Wendy Gooding lowers women's record as Bloy takes outright honours in Wisbech Wheelers 10
PUBLISHED: 16:47 27 March 2018
Denver rider Daniel Bloy now, at 40, officially a veteran time trialist, won the Wisbech Wheelers 10 outright.
Bloy finished in 21:31, beating his nearest challenger, James Gelsthorpe of new Lincolnshire team Velo-One/Staples Vegetables by 17 seconds.
There was a light wind, by Fenland standards, but the several climbs over flyovers above the A47 were as tough as ever.
However, Wendy Gooding (Team Bottrill) made light of these climbs to lower the women’s course record to 25:24. Chris Nudds, of CC Breckland, took the prize for the Over 60s with 24:46. This was Nudd’s second fast ride of the weekend, having recorded 21:57 for 10 miles on roads south of Newmarket the previous afternoon.
Other local times catching the eye in this Eastern Counties CA event included 21:10 from Andrew Knowles (North Norfolk Whs), 21:16 from Oliver Cozens (Norwich ABC) and 21:17 from Neil Empson (Anglia Velo).
UEA student Cindy Berry was fastest woman in a closely-contested Plomesgate CC 10 on the Sudbourne-based course through Rendlesham Forest. Berry (25:22) had just three seconds in hand over Mandy Bunn (CC Sudbury). Frequent winner Verity Smith (Stowmarket & District) was relegated to third with 26:17, ahead of Norwich Amateur Bicycle Club’s Kate Lucas (27:01)
Stuart Fairweather (VeloVelocity, 22:20) was men’s winner on an afternoon when the wind, though light, was against competitors on the longer return leg.
Young Loddon roadman Oliver Wood survived two days of hectic racing among the top juniors in the country in the Cadence stage race in Wales, though a derailed and jammed chain finally dropped him to 47th place.
There was a third place for Darren Rutterford in the March Hare supporting road race in Essex, while at the National Series MTB races in Sherwood Forest Seb Herrod was fourth and Kieran Jarvis sixth among the Expert category.
The criterium races on a short circuit in Fakenham town centre on Easter Sunday are one of the best opportunities to watch road racing in Norfolk this year. First bike race is at 1.15pm, the senior women go at 3pm and the senior men at 4pm.