Chris Skinner holds off challenge of Lowestoft youngster to take victory

Norwich rider Chris Skinner with one mile to go in the Diss & District medium gear 25. Picture: Ferg

Norwich rider Chris Skinner with one mile to go in the Diss & District medium gear 25. Picture: Fergus Muir - Credit: Archant

Smooth pedalling Norwich rider Chris Skinner spun a 72-inch fixed to win the Diss & District CC's medium gear 25 in 1:01:16.

He was just 27 seconds faster than 17-year-old Lowestoft rider Lucas He (VC Baracchi).

Conditions on the Bressingham to Thetford and back course were bright and warm but after the turn competitors described feeling 'a brick wall of wind' in their faces.

With two to share the headwind work Robert Golding and Roy Havis (Ely &District) took just 56:59 to win the event for pairs of riders, while Jason Corner (Diss CC) took his classic 1950s Raleigh bike round in 1-05:01.

Just four weeks after breaking his arm in the Jock Wadley race, rider Tom Fitzpatrick came second in the 74-mile Fast-Test race at Willisham Tye in Suffolk.

With three kilometres to go he rode off the front of the leading break and 'drilled it up the hill'.

Just before the line the Kenninghall rider's Spirit Bikes team-mate, Jake Hales, came past to win – thus repeating their one-two in this event last year.

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Dougal Toms (Pedal Power Ipswich) was seventh and best local finisher on the final stage with its steep last climb and was 12th overall.

In the sun-drenched MTB racing at Henham Park the light, loose surface made bikes difficult to control on even some straight sections.

There were wins for Norfolk riders Alison Hogg, Josun Cole and Jimmy Piper while Thetford rider Lee Woodcock was fourth in the Expert/Elite Men.

In the King's Lynn 2-Up 25 at Fincham there was a dead heat on 56:57 between King's Lynn pair Steve Neil and Ben Stancombe and Mark Farrow (Pedal Revolution) and Alex Lubbock (API).

Solo winners were Daniel Bloy (VeloVelocity, 53:54) and Mandy Bunn (CC Sudbury, 1:04:59).

Fast times reported from the Lea Valley 25 include a club record 50:04 from Mark Richards (VC Baracchi) and 53:22 from Alex Bailey (CC Breckland).

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