Entries by John

First leisure ride and JT rides audax

The inaugural Velo Club Baracchi Saturday leisure ride attracted three guest riders despite the cold weather and was counted a success. Four club riders accompanied them on a ride from Tandem-Steve’s Cycles in the High Street to Blundeston, Lound, Ashby and Somerleyton. Warmer weather is expected to increase the interest in this weekly event.  Details […]

Looking forward to the Leisure rides

Velo Club Baracchi, Lowestoft’s cycling club, is promoting Saturday leisure rides in association with Tandem-Steve’s Cycles. The first of these rides, described as a perfect introduction to group and club cycling, is scheduled for this Saturday, February 2, from the cycle shop at 141-142 High Street, Lowestoft. Riders are to meet at the Tandem-Steve’s by […]

VCB 100km reliability ride was a success

Velo Club Baracchi ‘s 100km reliability rides from Oulton Community centre on Sunday went ahead despite the frosty conditions and were successfully completed by a select band. It was an extremely cold start, with temperatures below freezing in some places before the sun managed to raise them a few degrees. Fourteen riders started and as […]

Start of Saturday leisure rides

Velo Club Baracchi ‘s 100km reliability rides from Oulton Community centre will take place this Sunday. Start times are 4.5 hours 8.30am, 4 hours 9am and 3.5 hours 9.30am.  Cyclists from other clubs are welcome. VCB will shortly announce Saturday introductory rides to develop group riding for those who are less experienced in that.  Meanwhile […]

VCB Reliability – 50 miles

Velo Club Baracchi ‘s 50-mile reliability rides from Oulton Community centre went very well on Sunday, with 40 riders from a number of clubs. The 4-hour group attracted four from Rock Estate and three VCB members and they took less time than that to finish. The three-and-a-half-hour section comprised seven from VCB, thirteen from Gt […]

A great start to the New Year in CC Breckland time trial

Velo Club Baracchi riders made a great start to the year on New Year’s Day with five strong performances from first claim members in the CC Breckland open time trial. It was backed up by two podium performances in second and third places by second claim members riding for their first claim clubs. Lucas He, […]

New members for VC Baracchi are welcome

A number of new members are joining Velo Club Baracchi in time for the next season and more are welcome. Besides the website, contact can be made with the club through Tandem Steve’s Cycles in Lowestoft High Street. Last Sunday’s club run was popular.  The wonderful weather helped set the scene for a successful ride. […]

A dry day for the VC Baracchi club run

A dry day encouraged six riders to take part in Velo Club Baracchi’s Sunday club run and enjoy a round trip of just over 40 miles through St Olaves, Loddon and Bungay. Chris Womack, Paul Reed, Alex He, Paul Dennington, Lucas He and John Swanbury took part and five of them included a café stop […]

Thompson the audax enthusiast

The only Velo Club Baracchi known to have ridden a formal event at the weekend was John Thompson, who took part in “The Stansted Airport Express” 101 km Audax on Saturday. From its base at the Witham Wetherspoons the route took him to Great Leighs at 12km, Matching Green at 37km, Thremhall Park at 52km (next […]

VCB club run popular, while Banks and Swanbury attend VTTA EA lunch

The Velo Club Baracchi 8.30am club run on Sunday from the Cotmer Road roundabout attracted a promising number of riders for the first time in a while. It included one new club member and the club’s committee hopes to be able to build up the membership over the winter season and into the Spring, especially […]

Paul Dennington voted as Rider of the Year at VCB prize evening

At Velo Club Baracchi’s annual prizegiving Paul Dennington was voted by members as the club’s Rider of the Year. Dennington was club champion at 15, 30 and 50 miles, second in all but one of the veteran club championships and second in both the club and veteran best all-rounder competitions. For his other contributions to […]

A new club secretary for VCB at AGM

The cyclists of Velo Club Baracchi held their annual meeting on Monday and the club chairman Brian Boxall paid tribute to their efforts in another successful year in which records had been broken. A decision taken was to form an association between the club and Tandem-Steve’s Cycles of Lowestoft High Street, with a view to […]

Hayward and Reed tackle the GYCC hill climb

Velo Club Baracchi riders Paul Hayward and Paul Reed took part in the Gt Yarmouth CC hill climb at Bramerton Woods End on Sunday. They rode out together with Chris Womack in support and achieved 64.88 seconds and 70.64 seconds respectively. Fastest up the steep hill on the edge of the Yare Valley was Peter […]

Alex He fastest uphill and down

Alex He of Velo Club Baracchi was a deserving winner of Velo Club Baracchi’s two hill events despite a very light turnout. The forecast for Sunday had been bad and only improved very close to the day, so the few who rode out enjoyed a mostly dry day. In the freewheeling competition at Jays Hill […]

Gentry wins the Keith Stephens duathlon

Liam Gentry won a low-key duathlon staged near Carlton Colville on Sunday with a strong performance. Numbers were few but competition was intense. The informal event organised by Velo Club Baracchi annually since 2002 is a tribute to former club treasurer Keith Stephens, who was well known in running and cycling in Lowestoft and died […]

Reliability trial rounds off the Holmes Cup

Velo Club Baracchi riders took part in the last event of the Holmes Cup competition with Gt Yarmouth CC, a 50-mile reliability trial, but could do nothing to save the day. The annual competition comprises three time trials and the reliability trial (each with 21 points available) and the score carried forward from those three […]

Abandoned Vets’ 50 disappoints VCB riders (and everyone)

Chris Womack and John Swanbury of Velo Club Baracchi were disappointed when the 50-mile time trial they were riding on Saturday was abandoned during the event. The VTTA East Anglian group event near Newmarket was twinned with a British best all-rounder one, with a total of 100 riders but it all came to an early […]

Lucas He fifth overall and top junior in Dap CC 10

Riding in the inaugural DAP CC 10-mile open time trial organised by Mark Richards, VC Baracchi rider Lucas He was fifth-fastest and the top junior with 21:08. Other VCB riders had strong rides: Paul Hayward 22:47, Mark Saunders 23:11, Stuart Chase 24:22, Chris Womack 25:04, Paul Reed 25:08 and Richard Allen 29:13. The top ride […]

Only one VCB rider in the CC Breckland 30 and JT returns from his tour

The only Velo Club Baracchi rider taking part in time trials at the weekend was veteran John Swanbury, who achieved 1-18:35 in the CC Breckland 30-mile open time trial and district championship. Jenny Anderson, riding for Gt Yarmouth CC, rode a personal best 1-18:08 and her club-mate Jan Smith’s personal best 1-13:55 was also a […]

Lucas He takes second place in Norwich ABC open 10

Velo Club Baracchi rider Lucas He took second place in the Norwich ABC 10-mile time trial on the A143 and two other VCB riders in the top ten clinched the team prize. His time was 21:26 for second place behind Nick Partridge of Plomesgate CC who achieved 20:58. Paul Hayward, VCB’s vice chairman, continued a […]

Personal bests are the order of the day for VC Baracchi riders

Paul Dennington and Paul Hayward of Velo Club Baracchi both obtained personal bests in the CC Breckland 50-mile time trial on the A11 on Saturday. Dennington’s was the more impressive, as his 1-55:24 ride was not only the quicker of the two but he also cut 9:12 from his previous best. Hayward achieved 1-58:01, a […]