Banks and Bretton claim VC Baracchi’s coveted trophy

Ali Banks (left) and Mike Bretton after winning the Baracchi Trophy. Photo: John Swanbury.

Ali Banks (left) and Mike Bretton after winning the Baracchi Trophy. Photo: John Swanbury. - Credit: Archant

Winners of 2013 Baracchi Trophy are Ali Banks and Mike Bretton.

The great Italian event may be no more – it was a team time trial that used to round off the European pro road season – but the Lowestoft club VC Baracchi that took its name run their own Baracchi Trophy every year on a 25-mile course under the scots pines of Lothingland.

Banks and comeback rider Bretton covered the Somerleyton-based course in 1:05:59 – six seconds faster than Paul Womack and John Swanbury, with Mark Womack and Steve Summons third in 1:06:53. The Trophy is exclusive to Baracchi members, but pairings riding for fun had times as widespread as Martine Palmer and Jackie Manser (Great Yarmouth CC 1:44:40) and Joe Skipper and Liam Gentry (Strada Sport, 55:08)

n Iceni Velo's Ian Chatten was the top Norwich club rider in the Veterans' cyclo-cross at Baldock, overhauling Peter Hall (Colchester Rovers) to take 23rd spot. Organisers CC Ashwell make the most of the playing fields of the Knights Templar's School, but at best the course is non-technical and hard work over the grass. Great Yarmouth CC were well represented, with Rowan Baker putting in a fast finish in the Under-12s where he closed to within four seconds of eighth-placed Harrison Powell in the final laps. Brother Matthew, racing on the full course as an Under-16 rider, was 15th among 59 starters.

The Senior race came down to a three-way cat-and-mouse battle between keen young sports science student Sean Dunlea (Ciclos Uno), veteran sponsor of the Neon-Velo team Dan Stevens and mountain bike pro turned trainee accountant Ross Tricker (XRT/Elmy).


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Dunlea thought he was probably racing for third place, but he made use of his experience being beaten on this course two years ago and made his effort with two tight corners to go. The other two could not get round him and the 17-year-old took his first Senior win with a whoopee. Further down the order Pedal Revolution's Neil Stevens (no relation to Dan) put in a consistent ride until the last lap when a mishap dropped him to 48th.

n A 27mph race average left little scope for breakaways in the 75-mile Eastern Road Race League event near Maldon where Jason White was declared the winner after the first man over the line was disqualified for straying across the centre line of the public road earlier in the race.

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n The end-of-season lunch organised by the Godric CC returns this year. All club cyclists, family and friends will be welcome at Brome Village Hall, nar Bungay – on Sunday, October 6, 12.30 for 1pm.

Bookings with cheques for £7 to 'Godric Cycling Club' need to be with organiser John Pugh 16 Wingfield Street, Bungay NR35 1EZ by Sunday.

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