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Kim

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Mildenhall Cycling Festival 2019
« on: March 09, 2019, 08:41:39 pm »
I was doing a bit of calendar-wrangling, and noticed we didn't have a thread yet, so here's a placeholder.

http://www.mildenhallfestival.bike/
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Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival 2019
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2019, 09:04:40 pm »
As expected, we plan to be there ;D
I have holiday booked around my shifted 3 days off  :thumbsup:

Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival 2019
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2019, 07:35:21 am »
As will apollo and me   :)
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Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival 2019
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2019, 02:00:02 pm »
We're bound to be there.
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Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival 2019
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2019, 07:58:15 pm »
I really hope to be there but it will depend on Pauline's health, as will everything else this year. At the moment she is still undergoing chemo and we won't have a prognosis until late May.
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Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival 2019
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2019, 08:09:02 pm »
Best wishes for that Alan.
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Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival 2019
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2019, 08:12:22 pm »
Last year was a bit of a wash out, not sure about this year as yet. Of course true to form, I missed the year when the sun was cracking the bloody paving stones.
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Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival 2019
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2019, 08:36:10 pm »
I haven't done Mildenhall for quite a while. Will keep options open for the moment. My dear wife doesn't like small tents, so I suppose we could bring a big one...

Edit: my dear wife doesn't really like any tents, but I think she might be prepared to tolerate one she can stand up in.
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« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2019, 08:45:14 pm »
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Kim

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Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival 2019
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2019, 09:26:36 pm »
I haven't done Mildenhall for quite a while. Will keep options open for the moment. My dear wife doesn't like small tents, so I suppose we could bring a big one...

Edit: my dear wife doesn't really like any tents, but I think she might be prepared to tolerate one she can stand up in.

TBH, now they've sorted the stubble out, there's a strong argument for a big tent in the motor field over being crammed into the not-exactly-generous lightweight area on the new site.
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Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival 2019
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2019, 09:54:24 pm »
Is This Like the york rally , But it has more chance of being sunny & the showers work .
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Kim

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Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival 2019
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2019, 10:07:13 pm »
Is This Like the york rally , But it has more chance of being sunny & the showers work .

It's a lot like the York rally, only harder to get to.  Traditionally there's a downpour at some point over the weekend, instead of incessant wind, but the weather's usually decent enough.  Showers are excellent since they moved to the new site (trailers like the ones at York, but with a working water supply), with none of the charm of the previous site's communal showers designed for 12 year olds.
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Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival 2019
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2019, 10:24:08 pm »
Sounds very Canny . Its only about 400 k from me !!! . But i could nab lots of BCQ Places of interest on the way there and back . & Suffolk looks flat compared to Geordieshire  spot on for a holiday .
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Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival 2019
« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2019, 10:31:07 pm »
Is This Like the york rally , But it has more chance of being sunny & the showers work .

It's a lot like the York rally, only harder to get to.  Traditionally there's a downpour at some point over the weekend, instead of incessant wind, but the weather's usually decent enough.  Showers are excellent since they moved to the new site (trailers like the ones at York, but with a working water supply), with none of the charm of the previous site's communal showers designed for 12 year olds.

Bloody easy to get to, gave me a nice round 160km for the Audax plus riding to and for.  I don't remember rain on audax day last year.
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Kim

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Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival 2019
« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2019, 10:55:38 pm »
Uhoh:

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Mildenhall Cycling Club have announced a major change to their annual cycling event. Their three-day Mildenhall Cycling Festival will be much smaller this year with a small selection of events taking place on the Saturday & Sunday of the August Bank-Holiday weekend.

Chairman of the organisers, Mark Burchett explains “Ultimately we have been the victims of our own success. Over the thirty years of the event the majority of the organising committee has remained largely unchanged and with none of us getting any younger, there are not any willing volunteers to take over. We have therefore had to take the very hard decision to make this radical change.”

Reflecting this change, the event will be known as the Mildenhall Mini-Cycling Fest and still located in nearby West Row with its wonderful facilities set in a peaceful and tranquil rural setting around the Village Hall, where refreshments will be provided from over the two-days.  It is just under three miles from Mildenhall which can be reached very safely by cycle using the tarmacked Wamil Way bridleway.

Headlining the two-days of grass-track racing will be Sunday’s Ladies National 800m Championship. It is expected that the meeting will still attract the country’s top riders given Mildenhall’s reputation for grass-track racing as well as staging rounds of the National Endurance and Sprint Leagues. Juvenile racing will be on the Saturday.

For the touring cyclist, C.T.C. (Cyclists Touring Club) Suffolk will be offering 57, 100, 160, 200 & 300km timed-touring rides on the Saturday, under the auspices of the Audax organisation.

After last year’s successful trialling, the organisers will promote the ‘Come and Try It On/Off Road Time Trial’. This will allow competitors on the Saturday morning to pit their wits against the clock over a mixed 23km course of byways, tarmac and Fenland Droves!

This is a unique type of course that only the Fens can offer. Despite this, every single rider that competed in last year’s test event, for time-trialling’s governing body in the UK Cycling Time-Trials (CTT), thoroughly enjoyed it.

On Saturday afternoon & evening there will be a Cycle Jumble held in the Village Hall.

Although camping on site will unfortunately no longer be available, West Row has three campsites and the organisers are very much encouraging regular visitors to previous events to still come and spend the weekend in Suffolk cycling and at the Mini-Fest.

“It has been testament to the hard work and professionalism of the committed organising committee that an individual cycling club was ever able to promote an event of that magnitude which has become synonymous with cycling.” added Mr Burchett.

The Festival and its predecessor the Cycling Rally, have always attracted many up and coming names from the world of cycling including the Mildenhall Club’s very own Golden Member Victoria Pendleton CBE and more recently Laura Kenny CBE, both of whom went on to become Olympic and World Champions!

Other well-known cyclists to have ridden at Mildenhall before going onto international fame include welsh starlet Nicole Cooke MBE, Ben Swift, Jason Kenny OBE and Steve Burke MBE.

Further details of the Mini-Fest will be available at www.mildenhallfestival.bike

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Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival 2019
« Reply #15 on: March 24, 2019, 07:00:57 am »
From discussions with organisers last year, I was expecting some changes but this does spell an end to the rally as we have come to know.
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Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival 2019
« Reply #16 on: March 24, 2019, 11:14:35 am »
Organiser Email received this morning confirming the changes and no camping at the rally site.
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Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival 2019
« Reply #17 on: March 24, 2019, 12:13:18 pm »
Organiser Email received this morning confirming the changes and no camping at the rally site.

 :'(
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Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival 2019
« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2019, 06:36:26 pm »
Maybe we can have a yacf camping weekend instead somewhere?  :)
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Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival 2019
« Reply #19 on: March 24, 2019, 06:46:06 pm »
Maybe we can have a yacf camping weekend instead somewhere?  :)
Could even be in Suffolk... (or is it Cambridgeshire?)
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Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival 2019
« Reply #20 on: March 25, 2019, 12:18:57 pm »
Woah, this is a new thing:

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After last year’s successful trialling, the organisers will promote the ‘Come and Try It On/Off Road Time Trial’. This will allow competitors on the Saturday morning to pit their wits against the clock over a mixed 23km course of byways, tarmac and Fenland Droves!

This is a unique type of course that only the Fens can offer. Despite this, every single rider that competed in last year’s test event, for time-trialling’s governing body in the UK Cycling Time-Trials (CTT), thoroughly enjoyed it.

Anyone know how it panned out? Mud? Cobbles? Helmets??

(I can't even find the results on the CTT site - which isn't surprising, even if they *are* on there!)
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Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival 2019
« Reply #21 on: March 25, 2019, 06:47:47 pm »
https://www.campsites.co.uk/search/campsites-in-suffolk/woodbridge/shottisham-campsite

I like the look of that.

Woodbridge station isn't far away (bear in mind these are the same trains that serve Darsham, so quite small) and Ipswich is easy cycling distance.

There are some pretty decent looking off road tracks for walks and bike rides.

Sea swimming at Shingle Street, not far away.

Campfires allowed in hired fire pits.

If, as the website suggests, the camps site is divided into smaller fields, we might be able to have one entire bit to ourselves.

Do we have a seconder? ;)
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival 2019
« Reply #22 on: March 26, 2019, 08:30:30 am »
If you organise, we'll arrive.  ;D
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Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival 2019
« Reply #23 on: March 26, 2019, 09:08:39 am »
Looks good   :thumbsup:
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Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival 2019
« Reply #24 on: April 05, 2019, 11:39:20 pm »
OK, I shall put my mind to this over the coming week.
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