Dupen wins veteran second prize on dual carriageway course

A warm evening on the A11 near Morley for the East Anglian CC 10-mile time trial last Thursday gave Velo Club Baracchi riders a great opportunity to ride fast times.

There was some wind but it was not strong and in place the road was sheltered.

John Dupen zooming along in the event

There were 65 finishers and John Dupen was 23rd equal on 22:01, a time also achieved by his son-in-law Simon Scott of Anglia Velo and Simon’s new club-mate from Lowestoft, Robert Gooch.  Dupen won second prize in the “Vets on Standard 56-65” category.

George Kerridge, seen from a bridge over the course

George Kerridge rode a competent 22:42, John Swanbury rode a season’s best 24:00 and John Thompson’s 27:17 was sound.

John Thompson on the course

Nicki Hawkes, riding for Team VeloVelocity rode a personal best 23:38 and won the ladies’ first prize.

Nicki Hawkes is VCB secretary and rides first claim for Team VeloVelocity

Jim Burgess of Anglia Velo won in 20:06 from James Trenchard (Godric CC) with 22:25 and Dave Green of RAF CA Honington with 20:38.

VC Baracchi promoted a 50-mile open time trial up and down the A143 twice in between the Needham roundabout and Stockton on Sunday.  It was won by Andrew Leggett of Stowmarket & District CC in 1-55:22 from John Swindells of Iceni Velo (1-57:15) and Angus Jardine of Ipswich BC (1-57:37).

Nicki Hawkes, a small figure on the dual carriageways

The weather for the event was very suitable, with little breeze and when it did spring up it helped on the last of four legs, from Stockton to Redenhall.  New chippings slowed a section of the course. VCB rider John Swanbury recorded 2-17:26.

Against the odds a new ladies’ course record of 2:09:26 was set by Chelmsford rider Mary Bower of gbcycles.co.uk. It had been 2-09:43, held since 2011 by Laura Gambling of CC Breckland.

Richard Allen organised the event with welcome help on the day from other members and friends of the club.

On the previous Tuesday in the Godric club 25 VCB rider George Kerridge was the fastest of six on the new road stone with a very strong 1-01:48

Paul Dennington, John Dupen, Swanbury and Mark Womack chose to ride the Diss 10 from Billingford to dodge the new surface and Dennington’s efforts were rewarded by third place in 22:53, closely followed by Dupen in 23:18.  Womack achieved 25:52 and it was probably the first time that he, rather than his father Chris, had beaten Swanbury, who was one place behind him at 16th out of the 30 riders with 26:01.

Tom Fitzpatrick of Terra Pro Cycling won in 22:11 from Richard Dunnett of Team CNN (22:29) and Dennington.