Glenn and Mark set for a showdown
Fergus MuirGlenn Taylor (Shorter Rochford RT) and Mark Arnold (TT-W/Pedal Revolution) continued their respective runs of sporting course time trial wins with Taylor taking the Great Yarmouth CC 25 at St Olaves and Arnold winning West Suffolk Wheelers 21 miler by a massive 3:54 from Nick Jackson of Cambridge CC.Fergus Muir
Glenn Taylor (Shorter Rochford RT) and Mark Arnold (TT-W/Pedal Revolution) continued their respective runs of sporting course time trial wins with Taylor taking the Great Yarmouth CC 25 at St Olaves and Arnold winning West Suffolk Wheelers 21 miler by a massive 3:54 from Nick Jackson of Cambridge CC.
All eyes will on the pair when they meet for the first time this season in Diss Medium Gear 25 on Sunday.
Conditions for the Great Yarmouth CC event on the Somerleyton circuit were not as cold as we have grown used to expecting, but a gradually increasing wind made the legs both towards Yarmouth and towards St Olaves tough, with only some relief on the stretch through Somerleyton. Taylor's time was 58:16. Second was East District Best-All Rounder Lee Bark (Stowmarket and District) in 59:54 and third Liam Gentry, the VC Baracchi rider best known as a roadman who went round in 1-00:33. Gentry was 19 seconds ahead North Norfolk Wheeler Will Dorsett, winner of the last Great Yarmouth CC event on the course.
The handicap prize went to Neil Turner of the Great Yarmouth club (actual time 1-6:09) ahead of Neil Vaughan (VC Norwich, 1-3:10), Peter James (CC Breckland, 1-12:22) and Owen Bannister, (Stowmarket and District) who was also fifth on scratch with 1-3:51.Norwich rider Chris Nudds (CC Breckland) completed a double in wins against veteran's age standard, having topped the list in West Suffolk Wheeler's 21 miler the previous afternoon.
In West Suffolk's event Mark 'Pnut' Arnold rode his accustomed fixed gear. This might not be the usual choice for a hilly event, in this case up and down the flanks of the Lark valley outside Bury St Edmunds, but it seemed to make no difference to his imperious progress round the course and through the field - he was fourth from last to start. The wind made the climb from Lackford to Cavenham a tough proposition, but assisted on the even more exposed ascent across Risby's Poor's Heath.
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Determined riding from five year-old Flyers' member Jake Jones won him fifth place among riders up to two years his senior, while Morgan Dorrell was third in the 10 and under girls. Fergus Barker had three second places early on, but ended fourth overall in the 11-13s.
The Flyers' star veteran Alan Hill was unbeaten the motos and in the climactic 17 plus final he led from the gate. Behind, Ipswich's John Lillington took a high line out of the last berm and pipped Bradley Watts (Braintree) for second place but there was no denying Hill a clean sweep of victories.
The Jock Wadley Memorial road race near Colchester attracted a field of national quality, good to see but difficult for local riders to gain entry to. Jon Tiernan-Lock of the Rapha/Condor team won after escaping from a six rider break in the final stages.On Sunday 10 tricycles contest the Tricycle Association East 25 on the Bressingham to Thetford road, first rider off at 9.01am. They will not have to hang about, unless they wish to be caught by the first rider in the following classic bike 25 - John Malseed on his penny farthing.
Great Yarmouth 25, St Olaves: 1 Glenn Taylor (Shorter Rochford RT) 58:16, 2 Lee Bark (Stowmarket and District CC) 59:54, 3 Liam Gentry (VC Baracchi) 1-00:33, 4 Will Dorsett (North Norfolk Wheelers) 1-00:52, 5 Owen Bannister (Stowmarket and District CC) 1-03:01, 6 Neil Vaughan (VC Norwich) 1-03:10, 7 Chris Nudds (CC Breckland) 1-03:39, 8 Nick Esser (VC Baracchi) 1-03:56, 9 Simon Asher (VC Norwich) 1-04:55, 10 Mark Newnham (VC Baracchi) 1-05:14.