Club Run to The Kings Arms, Blakeney. 28th September 2016. Leader, John Sharples.

Well – it is still summer!  6 met at PC for the run to Blakeney in great conditions for a cycle.  It was windy though – visitor Phil described it as a “nagging wind” – this proved to be a good term.

Off we set via Gresham and Thurgaton for Edgefield.  We turned NW just before Briston to track the River Glaven down to the coast, turning away from the river at Wiveton.  The approach into Blakeney was along the quay side road and it looked super in the autumnal sun.  It was easily warm enough to sit outside at the pub and we dined alfresco for what could be the last time this year. Bikes were talked about (surprise!) – expect to see two new disc road bikes out shortly.

The wind had “nagged” quite a bit out of us and the return was at a gentler pace.  It was south to Field Dalling and across to Brinton and Hunworth before pedalling up “Hunworth Hill”.  From the top of this it was the usual route home via Baconsthorpe.

It was good to see Francis out again and visitor Phil from Melton Mowbray.

6 out.  40 miles PC to PC.  0 punctures.


CC Breckland open 50 mile time trial

Report on the CC Breckland open 50 mile time trial on the B50/18 course on 25 September 2016 – Bruce Williams
A big late September / late season time trial was held on the A11 Morley course on Sunday, the last BAR qualifying ‘50’ of the season, and attracted a good field of 75 riders, the big news (for us) being that the NNW had a team of 3 who entered and started, one of the very few times in my memory that we have had such a team in an open event over the last few years.
Our intrepid trio consisted of Charlie Nurse, making this his last race of the season after enjoying by some margin his most successful year to date, club secretary Nigel Walsh and Mike Padfield, the latter competing in his first ever ‘50’.  With an unusual 9 am start (I believe it was 7 am last year) our boys, like the rest of the competitors, were greeted with grey skies and the risk of rain which fortunately held off, as well as moderately strong south westerly winds, making the leg from Snetterton to the Browick top turn pretty fast with the south easterly stretch back to Snetterton hard going. Basically the same wind direction as for the National ‘25’ held on this course some weeks ago and the CC Breckland 12 hour 3 weeks ago, but the winds on Sunday were fortunately not as severe.  Temperatures were mild to warm, this being the reason (as I understand it) for the later start time.
Scratch man (that is the fastest man in the field according to the form book/records and the assessment of the event secretary) was Daniel Bloy (Team Velovelocity – ‘TVV’) at number 70, with other notable contenders including national 12 hour champion, Danny Grieves (GS Metro) at 75, Mark Richards, VC Baracchi, at 60, Andrew Leggett (TVV) at 30 and our own club champion, Charlie Nurse (41).  Looking at the form book this season and the fact that Daniel Bloy has engaged in a lot of distance racing this season, including covering 285 miles in his first 12 hour 3 weeks ago, personally I expected the event to become a straight shoot out between Bloy and Nurse, recognising that Charlie has never beaten Bloy, a prolific winner of events on ‘B’ courses, and elsewhere, over recent seasons.
Favourite in the women’s event was Lucy Gossage of Cambridge Triathlon club (31) who won this event last year, followed by Anna Dearing of Colchester CC (72) and Sue Triplow (22) of Essex Roads CC.  Lucy is a full time triathlete who knows Kim Morrison, a local triathlon star who sometimes competes in our club time trials, very well and is a top class cyclist.
Expertly organised by Martin Badham, with whom I am on friendly terms, I could not help but ‘discuss’ with Martin as to how he managed to locate Charlie – pretty much a certainty for a podium finish – so inauspiciously at number 41 ?  For those that are not familiar, the tens are the seeded riders with the scratch man on the last 10 (Bloy at 70 in this case) with the next fastest riders seeded (in this case) at 75, then 60, 50 and so on.  Number 40, Nurse’s minute man, was a good rider had no qualifying time for a ‘50’.  Most of you know how genteel and ‘would not say boo to a goose’ I normally am, but in this case, I recall suggesting to Martin B words to the effect that ‘our guy will have swallowed up your number 40 before they make the top turn’ (the Browick turn where I was marshalling at approximately the 13 mile mark).  I proceeded to remind him that Nurse did a 1.47 in this event last year when he was the fastest rider of an Eastern District affiliated club (ie the top 4 were national riders who travelled in for this EDCA event on the day seeking times for their BAR bids).  Martin smiled good naturedly but was reluctant to admit that this was something of a cock-up !  Perhaps he has been trained by Tony Blair, or some other degenerate politician?  He was to be somewhat sheepish at the finish, when somebody else had done the talking for me !  Anybody else remember that famous quote from Bill Shankly, legendary former manager of Liverpool FC?  ‘Football is not a matter of life and death.  It is much more important than that’.  Somebody should have introduced him to cycle racing.  Having just read Mark Cavendish’s book ‘At Speed’ I am glad that I never was a pro cyclist.  I am far more accomplished giving help and support from a safe vantage.  Basking in the vicarious glory of others is ok by me.
The thing about coming in mid field, as at number 41, is that you finish and then wait at hq to see how your time fares against the top seeded riders finishing for up to another 40 minutes or so after you.  Charlie finished in a time of 1.44.19, an average speed of 28.8 mph, thus setting a personal best time by over 3 minutes, a remarkable effort especially as his pb time set in this event last year was in more benign (favourable) conditions. He had indeed swallowed up number 40, but just after the 13 mile mark, and having set such a time, he looked like a potential winner as seeded riders came in one after the other failing to dislodge him by some margin – the third and fourth riders ending up 2 and 3 minutes down respectively.  Mark Richards was 4th with a 1.47 whilst Andrew Leggett at number 30 had finished with 1.51.  A good friend of ours, John Swindells of Iceni Velo (66) finished with an excellent 1.50 beating his pb, set 20 years ago, by 3 minutes.  For the technically minded, John advised that his average heart rate during the race was 167 bpm with an average power output of 275 watts.
Nigel Walsh and Mike Padfield were both later starters, Nigel finishing – still looking fresh and energetic – in a time of 2/10.01, a touch frustrated as he had set himself a goal to finish just inside 2.10.  The youthful looking Mike Padfield did not look so fresh or youthful as he finished in a time of 2.00.12, thus just 12 seconds outside of a sub two hour ride which was his goal for the day, and he suffered one or two mechanical issues during the second half of the event (and a stop to retrieve a lost water bottle) – probably resulting from the bumpy section of the course around Browick / Mulbarton, a point of discussion for several competitors.  Walsh and Nurse were resplendent and looked the part in their stylish NNW skin suits. Padfield sported an unusual dark coloured spotted affair, reminiscent of an old camouglage look that could prove really useful in a distant rain-forest. Any mosquitoes or creepy crawlies worth their salt wud surely be repelled.
Unlike Walsh or Nurse, Mike looked pretty cream crackered at the finish, but notwithstanding the disappointment of missing out on a sub two hour ride by so small a margin, I generously reminded him that such a time in one’s first ‘50’ is an achievement that few can equal. Hopefully, the memory of the event and the performance will outlast the pain and temporary muscle damage that comes with it. 
In the women’s event, the professional tri-athlete, Lucy Gossage, prevailed in an excellent time of 1.55.09, almost a minute down on last year but excellent in the conditions.  Shortly after the finish of her ‘50’, Lucy went off for a 5 mile training run returning to Morley village hall hq still looking as fresh as a daisy.  Take note, that is how it is done, chaps…. Anna Dearing of Colchester CC produced an outstanding effort of 1.58.43 for second place and, having only seen her in time trials in the last couple of years, seems to be emerging as a top rider.  The experienced and always strong Sue Triplow, Essex Roads CC, also produced a fine performance, third in a time of 2.02.04. 
John Golder of Chelmer CC and the ECCA produced a solid ride of 1.58.57, acknowledging on the Forum that he had been ‘chicked’ again, double chicked as one or two others reminded him.  A brave man to indulge in such humour, John falls back on the goodwill banked as a result of the number of ECCA events that he promotes on the E2, sometimes being referred by his peers as ‘John Golder’.  He also unashamedly used the age card to excuse the defeat to his rivals – he has been racing since the 1970’s I believe and his humour seems to prove it.
Back to the event finish and scratchman Daniel Bloy finished in an excellent time of 1.42.19 (an average speed of 29.3 mph) thus defeating Charlie by just over a minute and a half. This was his fastest time on the Morley course and a fine effort given the ‘100’ mile time trials and the 12 hour that he did recently, which have resulted in him presently standing in 5th place in the National BAR (British Best All Rounder).  Ever the gracious winner and a generous warm-hearted man, Daniel was quick to congratulate Charlie on his performance and improvement generally this season. If Charlie keeps up the progress, next season will be good for him.
Another season comes to an end, or so I thought, but the aforementioned John Golder is promoting the East Anglia VTTA ‘30’ on the E2 next Saturday pm (concurrent with the Leo RC ‘30’) and has been in touch for marshals.  I normally go into cycle race hibernation mode at the end of September, but I note that this event features a shoot out between retired amateur star (and former world amateur champion) and now coach, Matt Bottrill (this being a one-off and only appearance in a tt this season but I believe he has done some triathlons) with professional star, Alex Dowsett of the UCI registered Movistar team.  I was on the E2 in April when Dowsett set a new national ‘25’ competition record and I imagine that he will have his eyes set on Michael Hutchinson’s current ‘30’ comp record, set in this event about 5 years ago (an incredible 55 minute time).  I may just have to do one more roundabout turn stint after all.
Best wishes for the autumn and forthcoming winter to all

Club Run to The Corner Cafe, Mundesley. 21 September 2016. Leader, Trevor Neild.

The continuing warm weather brought 8 to PC for Trevor’s run to Mundesley.  There was a bit of a head wind as we set off but this didn’t stop Trevor from forcing the pace.  It was Aldborough, Erpingham, Banningham, Swanton Abbott, Sloley, Dilham, Honing and Edingthorpe before approaching Mundesley along the coast road through Paston.  David C was at the cafe to meet us.  We were a bit late to the lunch stop as I punctured but it gave me the chance to use a gas canister inflator – blink and you will miss it!

The return trip saw us head towards Bradfield and here the group split, leaving two to return to PC via Antingham (who passed Brian on the approach to Gibbet Lane).

A longish ride to lunch at good pace – somewhat slower on the return.  A good number of folk were out – especially as 4 regulars were absent.  It was great to see both John H and David back in the saddle.

A very nice run on a very nice day – many thanks Trevor.

9 out.  45 miles PC to PC.  1 puncture.


Club Run to the Hill Top Cafe, Rackheath. 14th September 2016, Leader Alan Fisher.

An “about to be frazzled five” met at PC to follow Alan to Rackheath.  It was very hot!  Off we set to Saxthorpe at a good pace.  Then it was Heydon, Cawston and Horsford before turning east for Spixworth and the cafe.  It was an approach to this popular venue not used before and new lanes were again a feature.  How hot was it?   Well, everyone was leaking pretty profusely when we stopped for lunch and we opted to shelter inside from the sun’s rays.  The thermometer said 31 deg C and we clocked 15.7 mph average to lunch.

The return was Horstead, Coltishall and Skeyton before a conventional return to PC via Banningham.  Only Alan made it back to PC as riders returned home from various points along the route.

Alan always researches his runs well and this was no exception.  Well thought-out and well led – many thanks, Alan.

5 out (plus Robert on his motor bike for lunch).  PC to PC 51 miles.  No punctures. Many pints of fluids lost!

Club 15m TT Aylmerton-Holt

With the mist burning off and the sun making an appearance after the previous day and night of heavy rain ten competitors made it out of bed for the Sunday morning time-trial.  There were a few heavy legs after the club fun day, but everyone was keen to post one last good time on the local course.

Fastest was Charlie Nurse (31.51) finding good end of season form and optimum bike set-up, beating his course record by a second.  He was followed by Mike Padfield (34.29) beating his PB by 30 seconds despite having to stop for traffic at High Kelling.  Guest rider, Nathan Risby (35.38) was third who was in training for a duathalon in a few weeks time.

Francis Glazebrook was back in the saddle, possibly hoping to restart his time-trialling again.  Fastest lady was Sarah Jay (47.13) from TriHarman Triathlon Club.

A great send off to an excellent time-trialling season, which has seen many new faces and major improvements from new and established riders.  We still have the hill climb to look forward to before the winter hibernation/training begins…


07/09/2016 15m TT
Name Club Time Handicap time Notes
NATHAN RISBY No club 35.38
JOHN MORGAN NNW 35.55 34.36 PB
NIGEL WALSH NNW 36.56 36.40
BRIAN PLATTS NNW 41.04 37.08
GUY THOROLD NNW 41.04 34.52
ADRIAN JAY TriHarman 42.52
SARAH JAY (w) TriHarman 47.13

Club Run to The Black Lion, Walsingham. 7th September 2016. Leader, Andrew Chapman.

The famous five of Peter, Kevin, Robert, Alan and myself set off from PC on a humid but blue sky day. We went out to High Kelling, Glandford, Langham, Cockthorpe and Binham. On to Great Walsingham, across the ford and up Bunker Hill, south along the Wells Fakenham road for 1/2 mile then a welcome descent to Little Walsinham and the welcoming Black Lion. An excellent lunch that was taken outside in welcome shade.

The return discovered CJ sitting at the Bull inn which was a shame, but after brief greetings we returned via Hindringham, Bale Stody, Briston and Edgefield.

28 miles out and 18 back at a none too shabby 15.2mph.

Words by Andrew – thanks!.

Club fun day news

Unfortunately, Chris has had to cancel tomorrow’s Fun Day TT on safety grounds due to the forecast of wet weather. For those still keen to have a go we have a 15 mile TT on Sunday morning (from Aylmerton) when better weather is forecast.

The rest of the Fun Day program will continue as advertised – we don’t plan to let a bit of rain put us off completely! The Club Run will leave Pretty Corner lay-by a little earlier at 10:30 and we will get back to PC Tea Rooms at 15:00 for mountain bike malarkey and a bite to eat.

Sorry to let those down who fancied a first go at the TT but I’m afraid that rain and time trialling don’t mix well.

Club 10m TT results Pretty Corner 6/9/16


Name Club Time Handicap time
CHRIS SKINNER Pedal rev 21.05  
KARL READ NNW 22.01 21.27
PHIL WATKINS 34 Nomads 22.19 21.36
CARR, D.WRIGHT, C.WRIGHT (3up) VCN 22.28  
PERRY TriAnglia 22.42  
JOHN MORGAN NNW 23.15 20.56
BULLEN TriAnglia 23.33  
HEWITT   24.10  
NIGEL WALSH NNW 24.20 21.35
ROB COLLYER TriAnglia 24.38  
MARTIN WALL TriHarman 25.13  
ADRIAN JAY TriHarman 25.34 20.40
BRIAN PLATTS NNW 25.57 21.17
LUKE PETTIT WyndyMilla 25.59  
GUY THOROLD NNW 26.34 20.58
HURR TriHarman 26.44  
SIMON WRIGHT Fat Cat CC 26.49  
TERESA HARMAN (w) TriHarman 27.07 21.10
TESSA MORGAN NNW 28.59 20.51
DUNFORD TriHarman 30.22