Archive for April 2011
Danny’s overview of the Easter Weekend:
“Friday saw the Great Yarmouth CC 10 on the B10/43, where CCB was represented by no less than 13 riders.
The day started a little chilly, but quickly warmed up, I was off late, and going on what everyone was saying, the wind was favouring the shorter, return leg, although it certainly didn’t feel like it was of much assistance!.
Some great results from the CCB riders though, with Declan and Mark recording exactly the same times, and Emily getting a new PB of 29:31, it was nice to see us well represented in this packed event.
Sunday was a very early start for most of us, being a 7:30am start time, meant that most of us had to rise at 5am, but we were rewarded with a most pleasant day on the B10/38 for the VTTA 10.
There was little wind, and after the early morning chill, the temperatures quickly rose, while the conditions were nice, the same couldn’t be said about the course, the A14 was cut up badly in many places, and saw riders having to negotiate numerous potholes and transverse poorly patched up road surfaces, also, the finish wasn’t clearly marked.
Also, part of the 2.5mile ride to the start from the HQ had been freshly chipped, which was a bit of a worry to those of us riding on tubs.
Declan and Don had a storming ride on the tandem, with a PB of 21:26, Danny also recorded a PB of 24:07, very close to an average speed of 25mph.”
I first met Peter Tozer on the road from Wymondham to Great Melton, Peter and Kath were out on their bikes and I was biking home from work. I stopped and we chatted away, they had just moved from Essex to Wymondham and were busy finding out where the best cycle rides were and trying to find the address of the man who would service their boiler.
Peter explained that he’d been in the Goodmayes Wheelers and in his time a pretty mean performer on his own and in team time trials. Needless to say Peter soon turned up at Shipdham United Reform Methodist Church Hall on a Tuesday night and both Kath and Peter became members of the club. He soon returned to racing and showed the odd glimpse of what he’d achieved in his youth when he beat his vets standard with ease. His racing prowess was brought to an end by ill-health but he then channelled his energies into marshalling, timekeeping and having two stints at being Cycling Club Breckland’s racing secretary.
As racing secretary he was meticulous in his record keeping and preparation of awards for our annual dinner and prize presentation, something I never achieved when I did the job and I was always in admiration of the riders’ times and their average speed that he could recall at any time during the season.
One of the most difficult duties of being an event secretary is to marshal the course to a suitable level, this requires a certain number of marshals who will not only point the way for the riders but record that they’ve reached that part of the course. Peter and Kath were always willing, when not on some exotic holiday, to marshal some windy, cold roundabout or junction and you could always rely on a perfectly ticked check card at the events end.
It was as a timekeeper that Peter really excelled, his eye for detail and urge to be exact were what, in my opinion, made him one of the best timekeepers I’ve ever known. Heather and I had the pleasure to time the finish of the National Time Trial Championships promoted by the East District on lanes and minor roads near Woodbridge. Two hundred and thirty riders faced the start timekeeper, some at minute intervals and some at two minutes, they were all timed in at the finish with great precision much to the annoyance of the BC team who were there with the giant automated clock which somehow was a whole minute adrift of the official timekeepers (Peter) watch.
Bad eyesight and failing health brought Peter’s timekeeping to an end, although we did entice him out a couple of times after he’d officially retired, he definitely enjoyed his brief recall to timing duties but his worries about his eyesight and not being able to record the times to the high standard he’s set himself meant he never officially held the watch again.
I’m sure Peter is remembered in Essex as a racing man but he will long be remembered by Norfolk and Suffolk cyclists as the man they rarely had to argue with at an events end, due to his excellent timekeeping and recording.
The April ‘Friday Night Ride to the Coast’ was on Good Friday night, leaving Hyde Park Corner at midnight.
Courtesy of engineering works curtailing the Norwich – London train service at Shenfield, I had an extra 22 miles to ride to the start, meaning that when it became apparent that I would have to intercept them en-route, I had to detour through Clapham Common and Sutton, catching the hundred strong group on the Brighton Road.
The destination was Bognor, where we breakfasted, then I rode along the coast to spend the night near Hailsham.
Several trikes and tandem trikes had entered the Wanderer’s 30.
Considering the miles (150) done the day before, and no sleep on Friday night, I was pleased to beat 2 hours with 1:53:15. We chilled out the afternoon in a local hostelry, then I prepared the trike for the ride home on Monday. Due to a late start and the many hills, it was 6:30 when I arrived at the Kentish end of the Tilbury Ferry. The gates where locked, so I had to ride along to the Dartford tunnel where a very nice chap took machine and I across to Essex and a final push to Shenfield and the train home.
Chris Nudds – 23.11
Andy Tyler – 23.17
Danny Watkins – 24.07 – PB
Mark Fairhead – 24.23
Michael Wood – 24.47
Roger Graham – 25.33
VTTA Tandem 10 – Easter Sunday
1st – Declan Davis / Don Saunders – 21.26 – PB
Ian Cammish won the event with his time of 20.51.
CCB Times from yesterdays Great Yarmouth CC Good Friday 10 on the B10/43
Chris Nudds 23.27,
Alan Stevenson 24.04,
Declan Davis 24.09,
Mark Fairhead 24.09,
Danny Watkins 24.21,
Laura Gambling 24.24,
Adam Cross 24.46,
Mick Wood 25.01,
Roger Graham 25.13,
Peter James 25.15,
Tony Reynolds 26.09,
Emily Davis 29.31 (PB)
Steve Penney 32.08.
Event was won by Jim Burgess (Anglia Velo) in 21.05.
It was a lovely warm morning with a rising wind making the out leg tougher then it seemed.