Arnold wins by a huge margin

MARK “Pnut” Arnold (Team Pedal Revolution) becomes East District Circuit 25 Champion after winning the CC Breckland sporting 25 by a whacking margin of 2:59.

MARK “Pnut” Arnold (Team Pedal Revolution) becomes East District Circuit 25 Champion after winning the CC Breckland sporting 25 by a whacking margin of 2:59.

His time on what organiser Geoff Muller described as “a breezy morning in the Breckland countryside with grit, potholes and rabbits” was 55:41.

Next fastest were Duncan Murphy (Diss & District) 58:40 and Geoff Frost (API) 59:45. Angus Jardine (Ipswich Bicycle Club) who was attacked by a peacock in this event last year, came safely home to take fourth place in 1:00:07, while Emilie Fisher (Orbea/For Goodness Shakes) revised the ladies’ course record to 1:3:36.

The East Anglian CC evening “10” at Morley featured a headwind on the outward leg and a dying tailwind on the return. West Suffolk Wheeler Peter Balls was fastest – 20:17, with Anglia Velo pair James Eman (20:35) and Jim Burgess (20:39) in the next two places. Matt Cook (API) set out with the aim of beating the best ever time done by his grandfather, Mildenhall CC’s Jim Staines. He went far beyond that and improved over two minutes to take fourth place in 21:03. Cook now looks forward to two months living under canvas while racing in Holland.

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Tricyclists did well in the Veteran Time Trials Association 25 at Newmarket where 80 year-old Eric Marsh of PCA Ciclos Uno was the overall winner – his 1:6:25 ride on three wheels beat his age standard by a massive 30:02. The Essex rider’s time is a new national age record. Adrian Perkin revised his own Godric CC tricycle club record, set in 1965 when he was 22, from 1:5:50 to 1:3:28. However, the new record only stood until clubmate John Dupen, who started 91 minutes later, came in with !:3:17.

Riders were helped by being exposed to the tail/cross wind on the way out and partly sheltered from its effects on the return.

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Lee Calderon of the EST/City College team scored a surprise time trial win when he moved up from third place after one lap of the sporting Plomesgate CC 25 course near the Suffolk coast, to win in 57:32, ahead of James Eman (Anglia Velo, 57:49) and Andrew Leggett (Stowmarket & District, 57:51). Evert Wijnberg of the promoting club headed the veterans result – his 1:1:00 beat the standard for 60 year-olds by 15:37.

The second round of the Mud, Sweat and Gears summer series MTB races in Thetford Forest was held on a relatively short four-mile course just north of Brandon and featured fast racing on a dry surface. After three of the seven laps in the senior race three riders remained in contention. On the downhill fire-road dash to the line Glenn Stanford (EST/City College) led out but on the last, fast, bend Adrian Scott (Phil Corley Cycles) got past and held the lead to the line, while Scott’s brother Nigel finished third, a few yards behind.

Among the women’s winners were Laura Sampson (Missing Link Cycles) in the senior females, Sue Wood (Maldon & District) in the veteran females and Jodie Cole of TROG in the “Warrior” supporting race.

Sean Dunlea (Ciclos Uno) won the Juvenile male race from the much younger fellow Chelmsford rider Tristan Price.

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Alan Trolove from Bury St Edmunds won the handicap “Go-Race” on the the Lotus Cars test track at Hethel where Dieter Rowe (Finchley RT) won the senior event, outsprinting Beccles rider Chris Guy. In the Ike Saul memorial road race in Huntingdonshire a break of six were dominant and Ian Knight of Virgin Active was the winner. David Brown of Essex Roads CC (8th) and Martin Hunter (Colchester Rovers,12th) were prominent riders from the East.

Result – East Anglian CC 10, Morley- riders inside 22 minutes:

1 Peter Balls (West Suffolk Whs) 20:17, 2 J Eman (Anglia Velo) 20:35, 3 J Burgess (Anglia Velo) 20:39, 4 M Cook (API/Metrow) 21:03, 5 G Rushmore (KLCC) 21:17, 6 B Phillips (East Grinstead CC) 21:21, 7 A Tyler (Gt Yarmouth CC) 21:34, 8 S Lyons ((VC Norwich) 21:39, 9 M Toone (Stowmarket & District) 21:44, 10 O Bannister (Stowmarket & District) 21:45, 11 R Davies ( CC Sudbury) 21:48, 12 N Vaughan (VC Norwich) 21:49,13= G Stevens (East Anglian CC) O Milk (NABC) & D Fuller (Flitch Crono) all 21:57.

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