Bark and Gambling take the top time trial prizes
Fergus MuirThe region's time trialists gathered at Carbrooke for the East District Cycling Association's prize presentation, where, in a crisply organised award ceremony choreographed by Mick Gambling, medals won in EDCA competitions were distributed.Fergus Muir
The region's time trialists gathered at Carbrooke for the East District Cycling Association's prize presentation, where, in a crisply organised award ceremony choreographed by Mick Gambling, medals won in EDCA competitions were distributed.
The 2009 men's best all-rounder is Lee Bark of the Stowmarket & District club who was also winner of district championships at 15, 25, 50 and 100 miles and at 12 hours.
He also topped the short-distance rankings and won several veteran's awards.
As he had ridden with his clubmates to Carbrooke from Suffolk, it was just as well that he had arranged transport home for his haul of trophies.
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Women's winner is Norwich rider Laura Gambling of CC Breckland, whose 53rd birthday was the day before the presentation and was also champion at 50 miles and 100 miles.
Adam Cross of CC Breckland was junior champion at 10 and 25 miles and juvenile best all-rounder, while John Adams (Stowmarket & District) won a string of veterans medals in the 60+ categories.
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Special this year were plaques presented to two riders who have competed right across the spectrum of time trial distances from 10 miles to 24 hours.
Ken Roesner of King's Lynn CC had an overall average speed of 23.2 mph - including his ride of 431.743 miles in 24 hours, and Steve Rush (Tri- Anglia and North Norfolk Whs), 21.1 mph including 348.232 miles in 24 hours.
t At the Eastern Cyclo-Cross League award presentation, 15-year-old Josh Hannan - on crutches after his MTB accident last week - received the Ron Hunt Memorial Trophy for the most improved under-18 rider.
He not only won the Eastern youth league but enthusiastically tackled National Trophy courses in his first season of 'cross racing.
Hannan's Norwich-based Extreme Sports Therapy team won the End-of-Season Team Championship which preceded the prizegiving at Danbury.
EST - linked to City College Norwich's sports therapy department - put three members into the top five places, although David Nichols, riding for a Chelmer Composite was first individual home.
EST's Shaun Aldous led for the first half-lap, before team mate Michael Raven hit the front.
However Nichols, roaring fit for the forthcoming Belgian road season, soon asserted his dominance and had 1:10 in hand at the finish.
t Riders in the Peddars Way Pedal crackled across icy puddles on a brilliant morning in Breckland, mud banished by below-freezing temperatures - at least until the later stages.
Several punctured, some up to three times; falls were quite common on the frozen tracks but luckily nothing more serious resulted than a few bruises and all seemed to enjoy it and appreciate the hot food at World Horse Welfare, Snetterton afterwards.
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