Nino leads a record breaking weekend

Warm weather and gentle winds helped produce some record breaking rides by our local cyclists at the weekend.

Nino Picolli (Team Pedal Revolution) set a new course record on the 10 miles along the Waveney Valley when he passed the finish in 20:09. Ian Cammish (Planet X) was second with 20:44 and Will Bamber (Cult RT) set another personal best with 21:06.

Taking good advantage of the conditions were the veterans with Ged Coles (Wolsey RC) finishing with a super quick 24:54, which put many riders half his age to shame and gave him an unbeatable plus of 8:50 on his standard.

Martin Pyne (Anglia Velo) continued his good run with a time of 22:31 which narrowly beat Guy Stevens (East Anglian), who finished with 21:36. A week earlier Emma Beard (Stowmarket & D) had by her own admission taken a 'real packet', while riding the Cycling Club Breckland 50 mile time trial but all that suffering had not been in vain as she smashed through the 20mph barrier for the first time on Saturday with a time of 29 minutes exactly.

While Picolli was busy setting a new course record national time trial multi champion Michael Hutchinson was hoping to lower the current national record on the E2/10 course in Cambridgeshire. Although the temperature was ideal the rising south westerly wind was just a little too strong for record breaking rides, but his time of 18:28 was too good for the rest of the competition. Second-placed Peter Balls (West Suffolk Wheelers) was over half a minute slower.


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Danny Watkins (CC Breckland) improved his personal best to a 22:33 but still finished four seconds behind team-mate Chris Nudds (21:29). Another CC Breckland improver was Steven Penny who broke 30-minutes for the first time with 29:57. The CC Breckland end of season 25 mile time trial was won by Peter Balls (West Suffolk) in 53:44 from Daniel Bloy (King's Lynn).

Norwich based Iceni Velo had a food day's cyclo-cross racing at Springfield Hall Park in Chelmsford. In the Senior/Junior/Elite Senior event Tim Guy, fifth, was one of only six riders who were not lapped while David Copland an elite veteran finished 13th. In the women and veterans event Phil Buick (Iceni Velo) was successful in his battle with fellow 50+yo, Tim Butler (Ipswich BC).

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Fresh from his record breaking ride in the morning, Will Bamber made his way to the County Hall road races on Sunday afternoon and was left his breakaway partners behind as he rode solo to a fine victory in the 40 minute race on a hilly technical circuit around the car parks and roads at the Norfolk County Council HQ.

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