Entries by John

VCB members get out in Wrinklies ride in thaw

Cycling has been hit by the snowy weather and the time trial that VC Baracchi members had entered has been postponed. This week it has been possible to get out again and two different rides by members of the informal friendship group known as the Wrinklies, comprising VCB members and others, were able to enjoy […]

Great club run; Hayward rode well in Ely Hardriders TT

Velo Club Baracchi riders enjoyed a club run of 50-odd miles on Sunday and the weather was perfect for it. Last Sunday week, Paul Hayward of Velo Club Baracchi was half-way down the finishing order with a plucky ride in the Ely & District CC Hardriders 25-mile time trial. The weather was dry and bright […]

VCB club run to Framlingham

Nine riders took part in the VC Baracchi club run from the Cotmer Road roundabout to Framlingham on Sunday January 28, which came to around 70 miles. Starting at the usual 8.30am time they rode out into the south-westerly wind through Stoven and Redisham to Rumburgh and through the Saints to Metfield, Fressingfield, Dennington and […]

VCB Reliability rides go well

Velo Club Baracchi’s 50-mile reliability rides were well supported by riders from other clubs including Rock Estate, Dap CC, Gt Yarmouth CC as well as the home club. The weather was kind, the roads quite dry and the rides were a success. One rider from Godric CC set off to ride the 4-hour version, with […]

Rides on the ice-free roads

Temperatures above freezing have been welcomed by local cyclists as the roads have been free from ice, though with some cold winds. Velo Club Baracchi’s 8.30am club run on Sunday from the Colville Road roundabout attracted four riders, who set off to the north for an anti-clockwise circuit that included St Olaves, Loddon and Bungay, […]

Swanbury beats Womack by just one second in New Year TT

Two Velo Club Baracchi riders took part in CC Breckland’s New Year’s Day open time trial and very nearly both recorded the same time. In the 10-mile event on the A11 near Morley, VCB veterans John Swanbury and Chris Womack enjoyed a personal duel and just for once Swanbury came out on top by just […]

Good weather tempts the VCB riders out

Some good weather days have allowed local cyclists to get out into the country for leisure and training. Velo Club Baracchi riders Chris Womack and Paul Dennington went on Christmas Eve for a spin by the usual club run route down to Halesworth, through Wissett to Rumburgh, then Homersfield, Flixton and the Earsham Street Bungay […]

Frosts limit riding but the Wrinklies get out

Variable weather with some hard frosts early in the morning have disrupted regular winter cycling, though Velo Club Baracchi riders have taken some of the limited opportunities. Every time the informal group called the Wrinklies sets out there will be at least a few VCB riders among them, which as was the case last Friday […]

Dick Turpin gets in on the act in Thompson’s audax riding

John Thompson of Velo Club Baracchi, who decided this year to give up time trials, is continuing his regular interest in audax cycling. Audax UK oversees the running of long-distance cycling events in the UK and maintains records of the events, which Thompson travels to in the Eastern Counties whenever he can. Last Saturday he […]

Kate Churchill rides JT’s Waveney Wander audax

Velo Club Baracchi member John Thompson organised the “Waveney Wander” 104km (65 miles) audax ride from Carlton Colville Community Centre. He said there were 42 entries, of whom 33 started and there were seven non-finishers due to such problems as excessive punctures and other mechanical problems. The route was to Earsham Street, Loddon and Heckingham, […]

Lucas He is VC Baracchi’s Rider of the Year

Lucas He, Velo Club Baracchi’s exceptional junior rider, was given the club’s Rider of the Year award at the club’s annual presentation evening in a ballot of members. This award was presented by the club chairman Brian Boxall, who had given members six nominations for the award. The guests of honour were Pete and Pam […]

VCB Annual General Meeting report

Velo Club Baracchi members are looking forward to their prize presentation evening this Saturday but in the meantime club chairman Brian Boxall has given them fulsome praise. Speaking at the annual meeting he complimented the racing members on good performances and also spoke of the twelve new time trial records amassed in the year by […]

Wink freewheels and Lucas He conquers VCB hill climb

Velo Club Baracchi riders enjoyed their usual two hill events on Sunday.  One was a freewheeling competition from a standing start for the downhill experts and the other was a conventional hill climb. It was Keith Wink who took the VCB freewheeling trophy win on Jays Hill in Sotterley, when he set off from a […]

Gentry takes Keith Stephens Duathlon win

Velo Club Baracchi staged a low-key duathlon for members and friends to remember former club treasurer Keith Stephens, who died in a cycling accident in 2002. There were five competitors for the memorial trophy and interest centred on a tussle between Liam Gentry, whose cycling is stronger than his running and Carl Prewer, whose abilities […]

VCB riders outnumbered in Holmes Cup reliability trial

Velo Club Baracchi riders were seriously outnumbered in the 50-mile close of season reliability trial from Blundeston. It was the last event in the Holmes Cup series that also includes time trials and six VCB riders were there. Before this reliability trial the Lowestoft club was in the lead by nine points but this lead […]

John Thompson, the audax enthusiast

Velo Club Baracchi ride John Thompson, whose enthusiasm is for audax events rather than time trials, rode the “Richard Ellis Memorial” 200-km audax on Saturday. Usually referred to as Audax UK, the association for these in the UK, was established in 1976.  It oversees the running of long-distance cycling events, using a system of timed […]

New tandem team takes club record and Alex He rides PB

Two performances stand out from the last local time-trial weekend of the season, a record-equalling tandem time by a new VC Baracchi team and a personal best for solo rider Alex He. Riding their first ever competitive event together in the Norwich Amateur Bicycle Club’s 10-mile tandem section in sunny weather on Saturday, Paul Dennington […]

Richards wins VCB 10-mile time trial that he organised

A hugely successful open 10-mile time trial organised for Velo Club Baracchi by its vice-chairman and second-claim member Mark Richards featured a win by him in 20:47. Richards was riding for DAP CC.  The results of VCB first claim members were headed by junior Lucas He, sixth in 21:31. Other VCB times were Mark Saunders, […]

Kate Chrchill doing her bit for the sport

Saturday’s rain caused cancellation of the CC Breckland 30-mile time trial on the A11, so VC Baracchi cyclists entered in it did not have any results to report. Kate Churchill of VCB was, however, busy for nine days recently in an event that the weather could not stop. She said, “I’ve just finished chaperoning on […]

Lucas He 7th and 2nd in successive open events

Velo Club Baracchi junior rider Lucas He added to his excellent results with seventh place in the Norwich ABC open 10-mile time trial and the second-fastest ride in the following day’s Plomesgate CC open 10. VCB times in the NABC event were Lucas He 21:11, Paul Hayward 21:58, and Alex He 24:51. Harley Matthews of […]