RAF cyclist region's highest flyer

Dave Green, the RAF CC rider from Thetford, is the region's highest-placed rider in the 2005 Best British All-rounder Competition.Green covered 50 miles in 1-54:11 and 100 miles in 3-58:56, and amassed 252.

Dave Green, the RAF CC rider from Thetford, is the region's highest-placed rider in the 2005 Best British All-rounder Competition.

Green covered 50 miles in 1-54:11 and 100 miles in 3-58:56, and amassed 252.47 miles in 12 hours. That gave him 22nd place in the competition, which has been regarded as the summit of time trial riding for most of the past three-quarters of a century. The revised BBAR tables, just released, show that 24th place went to Bury St Edmunds rider Brian Phillips, with 1-52:57, 3-56:55 and 245:27. Ken Roesner (King's Lynn CC) was 36th with 2-2:14, 4-4:37 and 249.16, while Patrick Ellis, from Woodton, took 50th place with 2-2:27, 4-16:19 and the best 12-hour distance of them all, 252.66 miles. Catherine Hutchison (Anglia Velo) and Tracey Prewer (VC Baracchi) are the leading East Anglian riders in the women's competition, based on best performances during the year over 25, 50 and 100 miles. Green, who misses out on being East District BAR because the nationwide RAF CC happens to be affiliated elsewhere, is already putting in 22 hours a week training for the coming season, with the stated goal of achieving a 25mph nominal average speed.

The winner of both sections of the national competition which now rivals the BBAR, the Time Trial Series, was Michael Hutchinson of API.

In the Time Trial Series the late Zak Carr came second by just one point - 328 to 329 points.

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His wife and parents were at last week's Champions Night in Nottingham to collect his awards, which included runner-up medals in the 10,25, and 100-mile championships.

Twelfth spot in the TT Series goes to Richard Hill of CC Breckland with 227 points, while Will Dorsett (API) was fourth in the junior section.

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Alan Newark (CCB), Paul Ashby (API) and John Pugh (Godric CC) appear in the age category and veterans' lists.

A collection of racing records of the old Mid-Norfolk Wheelers have come to light. They date from 1932-52, days when there were 100-mile club events.

The records are probably heading for the Norfolk Record Office, but in the meantime anyone interested can contact Lindsay Wigby on 01986 892254.

There is a bumper collection of cycling events this Sunday.

The Norwich BMX track hosts its first open meeting. Practice starts at 11am, racing at 12.30pm. Local riders to watch out for include 15-year-old Josh Cheetham, a former British national champion, and one-time world championship finalist Adrian Warden. The new track is at Sloughbottom Park, off Drayton Road, Norwich. (Details Tim Gregory 01603 748401)

The East District prize presentation is at Roydon Village Hall from noon onwards, but preceded by an appetiszer reliability trial at 10am. Details from Paul Vergette on 01493 750467.

There is also the Peddars Way Pedal at Garboldisham (Ken Jolliffe,01493 681755) and the final round of the Marin Winter Series MTB races in Thetford Forest (Paul Sumption 01842 751981).

To really enjoy cycle touring, you need to give some thought to fitness. There is a rare chance to hear some advice aimed specially in this direction when Mick Gambling talks at the CTC Clubroom behind the Methodist Church, Aylsham Road, Norwich, tonight (8pm). Details from Valerie Hurrell on 01603 403576.

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