Shaun Aldous helps team to third place in Mud Sweat & Gears MTB series
Loose sand was the challenge at the first round of the Mud Sweat & Gears MTB series – that and dry pine needles, which Team CCN's Shaun Aldous crashed on.
Aldous, nevertheless, got back up to team-mates Darren Evans, Glenn Stanford and Jason Smith, and in the end led the team home, taking third place in the Masters category.
A new course in Tunstall Forest near the Suffolk coast included two new 'bombholes'. Norfolk winners included Phil Buick (Iceni) in Grand Vets, Mark Barnes (Pedal Revolution) in Sport, Alex Nichol (CCN) in Sport Female, Anita Buxton (Thetford MTB) in Vet Female, Sara Flatt (Iceni) in Grand Vet Female and Paul Ashby (Fat Birds) in Vet Male categories.
• Premier Calendar road racing came East Anglia in a cloud of dust on Sunday.
All the top British teams contested the Maldon Dengie Tour, filling most of the 120-rider field, accompanied by a few brave local riders.
There were five in contention at the end, from which Frenchman Alexandre Blain (Endura) won, from Australian Ben Grenda (Rapha Condor).
• Hero of the Wisbech Wheelers two-up '10' was Marcus Hopkins (King's Lynn CC). He teamed up with Gary Rushmore and, although a racing cyclist for only a few months and slower than Rushmore by more than two minutes in solo events, Hopkins hung in there and the pair posted the fastest time of the morning – 22:28. In the solo event Rushmore came within two seconds of beating time trial legend Ian Cammish, who won in 22:34 on freezing cold morning. Rushmore led the winning King's Lynn team with Daniel Bloy (22:50) and Ken Roesner (24:09).
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Nearest team challengers were Velo Velocity with Lawrence Wright 23:25, Geoff Frost, 23:32, and David Staff, 24:15 – 1:37 slower in aggregate. Wisbech Wheelers put no less than five pairs in the tandem event, with Mike and Eve McInerney fastest in 25:41.
• The previous afternoon David Staff was the fastest Norfolk rider in the Stowmarket & District 20 – he was 11th in 49:32, with CC Breckland's Matt Carter on 50:00 and Neil Vaughan (VC Norwich) on 50:37.
• There are 112 solo machines and four tandems in the Great Yarmouth CC's Good Friday 10, starting at 8.01am at Earsham.