Super Dupen sets record

PUBLISHED: 08:00 05 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:11 05 July 2010

John Dupen in record-breaking action. PICTURE: Mark Cozens

John Dupen in record-breaking action. PICTURE: Mark Cozens

JOHN Dupen of Velo Club Baracchi, who has been consistently the fastest of the club's time trial riders in recent weeks, felled one of the club's records on Sunday.

JOHN Dupen of Velo Club Baracchi, who has been consistently the fastest of the club's time trial riders in recent weeks, felled one of the club's records on Sunday.

Riding in the East Anglian VTTA open time trial on the A14 and A11 roads from Newmarket to Four Went Ways, Dupen set a new VCB 25-mile veteran record.

His time of 57:25 was a “plus” of 15:25 (inside his age-related veteran standard time), so the record set at +14:59 ridden by Reg Annis in 1996 was well beaten.

It was Dupen's best ever plus, by 19 seconds.

Dupen was also the fastest VCB rider in the event but Paul Clarke, like Dupen, also improved on his current best time.

His 1-01:28 was a good ride on a hot windy day with mostly a mixed bag of side-winds on the dual carriageway course with a somewhat harder return leg.

John Swanbury rode a year's best time of 1-02:16 (+14:55).

Mike Rainton, who instead of choosing something less strenuous as a preparation, had ridden from Manchester to Chesterfield the day before, achieved 1-05:32.

Other riders who shone included Laura Robinson of CC Breckland, who rode so well that paradoxically she may have been disappointed.

With 1-00:10, she so missed out on going under the hour.

Ian Cammish of Planet X won on scratch, in 51:21. 7

8-year-old Ron Hallam of South Pennine RC defied his age as always, this time with a 1-00:05 ride.

Earlier in the week the Diss & District CC rounded off their summer season of evening time trials with an event on the usual Billingford A143 course supported by 27 solo riders (including 17 of their own) and one tandem, ridden by Swanbury and Clarke.

It was Clarke's first tandem ride and he found that stoking the old Claud Butler was much harder than anticipated, but together they achieved a pleasing 24:24.

Richard Allen of VCB also took part and he timed in at 28:29.

There was a tailwind start and it was the headwind return from the Needham Road roundabout that gave the riders a challenging time.

The fastest rider was Brian Starr of West Suffolk Wheelers with 23:39.

Fifteen-year-old Tom Fitzpatrick of the home club took second in 23:58, just clear of another four riders within the next seven seconds including Jonny Ramsay of the Diss club with 24:01 for a third place finish.

Fergus Muir of TA East, the EDP cycling correspondent, rode his trike round in 31:03.

The last Gt Yarmouth CC evening time trial at Somerleyton gave their former member James Eman of Anglia Velo his only chance to ride the Somerleyton 10-mile course this year.

He added a very pleasing quick ride of 22:28 to his tally this year to win the event.

This was 31 seconds under his previous course best, and was an excellent time for this Somerleyton circuit.

Lowestoft rider Joe Skipper of Lotto Olympia Team Interbike was second in 23:36, with Mike King of VCB third in 27:03 and Allen of VCB fourth in 28:32.

There was only one other rider, Adrian Ford, who punctured.

The winner, Eman, described the conditions as: “nice and warm with a westerly wind, but not too strong, there was plenty of shelter” after his success.

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