Wind trouble cannot stop Balls victory

Fergus Muir'Horrendously difficult' was one description of conditions in the Wisbech Wheelers 25 mile time trial. The wind was the culprit - nothing much stands in its way on the Wisbech bypass course.Fergus Muir

'Horrendously difficult' was one description of conditions in the Wisbech Wheelers 25 mile time trial.

The wind was the culprit - nothing much stands in its way on the Wisbech bypass course.

Nevertheless Peter Balls' winning time of 54:03 was only 1:52 slower than his own course record, even though on Sunday he opted to use his training wheels, choosing to leave his disc wheel for a quieter day.

Mark Arnold (Pedal Revolution) was second in 54:18, Paul Ashby third in 55:19, while James Eman was fourth in 55:23 and led David Staff and Bobby De'ath to an Anglia Velo team win.

Ashby has now re-joined the Wisbech Wheelers, a club which is now often getting more than twenty riders on weekend social rides.

New King's Lynn CC members dominated the handicap award list with 37 year-old Lee Nowak (1:12:27) topping the list ahead of Kevin Graves (1:3:30) and Daniel Collins (1:3:51)

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Conditions were also bad for the Godric CC 10 on the Wortwell to Bungay and back course.

'The worst day we have had this year' said regular time trialist Chris Nudds of CC Breckland.

It was cold and wet as well as windy.

Nudds won the 60-69 veterans age group with his 23:49, though Colin Bunnett (King's Lynn CC, 24:21) did best of all the 'Vets', beating the standard for his age by 7:09.

Scratch winner was Richard O'Rourke (Flitch Chrono) in 20:33 ahead of Mark Arnold (21:11).

t The Lincoln Grand Prix is arguably the most important single-day race in Britain.

On Sunday Lowestoft roadman Joe Skipper took third place in the Under 23 classification, finishing 22nd overall in a small chasing group with some of the biggest names in British road sport including John Tanner and Ian Wilkinson.

t Mike Auger of VC Norwich was sixth-best Eastern Road Race League rider in top road race in the region at Woodham Walter, while in the lower-ranking Techniflow race at Huntingdon Tyler Denmead (Cambridge CC) own with Greg Simcock (Elmy Cycles) in third.

t The Lotus Cars Cycle Race League got under way with an evening of coaching and training races for young riders. Senior racing starts today.