Jim Bradford holds off challenge from Ian Lee to take victory at Diss race

Ian Lee of RAF Marham, seen at Great Cressingham last month. Picture: Fergus Muir

Ian Lee of RAF Marham, seen at Great Cressingham last month. Picture: Fergus Muir - Credit: Archant

Ian Lee (RAF CA) and Polly Mason (Iceni Velo) were the top local finishers in the Diss Road Races based at North Lopham after finishing second and eighth respectively.

Francesca Cutts wins from Catherine Coley at Diss. Picture: Ross Tricker

Francesca Cutts wins from Catherine Coley at Diss. Picture: Ross Tricker - Credit: Archant

Race winners were visitors Jim Bradford (Cambridge CC) and Francesca Cutts (CC London).

Among notable attackers in the men's race were Louis Julian (DAP CC) and Ian Lee (RAF CA) and the chase to bring them back split the main field. However, the survivors of this panic eventually re-grouped.

In the final laps several individuals rode off the front of the bunch and from this group, Bradford emerged to take the win by 11 seconds from Lee and recent winners Ross Fawcett (Pedal Power) and Tom Elwood (CC London).

Just seven seconds later Dale Johnson (VC Norwich) won the bunch dash from Chris Crabtree (Team LCUK).

The main field near Kenninghall. Picture: Ross Tricker

The main field near Kenninghall. Picture: Ross Tricker - Credit: Archant


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The women's race started in a downpour which may have dampened attacking spirits.

With about five miles to go Catherine Coley (VC Londres) and Cutts made a well-timed move and gained 24 seconds on the rest by the finish where Cutts won by a bike's length.

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