Harley turns on power to beat old rival in bank holiday time trial clash

Action from the Pedal Power Road Race with Harley Matthews, followed by Mark Richards, eventual winn

Action from the Pedal Power Road Race with Harley Matthews, followed by Mark Richards, eventual winner Gary Freeman and Mike Auger (green). Picture: Fergus Muir - Credit: Archant

In the VC Norwich Bank Holiday time trial, Harley Matthews of Great Yarmouth-based DAP CC beat the course record with a 31mph ride – taking 19:19 to cover the out-and-back 10 miles, southwards from Attleborough.

CC Breckland 25 women’s winner Jen Smart (VC Norwich). Picture: Fergus Muir

CC Breckland 25 womens winner Jen Smart (VC Norwich). Picture: Fergus Muir - Credit: Archant

It was a bright warm morning and Matthews got the better of Matthew Senter (VeloVelocity) to whom he has often played second fiddle this season.

Senter came home second in 19:32, while third place went to Newmarket rider Mark Arnold, forsaking his usual fixed transmission to finish in 20:11 on gears.

Ben Stancombe (King's Lynn CC) won the CC Breckland 25 on the East Harling-Wymondham course. This was a re-run of an event postponed due to unsuitable road conditions earlier in the year.

Stancombe, a 27-year-old aircraft engineer whose sport until recently was power-lifting, went round in 49:35, well clear of nearest challengers Dave Green (VeloVelocity, 50:58) and Ben Keeley, also VeloVelocity, 52:10.

CC Breckland 25 men’s winner Ben Stancombe (King’s Lynn CC). Picture: Fergus Muir

CC Breckland 25 mens winner Ben Stancombe (Kings Lynn CC). Picture: Fergus Muir - Credit: Archant


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Tommy Power (Strada Sport) won the final race at RAF Honington. Norwich rider Power worked well with Harley Matthews to build up a clear lead on the field ...and then set about winning the race.

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Power, a master of road racing – and summary – said: 'I sat on Harley's wheel for the whole last lap and then let him lead it out in the fast tailwind sprint.

'I was able to come past him and take my ninth win of the season.'

The 70-mile Pedal Power Road race on the Gosbeck circuit near Stowmarket was won by Gary Freeman of the local Fast-Test team after several breakaway groups came together to make a leading group of eight.

On the final climb past Framsden windmill, Martin Smith (London Phoenix) led, with Harley Matthews close on his wheel.

Just behind were Freeman, with Norwich rider Mike Auger alongside and Tom Andrews next.

Smith suddenly 'blew' – Matthews led towards the line, but faded enough for Freeman to win from Tom Andrews (University of Sheffield), but currently at home in Suffolk, and Auger (API/Metrow).

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