Paul Dennington and Keith Wink of Velo Club Baracchi were the winners of annual Baracchi Trophy two-up competition staged last week within the Godric CC 25-mile club time trial.
It proved to be difficult to get teams together, partly because of the football but also because one of the club’s riders had (as someone always does) injured himself in the dad’s race at his child’s sports day.
However, Dennington and Wink were opposed by the older veteran team of John Swanbury and Ali Banks.
Dennington and Wink (a rider who had never attempted a 25-mile time trial before) rode together in 59:15, with Dennington on the front for the greater duration.
Swanbury and Banks achieved 1-04:33 and may perhaps be in with a shout for the handicap version of the trophy but the calculations are pending.
VCB solo riders taking part on the same night were Lucas He, the second-fastest of the night in 54:28, Alex He 1-05:16 and Paul Reed 1-08:23. Harley Matthews of Dap CC was fastest in 53:15.
Jan Smith of Gt Yarmouth CC was the fastest lady in 1-03:26.
Dennington put in a good ride in the hot and unexpectedly windy conditions on Saturday in the Norwich Amateur Bicycle Club’s open 10 based at Wortwell.
His 23:39 was the best VCB time, with Paul Hayward absent and Chris Womack off form in 26:02, while the VCB tandem team of Swanbury and Banks were second out of three tandem pairs in 23:51.
The fastest solo rider was Daniel Bloy in 20:35, ten seconds faster than Stuart Fairweather of Team VeloVelocity. Kay Burgess of King’s Lynn CC was fastest lady in 25:10. Gary Pamment and Stuart Fairweather of 3T-RACING won the tandem event in 21:16.
Dennington’s good week included a time of 23:37 for fourth-fastest in the Gt Yarmouth CC club 10 at Lound, won by Zak Coleman of Team Pedal Revolution in 21:12, with Brian Yates of Carrick CC second on 23:19. Richard Allen of VCB achieved 29:26.
Paul Hayward had a go on Friday night in the Gas Hill Gasp racing on the infamous hill of that name in Norwich and had a great time.
The club run on Sunday was well-attended and by all accounts was very fast, with average speeds just under 20mph.
John Thompson ploughed his own furrow, continuing some audax route planning and riding sixty-five miles. He including in his route Laxfield, and Stradbroke on the way out and then Weybread and Wortwell on his return journey, with a lunch stop at Homersfield Farmers Kitchen before the Saints and Ringsfield.
This Sunday the VC Baracchi Ringsfield Road Race takes place beginning at 9am, based at Ringsfield Village Hall and using a circuit to St Lawrence, Stone Street and back through Redisham (five laps).