Clean sweep for Norwich-based cycling team Pedal Revolution
Norwich-based Team Pedal Revolution demonstrated their dominance of the 100 mile scene with a 1-2-3 win in the East District CA 100 on the Wymondham-Harling dual carriageway.
Andy Bason won with 3:36:50, followed by Nick Bowdler 3:41:45 and Suffolk man Mark Arnold with 3:48:25.
All this achieved on a day when the wind was rising and came from an unfavourable direction – indeed Pedal Revolution's aggregate time was over 16 minutes slower than when they broke the national team record in the same event last year.
All credit, then, to those who managed including, among local riders, handicap winner Nick Parravani (CC Breckland,5:00:16), Jason Turner (Norwich ABC, 4:08:04) and Richard Eve, (Wisbech Whs, 4:12:23), the latter taking the tight Browick roundabout down on his tri-bars, very fast – and with a quick change of direction to find the exit.
If times were disappointing in the 100, the opposite was the case in the Zak Carr Memorial 25 on the Newmarket bypass. Many did not start as heavy showers dominated the weather leading up to the event.
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However there was low air pressure and a sudden wind-shift as a storm passed through and the scene was set for some memorable Personal Bests.
Local rider's times that I spotted included Peter Balls (West Suffolk Whs) 49:26 Daniel Bloy (King's Lynn CC) 49:58, Scott Davidson (Velo Velocity) 53:42, Andy Tyler (CC Breckland) 53:50, Mark Solley (Diss CC) 54:30, Declan Davis (age 14) CCB, 55:05, Ed Dean (Norwich ABC) 55:18 and Mark Newnham (VC Baracchi) 57:23.
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Norwich rider Mike Auger won the Beccles Road Race by the narrowest of margins after his Strada Sport team had driven a break of 13 riders clear after only ten miles.
They stayed away for the remainder of the 80 miles on a circuit between Beccles and Halesworth. At the finish, on a rise north of Brampton, Auger had an inch or two only in hand over Owen Lake (Cambridge CC) with the promoting club's Beccles member Chris Guy just behind.
Auger paid tribute to the good organisation of the Norwich-based Iceni club who have taken on the running of two open road races in only the second year of their existence. In the Whitewebbs CC 59 miler in Herts James Browne (VC Norwich) was fourth.
There was a bumper attendance at Norwich Flyers BMX meeting at Sloughbottom where Mattishall girl Morgan Dorrell had a runaway win in the Female 9/10 year-olds.
Other highly-placed flyers included Abi Hill winning the 30+ Female Cruisers and Rick Williamson second in the novice 14 & over.
In the final race of the day the question was 'could world champion Alan Hill make it three Flyers winners?'
Hill trailed Ipswich's Robbie Goodman down the first straight, took the lead on the first berm but then found John Lillingstone (Ipswich BMX) trying to swoop inside on the last. But Hill had the power to hold Lillingstone off and end the meeting on a high note for the Norwich club.
Stephen James (AW Cycles), usually known as a mountain biker, stirred up the Lotus circuit race by breaking away with Mike Auger (Strada Sport).
They were joined by Tom Fitzpatrick (Strada) Simon Millard (Iceni) and Liam Gentry (Strada) and from this group Fitzpatrick took the win.