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|3rd June 2011|
|Mildenhall Cycling Club Statement|
Mildenhall Cycling Club are very saddened to hear of the death of keen cyclist Lesley Norman.
The successful RSPB film producer was killed while out cycling with two friends in Southern France when a car hit them. She tragically died at the scene near Toulouse, but her friends are recovering from the accident in hospital at Auch.
“The 51 year old was an enthusiastic supporter of our annual Mildenhall Cycling Rally and had been attending for a number of years. We know she had already booked her camping pitch for this year’s Rally, so will be missed” said the Club’s Press Officer Mark Burchett.
It is a great sadness when anyone passes away, but to hear of someone who has been coming to our Rally, that has had a tragic accident whilst cycling is awful.” he added.
She wasn’t, as had been reported in some sources one of the organisers of the Mildenhall Rally, but one of the thousands that enjoyed the three-day festival of cycling promoted by Mildenhall Cycling Club.More information about the Mildenhall Cycling Rally, which is held over the August Bank-Holiday weekend, can be found on their website www.mildenhallrally.org.uk.
|2nd June 2011|
|Golden member "so hardcore"|
Mildenhall Cycling Club Golden Member Victoria Pendleton was described by Dermot O'Leary as 'so hardcore' when she was a guest on his Sunday Radio 2 programme.
This was a reference to her choice of music which he played during the relaxed and interesting 20 minute interview. Even her twin Alex, got in on the act!
To hear the full interview and Victoria's music choices click here (slide to 1hr 12m 49secs)
|23rd May 2011|
|Members Ride for their Life!|
Mildenhall Cycling Club members took part in EACH's Ride for Life cycle rides yesterday.
The East Anglia's Children's Hospices fundraising events held at Santon Downham attracted nearly 1,000 entrants. Some of our members were caught by EACH's photographer after their 10 mile Off-Road ride, while there were still some members (Marc Bowers, Moe Milstead and Graham Brickett) riding the 10 mile Off-Road, having already done the 39 mile road event, or Matthew Mantle finishing the 25 mile Off-Road!
Click here to see the Photo Gallery.
|16th May 2011|
|The 25th Mildenhall Cycling Rally|
Celebrating 25 years in promoting an event
Indeed in 2011, Mildenhall Cycling club will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Mildenhall Cycling Rally. The festival has been held in the same format since 1987 and comprises three days of cycling events, shows, races and activities to suit all cycling ages, levels and abilities. There will be organised rides over distances from 10 miles to 300 km, grass track racing, a children's duathlon, roller racing and a cyclo-cross race to boot.
The highlight of the competitive cycling is grass track. Close racing around the 250m grass track makes for a true spectacle. Grass track races are hard fought from the gun and as exciting to watch as they are to compete in. Previous winners of the prestigious national ladies grass track championships, held at the Rally, have included none other than GB Olympian Victoria Pendleton, who in common with her father Max is Mildenhall Cycling Club member herself.
The 2011 Rally will take place over August bank holiday weekend and is a great opportunity to get away, burn some calories and celebrate with like minded people. Celebrations are likely to be stepped up this year, being the 25th staging of the event and even if you`re not able to participate in any of the organised events there`s plenty to do with races to watch, one of the UK`s biggest cycling trade shows, a cycling jumble sale and the traditional quiz night.
Various accommodation options await you, from four star hotels to bed and breakfasts. Be sure to book early as local lodgings are likely to be fill up quickly. Of course, to enter the real spirit of the rally, book at pitch at the venue to camp for the weekend. Approximately 2000 people camp every year at the Rally site alone so once again, book early. Full details about the event can be found via the Mildenhall Cycling Club website, www.mildenhallrally.org.uk.
It`s fair to say that whatever genre of cycling interests you, from road to cyclo-cross, or if you love mountain bikes, there`s sure to be some kindred spirits at the Mildenhall Rally. Take the kids and you might just discover a future world champion.
|10th April 2011|
Moe sprung a surprise at his latest Movie Night, by having two birthday cakes.
One was to mark his 40th birthday, but the other one was for Peter Bentley who celebrates his 80th birthday next week.
For those not there, these pictures show you what you missed!!
|1st April 2011|
|What a whopper!|
|The club's off-road clubrun on Sunday attracted twenty members that enjoyed a leisurely ride within Thetford Forest.
It is very encouraging that this is the largest group the Mildenhall club have had on one club-run for a number of years.
For more pictures from my phone camera of some of the group enjoying the bomb-holes Click here
|6th March 2011|
|Mildenhall Cycling Rally rolls into town|
Mildenhall is gearing itself up for a huge influx of cyclists over the August bank Holiday weekend as the annual Mildenhall Cycling Rally rolls in.
Mildenhall Cycling Club attracts cyclists from across the UK for its three-day cycling festival, which is held in and around the town’s Riverside Middle School. One of the organisers Mark Burchett says, “Once again, every single pitch of the temporary campsite has been allocated, which means around 2,000 people will be camping at the Rally venue alone. On top of that all the local B&B’s, Guest Houses and hotels in the surrounding area are booked up as well.
However, as Mark Burchett added, “Although our campsite is sold out, day visitors to the Rally are still very welcome. With Mildenhall being almost in the centre of East Anglia, our Rally is within an hour or two’s driving from anywhere within the region”
Day car parking and entry to the Rally are both free of charge, so it also makes the event ideal for families. Every day there will be the Children’s Sports, while on the Sunday and Monday there will be the bouncy castle and face painter, both free of charge. Additionally on the Monday there will be a children’s entertainer, Adam Strange, with his Magic and Puppet Shows!
The highlight of the competitive events will be the Women’s National 800m Grass-Track Championship on Saturday afternoon. According the organiser of the track racing, Max Pendleton, “We have a quality field of the top 16 female riders on the grass and the Championship is likely to be contended between Laura Trott (Welwyn Wheelers), Sue Wood (Maldon & District CC). Lauren Brown (Border City Wheelers) and host club rider Sarra Boyd.” Although his daughter and Golden-Member of Mildenhall CC, Victoria won’t be competing on a track where she won this title in 2000 and 2002, before graduating to the international stage.
Other competitive events will include an early season Cyclo-Cross, run on a Madison basis where the teams of two ride alternate laps, while especially for the under 17’s there will be the ever-popular Children’s Duathlon. After last year’s successful re-introduction, there will also be Roller-Racing on Saturday evening.
On the touring front, Suffolk DA (District Association) of the Cyclists Touring Club will be organising 100, 200 and 300km Audax Rides on the Saturday. For those that want something more relaxing, Mildenhall Cycling Club will be offering their range of touring leaflets, with distances available to suit everyone from 10 to 60 miles.
On the Sunday and Monday the Rally has one of the biggest Trade Show’s in the UK, with around 30 traders and organisations represented. Whilst there is also the ever-popular Cycle Jumble and a Quiz Night.
This nationally acclaimed event takes place from Saturday 28th – Monday 30th August 2010. More details of what’s on offer at the Mildenhall Cycling Rally are available from their website at www.mildenhallrally.org.uk
|20th August 2010|
|Victoria Pendleton takes the Rollapaluza challenge|
Mildenhall Cycling Club's Golden Member Victoria Pendleton took part in a Rollapulaza challenege with a difference.
In her role as ambassador to the Team Green Britain Day she set the standard time on the static rollers, for members of the public to beat. More details and pictures are available on the Rollapaluza website.
|30th July 2010|
|Mildenhall's Golden Member retains her World Title|
Mildenhall Cycling Club are one of the growing number of Go-Ride Club's in the country approved by British Cycling to run their programme that teaches children the fundamentals of cycling.
The latest session the club put on, in conjunction with Sustrans programme called Bike-It! was recently at Norwich Road Primary School in Thetford. Mandy Cook, one of the Club's qualified Level Two Coach, explained "We don't mind how experienced, or, inexperienced they are, the only thing we ask for from the children is enthusiasm. We can teach them the rest."
She added, "Nothing pleases me more than seeing them learning through the fun, challenges and competition. Often they are enjoying themselves so much they don't realise they are actually learning at the same time!
British Cycling's development programme for young people provides a fun and safe way to introduce young riders to the world of cycle sport and provides a platform to improve bike handling skills. To get involved is easy, through one of our many Holiday Coaching Programmes or at a local Go-Ride club, where young people will be able to sample the various cycle sport disciplines and start enjoying one of the fastest growing sports in the UK today. For those who are already involved and want to move forwards, Go-Ride has it covered with the new Go-Ride Racing competition programme.
The Club's Press Officer, Mark Burchett, says "Although we aren't trying to take the credit for her phenomenal success, Victoria Pendleton MBE began her cycling career with Mildenhall CC and showed her developing talent on the grass-track. She demonstrates that any young person can reach the very top of our sport with the right dedication, coaching as well as a sprinkling of talent, which she must have inherited from her father Max, who himself was a National 8km Grass-Track Champion and is still a member of our club"
At the weekend, Victoria won a Gold and Silver medal at the World Track Cycling Championships held in Copenhagen. The leading lady of not just the UK cycling scene, but the world too, retained her World Sprint title beating Chinese rider Shuang Guo and has now won it five times in the last six years. She also qualified for the final of Women's Kieron, where she narrowly lost out to Simona Krupeckaite from Lithuania. "The Club is obviously very pleased at her continued success" added Mark.
The Mildenhall Club are running a weekly Go-Ride programme throughout the summer, for 8 - 16 year olds based at their headquarters, in Wamil Way, Mildenhall, from Monday 10th May to Monday 16th August 2010. Each session will cost £2.00 (club members free) and will consist of a mixture of skills and grass track racing at these sessions.
To register for the sessions the Club are holding an open evening on Monday 26th April (7.30pm), where the children and their parents are invited to come along and find out more.
|29th March 2010|
|Mildenhall's Golden Member sets sight on World Title|
Victoria Pendleton MBE goes into this years UCI World Track Championships very relaxed about her chances of winning an unprecedented fourth consecutive Women's World Sprint title. The reigning World Champion will look to defend her title on Saturday in Ballerup Arena in Copenhagen.
Listen to a relaxed Victoria in interview with the BBC's Gill Douglas.
The World Championships are being held from today (24th March) to Sunday 28th March. Click here for the full line up of BBC's television coverage of the racing from Copenhagen.
|24th March 2010|
|Mildenhall CC put on a show at Sports Fair|
Mildenhall Cycling Club were one of nearly twenty sport and leisure organisations from Brandon and Mildenhall on show at the inaugural Mildenhall Sports Fair. Promoted by Saxon Sports in the Mildenhall Dome Sports Centre, the fair was visited by children from the district's Middle and Upper schools.
As well as their competion rollers and clock, the Mildenhall Club were supported by British Cycling regional coaches Mark Wyer and Alison Lilley who brought a set of Wattbikes with them. These proved very popular with the young people visiting the fair, as unlike the competition rollers the Wattbikes are freestanding allowing anyone to sit and ride them without any practice.
The Wattbike, developed in conjunction with British Cycling coaches and scientists, is supposed to replicate the sensation of 'real' cycling, be the world's first factory calibrated indoor bike, as well as help BC coaches identify potential future stars.
Stars like the current Olympic and World Sprint Champion Victoria Pendleton, MBE, who began her cycling career with the Mildenhall Club and whose father Max is still an active member today.As part of their stand the Club had a display of pictures showing Victoria's development from when she was aged eight on the back of her Dad's tandem on a Youth Hostel weekend, to when she really began to make her mark on the grass-track as a teenager.
For some more pictures from the Sports Fair click here
|Mildenhall celebrate Club Champions of 2009|
Mildenhall Cycling Club have celebrated members' achievements of 2009 at their recent Annual Dinner & Prize Presentation.
Mandy Cook took the top award, the Super Champion, which is based on points awarded for competing in a Rough Ride, a two-lap Circuit Time Trial, Grass Track, Road Race, Hill Climb, Off-Road Championship, Cyclo-Cross, Club Night attendance (from September to March) and Club Run attendance. She also pushed Club Chairman Barry Archer very hard in the Senior Off-Road Championship, forcing him to share the award that he won out-right in 2008!
There was, once again, no real surprise who the winners of the Hill Climb and Grass-Track Championships were in 2009. A former National 8km Grass-Track Champion, Max Pendleton comfortably saw off younger members Keith Richardson and Sarra Boyd on the track at last year's Mildenhall Cycling Rally, while on Primrose Hill in Moulton the father of Olympic and World Sprint Champion Victoria Pendleton MBE, had a clear ten-second margin ahead of his closest rival Richard Carrington. Carrington though showed his prowess against the clock on the road, to be the fastest club-member over 10 and 25 miles.
There was a very welcome return of Anthony Preece to the competitive arena in 2009 and was rewarded by becoming the Club's Senior Cyclo-Cross Championship.
It is very pleasing that the Mildenhall Club is once again, as a result of it's Go-Ride programme, starting to attract younger members. One of those Adam Gough, was missing from the presentation, as he was in Great Longstone, Derbyshire competing in the British School's Cycling Association (BSCA). However, on the day both felt they might have done better to have attended the dinner instead.
Adam's father Adrian said "it didn't go too well. We battled through the snowy conditions to get there, but had to leave the car about half a mile from the venue and walk the rest of the way as the road was too slippery."
"We took Adam's usual bike, but left the one the Club had lent him on the back of the car, which was a bad call!. Unfortunately by the time his race started the course was very slushy. His bike had no traction. The one we left with the car with proper 'cross- tyres would have been far better. We're not sure yet where he finished as we left to get home before the results were posted, to get home in the best of the weather." he added.
Adam from Cambridge, finished 10th in the Under 12 age category. But a very philosophical Adrian, said later "It was a shame for him ..... but that's racing! We both learnt a lot about having the right tyres and bike for the conditions."
He was the Club's Youth Cyclo-Cross and Grass-Track Champion in 2009 and is pictured right, proudly showing off the trophies in the Mildenhall Club's headquarters.
For a complete list of all the awards and placings by Club members in 2009 click here
|22nd February 2010|
|A glimpse of club members out off-roading|
Members face the camera before heading off into the woods. To see them in action click here
|28th January 2010|
|End-to-End riders reunite 25 years after their Charity Ride|
The four riders that rode from Lands End to John O'Groats in aid of two local charities met up again for the first time, since their ride in 1984.
In a very strange twist of fate, Adrian Barrance, who has for many years lived in Honduras, was due in the UK over a ten-day period that coincided with a new event for Club members, a Quiz.
Within a few days Adrian Rochford who lives in Derbyshire and Max Pendleton, living in Bedfordshire confirmed that they would join up with the fourth member of the quartet, John Freiyer (who still lives locally at Chedburgh) at the Quiz, pictured top right.
They rode the 880 miles in just five and a half days, finishing at John O'Groats, pictured bottom right, having raised £5,000 for Professor Heyhoe's Leukemia Research Fund and Action for Research into Multiple Sclerosis.
"Within three months of their ride in June 1984, Barrance left for the Pacific island of Vanuatu and although his parents still live in Wales, he hadn't been back to East Anglia, so this was too good an opportunity to miss," explained Mark Burchett.
As Dave Bowers who with his wife Viv, drove the back-up vehicle with their son Marc navigating, said at the quiz, "it was almost as if it was meant to be after all these years."
It was only fitting that the End to Enders competed in the quiz as a team and came very close to winning it as well, but they were just pipped by the "Y Not Dave" team, consisting of Tony and Jean Cornell, Pauline Pendleton and Viv Bowers, as the results board below shows!
Mildenhall Club Quiz - Results
Adrian Rochford, Adrian Barrance, Dave Bowers, Max Pendleton,
|29th November 2009|
|Mildenhall Cycling Club host public meeting on proposed BMX / Mountain Bike Circuit|
Mildenhall CC's clubroom in Wamil Way played host to one of the four public consultations being held by Forest Heath District Council into proposals for a BMX and Mountain Bike circuit.
Representing the local authority was Billy Cornish, who together with the BMX and Mountain Bike course designer, were on hand to show and explain the plans drawn up for the hectare development in the Mildenhall Woods. It is an area of woodland east of College Heath Road, Mildenhall that will be utilised to provide play and recreational facilities for children, young people and the wider community. The following aspects are included within the project plan:
Commenting on the project Community Development Officer Billy Cornish said this is an exiting project for the children, young people and wider community of Mildenhall there are some superb facilities being implemented and it is hoped that this will provide an area where people can come together and enjoy the natural environment.
For further information, or, to get involved in this project please contact Billy Cornish (Community Development Officer for Changing Spaces on (01638) 719295 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|26th September 2009|
|Mildenhall CC announce their Bike Week events|
Bike Week, the UK's biggest mass participation cycling event, is this year challenging families to get more out of life by swapping their four wheels for two and exploring new places in their local community.
Mildenhall Cycling Club will join towns, villages and cities across the UK to host free cycling events with the theme of 'Get more out of life: live local, get cycling'.
Thousands of events will inspire people to hop on their bikes and discover the benefits and pleasures of cycling locally. Over half of all car journeys are less than five miles long, so by switching them to an easy thirty minute bike ride, you'll save money, find new places in the Forest Heath area you didn't know existed, shrink your carbon footprint and get fit too!
Mildenhall Cycling Club will be holding a Go-Ride skills test at the High Lodge Forest Centre, in the heart of the Thetford Forest between Thetford and Brandon (off the B1107). There will be 2 courses for children of different abilities to test out their skills, based on the Go Ride skills test, with limbo and the additional challenge of a see saw. These will be held between 10.30am - 3.30pm on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June 2009.
Lucy Waller from the Mildenhall Club said: "Many families are looking for easy ways to get more out of life, particularly during these difficult financial times. Cycling brings families together and is a fantastic, free way to explore new places and rides and have a lot of fun. We hope that people will use Bike Week as the perfect opportunity to get back on their bikes and connect with people in and around the Forest Heath area."
for everyone during Bike Week, with events ranging from cycle training
and Dr Bike sessions for novices, to commuter challenges and group rides
around local cycling routes - all for free! Many are open to the entire
family meaning it's a great way to spend time together and meet others
locals whilst rediscovering the fun of riding a bike in a safe and friendly
To find out what is taking place in the forest heath area visit www.bikeweek.org.uk and enter your postcode, or www.mildenhallcc.org.uk for specific details of Mildenhall CC's events. If you'd like to take part but don't have a bike, this shouldn't stop you - you can find your nearest bike rental outlet on the website. All participants get the chance to win a Center Parcs family holiday or one of twenty-four bike carriers in the lead up to Bike Week - another reason to get on your bike!
Bike Week has teamed up with Change4Life, the movement that provides families with helpful hints and tips about how to be more active and less sedentary and promotes cycling as a great way for children to achieve 60 minutes of their recommended daily activity.
Five reasons to get
on your bike:
|6th May 2009|
|2009 Go-Ride events|
Mildenhall Cycling Club are holding fun bike handling sessions for children aged 9-13 interested in cycling.
The Go Ride sessions will include challenges, competitions and races. The sessions are to be held on Mondays 11th & 18th May, 8th & 22nd June, 6th & 20th July and 3rd & 17th August 6.30-8.00pm.
Riders are asked to meet at Mildenhall CC club room, next to the cricket club off Wamil Way by 6.15pm. The actual sessions will take place on Riverside Sports field. Participants should bring a bike, helmet and drink and wear appropriate clothing. A parental consent form will need to be completed at the first session.
Go-Ride is an initiative created by British Cycling that integrates club development and structured coaching activities for young people. It encourages youngsters to take up cycling, improve their bike handling skills and become more competent and safer cyclists who can reach their full potential.
Fun coaching activities, open to all abilities and held in conjunction with local schools will be run in traffic-free environments. All Go-Ride clubs have a commitment to ongoing training for their volunteers, to have a sound structure, to be fair and equitable and to undertake training to support British Cyclings Policies and Guidelines for child protection and best practice.
|30th April 2009|
|Mildenhall's Youth Riders in Holland - 2008|
During 2008 Mildenhall Cycling Club's youth riders spent time riding in the Holland. Matthew Cook and Will Adams rode in the Tour de Oude Jan (Old John's Tour).
Starting from Velp near Arnhem this is billed as a Mini Tour de France, consisting of an eight day cycle tour, of approximately 800 kilometres staying in Sports Halls around the route. Police motorcyclists provide a rolling road closure at all times, shutting off motorway lanes and all junctions to allow the 100 or so eight to 16 year old riders to have a safe passage. There is also a lead car with music blaring, a mechanics van, ambulance/sag wagon, toilet wagon, food wagon, stores wagons and a baggage wagon, so just about all the trappings of the Tour. In the evenings after a meal there is either racing or games of some sort.
The first day Saturday started with signing on, a quick bike check, sorting out which team they where in, getting their team jerseys, getting to know the other team members and, if like Matthew you had been before, renewing old friendships. After lunch it was time to leave the sports hall for a near by Roses for Children Memorial for a shortish service. Then on to a near by nature area for a team time trial, Matthew and Will's team finished fourth. Then back to the sports hall for dinner. After the meal it was off to a near by open air swimming pool for an evening of games, back to the hall for a snack and bed.
Day two up early, breakfast, pack up, clean the hall and off to Deventer. Arriving at the sports hall in Deventer, it was unload the wagons, make beds and have dinner. After dinner it was off to the local cycle circuit for some racing then back to the hall for a snack and bed.
Day three off to Assen, with Matthew (pictured left) in the polka dot jersey as third overall on general classification. Again the usual routine, up, packed, ride, unpack, dinner, race, etc.
Day four on to Sneek. Routine as usual except there was a boat trip round Sneek after dinner.
Day five onto Den Helder. The same routine as day three.
Day six onto Alkmaar. A slight change of routine, a shorter ride to the velodrome at Alkmaar, after unpacking and making beds there was racing either on the track or on the mountain bike tracks in the grounds. Matthew chose to do the mountain biking, winning the events, Will chose the track achieving a time of 19.2 seconds for a flying start 250 metres. After dinner it was off to the swimming baths for the evening then back to the Velodrome and bed.
Day seven onto Ede. The longest ride 140 kilometres, otherwise the usual routine except a BBQ in the evening instead of racing.
Day eight last day return to Velp. After breakfast and packing it was off to the local cycle circuit for some racing, time trials, before moving on to the main square in Velp for the reunion with parents, an ice cream and the exchange of gifts with team mates. Then back to the sports hall, were it all started, for the presentation of prizes. Matthew and Will's team were second in the team classification and Matthew was third in the racing classification.
During the year Matthew has spent quite a lot of time in Holland starting with the Heerlen International Cyclo-Cross in February, with bright sun and temperatures around 20 degrees, finishing seventh. Next it was Easter, bitterly cold with hail and snow, finishing fifth and about middle of the field in his other event. In early July he had three weeks out there, mostly wet, to race, train and renew old friendships. He had nine races in the three weeks, normally finishing in the middle of the field. Then back home for a couple of days and back for Tour de Oude Jan.
|12th February 2009|
|Victoria Pendleton honoured by her Club|
Mildenhall Cycling Club have created a new category of membership so that they can pay tribute to Victoria Pendleton after winning the Women's Sprint Gold medal in this years Beijing Olympics.
Members voted unanimously at their recent AGM to create Gold, Silver and Bronze Honorary categories that will be awarded based on outstanding National or International achievement and that Victoria should be the first ever recipient of the Gold award.
"All our members felt we had to do something to honour her phenomenal achievement. Due to the introduction of BMX as an Olympic sport, Victoria had just one shot at Gold, with her other preferred event, the Women's 500m time trial dropped", explains committee member, Mark Burchett.
"Adding even more pressure on Victoria was the fact that she had to watch and wait while the rest of her team not only competed but were winning medal after medal. But she responded in the only way she knows how, leading from the front looking so cool and relaxed in that Beijing final."
"In the qualifying round the 27-year-old broke the Olympic record and was the only rider inside 11 seconds with a time of 10.963 seconds, just short of her PB. At every stage of the competition she never looked troubled by any of her opponents. Not even the sight of an old adversary Anna Mears (Australia) in the final could thwart her. The Australian had no answer at all for GB's Queen of the track!"
This accolade will be in addition to the Mildenhall Club making her an honorary member in 2005. That came in recognition of her becoming a World Champion for the first time.
demonstrates that with the right support and not to mention sufficient
financial back through Lottery funding that British Cycling has used so
effectively, what can be achieved."
Mildenhall Cycling Club is now recognised by British Cycling, the sport's governing body, as a Go-Ride Club, which means that they have trained coaches and a development programme aimed at improving both young riders and the club. More information about Go-Ride can be found on www.go-ride.org.uk .
|24th November 2008|
|Cost of Club Membership changes|
At the Club's recent AGM members of Mildenhall CC agreed to increase the rates of membership. However, in conjunction with the Mildenhall Club's Go-Ride programme they agreed to freeze the Juvenile rates at just £4.00, so it doesn't deter the under 16's from joining the Club.
In recognition of the ever-growing number of older members they introduced a new category of membership for the Over 60's. They will pay the same rate as Junior members (16/17) of £9.00.
For more details of membership of the Club click here
|31st October 2008|
|Mildenhall and MAD club's enjoy a joint club-run|
Members from Mildenhall and Maldon and District Cycling Club's joined forces on Sunday for a bumper club-run out to the Mildenhall Club's Annual Hill Climb Championship.
The invitation to the members of the Essex based Club came about after they expressed their interest in repairing the Mildenhall Club's set of competition rollers. As regular attendees at the Mildenhall Cycling Rally, organised by Mildenhall CC, the 'MAD' cyclists missed the very exciting roller racing competitions that used to be held at the Rally.
Pictured left are over 20 members of both clubs outside Mildenhall's Wamil Way clubroom before they set out on the ten-mile ride to Moulton. Included in the group are three generations of the Bowers family with Dave and Viv, their son Marc (leaning on the handlebars) and his son Frank in the cycle trailer!
As well as riding out to Primrose Hill, three members from the Maldon Club also took part in the Hill Climb competition, with Mark Beattie proving to be fastest up the hill completely wining the event in 1 minute 54.4 seconds. Together with Mildenhall's Max Pendleton they were the only two riders to ride inside 2 minutes.
Afterwards they returned to Mildenhall to enjoy a buffet lunch prepared by Mildenhall's Mandy Cook, whose industry in the kicthen prevented her from joining in the ride!
Maldon and District CC's Paul Gregory said "Despite the long drive the Maldon members enjoyed the day and are equally keen on what we are trying to achieve. Having enjoyed 20+ year's at your Rally it would bring us a great deal of satisfaction to be able to put something back."
Mark Burchett for the Mildenhall Club said " We very much appreciate the interest and enthusiasm that Maldon and District CC have already shown in restoring our competition rollers back to their former glory. Inviting them to our clubroom and provide them with lunch was the very least we could do. We are very excited that our rollers may once be used competitively and wait to see how they get on over the winter months."
|20th October 2008|
|Honorary member is a proud Olympic Gold medal winner|
Victoria Pendleton has taken her cycling career to new heights today by becoming the Women's Olympic Sprint Champion. She underlined her status as the current World Champion by taking honours without appearing to even break into a sweat!
"She absolutely blew away her opponent and old adversary Anna Mears (Australia). Even though Mears had the disadvantage of her semi-final clash with Chinese rider Shuang Guo going to three energy sapping heats, she had no answer at all for GB's Queen of the track!" said Mark Burchett on behalf of the Club.
In the qualifying round on Sunday, the 27 year old, broke the Olympic record and was the only rider inside 11 seconds with a time of 10.963 seconds, just short of her PB.
"In a phenomenal games for the GB cycling team, Victoria has had to watch and wait while the rest of her team not only competed but were winning medal after medal. Despite this pressure she looked so cool and relaxed lining up in the Beijing final." Mark added.
She has added the Women's Sprint Gold from the Beijing Olympics to an already impressive CV of Women's World Sprint Champion in 2005, 2007 and 2008, Women's World Team Sprint Champion in 2007 and 2008, Women's World Keirin Champion in 2007 and Commonwealth Games (Melbourne) Women's Sprint Champion in 2006.
Chairman of the Cycling Club, Barry Archer, said "I'm over the moon for her, she deserves it all! She's put in the hard work over these past few years and this is the one that she really wanted."
"Everyone at Mildenhall Cycling Club is so proud of her. She was made an Honorary member of the Mildenhall Club in 2005 in recognition of becoming the Women's World Sprint Champion for the first time in 2005. The Club, will over the next few weeks, be looking at the best way to mark the latest achievement in her fantastic cycling career so far." says Mark.
|19th August 2008|
|Club members take part in Lark in the Park|
Members of Mildenhall Cycling Club took their Go-Ride course to the town's Jubilee Fields on Saturday. They were one of many community organisations taking part in Forest Heath District Council's Lark in Park day.
Under the guidance of newly qualified Go-Ride coach, Lucy Waller (pictured right testing the course), local children who brought their cycles could test themselves on a course that teaches ability, co-ordination and awareness of what's around them, while at the same time enjoying themselves.
As well as the children, they also attracted the Wasp mascot from the West Anglia Sports Partnership, as well as the Clown, to the obstacle course, as can be seen below.
They also promoted their forthcoming Mildenhall Cycling Rally, which will take place over the August Bank-Holiday weekend (23-25th August) at the Riverside Middle School.
|12th July 2008|
|This Is Your Life - Dave Bowers|
Dave Bowers (pictured right) of Mildenhall Cycling Club got a huge surprise at the weekend when he attended a Club reunion.
It had been promoted as a reunion to mark the Club's 55th year, but in one of the best-kept secrets ever, everyone else attending knew there was another reason they were really there. It was to mark the fantastic achievement of Dave's 50th consecutive years of membership of the Mildenhall Club.
Organiser of the reunion, Mark Burchett said "Dave really had no idea at all what was going on until I made the presentation to him! It was an absolute honour for me to present Dave with a 'This is Your Life' book."
"Included in it is a foreword written by double World Champion Track cyclist and honorary member of our Club, having been a member in her younger days, Victoria Pendleton. Dave read this moving piece out in front of everyone and towards the end he struggled to do so as his emotions began to get the better of him."
"The beautifully bound 'red' book covers not just Dave's 50 years with our Club, but his formative years as well. I couldn't have put the book together however, without the help of members and friends of Dave and especially his wife, Viv. She has been invaluable in piecing together Dave's life story and obtaining, without Dave's knowledge, photographs and memorabilia to add to this fascinating story. But whoever I spoke to, as I researched Dave's life, only ever had kind words," he added.
In true 'This is Your Life' fashion, there were a few surprise guests introduced at the presentation too. Mark explains "During the 1960's Dave was part of a band called The Fugitives and we were successful in getting all but one of the group back together, with brothers Dave Reeve from Mildenhall and Richard from Lakenheath, as well drummer George Hemsby from Mildenhall there to share in the celebrations"
The Fugitives (pictured right), back together again, well for a photo-shoot anyway! From top to bottom is lead singer Dave Bowers, guitarist Dave Reeve, drummer George Hemsby and guitarist Richard 'Dick' Reeve.
Dave even recognised Johann Strauss' 'Rudetzky March, which is the theme tune used by FFN Lincoln section (Feucht Frohliche Neustadter), a brother group of the wine-appreciation society based in Lincoln's twin town of Neustadt-an-der-Weinstrasse, in the Rhineland Pfalz region of Germany. Mark explained "It was through their Vice-President Dennis Borman when he was officiating at the Club's Dairytime Gala's and Mildenhall Cycling Rally grass-track meetings, that members including Dave and Viv, participated in their wine tasting evenings. Dennis, who Dave hadn't seen for over 15 years, walked into the Hall, wearing his FNN blazer with a bottle of Red wine and two celebration glasses as a gift for Dave."
Afterwards Dave said, " I had absolutely no idea. Although thinking back it does explain one or two things that at the time I didn't think anything of. I came home one day and all my old cycling photographs were out across the bed. I can't remember what Viv said at the time but I obviously believed her!"
There was a buffet cooked and prepared by members of Mildenhall Cycling Club that also included a specially decorated cake made by Jean Cornell, who together with her husband Tony, are long-time friends of Dave and Viv and who were also there to share in the celebrations.
Before the afternoon ended there was a further surprise for Dave as he was given a specially commissioned birthday card organised by Jean Poole that was signed by everyone at the reunion, for his 64th birthday on Monday (30th June).
Honorary member George
Wadman, from Leicestershire, was full of praise of his former club-mate
from the 1960's, saying "As Bowersy said to me, 'I don't see myself
in that way' - that is being a mainstay of the Club and I (and I'm sure
many others) told him that it's how others see him. The 'honour' is well
"As a club and committee, we just couldn't let this magnificent feat go unrecognised and what better way to celebrate it but with current & ex-members and his close friends," added Mark Burchett. There were over 90 people present in the new and well-equipped West Row Village Hall and with so many current & ex-members present it was also a wonderful opportunity for them to reminisce about their cycling experiences.
In the morning there was a clubrun that was one of the best attended for a long while and it was very fitting that Dave Bowers was the runs leader. Ex-members Andy West, Dave Baldock, Bryan Colbourne and Adrian Rochford joined Dave's son Marc with his grandson Frank in a cycle-trailer, Richard Carrington with his son James also in a trailer, John Freiyer, chairman Barry 'Sturmey' Archer, as well as Lucy and Andrew Waller with their children Matthew in a child seat and Emily on the back of a tandem respectively.
For the complete picture gallery click here
|1st July 2008|
|Go-Ride at Mildenhall .... gets going!|
The club invites children of Middle School age interested in cycling to participate in fun bike handling sessions, to initiate their Go Ride scheme. The sessions are to be held on Mondays 30th June and 7th, 14th July 6.30-8.00pm.
Riders are asked to meet at Mildenhall CC club room, next to the cricket club off Wamil Way by 6.15pm. The actual sessions will take place on Riverside Sports field. Participants should bring a bike, helmet and drink and wear appropriate clothing. A parental consent form will need to be completed at the first session.
There will be a charge of £3 per session for non-club members. To confirm a place or for further information please contact Barry Archer 01842 861743 or Lucy Waller 01638 552361.
The club is also holding a come and try it mini Go Ride course for all ages at Lark in the Park on Jubilee Fields from 10-4 on Saturday 12th July. Participants will need to bring their own bike and helmet. Information will also be available on the Mildenhall Rally on 23-25th August.
|20th June 2008|
Mildenhall Cycling Club have an indirect link with an event that's about to happen in America. The RAAM (Ride Across America) is an endurance event of the utmost kind, with cyclists either in teams or as a solo riding from coast to coast.
Nicola, one time member of our Club and daughter of Max Pendleton, is part of the support crew helping Jim Rees attempt the Solo event for the second year running. In June 2007 he completed the ride from San Diego to Atlantic City. This year the ride starts in Lake Henshaw, California and finishes 3008.45 miles later in Annapolis, Maryland. He is using it to raise money for charity and this year, the very worthwhile cause is the Bobby Moore Fund. Jim has founded Team Inspiration to demonstrate that we are all "Built for Greatness" and more information about his ride can be found on their website.
More information about the RAAM can be found on the official website
|1st June 2008|
|Club announce new website advertiser - ecomparison|
Mildenhall Cycling Club have teamed up with web comparison site 'ecomparison'. They are providing a sponsored link for the next year to ecomparison's Gear Zone site, where they provide an easy way to compare the prices of any outdoor clothing and equipment.
|30th May 2008|
|Club to hold Mini-Reunion|
Mildenhall Cycling Club are to hold an informal reunion to mark its 55th year. The mini-reunion will take place at West Row village hall on Sunday 29th June 12 noon - 5pm.
After the Club's highly successful golden jubilee celebrations in 2003, the Club's committee realised there are a large number of ex-members especially who have a very close affinity for Mildenhall Cycling Club. With this in mind they are keen to continue and foster that special relationship by holding informal get together.
Before then reunion, there will be a gentle club-run in the morning starting and finishing at the West Row Village Hall between 10am and 12noon.
Anybody ever connected with Mildenhall Cycling Club, is very welcome to attend the Reunion. For more details, or tickets priced at £5 for Adults (under 16 are free) please contact Mark Burchett, 97 Codling Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. IP32 7HE; or by email click here
|15th May 2007|
|Victoria retains her World Sprint Crown|
Victoria Pendleton produced an outstanding display of track cycling to win the Women's World Sprint title for the third time in four years. This was just one of many medal winning rides by the Great Britain team at the World Championships in Manchester last week, where they took more medals than any other Country ever at a World Championship.
The Honorary member cruised through qualification on the Friday and provided the group of members from Mildenhall in the National Cycling Centre crowd to some enthralling racing on the Saturday on the way to the final. In the final she beat Simona Krupeckaite of Lithuania 2-0.
In the first heat she went to the front with a lap to go and just powered away from the Lithuanian to ease over the finishing line over half a length ahead. In the second heat Krupeckaite made sure Pendleton couldn't use the same tactic and it was her that took the front with a lap to go. As they came out of the back straight Pendleton was well adrift, but in that final third produced a storming finish to amazingly beat the Lithunian by half a length again.
The victorious World Champion on her victory lap right and left captured with adoring Dad Max (also a member of Mildenhall CC.)
She also set a new new national & stadium (Manchester) record of 10.904 seconds (The World Record is 10.831) in the first qualification round.
Jennie Reed of the USA who took the bronze medal, was to cruelly pip Pendleton the following day to the Gold medal in the Women's Kierin in an incredibly tight finish! On day 2 Pendleton had successfully defended the Womens Team Sprint title with Shanaze Reade beating the Chinese pair of Jinjie Gong and Lulu Zheng.
More reaction and pictures from the World Championships are on British Cycling's website - click here
|3rd April 2008|
|Honorary member in World Cup action|
Victoria Pendleton's preparation for next year's Olympics stepped up a gear racing in the latest round of the UCI World Cup track events, in the stadium in Beijing that will be the venue for the track cycling at the 2008 Olympics.
The World Sprint Champion eased her way through to the final of the Women's Sprint where she faced one of her old adversaries, Natalia Tsylinkskaya (Belarus). In the final she lost two rides to nil.
Although it won't be included in the Olympics, the Women's 500 metre Time-Trial, saw Victoria ride in excess of 51 km/h to record a time of 34.894 seconds finishing in sixth place.
On the final day of competition Victoria looked on course to take the Gold in the Women's Keirin until a crash in the final left all but one rider on the boards. Fortunately, she only suffered minor grazes and bruising.
There is a full round-up of all the action and results from the Beijing Track World Cup on British Cycling's website - click here
|15th December 2007|
|Mildenhall CC tie-up with Shopzilla|
Mildenhall Cycling Club announce the first agreement of its kind in the Club's history, with Shopzilla - an online retail comparison site.
The agreement see the Club, in return for an undisclosed sum, placing links to Shopzilla's cycling sections on both of it's websites, www.mildenhallcc.org.uk and www.mildenhallrally.org.uk. The UK site, part of the American company, compares the prices of 3.3 million products from 6,897 stores.
|15th December 2006|
|The 2006 AGM - the Chairman's Address|
Chairman Richard Carrington reported "As another club year drawers to a close, we have again seen considerable success by some competitive club members.
"Significantly, it was two of our youngest club members, Matt Cook and Will Adams who excelled themselves with strong performances both at home and overseas. Matt and Will participated in the International Youth Tour, a six day event in Holland that included time trials, track racing, circuit races, and a road race and proudly finished as members of the winning team. In September, they took part in the GHS National 10 mile time trial championships, noted as the premier time trial event for under 16s. Again both turned in strong performances with Matt finishing 3rd in his age group with a personal best time of 24.40, Will, a newcomer to time trials finished 5th in his age group. Both are excellent prospects for the clubs future.
"Moving up the age scale, Max Pendleton competed in the National Masters Track Championships, securing two gold medals in his age group in the Points and Scratch Race disciplines, with both victories gained in some style.
"Not to be out done, Honorary club member Victoria Pendleton continued her success on the international stage. Our former World Sprint Champion secured two medals at the Commonwealth Games in Australia, a gold in the sprint and a silver in the 500 metre time trial - an event in which she broke the commonwealth record, only to be pipped by arch rival Anna Meares.
"Moving closer to home, the club continued its programme of events with mixed success. The off road series continued to be very popular, with some events again combined with Jerry Turner's Tuesday evening series creating increased numbers of competitors. Disappointingly, the Evening Time Trial Series, a former focal point for many club members and grass roots competitors saw dwindling numbers, and we have included this topic for discussion later in the meeting. Membership numbers have remained constant with new potential members demonstrating interest at the rally.
"As I stated last year, we are one of a tiny number of British clubs to have the benefit of our own clubroom, providing a meeting point, storage facilities and fitness equipment that is available for all club members. The committee plans to undertake some refurbishment of the bar area over the winter months.
"The rally continued to be the pinnacle of club achievement. The extensive range of activities and promotions again included two National Grass Track championships, duathlon for senior and youth competitors, audax rides, quiz evening, and trade promotions amongst many other events. As a point of interest, as of last week the Rally Website had 28 thousand+ visitors, a statistic that speaks for itself. At this stage it appears uncertain as to the ongoing impact of the proposed housing development on land adjacent to the Riverside School venue. The rally report to follow shortly will update us further on rally matters.
"As ever I would like to acknowledge the help and support of club members and friends over the last 12 months. In particular, the Rally committee for making it happen, the club committee for keeping club matters in order, and to Barry for his continued work as treasurer, Mark for upkeep of the websites and many mailshots and Jim for looking after the newsletter.
"Finally, as I advised the committee earlier this month, I wish to stand down in 12 months time, unless further candidates are proposed at this meeting. I hope that in the meantime we can find candidates to take over this position and that of secretary, which has been vacant for some time now."
|5th October 2006|
|Mildenhall's Golden Girl|
The World Ladies Sprint Champion saw off strong Australian competition to beat them in their own backyard to take the honours in what is her premier event - the Ladies Sprint. She saw off Anna Mears in an exciting final that produced some phenomenal sprinting. Anna Mears had beaten her sister Kerrie on the way to the final. Pictured right is Victoria sandwiched between the Mear's sisters.
On Thursday she had broken the Commonwealth Games record in the 500m time-trial, which her rival Anna Mears had to then break to claim the Gold Medal, leaving Pendleton still a very worthy Silver Medal winner! Pictured below right is Victoria proudly displaying her silver medal.
Victoria's achievements prove just what hard work, dedication and lottery funding if used in the right way can achieve and she fully deserves all the success that is now coming her way.
Full details and pictures are on British Cycling's website.
Click here for the report of her Gold medal winning ride
Click here for the report on her Silver medal ride
Pictures courtesy of British Cycling.
|18th March 2006|
|Club salute Victoria Pendleton as she becomes World Champion|
Exactly a month after Victoria broke the British Women's 1km Track Record, she has claimed an even bigger prize in the UCI World Track Championships, held in Los Angeles. Victoria, claimed the Rainbow jersey in her favourite event - the Women's Sprint.
Her very proud father, Max, takes up the story. On Saturday Morning Mildenhall time (Sunday evening in Los Angeles) Victoria Pendleton riding for Great Britain finally put behind her her own disappointment from the Athens Olympics by becoming the first female Great Britain World Track Champion since Beryl Burton in 1966.
In her favorite sprint discipline Victoria moved through her matches from a relatively low 11th place seeding established through riding a 200m time trial). On the way she beat the 6th seed Willy Kanis of Netherlands, and Shuang Gao of China before meeting the Olympic 500m champion Anna Meares of Australia in the semi finals.
Anna Meares is a riders
Pendleton had not previously beaten, however after the usual Meares sisters
aggressive tactical rides Victoria won the first and third rides of three
to move forward to the final with Tamillia Abassova of Russia; who had
beaten the other Meares sister Keri in her route to the final. Abassova
as the overall World Cup winner, and a rider whose riding style had previously
had Victoria in hospital, was not an opponent to be taken lightly, however,
Pendleton made relatively easy work of the first match after diving down
the track's banking inside the Russian then holding her off by almost
a full length to the line. The second heat turned into a drag race with
both riders side by side. Victoria crossed the line with half a wheel
to spare making her the 2005 World Sprint Champion.
In addition to the sprint Pendleton also came 5th in the 500m Time Trial and 10th in the Keirin (a race motor paced until 600m to the finish when 6 riders compete to win)
All the details of the World Champships are on British Cycling's website.
|27th March 2005|
|Victoria breaks british womens 1 km track record|
Taken from British Cycling's website.
Victoria Pendleton, pictured right, made an attack on the British womens 1 km track record, currently held by Sally Boyden in a time of 1.14.18 (set in 1995). The women usually race over 500m in competition, so it is slightly unusual to race over the four-lap distance. Pendleton already holds the British record for both the 200m and 50m distances, of course.
Pendleton got off to a technically perfect start as the crowd got solidly and vocally behind her. She rode evenly and consistently to cross the line in a new record time of 1:10.854, taking three and a half seconds off the previous record to a standing ovation from the capacity crowd.
|27th February 2005|
|Club's Annual Luncheon and Prize Presentation|
This year's annual luncheon will take place next door to the Mildenhall Club's headquarters at the Mildenhall Cricket Club, Wamil Way, Mildenhall.
|9th February 2005|
|Victoria Guarantees her place at the Athens Olympics.|
Last weekend Riding in the Track World Championships in Melbourne, Persil Professional Cyclist and Mildenhall Cycling Club member; Victoria Pendleton booked her place to the Athens Olympics. Victoria was already equal first in the Women's Sprint World Cup after the last round of the competition three weeks ago at Sydney, but needed to be placed in the first 10 of the World Championships to be guaranteed a seat to Athens. Pendleton competes in two disciplines the 500m time trial and the sprint. In the time trial Victoria was 10th with a time of 35.3 seconds for the standing start sprint discipline, however this was following her efforts in the previous two days in the sprint competition.
In cycle sprint racing seeding is decided by riding a flying start 200m time trial. Victoria recorded 11.559 (38.8 mph) to the fastest ride of Svetlana Grankovskaya, the defending World Champion's 11.339, this gave Victoria a seeding of 8th. In the rounds that followed Pendleton eliminated Yvonne Hijgenaar of Holland, Clara Sanches of France and finally 2002 World Champion Natalia Tsylinskaya of Belorussia. This left Pendleton in the last 4. Her next ride was against the defending champion Grankovskaya, Victoria was beaten in the first of the best of three rides by half a bike length and in the second ride was relegated after a 'coming together' when Victoria was judged (correctly) to be in the wrong. This left Victoria to ride off against one of her Swiss based training partners, Lori Ann Muenzer of Canada for the bronze medal. Victoria was narrowly beaten in both rides. Thus her final place was 4th in the 2004 World Championships, exactly the same position as 2003!
The result confirmed that Great Britain has for the first time got a true World-Class Women's sprinter. With a ride at Athens now guaranteed Victoria's 7 times world champion coach will be focusing their joint efforts on the small improvement necessary to secure a medal at Athens. Mind you so will all the other key women in this most specialised of disciplines.
Her father, Max gives a little insight into what is involved in achieving world standard in sprint cycling. Victoria's regime consists of 2 or 3 sessions each day; five and a half days a week. These sessions can be with free weights in a Gym, where she squats up to 120 Kg (she weights 60 Kg), road sessions of 3 hours in the mountains around her Swiss training camp and speed sessions (often motor-cycle paced) on the Aigle cycle track. After the Olympics Victoria will return to the UK, probably based in Manchester for the National Championships in October (where she will be defending three of her four National titles) before starting the 2004/2005 World Cup series that starts in November.
There is also an in-depth interview with Victoria on British Cycling's website.
|31st May 2004|
|Mildenhall CC Open Circuit Time-Trial|
Mildenhall Cycling Club promote their annual open time-trial on Saturday 5th June 2004. Following the success of last year's Circuit Time-Trial to celebrate the Club's 50th Year they will once again be running the event on a circuit and one very similar to last year's route. Due to errors in the CTT handbook and website, the Club wish to clarify the details of their open event:
Headquarters: Ashley Village Hall/Pavilion.
- Newmarket - Saxon Street - Kirtling - Upend - Ashley
If you require any
further assistance please contact Mandy Cook, organiser on 01842 890721
|20th May 2004|
|Mildenhall Member on 'track' for Athens 2004|
cyclist and Second-Claim member of Mildenhall C.C. Victoria Pendleton last
weekend moved one step closer to qualification for the Olympic Games in
Athens. Victoria, a current British Champion over four disciplines rode
in the first round of the UCI World Cup in Moscow in three events. In two
she succeeded in achieving qualification for the 2004 World Championships
when points awarded for her placings are added to the 4th and 7th places
she gained in the 2003 World Championships.
In the Sprint, Pendleton qualified 7th fastest in the seeding time trial over 200m, completing the distance in 11.38 seconds, a speed of just over 39mph! Victoria proceeded through the next two rounds with comparative ease to meet 2002 World Champion Svetlana Grankovskaia in the last four. Victoria was beaten in two rides and thus went to the 3rd / 4th place ride off with Tamilia Abossova of Russia. Victoria lost these two rides, leaving her 4th in the competition. However the points she gained will qualify her along with her fourth place in the 2003 World Championship for the 2004 Worlds.
In her next event, a 500m sprint time trial Victoria recorded 35.594 seconds (31.5 mph with a standing start) to come 6th to World Champion Natallia Tsylinskaya of Belaruse. The time gap of 0.765 of a second was the closest that Pendleton has yet come to Tsylinskaya and bodes well for the future. Again the points awarded with those from Stuttgart World Championships in 2003 mean that Victoria has now qualified for the 'Worlds' in Melbourne in May.
The final event was a 10km scratch race, here Victoria was sitting perfectly with 600 meters to go on the wheel of the eventual winner, a rider Pendleton can easily outsprint, when one of a number of fallers behind her fell across her back wheel forcing her off the track. With only 600 m left to go there was no way to recover and Victoria finished 18th, though with all her skin in tact. This result is a pity, as a place in the first 4 would have secured another squad place for the 10K at the Worlds.
The method of selection
for the Olympics is based on the degree of success in the World Championships,
which is in itself dependent on success in World Cup events (4 in all).
Pendleton and her ex world champion coach, Frederick Magne, in Switzerland
had decided that Victoria should only ride two World Cups, Moscow and
Manchester with the Melbourne Worlds as the next target before Athens.
Her father and member of Mildenhall C.C. Max says "At this point
in time all seems to be going to plan. Training continues in Aigle, Switzerland
at the World Cycle Center Monday afternoon.
There is also an in-depth interview with Victoria on British Cycling's website.
15th February 2004
Previous chairman thanked for his work
Ian Poole, who stepped down as Chairman last October, has been thanked for his efforts during in his tenure.
He was replaced by Vera Staines who made a presentation to Ian at Sunday's Eastern Cyclo-Cross League award ceremony held at Foxhall Stadium, Ipswich.
He recveived an engraved glass trophy and a tie woven with cycles.
|8th February 2004|
|Celebration Circuit Time-Trial attracts 72 riders|
Dominic Sweeney (Lutterworth Cycle Centre) heads the list of leading riders looking to scoop the £75 Senior First Prize in Saturday's Portaramp Celebration Circuit Time-Trial. The Leicestershire based rider will face stiff competition from local riders Martin Pyne (Anglia Velo), Bobby De'ath (CC Breckland), Steve Peck (Newmarket Cycling & Triathlon Club) and Paul Russell (Wisbech Wheelers), who will all be looking to claim their share of the total prize list of over £500.
The event, promoted by Mildenhall Cycling Club as part of its 50th year celebrations, is based on a 13-mile circuit from Barrow, south of Bury St Edmunds. Seniors and Veterans will complete two laps, with the Ladies and Juniors' doing one circuit of the hilly and testing course.
"We have worked
hard on trying to make the event appeal to more than just the competing
cyclists. One of the added interests for the spectators as well as the
riders, is the prime at Ousden Hill. The £25 prize will be awarded
to the rider to reach the top of the hill in the quickest time from the
race start" said Mark Burchett on behalf of the Club.
That start will be
from a 'Tour de France' style ramp, donated by event sponsors Thetford
ramp manufacturer Portaramp, from outside the Three Horseshoes Pub in
Barrow. The results will be displayed on a high-tech plasma screen in
the race headquarters at Barrow Primary School. This has been made possible
by the generous support from the Bury Free Press, Gipping Press from Needham
Market and Bussens & Parkin of Mildenhall.
The full course leaves
Barrow on the Higham road, before turning left to Gazeley. From Gazeley
the riders go through Dalham and onto Ousden where they will have to tackle
the 1-in-5 climb. From Ousden the circuit returns to Barrow, via Hargrave.
The first rider, Justin Wallace (West Suffolk Wheelers) is off at 2.31pm
with the last rider expected to finish at approximately 5pm. Spectators
are very welcome to watch at any point around the circuit, although the
Ousden Hill offers the best vantage point!
This is the first public event of the Mildenhall Club's Golden Jubilee celebrations and is followed by the highlight of 2003 - a Reunion for anyone ever associated with the Club the week after, on Sunday 8th June at the Riverside Hotel. Details of all the activities taking place this year can be found on the Club's website at www.mildenhallcc.org.uk, including how to buy your ticket for the Reunion, priced at £12.50 each, which are still available." Added Mark Burchett.
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24th May 2003
|Mildenhall Club wheels in 50th year with Annual Dinner|
Members and friends of Mildenhall Cycling Club gathered at the Worlington Hall Hotel on Saturday evening. It is the first event of the year being used to mark this special year in the Club's history - 50 years since it was formed.
Rider of the year was Keith Richardson who collected most of the top awards, although he lost out to Larry Moulton and Harvey Wright in the Club's Super Champion. This competition is for the rider that excels most in all of the club's events.
There was a special presentation made for Victoria Pendleton, who broke two National Ladies Records on the track. With Victoria attending the World Track training camp in Switzerland, her father received the two framed certificates, awarded by the sports governing body British Cycling - formerly the British Cycling Federation.
For a full run down on who won what see the Awards section.
9th February 2003
|Year of celebrations planned as Mildenhall Cycling Club are 50 years old in 2003|
Mildenhall Cycling Club have confirmed the details of the events planned to celebrate their Golden Jubilee with a Reunion in June the highlight of a packed year.
"The town's Riverside
Hotel has been booked on Sunday 8th June 2003 for the exclusive use of
our current as well as ex-members to exchange and reminisce about their
cycling experiences. We also plan to display photographs charting the
Club's history as well as a collection of the Club colours and jersey's
used over the years" outlined Club spokesman Mark Burchett.
During the Club's first fifty years there have been nearly 340 people who at some point have been members. The current members, led by founding member and now a Vice-President Alan Thompson from West Row, have had a fantastic response in their search to contact the ex-members, including Donny Clarke who has been tracked down to Western Australia and who has already booked his hotel for the reunion. The Club have also been helped by publicity from the media with notable successes including Doug Ward from Chard, Somerset who responded to a feature in Cycling Weekly and Dave Baldock from Lowestoft (BBC Radio Suffolk), while Wally Allsop from Luton and Titch Powell from Isleham were both reunited with the Club after reading the Bury Free Press.
As well as the reunion,
the Club is also aiming to get as many members as possible to ride one
of the Charity rides held locally. The Club's annual Mildenhall Cycling
Rally will host the National 8km Grass-Track Championships and the organisers
are looking at holding other events to mark the Club's special year.
There will be the
Half-Century Charity Ride on Sunday 21st September offering cyclists of
all ages and abilities the choice of either an off-road 50km or 25km on-road
routes. This event will be run by the organisers of the very successful
Bury Bike Ride, with all the monies raised going to their chosen charities.
(SGR Operation Santa, MacMillian Nurses and East Anglian Children's Hospice
The Club is currently
working on a booklet chronicling the Club's history, which is expected
to be published after Easter. Although next month's Annual Dinner and
Prize Presentation (8th February) will be rewarding members for their
efforts during the 2002 season, it will get the 50th year off in style.
There are still nearly a hundred ex-members to trace and anyone that hasn't been written to by the Club, can contact Alan Thompson on 01638 713556 for further details of the Golden Jubilee events, including the reunion. Details of all the events planned to mark the Club's 50th year will soon be available on the Club's website at http://www.mildenhallcc.org.uk, where there will also be an email link to register your interest in the Reunion.
5th January 2003
|Mildenhall Club set to celebrate its 50th year in 2003 in style|
Mildenhall Cycling Club are planning a series of events to mark its 50th anniversary next year.
The highlight will be the Reunion on Sunday 8th June of all current and ex-members. The Club are attempting to contact over 300 people who have at some point in the last 50 years been a member of this successful club. Already one such rider has been traced to Australia and has booked his flight back to the UK for the reunion!
If you would like details of this event or can help trace anyone please contact Mark Burchett. The Club will make an announcement in the New Year, once the full details have been confirmed.
9th December 2002
|Mildenhall rider chosen for the World Championships|
Club's Victoria Pendleton has been selected to ride in the World Championships,
which take place at Ballerup, 15 miles from Copenhagen, Denmark. She was
chosen ahead of another promising rising lady talent, Denise Hampson.
25th September 2002
|Mildenhall's Victoria narrowly misses out on a Commonwealth Games Bronze!|
Mildenhall`s Victoria Pendleton just missed out on a bronze medal in the Women's Sprint tonight at the Velodrome in Manchester.
The talented track rider eased through the quarter-finals by beating fellow Briton Melanie Szubrycht with times of 12.391 and 12.798 seconds respectively in both sprints, to set up a semi-final meeting with Australian Kerrie Mears. She was unable to reproduce those excellent times, with the Australian posting times of 12.665 and 12.617 seconds.
Victoria, pictured left at the Manchester Velodrome, was then beaten in the bronze medal ride-off by Anna Mears, sister of Silver medallist Kerrie, with times very close to what she herself had recorded in her successful quarter-final rides!
Canadian Lori-Ann Muenzer claimed the Gold medal after beating Anna Mears with rides under twelve seconds.
For all the cycling results at the Commonwealth Games click here.
1st August 2002
|Victoria's final preparations for the 2002 Commonwealth Games|
Mildenhall track cyclist Victoria Pendleton this week joined the England squad at the at the Commonwealth Games Village at Manchester ready for her rides in the 500m sprint time trial and the Women's Track Sprint. She will be riding on 28th July and the 30th & 31st July.
Victoria has just returned from a four-week session of sprint training on three German tracks. This was initially on the 333m Cottbus concrete track and then on the 250m Berlin wood velodrome and finally Buttgen where she has been competing in the European Espoirs (under 23) Championships.
21 year old Victoria who has just received her B Sc Honours degree from the University of Northumbria has been a National Squad Athlete for the whole of 2002 at a basic level of funding. However in the past two months, coincidentally as her studies have ceased, she has been going ever faster. A month ago she equalled the British record held by Julie Paulding for 500m, and over 200m she is within .2 of a second of the British record. The two times above are qualifying rides for 'level C' funding in the World Class Performance Program and will allow the full time training that competition at world level demands.
Immediately after the Commonwealth Games Victoria will be travelling to China to compete in the final round of the Track World Cup. Her rides could qualify her for the World Championships to be held in Copenhagen in September.
The above is rather
far flung from Mildenhall, however Victoria will be defending her 800m
National Grass Track Title at Mildenhall
Rally on the 24th August 2002.
22nd July 2002
|2002 Tour de France television coverage announced|
Like last year, there's to be an ITV Tour highlights programme once a week (post midnight, natch) reports Bikebiz.co.uk. To watch the daily live ITV2 coverage - including voiceovers from contract-tied Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen - UK viewers will need cable, satellite or digital terrestial tellies.
ITV2 was launched in 1998 and is an entertainment channel aimed at a younger audience. It is available free on digital cable and digital terrestrial TV and usually expands on the offerings from terrestial ITV1. The ITV2 live coverage is extensive: 52 hours of it. The programme is produced by Venner TV, the same company that used to produce the much-beloved Channel 4 nightly highlights programme.
Fronting the coverage is Gary Imlach. This year he gets to travel to France for the duration of the Tour. For the ITV1 highlights programme last year he flew out each week to do an intro, and for the final stage was said to be in Paris but, in fact, was filmed by some bushes in Hyde Park, London.
When Channel 4 ditched its TdF coverage in preference to cricket, Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen were snatched up until 2005 by OLN, the Canandian cable channel. However, the pair will provide voiceovers for the ITV2 coverage.
The ITV deal is a three year contract, with ITV being licensed by Channel 4 for the coverage. In 2000, Channel 4 signed a five year contract with the European Broadcast Union, which is assigned the TV rights to the Tour by organiser Amaury Sport Organisations.
As well as highlights programmes each evening (apart from rest days) on ITV2, ITV1 has highlight programmes every Monday from July 8 at 12.30am.22nd June 2002
|Ex CTC Editor dies|
Tim Hughes has died of a heart attack and is to be buried tomorrow at Mansfield Crematorium, Nottinghamshire. As well as a former editor of the CTC's popular bi-monthly magazine, he had also been a CTC National Councillor.
Tim through his position of Editor was a very good friend to Mildenhall Cycling Club and in particular supporting the Club's Mildenhall Cycling Rally. He was an active cyclist and appreciated fully what the event, held every August Bank-Holiday, had to offer cyclists.
Cath Harris, Media
Officer for the CTC said "He leaves a partner, Joanna Cleary, with
whom he set up Cleary Hughes Associates, a sustainable transport consultancy
in Nottingham and a four year old daughter, Hannah. CTC sends condolences
to Joanna and would like to place on record our appreciation for the work
that Tim did on behalf of CTC members."
28th May 2002
|Mildenhall's Victoria Pendleton flying says British Cycling|
Competing at the BUSA (University) championships at the weekend, GB Team member Victoria Pendleton recorded two National Student Records and personal bests, reports British Cycling.
She recorded 12.061s for the flying 200m and 36.858s for the 500m time Trial, beating the old records (both held by team-mate Denise Hampson) of 12.14s and 36.996s. Both were officially timed via Velodrome event timing with marker bags out, however the 500 time was from a hand-held start, and is therefore unofficial.
Victorias coach Marshall Thomas said The times are particularly pleasing as they are done with very little Track work yet, due to Victorias University commitments.
10th April 2002
|Details of 2002 Bury Bike Ride are announced|
The Organiser Brian Hurrell says "With four years past and over 500 riders taking part over £15000 has been raise for Local Charities.
"Again this year the charities will be St Nicholas Hospice and Operation Santa Claus. New for this year will be an extended route of 75 miles and fun ride to incorporate the Cycle Paths of the Town of Bury.
All riders will receive a T-Shirt and refreshments on route, together with a Certificate of achievement. So get training fill in the Entry Form whether you are an individual or a team, young or old all your sponsorship goes to Local Charities in Suffolk." Click on the graphic for the Ride's website or click here to email Brian Hurrell.
3rd April 2002
|Mildenhall C. C.'s Annual Dinner & Prize Presentation|
Mildenhall C.C. will hold their Dinner and Prize Presentation once again at the Worlington Hall Hotel, Worlington on Saturday 2nd February 2002. 7pm for a 7.15pm start.
The guest speaker is journalist, author as well as cyclist, Les Woodland. Come and hear his tales of the Tour de France! After the formalities relax to the sounds from the DM Roadshow.
All trophy and award winners are asked to be there between 6.30pm amd 6.45pm for the press photographs.
Tickets are available from Harvey Wright or email for further information.
2nd January 2002
|Mildenhall Cycling Club AGM to be held on 1st October 2001|
Mildenhall C.C. will hold their Annual General Meeting on 1st October 2001(7.15pm) at their Clubroom in Wamil Way, MIldenhall.
All Club Members have should have received a formal notification, together with an invitation to submit any proposals they want.
10th September 2001
|Club confirm Open time-trials will take place|
Mildenhall CC have decided, despite the current Foot & Mouth outbreak, they will promote their Open time trials next week.
The '10', starting at 2.30pm on Saturday 21st April, has attracted a field of 75 entrants including four tandems.
The Rachel Glaister Memorial '25' is on Sunday 22nd April, starting at 8am. It has attracted nearly a full-field of 116 riders including four tandems.
14th April 2001
|Club Open Day|
Midenhall C.C. held their open day last Saturday (7th April). New members were encouraged to join the club and young & old came on the day. These included Club president Dave Bowers, a cycling club member since the 1950`s, chairman Ian Poole a member for over 30 years, and many other club members who answered questions.
The picture shows Dave Bowers being shown by Ian Poole how the latest technology can aid a cyclist to total fitness without having to venture outdoors to train on long winter evenings. The equipment including bikes was purchased with a lottery award of almost £4,000.The equipment will be available to new and existing members, any-one considering joining the Wamil Way based Club are very welcome to come and try out the equipment. No cycles are required as they are provided as part of the equipment, on which fitness can also be tested. Also purchased was a television video combination which was demonstrated with a large collection of cycle racing videos.
The Club is situated next to the cricket club in Wamil Way and is open from 8pm on Monday evenings.
12th April 2001
|Club announce Open Day for 7th April 2001|
Mildenhall CC invite any local cyclists wanting to know more about the Club, have a go at a Bicycle Skills-Test, or try our their new Fitness Tests, to their OPEN DAY on Saturday 7th April. These new facilities have been part funded by a lottery grant, for which the Suffolk Club are very appreciative of.
Their Clubroom in Wamil Way, Mildenhall will be open for anyone interested to drop in any time between 10am and 4pm.
15th March 2001
|All Off-Road Club events have been cancelled|
The Club's committee agreed on Monday 5th March that until further notice all their scheduled off-road events will be cancelled due to the 'foot and mouth' outbreak. All their Clubruns for the immediate future will take place on the road only.
At the moment the Club are still planning to promote their Open 10 and 25 mile time-trials scheduled for Saturday 21st April and Sunday 22nd April respectively. The situation will be reviewed in the first week of April.
5th March 2001
|Rough Ride and Off-Road Clubrun have been cancelled|
The Off-Road Clubrun planned for Sunday 4th March 2001 and the Rough Ride scheduled for Sunday 11th March 2001 have both been cancelled. The Club have made this decision due to the 'foot and mouth' outbreak said chairman Ian Poole.
27th february 2001
|End of season Cyclo-Cross cancelled|
CC's Cyclo-Cross that was due to take place this Sunday (11th February)
has been cancelled due to the extremely wet weather.
Organiser Ian Poole, who reluctantly made the decision late last night, said "Owing to part of the course (The Cricket field) being waterlogged I've taken this step to protect the course for future use. It may be possible to organise a ride in the local forest and off-road tracks starting at 11.00am if anyone is interested"
The Eastern Cross Association AGM and Prize Presentation will take place at 1.30pm as originally scheduled.
Any queries about the Cyclo-Cross/Alternative ride please contact Ian Poole.
10th february 2001
|Club honour last year's winners|
Mildenhall CC held their Annual Dinner and Prize Presentation at the Worlington Hall Hotel on Saturday Evening. Guest of honour was Chairman of Forest Heath District Council, Mr Nigel Roman, who presentated the prizes.
Trophies were fairly evenly distributed this year, although the main prize winner was Andy Stuart who is the Senior Best-All-Rounder (BAR). He was also Club Champion over 25, 50 and 100 miles, breaking the Club Record for 100 miles in a time of 4hours 2minutes and 17seconds. He also added the Club Road-Race Championship to his tally of wins for the season.
Keith Richardson was the fastest rider in the Club over 10 miles, as well as being the Club Hill-Climb Champion. Adrian Rochford, another outstanding rider in the Club, was the Senior Cyclo-Cross and Off-Road Champions. Rochford is also the Eastern Region Veterans Cyclo-Cross Champion.
Veteran Champion for the fifteenth year is 57 year old grandfather Adrian Turner (Club Press-Secretary), who has been racing for 31 years. American serviceman Dave Anderson, who will be returning to the States in September was first in the Evening Time-Trial Series and the Evening Points Series. He is also the Club Super Champion, based on participation in every aspect of Club life.
Victoria Pendleton, daughter of well-known former grass-track champion, is the Women's 800m National Grass-Track Champion for the third year running. She also claimed the British University Sports Association Women's 8km hard-Track Champion title.
6th Febraury 2001.
|Mildenhall to host a Madison style Cyclo-Cross event|
Mildenhall CC will promote one of the last Cyclo-Cross events of the season on Sunday 11th February 2000. It will be a Madison Cyclo-Cross there will be teams of 2 of mixed ability (ie 1 star and 1 not such a star) each doing a lap before changing to the other. It promises to be a fun day with a number of people promising to ride. Already confirmed are top Eastern rider Russel Parkins (Elmy RT) with his uncle Mike Parkins, Junior World Championship rider Chris Skinner (Elmy) with his helper and Carl Thompson (Elmy) with Steve Grimwood (Elmy manager).
The event will be followed by the Eastern League prize giving (Mildenhall's Adrian Rochford is first in the Vets category) and the Eastern League AGM.
Organiser Ian Poole is asking any willing volunteers to conatct him as he will need some help on the Saturday afternoon to set up the course and on Sunday from about 9.00 am onwards.
28th January 2000
Press Release announcing the Club's new website
Mildenhall Cycling Club now has a website dedicated to the Club and separate from the well-established site for its hugely popular annual Mildenhall Cycling Rally.
It contains information about how the Club was formed, right up to the modern day members and their exploits. It also provides a complete profile of the entire Club's racing records for individuals as well as the course records. It will include a comprehensive round up of all the award winners at their forthcoming Annual Dinner and Prize Presentation on Saturday 3rd February to be held at the Worlington Country Hotel.
As you would expect from a website there are email addresses for contacts at the Club, making it more accessible than just the Monday evening's when their Wamil Way Club-Room is open (approx. 8.15pm - 10pm, apart from Bank-Holidays).It has been created by Committee member Mark Burchett who, with the aid of Press-Secretary Adrian Turner, plan to keep it up to date with members' results. This will allow members who live out side of Suffolk, even the exiled Mark Bristow who lives in the USA, to keep abreast of what is happening at their Club.
Future developments will include a members-only area with a bulletin style board. To find out more about the Mildenhall based Club and the Mildenhall Cycling Rally go to www.mildenhallcc.org.uk and www.mildenhallrally.org.uk respectively.
1st January 2001
Mildenhall CC's Clubroom extension officially opened.
the Club's recent Membership Signing-On night Tony Bass, Head of Leisure
at Forest Heath District
Council officially opened the extension to their growing Wamil Way Clubroom.
The extension allows the Club to store all the items needed to run their successful August Bank-Holiday Mildenhall Cycling Rally and at the same time enabled them to install a shower-room in the existing clubroom.
The Club's committee are grateful for Forest Heath's support who grant-aided this new facility.
6th November 2000
Tony Bass (right) from Forest Heath with
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