Archive for January 2012
This weekend saw 500 riders take to the trails once more for round 3 of the Whyte Winter Series. As the riders gathered at the start of the 7.5mile course a freezing fog descended and the forest was plunged into a chilling mist, however this was forgotten as the gun was fired on Thetford’s first race of 2012.
Cycling Club Breckland’s Adam Cross returned to form after an injury over the early winter and rode from an unseeded position to complete 4 laps to finish 29th out of nearly 140 riders in the Mens 2hour category. Adam also finished highest of all the riders who made the step up from the junior category this year, ahead of Calum Riley, James Bowley, Lewis Board and James Hyde. Norwich rider Tom O’neill (Pedal Revolution) who was in the top 20 riders after the first 3 laps suffered a mechanical failure shortly into his final lap and had to retire from the race to only finish in 52nd place.
The 2hour Mens category was won in blistering pace by Jason Boutell, nearly 4 minutes ahead of 2nd placed Glenn Stanford (Team CCN) who was followed by Graham Warby (Spirit Racing). Once again, Paul Ashby (Fat Birds CC) showed his excellence in the 4hour Vet category, beating 2nd placed John Fettis (Corley Cycles) by a staggering 12minutes. Anita Buxton (Thetford MTB Racing/Bike Art) won the 2hour womens category, ahead of Rachel Clarke and Fay Cunningham (RAF CC). The junior category was won by Lewis Parker (HMF Pedal Power), from Oliver Edwards (VC Revolution) and Ben Morris (Welland Valley CC).
The Breckland were once again present for the third edition of the winter’s Nips but with several exceptions. A large number of Brevet cards remained on the table at the start, the strong westerly wind being the cause of many of them. Those of sterner stuff set off, the Brecklander bikes disappearing up the Reepham Road. Martin’s start on the trike was delayed while his GPS tried to decide where it was. Eventually it found it’s bearings and he set off in pursuit of the other barrow-boy, Dave Rossall of the Hitchin Nomads. He dangled ahead riding with Ferg Muir on his bike. Eventually we joined forces due to Dave and Ferg engaging in a navigational conference. After that we did bit and bit through to Syderstone where the usual Norfolk’n'good catering division welcomed us with refreshments and good cheer.
Even better cheer was provided when we emerged to discover that not only was the wind was still blowing, this time in the direction of home, but the shower that started as we arrived had done it’s bit and the skies were bright. We were blown across to Hempton, Pudding Norton and Great Ryburgh for the Information Control. Cross the A1067 at Stibbard and through Wood Norton and Guestwick to Reepham. Then straight down the Reepham Road to another dose of conviviality at the HQ. Steaming soup, tea, rolls and cakes replaced lost calories befor we headed home for a well earned rest.
Thanks again to Keith, Sue and the rest of the gang of helpers for another great ride.
reliability rides on Sunday 5th February.
Centre, Gorleston Rd, Oulton Broad: 4.5 hrs 8.30, 4 hrs 9.00, 3.5 hrs 9.30
The February Comittee Meeting will be held on 7th February rather than the normal 2nd Tuesday. All members are welcome to attend and have their say in the running of the club.