Surprises in store as Ipswich’s Trinity Park gets set to host cyclo-cross

Some surprises are promised for riders in the Regional Championship cyclo-cross when it is held at Trinity Park, Ipswich, on Sunday December 8.

The flat Suffolk Showground might not sound a promising cyclo-cross venue, but organiser Steve Grimwood has previously found inventive courses in Chantry Park and Alexandra Park, and if anyone can find a ‘cross course in a landscape, he can.

Competitors are darkly promised “a sneaky dash into a 4X4 test area”, as well as the more predictable “cunning loops and turns” and “a long straight road”.

This will be a stand-alone event, not part of the Elmy Cycles Eastern League.

For all races except the Under 10s and Under 12s, entries must be in advance, via the British Cycling website and are restricted to BC members. Closing date is December 1.

Total membership of West Suffolk Wheelers & Triathlon Club has topped 400 for the first time, it was announced at the Bury St Edmunds club’s AGM recently.

With four clubruns every week, regular training rides and sessions, evening time trials and triathlons, open events and other activities, the sum total of events during the year numbered more than 500.

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At the meeting Barry Denny stood down as chairman after seven astonishingly successful years in the role.

Under new chairman Neville Pettitt the club is planning another full calendar of events in 2014, in particular the Ixworth Cycle Races which are planned to be even bigger and better and offer opportunities to businesses to be part of the action as race or event sponsors.

Meanwhile Ipswich Bicycle Club is running two social rides (with cafe stop) each Saturday morning, one fast and one slow, meeting at Northgate Sports centre, at 9am.

A little further east, Wolsey RC and Plomesgate CC have an early start combined run from Kesgrave, Melton, and Woodbridge also on Saturdays. There is no planned stop on these, but the promise is “no one will be dropped” For final details email

There is an open meeting of the Lotus Cycle Racing League at the The Feathers, Town Green, Wymondham on December 4 at 8pm.

There are no Elveden Estate road races are planned for 2014.

Ken Jolliffe said: Entry fees would have to be £32 (double this year) or £20 per entry to ride on the Estate and Ken does not feel enough people would be prepared to pay that.

However the Hethel League, Gas Hill Gasp and Boudicca Sportive are continuing.

The latter is a fund-raising event and a kitty is available for the benefit if cycling locally.

If your club has a scheme or event that it would like to run and needs some assistance or ‘insurance’ please put in a proposal to Ken Jolliffe by November 25.

Already proposed is a Ladies Road Race in the Thetford area.