Dennington dominates VC Baracchi times in CC Breckland TT with a PB


Dennington after his ride

Paul Dennington of Velo Club Baracchi was not only the club’s fastest rider in the CC Breckland open 10-mile time trial on New Year’s Day, but he also achieved a stunning personal best.

Dennington’s time was 23:37, so much better than his previous best, 24:26, which he achieved in 2012.  Last year he lost nearly all his season because of a broken collarbone and ended it with a 24:55 ride.

It was not the right sort of day for personal bests so his achievement was all the more remarkable.  It was expected that Kerridge would run him close but it turned out there was a comfortable margin.

When work shift patterns have permitted, Dennington has been building his fitness by riding with the Wrinklies on Tuesdays or Fridays and also riding VCB club runs for harder training on Sundays.

The full VCB results were Dennington 23:37, George Kerridge 24:30, Chris Womack 25:04, John Dupen 25:24, John Swanbury 26:24 and Steve Summons 26:35.

Summons on the return leg

Womack’s first ride after his 67th birthday was impressive in the veteran category.  He was second “on standard” with +3:28 (i.e. he beat his age-related standard time by that margin), slotted in between Chris Nudds of CC Breckland (+3:58) and Peter Baumber of Cambridge CC (+3:05).

Kerridge caught in the rain

The wind on the A11 south of Wymondham was blustery, strong and rising, mostly from the side, with some sheltered stretches but also some exposed places, such as the bridge over the railway.  The later riders, who included Summons, Kerridge and Dupen, had to contend with the first of the rain.

John Dupen, the last man on the road and getting wetter

Thirty riders presented themselves at the start line, of the 40 who had entered.  The winner was Stuart Pryce of Strada Sport in 22:27. Second was Neil Hornett of Eagle Road Club with 22:37 and Paul Jay of CC Velopro took third with 22:54.

Strada Sport's Stuart Pryce won

John Thompson has organised some VCB reliability trials on Sunday January 12 with the start and finish at Oulton Community Centre, Gorleston Road.  For a 4-hour ride the start is at 8.30am, for 3.5 hours at 9am and 3 hours at 9.30am.