Will proves that he was geared up for the challenge
Strong winds failed to divert Will Bamber from winning the Norwich Amateur Bicycle Club's ten miler, even though he was on a high single fixed gear which might seem unsuitable for the conditions.
As it turned out the wind blew across the road to help riders on the outward leg of the Redenhall to Bungay and back course in the Waveney Valley and on the return hedges and trees spared them the worst of the headwind. Bamber, from Denton, near Bungay turned his 98 inch gear to a winning 21:11, just three seconds faster than in-form Stowmarket man Gavin Moore, with another rider-on-a-roll, King's Lynn CC's Daniel Bloy, third in 21:23.
Best Veteran on standard was Ged Coles (Wolsey RC) whose 24:46 beat the standard for his 75 years by 8 minutes 48 seconds.
Coles will have a special interest in Saturday's Tour of Britain stage in Norfolk – he was overall King of the Mountains in the great race in 1962. Second veteran in the NABC 10 was Norwich rider Alan Hale – his 23:43 beat his standard for age 70 by 8:32.
Cameron Toms, 16, riding for Norwich School was the fastest local rider in the young riders' national championship '10' the GHS, named in memory of George Herbert Stancer. The wind whistled across the course, 400 feet up on the Leicestershire Wolds at Six Hills, and some sharp corners put a premium on bike-handling skills. Toms's time was 23:40, 11 seconds faster than Declan Davis (CC Breckland) who was fastest 13-year-old by 56 seconds. Best of the Norfolk girls was Declan's 15-year-old sister Emily who finished in 29:03 while Isla Rush of the North Norfolk Wheelers, aged 12 and in her first year of racing on the road, overcame the conditions to put in a personal best ride of 29:23.
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In the opening event of the Eastern Cyclo-Cross League Phil Buick from Norwich club Iceni Velo won the veterans race from a 77 rider field at Writtle College near Chelmsford, while daughters Anna and Imogen were first and second in the womens' race.
Cyclists inspired by the excitement of the Tour of Britain in Norfolk can try their hand at races promoted by the Great Yarmouth CC at County Hall, Norwich on Sundays September 25 and October 9. Organiser is Neil Turner (01493 308700).
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Local riders in the GHS Championship 10: 36 C Toms (Norwich School) 23:40, 38 D Davis (CC Breckland) 23:51, 50 E Slater (Norwich School) 24:42, 77 W Everden (Norwich School) 26:21, 108 Emily Davis (CC Breckland) 29:03, 111 Isla Rush (North Norfolk Whs) 29:23. (Winner: Germain Burton (Team De Ver) 21:15)
Norwich ABC 10: 1 Will Bamber (Cult Racing) 21:11, 2 G Moore (Stowmarket & Dist) 21:14, 3 D Bloy (King's Lynn CC) 21:23, 4 D Murphy (Diss & Dist) 21:42, 5 P Jarvis (Colchester Rovers) 22:05, 6 S Daw (CC Sudbury) 22:11, 7 Neil Turner (Great Yarmouth CC) 22:12, 8 M Pyne (Anglia Velo) 22:16, 9 L Wright (North Norfolk Whs) 22:19, 10+ N Vaughan (VC Norwich) & G Frost (API) both 22:20.
Lady: Laura Gambling (CC Breckland) 24:32.