Paul Ashby manages to clean up in Thetford MTB/Bike Art Winter Series

Team CCN rider Andy Manning, who won the vets' two-hour event at Thetford.

Team CCN rider Andy Manning, who won the vets' two-hour event at Thetford. - Credit: Archant

Andy Manning (Team CCN) and Paul Ashby (MT-Zoom) both completed straight runs of four wins in the Thetford MTB/Bike Art Winter Series to win the veterans' two and four-hour categories respectively.

Conditions at the Mayday Meadow-based course were good.

'I didn't even have to clean the bike at the end,' said Ashby.

'Almost as fast as it can be,' said Fakenham man Elliott Lawrence, putting in his best result yet at sixth in the two-hour.

The course used the two 'bombholes' – Tom's Pit and The Skip – but the descents were not scary, you just needed the power to climb out.


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More of a challenge were wheels spinning on slippery roots on the 'Double Shocker' by the Brandon road.

Other Norfolk successes included Norwich rider Alex Nichol (Team CCN), who was fourth in the women's two-hour, Glenn Stanford (CCN), second to Lewis Parker (Gipping) after slipping his chain, with Ian Mockett (Bike Art) and Jason Smith (CCN) just behind Lawrence.

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In the Vets' two-hour Danny Coote was sixth while Anita Buxton (Thetford MTB) was second in the Vets' women. Richard Dunnett (CCN) took the four-hour Seniors, with Shane Ashby (UEA) fifth.

• The Elveden road race series is proving so popular that an additional race has been added on March 9.

The first race will be for Fourth Cats and is almost full.

Third Cats will have their own race at 2.31pm, after the 1/2/3 event.

Entries via British Cycling Online by midnight on March 3. Riders can enter on the day, but will pay 50pc more.

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