Update on David Carrier from David Carrier

Update from David Carrier who asked me to share this with you:
No operation, but standard procedure for such spinal cord bruising is 2-3 weeks lying flat straight on a very hard bed. At times it’s been absolute agony and completely degrading. That’s over now and I’m pain free. Rehab has started. Never lost any feeling in my legs, although I landed heavily on the left leg pulling all the muscles in the groin, so I’m only just able to put some body weight through it.
Unfortunately, what they don’t tell you is the incredible amount of muscle wastage that occurs when you lie in bed for so long and how the brain stops sending signals to the leg muscles about not only how to stand,but also how to walk! Added to which, standing upright feels like you’re on one of those spinning chairs at the funfair! Astronauts suffer exactly the same symptoms when returning to Earth apparently and they to have to be taught how to walk again.
Sat in a chair 3 days ago for the first time and it was like I’d just run a marathon. Much better today. Can sit in a chair much easier and I’m just starting to be able to put weight through the left leg, plus I went to the toilet without aid for the first time. Even taking a few steps seems to increase muscle tone and it’s almost as if some muscle bulk has reappeared over night!
So we’re on the road to recovery.

Many thanks for the update David – we all wish you well

Wisbech Wheelers open ‘25’ mile time trial

Wisbech Wheelers open ‘25’ mile time trial, Sunday 15 May – Bruce Williams reports
Blue skies and bright sunny conditions greeted the 70 riders drawn mainly from East Anglian and Fenland clubs for the Wisbech Wheelers ‘25’ with the early chilly wind giving way to hotter temperatures as the morning progressed.  This course, code B25/6, straddles west Norfolk and north Cambridgeshire – the flat Fenlands beckon, but the promise (something of a falsehood in itself) of flat roads and fast times is contradicted by this road’s legendary exposure to constant cross winds, with no roadside protection, which always seem to prevail in these Fenland areas.
Alongside two other enthusiasts, I was marshalling at the westerly turn on the A47 this side of Wisbech, the course starting west of Kings Lynn, proceeding westwards on the A47 with the full distance made up by two laps, so the competitors turn twice at my position, at 6 and approximately 18.5 miles.
Favourite on the day was Daniel Bloy of Team Velovelocity (TVV) who won this event last year with a rapid 52 minute and 32 seconds ride (52.32) with Barry Charlton, hailing from the Potteries, expected to run him close.  50 years of age and clearly prepared to travel for his cycle competition, Barry is also known for his expertise on the trike holding a number of course and national records on 3 wheels, a fast veteran and cycling all-rounder.  In form Charlie Nurse of the NNW was expected to offer a challenge to these favourites with 2nd claim member, Laurence Wright, perhaps a slightly unexpected starter. When he is in the groove, Laurence is also a serious challenger.
There was a strong women’s entry as well, headed by Jennifer Smart (VC Norwich) who is as much interested as beating the time of her husband, Mark, as taking the prize money in the women’s event (more of this later) Sally Withey (Team Swift) and Rebecca Murley, Wisbech Wheelers, on her 2nd comeback appearance this season after 4 years away from time trialling.  Jennifer actually came 2nd with a one hour and four minute ride (1.4) with Rebecca well pleased with 1.5 and Sally less impressed with her 1.6, but the win went to 19 year old Jennifer McAndrew (Team Jadan) recording an excellent 1.3, clearly a young woman with a cycling future.  This time was only just over one minute slower than her father, Graham, the event secretary’s notes indicating that ‘Dad paid the entry fees’ for both of them.  That and the travelling costs, cycle equipment, food and refreshment no doubt….
At the 6 mile first turn, I could barely separate the main rivals – Bloy, Charlton, Paul Jay (TVV) Mathew Senter (Peterboro CC) Charlie and Laurence – all being close.  On the 2nd turn, I noted that Bloy, Charlton and Nurse all took +/- 26 minutes to cover the (just over) 12 miles between the first and second turn, whilst other fast riders were on 27 minutes.  Bloy and Charlton were clearly close and I had Charlie 20-30 seconds down on Bloy but distancing himself from other rivals.
This was a good day for this course with unusually low wind speeds enabling Bloy to win with a short 52 minute ride which, at first, I thought beat the course record of Peter Balls (dating from 2009) by just two seconds.  However, I was informed that Matthew Smith (then of TVV) took the course record with a time of 51.17 in 2014; this guy has a 47 minute time to his name on the rapid E2/25 course and is a contender for the National ‘25’ that will be promoted by the EDCA in August.  Charlton came in with a mid 52 and Charlie got 3rd place squeezing out a long 52, much more pleasing than a short 53.  Laurence came 5th with a 54, a fine performance for someone suffering from a cold and without much recent competition, earning congratulations from his coach (the omnipresent Daniel Bloy !) in the process.
Charlie was justifiably pleased with his performance and placing with me noting that he seems to be narrowing the gap between himself and Bloy who has been a prolific winner of EDCA events in recent years.  It should equally be noted, however, that Daniel and Team Velovelocity are having a serious shot at the National ‘100’ later this season (they won the team prize in this event in 2014 and in the National 50 last year) and are aiming for high placings in the individual and team BAR, which requires training for the 12 hour event and this kind of training may have an effect on short distance speed.  Rather Bloy than me (or you). 
Laurence Wright, who is 1st claim TVV, is also likely to participate in their team tilts at the National 100 and BAR having already demonstrated his capability at the longer distances in recent years both at time trials and in mountain-bike competition, his other speciality. The British Best All Rounder (BAR) as a title and prize has existed for almost 100 years and is calculated by the fastest aggregate speed achieved in open time trials at each of 50 and 100 miles plus the 12 hour event. For women it is over 25, 50 and 100 miles.  The winning team consists of 3 riders. 
Incredibly, back in the late 1960’s, the incomparable Beryl Burton OBE recorded 277 miles in the 12 hour event which, at the time, was National Competition record for both men (ed. which no man could beat for over 2 years!) and women and remains the women’s record to this day. Seven times world road and pursuit champion and a completely amateur cyclist assisted only by her husband, Burton won the women’s BAR for 25 consecutive years into the 1980’s and established women’s competition records at every distance, which stood for 20-25 years.  Truly a record of accomplishment (without financial reward) that is unlikely ever to be matched, let alone surpassed, by any British sporting figure in any sport.
Finally, in the battle of the Smart’s, male pride was, for once, restored with Mark Smart defeating the time of his wife by almost 4 minutes.  Had I seen him back at HQ, I would have wished him well, hoping that it was ultimately worthwhile.  I am not sure that it will be.  The more serious question for the NNW is ‘how much faster can Nurse get?’

Club Run on the 11 May 2016 to the Forget Me Not Café at Lenwade. – Leader Alan Fisher

Club Run on the 11 May 2016 to the Forget Me Not Café at Lenwade. – Leader Alan Fisher

Hard work on preparing a club run always pays dividends. This was certainly true of the club’s Wednesday ride to Lenwade which totalled some 51 miles.

Six club members rallied to Alan’s call for a spirited ride to one of the cheapest cafes in the County.

Leaving Pretty Corner we rode first of all to Little Barningham, then Saxthorpe and then onto Guestwick. On route we picked up John M out for a ride. He decided to join us for a while.

Next it was onto Foxley Wood (land of the blue bells) and then Billingsford. We then rode from Billingsford through the beautiful Bylaugh Park and on to Mill Street then Lyng and finally the café.

Large quantities of sustenance later we were ready for the return leg going via Branston, Cawston, Oulton Street and then finally Itteringham and home.

An excellent ride and thank you Alan. 

Conditions: Brilliant – except for the occasional muddy lane which gave consternation to one club member…….. 

Café: Good and cheap

Min: 51 miles

Role of Honour: John S, John M – part way, Alan, Robert, Kevin, Barry, Malcolm – at café.




Albert Lefever trophy 25 mile Time Trial Results

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).


Tonight’s Time Trial

Message from Chris Knowles:

Chris Knowles and Geoff Paice  have agreed that providing the weather stays as it currently is tonight’s time trial will go ahead as planned.

They stress however, once again, the importance of competitors having a rear light for increased visibility.

Thank you

60 Super Miles Club Run to Bircham Mill Café on the 7 May 2016


   We have waited months for a break in the cold wet dismal weather of winter and finally we got it on this Saturday. With summer bikes polished and summer gear on three club members met at the Park and Ride destination of Hempton for a glorious tour of the lanes of West Norfolk. On our travels we were able to see the Wash in the distance as well as view the imposing church spire of Sedgeford. Also, we saw the majestic building of Houghton Hall.

Best of all was however, the number of “new lanes”we were introduced to on this club run.

Our outward journey was via Shereford, Broomsthorpe, Bagthorpe, Stanhoe, Docking, Fring, Inmere, Sedgeford, Fring and finally, Bircham Mill and then the café.

 The pace was good on the outward journey and we were assisted by a reasonable tail wind. Bircham Mill is surely one of the cyclist’s favourite cafes – there is a good selection of food at reasonable prices and the service is hospitable.

The homeward bound route was via Houghton, Weasenham, Lexham, Litcham, Wellingham, the Raynhams, Oxwick and finally, Beacon Hill.

On this leg GP had the misfortune to collect a side slit in his tyre from an evil flint which effected a burst which could possibly be heard in Sheringham. This minor problem was soon rectified by a make do patch (thanks Harvey) and a long pump (thanks Barry).

With no more mishaps it was homeward to Hempton.

A glorious days cycling, quality miles in the legs as a reward. For those who could not make it, sorry this was a real cracker, but take heart, another journey to the West is already being planned.

Conditions: Brilliant

Café: First Class

Min: 59 miles

Max: 97 miles Note: This route also has the options to be considerable shorter if time is short or legs are tired.

Quote from Barry “reckoned it was the best ride he has had in Norfolk”.

Role of Honour: Harvey, Barry and Geoff



Puffing Hilly Ride – 4 May 2016 – leader John Sharples

Puffing Hilly Ride – 4 May 2016 – leader John Sharples

With the weather set at last in summer mode a good turnout of 12 club members met at Pretty Corner for the seemingly innocuous club ride to The Globe at Wells Next The Sea. A popular destination for members with the added attraction that we would be able to sit outside in glorious sunshine.

Leaving Pretty Corner we rode back lanes to Bodham where we then crossed the main road to ride down the hill past Weybourne station. This may have given some in the group an inkling that there may be a penalty to pay for the glorious swoop down to the village. Sure enough, a quick turn left found us on part of the clubs 18.5 mile club hilly. All members appreciated, having climbed forever upwards to the summit, how hard it must be for the time trial members to race there.

We then followed a series of hills and dips as we made our way across to the outskirts of Stiffkey where another challenge for the legs awaited us. Finally, we arrived at The Globe, tired having had an excellent tour of the hills of coastal Norfolk.

Not that much rest for the wicked (or club members) after excellent refreshment speedily served we were on our way again. This time it was a canter to Wighton, Binham, Saxlingham and then a quick main road to Holt and a cleaver diversion to Baconsthorpe and finally home.

A super challenging ride – thank you John

Conditions: Brilliant

Café: Good

PC to PC 40.63

Average 14.7 mph

Calories: 2154 !

Role of Honour: John D, John S, Trevor, Alan, Robert, Kevin, Robin, Andrew, Peter, Paula, Paul, Phil and Geoff




Pretty Corner 10m TT Results 3/5/16

03/05/2016 Pretty Corner 10m TT
Name Time Handicap time
NURSE 21:43 21.42
BOND 22:15 21.21
READ 23.01 21.15
RISBY 23.23
WATKINS 23.26 20.48
PADFIELD 23.28 21.36
WILSON 23.42
TYLER 23.51
MORGAN 24.20 21.30
HAYWARD 24.27 21.55
WOODLEY 24.50 22.23
HALES 25.07
D.BECK 25.10
THOROLD 28.04 22.28
HARMAN (f) 28.36
N.BECK (f) 29.52

VC Norwich open ‘25’ mile time trial 1/5/16

Bruce Williams marshalled at this event on Sunday morning where the NNW had two members riding. The following is his report. 
Sunday morning was sunny but chilly as 80 odd riders descended on race hq at Snetterton to do battle in the VC Norwich open 25 mile time trial, on an A11 course re-configured (ref B25/8) to start at Snetterton, turning at the northern end at Browick Lane / Mulbarton finishing on the A11 short of the starting point. Wind conditions were fine early on but increased over the morning, being favourable on the outward leg and tough on the return.
This course had recently been measured by the Eastern District (EDCA) and will be used for the National ‘25’ to be promoted by the EDCA on August 7th, so this open event was something of a dry run for the course and the hq.
Strong contenders for the day included Joe Skipper of Rock Estate – a top and internationally known tri-athlete, the experienced Thetford based former RAF CC man, Dave Green and Daniel Northover of the sponsored (and new this season) nationally recognised, Team Bottrill. The NNW was well represented by John Morgan (looking for a fast time if the conditions permitted) Nigel Walsh (probably thinking the same thing) and club champion, Charlie nurse, looking to compete in equal or close terms with the event favourites and few other local EDCA club rivals.
Leading women included Jennifer Smart of the promoting club, who won the event with a fine ride on the day of one hour, one minute and 15 seconds with Verity Smith of the Stowmarket club just 49 seconds behind.  Ride of the day, however, for both men and women belonged (in my opinion) to Emma Taylor (formerly Beard) with a 1hr 5mins 34secs, an astonishing pb by over three and a half minutes.  Riding in most of the open time trials in Norfolk and Suffolk, Emma and her father Peter Beard, both of the Stowmarket, form the best father – daughter double act in cycling time trials that I can remember in years, perhaps since Charlie and Denise, which was over-shadowed by Charlie and wife Beryl; also Charlie never actually raced being coach, mechanic and pa to his talented wife and daughter.  The competition between the two of them became intense in more ways than one. Emma Taylor has an easy going rivalry with her father and got married near the end of the last time trial season (and not to a cyclist apparently) so clearly married life is working out well for her cycling.
Off at number 35, Charlie was going well at the turn (where I was marshalling) and eager to maintain his strong early season form.  It turned out that neither Joe Skipper nor Daniel Northover turned up to trouble the time-keeper so the favourite then became Dave Green at no.75 who I assessed to be half a minute up on Charlie at the turn.  Being an earlier starter, Charlie took the early lead in the event on his return to hq and maintained this position as his usual EDCA club rivals – the likes of Paul Jay and Scott Davidson of Team Velovelocity, James Trenchard of Godric CC, Paul Groombridge of Iceni velo and Jason Turner of Norwich ABC – came in and failed to dislodge him. 
A special mention should be made of club treasurer, John Morgan, an early starter at 19 and a rider who does not do many open time trials, who just missed getting under the classic hour mark by a handful of seconds.  Another day and he will definitely do it.  Nigel Walsh was forced not to start as a sinus infection required anti-biotics and general care.  He is off to Italy for a break soon so no doubt he will be fit and strong again soon.
Charlie stormed home recording a pb of 52.48, an average speed of over 28 mph, with the aforementioned rivals getting times of 53 or 54 minutes.  Just as we were getting excited, Dave Green, a very fast vet into his 50’s, spoiled the fun coming in with a time of 51.27.  A tremendous performance on the day even for him.  Unfortunately two more riders, Oliver Milk of Tri-Anglia and Ryan Morley of the RAF CC, sneaked by Charlie’s time each by just a few seconds leaving him in 4th place.  He should not be dismayed or disappointed to miss out on the top 3 and the prize money after recording a very good time but, for an ambitious guy like Charlie, the focus has to be what he can do with his training and preparation (and that does not mean more training) to get another minute off this time, an improvement that would make him a serious contender against the best rivals in East Anglia in EDCA open events.  Easier to say than do, of course.  Rather him than me.