Joe and Tom pass test with distinction

Joe Skipper and Tom Burman, both just free of A-Level worries, set the judges a test when they hurtled over the line wheel-to-wheel at the end of the VC Norwich road race at Wicklewood.

Joe Skipper and Tom Burman, both just free of A-Level worries, set the judges a test when they hurtled over the line wheel-to-wheel at the end of the VC Norwich road race at Wicklewood.

Burman, from Woodford Green, got the verdict, fractionally ahead of Skipper, the 19-year-old VC Baracchi member from Lowestoft.

Phil Hargreaves (VC Norwich) took third and club-mate Dieter Rowe fourth. Rowe, 30, new to cycle racing and to Norfolk - he moved from Kent last autumn - has ridden only three road races and not yet been out of the top 10.

Burman and Skipper were part of a seven-man chasing group that linked up with breakaways Geoff Frost (API), Pat Harbord (VCB) and Nathan Miller (53-12) during the last lap of the 57-mile race.


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t Visitor John Tuckett was in a class of his own in the Wolsey RC 25 at Bungay, finishing two minutes clear of the field in 54:34.

However, conditions were not actually fast. Tuckett, from Reading, is a very fast rider and is knocking on the door of the elite 30mph+ club after four rides only just outside 20 minutes for 10 miles in recent weeks.

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Norfolk riders were left to fight for fourth place with Guy Stevens (East Anglian CC, 57:53) one second up on Tony Barber (CC Breckland). Ride of the day came from Emilie Fisher (XRT/Elmy) who bounced back from her crash in Hyde Park last week to win the new Pat Pepper Memorial Trophy with a personal best 1:01:25 on a damp morning with little wind and slippery roundabouts.

tNorwich Amateur Bicycle Club's Eddie Fone marked his 80th birthday with a new East Anglian group age record for a 50-mile time trial, finishing the API event in 2:30:57.

The event was marred by a collision between a car and the tandem of Charles and Christine Willmetts at a point where a trailing sliproad joined the A14 course near Newmarket.

However, both riders escaped with no worse than cuts and bruises. Notable fast times came from Chris Nudds (CC Breckland) 1-57:29 and Gary Rushmore (King's Lynn CC) 1-54:58.

t Cambridge rider David Mclean and Phil Hetzel, from Ipswich, broke away to dominate the latest round of the Lotus Cars League at Hethel, where Keith Grasby of CC Breckland was the surprise winner of the first intermediate sprint.

tNorwich BMX rider Ben Forward took third place in the 30+ class at the European BMX Championships in France. Crashes dented the hopes of Alan Hill and Joey Gough, though Joey made the elite ladies' semi-final and Alan took fifth overall in the 30-39 age group.

tAs a follow-up to their come-and-try-it afternoon at Seething, Norwich ABC are organising evening club rides starting at Eaton village sign at 7pm on Mondays.

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