Robinson is clearly one to watch
Hugo Robinson showed off his National Junior Champions jersey – and why he so richly deserves to wear it – when he won the sixth round of the Eastern Cyclo-Cross League by a comfortable margin.
For the north Suffolk junior this counted as a 'rest' weekend, in preparation for racing in Belgium at the very top junior level in a weeks time – at a round of the Super Prestige Trophy. At Colchester he had just over a minute in hand over 2010 Eastern League Champion Andrew Nichols (PCA Ciclos Uno) and former champion Shaun Aldous (Iceni Velo). Nichols and Aldous were together throughout most of the race. Nichols felt he put in too much effort fruitlessly chasing Robinson early on, and did not succeed in shaking off Aldous – who is concentrating on family and team managerial responsibilities this season – until one lap to go. Also originally in this group chasing second spot was former Norwich rider Hayden Wood who finished fourth – his best-ever League placing. Iceni Velo man Tim Guy took sixth place, one second ahead of clubmate Matt Thurston.
Making a notable competitive appearance was API/Metrow team boss Andy Palmer who was the 1977 Regional Schoolboy Champion. New flag-bearer for his API cyclo-cross team is Harleston off-road expert Robert Hunt, who finished 16th.
The weather was fine and sunny and the course at Hillyfields overlooking Colchester was dry, fast and exciting. Winner of the 90-rider veteran's race was Wymondham man Phil Buick (Iceni Velo) who had some troubles with a new bike – the chain kept bouncing off on the bumpy stretches, but escaped from Bruce Robinson (Shaftesbury CC) to win by six seconds. CC Breckland rider Jon Periam continued his good run of results with seventh place.
Nikki Juniper (PCA Ciclos Uno) made a welcome return after illness to top the women's list.
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There was more Ciclos Uno success in the Youth race where Sean Dunlea continued his unbeaten run. Best Norwich rider was Edmund Slater (Norwich ABC) in 18th place with Zak Coleman (Great Yarmouth CC) and clubmate Matthew Baker, inset, close behind in 22nd and 29th places respectively.
• Iceni Velo put on a spectacular indoor roller competition at the York Tavern in Norwich which attracted 55 competitors who were whittled down first by a timed ride and then in knock-out races.
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