Nino Piccoli sets new standard to secure East District Cycling Association rankings title

Nino Piccoli tops the Short Distance Rankings of the East District Cycling Association with a new record average speed that dramatically lifts the standard. His average of 29.62mph is a full mile per hour faster than the previous record, in a competition where decimal points often separate positions.

Piccoli, whose family live near King's Lynn and who rides for Norwich bike shop-sponsored Team Pedal Revolution heads the 2011 final list, ahead of Gary Rushmore (King's Lynn CC, 28.04 mph) and Daniel Bloy, also of the King's Lynn club. Bloy (27.55 mph) makes his first appearance in the new-look Top Ten of the rankings list.

Others new to the top ten are Piccoli, Duncan Lorne (Norwich ABC, 26.90) Neil Turner (Great Yarmouth CC, 26.51) Martin Long (KLCC, 26.38) and James Rush (CC Sudbury, 26.35). A total of 65 members of East District clubs are ranked having completed at least least four open 10 mile and three open 25 mile time trials within the District.

Laura Gambling (CC Breckland) is top ranked lady with 24.83 mph, with a fast-improving Rebecca Taylor (Wisbech Wheelers) next highest with 24.32.

• Truly wintery weather tested Strada-Sport riders racing at Hog Hill. Rain and hail swept across the purpose-built circuit on a hilltop overlooking east London during an hour-long race for higher category riders. Norwich rider Mike Auger got in the break that counted and took fifth spot while junior Josh Hannan was seventh.

• Diss Cycling Club's Richard Dunnett was one of nine riders who set out from Greenwich on Saturday on the World Cycle Racing Grand Tour – a race around the world. The competitors are all riding unsupported. Each is tracked by satellite and must cycle a minimum of 18,000 miles, all in one direction. They must pass two points exactly opposite each other on either side of the globe. Sea crossings must be on public transport and the time taken by these journeys will be deducted from their total race time. Within these limits competitors choose their own route. Dunnett, a 24 year-old electrician, is going west-bound and his nominated pair of 'antipodal points' are in Spain and New Zealand. He is riding a steel-framed bicycle, similar to a cyclo-cross machine, but fitted with a 14 speed hub gear. At 11.53 am yesterday he was heading south across France towards Bordeaux, with 735 kilometres covered. Dunnett's progress – and that of his rivals – can be followed at

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East district CA short distance rankings 2012 - top 20: 1 Nino Piccoli (Team Pedal Revolution) 29.62mph, 2 G Rushmore (King's Lynn CC) 28.04, 3 D Bloy (KLCC) 27.55, 4 D Lorne (Norwich ABC) 26.90, 5 N Vaughan (VC Norwich) 6 N Turner (Great Yarmouth CC) 26.51, 7 A Jardine (Ipswich BC) 26.46, 8 D Staff (Anglia Velo) 26.40, 9 M Long (KLCC) 26.38, 10 J Rush (CC Sudbury) 26.35, 11 G Stevens (East Anglian CC) 26.33, 12 L Wright (North Norfolk Whs) 26.32, 13 A Leggett (Stowmarket & District) 26.30, 14 D Day (CC Sudbury) 26.24, 15 G Smith (KLCC) 26.21, 16 C Leggett (SDCC) 26.18, 17 C Nudds (CC Breckland) 26.13, 18 S Davidson (VC Norwich) 26.13, 19 E Dean (NABC) 26.03, 20 R Carrington (Mildenhall CC) 25.96. Ladies: 1 Laura Gambling (CC Breckland) 24.83, 2 R Taylor (Wisbech Whs) 24.32, 3 S Withey (VCN) 22.80, 4 N Hawkes (VC Baracchi) 22.59.

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