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A public bike pump has been installed on Ipswich Waterfront, to help any cyclists caught out by a flat tyre.

Plans to begin improving cycle routes across Suffolk have been given the green light, with work to begin on detailed proposals for 20 priority routes.

Looking for a subject now that all cycle racing is suspended, I discovered that it was exactly 50 years ago, in March 1970, that men and women were first allowed to compete together in the same open cycling time trial, writes Fergus Muir.

The postponement of the Revel Outdoors mountain bike racing, due to be held last Sunday, opens an opportunity to highlight the Sporting Courses (SPOCO) East Competition, writes Fergus Muir.

Time-trialists who compete under the age-related system of the Veteran’s Time Trial Association gathered at Exning near Newmarket for the East Anglia Group’s Lunch and Prize Presentation, writes Fergus Muir.

Like many racing cyclists Peter Horsnell of the Chelmer CC is preparing for the 2020 racing season, writes Fergus Muir.

The top women’s places in the Eastern Cyclo-Cross League were settled in the penultimate round at Milton near Cambridge where Elvita Branch (Felixstowe) and Martha Lebentz (Bury St Edmunds) both made sure they were unassailable as Senior and Junior Women’s Champions.

At the end of a brilliantly sunny day of cyclo-cross at World Horse Welfare in Snetterton, James Madgwick raced to the Senior win over a fast-drying course, writes Fergus Muir.

Faced with some fiendish off-camber corners in the Stow Scramble at Haughley, women’s winner Imogen Chastell did not hesitate to dismount and run, swirling her bike round in her wake, writes Fergus Muir.

Two young East Anglian cyclo-cross riders have rounded off their National Trophy campaigns with a flourish - scoring their best results in the final round of the series in York, writes Fergus Muir.

Ipswich rider Gemma Melton won the Eastern Region Cyclo-Cross Championship despite being lassoed by loose tapes blowing in the wind, writes Fergus Muir.

British Cycling Eastern Region has honoured volunteers who have made a special contribution to organised cycling in our area.

Young Bury St Edmunds rider Martha Lebentz and Liam Manser (Renvale RT) from Ipswich were the Senior winners as the Eastern cyclo-cross season resumed after a short break.

Young Ipswich rider Jack Parrish scored his first senior win in West Suffolk Wheelers’ cyclo-cross at West Stow Country Park, writes Fergus Muir.

Ipswich rider Liam Manser sprung a surprise at the Grafham Water cyclo-cross when he came from behind to win the Senior men’s event – in his first race since the summer.

Colchester Rovers’ Mistley cyclo-cross, now re-named in honour of Neil Pears, Rovers member and doyen of the sport, saw big-race wins for Bethany Barnett and James Madgwick.

Orwell Velo member Matt Day took the East District Hill Climb Championship with a 46 second ascent of the short, sharp Semer Hill near Hadleigh, writes Fergus Muir.

Ipswich off-road expert Ross Tricker came out top of a three-way fight for the Senior win at the CC Ashwell cyclo-cross near Hitchin.

Ipswich rider Gemma Melton (XRT/Elmy Cycles) scored a remarkable third place in a massive field in the women’s cyclo-cross at Milton Keynes, writes Fergus Muir.

It wasn’t a day for personal bests, but nobody seemed to have told Ross Fawcett, writes Fergus Muir.

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