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Former club treasurer Keith Stephens remembered by VC Baracchi

PUBLISHED: 07:40 27 October 2017

Velo Club Baracchi's Carl Prewer in action in the duathlon, attempting to preserve his advantage from the run. Picture: John Swanbury

Velo Club Baracchi's Carl Prewer in action in the duathlon, attempting to preserve his advantage from the run. Picture: John Swanbury

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Velo Club Baracchi staged a duathlon for members and friends to remember former club treasurer Keith Stephens, who died in a cycling accident in 2002.

There were five competitors for the memorial trophy and interest centred on a tussle between Liam Gentry, whose cycling is stronger than his running, and Carl Prewer, whose abilities are in the other order.

Prewer easily established an early lead in the first 5km run but in the 25km cycling leg Gentry overhauled him and eventually hung onto a lead of just over two minutes.

Chris Scott initially kept pace with Gentry and held on to third place. The last two places were contested by Paul Hayward and Paul Dennington, who eventually emerged the quicker.

Full results were Liam Gentry (Dap CC, VCB and Rock Estate) 1:22.09, Carl Prewer (Lowestoft Road Runners) 1:24.26, Chris Scott (Rock Estate) 1:27.27, Paul Dennington (VCB) 1:30.08, Paul Hayward (VCB and Rock Estate) 1:31.31.

Ben Nicholson rode for VCB in the last road race of the season, the UEA-Streetlife Last Chance Points-grabber at Stoke Holy Cross, where he grabbed the point available for 10th place.

Joe Skipper (unattached) took the win. Second was Stephen Fuller of Cambridge CC and Thomas Heal of Strada Sport completed the podium.

Richard Allen of VCB, who was at the event as an accredited marshal, said it was “a little wet, and in particular, windy.”

Around a third of the field finished, as riders suffered from punctures and the conditions, with many early abandons.

Approaching the bell for the last lap there were three riders well-spaced in front of him as the sole VCB rider, Nicholson, rode strongly up Skeet’s Hill to get clear of the bunch. He preserved his advantage for a while before securing his 10th place.

John Thompson rode the Cambridge Autumnal audax and settled for the shorter 110km distance in view of the strength of the wind on Saturday.

Setting off from Girton pavilion, just north-west of Cambridge, the riders passed through Great Thurlow, Thaxted, Saffron Walden and Balsham.

Thompson said: “I completed it in seven hours three minutes. There were of course some slow bits against the wind but overall the nature of the route meant it wasn’t too bad.”

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