Exciting times at Yarmouth
Fergus MuirThe remarkable resurgence of the Great Yarmouth Cycling Club was highlighted when 14 members competed in the club's Good Friday 10-mile time trial among a total field of 111 entrants.Fergus Muir
The remarkable resurgence of the Great Yarmouth Cycling Club was highlighted when 14 members competed in the club's Good Friday 10-mile time trial among a total field of 111 entrants. In the same event last year only one member could be spared.
The club has linked up with Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity, and Kevin House, their Bike-it Officer in Great Yarmouth. House works with 11 schools in the borough, promoting cycling as a route to fitness and wellbeing in pupils, parents and teachers. He can be contacted at email@example.com
Club members have also trained as coaches and run fortnightly skills training and racing sessions on Saturday mornings on the tarmac oval at the Yarmouth greyhound stadium. Norman Harlow (01493 652183) will gladly tell you more.
In the Good Friday '10' Yarmouth club members took second, third and fourth places on handicap, with Neil Turner (actual time 24:23), Norman Harlow (25:49) and Dominic Lee (28:53). The top handicap placing went to Duncan Lorne (Norwich ABC, 24:38).
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The general view was that conditions were hard on the course along the Waveney Valley, perhaps due to impression made by the final 4.2 miles from Bungay to Wortwell into the wind. But riders had the full benefit of nearly six miles of tailwind on the outward leg, and winner Peter Balls of West Suffolk Wheelers set a new course record of 20:55.
Tom Morris, president of Cambridge University CC, took second place in 21:17 ahead of Anglia Velo pair Jim Burgess (21:36) and James Eman (21:47). Nicola Hawkes of the Lowestoft-based VC Baracchi was fastest lady in 27:36.
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Local roadmen had an unlucky Easter, with Joe Skipper suffering a broken arm in a pile-up in the Tour Doon Hame stage race in Scotland and Nick Esser (VC Baracchi) and Mike Auger (VC Norwich) also involved in less serious crashes.
Mark Arnold (TT-W/Pedal Revolution) won two events over the holiday. On a cold morning, with occasional rain, he was first in the Haverhill Hilly 20 time trial going round the rolling Sturmer-Clare-Stradishall circuit in 46:16, with Tom Morris 28 seconds behind in second place. Then, on Easter Monday, Arnold won the Bishop's Stortford CC Hilly by a massive margin of 3:14 from Niall Digby of Sigmasport. Although the 28.5 mile course is seriously hilly Arnold rode a 53x14 (96 inch) fixed gear and got round in 1:10:46.
In the age-related result of the Veteran Time Trials Association 25 miler near Newmarket Colin Bunnett of the King's Lynn CC was second on standard to winner Merv Player (Herts Wheelers).