Road Racing begins in Earnest

As Spring has decided to delay its full arrival this year, the racing season had to start in earnest, with the first May Bank Holiday weekend kick starting the region’s racing programme.

Sunday 5th May saw the Iceni Velo club road race take place at the Stoke Holy Cross circuit, with the notorious Skeets Hill finish. No Diss CC riders were present in the race, however there was good showings form the local club riders finishing behind international Tri-athlete Joe Skipper taking victory.

As for the Ixworth Crits on Monday 6th and the first round of the Lotus League races, here are the words of Simon Harrison (Club Membership Secretary).

“Two Diss jerseys on show at Ixworth Crits this year with yours truly and Stephen James Hubbard on duty in the Masters 50+ race off at 1.30. A much colder day than last year but at least dry and a fiend of about 18 or 19 plus the Women’s Race amongst us. Open to all categories the race predictably split up with the strongest getting away. The impressive winner was alone over a lap ahead I think with the Women’s winner in tow. 11th and 15th(?) I think with our 2nd Claim Member Kevin Hickman in 10th for API Metro. Thanks must go to those who came and supported with shouts of encouragement and real time Coaching Mick Madgett Angela Long Steve, Graham Trudgill, Andy Smith, Andrew Daniels and Dave Wilby – all much appreciated.

Last night we three headed up to Lotus for another go. Dry but cold and clockwise this year. About 50 minutes of racing including a neutral section as we nearly caught the main race that had started half a lap ahead. About 25mph average and a field of around 50 of 4ths and 3rds battled it out with the typical bunch sprint/mass chaos for the line. I can’t add the Results in this post but perhaps Ken Jolliffe can post both sets for Monday and last night?
We’ll try and keep up with the reports over the summer. We’re next out Tuesday next at Lotus and gearing up for the Club Road Race on the 26th.”

Diss CC AGM : 27th Oct 2015



  1. Apologies for Absence
  2. Minutes of 2014 AGM
  3. Matters arising
  4. 2015 Officials Reports
    1. Chairman – Ken J
    2. Treasurer – Jon K
    3. Membership – Simon H
    4. Kit – Steph H
    5. Web – Neil C
    6. Racing – Mick M & Rob Hobbs
  5. Election of Officials for 2015.

Please note all the current Officials and Committee Members are willing to stand for a further year. Other nominations will be accepted at the meeting.

  1. Chairman – Ken Jolliffe
  2. Vice Chairman – Not considered necessary
  3. Treasurer – Jon Kidd
  4. Membership Sec – Simon Harrison
  5. Kit Officer – Steph Hoyle
  6. British Cycling Contact / Cycling Time Trials – Mick Madgett
  7. Press Officer –
  8. Communications/IT – Neil Collins
  9. Social Sec – Sean Cole – New position which Sean is already doing.
  10. Club Run Sec –
  11. Minutes Sec – Val Bolger
  12. Welfare Officer –
  13. Committee Members – Paul Bolger

Proposed by Retiring Committee

6.  That the Club accepts the new written Constitution as it stands. The committee suggests that this be considered a ‘live’ document. It is quite an extensive and AGM time will not permit study of each item within it at the AGM. It is suggested that if any members wish to amend they do so to the committee in writing after the AGM. Any changes made will be voted on at the 2016 AGM. See separate document

  • Proposed by Retiring Committee

7.  Team Captains Proposal – See separate Document. This is similar to the proposal of last year to have racing teams. 1) Road Racing – Ian Nixon 2) Time Trialing – Ashley Thompson 3) MTB/CycloX – ?? 4) Audax & Sportive – ??

If motion 7 is passed –                                                                                                                                  

8.  Add Team Captains to Committee & Elect said Officials

Proposed by Angus Wilkinson –

9.  To add Triathlon as a Club Activity with a Team Captain                                                                                                           With so many in the club now taking part and being quite successful at Triathlon and Duathlon races, maybe the club could consider registering with the British Triathlon Federation as a triathlon club also?
Believed cost around £100 and once registered gives members a discount on their membership to the BTF. Many clubs are registered now such as West Suffolk Wheelers, Bungay black dog runners, and Newmarket cycle and triathlon club.           Angus is also willing to stand as Team Captain

10.  If motions 7 & 8 passed –                                                                                                                        

Funding Team Captains Proposal – An opportunity has arisen to properly fund this proposal by organising a Sportive – Outline of opportunity to be described at AGM

  • Diss & District CC ‘Open’ Races next year. (Dates have to be ‘in’ end Sept)

1) Redgrave Cyclo Cross – Sat 21st Nov 2015 – Bob Hayward.

2) 25 mile TT – Trikes/Vet Bikes/72” Gear/2-UP – Sun 3rd April – Bressingham – Mick Madgett    

3) Hopton RR (ERRL) – Sun 31st July – Sean Cole.                                                                                        

4) 25 Mile TT – Sun 14th Aug – Bressingham – Mark Ready.                                                                    

5) Old Buckenham Races (ERRL Crit Champs?) – Sat 3rd Sept – Ken Jolliffe

  • AOB – If you have any questions, would like the club to do other things etc now is the time to speak!

Please note that in line with past & present Club practice items 6 to 10 will be decided on a 2/3rds majority. A desirable AGM Quorum would be 1/3 of current membership of 114 = 38 members. I’m sure we all want to be happy with the outcome so please attend and make your choice known.

The bar will be open.


Chairman’s Report

Ken Jolliffe

Usually the report for the AGM should be about the past year but I feel more will be gained by adding where your committee is trying to take the club in future years.

I feel the success this year is the change of kit, initially I was not exactly overjoyed by white at first but it stands out well, is very presentable and all seem keen to wear it.

We now have club runs Sunday, most Tuesdays and every Thursday. Sunday attendance seems to be down a bit but I think that is due to so many of you now moving on to different disciplines, a good thing. We failed to put club runs on a firm footing by having a designated venue and leader so club runs can only remain very much ad hoc. More difficult than herding cats it seems.

More of you seem to be competing on a more regular basis with a few doing outstanding performances. We are a sporting club after all and the wish is to encourage you to continue but on a perhaps more organised basis by entering teams rather than individuals entering whatever takes their fancy.

Facebook has been used to good effect to report on your activities but it is club run biased as someone is always willing to do a report. So come on you guys who are competing or riding sportives, don’t be bashful send in a report as well. Most of the club are interested in what other members are doing but if you don’t tell us how are we to know?

On a personal note as Chairman I feel guilty that I do not know you all, even by sight. Difficult but good attendance at the AGM and for the Prize Presentation in January will go some way to remedy this.

The AGM will ask you to approve a club constitution as at the moment I suspect many of you who are new to the sport but have joined the club find it extremely difficult to find out what is going on or why we do certain things. I would have we have done our best but I suspect that it can be improved on in the future.

The committee were a saddened that some members felt it necessary to change clubs to further their progression or enjoyment in the sport. To counter that we have come up with the proposal that we have a captain for 4 disciplines whose job will be to target certain events and coordinate entries for it. There will also be a sum of money to dish out among the participants. It is hoped this will engender a better club spirit and as part of a team will draw the riders out and improve their performances. Remember you always do better if you ride as a team and more enjoyable in my experience.

There is also a motion that we include triathlon in the disciplines covered by the club. Some local clubs have taken this step and it has proved reasonably successful.

There will be a list of what we are organising as events open to members of other clubs – ‘opens’ – next year as well as the proposed evening club time trials. We have been presented with an opportunity to fund the Captains proposal better, planning is in the early stages but progress and some details will be reported to you at the meeting.

Norfolk is not exactly a hotspot when it comes to any discipline of cycling, no dedicated cycling facility or opportunities for youths to compete on a regular basis within a reasonable traveling distance. Plans are afoot to change all this. Whilst you may not wish to take advantage of it; it will almost certainly heighten the profile of the sport in the region and increase numbers participating.

Lastly I would like to thank all the committee and others whose hard work has contributed to the success of the Diss.


Neil Collins

During the year the Facebook has continued to be very active (many times more active than other local clubs from what I can tell).  I’ve also revamped the main website to give it a cleaner look and to clear out a bit of the content – focussing on keeping the content on website to be the information about the club and things which don’t go out of date (like the history page).

I’ve now taken over the newsletter from Simon and switched to a tool called MailChimp which works well and means it’s easier to include things like photographs.

Plans for the coming year are to do much of the same but I’d be interested to hear if anyone has any ideas for changes or improvements.


Stephanie Hoyle

I have been in contact with Eldon regarding ordering the Diss CC kit.
I am in the process of ordering the winter kit and will be sending it on the 1/11/2015 so please let me know if you would like to order as soon as possible.
The fabric  and winter colours has had a revamp and the mens non bib shorts are now mens fit rather than uni sex.

I will be ordering on a quarterly basis and the company are hoping to create an online ordering basis so that we can order and pay for ourselves as we go which will be fantastic!
You will be able to pay and collect your ordered kit form Mick Madgetts shop in Diss.
We will be keeping a small section of kit just incase you need something for the weekend!!

TT Report

Mick Madgett

It has been a mostly successful season for our club Time Trials, with fields in excess of 20 many weeks, with the greater proportion being club members in most cases. There was one occasion when I cancelled the event, due to gale force winds, and another that was a bit ‘touch & go’ due to possible rain, which was not heavy enough to affect things in the end. 

There were some excellent times returned, the highlight being Tom Fitzpatrick getting to 2 seconds off Zak Carr’s course record! Peter Bolton’s excellent photos have given an added dimension to the events, & an added excuse to check on the club’s ‘facebook’ page.

On the negative side, the Wingfield Circuit event was poorly supported – several club member ‘regulars’ again supporting another club’s event rather than this, & as it involves a lot more work on my part, I’ve decided not to bother with it any more.

The ‘Wacky- Races’ was also a victim of a small turn-out for similar reasons, but several entered into the spirit of the event, & I’ve decided to make this the final event of next season, in the hope that people will enter into the spirit of it a bit more. Marshals, & other helpers were just sufficient, with last minute pleas several weeks. Many thanks to those who have helped, & my usual plea to others – it is a much appreciated way of putting something back ‘into’ the club, & is only an hour or so a week, plus you can usually work a bike ride into the ‘duty’, as well as it being an opportunity to yell encouragement/abuse at those riding!

Another encouraging sign is the increasing number of members who are now getting involved with the local ‘Open’ time-trial scene, with some good placings, including some wins from Steve Gorbutt. Hopefully this will continue to develop with the new initiative being proposed at the AGM.

Start Sheet : Open 25 : 19th July 2015

Start time Number Name Club Category Vet std
7.31 1 Allistair Banks & John Swanbury (tandem) VC Baracchi
7.33 3 John Musgrave Diss & District Cycling Club V 1:14:36
7.34 4 Trevor Roberts Wolsey Road Club V 1:06:13
7.35 5 Danny Watkins Team VeloVelocity V 1:06:13
7.36 6 David Gigg East Anglian CC V 1:07:50
7.37 7 Paul Moss Stowmarket & District CC V 1:07:26
7.38 8 Gary Matthews Sole Bay Cycle Sport V 1:08:52
7.39 9 Richard Allen VC Baracchi V 1:09:34
7.40 10 Geoff Frost Team VeloVelocity V 1:06:51
7.41 11 Adrian Pettitt Stowmarket & District CC V 1:07:15
7.42 12 Gavin Money Iceni Velo V 1:07:15
7.43 13 Antony Birt Ipswich Bicycle Club S
7.44 14 Jane de Boltz Ipswich Bicycle Club LV 1:13:41
7.45 15 Steven Neil Kings Lynn CC V 1:07:38
7.46 16 Paul Sexton VC Norwich S
7.47 17 Andrew Kennedy Ipswich Bicycle Club V 1:08:02
7.48 18 Verity Smith Stowmarket & District CC WS
7.49 19 John Thompson VC Baracchi V 1:10:38
7.50 20 Gavin Moore Team VeloVelocity S
7.51 21 Kevin Norman Stowmarket & District CC V 1:08:02
7.52 22 Ed Dean Norwich Amateur BC V 1:07:26
7.53 23 Roy Rowland Iceni Velo S
7.54 24 Peter Beard Stowmarket & District CC V 1:08:39
7.55 25 Damon Day Cycle Club Sudbury V 1:07:50
7.56 26 Paul Shelley Diss & District Cycling Club V 1:06:13
7.57 27 Cliff Loveday Ely & Dist Cycling Club/JT Cycles V 1:08:14
7.58 28 Roy Cuppelditch Colchester Rovers V 1:08:14
7.59 29 Emma Beard Stowmarket & District CC WS
8.00 30 Angus Jardine Ipswich Bicycle Club V 1:07:38
8.01 31 Chris Nudds CC Breckland V 1:12:44
8.02 32 Simon Hance Ipswich Bicycle Club V 1:06:39
8.03 33 Bob Quarton Wolsey Road Club V 1:10:38
8.04 34 Debra Peck Colchester Rovers LV 1:13:55
8.05 35 James Rush Norwich Amateur BC S
8.06 36 Andrew Leggett Team VeloVelocity V 1:06:13
8.07 37 Guy Stevens East Anglian CC V 1:09:19
8.08 38 Jamie Doy Sole Bay Cycle Sport V 1:08:02
8.09 39 Steve de Boltz Ipswich Bicycle Club V 1:08:02
8.10 40 Steve Gorbutt Diss & District Cycling Club V 1:07:15
8.11 41 Christopher Garwood VC Norwich V 1:07:03
8.12 42 Martin Pyne Anglia Velo V 1:09:49
8.13 43 Paul Dennington VC Baracchi V 1:08:14
8.14 44 Patrick Ellis Diss & District Cycling Club V 1:07:15
8.15 45 Chris Lacey Stowmarket & District CC V 1:09:19
8.16 46 Jim Erith LFGSS Cycling Club V 1:07:15
8.17 47 David Fenn Cycle Club Sudbury V 1:11:58
8.18 48 Andy Smith Diss & District Cycling Club V 1:09:49
8.19 49 Doug Reilly Godric Cycling Club V 1:09:34
8.20 50 Simon Daw Velo Schils Interbike V 1:08:14
8.21 51 Cliff Matthews Wolsey Road Club V 1:10:04
8.22 52 Tom Sharpe VC Norwich S
8.23 53 Becky Schofield Tri-Anglia WS
8.24 54 Mark Ready Diss & District Cycling Club V 1:09:05

Watch the Tour of Britain Cycle Race

Sat 12th Sept

TOB Norfolk LogoSee some of the World’s Top Riders in delightful Old Buckenham then see how good you are! Have a go at racing yourself! Round the Village Green on closed roads.


  • 13:45 Race 1 of 40 Minutes British Cycling’s 3rd & 4th Category Race Licence holders
  • 14:40 Race 2 of 20 Minutes for those born before 1999 Non British Cycling Members & BC 4th Category Licence Holders
  • 15:10 Race 3 of 10 Minutes for all Youths born 2003 to 2006 Non British Cycling Members & BC A&B Category Licence Holders
  • 15:30 Race 4 of 20 Minutes for all Youths born 1999 to 2002 Non British Cycling Members & BC C&D Category Licence Holders

Where applicable preference will be given to Local & Non BC members Maximum of 50 riders permitted in each race. Special Prizes for Non BC members.

Enter by 5th Sept via: –

Cycles must conform to British Cycling’s Rules & Regulations

And afterwards

Enjoy the fun of the fair, the beer festival, band and stalls Organised by Diss & District Cycling Club (Under the Rules & Regulations of British Cycling) Old Buckenham Parish Council Breckland District Council More information


Competition to Design the New Club Kit

redesighbannerDuring the recent Diss CC annual general meeting, it was decided we’d set up a group to look at redesigning the club kit, hoping to reflect better what a progressive, modern thinking (and hopefully looking) club we are evolving into. To this end, and to involve everyone in the design process, it has been decided to throw open the redesign to all members in the form of a competition. After all, it was felt that there was no better judge in how we wanted to look than ourselves!

How To Enter

1. Please print out the jersey template below, or alternately draw your own
2. Using the existing Diss CC colours of orange and blue as a basis of your submission, create a jersey design that you’d be happy to be seen wearing. You don’t need to be a designer, be as creative as you like, and be limited only by your imagination!
3. Scan in or take a photo of your design(s) & email them to
4. Remember to include your name and contact telephone number on all entries

After the competition has closed, all entries will be considered by the Diss CC subcommittee and shortlisted down to the best 3. We will then publish them via the Diss CC Facebook page, the Diss CC website and email, and will allow the members to vote on their favourite. The winner will be deemed the design that has received the largest number of votes. In the event of a tie, the subcommittee reserves the right to decide the winner.

The Winner Will Receive

1. A new club jersey inspired by their winning design
2. A bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne
3. The warm glow associated with having been part of the design process!

The competition opens today and closes on 05 January 2015 at midnight. There is no limit to the number of times you can enter!

Good luck everyone & here’s your chance to make a real difference!

Kit Template


The Small Print

  • No responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, illegible.
  • No purchase necessary
  • We reserve the right to amend or alter any design to adhere to limitations imposed during the manufacturing process, this may include amending colour tones to comply with any printing restrictions that may be imposed.
  • All entries shall be considered the intellectual property of The Diss & District Cycling Club and will not be returned.
  • Entries must be received by midnight on 05 January 2015.
  • Diss & District cycling Club accepts no responsibility for entries which are unreadable, corrupted or fail to reach us by the relevant closing date for any reason. Proof of emailing or sending is not proof of receipt.
  • The competition is running in conjunction with sourcing a new clothing supplier. The winner’s jersey will be presented as soon as the item becomes available.

Events 2015

Diss & District C.C. Club Events 2015

Date Event Course Time            No. Marshals Reqd.
April 7th 10 miles B10/42 Results 2
April 14th 10 miles Brockdish Circuit Results 3
April 21st 10 miles B10/42 Results 2
April 28th 10 miles B10/42 Results 2
May 5th 10 miles Brockdish Circuit Cancelled 3
May 12th 10 miles B10/42 Results 2
May 19th 25 miles B25/17 Results 2
May 26th 10 miles B10/42 Results 2
June 2nd 25 miles B25/17 Results 2
June 9th 10 miles Wingfield Circuit Results 3
June 16th 10 miles B10/42 Results 2
June 23rd 10 miles Brockdish Circuit Results 3
June 30th 25 miles B25/17 Results 2
July 7th 10 miles B10/42 Results 2
July 14th 10 miles Brockdish Circuit Results 3
July 19th Open 25 tbd Results 2
July 21st 10 miles B10/42 Results 2
July 28th 10 miles B10/42 Results 2
August 4th ‘Wacky Races’  Redgrave Circuit 18:45 2
August 11th 10 miles Brockdish Circuit Results 3
August 16th Diss Road Race Hopton Results 12
August 18th 10 miles B10/42 Results 2
August 25th 10 miles B10/42 18:30 2
September 12th Tour of Britain Road Races Old Buckenham approx 13:00 12
October 25th Hill Climb Homersfield 11:00 2
November 21st Cyclo Cross Redgrave tbd 6

LED rear lights are required for all events, & front lights for April & August events


  • B10/42 & Brockdish Circuit: Layby east of Billingford Horseshoes, on A143
  • B25/17: 400yds west of Bressingham Chequers PH on A1066 – Car park in field on south side of A1066, entrance just past lay-by near Chequers
  • Redgrave circuit: Centre of Redgrave, Near Crosskeys P.H.
  • Wingfield Circuit: on Wingfield Common, near Wingfield Castle
  • Homersfield Hill Climb: At junction by ‘Dove House’ Restaurant, just off A143

Diss AGM – 25 Nov 2014

Document Links


TT Review (Mick)

The Club TT’s have for the most part been well supported this year, with a turnout of 20+ riders most weeks, mostly being our own club members, or non-affiliated ‘guests’ riding ‘private’ trials.

The notable exceptions were the Wortham Ling events, which were poorly supported, with as many helpers as riders… (even after some riders intending to ride elsewhere found that event cancelled!)

I’ve decided that the effort of putting these on is not worthwhile, so have left them out of next years schedule. I have kept the Wingfield ‘Hilly’ in for next year, & also the ‘Wacky Races’, which seemed to get a bit of a renaissance this year. It’s not all about beating your best, there should be an element of fun too!

The issue of Marshalling will need some more thought, as we should not rely on just one person for the majority of events (Many Thanks, Bridget!!) I’ve put a Marshalling schedule in with the list for next years events, & would encourage members to put in for their ‘stint’ ASAP. I WILL cancel events next year if there is no one prepared to marshal on the evening.

It has also been good to see that there are several members now riding ‘Open’ events on a regular basis. Hopefully with a bit of coordination there can be some competitive club ‘teams’ in some local events.

Web Master Report (Neil)

During 2013/2014, we’ve improved how the club uses technology (and particularly the Web) in a number of ways:

  • We’ve revamped the website to give it a neater look and to remove dated content.
    • Visits to the site are up roughly double what we had last year.
    • Google search resutls are good (with searches such as “Diss Cycling Club”, “Cycling in Diss” or “South Norfolk Cycle Club” having us at the top of the results)
    • The TT and other results are now posted on the website in an easy to access way.
    • We’ve added the ability to pay annual subs online via the BC site and that seems to have worked well.
  • The Facebook group now has 146 members and has become an important part of the fabric of the club with a range of posts from ride reports, interesting snippets, events coming up, interesting discussions and plenty of fun.
  • Except for a short break over the summer, Simon has continued to produce the excellent “Something for the Weekend” weekly emails for club members which are always popular and much appreciated.
  • We ran an online club survey this year (results attached) which proved a useful way to gather opinions from members and gauge the general views on a number of topics.
  • We are now using BC’s club management dashboard which isn’t brilliant but they’ve been kind enough to take up our suggestion of being able to produce ICE list for all club members which are now providing to ride leaders and event organisers.

As part of looking at the survey feedback, I did have a ponder on whether we should do more with the club’s website. To be honest, though, doing anything much more would be quite expensive (as we’d need to stop using the free WordPress site we use today) and probably wouldn’t gain us a lot more in terms of meeting the primary goal of the site which is to be the place people go to to find out about the club.  Given that, we’re probably going to be doing “more of the same” in the year to come in terms of our use of technology but thoughts, comments and suggestions always welcome.

Club Run Report (Neil)

Club runs have been a bit up and down this year.  On the upside, we’ve had increasing numbers and more rides with:

  • The Thursday “Those That Can” ride going out almost every week.  Many thanks to Stuart and Colin who have been the main stay of these rides.
  • The Sunday club runs continuing to be a core activity for the club and attracting lots of riders each week to the extent we’ve often had to split into two groups either to be safe on the road or to allow the groups to run at different speeds.

We also published a ride leader protocol on the website and, after things got a bit disorganised in the middle of the year, we’ve pretty much got the ride leader rota sorted.

On the downside, it continues to be tricky to organise club runs which keep everyone happy and it’s a regular topic of debate and discontent amongst members.  Some of the main issues are as follows:

  • Roads.  There is a significant number of people who don’t want to ride on rougher roads during the summer when they’ve got their decent bikes out.  What we’ve tried to do to address this is plan routes on “decent” roads.
  • One group or two?  We tried to introduce two club runs during November at different paces.  Some like this, some don’t.

On the whole, it feels like if we’ve got <20 riders out then most folks are happy to go out to the cafe at the pace of the slowest rider and then split on the way home if faster riders want to go ahead of the main group. If we’ve got more than 20 riders or folks who definitely want to go at different paces then we can split and meet at the cafe.