Darren Rutterford lasts the pace to claim victory in King’s Lynn CC Road Race
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Norwich rider Darren Rutterford won the King's Lynn CC Road Race with a powerful and well judged final effort despite being outnumbered in the leading break.
Rutterford had previously tasted victory at the post Tour of Britain Crits at Old Buckenham, but this was his first win on the open road.
It was when a shower briefly hit the 50 mile race near Great Massingham that three riders attacked, figuring that the bunch would be cautious on newly wetted roads and that a small group would have the advantage. Rutterford, Stephen Fuller (Cambridge CC) and Mark Tickner (Cambridge Tri) took up the challenge – and it worked. They stayed away for the rest of the race.
But the problem for Rutterford was that, though in different clubs, the two Cambridge guys were mates. Tickner sacrificed himself with a long hard effort at the front into the finish village of Grimston. But, though rested, Fuller couldn't beat Rutterford into the crucial, and very sharp, final corner. Rutterford risked splashing though the big puddle on the inside, and powered down the last 200 yards to the line. Just over a minute later his team-mate Spencer Laborde won the bunch sprint for fourth place to complete a highly successful day for the Aylsham Road Club.
Charlie Wright (VC Norwich, sixth) secured the British Cycling points he needed to move up to second category for next season, finishing one place ahead of clubmate Ivan Carr, while the best-placed Fourth Cat was Robert Anderson (Great Yarmouth CC).
Young Horsford rider Sophie Wright has won a coveted place in British Cycling's Junior Academy for 2016 and will soon be heading for a 'boot camp' to learn what is expected of them as part of the Great Britain Cycling Team.
There were two new courses for a pair of cyclo-cross races at the weekend.
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The beautiful and varied course in the grounds of the Princess Helena College in Hertfordshire saw good performances from Dickleburgh rider Kieran Jarvis (third junior) and Connor Rumbles from Fakenham (17th in youth) while Shaun Aldous from Ditchingham won the Vets 40-49, eight seconds clear of Robert Purcell (Neon Velo).
At Northlands, near Basildon, Aldous's Renvale boss Stephen James took third place in the Seniors while in the 40-49s Paul Groombridge was fourth and Ian Newby sixth.