Thompson wins in sprint finish

VC Baracchi's St Olaves road race featured a long break by Geoff Frost from Bintree and Chris Guy from Beccles.

VC Baracchi's St Olaves road race featured a long break by Geoff Frost from Bintree and Chris Guy from Beccles.

With well-organised teamwork from riders in their API and Interbike teams, who put themselves at the front of the following bunch in order to discourage an effective chase, the pair built up a lead of 1:30 and looked to have the race sewn up.

But, on the last lap, riders from the promoting VC Baracchi got the upper hand, the gap was closed and the race ended in a sprint, which was won by Ben Thompson (Glendene CC) from Jan Strapek of Interbike.

Kevin Woodruff of VC Norwich was sixth in his first open road race.


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A final four miles with the wind blowing across the road into their faces put paid to competitors' hopes of fast times in the CC Breckland 10-mile time trial on the Wymondham bypass.

Richard O'Rourke (PCA Ciclos Uno) was the winner in 20:44, ahead of Tristan Barnes (21:19). Barnes is a former Notre Dame pupil who had a year with the VC Norwich in the 1990s, though he now lives in Manchester and rides for Will's Wheels CC.

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Young King's Lynn CC rider Nino Piccoli came fourth with 21:59, ahead of established stars Richard Bradley (22:01), Martin Pyne (22:22) and Mark Solley (22:34).

North Norfolk Wheeler Ray Turner topped the 72-rider veteran category with 23:05 at the age of 61.

Third veteran was Ged Coles (Wolsey Road Club) with 25:57 at the age of 70. This former King of the Mountains in the Tour of Britain is making a comeback after 40 years out of the sport.

Tom Blanchflower of Wisbech Wheelers, who recorded 29:31 at age 79, will in a few days be riding from London to Paris in just four days to raise money for the British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Joey Gough from Fleggburgh won the minor final - fifth overall - in the World Four-Cross Championship in Rotorua, New Zealand. Four-Cross is a cross between downhill mountain bike racing and BMX, and Gough just missed out on a place on the major final starting gate.

Dan Staite (Rapha Condor) won the Ely & District CC 10 in 21:30. Paul Ashby (Fat Birds CC) recorded 21:46, while team-mate and new Fenland resident Richard Hill (23:35) had an eye-opener of a ride on the by-no-means-flat Ely to Sutton course, which rolls across several islands of clay amidst the fens.

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