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Morris shows he’s no minor to win popular Stoke Holy Cross event

PUBLISHED: 06:30 15 October 2014

Morris Bacon (Iceni Velo) fastest in the Stoke Holy Cross hill Climb. Picture: Fergus Muir

Morris Bacon (Iceni Velo) fastest in the Stoke Holy Cross hill Climb. Picture: Fergus Muir

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Bungay rider Morris Bacon sprung up Stoke Holy Cross Hill in just under two-and-a-half minutes to record the fastest time from the biggest entry yet in this popular entry-on-the-line event.

Shaun Aldous (Iceni Velo) wins the Vets 40-49 Cyclo-Cross at Welwyn. Picture: Fergus MuirShaun Aldous (Iceni Velo) wins the Vets 40-49 Cyclo-Cross at Welwyn. Picture: Fergus Muir

Next fastest, in 2:31.4 to Bacon’s 2:29.7, was Ben Howell (Strada Sport) ahead of Norwich Amateur Bicycle Club’s Barney Horne (2:33 exactly).

The Godric CC Hill Climb Championship was shared by T Douglas-Collow and A Bell who could not be separated on 2:54.1 while East Anglian CC Championship went to Carl Read, more often seen as a timekeeper these days, in 3:30.1.

Morris Bacon, 22, is one of 70 entries for King’s Lynn CC’s road race on Sunday.

It’s 42 years since the club ran a mass-start event and they are hoping spectators will turn out to watch their “Return to King’s Lynn” race on a Grimston-Gayton-Great Massingham circuit, 49 miles starting at 10.30am. HQ is Grimston Junior School, Pott Row.

The Five-by-Three entry level MTB race series opened their 2014-15 winter season with racing at Taverham Hall School.

Zac Herrod took the under-16 race from Josun Cole with first-time racer James Pickering getting the better of experienced Alex Perium for third place.

Thetford rider Lee Woodcock led from the start in the senior race with Jimmy Piper taking second place from James Murphy. Laura Sampson, whose son Dean had come a close second to Ben Laflin in the under-12s, was clear winner of the women’s race with new name, Lisa L’Anson, working her way up to take the runners-up position.

Climbing ability was the prime requirement in the Welwyn Cyclo-Cross, preferably combined with the ability to corner fast on reverse-camber grass.

Ditchingham rider Shaun Aldous scores highly on both counts and made his break on a twisty grass section to win the over-subscribed Vets 40-49 from roadman Wayne Crombie (East London Velo). Dougal Toms (Iceni) dominated the youth race but, behind, Kieran Jarvis (Great Yarmouth CC) diced with and eventually beat Frank Moore for second spot with Matthew Baker (GYCC) fourth in the 57-rider field.

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