Iceni’s Aldous pounces to cash in on Joe’s road race let-down
Iceni Velo's Scott Walford and Strada Sport's Joe Skipper were the powerhouses in a seven-man break that dominated the Iceni club's Duff Morgan road race on the Shotesham circuit just south of Norwich.
However Skipper punctured with just two of the 10 laps remaining and Shaun Aldous (Iceni) used his tactical skills to come through to take the win, ahead of Simon Fox (CC Luton), Walford, Ben Wright (VC Revolution) and Gerard Miley (St Ives CC)
Norwich rider Walford is a former runner now in his first season as a cycling roadman. Skipper, whose family live in Lowestoft, is currently a full-time triathlete. His puncture left 25 year-old martial arts expert Thomas Gillingwater from Harleston as Strada's man in the break – he took sixth ahead of Rory Havis (St Ives)
A sun-drenched Norwich Flyers BMX meet at Sloughbottom saw several members taking class wins- Jared Hill in the Six & Unders, Morgan Dorrell riding above her age group in the 13/14 Females, Adi Warden in the 40-44 Cruisers and Abi Hill, Female 30+ Cruisers.
Based in the far west of the county new BMX club Walpole Warriors scored a win with George Dickens in the 8-10 Novices.
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The East District round of the Time Trial Series was run on a new course from Swaffam to Stradsett returning through Oxborough and Cockley Cley.
Matt Bottrill (Drag2 Zero) was fastest covering the 21 miles of Norfolk chippings at an astonishing average of 30.62 mph. Top Norfolk finisher was Charlie Nurse (North Norfolk Whs) 26.11 mph.
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Biggest category was the Over 40s with 27 finishers. Using Cycling Time Trials' Target Time age-handicap system, Norwich rider Chris Nudds (CC Breckland) took third place with his 24.96 mph, + 13:51 on Target Time for his age 64.
Also gloriously sunny were the Ixworth Village Cycle Races in Suffolk. Biggest field of the day was in the race for Third, Fourth and Junior categories where Richard Dunnett (Team CCN) and George Wood (Maldon and District) formed a break with eventual winner Luke Hattersley (St Ives CC), while Josun Cole (Iceni) was second in the Under 12s.
Gavin Moore took the VC Baracchi 10 in the Waveney Valley, while the King's Lynn 10 which was unlucky with the weather, being hit by sharp showers, went to Daniel Bloy (King's Lynn CC) in 20:59.
It is sad to report that Tony Thornley, club captain of the Norwich-based East Anglian Cycling Club in the 1960s and '70s and secretary for many years after that, died at the weekend at the age of 82.
Result: King's Lynn CC 10 Tottenhill: 1 Daniel Bloy (King's Lynn CC) 20:59, 2 P Jay (VeloVelocity) 21:19, 3 A Dyason (Team Swift) 21:33, 4 J Kiernan (Wisbech Whs) 22:19, 5 R Eve (Wisbech Whs) 22:31, 6 M Webster (WWhs) 22:41, 7 K Roesner (WWhs) 22:43, 8 J Weatherley (CC Sudbury) 22:44. Lady: Catherine Essex (KLCC) 25:15.