Emile flies through he Valley to victory

IPSWICH cyclist Emilie Fisher (Orbea/For Goodness Shakes) sped up and down the Waveney Valley in Wolsey RC 25 to take the Pat Pepper Memorial Trophy for the third time, improving on her own course record to 1:1:42 in the process.

IPSWICH cyclist Emilie Fisher (Orbea/For Goodness Shakes) sped up and down the Waveney Valley in Wolsey RC 25 to take the Pat Pepper Memorial Trophy for the third time, improving on her own course record to 1:1:42 in the process.

Emilie received the trophy, in memory of the Ipswich women’s world championship competitor, from Pat’s widower Mick Pepper after the event.

Records for the Redenhall-based course were also broken by men’s winner, Anglia Velo’s James Eman (56:05) and tricyclist John Dupen (Godric CC,1:9;28). These times were set in spite of conditions that were not generally seen as fast. The weather was bright and sunny, certainly, but riders faced a steadily rising wind over the final six miles and there were only seven rides inside the hour from nearly 70 starters.

Early starters had the best of it – second placed Andrew Leggett (Stowmarket & District, 56:42) told how any disappointment at his having to start at 7.10am quickly evaporated when he saw the conditions later.


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Mark Arnold (Pedal Revolution), who was the fastest entrant on paper, accidentally turned one roundabout too soon at Bungay on the second “lap” and had to be counted as “DNF”.

Arnold had an eventful weekend – during the Stowmarket & District 10 he found his seatpost subsiding, but still turned in a 21:28 ride – just four seconds outside Gary Baker’s course record - to win this event on the rolling Woolpit- Ixworth road.

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On an afternoon with little wind, Duncan Murphy (Diss CC) finished second in 22:36. Joint third was Liam Gentry (VC Baracchi) & Andy Leggett 22:43. Top lady was again Emilie Fisher with yet another new ladies’ course record - 24:04.

Racing in the regular Friday evening meeting at the Gosling Stadium, Welwyn, 15 year-old West Suffolk Wheeler Alan Trolove has scored his first win against senior opposition. In spite of starting with the fastest riders in the scratch group of a handicap event, he rode through right through the field, launched an all-out effort with 400 metres to go and held his lead to the line.

In the 80 mile Andrews Trophy road race near Chelmsford, Gary Dodd of Sigma Sport was the winner after a group of eight established a break with 20 miles to go. Riding on roads close to his home, Andy Lyons (Orbea/For Goodness Shakes) was third, while Lowestoft student Joe Skipper was eighth.

One day earlier, Skipper took third place in the British Universities road race championship near Melton Mowbray after riding off the front of the field with two other members of Team Zappi’s. Zappi’s is his new club - based at a cafe run by a former Giro d’Italia rider Flavio Zappi.

Results - Pat Pepper Memorial 25, Wortwell:

1 Emilie Fisher (Orbea/For Goodness Shakes) 1:1:42, 2 Laura Gambling (CC Breckland) 1:4:36, 3 Tracy Prewer (VC Baracchi) 1:16:17, 4 Maureen Nichols (Wolsey RC) 1:20:39, 5 Emma Beard (Stowmarket & District) 1:27:19.

Wolsey RC 25: 1 James Eman (Anglia Velo) 56:05, 2 A Leggett (Stowmarket & District) 56:42, 3 G Frost (API/Metrow) 58:06, 4 D Staff (Anglia Velo) 59:18, 5 B De’ath (Anglia Velo) 59:43, 6 M Lloyd (Colchester Rovers) 59:53, 7 O Bannister (Stowmarket & District) 59:57, 8 G Stevens (East Anglian CC) 1:00:08, 9 C Nudds (CC Breckland) 1:00:19, 10 D Lorne (Norwich ABC) 1:00:22.

Tricycle Association 25:1 John Dupen (Godric CC) 1:9:28, 2 A Perkin (Godric CC) 1:11:52, 3 P Holland (Lincoln Whs) 1:19:18, 4 M Badham (CC Breckland) 1:27:03, 5 F Muir (TA East) 1:29:22, 6 A Nye (TA East) 1:47:24.

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