Home riders are on the pace at Great Yarmouth Cycling Club’s Good Friday race
- Credit: Fergus Muir
In a rare full field of 120 time trialists for the Great Yarmouth CC Good Friday 10-miler, home entrants from the Waveney and Great Yarmouth area achieved remarkable dominance in the results.
Scratch winner in 21:05 was Jim Burgess from Beccles while the silverware – in the form of the Derek Evans Memorial Trophy for best on handicap – went to Great Yarmouth CC's John Grayston (26:06).
The burgeoning Great Yarmouth and Rock Estate (Lowestoft) clubs between them took eight out of the top-10 places on handicap, with the nearest challenger to the 59-year-old Grayston being his young club-mate Jali Packer (24:52). Best Rock Estate member on handicap was Leigh Butcher (26:33) while this adventure sports club's fastest member on scratch was Jay Lingwood (22:12).
Second overall on scratch was James Trenchard (Godric CC, 21.30) while stepping up from ninth last year was 19-year-old Bradwell rider Harley Matthews (Strada Sport) who was third in 21:53.
The 41-year-old Burgess would have taken the Veteran on Age Standard award, but under the one-rider-one-prize rule this went to his Anglia Velo team-mate Chris Roberts whose 24:34 beat the standard for his 69 years by 4:18.
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On the Wortwell to Bungay and back course there was a head/crosswind on the way out, from which hedges offered some protection. The return leg is shorter but help up the exposed drag out of Earsham was some compensation.
A week earlier Strada Sport junior Lewis Stevens lifted his team to the top of the Eastern Road Race League and personally topped the individual standings after finishing second to Team Raleigh semi-pro Liam Stones in the Autostrasse RT Road. The 60 strong field of higher category roadmen were in attacking mood from the start and within 15 miles the field had split with a group of seven away and never to be seen again by the bunch. Stevens, from Stetchworth, was first to attack on the finish hill at Willisham Tye, but over the crest the 17-year-old was overhauled by Stones who took the win by around 10 yards.
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The Wymondham-based Strada Sport team had another success when Walberswick junior Chris Jackson won the bunch sprint for fourth place in the Fleche Welwyn road race for 3/4 cat riders near Cardington.
In the King's Lynn CC 25, based at Fincham, individual winner was Denver man Daniel Bloy (VeloVelocity) whose 55:53 on a cool, breezy afternoon beat Will Bamber (VC Norwich) by 2:08. The top six were completed by Jonathan Weatherley (CC Sudbury, 58:42), Charlie Nurse (N Norfolk Whs, 59:13) David Staff (VeloVelocity, 1:00:30) and up and coming young CC Breckland rider Louis Gyde, 1:00:31. In the two-up version, top local pair were Harvey Hall and Declan Davis (CC Breckland, 59:46)
The second round of the Mud, Sweat and Gears MTB races tested out a new venue in the grounds of the Royal Engineers base at Debden near Saffron Walden. The dry, dusty course featured lots of single-track, some road and exposed grassland stretches, but the star feature was steep drop into the woods complicated by a log at the top and a ramp and jump at the bottom. There was a B route for the less skilful, but choosing it came at a price in lost time.
Local winners included Tom Stanford (Sport Men), Anita Buxton (Vet Female), Dougal Toms (Youth Male 15/16) and Sophie Wright (Youth Female 15/16). Full results are at www.timelaps.co.uk