Verity’s organisational skills extend to setting a new best in time trial

Martin Smith wins the 73-miler while VC Norwich rider Dale Johnson, left, gets fourth. Picture: Ferg

Martin Smith wins the 73-miler while VC Norwich rider Dale Johnson, left, gets fourth. Picture: Fergus Muir - Credit: Archant

Course records fell in the Debenham-based Hilly 20 time trial organised by the Stowmarket & District CC where organiser Verity Smith herself set a new women's mark of 50:51.

Top Norfolk finisherat the Debenham time trial, John Swindells from North Walsham. Picture: Fergus M

Top Norfolk finisherat the Debenham time trial, John Swindells from North Walsham. Picture: Fergus Muir - Credit: Archant

Men's winner Ollie Jones (Team OnForm, 42:39) put over three minutes between himself and nearest rival Leon West (CC Sudbury, 45:40).

Jones, 18, is making full use of a gap year and was sporting a training camp tan on a bright spring afternoon on the rural circuit course in north Suffolk, where crosswinds predominated.

Top Norfolk finisher was John Swindells (Iceni Velo, 46:57) who fitted new lower gears to cope with sharp climbs on the A1120, but had to concede the Vets 40-49 prize to Andy Proffitt (Ipswich BC), third overall with 46:04.

Velo Club Baracchi rider Chris Womack won the 70-75 age group category with a time of 53:14.


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With few hills and light winds the Chelmer CC road race fields largely stayed intact. In the 73-mile Eastern League event, sprinter Dale Johnson (VC Norwich) seized fourth place in a tight finish behind winner Martin Smith (London Phoenix).

Ben Beynon was top Strada finisher in 14th place, just ahead of Charlie Wright (VC Norwich) while the VC Baracchi challenge was blunted when Mark Richards was a crash victim – though he was there, sporting bandages, to watch the finish.

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The 43-mile Challenge race for newcomers was driven along fast by, among others, time trialling twins Peter and David Harding and Thetford rider Lee Woodcock, better known as an MTB rider.

The race was heading for a bunch sprint when, passing a stationary car with just over a mile go, there was a touch of wheels and a crash.

Those in front were away – the win going to Ryan Allen (Nottingham University) from Peter Harding (Chelmer CC) with Woodcock ninth.

In the first round of the national series MTB races Newmarket rider Jason Bouttell just missed out to Phil Pearce in the top men's race. Norwich man Jimmy Piper was third in the Vets 50-59s and Nigel Herrod fifth in the 60 plus.

Son Seb Herrod carried Strada Sport colours to eighth in Expert Men while Mel Paddington from Thetford was fourth in the Women's 40-49.

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