Smoothly does it for CC Breckland
Cycling: There were lots of happy faces at the finish of the East Anglian CC time trial on the Attleborough bypass where 22 riders - nearly half the finishers - completed the 25 miles inside sixty minutes.
There were lots of happy faces at the finish of the East Anglian CC time trial on the Attleborough bypass where 22 riders - nearly half the finishers - completed the 25 miles inside sixty minutes.
CC Breckland were outright team winners helped by a 55:53 ride by Tony Barber in his first competitive ride for nine years. Barber is 45, lives near Stalham and was East District Best-All-Rounder in 1997 when riding for VC Norwich. Since then, though not racing, he has remained active - stacking in an average of 11,000 miles a year, bringing his cycling mileage since 1989 to 170,000 miles.
Individual winner was visitor Ian Cammish (Planet X, 53:28), next fastest was Paul Ashby of Fat Birds CC (53:59) while third place was shared by Gary Rushmore (King's Lynn CC) and Peter Balls (West Suffolk Whs), who both recorded personal bests of 54:39.
The course was Besthorpe- Wymondham-Harling Road-Besthorpe and this was the first time trial to use the newly-dualled Attleborough bypass. Riders praised the smooth surface, and though it was cold for the early starters, temperatures rose, the south-west wind helped over the final miles and fast times were soon appearing on the result board.
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James Eman of Great Yarmouth CC improved over four minutes to 55:56, Ken Roesner of Fat Birds put in a personal best of 56:46 and veteran Mark Ready's time of 59:35 was his fastest since he was a Diss & District CC junior. Laura Robinson (VC Norwich) put in a best-ever 1-2:48, but was beaten to the women's prize by Catherine Essex (King's Lynn CC, 1-1:16) Ron Back (1-00:48) topped the veterans' awards, beating the standard time for a 68-year-old by 20:29 and a 1-5:36 (+19:24) by 74-year-old Mick Pepper (Wolsey RC) suggested he will be a veteran rider to watch this season.
Norwich BMX rider Ben Forward (Dialled Bikes) led all the way to take the Elite final in the Summer Series races at Milton Keynes. Alan Hill (Norwich Flyers), less quick out of the gate, was pushed wide and high on the first berm, but came through to take second.
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Nearly 300 riders raced on a dry and dusty track. Flyers members to win classes included Mason Parkins (U6), Rebecca Vaughan (Ladies 25+0, and Hill, who took the Cruiser 30-39).
Missing from the results was Flyer Adie Warden, who broke a leg in a training crash last week.
An 11-strong break dominated the Maldon & District CC race for higher category riders, covering the 65 miles at 26.1 mph. Near the end two riders escaped, the remainder hesitated over cooperating to bring them back and Dean Shannon (Heron) took the win. Interbike riders Jan Strapek and Shaun Aldous were sixth and eighth respectively and David Staff 10th.
Lee Bark of the Stowmarket & District CC took his second win in seven days when he won his own club's 20-mile time trial at Debenham in 45:15, beating former winners Glenn Taylor (API, 45:53) and David Staff (Anglia Velo, 46:08).