Daniel leaves rivals trailing
Daniel Bloy (King's Lynn CC) had a decisive win in the Norwich Amateur Bicycle Club's 10-miler along the Waveney Valley where his 20:39 was over a minute clear of all-comers – but behind him there were many close battles in progress.
Glenn Taylor (Shorter Rochford) was in second place after six tailwind miles, but Paul Jay (VeloVelocity), who had a minor snag with his elliptical double chainrings at the start, made up a 16-second deficit to finish second in 21:46, four seconds ahead.
Most competitors can only dream of such times, but their battles with regular rivals are nearly as intense – and seconds do indeed count. Richard Polley Tri-Anglia) passed the six-mile point in 13:28, with John Swanbury (VC Baracchi) at 16 seconds and Phil Hollingsworth (East Anglian CC) a further six seconds back.
However, after the hard four miles to the finish at Wortwell, Hollingsworth (25:15) was one second faster than both these two. Perhaps when a headwind cuts in, experience counts – Hollingsworth has been racing more or less continuously through five decades, Swanbury 'only' about two, while Polley is a relative newcomer.
Also close were CC Breckland clubmates Mark Fairhead (24:45), and Roger Graham (24:46) – Fairhead was nine seconds up at six miles. John Newman (NABC) was determined finisher, turning a seven-second deficit on fellow veteran John Thompson into a 28:21 to 28:32 advantage at the line.
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RESULT - Norwich ABC 10 Wortwell:
1 Daniel Bloy (King's Lynn CC) 20:39, 2 P Jay (VeloVelocity) 21:46, 3 G Taylor (Shorter Rochford) 21:50, 4 J Weatherley (CC Sudbury) 21:55, 5 L Calderon (Iceni Velo) 22:06, 6 A Leggett (Stowmarket & District) 22:24, 7 A Jardine (Ipswich BC) 22:37, 8 C Nudds (CC Breckland) 22:39, 9 M Smith (Iceni Velo) 22:56, 10 E Dean (Norwich ABC) 23:02.
Ladies: 1 Sally Withey (VC Norwich) 25:00, 2 Julie Baker (Colchester Rovers) 25:53, 3 Christine Cooke (CC Breckland) 26:48, 4 Jane Blackwell (Norwich ABC) 27:05.