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Seasons bests for pair

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:05 05 July 2010

TWO members of Velo Club Baracchi have notched up memorable performances.

Tracy Prewer won the women's section of an open time trial and Paul Clarke set a new current best time with 1-01:45 in a 25-mile time trial.

TWO members of Velo Club Baracchi have notched up memorable performances.

Tracy Prewer won the women's section of an open time trial and Paul Clarke set a new current best time with 1-01:45 in a 25-mile time trial.

Prewer rode the King's Lynn 25-mile event on a sporting course starting at Fincham, all on 'A' roads.

“It was so windy on the way out, that on the way back I was nine minutes quicker,” she said.

“All I kept thinking when I was struggling against the blustery wind was that the cyclists in Beijing don't give up when they are suffering, so neither should I.”

Her efforts were all worth it in the end.

There were another four women in the event but she managed a win in a time of 1-14:49.

Taking into account the course and the weather, it was a pleasing result.

“I have had a look at what I did last year in very similar conditions, and this year's time was almost two-and-a-half minutes quicker,” she said.

Lee Bark from Stowmarket won the men's event in 55:29.

Paul Clarke and Mike Rainton were both entered in the Shaftesbury CC open 25-mile “middlemarkers” time trial on the A14 and A11, passing through Four Went Ways.

Clarke's time of 1-01:45 compared with 1-02:27 shown on his entry, being the fastest time he had ridden in the current and last three seasons.

Rainton, with 1-03:54, was just thirty seconds slower than his current best but it was a good result to squirrel away for this season's best times.

The fastest rider, James Whatling of PCA Ciclos Uno, despite having a previous current best of 58:02, was actually a wolf in sheep's clothing.

He is actually a strong roadman, who took third place in the Beccles Road Race, for example, and rode a time of 21:49 during the10-mile time trial stage of a Surrey Road Racing League event this year.

He slimmed his previous 25-mile time down by a huge chunk to a more realistic 51:56.

Most of the Velo Club Baracchi riders forgot the inter-club Holmes Cup 25-mile time trial at Somerleyton, but not Nick Esser, Richard Allen or new member Daniel Crompton.

Esser won in a fairly slow (for him) time of 1-05:40, one minute ahead of Brian Henderson of the Gt Yarmouth club.

Paul Anderson of Yarmouth also rode.

Crompton had made an impressive start in the sport with a 20mph ride the previous week to record 30 minutes at the 10-mile distance, despite wearing trainers and not having set up his bike to best advantage.

In the 25-mile ride and properly kitted out he looked good and rode well, but unfortunately missed a turning.

A VCB club run of six riders went on Sunday via Halesworth and Darsham to Dunwich, taking a shorter route than usual in view of a downpour that led the riders to hurry for their tea and cakes.

At least there was a tailwind home and the riders were back before the next big shower.

Members not taking part in competition meet at the roundabout in Cotmer Road at 8.30am on Sundays and set off towards Stoven, usually picking up others along the way.


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