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Having listened to the reports on telly and the radio regarding the recent British Cycling EGM, I have to wonder where reporters get their morals from.

Apparently BC were being forced to tighten up their governance rules due to the recent issues regarding bullying and Wiggos cough Mixture Gate……

Now I’ll admit that some of that meeting, which I attended as a delegate was pretty dull, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have missed that bit…. Apparently we all voted in favour of the changes because we are all money grubbing bastards…and only because the Government forced us to…

Well heres some reality. What was actually going on was a new set of governance rules, which in fact is a pretty regular occurrence from UK Sport. The entire thrust with these was to address the intransigence of the FA to embrace change and reform. Due to the FA’s reluctance all sports who receive state funding via the National Lottery have been required to amend their rules of governance at the risk of losing their funding immediately if they fail to comply. This has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with cough medicine or bullying….none, nothing, absolute zero!!!

What in fact happened was that many of the National councillors felt that the changes didn’t go far enough for various reasons, some of which were to do with the recent embarrassments. This to the extent that they were prepared to vote against the changes and lose some £43million of funding if the board did not undertake to make root and branch changes down the line.

In fact there was a very heated meeting the night before conference, when the new CEO Julie Harrington, gave clear and unequivocal assurances that this was already understood, accepted and in hand. For that reason, the actual meeting went by very peacefully, and an overwhelming majority voted for the changes…… but hey lets not allow facts to get in the way of a salacious misrepresentation of the facts.
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Martin MonaghanI stopped buying or even reading 'news<sic>papers' 30 years ago after being on the inside of a similar type of 'story'.

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George AlexanderWho doesn't like "alternative facts" 😀

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OMG it's only another Eastern Region National Champion ..... big congratulations to Elvita Branch and a grudging mention of her coach who is going to be impossibly proud forever.... top work Steve Manser ..... just in case anyone thought he was only able to coach ankle biters!!! Brilliant
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OMG its only another Eastern Region National Champion ..... big congratulations to Elvita Branch and a grudging mention of her coach who is going to be impossibly proud forever.... top work Steve Manser ..... just in case anyone thought he was only able to coach ankle biters!!! Brilliant

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Emma EmersonSteve Manser is a fantastic coach /youth coach - so happy for all your achievements😀😀😀

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Steve ManserStill waiting on results. Young Joe Kiely came Away with a silver. Well done Jimmy Piper on your bronze great work team Eastern

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Mick CurtisThe course would have done G proud. A log across the path at 45 degrees that was unavoidable; another log across the path that was so big it was an A line; a rock garden that claimed a number of victims and hills so steep and slippery after the rain that the majority of U16 riders had to run up them. All topped off with a healthy dose of MUD. Great fun.

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Elvita BranchWell done Joe and Jimmy with the podiums and big 👍to all other eastern riders who raced today ...

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Andrew CassonYep, congratulations Steve, Elvita has truly performed well this year!

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Darren StylesAnd a fine result for Jimmy Piper!

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Elvita BranchThank u for kind words and the support x

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Jimmy PiperGreat result Elvita!!

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Mick CurtisWell done Elvita.

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As Hintlesham and Round 6 fades into the memory of halcyon summer days, we'd just like to thank everyone who signed up and gave the place a second chance after last years nightmare.

When things go wrong, we know, and don't actually need any telling....generally we are our own harshest critics in that sense. So we knew full well that last year was a disaster, and we also know that we needed to pull one out of the bag this year to erase that negative memory.

So you might imagine how hard it has been given that the Bostock family held a beautiful family wedding on the site just three weeks ago, and for that reason and not unreasonably we could not access the venue until afterwards.

Being the local boys, Steve and I put in absolutely countless hours over those 3 weeks to whip it into the shape you saw on Sunday. This being further complicated by the long wrangle over the sale of my business finally coming to a conclusion at 4:30pm last Friday.... So with all that to deal with as well you will imagine how fraught it has been.

The fact we have had biblical rainfall last Tuesday actually helped to bed down the new trails we had cut and to firm up some places that needed it, but you might imagine how stressed we were when it rained from 12.:30pm right through to 4:00am and heavily too...... not again being the main thought through those hours.

We hope everyone enjoyed their day, albeit hot airless and humid. We do feel that we managed to show you what we originally saw in the place and what we wanted to deliver last year. We also want to thank everyone who attended. Your exemplary behaviour and good spirits have not only secured the venue for us to use for another year, but Jamie the landowner has also agreed to allow us to be a bit more adventurous as well.
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Paul CoulsonThe rain last year was a bit of a spoiler but hey, it's an outdoor mtb event, we have to race in all conditions. The slight shower on Sunday afternoon was most welcoming, although those 2 fast down hill turns were bum tensing moments. All in all a great venue, a great course and great people to race with/for/against. Look forward to next year. My only criticism is the B line being faster than the A line. Didn't expect the slower rider I caught at the top, coming out of the B line in front of me again.

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Howard ClarkeI agree a great course but slightly ruined by the complete lack of course manners riders passing on single and narrow tracks with no left or right call at all... you do a great job running these events but that just ruined it for me. Any one else have this issue or was it just me being ignored?

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Gaz HurstOn top of the thanks I want to express for the day in general, I also want to say a huge thank you for allowing me to take a complete novice who is extremely nervous out onto the course without interference from other riders. Just goes to show why I drive 2 hours each way to a race when I could go to a different regional race less than half the distance away.

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Mick CurtisThe complete opposite to last year. Last year - freezing cold; this year - blisteringly hot. Last year - really slow; this year - blisteringly quick. Absolutely loved it. Any chance that you can extend the lines in the woods as there looks to be some great opportunities but they fly past when you are racing. Looking forward to next year already.

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Alan FrenchHi will the results be up soon please?

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Richard MillerObviously no complaints from the dog walkers that Abigail shouted at then, apologies if there were but she came across them 5 abreast, I guess they didn't realise they were still on the course.

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Iain WebbGreat work out there G and team, we do appreciate all your endeavours and theres nothing you can do about the weather. This years was very fast and in a great way has shown me where my fitness has improved. Thank you once again.

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Jason FowlerThanks for all the hard work that went into the day. Great venue and a great course. Can we have an uplift for the finish hill next year though.? 😄

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Adrian HoyleAs ever a fantastic event..I met some newbies to MSG in the car park and they loved it.. also thanks for ironing out the minor results glitch 😉

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Dave PatonI loved it but despite living down south for nearly twenty years I'm still to Scottish to handle the heat. It was sweltering.

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Neil CookeIt was a great fast an flowing course an I really enjoyed it, just a shame I broke my deraillieur on the last lap! Bring on next year.

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Martin HollandA great course, just a shame I was feeling below par. Looking forward to having another crack next year.

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Peter RobinsonTop work as usual and an enjoyable day, allow yourself a big pat on the back! 👍🏻

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Alan FrenchGreat course. The shorter lap format was good and I enjoyed it despite the heat.

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Elizabeth Love-mottIt was a great day and venue well done Graham , Steve and Matt xx

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Mahoosively big thank you to Steve for all his help with round 6. Not to put too fine a point on it you know who your friends are when the going gets tough and they are there to back you up..... top job buddy and that's one I owe you.
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Jack CurzonWhere's the drone footage!😁

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Steve ManserAnytime for you guys. Enjoyed the chilling chats after the hard graft, talking about little Fletcher and grandchild number 2 whilst enjoying a 🍺

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Darren StylesA fine effort all round.

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Apparently the various offerings to the dark lord paid off.... this was the scene as I arrived home this evening..... 3 miles as the crow flys...... (the old bat takes a longer route)
Thanks everyone for the second chance at Hintlesham .... we loved it hope you all look back fondly too.
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Apparently the various offerings to the dark lord paid off.... this was the scene as I arrived home this evening..... 3 miles as the crow flys...... (the old bat takes a longer route)
Thanks everyone for the second chance at Hintlesham .... we loved it hope you all look back fondly too.
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Darren Styles''Twas a lovely day in the countryside, the only thing that could make it better would be a Norfolk postcode....

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Becky GibsonThanks for all the hard work as usual G, sorry I didn't make it today, but Nathan came home happy 😊 4th was great, especially after not being able to ride at Phoenix. See you all soon x

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Mick CurtisGreat venue - big thanks to the owners for letting us in to play. And to the workers for producing a course from nothing in double quick time.

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Karl OsbornGlad we missed that but that little shower was very welcome earlier. Thanks, was a good if hilly course 👍

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If you haven't seen this already its worth having a look at how not to start a World cup event.....
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Graham ElliottIt is racing, and the unforeseen does happen, but frankly I couldn't actually believe this was the start.... people train and build their whole life around their preparation and to lose your opportunity to this is pretty scandalous IMHO.

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Steve ManserThey need to get the @Mud Sweat and Gears Eastern crew along to sort out their course, I spent the evening making a sweeping uphill start for the under 9's just to allow the stronger riders get ahead on the climb

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Mick CurtisLooks like they are need of some help from the MSG trail builders 🚲⚒️

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Carl MaceCan't beat a bottleneck right at the start of an XC race!!

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Christopher EnglishThey'll be getting lapped by the time that clears 😉

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Heads Up (Literally)

We are working with a drone operator at Hintlesham, basically to seek out best practice with this growing sphere of sports filming. The operator we are working with is fully licensed and qualified, and all relevant protocols are being followed. So if you see the drone it is legit and you should not have any concerns.

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Mud Sweat and Gears - Eastern XC SeriesPeople there is some repetition of the when can we see type of question regarding the drone. The accurate answer is that this was very much about experimentation and establishing good practice, not necessarily about producing Ben Hur (The MSG cut), the operator is reviewing and editing the footage taken. If he is happy with the outcome we will do what we can to make it available to you. It is however a commercial thing, and therefore please do not expect hours of free footage of your best bits on tap. The guy has to make a living...... n'est-ce pas?

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Howard Clarkewhen can we see the footage?

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Clay DaviesHopefully they don't do what happened to me at a road race the other week, drone flew directly over me as I was changing into my bib shorts! Drone will have got a right eye full 😅

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Adrian Hoyle*insert punchline about Matt's commentary droning on* 😀

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Gordon HollingworthDid they get any footage of the race ?

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Sam PhillipsGreat idea!

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Mike KeynesThe bottom one will last longer?

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Iain BanksOne is a classic piece of architecture.... The other is just some old building 😂

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Steve ManserThat's me, and the glass is arriving tomorrow for the bottom one, I have just hit the order button

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Colin StevensonThere's a bloke standing on the bottom one !

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What a weekend that was for the MSG crew.....

Friday PM: Matt, Emma and G to Norwich to assist Tim at the Brilliant Gas Hill Gasp. Matt commentating brilliantly and G lashing up the starts....., while Emma was her usual efficient self on registration and results.

Saturday AM: G sourcing Timber for Hintlesham: The Bridge Episode 2 & Steve at Phoenix Cycle Works with his newly created mobile trickery department to help the guys out at the carnival.
Saturday PM: through Steves mastery of creating something from nothing a very busy afternoon of Steve coaching countless youngsters while G pretended to know what he was doing with very mixed success.
Sunday AM: Steve and G performing in the ongoing saga of Hintlesham: the Bridge Episode 2 and creating what will forthwith be known as the Bridge Of Thighs, while Matt gave the entire course a very comprehensive blow job.....

Surely its Beer O'clock by now!
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Mud Sweat and Gears - Eastern XC SeriesI've been asked to explain Bridge of Thighs ...... there are several called the Bridge of Sighs, one in Oxford, another in Cambridge and the original I believe is in Venice. Basically they are small but beautiful pieces of architecture...obviously ours is likewise small and beautiful however as its used for cycling, so we thought Thighs rather than Sighs would be appropriate......or maybe it should be Groans......

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Hintlesham MSG#6 prep day today!! Lots of blowing and bridge building, the course is looking great and completely dry at the moment.

Make sure you get your entry in before Tuesday midnight to save missing out! www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/?series_id=262
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Hintlesham MSG#6 prep day today!! Lots of blowing and bridge building, the course is looking great and completely dry at the moment. 

Make sure you get your entry in before Tuesday midnight to save missing out! https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/?series_id=262

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Sue McIntyreIs there still entry on the day? Wasn't able to enter on Tuesday due to rushing off to The Wurzels! 😱

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