Murley and Stancombe take the 30-mile honours
PUBLISHED: 16:13 18 September 2018
Becky Murley (Wisbech Wheelers) and King’s Lynn rider Ben Stancombe are the new East District 30-mile champions after a record-breaking day in the CC Breckland-promoted event.
Murley finished in 1:09:08, with Kay Burgess next fastest in 1:11:15 in her first ride as a member of the VeloVelocity superteam.
VC Norwich’s Jen Smart, who was winner last time the championship was held, in 2015, was third this time with a time of 1:12:58.
Ben Stancombe put in the only 30mph ride of the day, taking the men’s championship in 59:57.
The 37-year-old national tricycle team competition record for 30 miles was finally beaten, with the Lincoln Wheelers trio of Ian Pike (1:09:29), Andy Newham (1:09:57) and Dan Linstead (1:19:37) finishing in a total time of 3:39:03,
King’s Lynn MTB Club tested the legs of mountain bike riders with a six-hour enduro over the hilly Shouldham Warren course near Downham Market.
Many chose to do it in relay teams and there was a notable win for the experienced Norwich pair of Darren Evans and Mike Auger who beat a lot of younger rivals to put their Epic Orange team on the top step of the Pairs podium.
Jodie Cole – also from Norwich team Epic Orange – took the Women’s Solo win, while the black-clad HKR trio were best team – just over four minutes faster than the Barford-based Push Sport trio.
In Cyclo-Cross at Chelmsford, a late burst gave Dickleburgh rider Kieran Jarvis the Senior win on a course that included three sets of steps and some maximum-height hurdles.
Jarvis outlasted immediate rivals Seb Herrod (3rd) and Cam Hurst (4th), but the outright win went to St Albans Junior Oliver Stockwell.
Norwich rider Jimmy Piper took the Vets 50-plus, 54 seconds ahead of Renvale team-mate Richard Muchmore.
A double bill of long road races in Essex yielded handsome ranking-points hauls for Tom Fitzpatrick from Kenninghall and DAP CC rider Morris Bacon. Fitzpatrick took seventh in the Andrews Trophy race and stepped up to second next morning in the Islington CC promotion, while Bacon was 11th on Saturday and sixth, one place ahead of VC Norwich rider Andy Taylor, next day.