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It's super Dupen for VCB

PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 April 2009 | UPDATED: 08:58 06 July 2010

WITH the time trial season now well and truly under way, John Dupen of Velo Club Baracchi was the fastest Velo Club Baracchi's riders at 10 miles and Mark Newnham was fastest at 25.

WITH the time trial season now well and truly under way, John Dupen of Velo Club Baracchi was the fastest Velo Club Baracchi's riders at 10 miles and Mark Newnham was fastest at 25.

The week kicked off with Tuesday's Godric CC club time trial in which Dupen achieved 23:12 and a very keen George Kerridge also went above 25mph, with 23:40.

Both have been training specifically to do well in this year's time trials.

Joe Skipper of BMC UK RT, who is Lowestoft's strongest road racer, borrowed Liam Gentry's time trial bike to show the way with 21:59, while Gentry himself achieved 25:09.

The other VCB times were Simon Asher 24:31 and Mike King 28:32.

It had not been a still evening and the times reflected some ability to manage a headwind and some tailwind assistance.

Then on Good Friday in the Gt Yarmouth CC open 10-mile time trial Dupen was again the VCB fastest with a rather slower 23:59, saying he was less happy with the light side-wind conditions on a slightly revised course from the Wortwell end of the valley route, turning at the Clays roundabout.

Other VCB times were Nick Esser 24:33, Newnham 24:40, Mark Pearson 25:02, Ian McCluskey 25:06, John Swanbury 25:31, Brian Henderson 25:44, John Thompson 27:39 and Mike Rainton 27:58.

The event, in which 87 riders were entered, was won by Mark Solley of Mildenhall CC in 21:15.

Peter Baumber of Cambridge CC at age 78 took the top veteran prize with his 27:32 ride.

On Sunday, Newnham topped the Baracchi times with 1-05:40 in the club's own open time trial based at St Olaves.

This was surely an upset, as Esser, whose time was 1-06:06, would have expected to be the faster of the two, especially after gaining some road race fitness recently.

The other VCB times were Mark Pearson 1-07:17, Nicki Hawkes 1-16:47 and Tracy Prewer 1-17:29.

The winner was James Eman with 58:26 followed by David Staff (VTTA East Anglia) 59:24 and Duncan Murphy (Cambridge CC) 59:31.

Information and entry forms for Beccles Cycle for Life on May 10 can be found on the website www.becclescycleforlife.org

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