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Newnham makes Mark

PUBLISHED: 08:00 10 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:28 05 July 2010

VCB's Mark Newnham. PICTURE: JOHN SWANBURY

VCB's Mark Newnham. PICTURE: JOHN SWANBURY

MARK Newnham of Velo Club Baracchi tried out some fast wheels in the Norwich ABC 10-mile time trial on Saturday to post the fastest VCB time.

There was a strong gusty headwind from Earsham to Redenhall roundabout and a much faster return.

MARK Newnham of Velo Club Baracchi tried out some fast wheels in the Norwich ABC 10-mile time trial on Saturday to post the fastest VCB time.

There was a strong gusty headwind from Earsham to Redenhall roundabout and a much faster return.

There was a minor hitch when Newnham arrived at the start to await his turn. Confusion over starting numbers led to a 20-second time penalty for him.

Even with the inclusion of this penalty, Newnham was still able to achieve a time of 24:25, which was very respectable in the conditions.

Nicki Hawkes of Velo Club Baracchi won the women's prize with her 27:41 ride.

This is Hawkes' first year with the club, from a background in triathlon.

The other Baracchi times were John Swanbury 26:19, Mark Carroll 26:30, Mike King 27:00 and John Thompson 27:03.

All the Baracchi competitors are veterans, and King's was the best performance of them against veteran standard time.

As if to prove that seconds count, the winner was Peter Balls of West Suffolk Wheelers with 21:17, from Lee Bark of Stowmarket and District CC with 21:18.

The Norwich ABC 25-mile time trial and VCB's hill climb were both rained off on Sunday and the latter will be re-scheduled.

Three VCB riders who rode in the Norwich ABC 10-mile time trial in early September had a nice surprise when small cheques arrived for a team prize they had not expected.

John Dupen, Newnham and King were in the frame for a nice little bonus.

The Keith Stephens Memorial Triathlon on Sunday, October 19 at 9am from Gisleham Middle School is informal and “open to all comers” and VCB would like to see a few more runners and triathletes this year. The event consists of two runs of approximately 5km with a 5km ride sandwiched between.

All competitors will start together so the winner will be the first over the line.

Drafting in the cycle ride is not permitted.

The start and finish are at Gisleham Middle School but their car park should not be used.

The Holmes Cup 50-mile reliability ride is on Sunday October 26 at 9am from the Blundeston Plough, riding at a steady pace and returning in 3¼ to 4½ hours.

VCB Club Secretary, Pat Harbord, has appealed to club members to make the effort to come along, catch up with each other's news and hopefully to wrest the Holmes Cup from the grasp of Great Yarmouth CC

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