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Magnificent seventh

PUBLISHED: 08:00 23 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:27 05 July 2010

Duncan Lines is all smiles after a personal best. Picture: Submitted

Duncan Lines is all smiles after a personal best. Picture: Submitted

NICK Esser of Velo Club Baracchi had a good ride in the Lotus Cars Cycle Racing League at Hethel last Wednesday, in which to his own surprise he took seventh place.

NICK Esser of Velo Club Baracchi had a good ride in the Lotus Cars Cycle Racing League at Hethel last Wednesday, in which to his own surprise he took seventh place.

He gave credit to club-mates, in the case of Pat Harbord for dragging him round for the hour and in the case of Ian McCluskey and Andy Harris for leading him out, though possibly rather too early.

The top places were taken by Phil Hetzel of Ipswich CC who seems unbeatable locally at present, Chris Guy and Ben Nicholson of Interbike, Mark Farrow of API, Ken Roesner of Fatbirds CC and Richard Muchmore of Crest CC.

This week is the Reg Harris road race at Wicklewood in which the Baracchi club is usually well represented, but this year only Esser flies the flag.

Duncan Lines, of VCB, credited the recent fitting of tri-bars to his bike with helping him to a new personal best by over a minute in the Godric CC club time trial last Tuesday. His time was 25:32.

Other Baracchi times were John Dupen 23:23, John Swanbury 26:06, Mike Rainton 26:26 and Mike Wood 29:16.

As usual lately, it was rather cold and windy. The fastest rider was James Eman of Anglia Velo with 22:16.

John Dupen of VCB tried his luck in the Lea Valley 10-mile open time trial, but it was not as fast as last week's ride.

It was not a good day, with wet roads drying and a fairly strong NNE wind.

Nevertheless he achieved 22-59.

It was fast to turn (5 miles at 29mph average) and the return very hard, especially last three miles.

National champion Michael Hutchinson of In Gear Quickvit RT won in 18:54. James Eman of Anglia Velo rode a new 10-mile personal best by 5 seconds, now 21:21.

James Eman of Anglia Velo was also the clear winner of the Gt Yarmouth CC 25-mile Thursday evening club time trial around the Somerleyton course, with 58:57.

Other times were: Nick Esser (VCB) 1-4:39, Mark Newnham (VCB) 1-5:06, Jenny Anderson (VCB) 1-13:24, Nicky Hawkes (VCB) 1-14:16, Richard Allen (VCB) 1-14:21.

A notable aspect of this result was that two VC Baracchi women time trial riders were there, both beating “evens” (20mph) and also beating Richard Allen into the bargain.

There was a 10 to15mph NNE wind that made it slow from Blundeston to Bradwell but this meant a nice tail wind on the fast section from Bradwell to St Olaves.

It was also quite sheltered through Herringfleet.

There were a lot of walkers around the course, which made life interesting in the start/finish lane, blocking the road!

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