Please find below minutes and reports presented at the AGM on Saturday 27th November 2021
It is with deep regret that we hear of the death of Doug Yareham at the age of 86. Doug was hospitalised a few weeks ago following a fall and died on Thursday, 10th June.
Ken Platts writes:
Doug was one of the stalwarts of the TT scene in the Eastern region. He was a long time member of the Victoria CC, of which he was General Secretary, and was for decades involved with Eastway, ECCA, and the VTTA East Anglia Group. Many of you will be aware of “the huts” in North End Road , Ugley, which were for many years packed with cyclists from the London clubs who rode out to compete on the famed E1. The Victoria hut is one of the few remaining huts, and Doug was instrumental in keeping the hut going. This maintained the link with the glory days of time trialling on the E1. For many years now it has been the HQ for a highly successful series of 10.2 mile TTs, organised by Doug and wife Christine. The series has many categories, and although not on a “fast” course has attracted large fields, due to the hospitable atmosphere of the events engendered by Doug and Christine. Prior to this series Doug had promoted extensively in the region. Doug was not only a promoter but an active racer himself riding both solo, and tandem with Christine. His racing came to end 9 years ago when he was involved in an accident while riding the ECCA 10 mile TT championship on the E2. He suffered serious breaks to his leg which required a long convalescence. Doug was a huge supporter of the VTTA East Anglian group, a fact acknowledged in 2013 by the award of the Gordon Irons Cup for outstanding service to the Group. He will be greatly missed. We offer condolences and our deepest sympathy to Christine and the family.
New Awards Policy for East Anglia Group VTTA events : effective 9 May 2021 Following some confusion at the start of the season concerning the new VTTA standards and also appropriate prize lists in EAVTTA events, the committee has agreed a policy template for EAVTTA event organisers to ensure consistency of awards across all our promotions and to relieve organisers of responsibility for what have sometimes recently proved contentious decisions.
Please note that this proposed policy applies solely to EAVTTA awards. Where one of our events is incorporated in an open event, as, for example, in the Leo 30 or the Viking 50, awards for the open event are, of course, at the total discretion of the organiser and/or the organising club or association.
1. There will be no awards for actual fastest.
2. Awards will be made on standard “plus” or “vets’ handicap”, with separate results lists for men and women and separate prize lists.
3. In order to ensure broad equality of access to awards, the number of awards offered in each category will be proportional to the number of entries in that category according to the following formula:
First place will be awarded in each category irrespective of the number of entries. Thereafter, one award will be added for every 10 entries per category. Thus, a field with 90 male competitors and 30 female competitors would have 10 awards for men and 4 awards for women.
4. Awards will be identical in value, place, for place, for men and women as follows: 1st: £30; 2nd: £25; 3rd; £20; 4th: £15; 5th and all subsequent places: £10. Riders placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd may opt to receive a medal in lieu of a monetary prize. These values will be kept under annual review.
5. There will be separate team awards on aggregate standard or vets’ handicap for men and women. Men’s teams will comprise the best three male riders on standard from one club. Women’s teams will comprise the best two female riders on standard from one club.
6. Where a Group perpetual trophy has historically been awarded for Best East Anglia Group Member on Standard for a particular event, in future, the trophy will be awarded jointly to the best man and best woman on standard and will be inscribed with both names. Both male and female trophy winners will be invited as guests to the annual Group luncheon.
In the Leo 30, youth and age alike set new records. Bethany Spencer of Kettering CC set a new junior women’s record of 1:16:03 and rounding off the list of record-breakers was Chelmer’s redoubtable Pete Horsnell, laying down a new mark of 1:37:26 for all the other 91-year-olds to aim at. Pete didn’t, however, make it into the Chelmer CC’s team of the Harding brothers and Ian Cardy which took team honours.The H F Neville 30 mile Cup went to fastest man on standard and fastest East Anglia Group rider on standard, Cambridge CC’s Andy Grant, who took his second group trophy in a row with 1:04:38 and, with Martin Reynolds and Chris Dyason, secured a second successive team win on standard for Cambridge CC. (I’m writing the report, so I get to choose the photos. This one’s by Davey Jones and features my new bike.)
[And as webmaster I get to add a photo of my new club colours! 😉 Photo also thanks to Davey Jones.]
John Golder’s second 2021 promotion in a row, the fabled Leo 30, incorporating the East Anglian VTTA 30, was banished by roadworks from its regular record-breaking home on the E2. Not to be thwarted, and despite a cold and strong northerly crosswind, it proved the speed potential of the brand-new 30 mile variant of the F2, with a gift downhill start from the flyover above the A428 between Caldecote and Cambourne, before three laps of the fast F2A/10. (all photos, thanks to Stuart Field) In the main event, 27 year-old George Fox, (below;) doing a great advertising job for George Fox Cycling Solutions, edged out by just 2 seconds previous winner Matt Smith (Drag2Zero) who was giving him 16 years and was easily fastest veteran on actual.Ian Greenstreet and Rachael Elliot suffered a rare tandem defeat by Glen Taylor and Mark Arnold, whose 58:28 gave them the win by 20 seconds.