Riders will be stepping on the Gas for hill challenge

The Gasp up Gas Hill is back – in a new knockout format which will see four riders battling up the one-in-five climb, side-by-side, on the evening before the Lord Mayor's Parade in Norwich.

The date will be Friday, July 8, and there will be opportunities for an inter-schools competition and individual young riders participation, as well as mainstream competition for British Cycling licence holders.

The short, straight 350-metre version of the climb from Bishops Bridge will be used, the whole length of the hill lined with crowd barriers. There are still chances for sponsors to get involved – Ken Jolliffe (01953 681755) is the man to contact – but his team, with the successful running of the Lotus Cycle Race League under their belts, are opening the prize list with the profits from Ken's Peddar's Way Pedal, the off-road sportive which this year is on Sunday, February 20.

• The cyclo-cross season was rounded off by the Eastern League prize presentation, preceded by a fun – but hotly contested – team event.

Riders competed in this as individuals, but results were based on the best three from four nominated team members.


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Appropriately first man home was Senior League winner Andy Nichols, ahead of league runner-up Shaun Aldous. Aldous, from Bungay, started in front, on the deceptively hard course at Danbury Outdoors in Essex, but Nichols, roaring fit after the British Universities championship last week, gradually prevailed.

Best team was a composite group including Nichols and Diss riders Richard and Martyn Dunnett, all of whom are participating in an experiment with hubs that keep a continuous plot of the rider's power output – no secret slacking there.

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Best regular team was Aldous' Norwich-based Extreme Sports Therapy outfit, with Tim Guy and Glenn Stanford the other counters.

Norfolk's Under-12 team of Zak Coleman, Sophie Holmes and Matthew Baker, with Rowan Baker in reserve, were best composite in the young riders race, and Coleman and Holmes were soon on the podium again to receive their league awards – Zak second in the boys and Sophie the top girl in the league.

At the Great Yarmouth CC annual lunch, Kevin Coman entertained everyone with his review of the year, Terry Loveday received life membership and a surprised Roger Farrow faced up to the fame resulting from being winner of the club's Time Trial Series.

Riders in the VC Baracchi reliability trial had a good work-out into the wind from Oulton Broad to Halesworth and Laxfield but, as legs tired, the wind got behind them and they spun back from Harleston to St Olaves.

This Sunday's reliability trial is a 50-miler organised by the Great Yarmouth CC. Norman Harlow (01493 652183) has the details.

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