The Twisted Spoke

We return to the British edition of the official organ of The Flat Section of the VCC, - the informal gathering of cycling Gentlefolk in Britain's Easternmost regions and most other Lowlands.
Incorporating the Twisterised Spoke (US) Cycling Plus and not to be confused with The Daily Telgraph.

Because of the clement East Anglian weather Dawlish decided to show unity with his wetter V-CC colleagues in the West


By Sally Forth, our Nautical Correspondent


Un-abashed by the current weather we proudly announce the next season of Vintage Cycling events, not all of which are in these necks of the woods.  Indeed not: there is still time to pack those gumboots, fettle that canoe and join us at Prescott this Friday (August 3rd) for the second 'East Meets West' Trudge.  Various members will venture West to show great support to our Gloucestershire chums, the cleverest of which will have spent last winter building pedaloes.  All this for a 20 mile ride, some soggy cake and a film show in the evening.  The really keen will stay for the Vintage Motor Racing Hill Climb that weekend (camping encouraged) plus the cycle race on Sunday morning.  All of this on the side of a hill so steep it will be guaranteed free of the wet stuff, but bring some fresh water just in case.  Details from Cally on the number below.  Note: Stena Sealink have not added the west of England to their ports-of-call as yet.*


Regular readers and riders will know that The Flat Section meets on the last Monday of each month (there's always at least one) at the Scole Inn near Diss...  Not so fast.  This August we have decided to forfeit the poor service, the poor beer, the Eastenders at deafening volume on the 'big screen' to change our venue as a one-off event to celebrate those members who live in the deep south.  Mr Richard Arundel has kindly agreed to help organise a new start from Ufford, near Woodbridge.  I quote: "For our Monday August 27th meeting the massed committee of Ye Flatte Section decreed that we should up-sticks and head South for a change of scenery and some flatter terrain.  This is to encourage those inhabitants of Ipswich, North Essex and Cambridgeshire to join us for a 8-ish mile each-way ride from the meeting place to the Ramsholt Arms on the River Deben, a place shrouded in mystery, ne'er-do-wells and highwaymen, so we should feel jolly welcome.  Food can be had there as well as fine ales."

Meet at the Crown Inn, High Street, Ufford, Suffolk, IP13 6EL, at 7:00pm for an 8:00 departure, after which we return, 14 miles approx in total.  Or just join us at the Ramsholt Arms, Dock Road, Ramsholt, Suffolk, IP12 3AB, food can be pre-booked by 'phoning the landlord on: 01394 411229.  Greater detail (of a Google-Earth-Like detail) from Cally 01986 784 664


...and it is known as 'The Autumn' a season we have got to know well this summer.  Naturally we will fill this with suitable rides but here's two for starters:

SUFFOLK TRUDGE No. 17: September 30th (Sunday) 20007.  This is a pre-1950s-machines-only fairly flat 30 mile struggle to the pub wherein we take lunch, picnics on the verge if preferred.  Lunch has to be booked direct with The Low House 01986 798 395, expect to arrive at 1.30pm.  Older machines encouraged, replicas welcome.  Meet at Marlinspike Hall, Walpole, Halesworth, Suffolk at 10am for small cycle-jumble, tea and buns, bring items for sale, no matter how useless.  Details from Cally: 01986 784 664 (no need to book a place on the ride, just turn up).

This is preceded by John Malseed's Essex Borders ride on Sunday, 23rd September Details: 01206 323 334
& Tim Gunn's Grand Cycle Auction on September 22nd whereat you buy the steeds for these very rides!
Details on 077 481 240 81

*A 'joke' only so-funny if read in the dry.
Further details for all events call Cally on 01 98 67 84 664, send him some stamps should you wish further issues