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Becky takes victory at Diss event - but it's close!

PUBLISHED: 17:40 28 May 2019 | UPDATED: 17:40 28 May 2019

Becky Ridge (TPH, right) wins the women’'s sprint from Heather Meyer at the Diss CC Road Races Picture: Fergus Muir

Becky Ridge (TPH, right) wins the women''s sprint from Heather Meyer at the Diss CC Road Races Picture: Fergus Muir

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There were contrasting finishes in the Diss Cycling Club's road races at North Lopham, with the men's race won by Matt Day after a long solo break, while the women's race saw Becky Ridge prevail in the tightest of sprints.

From the right - women'’s winner Becky Ridge, Elizabeth Danckert and early stirrer Harley Pell at the Diss CC Road Races Picture: Fergus MuirFrom the right - women'’s winner Becky Ridge, Elizabeth Danckert and early stirrer Harley Pell at the Diss CC Road Races Picture: Fergus Muir

In the men's event, over 55 miles, there was a promising early break with three of the strongest Norfolk teams represented - Sam Baxter (DAP CC), Calvert Churchill (Strada Sport) and Tim Guy (Iceni Velo).

But Orwell Velo and Stowmarket & District members led a chase and closed down the gap.

With 30 miles still remaining Day (Orwell Velo) broke away alone and stayed away. He finished 55 seconds clear of a bunch sprint headed by King's Lynn rider Philip Large (Iceni Velo) and Tom Wright (OnForm).

The women's race, in the afternoon over the same North Lopham-Kenninghall circuit, split early - very early. Harley Pell (LIV AWOL) rode off the front and eventually six more bridged to form a group that never looked like being caught.

The women'’s field rolls out past North Lopham King'’s Head at the Diss CC Road Races Picture: Fergus MuirThe women'’s field rolls out past North Lopham King'’s Head at the Diss CC Road Races Picture: Fergus Muir

In the final dash to the line no eye could separate Becky Ridge (TPH) and Heather Mayer (CC London), but Ken Jolliffe's electronic system showed Ridge the winner - by four hundredths of a second.

At London's Hog Hill purpose-built bike racing circuit, Mark Richards (DAP CC) won the Eastern RRL circuit championship from a three-man break.

On the Great Thurlow course with its killer hill out of the Stour Valley, Strada Sport's Seb Herrod took sixth place in the CC Hackney road race won by Edmund Bradbury.

At Thurston, near Bury St Edmunds, Nick Partridge of Lowestoft club VC Baracchi won the Stowmarket 10 in 20:04 from Matt O'Brien (Plomesgate CC, 20:38)

Protected by motorcycle marshals, the men head towards North Lopham at the Diss CC Road Races Picture: Fergus MuirProtected by motorcycle marshals, the men head towards North Lopham at the Diss CC Road Races Picture: Fergus Muir

At the Lotus evening circuit races Ben Beynon (Strada Sport) outsprinted Andy Taylor (DAP CC) to take the Senior race with Tom Heal (Strada) first in the mass sprint for third ahead of Morris Bacon and Freddie Pett (both DAP CC).

Kimberley Charlton (DAP CC was women's winner.

The men'’s race climbs out of Kenninghall at the Diss CC Road Races Picture: Fergus MuirThe men'’s race climbs out of Kenninghall at the Diss CC Road Races Picture: Fergus Muir

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Matt Day (Orwell Velo) wins the men'’s race at the Diss CC Road Races Picture: Fergus MuirMatt Day (Orwell Velo) wins the men'’s race at the Diss CC Road Races Picture: Fergus Muir

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