Racing and riding news from the Easter Weekend

Four of Cycling Club Breckland’s time triallists raced in the Great Yarmouth Cycling Club’s annual Good Friday 10 mile TT on the out and back B10/43 Course near Bungay. The event, ran on probably the best day of the Easter weekend was won in fine style by Team Velo Velocity team leader Paul Jay in a time of 21.32. Only four other riders broke the 22 minute mark: VC Baracchi’s Mark Richards 21.41, Godric CC’s James Trenchard 21.44, RAF CC rider Sean Taylor 21.46 and Tri-Anglia’s Oliver Milk 21.48. Fastest of the Breckland quartet were Veteran riders Chris Nudds in 24.12, Mick Wood 26.08 and Nick Parravani 27.20. Riding for first time in Breckland colours were Paul Sexton with 24.19 and Agata Milk finishing well in the Women’s event with a time of 28.51.

Meanwhile down in deepest Essex near Finchingfield, ever improving Alex Bailey took part in the ECCA 25 mile Time Trial on the sporting E91 course. Alex rode strongly to finish in 6th place in a time of 1.00.55, a good performance for his first ride on this course. The event was won by Paul Hart of Southend Wheelers in 55.19.

On Saturday 10 Breckland members: Don Saunders, Harvey Hall, Mark Fairhead, Roger Graham, Simon Robinson, Simon’s 12 year old son Oliver Robinson, Paul Brookes, Roger Sayer and Julian Farrall all rode in the QE2 107km Audax event run and organised by Club member Jonathan Reed with help from Heather Saunders, Heidi Davis and CC Sudbury’s Brian Mann. The route started and finished in Swaffham and took the riders up to Docking via Great Massingham, before heading east to Little Walsingham for refreshments at the Norton’s café control, then heading back to Swaffham via Swanton Novers, Guist, Longham and Bradenham. It was a tough ride in strong blustery winds with approximately 50 riders riding the 107km event and a few more riders riding the longer 160km event. Don Saunders, Harvey Hall and Mark Fairhead added a few kilometres by riding to and from the event: Don and Harvey making it up to 140km, with Mark riding out from Wymondham adding a few more to make his ride 185km. A special mention should go to Terry Jennings for doing what is known as a ‘Martin Badham’ Terry turned up to Swaffham with all his kit except for vital bit of equipment his cycling shoes! So Terry headed home got his shoes then bike back in reverse direction of the course and met us at Norton’s Café an joined us for the rest of the ride.

Mark Fairhead.


Mick Wood

Picture of Mick Wood by Fergus Muir.

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