Champ Eman grabs Godric event victory
Fergus MuirJames Eman was the winner of the Godric Cycling Club 50 just eight seconds ahead of Thetford resident Dave Green (RAF CC). Eman, who rides for the Anglia Velo team, finished in 1:48:10.Fergus Muir
James Eman was the winner of the Godric Cycling Club 50 just eight seconds ahead of Thetford resident Dave Green (RAF CC).
Eman, who rides for the Anglia Velo team, finished in 1:48:10. He also put in the best performance on handicap and takes the East District 50 mile championship which was incorporated in the event.
The conditions on the dual carriageway course south of Wymondham were warm and sunny, but the general view was that the wind was moving about and not helpful. Course records were not approached - Laura Gambling retained her women's championship, but at 2:6:46 was four minutes slower than her record ride last year.
Some local riders opted to take part in the Eastern Counties CA 100 mile event just across the Cycling Time Trials District boundary. Conditions on the Newmarket bypass course were good at first, but the temperature - 27 degrees by 9.30 am - and increasing wind made the last southbound legs back to Fourwentways and Hinxton tough.
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On the Lotus circuit, Liam Gentry (VC Baracchi) won the main race - a handicap. He took a sprint win from Martin Hunter (Colchester Rovers) and Dan Zagni (Ipswich BC). Highly placed local riders included Chris Guy (EST/City College, fifth) Mike Auger (VC Norwich sixth) Mark Westrup (VC Baracchi, seventh) and Chris Bartlett (VC Norwich, eighth).
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Readers can follow progress on www.cadencecycleracing.co.uk or on the Twitter page VCNorwichRAS.
A VC Norwich team won the Streetlife Cycles vouchers on offer to the winners of a Watt Bike team pursuit at The Forum, Norwich, in connection with the visit to Norfolk of the Tour of Britain on September 16. The North Norfolk Wheelers were the early leaders, but a fast stint from Simon Asher put VC Norwich on top at the finish.