Kimberley Morrison smashes new course record at North Norfolk Wheelers 100 mile time trial
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Professional triathlete Kimberley Morrison smashed the women's course record in the North Norfolk Wheelers 100 mile time trial, finishing third overall in a time of 4:04:56.
Morrison, from Bale, near Fakenham, sliced over 15 minutes off Jill Reames' 2003 record and beat second-placed woman Jasmijn Muller, a former national 12 hour champion, by 19:10.
Men's winner was Daniel Bloy (VeloVelocity) who thought it perhaps the hardest '100' he had ridden, but nevertheless finished in 3:49:47, eight minutes up on George Fox (Team Bottrill, 3:57:23). It was tough into the wind all the way from Fakenham to Hillington and Gayton – while on the return through Rougham and Weasenham competitors were well sheltered and rather missed out on the tailwind.
In the Paul Simon Homes road race Tommy Power scored a second win in eight days - on a very different course to Abberton last week.
The new circuit at Eldon in the Chilterns included short, sharp hills and tricky damp corners.
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'The constant up and down nature of it really suited me,' said Power who attacked with four laps to go and quickly built up 30 seconds lead. Though a chasing pair of James O'Connell and Clay Davies were closing, Power (Strada Sport) had about seven seconds in hand over O'Connell at the line.
Not far away, at Carver Barracks, near Saffron Walden, mountain bikers fought out the Eastern Region MTB Championships on a course that combined almost continuous single track with vast runways. New local Eastern Region champions include Jimmy Piper (MS Society), Mel Paddington (Newdales Cycles), Kieran Jarvis (Team Onform) and Stephen James, making a comeback on the top of the Vets 40-49 podium.
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At Lotus Dan Drewery (Fast-Test) took the senior race with 38 other riders crossing the line in the next second. Ethan Humphrey took the well-supported race for entry-level competitors.
There was an almost constant crosswind for riders in the 130 mile 'Norfolk Special' Audax from Lound to Stiffkey and back. Following much the same alignment, but further west, over 300 cyclists rode the 100 mile Boudicca Sportive from Snetterton to Holme and back.