by Fergus Muir
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Two local riders – among nearly 4,000 taking part – found ways of upping the Norwich 100 challenge on Sunday.
Norwich rider Dean Pointer rode 200 miles, while Sheringham man Laurence Wright did it on a town bike with a sidecar.
Pointer did the 50-mile route early in the morning, then the 100 with the main groups before topping off with another lonely circuit of the 50 route.
Wright was much quicker than expected – getting round in less than seven hours, including the mandatory half-hour lunch-stop at Sheringham, where, incidentally, Blacks Bikes proprietor Phil Saunders was kept busy titivating cycles that had proved less robust than their riders.
This coastal leg of the 100 route was into the wind, but overall conditions were very good indeed – so long as you remembered to keep drinking.
There were personal bests galore in the Cycle Club Breckland 10-mile Longmarkers time trial – and yet expert opinion was that conditions were not all that good.
Martin Pyne, for instance, whose detailed knowledge of this Morley to Wymondham and back course is unrivalled, said it was “not a fast day”.
Unusually, the event format gave preference to the slowest rather than the fastest entrants, so for some this was a rare opportunity to get a ride on a course with a fast reputation.
Conditions were “headwind out, tailwind home” and winner Stuart Davidson from Stalham preferred it that way.
“You can do yourself in on the way out,” he said, safe in the knowledge the breeze will get you to the finish line.
Second overall went to Watton 14-year-old Declan Davis (CC Breckland) in a personal best 21:37, one of no less than seven PBs by Breckland riders, one of whom – Henry Perium (26:58) took the Juvenile prize under the “One rider, one prize” rule.
In the Stowmarket 10 at Thurston on Sunday, Davis did 22:51 and times were generally about a minute slower than in the CCB event. Norwich veteran Chris Nudds was fastest CC Breckland rider in 22:46.
Winner of the senior race on the test track at Lotus Cars was Strada Sport rider Stuart Pryce from Beccles. He was part of a five-man breakaway that stayed clear to the end where Pryce led clubmate Peter Hargreaves home with Tim Guy (Iceni Velo) third. Norwich rider Mike Auger (Strada Sport) won the bunch sprint ahead of team mate Mark Westrup and Chris Guy (Iceni).
“Keep drinking” was Gavin Moore’s motto in the East London Velo road race where he took fifth place and Strada Sport’s Mark Westrup was eighth on a day when ELV’s Wayne Crombie carried all before him.