Hayward and Wright ride 2-up; Dap CC’s Richards and Matthews set course record

Velo Club Baracchi riders in Gt Yarmouth CC’s 25-mile open time trial on the local Somerleyton circuit included a two-up team, Paul Hayward and Paul Wright, who achieved 1-00:47.

The top rides of the day in that format were by Mark Richards and Harley Matthews of Dap CC with a course record of 52:39.

It was cold but with very little wind.  In the solo event VCB rider Mark Saunders came off on a corner but both he and his bike were alright.

The best VCB ride was by Alex He with 1-05:10 and others were Chris Womack 1-09:41 and Richard Allen 1-25:39.

Mark Arnold of VTTA (East Anglia Group) won the solos in 57:41 from John Bradbury of CC Sudbury 59:02 and local rider Lee Garrod of Sole Bay Cycle Sport 59:47.

The promoting club won the team prize (Jonny Hawes 1-01:57, Julian Claxton 1-02:25 and Johnathan Lincoln 1-03:01, combined time 3.07:23).

In Gt Yarmouth CC’s club 10 on Thursday won in 23:30 by Liam Gentry of Dap CC after his comeback from injury Mark Saunders of VCB took second place in 23:41 with Paul Hayward fourth in 24:45.  Paul Wright was in seventh place with 24:45.  Twenty-seven solos and one 3-up team rode.

John Swanbury of VCB rode the CC Breckland open 10-mile time trial on Thursday on the A11 road from Attleborough to Snetterton and back in a cold northerly and achieved 25:32.

The top four were Matthew Senter of Team VeloVelocity 19:52, Harley Matthews (Dap CC) 20:15, Mark Richards (Dap CC) 20:32 and M McClure (Wisbech Wheelers) 20:39.

Alex He recorded 24:09 and Swanbury’s time was 25:51 in last Tuesday’s Godric CC club 10 at Earsham. where Simon Boyle of Orwell Velo won in 22:18.

Reporting on the “Norfolk Special” audax rides he organised, John Thompson of VCB said, “19 of the 26 entrants for the 206km event started and all finished.  Only three entered the 161-km event but all finished.”

Thompson was pleased with how the rides from Lound Village hall went.  Kate Churchill of VCB and Ian Reid of the Wrinklies were in the fastest group of four in the longer ride, finishing in 8 hours 38 minutes.

Thompson said that comments from riders included, “You do have a knack of finding nice lanes.”

One rider travelled from Reading and another from Salisbury (he and his wife having a long weekend at a Kessingland camp site).  Thompson recounted, “When I thanked them for coming so far they both said it was worth it.”

Places on the routes included Belaugh, Coltishall, Wymondham and on the longer ride Coltishall Stiffkey and Briston.

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