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It's snow problem for cyclists

PUBLISHED: 17:38 23 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:39 06 July 2010

VELO Club Baracchi staged a successful Broome Heath Scramble cyclo-cross in the snow on Sunday.

The heath made an exciting setting and the racing was subtly different, with slipping and sliding on the white stuff in place of the usual fast sandy conditions.

VELO Club Baracchi staged a successful Broome Heath Scramble cyclo-cross in the snow on Sunday.

The heath made an exciting setting and the racing was subtly different, with slipping and sliding on the white stuff in place of the usual fast sandy conditions.

The racing was part of the East Anglian Daily Times series of events.

There was a big turnout of VCB helpers to run the catering and marshalling together with laying out and clearing away the course.

The riders shared the use of the heath with many people enjoying the powdery snow in conditions that were just right for sledging.

The winner of the elite race, David Nichols of Artic Premier RT, winning for the second year in succession, paid tribute to the organisation, masterminded by VCB secretary Pat Harbord and his team of helpers.

Nicholls covered nine laps in 53:27 and had a 41 second margin over second-place Shaun Aldous of Extreme Sports Therapy, for whom the course was his most local.

Aldous was pursued over the line just two seconds later by Richard Dunnett of the Diss & District Cycling Club.

Robert Smith of Ipswich BC won the veteran race and the 50-plus category.

He was pursued all the way to the finish line by Richard Jackson of Colchester Rovers.

There was a fair entry in the youth race and the U-12 race, showing that the sport has support from youngsters willing to take part in energetic sport.

The stronger riders were able to shine, especially Joshua Hannon of Extreme Sports Therapy in the youth race, who won by more than a lap.


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