Womack opens his account with a great ride

Chris Womack sets off (photo: Harvey Hall)


 Chris Womack of Velo Club Baracchi was the club’s star rider in the CC Breckland 10-mile open time trial on the B1108 to the west of Hingham on Saturday.

Dupen gets up to speed (photo: Harvey Hall)

A close contest between Womack and club-mate John Dupen it was Womack who came out on top, with Dupen declaring that he had set off too hard for the first three miles.

Womack achieved 25:50, with Dupen 24 seconds slower in 26:14 and the club’s third rider, John Swanbury, somewhat further adrift in 27:21. 

Swanbury starts off (photo: Harvey Hall)

It was quite a cold day, though the sun appeared during the event.  The first leg of the ride was the harder of the two, as the light wind was against. 

Womack at speed (photo: Steve Rush)

Knowing what to wear was possibly the hardest part, with the riders in a wide variety of kit ranging from summer shorts and jerseys to lots of layers including winter tights and big gloves. 

John Dupen on the return leg (photo: Steve Rush)

The two fastest riders on previous form on the start sheet duly finished in the expected order, with Mark Arnold of Team Pedal Revolution first in 21:50 and Daniel Bloy of King’s Lynn CC second in 22.04.  Jason Kierman of Wisbech Wheelers was an unexpected third in 22:53. 

Swanbury on the return (photo: Steve Rush)

The winner of the veteran prize was Chris Nudds of CC Breckland who managed to beat his age standard time (under the new standards introduced last year) by three minutes and thirty seconds. 

Hayley Simmonds of GBCycles.co.uk was the fastest lady with 25:01 and Declan Davis of CC Breckland was the fastest junior with 24:25.  King’s Lynn CC won the team prize.

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Mike Rainton of VCB rode the “The Norfolk Mardle” 100km Audax ride from Hellesdon organised by Norfolk CTC, in which local riders Denis Glasscock and Hugh Gatenby also rode well. 

John Thompson rode the longer version, “The Old Squit” 200km ride, which worked out at 207.3km – 128.8 miles.  He just managed to beat his target time of 12 hours by seven minutes. 

He particularly enjoyed the ride from the Sandringham visitor centre through north Norfolk to Blakeney to follow the coast road for a few miles to Salthouse for the next stamping control and feed station. 

His account of the ride mentioned many of the picturesque towns of Norfolk between Norwichand the coast and he summed up his ride by saying, “Overall it was a relatively easy ride.  It was a headwind start to Sandringham but it was not bad at all.  After that what wind there was, was mostly helpful.” 

“It was quite tough on the coast road stretch from Mundesley to Sea Palling, around the 90 to 100 mile point, which was a side headwind causing me to decide that a short stop to eat an energy bar would be wise.”