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Great Scott! Simon rides to new best

PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:30 11 May 2010

GEORGE Kerridge of Velo Club Baracchi rode a course best and new member Simon Scott, in just his third time trial, rode a very respectable new personal best of 25:57 in the East Anglian CC open 10-mile time trial on Saturday.

GEORGE Kerridge of Velo Club Baracchi rode a course best and new member Simon Scott, in just his third time trial, rode a very respectable new personal best of 25:57 in the East Anglian CC open 10-mile time trial on Saturday.

Kerridge's official time was 23:46 and Scott's father-in-law, John Dupen, was just ten seconds quicker, with 23:36.

The other VCB solo times were John Swanbury 24:45 and John Thompson 27:04.

Kerridge was very pleased with his time as he has worked all season to try to get a “23” on the single carriageway Earsham course and this first result was well within that zone.

He was only slightly disappointed when the time showing on the results board, 23:36, which would have equalled Dupen, was later corrected.

The fastest rider was Nik Bowdler, visiting from Farnborough & Camberley CC, with 20:27.

He beat Stowmarket & District CC's star rider Lee Bark, who achieved 20:57, and his Stowmarket club-mate Andrew Leggett, with 21:55.

Clare Ella of Lincoln CC, being at age 40 a first year veteran, was the quickest woman by more than four minutes with a very slick 23:24.

Capitalising on good form, Kerridge and Swanbury then set a new club record tandem record of 22:25 in the tandem event after all the solos had started.

This was a 13-second improvement on the previous club record they had set on the A11 dual carriageway in June.

The tandem event was won by Geoff Bateman and Joe Empson of Anglia Velo in 20:40. Starting a minute behind the VCB tandem they overhauled it just before the turn but on the tailwind second leg the VCB pair lost less time.

It was one of the best days of the year for sunny warm weather and the light wind in the right direction for the course.

The next morning was very similar for the East Anglian CC 25-mile event, won by Peter Balls of West Suffolk Wheelers.

Mark Newnham of Velo Club Baracchi missed his start time and had a late start penalty added to his time of 1-04:12 on the road, to make 1-12:12.

Thompson finished in 1-09:31 and John Dupen did not finish.

This weekend it is the turn of Norwich Amateur Bicycle Club to run local open time trials on both days and this will round off the season apart from some more distant events.

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