Aldous is truly in charge in Welwyn
Shaun Aldous from Bungay dominated the Eastern Cyclo-Cross League event at Welwyn Garden City, although the first blow was struck by Norwich junior Josh Hannan who rides for the same team – sponsored by the Extreme Sports Therapy unit at City College in Norwich.
Initially Hannan blasted into the lead on the fast, flowing but hilly course in Stanborough Park.
However after a lap and a half Aldous, league champion two seasons ago, applied pressure on the big climb and opened a gap.
Behind a chasing group formed, with Hannan and Matt Cook often at the front. Cook, 18, still lives near Thetford but now competes in the name of his Dutch club WV Eemland, with whom he spent the summer season racing.
At Welwyn he held second place for a time in mid-race, but Hannan and elite veteran Gavin Rumbles (CC Luton) eventually claimed second and third, Cook taking fourth, which was good enough to put him into the senior league leadership.
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Zak Coleman (Gt Yarmouth) holds his lead in the Under 12 standings after a steady lone ride to third place, while Sophie Holmes (Diss & District) moves up to second – and, of course, top girl by a large margin.
• The final round of the Mud, Sweat & Gears mountain bike series was held in Hylands Park in Chelmsford and featured lots of singletrack with off-camber corners and wet slippery tree roots. Dan Collins (King's Lynn) led into the singletrack in the 'Warrior' (shorter) senior race, well aware that overtaking was going to be difficult.
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Eventually Collins moved clear of the field in company with Elliott Lawrence (Fakenham Gas Centre). Later Lawrence pulled clear on an uphill tarmac section and took the win by 25 seconds, but 20 year-old Collins wins the Warrior Series.
Full of enthusiasm, Lawrence lined up again for the final 'Racer' senior two-hour race, but a puncture put him on the sidelines. Diss rider Stephen James (Moda UK) won this race, putting in consistent 17 minute laps that no-one could match.
James finished 6:49 ahead of Ian Mockett (Thetford MTB) with another Norfolk rider, Glenn Stanford (EST/CCN) sixth.
Streetlife's Andrew Manning recovered superbly from his Dusk-til-Dawn ride last week to win the veteran's two-hour by a massive 6:34 margin.
• The Stoke Holy Cross hill climb was the magnet for Norfolk cyclists on a glorious Sunday morning.
Most took part on machines they had ridden from home – Simon Scott winning the Godric CC section complete with mudguards and lights.
Local involvement was strong with Cameron Toms from Swainsthorpe, almost the next village, third fastest up the hill, his dad Andoni 10th fastest and fellow Norwich School Cycling Club member Maurizio Carlino-Rackett sixth fastest.
The fastest time of all was put in by Denton rider Will Bamber, who took two minutes 31 seconds for the climb. Winner of the Norwich Amateur BC section was Duncan Lorne, who climbed the hill to Upper Stoke in three minutes and one second.
• Norfolk CTC's non-competitive 25 mile off-road event – they call it their Ruff-Stuff 25 – will be held this Sunday morning, starting from Cawston Village Hall, NR10 4AG, on the B1145 at the west end off the village.
You need to decide how quick you want to go – 4-hour riders start at 9am; 3.5 hour aspirants start at 9.30am and the fastest group at 10am. For more details contact Andrew Mills, 01603 402645 firstname.lastname@example.org