James Hales nips in to pip rival on the line near Stowmarket
PUBLISHED: 06:30 14 April 2016
Tom Fitzpatrick from Kenninghall and Norwich rider Tommy Power were major animators of the 74-mile Fast-Test Road Race near Stowmarket - although in the end Fitzpatrick's Spirit Bikes team-mate Jake Hales was given the judge's verdict.
With three of the 11 laps remaining Fitzpatrick and Power had broken away from a leading break. They stayed clear for a lap, but were caught. With just the climb of the Willisham Hill remaining, Fitzpatrick again attacked, this time alone. With 350 metres to go the chasers were reeling him in. Hales abandoned blocking and charged to the front and he and Fitzpatrick crossed the line side by side, with Power coming in a few seconds later in ninth place.
In the CC Ashwell Primavera road race in Cambridgeshire there was a hard-won second place for VC Norwich rider Lewis Pendle. In the 56-mile event for slightly lower category riders a small group got away on rolling Roman Ermine Street, of which two – Tom Elwood (CC London) and Tim Trimble (CC Ashwell) – stayed clear. Next lap, Pendle escaped from the bunch on that same tailwind straight and the three joined up and worked together. With two miles to go Pendle’s chain “got stuck”. Trimble attacked to win, Pendle sorted his transmission and beat Elwood to second, while a pile-up in the bunch sprint emphasised Pendle’s wisdom in going it alone.
There was the closest battle yet for the Wolsey RC Pat Pepper Trophy, fought out over 25 miles in the Waveney Valley. There are three roundabout turns in the Waveney Valley 25 course and at each turn Jen Smart (VC Norwich) and visitor from Harrogate Eleanor Haresign, who started just five minutes later, watched the neck-and-neck gap and wondered where seconds could be saved. In the end Smart won in 1:05:32, just three seconds ahead of Haresign.
It was a different story in the men’s event where Joe Skipper (Rock Estate, 53:46) had no less than three minutes 42 seconds in hand over second-place John Swindells (Iceni Velo). Skipper, incidentally, had been hosting a training weekend for a small group of triathletes, including Haresign, and they had all been dipping in a cold Lowestoft sea and recovering in the Olive Branch cyclist’s tea room in Tunstead, near Wroxham, the previous day.
Daniel Bloy (55:49) beat Charlie Nurse (55:58) in a damp King’s Lynn CC 25 on Saturday. Matt and James Senter (58:09) were the fastest 2-Up pair.
Some fast times were recorded in the Gordon Attwell Memorial 25 on the Newmarket bypass, but organisers Lea Valley CC asked for result-board photos to be kept out of modern media so information is very fragmentary.