Dupen wins age group prize; Dennington masters Somerleyton course


John Dupen (photo: Jack Payne)

John Dupen and Chris Womack of Velo Club Baracchi enjoyed fairly good rides in the Stowmarket and District CC open 10-mile time trial on the A14 road from Rougham to Woolpit and back.

Dupen won the V+50 group with his 23:12. Womack’s 24:35 was enough to beat Martin Pyne of Anglia Velo, who achieved 24:47.  VCB rider John Thompson, who made up a club trio, could be content with 28:14.

Womack’s time was originally posted up as a minute quicker, but he took the correction in his stride!

It was a dry day with light winds making it slightly better conditions on the return leg and the winner, David McGaw of Cambridge CC made the best of them with 20:29.

Second place went to Jack Sears of the home club (21:29) and third was Sean Taylor of RAF CC (22:19).

Godric CC’s club 10 at Earsham last week attracted 21 riders.  Dupen headed the VCB times with 23:26. 

From the Baracchi club Mark “Titch” Richards was the best of the rest with 23:43, followed by Steve Summons 24:59, John Swanbury 25:15 and Mark Womack 25:43. 

Titch Richards (photo: Jack Payne)

Richards is building up his experience and achieving excellent results for his first year of competition.

Mark Womack (photo: Jack Payne)

Martin Reeve of Rock Estate was, for a while, the first man on the road with 26:30 until caught and passed by Summons and Dupen, who set off as numbers 2 and 3 respectively.

Ian Robertson of Tri Anglia was the quickest with 21:52, beating Simon Boyle of Stowmarket and District CC into second place with 22:11 and the RAF’s Sean Taylor into third with 22:30.

Paul Dennington

Paul Dennington of VCB had a really excellent ride in the Gt Yarmouth CC Thursday evening 10 at Somerleyton, taking second place on this sporting course in 23:43 (25.299mph).

Richards was also on form with 24:15, followed by Summons 25:41 and Mark Womack 26:25.

The winner was Joe Skipper of Team Pedal Revolution Norwich Cycling Academy with 22:01 and another former VCB rider, Mark Westrup of Strada Sport took third in 24:00.  Twenty rode.

Thompson rode the Maldon & District CC 50-mile open time trial on a sporting course at Steeple, on a three-lap circuit through there and Bradwell-on-Sea.  The one hill, ridden three times, really slowed him down and some of the narrow bends added to the technical nature of the course.

Thompson said, “My 2-39:08 was okay for me on a course of that sort.  Indeed as it was only 3:48 slower than I did on the A11 last year, I’m encouraged!”

Colin Ward (Essex Roads CC) won in 1-52:16.