Norfolk duo turn on style

Fergus MuirChris Nudds of CC Breckland and Duncan Murphy, who is now racing for Diss & District CC, are prominent in the results of the Sporting Courses East Competition, based on time trials held on hilly or twisting country roads.Fergus Muir

Chris Nudds of CC Breckland and Duncan Murphy, who is now racing for Diss & District CC, are prominent in the results of the Sporting Courses East Competition, based on time trials held on hilly or twisting country roads.

Nudds, from Norwich, won the Super Veteran category for riders over 60 and under 70, while Murphy was second in the senior (18-39) age category.

Placings in open events decide the results of a SPOCO competition, rather than fastest times, which depend so much on road and weather conditions being right on the day. The two highest scores were by men in the 40-49 age group, Lee Bark (Stowmarket & District ) topping the overall list followed by sporting course specialist Glenn Taylor (API/Metrow). Emilie Fisher (XRT/Elmy Cycles) was women's winner.

The 2010 SPOCO East competition is about to get under way - the first counting event, the Ely and District Hardriders 25, is on Sunday, February 14. Registration for SPOCO East costs �6. Christine Willmetts (01223 234235) can tell you more, or details and the full 2009 result are on the SPOCO web pages www.team-cambridge.co.uk/spocoeast

t Looking at the 2010 racing calendars, the 100 miles national championship time trial is to be held in the Attleborough area on Sunday, July 11.

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There are new ten-mile events on May 29 and August 28 run on a dual-carriageway course near Newmarket by the new TT Weekly team, who have just announced their 2010 team members. They are Mark Arnold and Nino Piccoli, both formerly with API, Nik Bowdler, the 2009 Best British All-Rounder and Andy Bason, who put in a three hours 38 minutes 100-mile time on the way to seventh place in the 2009 BBAR competition.

Outstanding road races in the East include the national masters championship (for riders over 40) at Radwinter on July 18 and the Essex Ladies Giro, which will be a two-day, three stage event, and is on July 31/August 1.

t The WattBike computer-linked stationary bike race series gets under way at Norwich City College on Wednesday, January 20.

Before that there are free taster sessions tonight in the Blakeney Building at the college at 6pm and again at 8pm. Spectators as well as would-be competitors are welcome at all sessions.

There are full details on the Active Norfolk website or from Beth Coley on 07736 061788.

The VC Baracchi have a 50-mile reliability ride scheduled for this Sunday, starting from Oulton Broad. Details are available from John Thompson on 01502 581481.