On Saturday four club riders Charlie Nurse, Nigel Walsh, Andrew Knowles and Mike Padfield enjoyed Spring-like conditions in their first open event of the season. Although not a particularly fast course it is an enjoyable course to ride from Hingham to Carbrooke and back, on nice smooth roads with little traffic. There are a few undulations and it has a nice long straight and fast downhill section towards the end. It is a surprise it is not used more often in open events.
Slowing down progress on the way out was a bit of a cross-headwind, but obviously helping on the way back. Bruce Williams was propping up the traffic lights near the Carbrooke roundabout and encouraging us to bike a bit harder. I was looking forward to his possible comeback this season, (maybe next year?).
The event was won by Lloyd Chapman of Banks – C C Catford – Equipe in a new course record of 20.18 (he has a PB of 18 something..). Charlie was third and fastest VET A with 21:22 indicating he is ready to better his times this year in possibly his last racing season.
Nigel was pleased with his 25:08 making him the fastest VET E rider on the day. Mike did a 23:17, which was 30 seconds up on last year at the same course. Andrew Knowles did a 23:35.
A mention should be made of John Swindells who towed his TT bike behind a touring bike from home (North Walsham) and back.
CC Breckland were great hosts as usual with good organisation and cakes at the end.
Full results attached.