Sun comes out for cycling’s Norfolk grand tour
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Riders in the 200km Old Squit Audax had grand tour of Norfolk in fine conditions well fed, as always, by the catering team of CTC members.
First 'information check' was to note the name of the King's Head in Reepham, then it was across the county to Sandringham for tea and cakes in the visitors centre. After that perhaps the finest section – to Salthouse along the high lanes a little inland from the sea.
Said Martin Badham of CC Breckland: 'The sun was coming out and hills were fairly forgiving, each climb being followed by a long ridge and a long descent.'
Refreshed with soup, the 66 Audaxers proceeded through Felbrigg to Sea Palling and the final leg back to Norwich, where the helpers, having earlier fed the 100km contingent, turned once again to restore the 200s for their journey home.
The same fine conditions blessed the opening Norfolk time trial of the season, the CC Breckland 10 on the Hingham to Watton and back course.
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With a light breeze and no agreement if going out or coming back was easier, it was a perfect day for a single fixed transmission – which Team Pedal Revolution's Mark Arnold duly spun to a winning 21:50.
This was 14 seconds ahead of the top ranked man in the 2012 EDCA Short-Distance Rankings, Daniel Bloy (King's Lynn CC). The next placings showed a fine spread around the area – Jason Kierman (Wisbech Whs,22:53), Charlie Nurse (N. Norfolk Whs, 23:12) and James Trenchard (Godric CC, 23:13). Kierman and Trenchard incidentally, are both former fast juniors, now Vets on the comeback trail after 20 year lay-offs.
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Home club members Chris Nudds won the Vets and Declan Davis the Juniors where young Great Yarmouth cyclo-cross exponent Zak Coleman put in a personal best 27:45.
Next day Arnold (50:28) was second to Jason Boutell (49:42) in the CC 22 mile Sudbury Mad March Hilly.
• The Eastern Road Race League opened with the 115 km Crest Road Race near Newport, Essex, where Doug Coleman (CC Luton) was the winner, having ridden through the field from the bunch with Wayne Crombie and taken their two-up sprint.
Best local rider was Strada Sport's Beccles member Stuart Pryce who was in a four-man group chasing an early breakaway, and took ninth place, with teammate Steve Hurrell ahead in the bunch charge and 11th overall.
• Strada's Tom Fitzpatrick from Banham won the main race at the San Fairy Ann Crits at the Cyclo-Park, Gravesend, Kent with junior Tommy Power from Norwich taking third in the supporting event.
• On Sunday Diss CC have reliability rides starting from World Horse Welfare at Snetterton. Riders for the 100km route start at 9.30am, while 50km go at 10.30. There is also a Ladies Only 30km ride starting at 11am.A week later, on March 17, there are off-road rides for all from the same starting place – 100km (off-road!) at 9.30 and 50km at 10.00am. For details contact Steve Minns 01379 677367
• The funeral of CC Breckland member Tony Reynolds will be at St Faiths Crematorium on Thursday March 14 at 2.45pm.