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Gorleston rider Chris Roberts claims best veteran title at Iceni Velo club time trial

PUBLISHED: 06:00 18 September 2019

Gorleston veteran Chris Roberts – best on age-standard at the Iceni Velo 10 near Attleborough. Picture: Fergus Muir

Gorleston veteran Chris Roberts - best on age-standard at the Iceni Velo 10 near Attleborough. Picture: Fergus Muir

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There were happy faces around the result board of the 10 mile time trial organised by the Norwich-based Iceni Velo club.

Kerry Tate (Newmarket T&CCC) – best woman on scratch at the Iceni Velo 10 near Attleborough. Picture: Fergus MuirKerry Tate (Newmarket T&CCC) – best woman on scratch at the Iceni Velo 10 near Attleborough. Picture: Fergus Muir

Conditions proved excellent and there was a local rider in the prize-money in Gorleston rider Chris Roberts who was Best Veteran on age standard.

Roberts (Team Pedal Revolution) finished in 22:11, beating the age standard for his 74 years by seven minutes 34 seconds.

He could not afford to hang about as the next best was a "plus", as we say, of 7:33 from Keith Dorling. Team Bottrill rider Dorling is aged 60 (and so has a tougher standard of 27:39) and finished in 20:06.

Next vet-on-standard was Andy Proffitt (Ipswich BC) who is 46 and took the scratch prize for fastest overall with his 19:07 (plus 7:24).

Fastest woman was Kerry Tate 22:32. Kerry led what would have been a complete team of horse-racing professionals - except that third counter Donna Hayman had received a late call up for jockey duties.

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On a course which put dismount skills at a premium with two sets of hurdles and three flights of steps, Laborde won by 45 seconds from Euan Woodliffe. The latter outsprinted Joseph Smith (Iceni) after a race-long duel.

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