

The Treasurer reported a reasonable year, but continues to be concerned about low entries to several of our events, a situation that was not helped in the 2007 season by some E2 events being shifted to other courses or dates due to road works. The Committee continues to be most grateful for the continued financial support from an anonymous benefactor. Without this generous assistance our programme of events could be drastically reduced.

Two proposals regarding Marshalling by the Southend Wheelers were at first ruled out of order, then discussed, but failed to obtain a Seconder.

The Meeting agreed to place a maximum figure of 15 on the number of Life Members at any one time.

It was not found possible at the AGM to appoint Organisers for the Championship 25 on Sunday, June 1st, 2008 or the Association 10 on Saturday, 27th September, 2008, both on the fast E2 course. If this situation is not resolved the events will be cancelled. If you are prepared to help please contact our Chairman, Trevor Pedley, on 01708 228677 or the Vice-Chairman, Peter Smith, on 01992 573591 as soon as possible.

Construction work has commenced at Hog Hill, Hainault, Essex on the replacement circuit for Eastway and it is anticipated that racing will commence in early 2008. The Association has applied for Saturday, 3rd May and intends to transfer all the previous Eastway Festival events to the new circuit. On the Sunday and Monday, 4th and 5th May, the regular Festival events held on those days will be promoted at High Easter as usual.

The Association has accepted the promotion of the CTT National Championship 12 Hours event for 2008 with John Cottee as the Promoter.

Full details of the Annual General Meeting will be circulated to Clubs by our Secretary in the next mail drop.


HOG HILL CYCLE RACE CIRCUIT

News item dated 24th July, 2007 compiled by Trevor Mills

Although the 2007 ECCA Festival has only just been completed, very soon it will be necessary to start the administration work for 2008. The following statement was received from Trevor Mills, Eastern Region Chairman and Secretary, on 23rd July and is reproduced here. Trevor is anxious to spread the news as far and wide as possible, so if you can include it in your Club newsletters that will be of considerable help.

Peter King and myself met with the London Development Agency last Friday, 20th July, to discuss the status of the construction of the Hog Hill Circuit. This was as a result of separate requests from Peter and myself explaining that we needed a status to support the 2008 Calendar process. I am pleased to be able to report that the scheduled handover to the London Borough of Redbridge is Christmas 2007.

The LDA ran through the whole schedule of events including newt clearance, archaeological survey, pavilion, access roads and circuit construction using a parallel approach where necessary to shorten the time scale. We also ran through all 20 of the Planning Conditions and I was encouraged to learn that all were either discharged or in hand and that they held no potential surprises. However as with all construction projects there are risks including longer-than-anticipated newt clearance (60 days has been allowed for), significant archaeological finds (no evidence that this is likely) and the weather (need I say more!)

Clubs planning to organise races at Hog Hill for next season should therefore apply in the normal manner for Event Registration via the Region Competition Administrators (Derek Lusher for Eastern Region and Glyn Durrant for South Eastern Region). This will ensure the events are listed in the 2008 British Cycling Racing Calendar. Operational aspects of the circuit such as booking and fees are a matter for London Borough of Redbridge and I will be arranging a meeting with them to discuss this. For now it should be assumed that these will be similar to Eastway. I am also informed that the Alan Osborne, ECCA Webmaster, already has a letter from London Borough of Redbridge, indicating that they will be subject to a programming policy that will give first priority to honour previous historical Eastway bookings.


ECCA CHAIRMANSHIP

The Executive Committee received the resignation of Alan M. Osborne (Redbridge C.C.) from the post of Chairman on June 13th, 2007. Alan cited an “Unacceptable Change to a Long-standing Executive Committee Decision” as the reason for his action.

Any ECCA matters requiring clarification or attention should now be addressed to Trevor Pedley (Vice Chairman) on 01708 228677 or Peter Beresford (Hon. Gen. Sec.) on 020 8989 5551.


ECCA ANNUAL COMPETITIONS

New Racing Service

Three of our Annual Competitions will figure in a new service that we are introducing to the website. Tables are produced for the Short Distance Trophy (restricted to ECCA promotions only) and the Handicap B.A.R. and Eastern Counties Championship, where riders qualify by riding ECCA promotions and/or Substitute 50 miles Events (Colchester, Shaftesbury and Eagle). These tables, regularly updated after each event, will enable riders to check their progress in the Championships, which in turn could generate more entries as riders realise how close they are to qualifying or by how much they are leading a competition. In past years some riders have had no idea that they were winners, or adversely, had just failed to qualify for the end-of-season results.

Riders that have completed the necessary number of qualifying events in any of the competitions will appear in order at the top of the tables, followed by those needing one or two more events to qualify. For the Handicap BAR and the Points Competition the table is not really representative until after the "100" has been completed.

The Tables are available on our Racing pages but why not click here to go to the Results page and then click on the relevant Competition near the top of the left hand Menu bar.


2007 CHAMPIONSHIP “50”

This report was submitted by Chris Lodge, the promoter of our Championship 50

With a Spring Bank Holiday deluge threatened and inevitable, a lot of entrants opted to stay indoors rather than subject themselves to two hours or more of driving rain or a long journey to an abandoned event. It was a treat for the early starters and a surprise to all that the rain actually held off for the first hour. But conditions turned turned grim as the wind rose, temperatures dropped and the rain became relentless. A diesel spillage on the Buckden roundabout added to riders' woes and some riders opted out of the second lap and into the warm and dry of the HQ. Others had their minds made up for them by punctures.

Congratulations and hats off to those who stuck it out on one of the most horrible days on the F1 for a long time. The top guys, as ever, shrugged it off with some fast times, Oliver Jones, API - Metrow, emerging the clear winner.

The women had a close fought battle with Claire Lee, Shaftesbury C.C., coming out on top, while Clare Ella, Lincoln Wheelers, had the consolation of taking the Handicap Competition.

The team prize went to API - Metrow with a combined time of 6.00.44, courtesy of Oliver Jones, John Iszatt and David Nock.

The Fellowship of North London Cyclists used this event to award the Fellowship Cup to the fastest rider of a member club and that went to Hugh Vivian of Finsbury Park C.C.


David Bristow

Event Organisers should note a Change of e-mail address for David Bristow (Timekeeper);

This is now


2007 TROPHY CONDITIONS

It seems that not everyone is aware of the conditions relating to the ECCA Trophy Awards. Although the full Trophy Conditions are sent to all Clubs it's obvious that they aren't read by everyone. By placing them on our website we should make it possible for more riders to be aware of the conditions in advance and so avoid disappointment at the end of the season when they find out they failed to meet all the qualification requirements. The Conditions are available on our Racing pages but why not click here to see the Trophy Conditions now.


ECCA Championships 2006

At the conclusion of the season it is encouraging to report that all of our events went ahead as scheduled and competition for several of our trophies was keen and very close, particularly the Veteran B.A.R. won by David Nock, where the top three riders were separated by just .037 m.p.h. Our Juniors have really shone this year figuring in several events. Mark Beattie and Stephen Saunders of the Maldon and District, fresh from the Junior Tour of Wales, teamed up with Robert Tyas to take the first three places in the Junior B.A.R., and Robert went on to win the Junior Track Championship.

Claire Lee and Paul Smith each won their respective B.A.R. Trophies for the second year in succession and Paul repeated his 2005 win in the Championship Points Competition. The team award in the Points Competition was taken by the API - Metrow team of Paul, John Izsatt and David Nock. Richard O'Rourke triumphed in the Short Distance Trophy with a four point win over Gary Poole and not to be outdone, Richard's partner Lucy Roberts picked up the Ladies 25 miles Championship. Hainault R.C. specialised in our Handicap events in 2006. Mark Steers took first place and first Veteran in the Handicap B.A.R., supported in second place by club-mate Rob Dulson. Anne and Graham Mann won the Map Reading Competition Trophy for the sixth time since 1980.

Extensive coverage of all the 2006 awards can be found on our Website by going to the Racing pages or click here to go directly.


InterBike R.T.

The ECCA Executive Committee have suspended the Association membership of InterBike R.T. as from July 1st, 2006, due to their failure to cover their ECCA Marshalling Duties.


ECCA Promotions

In recent years the E.C.C.A. has regularly promoted a comprehensive programme of events ranging from 10 miles to 12 hours, together with two road races and five circuit races. Since 1967 we have promoted six National Championships on behalf of Cycling Time Trials (previously known as RTTC).

Our programme has been very comprehensive since those early days of 1910 and in 2007 we are promoting Time Trials, Road Racing, Track Racing, a Map Reading Competition and two Randonnées.

Details of all the Association's Champions and Trophy Winners from 2001 and onwards can be found by clicking on "Racing" in the menubar above.


ECCA Track Championships

Our Track Championships will once again be incorporated in the Welwyn promotion at Gosling Sports Park, Welwyn Garden City, this year on Saturday, 15th September, 2007. Contact Peter Waghorn for details or in the relevant British Cycling Racing Calendar, once published.


ECCA Festival - May 5th, 6th and 7th, 2007

Each year the Association promotes a three-day Festival of Cycling during the May Day Bank Holiday Weekend. In 2007 there will be a Saturday 10 miles Time Trial on the E1/10a course and the usual two full days in North Essex where riders can compete in Road Races, four Time Trials, a Map Reading Competition and two Randonnées. All events count for the Club Team Competition. Please note that the entries for the Time Trials and Road Races close 19 days prior.

Full details of the 2007 events and the Conditions for awarding points in the Club Team Competition can be seen by clicking here.


ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2005

A rather sparse attendance re-elected all Officers. The previously-circulated Programme of Events was agreed after the scheduled 25 for 3rd September was moved from E4/25 to the E2/25 and the Hill Climb venue was corrected to North Hill EH/07.

Promoters required. The meeting was unable to appoint Promoters for the following events. Unless we have volunteers by the London East Date Fixing Meeting these events will have to be removed from our programme:

10th June “10” on E2/10; 25th June “25” on E4/25; 6th August “10” on E71/10; 30th September “10” on E2/10 and the 8th October “10” on E34/10.

The Association will continue to include performances in some events outside of London East and East Districts of CTT for our BAR Competitions. Those events selected are as follows:

London North:
Team Cambridge 25; Finsbury Park 50; Verulam 25.
London South:
Redmon 25; Southborough 25; Old Portlians 10; Addiscombe 10.
South-East:
Medway 10; Wigmore 25; Woolwich 10; San Fairy Ann 50; VC Elan 10; De Laune 25; VTTA 50.
See 2006 CTT National Handbook for Dates and Courses.

2006 Championship 30. The Hertfordshire Wheelers (John Pearson, promoter) have agreed to incorporate the ECCA Championship 30 in their E2/30 event in 2006. See London East Calendar of events to be published in October and/or the ECCA Diary on this Website early in the New Year.

2006 Road Race Programme. The recent Competition Review published by British Cycling has been incorporated into the Festival Schedule of events. A new Festival Poster indicating all the changes will appear on our website later this year and also be circulated to clubs early in 2006. However, we are experiencing difficulties with confirming which event will be used for the Association's Junior road race because of our inability to now accept four categories of Juniors in the same event. There are also difficulties with our Masters C+ event at Eastway. Advice and help from British Cycling has been sought.


LONDON OLYMPICS 2012


An official statement regarding the Games and Eastway Cycle Circuit has been received from British Cycling and relevant sections applicable to cycle racing in South-East England are reproduced here.

The Olympic Velodrome
The immediate good news for cycling is that a 6000-seat velodrome will be constructed at the Eastway/Lee Valley site. Plans are in place that mean that a 3000-seat velodrome will remain as a legacy of the Games after 2012. Experience with Manchester's velodrome suggests that this size of facility will be able to hold commercially-viable promotions, as well as providing a day-to-day facility for the people of South-East England.

Manchester's Track is in almost constant use from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, with schools, clubs, Talent team, national squad sessions, public taster sessions, public training sessions and three resident track leagues. Thousands of people benefit from and enjoy the facility every year.

Eastway Road Circuit to be Replaced
Eastway is currently the home to a heavily-used closed-road circuit. This circuit will have to close during the building of the velodrome and associated facilities. However, in conjunction with London Development Agency, British Cycling is committed to providing a replacement for the circuit. Dave Cockram, British Cycling's Facilities Manager, underlined that commitment. “Before the current Eastway road circuit closes, we will have a replacement open and available with facilities at least as good if not better than those at Eastway.”


LOST PROPERTY FROM PAST
FESTIVAL PROMOTIONS
One Fleece Jacket
One Pair of Cleated Cycling Shoes
(possibly belonging to a Lady)
One Cycle Pump
One Pair of Racing Glasses
One Pair of Men's Cleated Cycling Shoes
Claim, with description, to
Alan M. Osborne  


Jessica Stoddart's Stage Race in Holland

Edited summary of a Report by Jessica Stoddart, Interbike RT, who received an ECCA Grant towards the cost of riding a Stage Race in Assen, Holland in 2005.

Jessica writes: I rode for the WCRA team of four riders, three of whom finished in the top ten overall. Unfortunately, the team competition had been discontinued this year as we would have won it.
Day 1: Prologue of 1.3 km. I finished 22nd out of 76 in a discipline which is my weakest. The recorded times were close and I was only two seconds down on the fifth-placed rider.
Day 2: This was a circuit race which included a short cobbled section, which I enjoy racing on. I finished 10th, gaining one second bonus and moved up to 21st.
Day 3: This stage included heavy rain and hail and finished in a sprint where I was placed 13th. I was disappointed as I felt good, but was pushed into a ditch by a German rider on the last bend just as the sprint started, but recovered to get my position.
Day 4: This was the longest stage at 68 km. and included a 1.7 km. cobbled section which was very narrow and split the field. 24 of us achieved a few minutes' advantage by the finish, where I was placed fifth in the sprint and moved up to 12th overall.
Day 5: This took the form of a 9km. time trial. In spite of training for this discipline I didn't do as well as hoped, but finished 15th and moved up to eighth overall.
Day 6: I was so excited about the final race, I had everything to gain. It was run as a circuit points race. I won one sprint and was second in another and sixth over the line at the finish. This should have been enough to move up to fifth overall, but unfortunately somebody else with a similar number was given my sprint bonuses and I was shown as finishing ninth over the line. Helen Ellis, my team manager, tried very hard to appeal as another team mate had a similar problem, but they wouldn't listen and consequently I was moved down to 10th overall, but achieved fifth in the Under-16 category.
Although I was very sad about the final race I thoroughly enjoyed my week. The racing was very good, the people we travelled with were all very nice and we were looked after really well by the WCRA and British Cycling and I look forward to riding this event again in 2006. I wish to thank the ECCA for their financial support.

I feel we should all congratulate Jessica on her efforts and placings and for sending this interesting report. The ECCA are pleased to have been able to contribute to her costs by a donation from the Bolton Fund. I understand that she followed up this Stage Race with a three-week racing trip to Belgium where she hoped to find a junior team for 2006 in which she could be a guest rider. Alan M. Osborne.


Shaftesbury Successes in our Open 100

Paul Smith, Shaftesbury CC, was the fastest ECCA rider in our annual 100 miles event on July 3rd, 2005. He also led Ken Mills and Claire Lee to a convincing team win by 1hr. 38m. 18s. over Hainault RC. Claire also took the Ladies' prize for the second successive year when she recorded an 11m. 25s. improvement on her 2004 time. This ride will have boosted her confidence for when she competes in the Championship 100 on 17th July. Click here for full 100 result.


PCA Ciclos Uno Success in First “10”

Dean Lubin, riding for PCA Ciclos Uno, recorded an eight-second win over team-mate Murat Ozdenya in the first ECCA 10 miles event of 2005. They were backed up by Francis Jackson and took the team award with an aggregate time of 1hr. 10min. 31sec. from API, Shaftesbury C.C., Chelmer C.C. and Cambridge C.C., giving firm indications that an interesting season could develop over the next few months.

Third place went to Gary Birch, Gemini B.C., who recorded a time of 23.07.

Entries at 56 plus one tandem (Andy Page, PCA Ciclos Uno and Graham Painter, Chelmer C.C. who recorded 23m. 40s.) were up by 12 from last year, which is encouraging for the Association.


Risk Assessment and the Cost involved

This item is mainly addressed to those of our Competitors who ride open road races, but could well be of interest to many others.

The new Risk Assessment for Road Racing may cause some Clubs and Associations to look again at their racing promotions. In these times, when litigation is very much to the fore, there is a need for riders, promoters, motorists and the general public to have some form of protection.

One particular item that was brought to the attention of Road Race Promoters at a recent Eastern Division Meeting was that with immediate effect the previous, but unofficial, practice of Race Marshals stopping traffic to allow a Road Race on to a road and also holding back oncoming traffic whilst a race finishes, will no longer be tolerated. Instead, Promoters will have to apply for Special Police Constables to be in attendance to carry out those duties. These will be provided at an approximate cost of £47 per hour, per Constable, with a minimum charge of four hours! However, there are no plans to charge in 2005, but that could easily change.

All the Risk Assessments vary as to how many Constables will be required, but there will be a minimum of one, which will mean from 2006 an additional approximate expenditure on a promotion of £188. Two local races, the Redbridge ERRL event and the ECCA Festival events will require two at an approximate cost of £376.

All riders will no doubt be keen to see all the present events appear in forthcoming calendars, but not all promoters will be able to absorb such a cost. The ECCA welcomes feedback from our Road Race competitors as to how they would react to an increase of approximately £4 on the current top entry fee in our British Cycling road race events of £11.70.

Please e-mail with your constructive thoughts and ideas.


A successful first year for the ECCA Website

The decision in May 2004 to construct a completely new site for the ECCA has proved to be a very good move. Interest has exceeded all expectations with 4,675 hits in 2004 including one memorable week when there were no less than 443 visits. There are now at least 30 Member Clubs with their own Websites and we would suggest that all these could include a link to the Association and provide an easy access for their members to keep track of what is happening in the ECCA.

In recent weeks we have enlarged the Archives section and it is now possible to check on past winners of our 34 Annual Competitions and Trophies, one dating back almost 80 years.

In 2004 we also introduced the Rider Sections of many of our Start and Result Sheets and this proved very popular. So much so, that on one Autumn Sunday in 2004, there had been 15 visits before the Webmaster had returned from the event! It is intended, with the co-operation of Event Secretaries, to cover even more events in 2006.

The ECCA acknowledge with thanks the technical assistance on the re-launch of our Website provided by of Questronics Computing Service.

Shaftesbury C.C. take Seven ECCA Team Championships

Congratulations to the Shaftesbury C.C. who have have had 11 individual wins and won no less than seven ECCA Team Championships during 2004. They achieved first team in the Ladies' BAR and Handicap BAR, 25, 30, 50 and 100 mile events and rounded off the season by winning the team in the Annual Hill Climb Championship. A third place was also achieved in the Festival Club Championship.

The full list of the Association's Champions are now on this site and it is possible to view the first, second and third placed riders and the first team in the various distance events and the Trophy Championships by clicking on Racing in the menubar and follwing the links or click here to go directly to the Winners.


ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2004

Report on AGM and Recent Committee Meeting

It is with much pleasure that we announce that John F. Cottee, Chelmer CC, has been appointed a Life Member of the ECCA in recognition of his many years of service to the Association.

New Qualifying Events for ECCA BAR Competitions.

As from January 1st, 2005, the Trophy Conditions for the Men's, Ladies' and Veterans' BAR Trophies will be as follows:
Eligible events shall be the ECCA events and any Open events held on a course within the jurisdiction of London East and East Districts and a limited number of selected Open events promoted by ECCA Member Clubs and the VTTA in London North, London South and South-East Districts of CTT.

As from January 1st, 2005, the Trophy Conditions for the Junior BAR will be as follows:
Eligible events shall be the ECCA events and any Open events held on a course within the jurisdiction of London East and East Districts and a limited number of selected Open events promoted by ECCA Member Clubs in London North, London South and South-East Districts of CTT.

The Events selected in the three new Districts for 2005 are:
London North:
Team Cambridge 25; Finsbury Park 50; Verulam 25.
London South:
Redmon 25; Southborough 25; Old Portlians 10; Addiscombe 10.
South-East:
Medway 10; Wigmore 25; Woolwich 10; San Fairy Ann 50; Thanet 10; Thanet 25; VC Elan 10; De Laune 25; VTTA 50.
All listed events are subject to Course and Date changes in 2005.

These additional events will enable ECCA competitors to ride some of their respective BAR events in three additional CTT Districts. We have requested that the CTT Handbook indicates which additional events are ECCA BAR counters. However, it will still be necessary each year for BAR contenders to ride three ECCA events at any distance to qualify. There is no additional work for Promoting Secretaries other than forwarding copies of their Start and Result sheets to the ECCA BAR Secretary.

New Committee Post. The Meeting agreed to create the Executive Committee position of Newsletter Editor. Since the demise of the Counties Magazine it has proved difficult to maintain a regular supply of news to our Member Clubs. It is envisaged that this venture will comprise mainly ECCA Racing News and will be published about four times a year on an A5 sheet and circulated via ECCA Start Sheets and to Club Secretaries. Please forward items for publication to Bill Thorncroft, 1 Cornsland Court, Rose Valley, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 4HY.

ECCA Committee. David Nock, API Resprays, was elected as a Committee member to cover the vacancy left by Bill Thorncroft, now on the Executive as Newsletter Editor.

2005 ECCA Programme. It was agreed to promote all the events listed on the ECCA Agenda paper. Three were slightly amended. The 12 hour will be on Sunday, 24th July; the 25 on 4th September will be a Scratch event and the 10 on 1st October will give preference to slower riders. Click here to see the Agenda.

2005 Teams of Five 25. Due to falling entries for this annual event, it will now be for Teams of Four.

2005 Championship 30. The Hertfordshire Wheelers have agreed to incorporate the ECCA Championship 30 in their E2/30 event in 2005.


Junior Tour of Wales - Great Results by ECCA Riders

The Association is delighted to report the fine performances by two ECCA riders, Edward Whitehorn, Glendene CC, and Adam Norris, Crest CC, who rode the three-day five-stage event having received some financial support from the Association's Bolton Fund.

This Fund was set up many years ago, mainly to assist younger riders to gain more knowledge and experience of cycle sport. In past years we have subsidised many youngsters from ECCA Clubs who attended Youth Week; helped defray the costs of the six visits ECCA Teams made to the Manx Road Club Weekend in the Isle of Man and made a substantial grant to the Local Team that competed in the 2001 Junior Tour of Wales. Last year we assisted a rider in the Junior Tour of Ireland and this year two riders in the Tour of Wales. Details of the ECCA Teams can be found in the Archives section.
Click here to see letters from the riders and their reports of the 2004 Junior Tour of Wales.


2004 ECCA Track Championships

The Association held its 2004 Track Championships at Gosling Sports Park, Welwyn, on July 17th. Once again the ECCA acknowledges with thanks the co-operation from Peter Waghorn, Welwyn Wheelers, who accommodated ECCA riders and our events at his meeting.

Andrew Ballentyne won the 10 mile Raleigh Cup for the sixth time in 13 years and followed this by winning the Senior Track Championship for which the Rothmans Trophy is awarded. He first won this Trophy in 1994 and this year his name will appear on it for the fifth time. As in 2003, the Junior Championship was won by Joe Liversidge, Stevenage C.C., for which he will receive the W.J. Bailey Cup.

There has been a 15-year break since we last saw competition for the Ladies' Track Championship in which the winner receives the Dot Marsh Trophy but Marianne Harding, PCA Ciclos Uno, called a halt to that situation when she won the Trophy this year.

The Club Team Championship for the Tiny Johnson Cup resulted in a clear win for Stevenage C.C., when they scored 42 points. West Suffolk Wheelers were second and Easterley R.C. third. Due to the lack of entries no Juvenile events were included this year, so their two trophies are held over until next year.

The track is now out of use for several weeks whilst refurbishment of the adjacent running track is carried out.

Click here to see an up-to-date list of all ECCA Trophy Winners for 2004.


Double for Kevin Gill in the ECCA 100

This year's ECCA 100 set the scene for Kevin Gill, Elite CC, to take two major awards in the event. His 3.59.30 placed him fourth in the event, but with the first three from non-affiliated clubs, Kevin took the Allondon Trophy as the fastest ECCA rider. However, when speaking to Kevin after the event he was extremely pleased to have come First on VTTA Standard with plus 91m. 48s, his first-ever win on Standard. Well done Kevin, shall we look for you in this year's 12 Hours event?

Shaftesbury CC's successful season continues and in the same event their team of Keith Andrewartha, Claire Lee and Martin Wheeler took the 100 Miles Shield with a team time of 13.18.31. It was also another great day for Claire who recorded a personal best 4.32.44 which was good enough to place her 23rd from 47 finishers, taking the First Lady award, and break the Shaftesbury's Ladies' 100 record.


News Item

The Executive Committee, mindful of the reduced racing facilities since the demise of the A12-based courses and some restrictions on the E2, have appointed a sub-committee to look into the possibility of including three other CTT Districts where riders from our affiliated Clubs can qualify for the various ECCA Trophies and Competitions. The Committee will be examining ways to see if it is practical to include the solo Open promotions at 10, 25, 50 and 100 miles and 12 hours of all ECCA Member Clubs in London East, London North, London South, East and South-East Districts, in addition to the ECCA events, when calculating results for our various Competitions. This would enable riders to have a wider range of events to choose from and perhaps even be able to qualify nearer to their own areas. By this action it is also hoped to slow down the worrying loss of affiliated Clubs, perhaps it may even improve our enrolment figures. The earliest this will come into force will be 2005. The Association's Newsletter will keep Clubs informed. Should the idea prove to be feasible, an item will appear on the Agenda for the A.G.M. which will take place on Sunday, 12th September, 2004.


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