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PUBLISHED: 14:00 29 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:10 05 July 2010

Mark Newnham

Mark Newnham

THREE Velo Club Baracchi riders achieved personal bests in the CC Breckland open 10-mile time trial on the A11 at Besthorpe.

Duncan Lines, Mark Newnham and Mike Wood were all able to take advantage of the tailwind start and make the best of the hard return for their best times, while John Dupen was the quickest Baracchi rider.

THREE Velo Club Baracchi riders achieved personal bests in the CC Breckland open 10-mile time trial on the A11 at Besthorpe.

Duncan Lines, Mark Newnham and Mike Wood were all able to take advantage of the tailwind start and make the best of the hard return for their best times, while John Dupen was the quickest Baracchi rider.

The Baracchi results were John Dupen 22:48, Mark Newnham 23:45, George Kerridge 24:02, John Swanbury 24:22, Duncan Lines 24:46, Paul Clarke 24:52, Mike King 25:11, Mike Rainton 25:17, Mike Wood 26:36, John Thompson 26:42.

Richard O'Rourke of Flitch Crono won in 19:55 from Nino Piccoli of API-Metrow (20:11), Lee Bark of Stowmarket and District CC (20:24) and James Eman of Anglia Velo (20:49). Ron Hallam of South Pennine RC was the veteran winner with 23:47 at age 78. Laura Robinson of CC Breckland won the women's prize in 24:20.

John Dupen had ridden on Saturday in the Redbridge CC 25 mile time trial on the E2 course from Newmarket on the A14 and A11, in which his time was 59:26. John Thompson's time of 1-08:43 was his fastest this year. The winner was Richard O'Rourke (Flitch Crono) in 51:14.

The Great Yarmouth CC Club time trial on the hard Somerleyton course attracted 11 Baracchi riders but none of theirs. On this occasion most of the riders had decided on an 'athletes' 10' with no aero aids. Pat Harbord excelled with 24:28 on his road bike but most of the times reflected the lack of tri-bars and aero wheels.

Mike King was riding his usual machine and was pleased with his fastest time on the course for a number of years. New member Daniel Crompton rode a personal best 27:31.

The times were Pat Harbord 24:28, Mike King 25:58, Andy Harris 26:45, Nick Esser 26:53, Ian McCluskey 27:03, Daniel Crompton 27:31, Richard Allen 27:54, Mark Newnham 28:02 John Swanbury 29:06, Paul Bedford 29:09, Nikki Hawkes 30:15.

Earlier in the week the last Godric CC club 10 mile time trial of the year, with 22 riders, included eight from Velo Club Baracchi, with Dupen fastest again in 23:19 and a puncture for Mike Wood that kept him from starting. The other times were George Kerridge 24:27, Paul Clarke 25:05, Mike King 25:22, John Swanbury 25:51, Mike King 26:13, Mike Rainton 26:35 and John Cooper 28:23.

Riding the undulating Plomesgate CC Club course seems as if it does one good, like organic food, so Paul Clarke and John Cooper grabbed one of the last helpings on offer this year. Fast times are not on offer so Clarke achieved 26:08 and Cooper 29:00. Fastest was Jim Hardwicke of Plomesgate CC in 24:11.

On the road racing scene, Lowestoft's enthusiastic young rider Joe Skipper of Lotto Olympia Team Interbike took third place in his team road race. On his way to join the winning break Skipper put in a blistering attack that nobody was able to match.

His club mate Chris Guy led home a break of five riders that also included Shaun Aldous of the same club, Oliver Caddy of Cambridge CC and Harry Penn of Mammoth Lifestyle RT.

Guy finished ahead of Penn with Joe Skipper rounding off the podium and Aldous fourth and Caddy fifth.

Skipper had previously ridden two-up in 22:36 with Godric CC's Mike Hudspith in the Godric time trial.


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