October 25 2014 Latest news:
by John Swanbury
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Jason Boutell of Team Velovelocity.co.uk won the East District CA 10-mile championship on the A11 from Besthorpe, which had been re-arranged after being rained off in June.
The original field of 91 was depleted by about half, partly because some riders had finished their season. It was wind-assisted going towards Norwich and the return was hard.
Boutell won in 20:32, beating Mark Arnold of Team Pedal Revolution.co.uk into second place by four seconds and Daniel Bloy of King’s Lynn CC into third with 20:45. The fastest lady was Laura Gambling of CC Breckland with 24:26
Steve Rush, the organiser, was full of praise for fourth-placed Charlie Nurse of North Norfolk Wheelers CC, whose 21:06 was a personal best by 43 seconds. Nurse started riding last season and this event was his fourth or fifth open, so with another winter of training he should come out even stronger next year.
Lowestoft’s cycling club, Velo Club Baracchi, re-lived the tradition behind its name with the annual Baracchi Trophy two-up time trial on Sunday on the 25-mile Somerleyton sporting course.
The club, formed in 1978, was named after a former major north Italian two-up time trial for professionals run between 1950 and 1990. The Lowestoft version of the Trofeo Baracchi is awarded to club members.
Ali Banks and Paul Bedford won in 1-07:31. They beat Steve Summons and James Moore by five seconds. The third team were last minute entrants Paul Dennington and Mark Newnham in 1-08:51 on road bikes.
Faster times were recorded by Gt Yarmouth CC’s riders. Ben Mackett and Lewis Roberts were quickest with 1-02:53 and Kevin Coman and Phil Denby next with 1-06:02.
• Cyclo-cross enthusiasts enjoyed a day of riding on a dry and fast grassy course in the Eastern Cyclo-Cross League event at Baldock
In the Youth race Dougal Toms (Iceni Velo) took second place, just a single second down on James Tapley of Lee Valley Youth CC. The 13-year old from Swainsthorpe had been in a three-way battle with Tapley and Georg Jensen (LVYCC) until the latter snapped his chain and had to change bikes.
Other well-placed Norfolk riders in the Youth field of 34 included Zak Coleman (Great Yarmouth CC, 13th), Lewis Hardcastle (City of Norwich, 15th) and Dan Swindells (GYCC, 16th). Sophie Holmes from Diss was top girl, 18th overall.
Hugo Robinson (XRT/Elmy) won the Senior race. Iceni Velo pair Tim Guy and Shaun Aldous were the top Norfolk riders in 6th and 7th positions, respectively, while Angus Toms (Iceni, fourth) was best Norfolk rider in the Under 12s.
• Mike Auger of Strada Sport gained his Elite racing licence with the final points he needed, by securing tenth place in the last of the South East Road Race League Thursday evening series at the Cyclopark in Gravesend. He became the only current Elite cyclist in Norfolk.
Bradwell rider Mark Westrup of Strada Sport picked up six points for tenth place in the Herts Wheelers Last Chance Points-Grabber Road Race, which was won by Douglas Coleman of CC Luton.
• The Godric /EACC/NABC hill climb is at 11am on Sunday, October 14 at Stoke Holy Cross with changing and refreshments at the church hall by the start. It is a ‘Come and Try It’ event so everyone is welcome.
• Other club times in the EDCA 10 include: Norwich ABC – Duncan Lorne 22:22, Ed Dean 23:15, Rob London 23:55. Anglia Velo – Simon Scott 22:49, Martin Pyne 22:49, Danny Watkins 23:14, Jack Payne 24:11. CC Breckland – Chris Nudds 22:58, Michael Wood 24:08, Declan Davis 24:09. Godric CC – James Trenchard 22:23. VC Norwich – Neil Vaughan 22:37, Sally Withey 25:35. VC Baracchi – Chris Womack 24:12, John Dupen 24:32. East Anglian CC – Guy Stephens 23:08. Gt Yarmouth CC – Matthew Smith 23:26. K Lynn CC – Daniel Collins 23:09, Colin Bunnett 24:13