Skipper signs off with victory before looking to crack America

Rory French (Rock Estate) - the Lowestoft sports club member won the handicap in the GYCC 10. Pictur

Rory French (Rock Estate) - the Lowestoft sports club member won the handicap in the GYCC 10. Picture: Fergus Muir - Credit: Archant

Joe Skipper, riding for Lowestoft sports club Rock Estate, won the Good Friday 10 mile time trial in 20:46.

On Sunday he beat 576 runners to take the Trowse 10km, just before he leaves for America and a crack at the USA Triathlon Championship.

Skipper's nearest rival in the bike time trial was regular Waveney Valley winner Jim Burgess (Anglia Velo, 21:28) with third place going to Bungay schoolmaster James Trenchard (Pedal Revolution, 21:36)

Next day Trenchard – lighter by four kilos for this season – flew up the hills around Pettaugh and Occold to win the Stowmarket & District's 20 miler, 1:28 ahead of Pedal Revolution's Andrew Bean (46:34) with Ben Keeley (VeloVelocity) third in 47:32.

It was the start of an upward trend for Bean – after a week in the bulbfields of Marshland he was fourth on Good Friday, second at Debenham next day before changing to Strada Sport road racing kit and taking second again in the Chelmer CC event for third and fourth cats, where the winner was Tim Savage (Maldon & District).

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Weather conditions improved steadily through the weekend as well – for the Good Friday 10 it was drizzly, and grey with a lazy crosswind.

It was altogether better for the Stowmarket event, with a little help from the wind on the hilly parts of the course which come just after the start and in the last five miles from Occold back to Debenham.

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The promoting Stowmarket & District club had a winner in top lady Verity Smith whose time for the 20 miles was 55:42.

The major ladies' award in the Great Yarmouth CC 10 is for Best on Handicap and this went to Iceni Velo's Emma Fox while top of the GYCC men's handicap was Rory French (Rock Estate) who finished in 25:22.

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