VC Baracchi member Kate Churchill helps with Land’s End to John O’Groats ride

PUBLISHED: 16:43 22 September 2017

Mel Paddington from Thetford heads for her win in the VF category. Picture: John Styles

Mel Paddington from Thetford heads for her win in the VF category. Picture: John Styles


Saturday’s rain caused cancellation of the CC Breckland 30-mile time trial on the A11, so VC Baracchi cyclists entered in it did not have any results to report.

Kate Churchill of VCB was, however, busy for nine days recently in an event that the weather could not stop.

She has just finished chaperoning on the Deloitte ‘Ride Across Britain’ Land’s End to John O’Groats charity ride.

It’s a ride of 969 miles in nine days and 800 riders took part, some of whom aren’t really usual bike riders.

She spoke of “an unbelievable amount of courage shown by many of the weaker riders who finished despite poor conditions this year. There was lots of rain and head winds in Scotland.”

Mike Rainton of VCB has devised an informal local event to remember Frank Edwards, a Lowestoft cyclist who hailed from Norwich but later settled in the town and had a bicycle shop in St Peters Street for some years before his retirement.

The ride is on Sunday from Carlton Colville church at 8.30am at St Peter’s Church in Carlton Colville and local cyclists will be very welcome. Entrants should expect to ride about 50 miles.

Rainton said, “Frank was a true legend from the Brighton to Newcastle Race in 1953, which he won. He also represented England in the 1953 Tour of Britain.”

This Saturday VCB is staging a 10-mile open time trial from Earsham, organised by Mark Richards. Though he now rides for DAP CC he retains VCB membership and is vice-chairman of the club.

Seventy-three riders are entered and also two tandem teams in the tandem event. Further helpers may be needed.

The further local open event on Sunday and another next weekend’s will wind up the time trial season for another year.

In the final round of the Mud, Sweat and Gears mountain bike series there were wins for local riders Kieran Jarvis (Junior), Mel Paddington (Vet Female) and Paul Groombridge (Vet Male) while Emma Bond won the Female 18-39 category.

The course at Langdon Hills, near Basildon, was slippery early on but dried out – and the racing line was then rolled to an even smoother surface by the passing of umpteen wheels.

Things were close between juniors Jarvis and Robert Staines until Jarvis opened a gap at about half distance.

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