VC Baracchi trio opt to ride first claim for DAP CC

PUBLISHED: 06:13 30 June 2017

Mark Saunders was fifth fastest in Iceni Velo's 10 mile time trial. Picture: Dominic Austrin

Mark Saunders was fifth fastest in Iceni Velo's 10 mile time trial. Picture: Dominic Austrin


Mark Saunders and Paul Hayward of Velo Club Baracchi were both in the top 10 at Iceni Velo’s 10-mile open time trial on Saturday.

Saunders took fifth place with 22:38 and Hayward was 10th with 22:46 while Daniel Bloy of Team VeloVelocity won in 20:34.

Jenny Anderson, a VCB member who rides first claim for Great Yarmouth CC, was third in the ladies’ prizes with 26:06.

Mark Richards of VCB took third place in the Godric CC open 50-mile time trial on the A143 between Harleston and Stockton, which was hard and slow going with the wind direction and new stone-chipping.

The top four were Matthew Senter (Team VeloVelocity, 1-48:51), Bloy (1-51:59), Richards (1-59:16) and Simon Daw (Velo Schils Interbike RT, 1-59:55).

Hayward achieved 2-09:26 while Francesca Hall of Race Hub Tri Club was first woman in 2-11:30.

In the Godric CC open 10 the top three riders were all from VCB, with Richards first in 21:44, Liam Gentry second in 21:50 and Hayward third in 22:48. John Swanbury recorded 25:50 and Jenny Anderson was top woman with 26:35.

The top three places of 12 in Great Yarmouth CC’s club 10 were taken by VCB’s Saunders in 23:30, and Lucas He in 23:39 and Paul Dennington in 23:42.

In GYCC’s 10 VCB riders also achieved the top three. VCB times were Lucas He 23:31, Dennington 24:09, Luke Rowell 25:39, Mark Womack 28:00 and Josh Womack 35:59.

In the VC Norwich road race at Great Cressingham, won by Ian Lee of RAF CA, Richards punctured but got back on to finish a creditable 16th.

John Thompson rode The Windmill Rides 210km (131.25 miles) audax from Chelmsford in 13 hours.

The VCB 30-mile championship will be in GYCC’s rearranged club time trial on July 9 (8.30am) while VCB’s Summer Road race will be on Sunday, July 16 from 9am on the Ringsfield course.

There are some membership changes in the air, with Richards, Gentry and Nick Esser shortly to ride first claim for DAP CC, though Richards will maintain VCB membership and vice-chairmanship. He said, “It saddens me to move on from the club which has seen me though club rides to national championships but the opportunity has arisen to broaden my path in cycling.”

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