CYCLING: Flying Hawkes swoops to win

PUBLISHED: 11:56 04 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:34 06 July 2010

LIAM Gentry was the quickest Velo Club Baracchi rider with 21:40 for joint ninth place in the East District CA 10-mile championship on the A11 road on Monday.

LIAM Gentry was the quickest Velo Club Baracchi rider with 21:40 for joint ninth place in the East District CA 10-mile championship on the A11 road on Monday.

Nick Esser was placed in the low 20s with his 22:35 ride and Nicki Hawkes rode a season's-best 26:50 for third place in the ladies' competition.

Mike Rainton was also coming back to form with 25:39, his best “10” of the year.

John Thompson said that the drizzle meant that extra care was needed on the roundabouts at the turn. Consequently he just missed out his first 26-minute ten, with 27:04. Jenny Anderson challenged this fairly closely with 27:22.

The winner was Nino Piccoli of Team Pedal Revolution in 19:54 with his club-mate Mark Arnold second with 20:06 and a tie for third between James Eman of Anglia Velo and Paul Ashby of Wisbech Wheelers with 20:33. Lowestoft rider Simon Asher of VC Norwich was fifth with 20:54.

The CC Breckland midweek 10-mile time trial gave Mike Rainton a chance to work up to speed for the weekend. He achieved 26:25; Nicki Hawkes' time was 27:05 and Jenny Anderson was one second quicker than on Monday, with 27:21.

John Thompson achieved 27:29 in this event and Mike Wood just sneaked comfortably into the 27-minute bracket with 27:57.

Fastest was Gary Rushmore of King's Lynn CC with 21:59.

Though no VCB riders took part in the Gt Yarmouth CC club time trial at Somerleyton, this was remarkable for the fact that the home club had no less than 11 riders, when last year only a few of their riders could be found each week, or sometimes none. The Yarmouth club has grown and there is a new enthusiasm.

James Eman of Anglia Velo was the quickest with 22:34, followed by Neil Turner of GYCC with 24:22.

The Gt Yarmouth CC 26-mile club time trial on May 16 (previously unreported in this column) produced a good ride by Mark Newnham of Velo Club Baracchi, with 1-04:06, the top ride of the day. Nicki Hawkes' time was 1-15:38 and Richard Allen put in an appearance with 1-19:16.

The Lotus League circuit racing at Hethel was on the handicap basis last Wednesday. It produced a third place for Joe Skipper of Team Zappi's with VCB riders Gentry third and Mark Westrup seventh. Daniel Zagni of Ipswich BC won and he also won the handicap.

As Esser said: “The fourth category riders set off first, then third category riders some two minutes later and then the scratch group consisting of second, first and the one elite rider Joe Skipper some two minutes later.”

Efforts by the lesser-ranked riders to hold off the scratch group were hampered by differences in ability and disrupted by intermediate sprints. The fourth-cats caught the thirds fairly soon and the scratch group were at the front with ten minutes or so to go the finish.

Esser said: “Gentry, being on the wheel of known threats looked in a good position for the run-in. I was too far right for the kick and Westrup was making up ground towards the end but just ran out of road.” Esser came just outside the top ten. Ben McCluskey and Pat Harbord were similarly unplaced.

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