Chris Knowles has asked me to inform you that due to the continuing bad weather and poor visibility tonight’s time trial event at Thursford has been cancelled.
North Norfolk Wheelers Pretty Corner 10 mile TT results 24th May 2016
Following a victory in Ironman 70.3 Buenos Aires local professional triathlete Kim Morrison swapped the sun for a cold windy evening on the Norfolk Coast and produced a stunning ride of 22.33 to smash the previous ladies course record of 23.51 (held since 2010 by Catherine Essex). Kim has vastly improved her time-trialling times over the last few years and training on our local courses seem to be paying off.
In slow conditions Charlie Nurse won on the night with (21.41), with Kim second (22.33) and Mike Padfield third (23.20). Most people were slower this week with the cold air, strong wind and low humidity not conducive to fast times, although John Hayward bucked the trend with a seasons best of 24.17.
With the ladies record broken is there anyone that will break the men’s record of 20.07 that has been held by the late Zak Carr for over 20 years? Charlie Nurse has been the fastest on the course in recent years and is getting close. Maybe it will need a visitor to come and have a go?
Thanks to all the marshals, timekeepers and riders for another weekly instalment of fine time-trialling on the Norfolk Coast.
|25/05/2016||Pc 10m TT|
|MORRISON (f)||22.33||CPB and ladies course record|
|JAY S (f)||30.23|
Club Run on the 25 May 2016 to The Black Lion at Walshingham
Five club members met at Pretty Corner for our ride to The Black Lion at Walsingham. The weather was anything but conducive to a long hard slog on minor roads so a shorter version on a more direct route was taken. The BBC weather forecast (seaweed) indicated that all would be well after 10.00am. This forecast proved to be as helpful to the riders as a third ear is to an elephant.
Leaving PC we rode to Kelling Heath, Langford, The Dome, Binham to Walsingham and then the pub. With the rain still descending we were grateful to find a large fire waiting for us as well as excellent food and service.
After lunch and suitable dried out, we rode homeward going via Hindringham, Bale, Sharrington, Hempstead, Baconsthorpe, West Beckham and finally home.
My thanks to those hard riders who braved the elements and made poor conditions irrelevant.
Conditions: Cold, light rain most of the way with a moderate cold wind.
PC to PC 41 miles.
Role of Honour: John S, Andrew, Alan, Kevin and Geoff
Club Run on the 21 May 2016 to The Peacocks Teashop at Hoe
Two club members met at Pretty Corner for our ride to the Peacocks Tearoom which is situate just out of Hoe.
At our pick up point in Reepham another club member greeted us and so off we set at a cracking pace despite a strong headwind in our face for most of the outward ride. Our journey took us to Whitwell – going past the station – then Sparham to Bylaugh ( how do you pronounce it ?) and then Robertson Barracks. Here, there were signs warning of “marching troops” but in reality the only marching was of three bikes going flat out for a well-deserved lunch.
For those who have not been to the café it is a real gem.
After lunch we had the added incentive of a strong tailwind most of the way home. Our route now was Hoe church to Woodgate and then Peaseland Green, Collin Green to Attlebridge, Swannington Upgate, Haveringland and finally Cawston (passed the disappearing Rat Catchers) to Itteringham and home
An excellent days riding – fast on the outward bound and even faster on the return.
Conditions: Stiff headwind out, strong tailwind home.
PC to PC 61 miles.
Role of Honour: Harvey, Geoff and Malcolm (and still room for a few more riders)
Report from the Great Yarmouth CC 25 mile Open TT (BS/13a) on the 22nd May 2016 by Mike Padfield
With rain forecast I was planning on taking my road bike for this ‘sporting’ course in the heart of the Broads. However as is often the case with BBC weather they got it wrong and although the roads were wet in places it wasn’t raining so I decided on my TT bike. Having not ridden it before I drove round part of it and it looked like it would be a tricky course with a few small hills, tight bends and parked cars. Luckily there were lots of marshals (c.20?!) along the route to look out for us and guide us around the bends. Even so riders had to keep their wits about them and be ready on the brakes.
Pre-race talk was of previous crashes, poor road surfaces and busy main roads which made me think “what am I doing here?” At the start a marshal pointed out numerous parts along the course to be aware of but that marshals would be everywhere. Not being familiar with the course road names and places this didn’t really mean anything so I planned on going easy whenever I saw a hi-vis vest!
The start was a fast downhill then a short climb to the junction at the B1074 and left along a bendy section to Somerleyton and then a very sharp left towards the village of Lound with cars parked on either side of the road in places. Four marshals were present here. After Lound there was a fast downhill right hand bend with off-camber and surface gravel in places that was tricky in the wet and then a climb up to the main A143. Here there was a sharp left, avoiding any cars and then south west along an up and down section to St.Olaves with a very sharp left back to the B1074. This was repeated for a second lap with the finish close to the start.
I didn’t judge the course very well and was too fast on the first lap as I was too busy trying to better my ave. speed so I suffered on the second lap. It was tricky to get any sort of rhythm being on edge quite a bit of the time with all the obstacles and frequently getting out of the aero-position. A stopped car past a blind bend in the middle of the road tested out my brakes and ability to control a rear wheel slide. Having made it round ok, all-in-all it was a good morning session with some tasty cakes laid on by the hosts afterwards at the Village Hall.
The winner was Mark Richards of V.C. Baracchi with a 56:54, second Steve Gorbutt of Diss & District C.C. with 57:14 and third Jim Hardwicke of Plomesgate C.C. with 58:35. Fastest lady was Verity Smith of Stowmarket & District C.C. with 1:03:26, taking nearly a minute off the course record set in 2009. John Swindells and Paul Groombridge won the 2-up after they crashed into each other! (see John’s report here: Here)
If I learnt a couple of things it was that TT bikes with skinny tyres and 120PSI don’t go round corners very fast in the wet and it made me grateful of our ‘relatively’ smooth main roads in North Norfolk.
Full results are posted here:
There are also comprehensive photos of all the riders on the Great Yarmouth CC Facebook pages.
Don’t you just love it when something works out really well. And so it was with to-day’s ride. 4 Wheelers true met at PC to follow Robert to Mundesley. Robert had planned the route the night before but it didn’t quite work out as planned which was great – new lanes! It was basically Aldborough, Erpingham, Colby, Felmingham before turning north to take in Bradfield and Trunch before arriving in Mundesley. This sounds traditional, but an unorthodox left after the junction between Red Barn Lane and Mill Rd. set the tone for the ride – lots of little unusual twists.
The Corner Cafe at Mundesley is always nice to visit but we usually do so when wringing wet – how nice that the showers which we saw falling around the area left us completely alone. Malcolm met us at the cafe and joined us for a bit of the ride home.
The route back to PC was straightforward except for the “zig-zags” dialled in by Robert – there was no danger of being torpedoed by enemy submarines! And we were using little-trodden lanes.
Alan punctured loudly as we approached Gresham – this was notable for the “ever so impressive” use of a gas canister inflator.
The weather was good but a tad windy and we got a slight dusting of rain as we approached PC. Still – we expected a dousing.
A super ride. Many thanks, Robert.
5 out. 37 miles PC to PC. 1 puncture (impressively dealt with).
Time Trial Results Pretty Corner 10m TT (B10/5) 17/5/16
A good turnout of riders including three from TriHarman triathlon club turned out for the club time trial. The ladies were flying with Louise Marsden finding some early season form with a course PB and Teresa Harman knocking over a minute off her course PB.
It was business as usual for Charlie Nurse with one of his best times on this course for the year as he continues his preparation for the amateur world qualifying ‘chrono TT’ in Cambridgeshire early next month. With a couple of training ‘tweaks’ and optimum conditions on this course he is sure to break his course PB later this year (no pressure!).
Second was Aiden Bond who went under 22 minutes for the first time this year on this course, with Dan Watts third. Karl Read posted his second fastest time on the course and Mike Padfield went under 23 minutes with a PB of 22.47. ‘Super veteran’ Brian Platts went under 26 minutes for the first time this year.
Thanks to all the riders for supporting the event and to the time-keepers and marshals for organising another great evening of racing.
|17/05/2016||Pc 10m TT|
Club Run on the 14 May 2016 to The Olive Branch at Tunstead – Leader Geoff Poulter
Riding up to Pretty Corner GP found only one person – Charlie from the Cotswold Cycle Club – ready to join him. We rode directly to Banningham where we were greeted by Robin Rush. A discussion then followed on the length of the route to take. This was curtailed slightly from the planned one due to the persistent cold wind that showed no sign of abating.
Our way out was Tuttington, Skeyton, Swanton Abbott, to Worstead and then Briggate, Honing , Dilham Church, Dilham, Anchor Street and then back lanes to Tunstead.
At the café we were joined by Malcolm.
Food was good as usual at this cyclists café and our visitor was suitable impressed at the cycling memorabilia on display as well as the bikes for sale at the end of the café.Break over. It was now a hard slog into a bitter NNW wind all the way home which was via the only dual carriage way in Norfolk then Tuttington, Banningham and finally Sheringham.
Our guest thanked us for our hospitality and commented that this was one of the most scenic rides he had been on.
We hope he will join us again for a further excursion into deepest Norfolk !.
Conditions: hard and bitter cold wind – not much fun on the way out and certainly not much fun back.
Role of Honour: Robin, Charlie, Geoff and Malcolm – at café.