Battling ride by Bunnett
Riding his first 12-hour time trial, Colin Bunnett of King's Lynn Cycling Club was unlucky to hit a breezy day on the exposed Cambridgeshire chalklands of the Eastern Counties CA course.
Riding his first 12-hour time trial, Colin Bunnett of King's Lynn Cycling Club was unlucky to hit a breezy day on the exposed Cambridgeshire chalklands of the Eastern Counties CA course. Making a steady start, the 63-year-old rider from Colkirk, near Fakenham, knew he was up against it when he saw scratch man Ian Cammish having to get out of the saddle on a tough stretch. Cammish soon gave up, but Bunnett continued. Sweating buckets and dreaming of bacon butties, he covered the first 100 miles in 4-49 and finally racked up 219 miles for 13th place.
The conditions were reflected in winner Paul Smith's distance, his 265 miles being eight less than he covered in the national championship on Norfolk roads last month.
Ray Legg from Thetford (198 miles) beat fellow keen mile-eater Brian Foster (Burnham Market) by just under two miles.
Norwich BMX rider Rebecca Vaughan scored her first national win when she won the women's 25+ class with three wins out of four in the penultimate round of the National Series at Newton Abbot in Devon.
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Jake Cheetham, also from Norwich, qualified for the competitive 15/16-year-olds A final, finishing seventh, as well as winning the 13-15 category for the 24-inch wheeled cruiser bikes.
Ben Forward, also a member of Norwich Flyers, was able to display his new W4 plate, a legacy of his fourth place in the Sao Paulo world championships, though finishing sixth, behind Ipswich BMX Club's Kevin Sprengers, on this occasion.
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API promoted the last round of the Women's National Series of road races near Saffron Walden, where Belgium-based Lorna Webb (KSV Deerlijk-Gauerzicht) led a long sprint and held out to the line, thus avoiding a spectacular crash which enveloped the middle of the bunch .
The race for elite and high category men on the same 10-mile circuit saw David Staff (Anglia Velo) get in the break which went clear on the last lap, but not having contested a road race since May he lacked the power to make better than 10th in the sprint, which was won by Heron Cycle Sport's David McClean.
Geoff Banham of the Godric CC is repeating the end-of-season buffet lunch which rounded off the 2005 time trial year. This year's event will be at the Chaucer Club in Bungay at lunchtime on Sunday, October 8, following the Norwich Amateur BC's 25-mile time trial.
Tickets are £5.50 and can be booked with Geoff on 01508 499860.
Bobby De'ath tops the finishing list of CC Breckland's summer-long 10 and 15-mile evening time trial competition, a place gained by both fast times and regular appearances. Michael Wood and Chris Nudds fill the next two places.