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by Fergus Muir
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
There was a rare tie for first place in the Great Yarmouth CC 25 when Strada Sport team-mates Liam Gentry and Stuart Pryce both finished just three seconds outside the hour.
The Somerleyton circuit was not in a fast mood.
A day and a night of rain left corners slippery– and there are sharp ones on this sporting course – and flints washed across the racing line ready to puncture any vulnerable tyre.
Floods cleared only just in time for the event to start as planned. Furthermore, Gentry said there was a headwind on the exposed Yarmouth-St Olaves leg, while the other side of the circuit was more sheltered.
Gentry and Pryce were actually schoolmates in Barnby, near Beccles, years ago, though Pryce’s career took him to the Midlands and he has only just returned to the area.
Their nearest challenger was John Swindells of the promoting club (1-01:45) just three seconds up on Lawrence Wright (Velo Velocity).
Incidentally, Swindell’s blog at http://swinny.net/ currently carries a useful item on “How to enter a UK time trial”.
• In the 57-mile Ipswich BC road race a break of seven riders from seven different clubs worked well together to stay clear at the front of the field.
On the climb past Framsden windmill just before the finish Basil Moss (Cambridge CC), who had already won both the primes, attacked first.
Then 2010 winner Lee Desborough made his bid, overhauling Moss and taking a repeat win by two bike lengths.
Twenty seconds later Jonny Shuster (XRT/Elmy) won the bunch sprint for seventh place just ahead of Tom Fitzpatrick (Iceni Velo) who put in by far the best performance by a Norfolk rider.
• “Cold, wet and miserable” was one verdict on the Old Squit 200-kilometre Audax which caught the worst of the weather on Saturday. Others, like fixed wheel rider Nick Bates from King’s Lynn, maintained they enjoyed the day, weather notwithstanding.
The route, in essence Norwich-Reepham-Sandringham-Salthouse-Sea Palling-Potter Heigham-Norwich, met with universal praise and, incidentally, maintained organisers Sue Gatehouse and Keith Harrison’s practice of never using the same route twice.
There were 49 starters in the 200, while 50 chose the 100 option that went out to Salthouse via Little Walsingham.