Staff claims victory in retro time trial
In the Diss 25 mile time trial for pre-1980 specification bikes David Staff battled for the win with Anglia Velo team mate Martin Pyne.
Staff was a few seconds up at the half-way point and stretched this to 16 seconds by the finish where his time was 1-4:31. Staff rode a Gazelle bike from the Dutch company's classic period of lightweight building.
Pyne's mount was a Raleigh Special Projects frame which as a young man he had ridden in the world championship four-up team time trial.
Third place went to Neil Turner (Great Yarmouth CC), 73 seconds behind Staff, a gap that would have been much smaller had Turner not, at the start of the descent to the finish, whacked his 'Flying Gate' into top gear with such enthusiasm that the chain jammed against the bike's slender stays, resulting in a forced landing to rectify matters.
The three Diss events, for classic bikes, restricted gear machines and tricycles, were run off in cool, dry conditions on the Bressingham -Thetford out-and-back course. An easterly breeze made the hilly final miles a tough proposition.
The Medium Gear event was won by Geoff Frost from North Elmham who beat specialist Rick Laws (Ogmore Valley Wheelers) 1-3:21 to 1-3:55. Beccles rider John Dupen (1-15:14) repeated his 2010 win in the tricycle event. Second and best on handicap was Ian Mackenzie (Southend Whs, 1-20:43).
Diss CC's Martyn Dunnett scored his best-ever road race result when he took third spot in the VC Braintree 46 mile road race on the Matching Green circuit near Harlow. The race, for third and fourth category riders, stayed largely together until the last lap when Gonzalo Rodriguez (East London Velo) escaped, soon to be joined by Scott Cousins (Maldon & District).
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Dunnett was the only other rider to bridge the gap to the break. On the long drag up to the finish Cousins opened a small gap to win, followed by Rodriguez and Dunnett. George Farrell (Welwyn) won the bunch sprint in which Jack Clark (VC Norwich) took 14th overall.
A breezy Plomesgate CC 10 mile time trial near Orford was won by young semi-pro Russell Hampton (Sigma Sport) in a course record 21:25. Behind Hampton came a string of top local time-trialists led by Mark Arnold (Pedal Revolution, 22:33) who was followed by Glenn Taylor (Shorter Rochford, 22:54), Andre Dyason (VC10, 23:32) and Andrew Leggett (Stowmarket & District, 23:38). There was a crosswind, but some help on the outward leg. Best Veteran on Standard was Ged Coles (Wolsey).