Simon takes honours with spring sprint

Fergus MuirAn attacking ride from VC Norwich's Simon Asher was rewarded with a win in East London Velo's Spring Rumble. Asher went from the gun in the race for third and fourth category riders on the purpose-built road circuit at Hog Hill near Romford.Fergus Muir

An attacking ride from VC Norwich's Simon Asher was rewarded with a win in East London Velo's Spring Rumble. Asher went from the gun in the race for third and fourth category riders on the purpose-built road circuit at Hog Hill near Romford.

His solo bid was ended after two laps but the speed of the chase removed two-thirds of the field from contention. Just under two laps from the finish Asher attacked again on a headwind section, blasted up the notorious Hog hill climb and won by six seconds. At the same venue, round two of the London Women's Cycle Racing League attracted a field of 40, in which Kate Scotter (VC Norwich) was best Norfolk rider in 15th place.

t On a glorious spring afternoon the King's Lynn 25 mile time trial for pairs of riders (a '2-up') was won by long-established racing man Anthony Stapleton paired with 38-year-old Richard Evans. Evans is Stapleton's neighbour in Little Dunmow and is new to cycling but proved well able to sustain their 26.4 mph average speed to finish in 55:42.


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Competitors found a cross-wind on most stretches of the well-surfaced course which winds its way from Fincham to Mundford and back, sometimes between high west Norfolk hedges, in other places very exposed. King's Lynn CC pairs took the next three places led by Gary Rushmore and Martin Long in 57:06. Breckland grandson/granddad team Declan Davis and Don Saunders made light of their 48 year age difference to secure seventh place in 1:5:00.

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t The A11/A14 Newmarket bypass 25 mile course lived up to its fast reputation when Peter Balls of West Suffolk Wheelers won the Lea Valley CC 25 in 50:27. Notable rides by local riders included Chris Nudds (CC Breckland) 55:21, a first time under the hour time by Mark Fairhead (CCB) 59:33, Steve Rush (Nth Norfolk Wheelers) 1:00:42, and 1:4:01 from Breckland's Peter James.

t In the 60 mile Hainault CC road race near Saffron Walden Trevor Holmes (Diss & District) initially got in the big break of the day and though he could not quite sustain the leader's pace he still took 10th place, two places ahead of clubmate Martyn Dunnett. They were near the front of the remains of the chasing bunch on the uphill finish near Littlebury.

Winner was Roger Maidment (East London Velo) and Gavin Moore of the Stowmarket & District took sixth after escaping from the bunch at Elmdon with eight miles to go.

Joe Skipper laid aside his arm sling to take 17th place in the Glade CC National B category race on the same circuit.

King's Lynn CC 2-up 25 miles, Fincham: 1 Anthony Stapleton & Richard Evans (Chelmer CC) 55:42, 2 G Rushmore & M Long (King's Lynn CC) 57:06, 3 J Gollaglee & J Nixon (KLCC) 1:00:18, 4 S Hardy & G Smith (KLCC) 1:1:26, 5 M Church & P Asplin (Fenland Clarion) 1:2:24, 6 M Graves & P Jay (Newmarket C7TC) 1:2:46, 7 D Davis & D Saunders (CC Breckland) 1:5:00.

Hog Hill Circuit Racing, 3rd/4th Category Men : 1 Simon Asher (VC Norwich) 2 C Berrill (CC Hackney). E/1/2/3: 1 Dave Clark (Pendragon). Youth 'A' 1 Tao Geoghegn (CC Hackney). 1st Girl: Imogen Buick (Thetford MTB)

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