King’s Lynn rider eases to VC Baracchi time trial success with fine display
PUBLISHED: 05:55 21 August 2019
King’s Lynn rider Ben Stancombe and Somerleyton veteran Jenny Anderson were the winners in the VC Baracchi 50 mile time trial along the Waveney Valley.
Both had comfortable winning margins - Anderson (2:19:18) having a six-minute advantage over Beccles triathlete Michelle Sayer.
Stancombe's time was 1-46:03 and his nearest challenger was VC Baracchi's own Lucas He - currently riding in Cambridge University colours - who came home in 1-51 17, just a minute quicker than John Bradbury (CC Sudbury). Jenny Anderson's fine ride was also the best by a veteran on age-standard, but the one-rider-one-prize rule moved that on to CC Breckland's Chris Nudds (2-05:16, plus 26:32)
The Baracchi event was a little breezy, but the event fortunately slotted neatly into a gap between showers.
The previous afternoon Stancombe had clocked 47mph, so strong was the tailwind during part of the Cambridge CC 15 on the so far largely hedge-less Cambridge - Caxton Gibbett new road. After the headwind return leg, Stancombe (VeloVelocity) still had an average speed of 31mph and a time of 28:53 for sixth spot.
In the accompanying tandem event Lowestoft pair John Swanbury, 72, and Allistair Banks, 64, were just six seconds off a national age record with their time of 34:14.
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The MSG mountain bike series resumed after a break with racing at the Radical Bikes Community Interest Company's course near Ingatestone in Essex.
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