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VCB riders take part in audax event

PUBLISHED: 16:47 08 November 2012

Velo Club Baracchi riders John Thompson, Mike Rainton and Steve Cone rode the Norfolk "Norfolk Nips 1" 101km audax event on Saturday.

The start and finish was at Hellesdon and places visited included Weybourne, Sheringham, Cromer, Mundlesey, Walcott, East Ruston, Worsted, Buxton and Horham St Faith.

Thompson completed it in just over five hours, which he was pleased with. He said that Rainton was a few minutes behind him, although he went off route somewhat so would probably have got round in quite a fast time. Steve Cone took a little longer as his riding companion punctured twice.

Conditions for the event were quite good although the wind got up a bit and there was a side-headwind after we turned off the coast road, but nothing significant and mostly it was dry.

The Gt Yarmouth CC hill climb at Bramerton seems to have been rained off on Sunday.

A few VCB riders ventured out into the November monsoon but most seem to have wisely stayed indoors.

A week before this Thompson rode the Stevenage CTC Emitremmus – end of summertime 101km audax.

He said: “I completed the ride in just over six hours, which will sound downright slow to some but was okay considering the ‘humpy’ nature of the route and the long queues at the controls – it’s a very popular event. It involves some very nice lanes and villages on the Essex/Herts border.”

The club’s annual meeting is on Monday, November 12 at the Tramway Hotel and the annual prize presentation is five days later at the Marquis of Lorne.

The prize presentation will be followed the next day by the Chairman’s Breakfast ride to Bungay. This year the chairman Brian Boxall will probably miss the ride as he has been working so hard for lots of training, but will probably rendezvous with the riders at the café.

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