Pearson sixth in the Gas Hill Gasp

Spectacle of the week was the Gas Hill Gasp, held as part of the Lord Mayor of Norwich’s celebration.  In front of a large gallery of spectators on a sunny Friday evening, Velo Club Baracchi’s hill climb specialist Mark Pearson came through eliminations to finish sixth.

King of the Hill was Ross Tricker (XRT Elmy Cycles), who ascended the gruelling ramp in 21.2 seconds.

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(Mark Pearson on left in black helmet).

Two former VCB riders rode with distinction in the Ipswich Cycle Race Series.  Liam Gentry (Strada Sport) won the inaugural Archant Suffolk Open Criterium Championship at Trinity Park, on Wednesday, his teammate Mark Westrup finishing in fifth place.

Gentry followed this up by winning the following day’s Great Yarmouth 10 in a quick 22:16.  VCB times: Steve Summons 26:17, Paul Dennington 26:27, Ali Banks 27:05, Jenny Anderson, 28:06.

At the East District Cycling Association 15 championship, John Thompson was pleased with his 41:46.  Winner was Daniel Bloy (King’s Lynn CC) in 30:57, beating defending champion Peter Balls (West Suffolk Wheelers) by one second.

VCB riders contested the Norwich ABC 10 on Saturday.  Mike Rainton proved able to contemplate a Land’s End to John O’Groats one week, and a short, maximal effort the next, recording 27:28.  Other VCB times: Mark Newnham, 25:13 and John Thompson 28:00.

Event winner was Paul Jay (Team Velo Velocity) in 21:53.

The following day’s 25 fell victim to the English summer.