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Dupen breaks hour barrier

PUBLISHED: 08:00 24 April 2009 | UPDATED: 09:09 06 July 2010

A FINE ride by John Dupen of Velo Club Baracchi in the East Anglian CC open 25-mile time trial on the A11 road on Sunday gave him a time of exactly 59 minutes.

A FINE ride by John Dupen of Velo Club Baracchi in the East Anglian CC open 25-mile time trial on the A11 road on Sunday gave him a time of exactly 59 minutes.

It was a good effort in the keen north-east wind and somewhat faster than Nick Esser, who achieved 1:03:18.

Other VCB times were John Thompson 1:11:45 and Tracy Prewer 1:12:44.

Michael Hutchinson riding for In-Gear Quickvit RT, the 2008 national champion and winner of 32 Cycling Time Trials titles in his career, won the event in a course record time of 49:59.

Liam Gentry of VCB rode an exceptional personal best time of 22:37 and was the fastest overall in the Godric CC club time trial on the previous Tuesday.

Dupen ran him very close with 22:48 and third with 22:56 was Jim Burgess of Anglia Velo, who has made his return to competition in club events this year.

Also in the field of 16 riders was John Swanbury, with 26:03

Swanbury found conditions harder than on Good Friday even though a number of riders had quicker rides than on that occasion.

Simon Asher competed in the Ken Wright Memorial Road race promoted by VC Revolution on the Peldon circuit, a 90km “Regional A” race for categories 2/3/4.

Coming into the final few miles, Richard Tomlinson of East London Velo escaped seemingly unnoticed and finished well clear of the field.

The sprint was then contested and Asher finished in 17th place, just out of the points.

However this result in his fifth road race, ridden at a 25mph average, was a further improvement in his performance.

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