Dupen's delight

PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:34 05 July 2010

John Dupen. Photo: Mark Cozens

John Dupen. Photo: Mark Cozens

JOHN Dupen won the Velo Club Baracchi 10-mile championship on Sunday with the fastest VCB ride in the East District CA event on the A11 near Besthorpe.

JOHN Dupen won the Velo Club Baracchi 10-mile championship on Sunday with the fastest VCB ride in the East District CA event on the A11 near Besthorpe.

His time of 22:43 was 12 seconds faster than the 22:55 achieved by Nick Esser and last year's champion Patrick Harbord slipped down to third with 23:17

A determined Ian McCluskey was fourth in 23:24.

George Kerridge rode well with 23:25 and Andy Harris, usually a roadman, rode his first time trial for many years in 24:05.

The club's own championship billing for this event had tempted out a big gathering of VCB riders and the other VCB times were Mark Carroll 24:29, Paul Clarke 24:40, Mike Rainton 24:47, John Swanbury 24:49, John Thompson 26:09, Tracy Prewer 26:49 and Jenny Anderson 27:13.

Prewer was pleased with that result, which shows improving form.

Swanbury and Kerridge were riding straight after taking part in the tandem section against the formidable teams of Geoff Bateman and Joe Empson of Anglia Velo and Bobby De'ath and Iain Dawson of CC Breckland.

The CC Breckland pair won in 20:01, followed by the Anglia Velo team in 20:45, but the Velo Club Baracchi riders, Swanbury and Kerridge, were pleased with 22:38, which lowered the VCB club record from last year's 22:51.

The new District Champion is Ormesby resident and former Gt Yarmouth CC rider, James Eman of Anglia Velo, who set his winning 20:11 time as last man off, beating Paul Ashby of Fatbirds CC by ten seconds, and Mark Solley of Mildenhall CC, who recorded a time of 20:47.

Ron Back of West Suffolk Wheelers won the veteran category with a “plus 8:11” from his scratch time of 23:49 at age 69.

Emilie Fisher of Elmy Cycles won the women's category with 23:04 but Laura Robinson of CC Breckland ran her fairly close with 23:33 with an outstanding personal best.

Conditions were dull and overcast, with slight occasional drizzle and a slight headwind on the first leg of the race.

By comparison the previous week's Wednesday 10-mile open time trial organised on the same course by CC Breckland was held with a strong tailwind start and a side headwind return.

The strong southerly wind put quite a few off riding, but actually competitors got full assistance out to the turn at Browick and were quite well protected on the way back by hedges growing up well on elevated approaches up to the railway bridge part of the course.

It produced a crop of promising rides by the Baracchi riders and again Dupen was the fastest, with 22:33.

Other VCB times were Clarke 25:04, Rainton 25:37, Thompson 26:45 and Mike Wood 27:39.

The event winner was Phil Nudds (CC Breckland) in 21:26.

The CC Breckland tandem pair of De'ath and Dawson recorded 20:16 and CC Breckland's Laura Robinson gained her previous personal best of 24:22, which she went on to smash by 49 seconds on Sunday.

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