Barks are a cut above in the Forest
Most riders in the Plomesgate CC 30 mile time trial experienced rain, or at the very least wet roads, but compared to the devastation caused by heavy rain and flash floods in the previous few days most thought they'd got off lightly.
Most riders in the Plomesgate CC 30 mile time trial on Saturday afternoon experienced rain, or at the very least wet roads, but compared to the devastation caused by heavy rain and flash floods in the previous few days most thought they'd got off lightly.
A new course around Tunstall Forest met with the riders' approval, most comments mentioning the rolling hills and tight bends.
Lee Bark (Stowmarket & District CC) was a comfortable winner with his time of 1.08.46, followed by David Staff (API) 1.09.05 and Angus Jardine (Ipswich BC) with 1.10.15.
The event incorporated the East District Cycling Association Championships which meant that Lee Bark not only took the premier award, but also led his club team (Stowmarket & District CC) to the team award with Ben Casey and Adrian Pettit.
To make it a truly memorable Fathers Day weekend for the Bark household, Lee's father Edward travelled from Lincolnshire and recorded a magnificent 1.27.01 at 70 years of age. The winner of the fastest vet on std award was Alan Newark (CC Breckland) who, at a mere 58-years-old, finished with a time of 1.12.00 to give a +19.57 for his vets std.
The fastest woman award went to Emily Fisher (Elmy XRT) who negotiated the tight bends and rolling hills on this sporting course in 1.19.12.
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The latest round of the Wednesday evening Lotus road races produced some high-speed racing along with some exciting sprinting for the line during the 28-mile event.
Richard Wood (Anglia Sport) was rewarded with a third time lucky top place in the third sprint of the evening, after coming second to William Meadows (Ipswich BC) in the first and Trevor Banham (Diss CC) in the second sprint.
In the final sprint for the line, Daniel Zagni (Ipswich BC) fought off the Interbike RT pair of Jan Strapek and Chris Guy to claim the winners acclaim, while Richard Wood still found enough energy and adrenaline to finish sixth.
Equally the youth race produced some competitive riding with William Meadows holding off Luke Newby (Diss CC) and Matthew Cook (Mildenhall CC) at the end of their eight-mile race.
Several riders from Norfolk and Suffolk made their way to St.Neots on Sunday morning to compete in the National 50-mile time trial promoted by the Icknield RC.
The fastest was Thetford resident Dave Green (RAF CC), who set his fastest time of the year with 1.53.28. Just five seconds adrift of Green was Brian Phillips (East Grinsted), a regular rider in local time trials, who recorded 1.53.33.
Nino Piccoli (Kings Lynn CC) did 1.57.36, Mark Elmy (Godric CC) 2.06.03 and Ron Back (West Suffolk Wh) 2.07.50. These were all worthy rides on a far from perfect morning, but they were all in awe of the new 2007 National Champion, Michael Hutchinson (In Gear Quickvit RT), who set the year's fastest time with 1.42.22.