Nino is 10 mile champ

Nino Piccoli is the new East District 10 mile time trial champion.

The 24-year-old who lives at Red Lodge bounced back from the disappointment of having to postpone his team’s first open promotion to win the championship in 19:54

His Team Pedal Revolution 10 mile time trial at Bury St. Edmunds could not go ahead when heavy rain and unfavourable road conditions made it necessary to put the safety of competitors first. This event will be re-run on Saturday 24th July.

The ten mile mile championships were held near Attleborough on Bank Holiday Monday and the weather looked like it was once again going to dull the ambitions of the 110 riders entered. However the cool temperature, rain and strong breeze proved deceptive as one rider after another posted fast times.

Piccoli averaged over 30mph, passing the timekeeper in 19.54. Not far behind and recording a personal best was team mate Pnut Arnold, also from Red Lodge, 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.

Laura Gambling of CC Breckland took the ladies’ championship in 24:49 after Emilie Fisher fell at one of the tight roundabouts at the Browick turn.

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Team Pedal Revolution had a major success when their Andy Bason won the classic Anfield 100 in Shropshire in 3:44:12. Neil Hornett (Chelmer CC, 4:8:52) took eighth place in the event - which was first held in 1889 - while Adrian Perkin (Godric CC) was the third-fastest tricycle in 5:9:42.

Mark Arnold added to Team Pedal Revolution’s honours by winning the Victoria CC 10.2 at Newport in Essex. The Maldon & District 50 was won by Mark Howard (Shaftesbury CC) in 1:57:04.

The Cycling Club Breckland 10 mile time trial for the slowest sixty 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 Browick before having a favourable tailwind for the return.

The fastest rider entered, Gary Rushmore (Kings Lynn C.C.), 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 C.C.) 22.07 and the 22.18 of Owen Bannister (Stowmarket & District C.C.)

The National 100 mile Championship is being promoted at Attleborough on the 11th July and will attract the fastest men and women from all over the country and some very, very fast times are expected to make the headlines that week.

If anyone would like to volunteer to help in the promotion of this event can they please contact Don Saunders on 07767833941.

Ipswich Bicycle Club’s Dan Zagni powered over the line to win the third race of the Lotus Cars Cycle Race League, 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 Zagni who crossed the line first, followed by Martin Hunter (Colchester Rovers) and two riders from Lowestoft, Joe Skipper (Team Zappi) 3rd and Liam Gentry (V.C.Baracchi) 4th.

Bad weather failed to stop the Peterborough CC road races and in the ‘National B’ event Gavin Moore (Stowmarket & District) flew the flag for local clubs with a superb third place. James Wylie (Velo Schils/Interbike) was 5th and Greg Simcock (XRT/Elmy Cycles) 10th.

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