Cart Gap 29 April 2017

Leaving Pretty Corner was a quite affair as only one rider was present. A quick push down to The Crown at Banningham found the welcome sight of Trevor ready and waiting for the off. We rode the “traditional” route to Cart Gap which was down to Tuttington, Swanton Abbort, Worstead, to Briggate, Honing, East Rushton and finally the café. Here, we found the court yard taken over by a large group of walkers and dogs plus one very large bloodhound. No problems though, they had been well fed so there was no wait for us.

After an enjoyable break we were back on our bikes for the homeward trek. The route back was via Ridlington to Bradfield where the two riders parted company. On reaching Thorpe Market GP spied the welcome sign of tea and cakes at the church where they were holding a craft fair. Double fuelled GP set off for the final leg to Sheringham having completed just under 60 miles.

Good ride, slight wind, no rain,

Roll of Honour: Trevor and Geoff

 

 

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Club run to The Dun Cow, Salthouse. 26th April 2017. Leader, John Dimascio.

Words by John D.

Not raining yet!

And surprisingly it didn’t until about 400 yards from Pretty Corner on the return leg – and had our leader had some more in the tank we would have been home five minutes earlier and in the dry.

Four hours before, a trio of riders met at the usual place – viewed the threatening weather and wondered where they’d rather be. Undaunted however, they set off down Gibbet Lane to start a loop of the coastal fringe that took in Gresham, Baconsthorpe, Edgefield, Hunworth and Stody before turning into a biting breeze. Our leader cunningly kept heading for the blue bits of sky – there was plenty of black about and  Kevin remarked at one point that it looked like Sheringham was getting it today.

Crossing the A148 at Sharrngton we kept on northward until turning down to ford the mighty Glaven at Glandford and continue into Cley. It was then a breeze (ha ha) along the coastal road to our lunch at the Dun Cow. And in my view one of the places where the food, although expensive, is definitely worth it.

Barred (or it would be if I had my way) Hill was next, followed by the long haul up through Kelling and the usual way home.

So, 3 out – Alan, JohnD and Kevin, no incidents and 34 hard miles.

 

Wheelers to Salthouse - 26th April 2017

15m TT results 26/4/17

It wasn’t the rain holding off or the new roundabout on the Holt bypass that was the topic of conversation for the 6 brave souls who road the first 15 mile TT of the season. The 4 C weather plus northerly wind chill which had the riders shivering and shaking after the race. Needless to say, nobody got under 39 minutes and with so many riders away, Nigel Walsh was best with a time of 39m19s. Kudos goes to Trini Middleton on getting under 58 mins on her first 15 mile TT. It is a difficult distance to pace when the body is  used to a diet of 10 miles.

Chris Knowles

Results

Walsh 39 19

Collyer 40 33

Mace 45 28

Platts 46 03

Robson 48 51

Middleton 57 35

Only 2 people qualified for a Handicap, Based on a finish time of 35 minutes.

Walsh 38. 03

Platts 42 07

Walsingham Pies and Miles 22 April

Two  club members left Pretty Corner and rode to Itteringham Bridge where a third was waiting to join them for the club run to Walsingham . We rode back towards PC from Itteringham and turned left to go past the great house and gardens of Mannington Hall. From here we turned left to go to Corpusty and then over the hills towards Briston via Horseshoe Lane. From here we rode on minor roads turning left down Sandy Lane and a bundle of back roads to Hindolveston. It was then a quick canter down to Kettlestone and across the main road via the Snorings and past the “oldest round church” in Norfolk.

With the temperature a mean 8 there was no loitering and we made our way to the famous pie café. Here, we were joined by GT looking fit and fast.

After pie’s galore we set sail for home, now facing a bitter cold wind which had been building all day. The route home was via Hindringham to Sharrington and then towards to Edgefield. Instead of riding directly to Hempstead, GT took us on a more entertaining route to Edgefield where the riders split into two groups..

A good days ride, no rain, 50 miles and a few more for one or two.

GP would like to say thanks to his comrades who helped him round the route after being his first club run out for over a months due to back problems.

Role of honour : Brian P, Guy T, Nick and Geoff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18.5m Hilly TT results – 20/4/17

On what turned out to be a pleasant April evening, it was disappointing that only 6 riders raced this sporting course. The marshals and organizers out-numbered the riders.

However they were treated to Charlie Nurse setting a new course record and all bar one rider getting under 53 minutes. Those were very good early season times, considering the route includes a two mile drag uphill from Weybourne to Holt and an 18% ramp passed Weybourne Station.

Chris Knowles

20/04/2017 18.5m Hilly TT Sheringham
Name Club Time Handicap time Notes
Charlie Nurse NNW 44.48 44.46 CPB
Heather Team Skipper 48.01
Pye Team Skipper 49.03
John Hayward NNW 52.27 44.56 PB
John Morgan NNW 52.54 45.50
Guy Thorold NNW 58.14 44.25

Drive and Ride – Burnham Market to The Dabbling Duck, Great Massingham. 19th April 2017. Leader, Andrew Chapman.

6 met at Burnham Market for Andrew’s ride to Great Massingahm.  It was sunny but coolish, with a generally easterly wind that was set to build throughout the day.  Andrew said it would be undulating – he is a man of his word!  There were some biggish undulations on the route out to Ringstead – and he was in no mood to hang about, undulations or not! We then turned south to Sedgeford and Roydon.  Thereafter, it was east for a swift 7-mile run into Great Massingahm.  It was a smidgen under 27 miles to lunch, which was done at a smidgen under 15 mph average.

The Dabbling Duck is lovely to visit, and particularly so on a nice day like this.  The food and setting were great – as ever they are.

The return took in East Rudham and Stanhoe before the swoop back down into Burnham.

We were away from our regular stomping ground and Andrew served up one of the prettiest rides ever on great lanes – it was wonderful.  Many thanks, Andrew.  You probably merit the, “King if the Undulations” jersey – we just have to design one and get it made!

And it was good to see Mark and Peter P back with us.

6 out.  43.4 miles on new and little-pedalled lanes.  Big smiles all round!

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Thursford Fakenham 10m TT Results

18/04/2017 10m Thursford Fakenham TT
Name Club Time Handicap time
MATT RATCLIFFE Iceni velo 21.50
PHIL WATKINS 34 Nomads 23.02 21.19
MIKE PADFIELD NNW 23.22 21.53
MORRELL 23.54
JOHN MORGAN NNW 24.00 21.41
JOHN HAYWARD NNW 24.55 22.23
GARETH TOWNSEND Iceni velo 25.11
RICHARD COLLYER TriAnglia 25.43 22.05
ROB KITCHEN ECR 26.06
LING 26.44
ANDREA EUGSTER 26.45
ALEXANDER 26.51
MARK HARMAN TriHarman 28.02 22.08
GUY THOROLD NNW 28.13 22.39
SUSIE TOWNING 28.35
TERESA HARMAN TriHarman 29.01 23.34
TESSA MORGAN NNW 30.13 22.14
PAUL ELVIN 30.38
BECKY COOPER 31.27
TRINE MIDDLETON 36.10

Club Run to Woodgate Nursery, Aylsham. 12th April 2017. Leader, Robert Nixon.

With winter trying to still hang on, the weather was forecast to be showery and windy.  Never-the-less, six met at PC to follow Robert to Alysham. Robert had promised us a “long loop” to lunch – he is a man of his word!

With a force 5 westerly wind blowing, the first part was an effort.  And it rained as we got to Melton.  On we pressed, still into the wind and still not towards Alysham.  We were ready for the turn to the east.  The new direction was a delight and the speed built accordingly.  The average was just on 15 mph for the 30 miles to lunch.

Purdy’s Tea Room was busy, so we squeezed ourselves in and Peter joined us again for lunch.

The return to PC was direct and dispatched without incident.

A nice ride in some testing conditions at times, and new lanes were on the menu again.  Many thanks, Robert.

7 out.  40 miles PC to PC.

The route as recored by Robert – note he started and ended in West Runton.

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Thursford 10m TT results 11/4/17

A great turnout of 28 riders populated the layby at Thursford last night for the second Thursford-Fakenham 10m TT of the season.  Conditions were better than the previous week with good visibility, some warmth and a tailwind home.

As so often the case the tailwind on the way back was dropping as the evening progressed but still helped to some degree and times were generally faster than the week before.  Charlie Nurse (North Norfolk Wheelers) took the honours with 21.17, followed by Matt Ratcliffe (Iceni Velo) 21.39 and Chris Skinner (CS Velosport) 22.23.  Fastest lady was Andrea Eugster (all the way from Norway) in 26.55.  In the 60+ age group John Hayward and Guy Thorold improved significantly on their previous times.

It was good to see local team East Coast Riders out in force, putting out some good times on their road bikes.  They along with a North Norfolk Wheeler are competing at the Fakenham Criterium on Easter Sunday so try and support this event and cheer them on if you can.

A reminder that entries are still open during the next month for the North Norfolk Wheelers 100m TT on 20th May.  It should be a good event that includes a number of ‘first timers’, amateurs and professional triathletes.  For details and entries see here https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-details/15048

Just a quick note on Bruce Williams.  He will be leaving club marshalling duties soon and I’m sure more words will be written in due course.  After many years of marshalling involving sign distribution, loitering on roundabouts, encouraging riders, and dealing with angry motorists he is hanging up his hi-vis for a better life.  He has always been there to ‘bollock’ riders who take the odd risk, (in a friendly way!), discuss performances and regale stories from TTs past.  His big personality will be sorely missed at the club and open events.

 

11/04/2017 10m Thursford Fakenham TT
Name Club Time Handicap time Notes
CHARLIE NURSE NNW 21.17 21.47
MATT RATCLIFFE Iceni velo 21.39
CHRIS SKINNER CS Velosport 22.23 22.28
MIKE PADFIELD NNW 22.29 20.55 PB
GAVIN BARRON Iceni Velo 23.19
PERRY TriAnglia 23.25
KARL READ NNW 23.49 23.15
JOHN MORGAN NNW 24.27 22.08
JOHN HAYWARD NNW 24.41 22.09
GRAHAM DENNY East Coast Riders (ECR) 24.54 road bike
ROB KITCHEN ECR 24.55 road bike
CONNOR RUMBLES ECR 25.31 road bike
PAUL HARROWING ECR 25.32 road bike
RICHARD COLLYER TriAnglia 25.34
MICHAEL MEADOWS VCN 25.35
PETE FARRELL ECR 25.40 21.21
ANDREA EUGSTER 26.55
MARKOS JANES VCN 27.05 22.24
BRIAN PLATTS NNW 27.15 22.45
GUY THOROLD NNW 27.22 21.48
MARK HARMAN TriHarman 27.55 22.01
TESSA MORGAN NNW 30.19 22.20
AMANDA MARSHALL 30.28
CONNER FENDLEY 30.45
PAUL ELVIN 30.48
LORRAINE JARVIS VCN 32.05 22.25
BECKY COOPER 32.39
TRINE MIDDLETON 35.45