Winter wonderland for Buick family

Norfolk riders achieved their best cyclo-cross results of the season in the Broome Heath Scramble.

The Wymondham family Buick scored three wins — dad Phil in the veterans and daughters Anna in the women and Imogen in the youth girls.

Norwich rider Josh Hannan won the juniors, Zak Coleman (Great Yarmouth CC) the under-12s, with Sophie Holmes from Diss second overall and first girl, while Cameron Toms from Swainsthorpe was a close second in the youths.

The snow-covered former sand and gravel pit near Bungay provided a varied and exciting course, with some interesting challenges.

For instance, on the biggest reverse camber curve veterans' winner Phil Buick exploited a very wide line, getting his wheels in a banked 'berm' on the outside, while most other riders elected to hug the inside.

Alan Trolove of West Suffolk Wheelers scored his seventh league win of the season in the youth race, but was challenged all the way by cyclo-cross novice Cameron Toms, riding a mountain bike adapted for 'cross with narrow tyres.

Imogen Buick carried her Christmas tinsel-adorned kit to the top girls' spot.

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The Under-12s' course was understandably relatively straightforward, though some nice judgement was needed on icy corners.

Zak Coleman had Tomas Gould (Ipswich BC) close in his wake on the first lap but soon moved clear. Sophie Holmes made steady progress and overtook Gould to secure second overall.

In the senior race for the Joe Waller Memorial Trophy, three riders immediately established a lead — Andy Nichols (Cambridge University CC), Nathan Miller (XRT/Elmy Cycles) and David Nichols (Van Eyck Sport).

David Nichols fell, bending his gear mechanism. Miller and Andy Nichols battled on until Miller emerged alone from the last narrow section through bushes and took the flag. Nichols finished a few seconds later and immediately protested.

After consulting witnesses the commissaire applied a time penalty for 'unsafe riding' to Miller and Nichols was declared the winner, with Miller placed second. Miller stated his intention to appeal.

Shaun Aldous (Extreme Sports Therapy) was third.

Absent from Bungay was Hugo Robinson who was racing in considerably deeper snow in the cyclo-cross heartland of Belgium.

He took eighth place in the Scheldecross junior race, just north of Antwerp on Saturday and 46th (out of 86 juniors) at Kalmhout next day on a course with lots of steps and long stretches of single track, which made it difficult to make up places from the lowly place on the starting grid, inevitable for little-known foreign riders.

• Christmas fun time trials in the county follow the traditional pattern, with the East Anglian CC 15 kilometre event starting just north of Horsford at 10.30am on Christmas Day, weather permitting of course.

The CC Breckland's Boxing Day 10-miler has a prize for the best fancy dress and is based at Scoulton Village Hall, near Watton. Start time 11am.