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Ian is riding high

PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:53 05 July 2010

IAN McCluskey was voted Velo Club Baracchi's Rider of the Year and received the trophy at the club's annual presentation evening.

Club members were impressed particularly by his plucky ride in the club's Beccles Road Race in which, at age 50 and in competition with all categories of road racers from elite downwards, he achieved a place in the top fifteen.

IAN McCluskey was voted Velo Club Baracchi's Rider of the Year and received the trophy at the club's annual presentation evening.

Club members were impressed particularly by his plucky ride in the club's Beccles Road Race in which, at age 50 and in competition with all categories of road racers from elite downwards, he achieved a place in the top fifteen.

His time trial achievements included a 10-mile time of 23:24 and a 50-mile time of 2-08:58, together with the club's 100-mile time trial championship and he was the club's veteran road race champion. With Andy Harris he won the handicap version of the Baracchi Trophy.

Mark Westrup was the club's road race champion and Pat Harbord was placed second, with Nick Esser and Ian McCluskey third equal.

Pat Harbord's achievements included jointly winning the Baracchi Trophy for two-up time trial with Adam Bedford with a 25-mile two-up ride of 59:30 on the Somerleyton course and the “Athletes' 10” trophy for the annual time trial without aero aids.

Cathy Hutchison, of Anglia Velo, presented the trophies and also many certificates awarded to members for time trial performances and road racing.

Mark Pearson won the Bernard Dale Trophy for the hill climb for the second year running. Laura Robinson of CC Breckland won the Jane Travers Memorial Trophy for her ride in the women's category of the VCB open 10-mile time trial in May.

The Charles Grimmer Memorial Trophy was awarded to Richard Allen for his work in promoting the Beccles Road Race in its various forms over many years.

Velo Club Baracchi won the Holmes Cup for the annual inter-club competition with Gt Yarmouth CC.

Nick Esser was again the club best all-rounder and also 30-mile champion. He also won the Freewheel Trophy. The Mountain Bike Trophy was won by Danny Walden for his participation in the Marin Dusk 'til Dawn race.

John Dupen was an exceptional performer in the veterans' ranks this year. He had also been nominated for the Rider of the Year trophy (won by McCluskey), and he won the short course best all-rounder trophy as well as the 10, 25, and 50-mile championships and the veterans' 10 and 25-mile and 10-mile scratch trophies and veterans' BAR cup.

Mike Wood won the 12-hour veteran time trial trophy and George Kerridge won the veteran 25-mile scratch trophy. Mile Rainton won the 12-hour trophy and the veterans' 50-mile cup.

Tracy Prewer shared the honours in the women's categories with Nicki Hawkes. Prewer took the trophies for 10, 50 and 100 miles and set a new club women's record at 25 miles, while Hawkes won the women's 25-mile championship and the women's rose-bowl trophy.

Daniel Compton was the junior Rider of the Year. John Swanbury and George Kerridge won 10-mile and 25-mile tandem trophies, having set new club records.

Liam Gentry of Waveney Valley Athletic Club won the Keith Stephens Memorial Trophy for duathlon.

The attendance was almost up to scratch despite a wild and snowy night and the winners received plenty of praise and support, including from the club chairman, Brian Boxall, who announced the winners.

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