Kate Chrchill doing her bit for the sport

Saturday’s rain caused cancellation of the CC Breckland 30-mile time trial on the A11, so VC Baracchi cyclists entered in it did not have any results to report.

Kate Churchill of VCB was, however, busy for nine days recently in an event that the weather could not stop.

She said, “I’ve just finished chaperoning on the Deloitte ‘Ride Across Britain’ Land’s End to John O’Groats charity ride.”

It’s a ride of 969 miles in 9 days and 800 riders took part, some of whom aren’t really usual bike riders.

She spoke of, “An unbelievable amount of courage shown by many of the weaker riders who finished despite poor conditions this year. Lots of rain and head winds in Scotland.”

Mike Rainton of VCB has devised an informal local event to remember Frank Edwards, a Lowestoft cyclist who hailed from Norwich but later settled in the town and had a bicycle shop in St Peters Street for some years before his retirement.

The ride is on Sunday September 24 from Carlton Colville church at 8.30am at St Peter’s Church in Carlton Colville and local cyclists will be very welcome.  Expect about 50 miles, more or less.

Rainton said, “Frank was a true legend from the Brighton to Newcastle Race in 1953, which he won.  He also represented England in the 1953 Tour of Britain.”

This Saturday VCB is staging a 10-mile open time trial from Earsham, organised by Mark Richards.  Though he now rides for DAP CC he retains VCB membership and is vice-chairman of the club.

Seventy-three riders are entered and also two tandem teams in the tandem event.  Further helpers may be needed.

The further local open event on Sunday and another next weekend’s will wind up the time trial season for another year.

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