Scott star of thriller in forest

The second round of the Mud, Sweat and Gears summer series MTB races was held in Thetford Forest. Held on a four-mile course just north of Brandon the event featured fast racing on a dry surface.

The second round of the Mud, Sweat and Gears summer series MTB races was held in Thetford Forest. Held on a four-mile course just north of Brandon the event featured fast racing on a dry surface.

After three of the seven laps in the senior race three riders remained in contention. On the downhill fire-road dash to the line Glenn Stanford (EST/City College Norwich) led out but on the last, fast, bend Adrian Scott (Phil Corley Cycles) got past and held the lead to the line, while Scott's brother Nigel finished third.

Paul Ashby (Fat Birds) led the veterans early on until a puncture enabled Jef Sharp (Ben Hayward Cycles) to take the lead. Norwich rider Andrew Manning (Streetlife) was third. Among the women's winners were Rebecca Beard (North Norfolk Schools) in the juveniles, Imogen Buick (Salsa) in the youth and Sue Wood (Maldon and District) in the veterans. Full results can be seen at

There was a speed-feast in the veteran's 25 mile time trial on the Newmarket bypass. Norwich's Laura Gambling (CC Breckland) recorded a personal best 59:31. Among many other PBs were Steve Rush 59:11 and Graham Davidson 56:34 (both North Norfolk Wheelers), Chris Nudds 54:08 (CC Breckland) and Gary Rushmore 53:18 (King's Lynn CC). Eddie Fone (Norwich Amateur BC) broke an East Anglian Group record for age 82 with his 1:9:56, while Tom Blanchflower (Wisbech Whs) set Eddie a task next year by raising the record for age 83 to 1:11:16.

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Tricyclists did well - Adrian Perkin revised his own Godric CC club record, set in 1965 when he was 22, from 1:5:50 to 1:3:28. The new record only stood until club mate John Dupen, who started 91 minutes later, came in with 1:3:17.

Riders were helped by being exposed to the tail/cross wind on the way out and partly sheltered from its effects on the return.

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'Pnut' Arnold (Team Pedal Revolution), who had marshalled the veterans round the turn on Saturday, won the CC Breckland sporting circuit 25 next day by a whacking margin of 2:59. His time was 55:41, ahead of Duncan Murphy (Diss and District) 58:40 and Geoff Frost (API) 59:45. Colin Bunnett topped the veterans' list at the event near Watton, his 1:3:54 ride beating the standard for 67 year-olds by 16:47. He was also, regardless of age, part of the Kings's Lynn CC's winning team, with Gary Smith (1:2:12) and John Howling (1:3:31).

Lee Calderon of the Norwich City College-sponsored EST team scored a surprise time trial win when he moved up from third place after one lap of the decidedly sporting Plomesgate CC 25 course near the Suffolk coast, to win in 57:32, ahead of James Eman (Anglia Velo, 57:49) and Andrew Leggett (Stowmarket and District, 57:51).

Norwich's Dieter Rowe (Finchley RT) won the week's main race at Lotus Cars, outsprinting Chris Guy. The Ike Saul road race was won by Ian Knight (Virgin Active).

Anyone is welcome to meet members of the Norwich Amateur Bicycle Club this Sunday at Seething Village Hall. There are rides -the shortest of 10 miles - in the morning and a BBQ in the afternoon.

Great Yarmouth Cycling Club celebrate their revival - and the opening of National Bike Week - with a Bike-it Day at the Caister Road Stadium this Saturday. The day lasts from 10am-3pm and there will be racing on the 300 metre tarmac track, on the hour, every hour, some for beginners, some for club riders. In between there will be opportunities to learn basic cycling techniques, have your bike checked by 'Dr Bike' or look at stands and displays.

For more detail, see the club's website at

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