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31 Dec 10: Proposals are invited for the Association AGM, which will take place after the race at Mistley on Sunday 23rd January 2011. Proposals must be received by David Triggs (Association Secretary) two weeks before the meeting, i.e. by 9th January 2011. Click here for the draft AGM agenda and here for the 2010 AGM minutes. The final agenda will appear here in the week commencing Monday 10th January 2011.
23 Dec 10: Added a race report for league round 11 at Broome Heath.
23 Dec 10: The Eastern Cyclo-Cross League is very pleased to announce a deal with energy product suppliers Clif Bar. For 2011 all entrants to Eastern Cyclo-Cross League events will receive a free Clif Bar Energy Bar when they sign on.
The first opportunity for league riders to get their hands on the tasty Clif Bar Energy Bar’s is at the XRT-Elmy Cycles Supacross Category A event at Foxhall Stadium, Ipswich on the 2nd January.
Eastern Cyclo-Cross Association Chairman Mark Wyer said, “We are delighted to be able to offer our riders a chance to sample the Clif Bar products. The Energy Bars are delicious and easily digestible so should go down well with our riders.”
David Smith the Clif Bar UK Market Manager said “Clif Bar & Company are proud to support the Eastern Cyclo-Cross League. Cyclo-Cross is a sport we have been associated with since its early days in the USA and we are delighted to provide support to participants as they pursue their passions here in the UK”.
23 Dec 10: Mark Carroll (MECcyclingUK) has uploaded video from Broome Heath.
23 Dec 10: Entries are now open for the Team Championships and League prize presentation. See the event page for further details and an entry form. Note that the closing date for entries is 31st January 2011 - no entry on the day.
21 Dec 10: Julian Claxton has uploaded photos from Broome Heath.
19 Dec 10: Results are posted for league round 11 at Broome Heath.
19 Dec 10: Today's race at Broome Heath is ON. The weather up here is a lot clearer than it is further south.
14 Dec 10: Results and league positions are now posted for the Regional Championships. Apologies for the delay. The various veteran categories have been combined for the points calculation, taking into account the staggered start times. As expected, we were unable to produce a combined result that would be fair to all the under-12 categories, due to the separate under-10 race, which was held over a different distance. Therefore, we have awarded all Eastern League riders their season's average points, which is fair to those riders who still need to complete 8 rides. Please check your results. If you think something is wrong, contact the webmaster.
14 Dec 10: Dave Hayward has uploaded photos from the Regional Championships.
14 Dec 10: Penny Aubugeau-Williams would like to thank the person who handed in her purse, which she mislaid at the Regional Championships.
14 Dec 10: Sadly, we have to report the death of Joceline Colbourne. Joceline was an enthusiastic supporter of her daughter Henrietta when she rode in the region. Our thoughts are with her family.
30 Nov 10: Regional Championships update: Short of a major depth of snow this Sunday the championships for SE and E regions will bring the best of the Eastern and London Leagues together to race it out for medals and £640 in cash prizes. The course is adaptable enough to be good in all weather. The descents can all be made on grass so frosty conditions won’t mean a cancellation. If it’s frost and snow the grassy and off-road sections will all be fine to ride and there are no sharp turns on the tarmac to worry about.
Tricky parts of the course have all been staked ahead of the frost and snow due this week. All long grass has been trimmed and the cuttings taken away. Ground conditions are firm to rock hard but it’s still muddy just below the surface layer, so riders can’t be sure of coming home clean.
Full programme can be downloaded from the event website which includes course plan, links to a map and weather forecast. Any last-minute instructions will be emailed to riders and copied onto the website as well. – You just have to make sure you’ve got a shovel, blanket and flask in the car…!
Biggest start of the day will see 93 Veterans go off with 10 Juniors and 17 Women. Youths has a field of 57 including 25 u14s and 15 women. Only 39 seniors are signed on so there will be no team medals.
Regional championships are advance entry only and entries are now closed. Only the non-championship u12 and u10 races offer EoL. Weather permitting we will have a course-side snowman competition after their races to keep the grown ups entertained as well. Your organiser will have to think of a suitable prize (Er, warm gloves and a hot chocolate…?!)
The pavilion will be warm and dry. The showers will be hot and clean. All riders are asked to help keep them that way by bringing a plastic bag in which to leave mucky outer kit and shoes by the door.
26 Nov 10: See the Youth page for details of floodlit cyclo-cross Go-Ride racing for under 16s.
23 Nov 10: For anyone who's planning to ride the Central league event this weekend, please note the change of venue. It's now Chiltern Edge School, Reades Lane, Sonning Common, North of Reading, Oxon, RG4 9LN, NOT THE MARY HARE SCHOOL, NEWBURY. Organiser:- Graham MacNamee, Niann, 20 Swann Island, Strawberry Vale, TWICKENHAM, Middlesex, TW1 4RP, Mob: 07786932887, firstname.lastname@example.org. Click for directions. With special thanks to Mr Sadler, Principal, Chiltern Edge School. Timetable as handbook.
23 Nov 10: Mark Cozens has uploaded photos from Hempton to www.mphotography.co.uk.
21 Nov 10: Results are posted for league round 9 at Hempton.
18 Nov 10: Cyclocross Research: This winter Writtle College Sports Science Department will once again be carrying out cyclocross research at regional and international level. I would like to thank all of you who volunteered for our previous research as it has enabled us to collect some extremely interesting and publishable data and would like to call for additional volunteers this season. My students will be conducting two projects: the first investigating mental toughness and the second analysing the biomechanics of running with a bike. My own research is in the mathematical analysis of power data collected during races and builds on some work I did last year with professional riders. If you are interested in participating, whether you have volunteered in the past or not, please contact me via email at email@example.com or phone me on 07977 260763. Thank you in anticipation of your help, Mark Walker.
18 Nov 10: Due to the water being turned off at Foxhall and the stadium facilities being shut down over the winter, please note that there will be a modest supplementary charge of £2 per Vehicle to help cover the extra costs of bringing in portable toilets etc. Please also note that it may not be possible for us to provide hot showers on the day although we will work to make the facilities available as comfortable as possible for all.
18 Nov 10: Wanted: turbo trainer for Ipswich U14 rider. Please contact Nathan Miller on 07814 678064 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
18 Nov 10: Added a race report for league round 8 at Mistley. Also, photos are available at www.theimagecentre.co.uk.
16 Nov 10: Added minutes from the October committee meeting to the committee page.
16 Nov 10: Updated the list of registered riders. These riders are eligible for points at league round 9 at Hempton.
14 Nov 10: Results are posted for league round 8 at Mistley.
13 Nov 10: Further clarification (sorry): apparently, it's not the region that's marked on your British Cycling card that matters for the Regional Championships, it's where you live.
10 Nov 10: Clarification: you need to be a member of British Cycling and and living in the BC Eastern or South East regions in order to ride the Regional Championships. So, even if you're a member of the League, you can't ride if you live in another region. This is unfortunate for some riders, but the championships are required to be run under British Cycling regulations, over which the League has no direct control. (Edited 13 Nov 10.)
10 Nov 10: Added a race report for league round 7 at Redgrave.
9 Nov 10: Mark Cozens has uploaded photos from Redgrave to www.mphotography.co.uk.
7 Nov 10: Reminder: you need to enter in advance for the Regional Championships, and the closing date is 15th November. This applies to under-12s too, but not under-10s. The event counts towards the Eastern league except possibly the under-12 race (it's not easy to see how points can be awarded when under-12s and under-10s are racing separately).
7 Nov 10: There will be two minutes' silence immediately before the Women/Vet race at Mistley in recognition of Remembrance Day.
7 Nov 10: Updated the list of registered riders. These riders are eligible for points at league round 8 at Mistley.
6 Nov 10: Lost property from Redgrave: a pair of legwarmers. Contact Tim Butler on 01473 414546 or email@example.com.
6 Nov 10: Results are posted for league round 7 at Redgrave.
4 Nov 10: Updated the list of registered riders. These riders are eligible for points at league round 7 at Redgrave.
26 Oct 10: Added a race report for league round 6 at Davy Down.
24 Oct 10: Results are posted for league round 6 at Davy Down.
23 Oct 10: Welwyn Wheelers have a 50 seat coach going to the UCI Series Cyclo Cross event in Koksijde, Belgium on Saturday 27th November 2010 and would be delighted to welcome members of other clubs in the region. The coach will depart at 6.00 am from Gosling Sports Park, Welwyn Garden City (where the track is) and will return the same day at approximately 9.00pm. The cost will be £45 each plus admission to the event which is payable on the day (€15). If you are interested please email Howard Ashmore.
23 Oct 10: Updated the list of registered riders. These riders are eligible for points at league round 6 at Davy Down.
21 Oct 10: Photos from Hillyfields are on the Amis Velo Flickr site.
20 Oct 10: Remember that you need to enter in advance for the Regional Championships, which also count for the Eastern League. Follow the link for entry details.
19 Oct 10: Added a race report for league round 5 at Hillyfields. Also, note that Fergus Muir's reports usually appear on Mondays at bikeradar.
17 Oct 10: Results are posted for league round 5 at Hillyfields.
13 Oct 10: More youth training available, this time on Saturday mornings courtesy of Maldon & District CC.
12 Oct 10: Updated the list of registered riders. These riders are eligible for points at league round 5 at Hillyfields.
12 Oct 10: Added a race report for league round 4 at Welwyn.
9 Oct 10: Results are posted for league round 4 at Welwyn.
7 Oct 10: Added a race report for league round 3 at Baldock.
5 Oct 10: Updated the course guidance document on the organisers' page to match current British Cycling regulations.
5 Oct 10: Paul Douglas has uploaded his Photos from Baldock.
5 Oct 10: The league tables now include points from Baldock. Thank you for your patience.
4 Oct 10: Updated the list of registered riders. These riders are eligible for points at league round 4 at Welwyn.
4 Oct 10: Results are posted for league round 3 at Baldock. League positions to follow. Sorry for the delay - apparently it is not possible to get mobile internet access in the Yorkshire Dales.
1 Oct 10: Added a race report for league round 2 at Springfield Park.
1 Oct 10: Updated the levy calculator on the organisers' page.
1 Oct 10: Added minutes from the last committee meeting back in February to the committee page.
29 Sep 10: Clarification: all senior riders (i.e. those who will be between 18 and 39 inclusive on 31st December) are expected to ride the 1 hour race at 13:45, regardless of whether they have ridden cyclo cross before.
27 Sep 10: The association will pay traveling expenses to anyone attending the Commissaires Course at Hillingdon on the 16th Oct as long as they give someone else a lift there.
27 Sep 10: Shaun Aldous is looking for a volunteer to become Official League photographer. We would like 8 to 10 photographs from each event (of the main action) for the website, press reports, publicity material etc. Please contact Mark Wyer on firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
27 Sep 10: Lost property from Springfield Park: an umbrella, watch, wheels and waterproof top. Contact Tim Butler on 01473 414546 or email@example.com.
27 Sep 10: Updated the list of registered riders. These riders are eligible for points at league round 3 at Baldock.
26 Sep 10: Results are posted for league round 2 at Springfield Park.
26 Sep 10: Welwyn training sessions are now on Wednesdays instead of Thursdays. Also, there's Wednesday evening training by CC Ashwell at the Knights Templar Sports Centre. See the youth page for details.
19 Sep 10: Updated the list of registered riders. These riders are eligible for points at league round 2 at Springfield Hall Park.
16 Sep 10: There will be cyclo cross training sessions on Wednesday evenings in Ipswich, led by Nathan Miller. See the youth page for details.
15 Sep 10: Added information on training sessions and the EC-CA Youth Squad to the youth section.
15 Sep 10: There's a commissaires training course at Hillingdon on 16th October 2010. Contact Rachel Fenton if you're interested in becoming a commissaire.
14 Sep 10: Corrected placings in the veterans table.
12 Sep 10: Results are posted for league round 1 at Brickwall Farm.
11 Sep 10: Updated the list of age categories and prize fund plus a few other documents on the organisers' page.
8 Sep 10: Results are posted for the Tour of the Cornfields Cyclo-Cross Sportive. Organiser Mark Wyer says, "Thanks go to the following helpers who made the event possible: Stevie Wyer and Margaret Betts – Feed station, Bill Lewis and Pete Houlton – HQ logistics, Vincent Friedlander and Alec Robson – Advance party, Duncan Wardrop, Kevin Bunton, Keely Bunton – Broom Wagon, Julie Griffiths – Catering, and Kelly Austen and the staff at Bassingbourn Sports Centre. Also, thanks to all riders for not dropping any litter on the route which sadly is not always the case in Sportives." The broom wagon found a watch out on the route. If anyone lost one, please contact the organiser to claim it.
8 Sep 10: Updated the list of registered riders. These riders are eligible for points at league round 1 at Brickwall Farm.
3 Sep 10: Wanted: child's cross bike. "My son has just started to compete in junior triathlon/duathlon. I want to buy or rent a cyclocross bike suitable for an 11 yr old boy. He currently rides a 48cm frame road racing bike but the wheel rims are too narrow to fit cyclocross tyres so are looking for something he can compete better on in triathlons on grass/dirt road courses - we are not in a rush as this season is almost over." Contact David Barnes if you can help.
29 Aug 10: Added a Youth section to the site.
29 Aug 10: There's a Go-Ride cyclo cross event for young riders on 11th September, 2010.
25 Aug 10: Updated the list of registered riders.
16 Aug 10: Posted the first batch of registered riders. Remember that you need to be registered one week before your first race, so don't delay. It's worth registering for the league even if you're only planning to do a handful of rides - your registration will pay for itself in just 3 rides.
16 Aug 10: The prospective event scheduled for 19th September 2010 will not now be taking place. Accordingly, the following fixtures have been renumbered. They now match the numbers in the BC handbook.
12 Jun 10: Posted the fixture list for the coming season.
7 May 10: Entries are now open for this year's Tour of the Cornfields Cyclo-Cross Sportive, which will be on Sunday 5th September 2010. There will be showers at the HQ this year. This is a popular event so get your entries in early - there is a maximum of 200 riders.
21 Feb 10: Posted an AGM report, which highlights the main points from the meeting. Formal minutes will follow in due course.
31 Jan 10: Results are posted for the Team Championships.
31 Jan 10: Lost property from Danbury: a couple of jackets, a fleece and some leg warmers. Contact Tim Butler on 01473 414546 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
26 Jan 10: Minutes from the meeting on 12th January 2010 have been added to the committee page.
26 Jan 10: Posted the final start list for the senior Team Championships. Senior entries are now closed. Youth and Under 12 riders are welcome to enter on the day. They will be assigned to a composite team but will not be eligible for the Championships trophy.
24 Jan 10: Results are posted for league round 13 at Mistley. (And also final league placings and medal winners.)
23 Jan 10: Posted the action plan for the next 5 years, which Chairman Mark Wyer will present at tomorrow's AGM.
22 Jan 10: Updated the entry list for the Team Championships.
19 Jan 10: Updated the entry list for the Team Championships. Senior entries close next Monday (25th January, 2010). Youth and Under 12 riders are welcome to enter on the day and we will assign them a composite team. For Youth and Under 12 teams to be eligible for the Championships trophy they need to be entered in advance.
19 Jan 10: Correction to request for second hand 'cross bikes: Craig Gould's email address is email@example.com. If you tried to contact Craig about a bike for Tomas, please try again.
17 Jan 10: You are invited to attend the Association AGM, which will take place after the race at Mistley on Sunday 24th January 2010. The final AGM agenda is now available. Click here for the 2009 AGM minutes. Chairman Mark Wyer says, "You are encouraged to come along to the forthcoming AGM and have your say about the League proposals and anything else that you want to discuss and to offer your support for the future of the League. In particular if the League is to continue to grow in strength and depth we will need additional support from all Members/Member Clubs - if you are not able to come to the meeting but would like to offer your support then please let myself or a Member of the Committee know."
13 Jan 10: As you may have heard, the National Championships have been postponed to the 6th and 7th of February. That date clashes with the original date for our Team Championships and prize presentation. So, the Team Championships will now take place a week earlier, on 31st January, 2010. That makes it an ideal warm-up for anyone doing the Nationals. The closing date for entries is now 25th January, 2010.
13 Jan 10: Three riders are currently looking for second hand cross bikes. Please contact them direct if you can help. Oliver Jones is 5ft 1 or 150cm. Please call 01473 222107. Pierce Bacon needs an Intermediate cyclo-cross bike, good condition. Bike suitable for age 11-12. Please call 01473 788963. Tomas Gould needs an Intermediate cyclo-cross bike, good condition. Bike suitable for age 11-12. Please contact Craig Gould.
6 Jan 10: The first few entries are in for the Team Championships. Remember that composite teams of riders from different clubs are allowed to enter. They will not be eligible for Area Titles but can win the team prize money. On that subject, Steve Nichols is looking to join a composite team (sorry, I have no contact details).
4 Dec 10: Corrected a couple of placings in the veterans league table and indicated medal winners in all tables where they are known.
3 Jan 10: Results are posted for league round 12 at Hillyfields.
3 Jan 10: Lost property from Hillyfields: a helmet, gloves, a pair of cycle shoes and some drink bottles. Contact Tim Butler on 01473 414546 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2 Jan 10: Proposals are invited for the Association AGM, which will take place after the race at Mistley on Sunday 24th January 2010. Proposals must be received by the Association Secretary two weeks before the meeting, i.e. by 10th January 2010. Click here for the draft AGM agenda and here for the 2009 AGM minutes. The final agenda will appear here in the week commencing Monday 11th January 2010.
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