Thetford rider sneaks into third place at 12-hour race
- Credit: Fergus Muir
Thetford rider Dave Green (VeloVelocity) who is coach to several top local time trialists, showed the way to ride a 12-hour with a 280 miles effort in the Eastern Counties CA event south of Cambridge.
While the time-trial world followed the progress on Time Trial Forum of leaders Adam Topham and Richard Bideau, black-suited ex RAF man Green was slipping in the miles like a stealth bomber to take third place in his bid for a high position in the Best British All-Rounder competition.
With light winds and a mostly overcast sky, conditions were near ideal for a distance event.
Topham and newcomer Bideau were neck and neck for the first nine hours. Topham was then unlucky to be sent as first rider to the finishing circuit, leaving his helpers vainly searching for him the vacated Newton-Flint Cross lanes. But the experienced Topham coped with the blow and carried on to open a 314 miles to 310 gap on Bideau as time ran out.
Unluckily exactly the same mishap had earlier hit young CC Brecklander Harvey Hall and at 20 and in his first 12 Hour, it was enough to end his ride a 150 miles. Provisional results have Andrew Ward (Wisbech Whs) on 214 and Simon Hardy (King's Lynn CC) on 213 miles.
The 64 mile Diss CC Hopton Road Race came down to a bunch sprint on the narrow, but fortunately grass-edged finish on Knettishall Heath. Craig Nichols (Glendene CC) won by a few yards with Chris Jackson (Strada Sport) taking to the sand in his efforts to get through the charging crowd to get second spot, followed by Matthew Webster and Dale Johnston (VC Norwich) while tenth went to another local rider Harley Matthews (Strada) who referred to 'Off-road bravery' being needed!
Daniel Bloy (VeloVelocity) took the CC Breckland and EDCA Championship 30 with 1:01:36 ride on the Attleborough bypass, nearly two minutes up on second-place Richard Hancock. Jen Smart (VC Norwich) took the women's championship with 1:14:03 on a fast morning with light winds.
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