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The 20th Flying Gate Weekend took place in Swaffham, Norfolk between Friday 31st August and Sunday 2nd September 2018.


Well, the dust has finally settled on this years’ Flying Gate Weekend and what weather we had! - A real Indian summer – despite recent rains.
Superb, mostly car free scenery with proper dual cabbageway roads topped of a super weekend all round.
The rides on Friday and Saturday were both just under 44 miles with 1100 ft of climbing on Friday and 1500 on Saturday.
So, basically flat as promised. It was noted that Trevor did not ride this year. He told us all it was because of his recent major operation
but judging by the way he handled Batman’s bike at one tea stop I think it was really because he was protesting about the lack of rising gradient!


Trevor on Bat cycle
Trevor on a Bat cycle

Sunday was shorter with just a couple of “sloping bits” in. This is truly Big Sky country and the rolling fields seem to go on forever with round church towers and WW2 airfield remains to be explored.
Both examples of the new Jupiter model were ridden for the first time and we were pleased to welcome Jason and Rosemary and some of the local Breckland CC for the first time.

Jupiter frames one and two
Richard and Chris holding their Jupiter framed cycles, numbers 2 and 1 respectivly.

Hopefully we’ll see you again in 2019. Despite dire warnings of the sharp flints lying in wait for unsuspecting cyclists, there were only 3 punctures over the weekend, one of which destroyed an almost new tyre.
Interestingly all came within 5 minutes and were suffered by the same person. You don’t have to be quite so extreme in order to win the TJ Trophy most years.
And so to 2019, the 21st Weekend: We will be based from Market Bosworth in Leicestershire.
Dave and Taz are currently working on routes and places of interest within striking distance…..Stay tuned for more information to come…
Arthur

Videos from previous weekends can be viewed on the Video Gallery page.
Photographs from previous weekends can be seen on the Photo Gallery pages.
In addition Pat Strauss has photgraphs of the 2018 weekend at http://www.flickr.com/photos/pscycle/albums/72157702034595684
(photos may take a while to show this is a flickr problem.)
and Flash, web master at hetchins
.org.uk has a splendid set of photos of the 2016 weekend
which can be seen at http://www.hetchins.org/fgwe16-01.htm
and the 2015 weekend which can be found at
http://www.hetchins.org/fgwe15-01.htm


Updated 10.10.2018

 


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