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John Thompson’s recent exploits

A couple of weekends ago our audax organiser John Thompson dedicated himself to his very thorough preparation, which has not been without mishaps. He wrote, “I registered my 2020 audaxes during last week and admit to letting out some expletives when I discovered I’ve inadvertently deleted the list of potential info questions for “The Silly […]

John Thompson organises another successful reliability trial

The “Waveney Wander” took place on Sunday, organised by John Thompson. Thompson said, “I was well pleased as 43 entries is the record so far, by a fair amount – 37 started, 36 finished. The route is broadly, Weybread, Brockdish, Woodton, Loddon, Heckingham, Beccles. No VCB riders but Colin Cole (4:49) and Anthony field (5:00) […]

Chairman’s Breakfast ride well attended

A great ride by VC Baracchi members on the morning after their presentation evening honoured the “Chairman’s Breakfast” tradition established some years ago. Originally the chairman led these but that task is now delegated to Paul Hayward as vice chairman and he duly led the ride. On the return the riders stopped at Posh Pigs […]

Pat Harbord wins Keith Stephens Memorial Duathlon

Pat Harbord won a low-key duathlon staged by Velo Club Baracchi near Carlton Colville on Sunday with a strong performance, though it was a close finish. Numbers were few but competition was intense. The informal event has been organised by the club annually since 2002 is a tribute to former club treasurer Keith Stephens, who […]

Gt Yarmouth CC pips VCB to win Holmes Cup inter-club series

On Sunday the annual Holmes Cup competition between Lowestoft’s Velo Club Baracchi and the Gt Yarmouth Cycling Club. A 50-mile reliability trial from the Blundeston Plough attracted support from both clubs but as usual the Norfolk club fielded the most riders and their numbers overwhelmed the VCB group. The annual competition comprises as series of […]

Hayward best VCB rider in last local open 10 of the year

Paul Hayward was the fastest of four Velo Club Baracchi riders took part in the last local time trial of the season on Saturday. The Norwich Amateur Bicycle Club’s 10-mile event on Saturday was the only weekend event to go ahead, as torrential rain then washed out the planned 25-mile NABC one on Sunday. As […]

Paul Hayward of Velo Club Baracchi rode two events in the weekend and in one of them notched up a lifetime personal best. In the Iceni Velo 10-mile event on the A11 road near Wymondham his 21:11 ride lopped 15 seconds off his best time. Chris Womack of VCB, VCB’s top older veteran, riding in […]

Partridge 4th in Plomesgate open 10 with a course best 20:58

Nick Partridge of Velo Club Baracchi took fourth place with a course best time of 20:58 on the 10-mile Wickham Market Bypass course in Plomesgate CC’s open event on Sunday. He said he was happy with this ride “as the Garmin died just off the line so I rode it just on feel.” Partridge was […]

Three VCB riders at Diss 25; Partridge rides course best at Diss 10

Three VC Baracchi members, one of them riding for his university club, Cambridge University CC and another for DAP CC took part in the Diss CC 25-mile open time trial. Alex He recorded a very satisfactory time of 1-06:08 for VCB on this rolling Bressingham course, which turns at the first Thetford roundabout. Lucas He, […]

Mark Saunders wins VCB 50-mile championship

Mark Saunders of Velo Club Baracchi won the club’s 50-mile championship in 1-59:31 during the VCB open time trial on the A143 on Sunday. The open winner was Ben Stancombe of Team VeloVelocity in 1-46:09 with VCB second-claim rider Lucas He (Cambridge University CC) second in 1-51:17, a personal best by some 15 minutes. John […]

Hayward top rider in Godric 10; Alex He ventures into tandem riding

Paul Hayward of Velo Club Baracchi rode the club’s fastest time in the Godric CC 10-mile time trial last week, with 22:43. Other VCB solo times were Paul Dennington 22:58, Stuart Supple 24:32 and junior rider Billy Girling 24:37. Alex He, who had not ridden a tandem before, rode as the stoker for John Swanbury […]

Hayward rides excellent 25-mile time

Paul Hayward of Velo Club Baracchi had a strong ride in the VC Norwich open 25 on the A11 from East Harling, recording 55:15. Local rider and VCB second-claim member Mark Richards riding for DAP CC secured third place with 49:53, behind Jonathan Wears of CES Sport (47:43) and Ben Stancombe of Team VeloVelocity (48:54). […]

Partridge new VCB 25-mile champion

Last Tuesday’s Godric CC club 25-mile time trial, VCB’s 25-mile championship also took place, won by Nick Partridge with an impressive 53:39.  Other VCB times were Mark Saunders 57:26, Paul Hayward 58:43, Paul Dennington 59:07, Stuart Supple 1-00:10, Paul Wright 1-00:30, Alex He 1-04:34, Mark Womack 1-10:29 and Francesca Dixon-Grant 1-13:47 (VCB’s new ladies’ champion). […]

Hayward rides well in VTTA 10

Paul Hayward of VC Baracchi rode in the VTTA 10-mile time trial from Wortwell and achieved 22:45.  Fastest was David Crisp of 3T-Racing in 21:14, though on veteran age criteria the top award went to Jackie Field of CC Ashwell whose 22:57 was six-and-a-half minutes faster than her age standard. The event seemed doomed when […]