Martin Long is best of Norfolk in cycling’s British All-Rounder Competition
Norwich Flyers' BMX Winter Series round at Norwich fell foul of the weather, as did the Ely & District Hardriders 25 – in which many of the toughest Norfolk time trialists were due to start their season.
This opens an opportunity to highlight the top Norfolk performers in the British All-Rounder Competition – the BBAR.
Best placed Norfolk man was Martin Long, while Laura Gambling (CC Breckland) was highest in the women's list.
Long, of the King's Lynn Cycling Club, rode 50 miles in 1-54:39, broke the 100 miles 'four-hour barrier' by the smallest possible margin to record 3-59:59 and covered 267.46 miles in 12 hours,
He is an enthusiast for 'getting the miles in' and – had the event gone ahead – was planning to ride to and from the Ely Hardriders in addition to competing. His average speed of 24.486mph places him 30th in the 2011 BBAR. The women's distances are 25, 50 and 100 miles and Gambling, who is from Norwich, recorded 59:48, 2-06:40 and 4-28:01 for 12th place in this national competition.
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Not far behind Long among the men was Laurence Wright of North Norfolk Wheelers, 34th with 24.235mph, while super-vet 63 year-old Chris Nudds of CC Breckland was 47th with 26.653mph.
National BBAR team winners were Norwich-sponsored Team Pedal Revolution of Nino Piccoli from Suffolk, Nik Bowdler from Hampshire and Andy Bason from Shropshire, who set a record team average speed of 25.856mph.
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• Laurence Wright also featured as a prize winner in the North Norfolk Wheeler's dinner at East Runton, where he was winner of the Pat Ash 50 miles trophy.
Club BAR was Will Dorsett, Geoff Poulter was Clubman of the Year – in recognition of the work he does for the club – and other prize winners included Nick Poulter, Andrew Knowles, Guy Thorold, Brian Platt, Charlie Nurse, Francis Glazebrook and Ray Turner.
• Not all events at the weekend were postponed – CC Breckland tricyclist Martin Badham rode the Bedford to Burford and back 'Burford Bumble' Audax, covering a total of 149 miles in the day.
I would be pleased to hear more of the experiences of Norfolk riders in Audax events – feel free to contact me on 01603 615000, firstname.lastname@example.org.
• There is a choice of local reliability rides this Sunday, including the postponed VC Baracchi 100km event which has been re-arranged.
It will start and finish at Oulton Community Centre, Gorleston Road, Oulton Broad, 4.5 hrs 8.30am, 4 hrs 9am, 3.5 hrs 9.30am. Contact details for organiser John Thompson are: telephone 01502 581481 or 07854 650246, email@example.com.
• Also on Sunday, the VC Norwich 100 km Reliability Ride to Holt will, weather permitting, start from the A140 layby near Norwich Airport. Progressively faster groups will leave from 8.30-9.30am. Details from Ian Doe on 07931 446065.
• Looking ahead to Sunday, February 26, the East Anglian CC will use the same A140 airport layby start for their traditional-style 75-mile reliability trial.
The slowest (six-hour) group start at 8 am, the fastest at 9.30am. Details at http://eacc.wordpress.com/future-events/.