Auger's impressive finish

Fergus MuirThere was no holding Mike Auger of VC Norwich in the Ed Taylor memorial road race near Haverhill. Leapfrogging from the bunch to a trio of breakaways, he left these for dead and bounded up the final hill to take the chequered flag with 40 yards in hand.Fergus Muir

There was no holding Mike Auger of VC Norwich in the Ed Taylor memorial road race near Haverhill.

Leapfrogging from the bunch to a trio of breakaways, he left these for dead and bounded up the final hill to take the chequered flag with 40 yards in hand.

The Ed Taylor race - in memory of the foundry owner, team and race organiser - features a �675 prize list but those who want a share must face 20 hills, two per lap, in its 50 miles. This year riders also had to run the gauntlet of numerous pot holes. Half the 70 odd entrants did not make it to the finish.

As riders set off the weather was wet and the pace was fast. There was a �10 prime to be won every lap and there was also a 'Grande Animator' overall points award up for grabs. Tyler Denmead made this his own. There were many attacks but Denmead's club, Cambridge CC, were well organised in chasing these down if none of their team-mates were included.


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On the last lap two riders did get away. With a mile and a half to go Liam Gentry of VC Baracchi got across to them and moments later Auger made his devastating move.

VC Norwich had another success when Simon Asher took second place in the Welwyn Wheelers road race in Bedfordshire. This 56 mile race for lower category riders also featured a strong team - in this case the Finchley RT - energetically chasing down escape attempts. Asher bridged to a last lap break of four and overhauled all but winner Edward Clemens (VC10) on the final hill.

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After these two successes VC Norwich move up to fourth in the Eastern Road Race League club standings, Auger is sixth among the individuals and Asher gains his second category licence.

Meanwhile Norwich rider Anna Buick competed with the world's best at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup 2010 at Dalby Forest.

The Veterans Time Trial Association 10 mile time trial on the A14 east of Bury St Edmunds missed the rain. There was not much wind, but beyond that opinions on the conditions varied. RAF CA man Dave Green had the pleasure of putting in the fastest ride of 21.34 and seeing riders he coaches in the next two positions - Andre Dyason (St Ives CC) just one second slower and Gary Rushmore (King's Lynn CC) third fastest in 21.48.

Les Howell (Ciclos Uno) beat the standard time for his age by the largest margin - 9.04 - with Norfolk riders Adrian Perkin (Godric CC) and Colin Bunnett (King's Lynn CC) third and fourth in this classification. Perkin - on his tricycle - led the Bungay-based Godric CC to the team award, backed by John Dupen and Jim Caplin.

Mark Arnold won a breezy Colchester Rovers 50 in 1:50.51.

On Mayday Bank Holiday Monday there will be an exciting afternoon of racing on a closed circuit in the village centre at Ixworth - just off the A143, between Diss and Bury St Edmunds. Racing lasts from 12.15pm until about 4pm.

The VC Baracchi Spring Road Race on May 30 has had to be cancelled after a clash with the Fritton Triathlon came to light. The Lowestoft club's summer road race on July 18 is unaffected.

The Beccles Cycle for Life on Sunday, May 9 is attracting entries right across the age-spectrum.

Information and entry forms can be found at www.becclescycleforlife.org or by telephoning 01502 562775.

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