Ian Lee calls upon the help of his RAF team-mate to secure Honington victory

New EDCA 50 Champion Jen Smart (VC Norwich). Picture: John Swanbury

New EDCA 50 Champion Jen Smart (VC Norwich). Picture: John Swanbury - Credit: Archant

Crisp teamwork from the RAF saw Marham technician Ian Lee win the third round of the evening criterium series at the Honington airbase.

Norwich rider Jimmy Piper on his way to winning on Sunday. Picture: John Styles

Norwich rider Jimmy Piper on his way to winning on Sunday. Picture: John Styles - Credit: Archant

The tailwind sprint on an airfield was far from ideal for climbing specialist Lee, but RAF team-mate, Robert Willcocks, made sure Lee was there and fresh as a break of eight bore down on the finish.

'The two RAF riders played a blinder,' said Harley Matthews, who found himself forced to lead out and was eventually third behind Lee and Morris Bacon (Strada Sport).

Earlier Lee had made the first attack in company of Nick Esser (DAP CC) and others had chipped across to make the break.

Katie Ward was first in the women's race while James Richards (Southampton University) came out on top in the lower category riders.

The final split opens up – Norwich rider Tommy Power (in green) to the fore. Picture: Fergus Muir

The final split opens up Norwich rider Tommy Power (in green) to the fore. Picture: Fergus Muir - Credit: Archant


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There were two new East District 50 mile champions at the end of the VC Baracchi event near Harleston.

The EDCA Women's Championship went to Jen Smart (VC Norwich) in 2-13:48, 1:54 faster than defending champion Kay Burgess (King's Lynn CC).

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Matthew Senter (VeloVelocity, 1:47:23) was top man on a day when all competitors were exposed to a tough and rising headwind over the final 10 miles to Redenhall.

Elizabeth Hughes of CC London took the Women's Eastern Regional Championship in a big bunch finish near Sudbury which settled the destination of the championships of three regions.

Rhys Howells (Team Wiggins) won the men's championship on a hilly circuit near Saffron Walden after seven riders rode off the front of a larger lead group on the penultimate climb of the finish hill.

Howells took leave of the seven with five miles to go and had 29 seconds in hand at the line.

The only Norfolk rider in the final selection was Tommy Power.

The long climbing finish would have suited him – if only the air had stayed in his back tyre. However he hung on to take seventh – still ahead of the next local finisher – Mark Richards (DAP CC) who was ninth.

Among winners at the MTB races near Chelmsford were Jimmy Piper (MS Society, 50+) and Robert Smithers (King's Lynn MTB).

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