Breckland course brings best out of fast workers

Don SaundersCycling Club Breckland's 10 mile time trial for the slowest 60 riders entered, gave novices and the not so fast, a chance to experience one of the fastest courses in the country.Don Saunders

Cycling Club Breckland's 10 mile time trial for the slowest 60 riders entered, gave novices and the not so fast, a chance to experience one of the fastest courses in the country.

Unfortunately the weather was not kind, and riders had to battle against a stiff wind to the halfway point at the Browick interjunction before having a favourable tailwind for the return.

The fastest rider entered, Gary Rushmore (King's Lynn), off at the end of the field, duly recorded the fastest time of the evening with 21.59, closely followed by Steve Gorbutt (Diss & District) 22.07 and the 22.18 of Owen Bannister (Stowmarket & District)

In the veterans section Peter Baumber (Cambridge) just held off Chris Nudds (Breckland) with plusses of 7.56 and 7.32 with Adrian Perkins (Godric) making the most of his tricycle allowance to convert his actual time of 27.05 into a plus of 7.05.

The fastest woman, Laura Gambling (Breckland), did a true time trial starting - finishing alone and unaided from the No 1 spot.

Her time of 24.23 gave her 22nd place out of field of 75 and put her eleven places ahead of Gill Reynolds (Willesden), who recorded 25.24.

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There were only two juniors entered, both from CCBreckland, 16-year-old Adam Cross finished ninth with 23.25 while 12-year-old Declan Davis showed his recent rides were not a flash in the pan with a fine 24.57.

The team award was narrowly won by the North Norfolk Wheelers trio of Wright, Davison and Read who pipped the CC Breckland team of Nudds, Cross and Saunders by only half a minute.

t On the same day the Lotus Road Race League promoted a handicapped race over one hour plus three laps of the Hethel test track.

Forty-eight riders set off as the flag dropped on a cool and breezy evening and after some spirited attacking and sprinting it was Dan Zagni (Ipswich BC) who crossed the line first, followed by Martin Hunter (Colchester Rovers) and two riders from Lowestoft, Joe Skipper (Team Zappi) third and Liam Gentry (VCBaracchi) fourth.

The first junior was Josh Hannan (Extreme Sports Therapy) who excelled in the company of riders much older and with years of experience under their belts.

t The un-seasonal weather continued on Saturday, when the safety of competitors was put first and the Team Pedal Revolution 10 mile time trial at Bury St. Edmunds was cancelled due to heavy rain and unfavourable road conditions.

Good news for all those who were disappointed at missing a ride is that the event will be re-run in July.

Bad weather was not going to stop the Peterborough road races however and in the 'National B' event Neil Vaughan (VC Norwich) flew the flag for local clubs with a superb seventh place.

t Bank Holiday Monday saw the East District 10 mile Championships near Attleborough, the weather looked like it was once again going to dull the ambitions of the 110 riders entered but the cool temperature and strong breeze was deceptive as one rider after another posted fast times.

Nino Piccoli (Team Pedal Revolution) averaged over 30mph as he passed the timekeeper recording 19.54 for 10 miles. Not far behind and recording a personal best was team- mate Mark Arnold with 20.06 while James Eman (Anglia Velo) and Paul Ashby (Wisbech Wheelers) shared third place with times of 20.33.

David Staff (Anglia Velo) filled fourth place with 21.26 and with the 22.28 of Martin Pyne, who's gradually returning to the form of previous years, and the time of Eman, Anglia Velo took the team award once again.

The CC Breckland trio of Gambling, Cross and Davis set out to repeat their success in the Breckland four days earlier, Laura again took the women's award with 24.49 while Adam could be proud of his second place in the junior category behind James Clark (Nth Norfolk Wheelers) who recorded 23.14 while Declan took the juvenile award with 24.39.