Tom continues connection fron New Zealand

PUBLISHED: 11:44 01 January 2016

Tim Cowan in the K150 road event in New Zealand’'s North Island.

Tim Cowan in the K150 road event in New Zealand’'s North Island.


Tim Cowan, who rode for Velo Club Baracchi regularly until he left for New Zealand some years ago, has declared his intention to re-join for 2016, so that his rides on the other side of the world will be of particular interest to old friends.

Cowan is an engineering systems manager for an international company. His recent cycling exploits have included a round of the Auckland Cyclocross championships for a 10th-place finish.

He also rode the K150 road event, which was 135km with 1,800 metres of vertical climbing, finishing in seventh.

Finally he rode the Lake Taupo Huka Challenge, 85km of single track MTB action for five hours in the saddle.

He said: “I could have ridden harder but it was a pure fun event for me. I will race it next year properly.”

John Thompson of Velo Club Baracchi has arranged reliability rides for the VC Baracchi, to take place on January 10.

The start and finish will be from outside Life Cycles’ shop at the far western end of Mobbs Way, (Oulton industrial estate, off Gorleston Road), with the four-hour riders at 8.30am, 3.5 at 9am and three hours at 9.30am.

Paul Bedford has kindly confirmed that riders can use the facilities in the shop. There should also be refreshments at the finish.

Two Sundays ago Thompson rode “Santa Special” 203.3km audax, organised by Suffolk CTC.

It started and finished at Great Bromley and the controls were at Wickham Market, Halesworth, Palgrave, near Diss, Sudbury and Monks Eleigh before the return to Great Bromley.

The weather was mild and to start with there was a tail wind to Halesworth, then a mixture of help and hindrance between Sudbury and Monks Eleigh.

The wind dropped considerably in the late afternoon so the last 33km or so from Monks Eleigh were mostly good and there was a “sting in the tail”, the one-in-10 hill just south of Manningtree with about five miles to go.

The riders largely escaped the rain, though it rained hard nearby.

Other riders have been out training over the holidays, especially as four of the club’s riders are in the New Year’s Day time trial.

One of them, Liam Gentry, was one of two riders who crossed paths with Thompson at Sotherton on Sunday.

The rain caused Thompson to ride a shorter route than he had intended and he kept his waterproofs on throughout.

He went via Uggeshall to Halesworth, then Walpole and Peasenhall and eventually onwards to Kelsale, Theberton and Westleton to Dunwich, for a light lunch in Dingle Hill and a return via Blythburgh, the A12 to Frostenden and then Henstead, around 45 miles in all.

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