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Pat and Adam take VCB trophy

PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:39 05 July 2010

VELO Club Baracchi riders staged their annual Baracchi Trophy two-up club time trial last Wednesday, to honour the club tradition.

The club took its name 30 years ago from the professional event, the Trofeo Angelo Baracchi, which traditionally took place at the end of the season as an invitation-only, two-up team time trial in Italy.

VELO Club Baracchi riders staged their annual Baracchi Trophy two-up club time trial last Wednesday, to honour the club tradition.

The club took its name 30 years ago from the professional event, the Trofeo Angelo Baracchi, which traditionally took place at the end of the season as an invitation-only, two-up team time trial in Italy.

The origins were in an amateur road race held from 1941 to 1946. In 1947 and 1948 this became a professional race, with the team time trial format first being used in 1949.

The inspiration for the name of Velo Club Baracchi when it split from Lowestoft Wheelers in 1978 lives on in Lowestoft, though Lowestoft Wheelers no longer operates.

So the local two-up Baracchi Trophy is staged on the Somerleyton 25-mile course. On Wednesday the fastest of the four teams was that of Pat Harbord and Adam Bedford, who zipped round in 59:30 in successful defence of their title.

Second were Andy Harris and Ian McCluskey in 1-02:28 to deny last year's second-placed Nick Esser and Ben McCluskey, Ian's son. Their time was 1-04:04.

John Swanbury rode with Jenny Anderson, who was riding for the first time. They were pleased enough with 1-10:28. Paul Clark rode solo in 1-11:48. The timekeeper was Ray Skipper. Paul Bedford and John Haigh were there in support.

The club's 30-mile time trial championship on Sunday was a low key affair in the Gt Yarmouth CC club time trial from Ashby, using two and a bit laps of the 25-mile Somerleyton course, with variations.

Pat Harbord had the potential to win and set off at quite a pace, but had a different route in mind, so he went off course, letting in Nick Esser to win the club championship with his 1-18:39 result.

Jenny Anderson was the faster of the two VC Baracchi women, with 1-30:36 to Tracy Prewer's 1-32:32. The other Baracchi time was that of John Swanbury, with 1-28:45.

The fastest rider was the VC Norwich visitor, Phil Hargreaves, with 1-16:01.

John Thompson rode the Lincolnshire RRA 25-mile time trial in 1-13:05. The winner was Ian Dalton (Cherry Valley RT) in 54.46.

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