Norwich-based Team CCN look forward to Mud Sweat and Gears mountain bike series

Norwich-based Team CCN are looking forward to the Mud Sweat and Gears mountain bike series this summer and to racing in team endurance events further afield.

The fruitful co-operation with Norwich City College is set to continue – the college's sports therapy students gain experience working with, and on, team members, while the team get sponsorship and a base at events. Team CCN also has help from Norwich bike shop Streetlife and Nutri-Support

The team gained their first woman member when Alex Nichol joined this month, having just finished third in 18+ women's category in the Winter Series.

Darren Evans who, with Jason Smith, won the 18-39 Men's Pairs in the Dusk-til-Dawn night race, described Nichol as, 'an awesome endurance athlete'. Shaun Aldous, Glenn Stanford and veteran Andy Manning – who took the three-man team prize at D2D – complete the team riders.

• Peter Balls (West Suffolk) won his own club's Sporting 21 at Risby in spite of a strong challenge from Jason Boutell (Velo Velocity), who powered up the main climb in an enormous gear, leg muscles bulging, and finished just 17 seconds behind. Balls felt that he had started too fast and paid for it on the second lap, but be that as it may, the 46 year-old also took the prize for Best Veteran on Standard.


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Daniel Bloy (King's Lynn CC) was third, 1:05 down on Balls, with 2011 winner Andre Dyason (Team Swift) fourth at 1:20, and Sheringham man Lawrence Wright (Velo Velocity) fifth at 2:25.

Velo Velocity, based at Fornham just outside Bury, were pleased to take the team prize with Boutell (48:42), Wright (51:07), and team boss Paul Jay (52:25). Mark Arnold, winner in 2010, retired with a steering problem.

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The course for the Sporting 21 – 'sporting' meaning moderately hilly – was a Flempton-Lackford-Cavenham-Risby circuit on the side of the Lark Valley, just west of Bury. It was relatively warm. The wind made it hard on the Lackford-Cavenham stretch, but helped on the toughest climb over Risby Poor's Heath. It was here that Norwich rider Chris Nudds was unlucky to be caught behind a massive agricultural machine, which did not help his bid for the Best on Age Standard award.

• The 84-mile Jock Wadley Memorial road race near Colchester was won by George Atkins (100pc ME) from an early break that the bunch never looked like catching. Best local was Mike Auger (Strada Sport) in 32nd place.

• Norwich Flyers BMX riders raced at Milton Keynes where Morgan Dorrell took second place in the female 9/10 age group and David Howard was fifth in the Cruiser 17+. The Flyers' round of the Winter Series, hit by the weather in February, will now take place on April 15, at Sloughbottom Park, Norwich.

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