Pyne warms to cycling challenge

It was wet enough on New Year's Day to persuade Martin Pyne to race in leg warmers, something he never did in 2005. However, the Anglia Velo veteran rider still won the CC Breckland Open 10-mile time trial based at Morley, in an unseasonably fast time of 22:02.

It was wet enough on New Year's Day to persuade Martin Pyne to race in leg warmers, something he never did in 2005. However, the Anglia Velo veteran rider still won the CC Breckland Open 10-mile time trial based at Morley, in an unseasonably fast time of 22:02. Pyne's only serious challenger was Norwich City College student Will Dorsett, whose time was 22:16. The 18-year-old from Roughton, near Cromer, is now being coached by Doug Empson, father of former 30 miles competition record holder Gary, and is hoping for success in Espoir (under-23) time trial competitions later this year. Mark Solley, who was giving a pristine new Diss & District CC vest its first outing, took sixth place in 23:42 just ahead of Ken Roesner (23:50), who was in his new Fat Birds top. Fastest Norwich rider was VC Norwich's George Turner, who took ninth place with 24:04.

Robert Stronge took over as club chairman at the VC Norwich annual meeting, and Russell Parkins as racing secretary.

Club membership has recently doubled to around 60, with a significant number of women.

Some club runs have attracted nearly 30 people and have had to be split in two on safety grounds.


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New enthusiasts are welcome on these rides, which start at Fitt Signs on Pitt Street, just off the Norwich inner link road at 9.30 am on Sundays.

The destination is usually a café where there is a chance to revive before getting back to Norwich at lunchtime.

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A new VC Norwich promotion in 2006 is a road race which is being held at Wicklewood, near Wymondham, on July 16.

This, together with the East Anglian Cycling Club's Reg Cogman race on May 28, brings a much-needed opportunity for bunched racing in Norfolk.

With the Hempton cyclo-cross cancelled, Easton rider Carl Davey (API) travelled to Southampton and finished second to Giant professional Oli Beckinsale.

He beat a string of top names, including Brian Curtis and Jamie Newall, who was the winner of the Eastern and South Eastern Regional Championship race four weeks ago.

Davey had to start from the third row of the grid, but found that the technical course, which was muddy and with awkward cambers, suited him well.

Next week he will be among several local riders who will be contesting the national championships in Birmingham.

Mike King, who was the fastest finisher in the Great Yarmouth Cycling Club Boxing Day 10-mile event, passed his prize on to timekeeper Derek Evans in recognition of the many hours Derek spends holding the watch on the Somerleyton circuit during the year.

Regular pusher-off Gerry Pettingill was another unsung hero whose efforts were rewarded with a prize at this last event of the Yarmouth club's year.

The East Anglian CC 50-mile reliability trial on Sunday starts at Catton Woodman. Riders opting for the most generous four-hour time allowance start at 8.30am.

Later groups will leave at intervals up to 9.30, when the fastest riders are off. All riders should finish just before 12.30pm at the Horsford Church Rooms.

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