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Baracchi quartet set fast reliability ride time in Yarmouth road race

PUBLISHED: 10:40 22 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:40 22 February 2017

Liam Gentry impressed for VCB at the weekend. Picture: SUPPLIED

Liam Gentry impressed for VCB at the weekend. Picture: SUPPLIED

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Four VC Baracchi riders took part in the Great Yarmouth Cycling Club 50-mile reliability ride on Sunday and achieved an implausibly fast time.

Liam Gentry, Mark Richards, James Moore and Nick Esser rode out with DAP CC’s Harley Matthews, David Loynes and GYCC rider Julian Claxton from Oulton Community Centre roundabout at 8.30am to meet up at Northgate Street in good time for the three-hour group start at 9.30am.

Some mechanical issues on Gentry’s race bike meant they were delayed. As soon as they had arrived they were met by the full DAP squad and VCB old-timer Steve Ogly.

Esser said: “We set off out towards Caister at a steady pace and knew something was going to happen. Once out on the coast road at Scratby the pace quickened and riders dropped off like flies.”

By the time they rounded the Winterton left-hander there were just the VCB riders and Matthews. Esser added: “Unfortunately we then lost James between Waxham and Sea Palling due to the relentless crosswinds.”

The route from there was Lessingham, Dilham, Neatishead, Horning, Ludham, Potter Heigham, Thurne, Filby, Mautby and back through Caister to Northgate Street.

Esser said: “We did this in just under two hours and eight minutes. We did stop at Dilham, stopped again to pick up Mark’s glove as he dropped that and then the others waited for me as I dropped off the back after mounting a verge!

“I must say I had nothing to do with adding to the pace, I simply held on for grim death the whole way round!”

The next group came in 16 minutes later with Loynes, Ogley and Claxton and the main group followed in a further 10 minutes on.

Esser added: “It was not quite a reliability ride but a good effort considering we’re racing in a fortnight at the first Eastern Road Race League race.”

John Thompson opted for the EACC 75-mile reliability trial at Horsford and got round in five and a half hours.

The VCB Sunday 8.30am club ride had five riders, Paul Dennington, Kate Churchill, Chris Womack, George Kerridge and Nicki Hawkes, who rode 60 miles.

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