The Twisted Spoke

COLOUR edition of the official newspaper of The Flat Section of the V-CC, the informal gathering of The Cycling Gentry in Britain's Easternmost regions and most other Lowlands.



By our cycling correspondent Anna Bolik

Most of our readers will be well aware of the impending ride this coming weekend: Sunday October 18th.  'Tis The Trudge: number 25th to be precise and it's the one that takes our riders on a merry autumnal jaunt through country lanes flanked by shedding leaves and tyres to The Low House: ye pubbe of olde.  The ride can be as long as 35 miles to the pub, or can be conveniently foreshortened to 10, 15, 20 mile versions with judicious turns right as one may beat a hasty advance to the sound of pies and pints awaiting.  The ride home from the pub is a mere 6 miles or so.  Gather at the address below: 10:00am for a 11:00 set-off, but please park only on the front field, plenty of tea and cake provided plus the lure of shed scrapings piled up in neat rows of boxes full of rusty oddments for sale (a cycle-jumble - Editor).

Chumrades!  Turn out your sheds!  Bring along stuff to sell, parts! bikes! not necessarily cycle-reIated either, the odd Monet could change hands at a fair price if you so wish.

If the tea and buns at the start wear off, one may plump for lunch at the pub.  If so, you must book it in advance directly with Bob at The Low House.  Give him a call on 01986 798 395 if you bring picnics, ask him nicely and you can eat in the garden, especially if you make use of his fine ales and pop.  The tea and bun fun returns at the end of the ride too.

Bring carrier bags to fill with free apples and bullace plums.

News Extra: keen locals maywish to join us in a pre-Trudge Friday evening saunter to a Westleton pub to meet our great chum Graham who is making a weekend of it there.  Call for details.


...and the goose may be getting fat, but so will your waistline.  What better reduction technique can there be but Mick Madgett's Magic ride on Boxing Day, Monday December 26th.  We meet at his shop 'Madgett's Cycles' on Shelfhanger Lane in Diss at about 10:30 for a 20 miler to a lunch pub (just to pile those lost pounds back on).  Register your interest, your lunch booking and glean details from 01 37 96 50 419


Mention must be made of our monthly club meetings, so here it is.  We meet (mostly) at The Scole Inn, near Diss, Norfolk, at 7:30 on the last Monday in every month.  Gathering our buttocks we pedal off, some 5 miles, to a less hostile hostelry to eat drink and make merry.  These meetings have been very well attended of late, come and have a moan, blame each other and generally show off ones new oil lamps all in great and doubtful company.  Exceptions: Mick's ride (above) will replace the December fixture, normal service resumes in January and the February version (27th) will start at The Victoria at Earl Soham just for a change: make a note of it pronto!

Further details for all events, call Cally on 01 98 67 84 664, or Mick Madgett on 01379 642 735.  Send some postage stamps should you want to take up further issues: Marlinspike Hall, Walpole, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 9AR.