Matt’s best proves to be good enough
Cycling Club Breckland's mid-week 10 mile time trial attracted a competitive field of 60 riders on one of the fastest courses in the country.
The wind from the south-west was initially felt to be too strong but as the riders finished and the times were posted on the result board it became obvious that records were in the offing.
The overall winner was Matt Carter of the promoting club, who knocked over a minute off his previous best when he recorded 22:14. He was closely followed by Richard Carrington (Mildenhall CC) 22:18 and Karl Read 22:19.
Peter Baumber (Cambridge CC) at 80-years-old set a new record when he finished with 25:52, giving him a plus of nine minutes and three seconds while at the other end of the age scale Emily Davis (CC Breckland) knocked 44 seconds off her best when she passed the timekeeper in 27:54.
The women were just as competitive with just 10 seconds separating the top two, Tonya Antonis (VTTA East) recording 24:18 followed by Laura Gambling (CC Breckland) with 24:28.
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In the tandem event veteran Chris Nudds partnered 13-year-old CC Breckland team-mate Declan Davis to a 20:38 ride and were only beaten by multi-record holders Glen Taylor (Shorter Rochford) and Mark Arnold (Team Pedal Revolution) in 18:59.
Three days later Nudds and Davis were back in action again in the Victoria CC series of 10.2 mile time trials on the sporting E10/1 course near Audley End House in Essex.
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Before the solo event, Declan Davis teamed up with his sister Emily and grandad Don Saunders to ride the three-up team time trial event.
Although not happy with their time of 28:29 the strong cold wind meant that no fast times were recorded including those teams packed with sub 20 minute men.
In the solo event Chris Nudds finished with 24:24 followed by Declan Davis, who had a rest of just over an hour before competing again and finishing with a 24:49 for the fastest under 16-year-old award.
• The second Lotus League event proved to be one of those evenings when the hard boys tried and tried again in very strong winds to force a gap between themselves and the rest of the riders so they could take the honours after an hour of hard high speed racing.
Eventually Phil Hetzel (Ipswich BC) and Nathan Miller got the decisive gap and it was Hetzel who held his arms aloft at the line. Liam Gentry (VC Baracchi) finished third.
• The Beccles road race, covering five laps of a 16 mile circuit visiting Ringsfield, Redisham, Spexhall, Halesworth, Holton and Brampton tested the riders with the undulating twisting roads and strong winds that battered the riders when hedges weren't giving any protection.
Andy Lyons (Twenty3C-Orbea) was first over the line followed by Chris Guy (Iceni Velo), local boy Liam Gentry from promoting club VC Baracchi was 6th, Phil Hetzel (Ipswich BC) 7th and Phil Hargreaves (VC Norwich) 12th.
• The East District 10 mile time trial championships held on the fast Attleborough to Wymondham stretch of the A11.
The result was a convincing win for Team Pedal Revolution rider Nino Picolli, who did the first sub 20 minute ride of the year on this course when he stopped the clock at 19:28.
Jim Burgess (Anglia Velo) spun his fixed wheel to good effect to finish with 20:20 while Liam Gentry (VC Baracchi) finished off his weekend in style with a 20:35.
CC Breckland were dominant in the minor categories with Chris Nudds and Alan Stevenson taking first and third respectively in the vets on standard awards, Laura Gambling was fastest women with 23:46 and Declan Davis and Don Saunders scooped the district tandem award with a personal best 20:33.
The team winners were Diss and District CC, whose aggregate time was 1-05:09, made up of Duncan Murphy 20:58, Tom Fitzpatrick 21:20 and Patrick Ellis 22:51.