After the hot temperatures experienced at the weekend we were back to normal temperatures and rain for the North Norfolk Wheelers Albert Lefever Trophy 25 mile TT from Holt to Fakenham. Albert Lefever was a notable member of the North Norfolk Wheelers. The story goes that Albert made a wooden bike which broke whilst he was riding time trials and he was unfortunately killed! (Geoff Paice has the full story!) With modern carbon and aluminium frames breaking road bikes thankfully doesn’t happen very often these days. The trophy in Albert’s name is awarded annually for the outright fastest time on this course.
After an initial downpour, conditions were mostly dry with a light westerly wind helping the riders on the outward leg. Atypically of most regional courses this is not a flat course and has a long gradually climb out of Letheringsett to get the legs burning in the first couple of miles. A long exposed flattish section then takes the riders to Little Snoring, then a short climb up to the Fakenham bypass. A sharp turn at the Fakenham roundabout and back against a headwind to Holt. The last 500m is a nasty little incline to sap the final energy reserves from the competitors. With rear lights flashing in the dull conditions everyone made it round safely. A heavy rain shower caught the last of the riders as they crossed the line.
Charlie Nurse recorded the fastest time of 54.48, with Steve Gorbutt second with 55.36 and Dave Watts third with 58.12. There were two Course Personal Bests from Mike Padfield and John Morgan, who came first and third on the handicap times respectively.
Full results are as follows (handicap time) NURSE – 54.48(54.10), GORBUTT 55.36, WATTS 58.12, WATKINS 59.25, PADFIELD 60.01 (53.28), WOODLEY 62.12 (54.51), MORGAN 63.18 (54.51), HAYWARD 63.50 (56.46), THOROLD 74.19 (59.14).