Winner refuses to play fall guy at Henham Park

Norwich rider Jodie Cole (9Bar/Paleo Racing) winner of Sport Female category at Henham Park. Picture

Norwich rider Jodie Cole (9Bar/Paleo Racing) winner of Sport Female category at Henham Park. Picture: Fergus Muir - Credit: Archant

A sun-drenched Henham Park proved a popular new mountain bike racing venue when the second round of the Mud, Sweat & Gears series was held in the landscaped park near Southwold.

Sheltered from the strong wind by great belts of mature trees, the course followed two sides of a valley with steep climbs and descents through the trees. New tracks were naturally fairly loose - and indeed dusty at times, but with few clear racing lines there was more room for overtaking.

That didn't stop the main drama in the Elite Men's race when leader Jason Bouttell was brought down while overtaking a back-marker, letting Richard Jones (Renvale) into the lead. However, he hit the front again to win by 14 seconds. A fall also complicated the way to victory for Elite Women's winner Laura Sampson (Sussed Out). There were Norfolk winners in Sport Women (Jodie Cole) and - slightly faster - in Vet Women - by Anita Buxton.

Jake Norton (Sherwood Pines) won the 13-14 year-olds, with a long battle for second between Josh Murad (EHF) and Josun Cole (Iceni) being resolved in favour of Cole.

Twenty-one year old Andrew Bean towed Pedal Revolution team-mate Mark Farrow to a clear win in the King's Lynn CC two-up 25 at Fincham. The pair finished in 59:51, nearly three minutes in hand over second-placed Norwich riders Phil Hargreaves and Ian Chatten. Fastest of all was solo winner Charlie Nurse (North Norfolk Whs, 58:13)

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Norwich roadman Tommy Power (Strada Sport) has been side-lined by injury from early season races but returned in style by winning the Fleche Welwyn race by 12 seconds from Paul Fielding (St Ives CC) with the rest of the field more than two minutes adrift.

Strada Sport Juniors continued to make their mark on the national scene with Lewis Stevens finishing seventh overall in the Tour of the Mendips two-day with teammate Chris Jackson 13th out of 69 finishers in a top-class field.

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