Club Run on the 9 April 2016 to Waxham Barns – A Pensioners Day Out

Club Run on the 9 April 2016 to Waxham Barns – A Pensioners Day Out

The weather prediction for Saturday would make the most ardent cyclist think twice before donning his wet gear and setting out on a ride. This, however, did not deter three of the NNW’s senor member’s team from deifying the forecast and setting off for a day’s enjoyment in the outer reaches of the North Norfolk lanes.

With only two members meeting at Pretty Corner the decision was taken to ride to the pickup point at Banningham. Meeting there was another club member, Trevor, who also had poured scorn on the forecast.

All agreed that we would ride to the clubs destination – The Great Barn at Waxham. Our route out was via Banningham, Skeyton, Worstead, Dilham church, High Hill, Brumstead Grange, Calthorpe Broad. Conditions were favourable going out with only a small drop of the wet stuff falling upon us.

Arriving at the Barns we were still relatively dry and ready for fuel.

Spirits raised by food and the thought of a tail wind most of the way home we set off on the long ride for home. Our route was Ingham, Happisburgh Common, Honing Hall, Briggate, Swanton Abbot, Tuttington, Erpingham.

Having said goodbye to Trevor near Skeyton our luck finally ran out and the heavens descended upon us in biblical proportions and did not stop until we arrived home.

Were we down hearted ? no , did we enjoy ourselves yes, were we wet ? YES

A fine route, taking us the back lanes to the Waxham – surely one to do again when the sun comes out and we are on summer bikes.

Average age: 70 

Conditions: Better than the workhouse. 

PC to PC 66 miles.

Role of Honour : Trevor, Harvey, Geoff 

 

 

 

 

TT Report

North Norfolk Wheelers 10 mile club time trial – Tuesday 5 April 2016, start time at 6:45pm: Bruce Williams reports

The North Norfolk Wheelers first evening time trial of the new season turned into an exciting affair as 40 riders unexpectedly descended on the Pretty Corner lay by on the A148 eager to test the power and speed in their legs early in the new season.  This was a record entry for the club on this course – including 20 or more guest riders from other local clubs – but plenty of NNW club helpers were on hand to assist with time-keeping and recording duties.

This course takes the riders, each starting at one minute intervals with the first off at 1845, to the Holt roundabout where they retrace on the A148 finishing just short of the starting point, the winner covering the 10 miles in the shortest time.  Course record has stood for many years to the late Zak Carr (an East Anglian and National time trial champion in the 1990’s and 2000’s) at 20 minutes and seven seconds, an average speed of just under 30 mph and a record that will clearly take some beating.

Nobody was thinking of records on this Tuesday evening with sunny conditions but a chill westerly wind prevailing, not that this dampened the excitement or enthusiasm of the 40 competitors.  A time trial is often referred to as the ‘race of truth’ as competitors ride alone and un-paced depending on their own physical and mental strength to sustain their best power output and speed.  As the song says,‘nobody said it was easy’!

Making up the record field were guest riders from a number of other Norfolk clubs including Iceni Velo, Norwich ABC, Strada Sport, API, Tri Anglia and students from the UEA. The NNW is recognised as a friendly club always keen to welcome guest riders that add to the spirit of each event as well as to the competition.

The sun was nearly disappearing over the horizon as last man at number 40, the promoting club’s Charlie Nurse, sprinted off the start line eager to get his club season off to a winning start.  Club officials are anticipating a close contest this season between club champion Charlie and second claim member, Laurence Wright (first claim Team Velo Velocity) who were separated by the odd few seconds in a number of club and open time trials at the end of last season.  Both are experienced campaigners and, non-professional cyclists though they may be, take their fitness, race preparation and training regime pretty seriously.
To prove the point, having started at number 15, on his return to the starting area and realising that the last riders were still to start, Laurence elected to go again starting at 41 !  First man off, Andy Elliott of Iceni velo, had a mechanical problem on his start but eventually got it sorted and also went off (again) at 42.  No point turning up and not getting your money’s worth.
John Swindells of Iceni Velo had cycled to work and then came by bike from Norwich to the start and of course rode home after the event.  There is commitment to training and cutting down on carbon emissions for you.  Despite riding on his road bike and the abundance of miles in his legs, he recorded a time of 23.16, about a minute down on what he might have done on his time trial bike, per his own estimate.
Anticipation proved correct as Nurse and Wright hammered their way round the course, NNW’s Nurse winning in a fast time of 21 minutes 16 seconds by just 4 seconds from Wright.  Chris Skinner of API came in third with 21.56, and Aiden Bond, another NN Wheeler known to have plenty of speed from club events over the last two years, came 4th in a time of 22.09. Karl Read also of the promoting club, with an actual time of 22.46, got first place on handicap.
Fast times are one thing but the spirit of enjoyable cycling competition is the most important thing with all riders keen to test or improve their fitness and enjoy the occasion socially with their fellow club members.
This set the season off superbly to what we expect will be a big season of club time trials with a number of NNW members also competing in open time trial events in East Anglia this season.  Hopefully, the guest riders who were most welcome this Tuesday evening will continue to turn up and enjoy the hospitality and spirit of friendly competition for many more of our events.

 

Full Results below

NNWheelers TT results 2016_Page_1

Club Run on the 6 April 2016 to The Goat at Skeyton – Leader Andrew Chapman

                 Club Run on the 6 April 2016 to The Goat at Skeyton – Leader Andrew Chapman

The weather forecast indicated light rain occasionally until 2.00pm and then a deluge after that. Notwithstanding this sober prediction seven club members met with Andrew to test the water on the club run to Skeyton.

Leaving Pretty Corner one member unfortunately punctured. Like dropping buttered bread which always lands the wrong way, the puncture was in the back tyre which always make life that little bit more entertaining. Puncture fixed, we rode to Itteringham and then up the hill to Blickling. It was here the weather forecast proved as trustworthy as a three pound note.

Down came the rain, if not in buckets then in rivers. The rain was coupled with high winds which were dangerous to say the least. 

All riders were however, for carrying on despite the rain and wind– there a tough lot in the NNW’S’ . We then rode down to Cawston, past the defunct Rat Catchers and onto Marsham where the luckless club member punctured again. Following this we rode to Buxton, Lamas and then Skeyton and finally the Goat. 

Lunch was excellent – first class service and food – we had the total attention of all the staff. Shortly after lunch it was back on our bikes and a wistful hope that the rains would stay away. Leaving the pub we went to Felmingham, Antingham, Hanworth, Sustead and Gresham. On route another cloud burst fell upon the riders as they neared home. 

Not the best of weathers – much talk about water proof gloves – but a really enjoyable route – one to do again in dry conditions. 

Thank you Andrew – may the sun shine upon you. 

Conditions: back to winter  

Eight riders out from PC: – Andrew, Trevor, John D, John S, Alan, Geoff, Paul, Mike (for a short while) 

Two punctures – one bike. PC to PC 40 miles.

Club Run on the 2 April 2016 to Pensthorpe Wild Life Park

                 Club Run on the 2 April 2016 to Pensthorpe Wild Life Park

Six members met at Pretty Corner for a club run billed for the café at Burnham Deepdale. However, as one member had a need to be home before the “witching hour” it was kindly decided to go a slightly shorter route.

With weather gloriously like spring the scene was set for an excellent days riding. We left Pretty Corner going out via West Beckham, Baconsthorpe, Stody, Thornage, Sharrington, Hindringham, by-road to Walsingham, Little Snoring airfield and then to Pensthorpe. This was a magical mystery tour for most riders had only travelled over parts of this route.

Pensthorpe café was its usual excellent food and service.

After lunch, a further treat was in store, instead of going home via the traditional route through Fakenham to Hindringham we went right out of Pensthorpe and then right into Little Ryburgh, Stibbard, Wood Norton, Foulsham, Guestwick, Odessa, Red Pits, Corpusty and Barningham Winter.

In all a cracking club run – plenty of new roads and a totally new route..

Homeward bound one member arrived home at 3.28.16 to just the faint smell of sulphur….

 

Conditions: Spring

 

Six riders out from PC: – Ben, Darryl, Geoff (pumpkin), Scott, Trevor, Harvey.

 

One puncture.

 

PC to PC 57 miles.

 

Mileages 58-68.