Adam Duggleby proves star of the show at gruelling Breckland 12-Hour event
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Despite a windy day the Cycle Club Breckland 12-Hour saw a splendid 317 mile win by Leeds rider Adam Duggleby while top handicap award went to Simon Hardy (King's Lynn CC) whose 234.9 miles was an outstanding effort.
Duggleby suffered two punctures on the deteriorating concrete road surface near Wymondham, and though quickly given a wheel by another competitor's helpers, he made an extra stop to get a better-fitting one from his own team.
Nevertheless his ride is only half a mile less than the competition record set by Andy Wilkinson in the 2012 Breckland '12'.
Wilkinson was at the event – helping his wife Jill whose 272 mile ride, though a splendid effort, leaves Beryl Burton's 277 miles in 1967 a record which has withstood all challenges for 50 years.
Biggest mileage by a local rider came from Thetford man Dave Green whose 291 miles for fourth place looks to be a national age record for age 53.
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A rattling good ride – the rattling presumably coming from his gears.
In between Duggleby and Green came Mark Turnbull, who maintained a very low aero position while covering 311 miles and Portsmouth Road rider Stephen Williamson (300.5 miles).
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CC Breckland's Alex Bailey who lives not far from the Thetford-Wymondham road which forms the backbone of the course, covered 239 miles.
Bailey found there was a five mph difference in his speed eastbound or west-bound – which gives an idea of the strength of the wind, which was far from ideal.
Racing in the Veteran TTA 25 mile event on the Newmarket bypass VC Baracchi's Paul Dennington lowered his personal best to 56:29.
Overnight rain cleared just in time for the event, in which David Procter from King's Lynn recorded 51:20 for third place on scratch, while his VeloVelocity teammate Stuart Fairweather was eighth fastest in 53:11.
Norwich Junior Cycling Club has just been awarded Go Ride accreditation by British Cycling.
This summer holiday the club is offering Learn to Ride courses for children aged three years and over.
For details see the Norwich Junior Cycling Club website