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Dupen and Wood set unseasonal pace

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:23 05 July 2010

John Dupen

John Dupen

JOHN Dupen and Mike Wood of Velo Club Baracchi both showed most unseasonal form to set a fast pace in the CC Breckland New Year's Day time trial.

Dupen, the younger of the two veterans, was only just over a minute over what he might expect in warmer weather later in the year and must have been well pleased with 24:10, which was good enough for 11th place.

JOHN Dupen and Mike Wood of Velo Club Baracchi both showed most unseasonal form to set a fast pace in the CC Breckland New Year's Day time trial.

Dupen, the younger of the two veterans, was only just over a minute over what he might expect in warmer weather later in the year and must have been well pleased with 24:10, which was good enough for 11th place.

Club-mate Mark Carroll, who went along as a spectator to lend support, said of Dupen's time: “It was as good as most of us could hope for on a calm summer's day, never mind the heart of winter.”

Mike Wood was looking to start the year with a bang he certainly did not fail. With 27:55 he was only three seconds outside his personal best, set last season.

It was his very first ride on the A11 course based at Morley and he thought that unfamiliarity with it may have been a disadvantage to him.

He now has reason to expect some much faster times on it later in the year.

It is only the very strongest and fittest riders who can squeeze out a fast ride at this time of year. There was good support for the event, with 31 riders finishing, plus two on a tandem, Ian Dawson and Bobby De'ath of CC Breckland in 22:34.

The winner by more than a minute was Sam Barker of Planet X in 20:58, repeating last year's win in this event.

Second was Neil Hornett of the Danish team CK Aarhus in 22:15, with Clive Ling of Diss & District CC third in 22:32 and Martin Pyne of Anglia Velo fourth in 22:35.

The Diss club also won the team award.

The weather was cold dull with no rain. Carroll rode the course just before the event and found the outward leg a bit hard it seemed heavy going in the cold with a slight head breeze and the return leg seemed better.

Most riders reported finding it hard both ways, having used up valuable energy on the way out.

John Thompson rode the East Anglian CC 50-mile reliability trial last Sunday, through Corpusty to Cromer and Holt and back to Horsford.

He fared well enough in the 3½ hour group for the first 33 miles and then completed the ride in his own time, but still only took 3 hours and 10 minutes, so clearly the main group was pushing it along too fast.

Thompson has arranged a VCB 50-mile reliability trial this Sunday, starting and finishing at Oulton Community Centre, starting at 8.30am for four hours, 9am for 3½ hours and 9.30am for three hours.

He can be contacted on 01502 581481 or 07813 932 395 for details in advance.

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