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Mildenhall Cycling Festival Cycle Jumble 25th August 2018

Posted: 19 Aug 2018, 8:14pm
by ElaineB
West Row Village Hall, Chapel Rd, West Row. Bury St. Edmunds, IP28 8NY
Just west of Mildenhall, Suffolk.
6.30 pm start until dark!
This is a great cycle jumble, lots of bargains.
£1 entry.
Come earlier and watch the grass track racing.
Refreshments available.
See you there.

Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival Cycle Jumble 25th August 2018

Posted: 25 Aug 2018, 11:58am
by atlas_shrugged
Thanks for posting I nearly missed this. I will be along to the Mildenhall Cycling festival this afternoon as it is a great little event.

Why I especially like this event is because it is very egalitarian and it especially encourages young riders. This has included what have turned out to be some of our greatest female track riders evaahhh. Cycling UK could do more to support these type of events. So no apologies for this whinge at @Cycling UK:

<Cycling UK Whinge ON>
Why do you not do more to promote events like the Mildenhall Cycling Festival in your newsletter? These events do so much to encourage young cyclists (including females). Instead the newsletter and magazine is obsessed with 'Wimin' cycling this and 'Wimin' cycling that. I would like to see Cycling UK do much more to support events like:
Mildenhall Cycling Festival
York Cycling Rally
Human Power World Championships (held in Betteshanger this year)
</Cycling UK Whinge OFF>

I do understand that to be a leader of a charity nowadays it is necessary to be a right-on virtue signaller. But when taken to extremes this can harm the very people you are trying to help. Please see @Venezuela for more details.

Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival Cycle Jumble 25th August 2018

Posted: 27 Aug 2018, 7:49am
by hoarder
There's a pretty full video feature on the Bentrideronline website covering the WHPV Championship at Bettshanger

https://youtu.be/oxEGy0Wq13I?t=1

and a rather too brief interview with Mike Burrows half-way through

https://youtu.be/oxEGy0Wq13I?t=2728

Having returned from Mildenhall Rally yesterday (where trikes and recumbent cycles don't even feature in the programme), it was refreshing to watch.

I'm impressed at the speeds achieved: e.g.

WHPVA 1-hr_Criterium - Starting 03:30PM Jul 14, 2018 distance: 65.58 miles CHARLES HENRY, Peregrin on Birk 1:02:50 = 62.61 Miles per hour

Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival Cycle Jumble 25th August 2018

Posted: 27 Aug 2018, 8:14am
by Vorpal
atlas_shrugged wrote:<Cycling UK Whinge ON>
Why do you not do more to promote events like the Mildenhall Cycling Festival in your newsletter? These events do so much to encourage young cyclists (including females). Instead the newsletter and magazine is obsessed with 'Wimin' cycling this and 'Wimin' cycling that. I would like to see Cycling UK do much more to support events like:
Mildenhall Cycling Festival
York Cycling Rally
Human Power World Championships (held in Betteshanger this year)
</Cycling UK Whinge OFF>

You won't get anything like an official answer on this forum, but none of those events are directly associated with Cycling UK, so they get exactly as much advertising space as they pay for.

Mildenhall has always been an independent event, run by Mildenhall Cycling Club. And yes, it's a great, family-friendly event, and furthermore gave many British pros their first taste of racing, on the grass track as youngsters.

It is already promoted by BC, Cycling UK, and most cycling clubs in the East of England and/or within a couple of hours drive. It is well attended. Does it need more promotion?

Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival Cycle Jumble 25th August 2018

Posted: 27 Aug 2018, 8:49am
by ElaineB
I don’t think the previous comment on Mildenhall Cycling Festival wanted the event ‘advertised’ in Cycle mag but exposure would be nice, after all what is Cycling Uk for unless it is happy to give time and space to events like this?

Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival Cycle Jumble 25th August 2018

Posted: 27 Aug 2018, 1:41pm
by Brucey
Vorpal wrote: It is already promoted by BC, Cycling UK, and most cycling clubs in the East of England and/or within a couple of hours drive. It is well attended. Does it need more promotion?


I dunno. I went on Saturday afternoon and it seemed quieter than it has been in most other years.

cheers

Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival Cycle Jumble 25th August 2018

Posted: 28 Aug 2018, 5:10pm
by iandriver
Brucey wrote:
Vorpal wrote: It is already promoted by BC, Cycling UK, and most cycling clubs in the East of England and/or within a couple of hours drive. It is well attended. Does it need more promotion?


I dunno. I went on Saturday afternoon and it seemed quieter than it has been in most other years.

cheers

I went on the Sunday. It seems to have lost momentum big style since it's year off then Saturday only the following year. There were virtually no trade stalls now, so it looks like it's in a bit of a vicious circle there, less stalls, less people and so on. It's a shame, it's been a long time favourite of many of us. Did get a set of immaculate Dia-Compe friction shifters for 12 quid, so I'm still happy, but the days of it supplying half my kit seem to be gone for now.

The Audaxes are great too.

Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival Cycle Jumble 25th August 2018

Posted: 28 Aug 2018, 5:22pm
by bikepacker
I had a wonderful weekend camping in the lightweight section. Met a lot of friends I only see once or twice a year, that alone for me makes it a worthwhile event. The lovely onsite community centre was open all day for refreshments and until late in the evening with a bar.

Racing was excellent especially on Sunday in the rain, it made for some exciting moments. Yes I know the trade show did not attract many sellers but as at York Rally getting sellers to attend in the current internet age, appears to be very difficult.

Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival Cycle Jumble 25th August 2018

Posted: 28 Aug 2018, 5:40pm
by PH
Brucey wrote:
Vorpal wrote: It is already promoted by BC, Cycling UK, and most cycling clubs in the East of England and/or within a couple of hours drive. It is well attended. Does it need more promotion?


I dunno. I went on Saturday afternoon and it seemed quieter than it has been in most other years.

cheers

Maybe people were put off by the weather. Camping was sold out at least a week in advance, a change of plan meant I was unexpectedly free this weekend, but couldn't get a place.

Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival Cycle Jumble 25th August 2018

Posted: 28 Aug 2018, 5:45pm
by ElaineB
I did the cycle jumble on Saturday and did very well. The marquee was full of ‘keen’ buyers who found themselves lots of bargains.
The atmosphere was great and all the hard work that the Mildenhall CC put in over the weekend is a credit to the club.
One must not forget that they have moved sites and are building up after their year off.
I really believe that the next few years will go from strength to strength, there were so many youngsters taking part that hopefully they will be the future for the Festival.
If Cycling Uk would do an article for them then the exposure would be an enormous help.
I too saw old friends from all different clubs, the social side of the event, along with the racing, audaxes, cycle jumble and trade fair will hopefully keep the event going for many years to come.

Re: Mildenhall Cycling Festival Cycle Jumble 25th August 2018

Posted: 28 Aug 2018, 6:18pm
by Vorpal
I haven't been since I moved, but when I lived in the UK, I loved the old incarnation, and so did my kids.