Andy’s untimely fall ends victory hopes

Greg Simcock kept up the pressure as three riders chased the win in the Redgrave cyclo-cross, gaining a little each lap by jumping a gully between the road and the off-road sections.

Greg Simcock kept up the pressure as three riders chased the win in the Redgrave cyclo-cross, gaining a little each lap by jumping a gully between the road and the off-road sections.

'I can do this!' the Corley Cycles comeback man recalled telling himself – and eventually he did, winning by 51 seconds from Andy Nichols (Cambridge University CC).

The crucial moment came when the much less experienced Nichols went over the handlebars descending from a hedge-bank and became tangled with the tapes. Bungay rider Shaun Aldous (Extreme Sports Therapy/CCN) settled for third place, 31 seconds behind Nichols.

Conditions were dry and pleasant overhead but soft underwheel.


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'A grind all the way round,' said Norwich fireman David Fraser, who was 20th. Tim Butler (Ipswich Bicycle Club) outlasted Phil Buick (Thetford MTB) in their duel for the lead in the Veteran's race. Over-60 rider Philip Cooper, now from London but formerly of Thorpe St Andrew, was sixth in the 63 rider field, beating everyone in the 40 to 49 age group.

On her last day as a teenager Phil Buick's daughter Anna won the women's prize, more than two minutes ahead of runner-up Joolz Halpin (Maldon and District).

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George Jensen won the Under 12s. Second went to Yarmouth's Zak Coleman, who had a 30-second margin over rival Pierce Bacon (Ipswich BC). Three seconds behind came Dougal Toms (Norwich ABC). Bacon's clubmate Alwyn Newstead took his first-ever win in the youth race.

Cyclo-cross riders are reminded that the Regional Championship is for advance entries only and that these close on November 15.

Forty-five year old Paul Ashby (Fat Birds CC) beat all the Under 40s to win the four-hour enduro mountain bike race near Grimes Graves in Thetford Forest.

At the end of the first lap Diss rider Stephen James, riding for AW Cycles, effectively Giant's UK team, came through alone with Ashby 30 seconds behind. However, the Fenman, carrying two litres of drink from the start, closed the gap and the pair were together until James made a pit stop to pick up a bottle.

In the end Ashby was the only rider to cover eight of the 7.4 mile circuit which gradually changed from 'slidey and fun' to 'sticky' as the effects of a sharp shower before the start drained away.

Norfolk rider Andrew Manning (EST/Streetlife) won the Veterans two-hour race 2:24 up on John McAndrew (Ben Hayward Cycles). David Fraser improved on his cyclo-cross ride the previous day, taking fifth spot out of 131 veterans in the two-hour race.

Fifteen-year-old Hugo Robinson was the highest-placed British finisher in the European Junior Championships in Frankfurt on Sunday.

'You had to stand your ground,' said the Debenham schoolboy of the hugely competitive race in which only the brave and the bold succeeded. On a course including flights of 40 steps and corners on Tarmac sections Robinson finished 26th, satisfyingly ahead of Alistair Slater the junior winner at Ipswich last week.

Nearer home in the cyclo-cross Inter Area Championships, the Eastern Women's team took fifth place, led by Anna Buick, who was 12th on the sticky, grassy course at Beaumont Leys.

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