Wind in King’s Lynn two-up “25” fails to blow cyclists off course

Kelly Davies, of Iceni Velo, on an open stretch of the Wensum Valley Green Lanes route.

Kelly Davies, of Iceni Velo, on an open stretch of the Wensum Valley Green Lanes route. - Credit: Archant

The wind cutting across the Stoke Ferry bypass made the King's Lynn two-up '25' a tough proposition – the outward leg being especially hard.

The winning time from VeloVelocity pair David Staff and Geoff Frost was 59:03 compared to last year when the same two riders recorded 56:47 – and that was for second spot.

Nearest challengers this year were the Wisbech Wheelers team of Mike McInerney and Matthew Webber in 59:47, the only other time under an hour.

Rival attraction for time-trialists was the Lea Valley CC's '25' on the Newmarket by-pass where several personal bests had been achieved in the 2012 event. This year it was wet and windy – mostly a crosswind – and cannot have been much fun, but times were still fast, if not quite up to last year's.

Daniel Bloy (King's Lynn CC) finished in 51:56 (his 2012 time was 51:35) for fifth place behind winner Michael Hutchinson (47:27). Thetford-based RAF rider and coach Dave Green put in 53:26, Scott Davidson from North Walsham 54:47 and Ken Roesner (Wisbech Whs) 56:59. Norwich super-veteran Chris Nudds recorded 57:03 (last year 56:23) and Norwich ABC rider David Moore 58:10.

• The Wensum Valley Green Lanes fun ride attracted 68 riders who selected from a choice of routes based at Lyng, the shortest being seven miles and the longest 30 miles.

Iceni Velo members had done some good work cutting and raking hawthorn and brambles to clear the routes along little-known green lanes around Hoe, Swanton Morley, Elsing, and Whitwell.

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James Moss (Sigma Sport) attacked and was soon joined by team-mate Joe Perrett. It was then a scramble to join them, with no one quite succeeding.

Moss won from Perrett. Jason White (Unattached) outsprinted another Sigma Sport member, Peter Hawkins, for third place. Only local rider in the top 10 was Tom Fitzpatrick from Kenninghall, who was ninth. Fitzpatrick rides for the Kingsnorth International Wheelers and now heads abroad for a summer of racing.

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King's Lynn CC 2-Up Team Time Trial, Fincham: 1 Geoff Frost/David Staff (VeloVelocity) 59:03, 2 M McInerney/M Webber (Wisbech Whs) 59:47, 3 J Nixon/B Keeley (King's Lynn CC) 1:02:41, 4 A Whiting/S Emett (Wisbech Whs) 1:06:41, 5 J Mcrann/M Schrooder (KLCC) 1:06:47, 6 S Bristow/S Hardy (KLCC) 1:07:05.