Club Run to The Rising Sun at Coltishall 27 September 2017

With the prospect of a fine dry day nine met at PC for Trevor’s ride to the always popular pub on the Broads at Coltishall.

We started with the familiar route down as far as Barningham Park but then rather than continuing along Church Road we took the Wickmere and Wollerton Roads to Itteringham. Then round the back of Blickling Park to follow the course of The Bure to Ingworth. At this point we parted company with the mighty Bure and indeed with the mighty Robin who had things to do and people to see!

Onwards to Banningham then along Bridge Road and past Colby School on to the B1145 – not for long however before turning right and continuing due south to pass over The Weaver’s Way. The Swanton Abbott Road led us to Scottow Road and then a great route through the lanes to Frankfort, Ashmanhaugh, Belaugh Green and eventually Coltishall. On the way there was a lot of field activity with the potato harvest but with no recent rain the roads were pretty good – a fair bit of hard dried mud and other debris however so we had to take care!

David C met us at the pub having reserved a couple of outside tables. Unfortunately the sun disappeared for a while – but despite that we had a pleasant enough lunch before leaving via St James up to Sco Ruston and the B1150. We missed the left turn into The Hill which would have avoided cycling along the often busy B1150 but with a tailwind and on the whole considerate drivers it wasn’t too bad. Along to Scottow where we turned left to follow the relatively quiet roads to Swanton Abbott and a loop round to Skeyton (well just up the hill from Skeyton). Trevor bade us farewell and Malcolm then lead the group via Back Lane to Tuttington. With the wind behind us the drag up to Banningham was barely noticeable! Malcolm left the group at High Noon Road heading off in the direction of Suffield and home while the remaining 7 Wheelers pedalled the familiar route via Erpingham back to PC.

Thank you to Trevor for leading the ride today.

Alban, Alan, David C, Graham, John S, Malcolm, Robert, Robin, Stephen, Trevor

49 miles PC to PC

18.5m Hilly Time Trial Results 24/9/17

The final North Norfolk Wheelers time trial of the season took place on Sunday.  This was a challenging 18.5 mile hilly course taking in short climbs up to Weybourne and Kelling Heath, and faster flatter sections of main road from Holt to Upper Sheringham and along the coast road.  There was a strong head wind up the hills and a bit of traffic on the main road (as is normal nowadays) but at least the sun was out!

Mike Padfield of North Norfolk Wheelers did the course in 46.59 (an average of 23.6 mph) to get the win and a PB by over 1 minute, followed by Ben Keeley (Team Velo-Velocity) in 49.23 and Phil Watkins (34 Nomads) in 50.23.  A number of club riders were also in action at the Woodlands ‘Super Sprint’ Triathlon in the morning with Amanda Marshall winning her age-group and John Morgan 5th overall and 2nd in his age group (who also did the Hilly TT).

Thanks to the marshalls, timekeepers and assistants for helping out and for propping up the bin at the finish!

See you at the AGM/Annual Dinner this winter (timing tbc) and for another year of racing from April 2018…

24/09/2017 18.5 Hilly TT
Name Club Time Club Handicap time Notes
BEN KEELEY Team Velo Velocity 49.23
PHIL WATKINS 34 Nomads 50.23  43 58
JOHN MORGAN NNW 52.49  45 45
BRIAN PLATTS NNW 58.09  44 15
GUY THOROLD NNW 58.34  45 20

Club Run to Smallsticks Café at Cart Gap 23 September 2017

With only one waif and stray (no offence Graham!) to collect at PC Geoff arrived at the Banningham pick up point to meet two more Wheelers for Malcolm’s ride to Cart Gap. Although it had been a slightly chilly and damp start to the day the weather was improving rapidly and the four of us were looking forward to it.

Pretty standard Tuttington, Skeyton, Worstead and Briggate before a left turn just after the North Walsham and Dilham Canal into Corner Common Road and then a steady climb with lovely views across towards North Walsham. It is slightly puzzling how you can cross one North Walsham Road to reach another North Walsham Road; however this is what we did turning right and shortly left into Sandy Lane to take us to Bacton Village before descending to the coast road. We cut back inland following the lanes to Ridlington and then straight to Happisburgh and the café stop. About 21 miles from Banningham but all four had put in extra miles to get to the pick up point.

We were joined by Trevor and David C and after good food and friendly service we set off under increasing cloud to retrace our steps (or should that be wheel tracks?) to Ridlington. Then Witton Bridge and back to North Walsham Road! Trevor left us to head off home and the five continued along the lanes to Edingthorpe Street, Paston Green and Trunch. David C bade us farewell.

We reached Lower Street where we met two thirsty cyclists (with a dog in a basket) in search of a pint at the Gunton Arms. We pointed them in the right direction which in fact was the direction in which we were going but having said goodbye to Robin we pedalled ahead of the two thankful cyclists reaching Thorpe Market and then eventually the junction with the A140. Geoff was not with us, had he had a mechanical? Malcolm and Graham waited and then cycled back a short distance until we met him.

“Where’s Robin?” said Geoff.

“He left us at Lower Street”

“Oh that’s alright then, I thought we’d lost him”

Malcolm headed off at Hanworth to leave just the two to make their way back to PC.

David C, Geoff, Graham, Malcolm, Robin and Trevor

56 miles PC to PC; 45 miles B to B

Club Run to Back to the Garden at Letheringsett 20 September 2017

Six Wheelers met Malcolm just down (or should that be up!) the road and the seven cycled as one – well they tried to since Andrew was clearly turbocharged today as he led us onwards to Letheringsett.

Plumstead, Barningham Green and Edgefield came and went in an instant before we paused to catch our breath at the B1354 to continue to Thurning and Swanton Novers. Shortly after SN a shout came from the back – had someone punctured? It turned out to be a loose cleat and despite all efforts the only solution was to remove it completely since the offending bolt was knackered – I think that’s the correct technical term. We carried on. “This feels very weird” exclaimed Robert.

After leaning his bike against a tree during the aforementioned mechanical Kevin had picked up a hitchhiker – a snail had decided that the drive side crank of his bike would be a perfect resting place. Not sure how it would feel after falling off a few miles down the road and then taking a month or so to get back home!

Where were we – oh yes Sharrington and then gourmet style lunches at the café which was all very pleasant.

Robert and Stephen left us, heading for home along the main road, while the remaining five left the A148 asap and pedalled on via Thornage, Hunworth, Stody and Briston (almost) to Edgefield and Baconsthorpe. Andrew and Alban headed NW and home at this point leaving just three to chat for a while at the T-junction reflecting on life, the universe and everything before two went broadly in the direction of PC leaving Malcolm to wend his way home.

Thank you to Andrew for leading the ride today.

Alan, Alban, Andrew, Kevin, Malcolm, Robert and Stephen

42 miles PC to PC (65+ miles for some)

**Marshalls Needed this Sunday**

We need two marshalls for the club 18.5m hilly TT on Sunday – 2pm to about 3pm. No previous training required. Meet at Henries next to Splash in Sheringham at about 1.30pm. Please email David Carrier if available, thanks.

15m TT Aylmerton-Holt 17/9/17

With an earlier 15m TT cancelled this reserve date was used.  As expected on a Sunday numbers were down on normal, but just out-numbered the timekeepers and marshalls.  A cool northerly wind, lots of cars, vintage buses and wet roads from a previous shower added to the interest!

Mike Padfield beat his PB by 29 seconds (to set a tough time to beat next year), followed by Aiden Bond (34.24) and John Morgan (36.02).  Everyone made it round ok despite a few stops behind turning cars.

Don’t forget the final time trial of the year is a 18.5 m hilly next Sunday 24th September at 2pm starting at Splash, Sheringham (sign on by 1.30pm).  Treat it as a time trial, warm down after the Woodlands Triathlon, a race against your mates or a cheap sportive… Club members and all guests welcome!


17/09/2017 15m Aylmerton – Holt
Name Club Time Club Handicap time Notes
PHIL WATKINS 34 Nomads 36.19

Club Run dated 16 September 2017 to Walsingham Barns

Club Run 16 September 2017 to Walsingham Barns

Waiting at Pretty Corner was a new potential club member called Geoff, who lived in Potters Bar and had ridden (like the old club members Geoff), both with Hertfordshire Wheelers and the North Road Cycling Club.

Also, waiting was our latest recruit Alban, not put off by the soaking of the previous week.

The weather forecast for the day was however heavy rain and potential thunderstorms. Neither of these predictions concerned our intrepid trio and they set off to the pick-up point at Itteringham where we met Brian who was back from his epic journey to Spain.

We rode to Mannington Hall and then back ways to the outskirts of Briston where we rode down to Hindoveston and then Kettlestone to past the “oldest church in England” and finally, to the pie café.

After excellent lunch we rode back the standard route going via Hindringham to Sharington to Hempstead and home.

Rain ? what rain ? 

A good days cycling despite the predictions made better because of the two new potential Saturday recruits

Miles 50 for most

Brian, Geoff, Alban, Geoff