Excellent Esser sets new record

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:24 06 July 2010

NICK Esser won the Velo Club Baracchi 100-mile time trial championship in the EDCA open event on the A11 on Sunday in which John Dupen smashed the club veteran record.

NICK Esser won the Velo Club Baracchi 100-mile time trial championship in the EDCA open event on the A11 on Sunday in which John Dupen smashed the club veteran record.

The club champion, Ian McCluskey, was not there to defend his 2008 title and senior rider Esser made quite short work of the course, achieving a time of 4-17:00, which placed him 22nd in the whole field of 54 finishers from far and wide.

VCB veteran Andy Harris kept Esser up to the mark and finished next with a strong ride in 4-23:14 but older veteran rider Dupen came in and bettered this with 4-22:26. The three Baracchi riders won the prize for the fastest team.

Harris was about to turn 44, a birthday that would have added some time to his standard, but at age 43 he achieved +37:29.

Dupen, aged 54, was tilting at Mike Wood's club veteran record of +48:08 (i.e. 48:08 faster than his veteran age-related standard time) and was able to set a dramatically faster benchmark of +1-03:58 for the club with his ride.

In all probability Dupen has also won the VCB veteran championship for 2009.

Though the club veteran championships are decided over the whole season, there is no other 100-mile event scheduled locally.

The fastest rider was the reigning British Best All-Rounder Nik Bowdler of Farnham and Camberley CC in 3-37:08.

VCB riders had enjoyed the challenge of a potentially fast ride in the Thursday evening open 10-mile time trial organised by East Anglian CC on the A11.

Fastest of them was the speedy Dupen with 22:57 but Mark Newnham was only two seconds slower with 22:59.

There were some good rides by the other VCB riders, with another two of them of them faster than 25mph and almost everyone exceeding 24mph.

Their times were Esser 23:12, George Kerridge 23:35, John Swanbury 24:02, Brian Henderson 24:16, Paul Clarke 24:24 and John Thompson 27:20. Swanbury was pleased with his best time for two seasons, but it was a shame not to have lopped another three seconds off to join those in the 23-minute bracket. It gave 62-year-old Swanbury +6:14 on standard.

There was a fairly good tailwind start and on the return the road was sheltered in some places, giving an opportunity to keep the average speed up.

The fastest rider was Peter Balls of West Suffolk Wheelers with 19:29, one second off the course record.

Simon Asher of VCB took part in the East London Velo Road Race. A small breakaway group obtained an advantage of about four minutes while the commissaire stopped the bunch to admonish them for their riding, which might have put paid to all their chances but this served to galvanise the bunch into concerted action to chase down the break successfully.

Seventy riders started. Asher was in at the finish and credited with 49th place. Neil Chapman of Maldon & District CC won the race in 2:53:23.

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