15m TT results 24/7/18

24-07-18 15m TT
Name Club Time Handicap time Notes
GRAHAM DENNY NN Wheelers 33.31
KEVIN WHITE Matlock CC 34.24
PHIL HURR NN Wheelers 37.12
TOBY MORRELL** NN Wheelers 37.39
JOHN MORGAN NN Wheelers 37.40  34.38
JON MAYNARD NN Wheelers 38.49
DAN WRAY NN Wheelers 38.49
SARAH JAY NN Wheelers 42.28  34.12 PB

** These riders all stopped to assist crashed leisure cyclist, no one seriously injured.




**Save the date** Thursford 10m TT Fun Comp 28th August

The time trials are proving as popular as ever this year and as part of this years schedule we plan on doing another Thursford 10m TT Fun Competition.  A TT bike is not essential!

Medals will be awarded as follows:

Overall fastest man & lady rider
Fastest VET on standard man & lady
Fastest Club Handicap Time
Fastest on road bike (without tri-bars) man & lady
Fastest two-up (road or TT bike)
Fastest non – NN Wheeler rider

(One rider one medal)

Usual club CTT rules apply see below for details

Club Run to The Lighthouse at Walcott 25 July 2018

Okay so no excuse but today’s leader, Malcolm, is so used to the weekend runs to Cart Gap that he completely forgot to check to make sure the café was open mid-week. It is indeed closed on Wednesdays so apologies to anyone who may have ridden out to join us!

Just 5 (including a return to the Wednesday bunch of Trevor E) met at PC not knowing at this point that the 28 miles to the lunch stop would be extended by a few miles. At least there was to be a tailwind for most of the time to our eventual destination on what promised to be quite a warm day.

The outward route took in Lower Gresham, Metton, Felbrigg, Northrepps, Southrepps, Trunch, Knapton, Paston Green, Edingthorpe, Bacton (on-the-hill) and Keswick. We were making good time so Malcolm turned inland from the Coast Road to Ridlington, Ridlington Street and East Ruston before heading towards the coast again via Lessingham. There at Cart Gap to meet us were Trevor N on a gentle ride and John S on a recovery drive – good to see them and best wishes from all of us.

The Lighthouse seemed like a good alternative venue and so it was as we relaxed in a cooling breeze under garden umbrellas enjoying a welcome refuel before saying our goodbyes to T and J and not long after returning to the road to begin our homeward leg.

Apart from a slight dip South towards North Walsham and a bumpy but at the same time very pleasant detour along Little London Road to avoid the road closure on the outskirts of NW, it was a fairly direct route back to PC via Bradfield, Lower Street, Thorpe Market, Hanworth, Bessingham and Gresham.

Alan, Barry, Kevin, Malcolm and Trevor E enjoyed a good day out.

50 miles PC to PC

NN Wheelers Club Hill Climb

Despite a month of northerly winds (which would have helped) the wind changed for one night only providing a moderate headwind.  The surface had also been surface dressed recently.  Excuses out the way and with a junior rider weighing under 50kg as the target (there is always one each year..)  the Wheelers did battle on the hill.  There are no real tactics in this event, be as light as possible, maintain as high an effort as you can and hang on until the end without throwing up.

No sub 2 minutes this year, but Shane Hyde thinks he might come out of retirement and do it next year..

It was made slightly more bearable with a pint (well a half!) at the end.

Thanks to the riders and timekeepers.


19-07-18 West Runton Hill Climb
Name Club Time
MIKE PADFIELD NN Wheelers 2.02
DANIEL CROWE Iceni Velo 2.10
GRAHAM DENNY NN Wheelers 2.20
NIGEL WALSH NN Wheelers 2.22
GUY THOROLD NN Wheelers 2.48
JON MAYNARD NN Wheelers 2.52

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Sportive Bike Ride 15 July 2018

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Sportive Bike Ride 15 July 2018


Finally, the day of reckoning was now upon Maureen, who had worked hard to regain some of her former fitness to cycle the 30 mile route on the NNUH Sportive and raise money for the hospital.

We arrived at the start shortly after 9.00 am to be greeted by Chairman, Chris Knowles. Scott with wife, Lisa plus son had also just arrived. Shortly afterwards joining this illustrious group was Ian Spencer, David Carrier, Christine Cooke and Nick Poulter. We missed saying hello to club member, Paul Stretton, who was by then already on the 100 mile route. We were, however, pleased to meet up with his wife, Dylis, who kindly took photos of the group, and wished us luck and a good ride.

After a brief pep talk from the starting marshall we were sent on our way following the white signs out of the hospital.

One factor that would influence the speed of the ride and also the stamina of the group was the unrelenting heat of the day, which made constant intakes of fluid essential.

We left the start going past Colney and then along to Wymondham passing near the infamous Kett’s Oak to ride to Suton and then along Spooner Row. By now all thoughts were on how far it was to the feed and drink station.

At the feed station we had a chance to rest and refuel before setting out once again into the blistering temperature.

We rode along the B1113 touching Hargate, Tacolneston where our orderly ride was enlivened by a couple of horse and carts’ riders clattering along the road, which needed to be overtaken.

Finally, we passed a sign post to Malbarton and then riding at last on very quiet lanes we made our way back to the hospital.

Kindness itself, all riders stopped to let Mo ride across the finishing line first.

Maureen writes “I am so grateful to all the North Norfolk Wheelers and their families, who came out to encourage and to ride with me. Thank you everyone for your support and donations”.

Footnote 1. Congratulations to Paul on riding the 100 in 5 hours 36 minutes.

Footnote2. As everyone enjoyed the day we hope to run this again next year.

Footnote 3. Latest indications are that Mo will have  raised just over £1,000 for hospital funds.





Club Run to The Goat Inn at Skeyton 18 July 2018

The Wednesday “Club Run Captain” was slightly taken aback to find today’s leader at PC as the latter is known not to be fond of this starting point and had opted for an Erpingham depart. We did confirm with David however that his route would still pass through the village just in case others had cycled there!

As we approached Aldborough the shout of “Puncture” brought us to a halt and this turned out to be a sidewall split which required a bit more than usual patience to fix. Nevertheless we were soon on our way to find no additions to our group of 12 at Erpingham.

Continuing through Calthorpe our route took in Wolterton, Itteringham and Ingworth before a right turn at St Lawrence Church. An eagle eyed Paula noticed a problem with Peter’s rear wheel. An inspection revealed a broken spoke but fortunately the wobble was not too bad. After weighing up his options, Peter opted to retrace our tracks, in the company of Paula, back to Blickling and then home. A call and visit to Greg at Black Bikes would soon sort things out!

Aylsham and Burgh came and went before a polka dot jersey emerged from the pack and attempted a break. Was he trying to gain more points on the “climb” to All Saints Church? Who knows but by his own admission he slightly misjudged things and was reeled in before the right turn at the crossroads and descent to The Goat Inn. On such a lovely day it was a pleasure to sit outside and enjoy the pub’s hospitality. Our number was increased by 1 as CJ had cycled over to join us.

After lunch a steady climb up to Skeyton Corner and a right turn into Skeyton Road took us eventually to John D’s favourite road the TNH which we followed as far as Cherry Tree Lane, which cuts through to the Cromer Road. A swift left and right – we were now on the Bradfield Road which we followed to………Bradfield at which point Malcolm waived everyone through, said his goodbyes, and left the remaining members to make their way back to PC and beyond via Lower Street, Thorpe Market, Hanworth and Gresham.

Thank you to David for leading today’s ride and thank you to the polka dot jersey who was presumably off to the Alps to find something more challenging!

Alan, Andrew, David, Gilly, Graham, Jane, Kevin, Malcolm, Paula, Peter, Robert, Stephen

40 miles PC to PC


10m TT results 17th July

17-07-18 10m TT Pretty Corner
Name Club Time Handicap time Notes
GRAHAM DENNY NN Wheelers 21.52  20.41 PB
MIKE PADFIELD NN Wheelers 22.40  21.43
ROB WARWICKER Tri- Anglia 23.33
LUKE PETTIT CS Velo Sport 23.55  20.53 PB
PAUL HARROWING NN Wheelers 23.59  21.30
NIGEL WALSH NN Wheelers 24.01  20.57
JOHN HAYWARD NN Wheelers 24.27  21.29
PHIL HURR NN Wheelers 24.33  20.57
CARL MACE Tri Harder 24.51
RICHARD COLLYER NN Wheelers 25.06  23.05
JON MAYNARD NN Wheelers 25.17  20.44
ADRIAN JAY NN Wheelers 25.55  21.27
JOHN MORGAN NN Wheelers 26.10  23.59
GUY THOROLD NN Wheelers 26.57  21.38
PHILIP WEST NN Wheelers 27.24  20.28      PB
SARAH JAY NN Wheelers 28.03  22.16
EDDIE ROBSON NN Wheelers 28.13  21.40
TESSA MORGAN NN Wheelers 30.00  22.32

Report on the EDCA ‘100’ Sunday 15 July – ‘The Duel in the Sun’ – Bruce Williams

The Duel in the Sun
With a 6 am start and using the established A11 Morley course, 105 riders turned up on Sunday to ride the Eastern District Championship ‘100’, the event this year also incorporating the ECCA championship given the cancellation (due to road works) of this event that had been scheduled for June on the fast E2 course further south on the A11 in Cambridgeshire.
Quite a field and quite a day as temperatures reached 25 Deg C by 9 am with many competitors finishing well after 11am.  Early conditions were ideal given very low wind speeds signalling a fast morning on a pretty good course, so the issue was how riders would deal with the rising temperature, good hydration being essential.  A lot of interest on the part of many, the organisers included, was focussed on the anticipated clash in the women’s event between National Champion and current competition record holder, Alice Lethbridge and professional tri-athlete (and occasional time triallist) Kimberley Morrison, both members of the elite team, Drag2Zero,  People were not to be disappointed as a tremendous struggle was fought out between the pair over the whole morning.  The Amateur vs the Professional; the established cycling star vs the established international tri-athlete and potential cycling champion.  It’s not Shakespeare and it’s not good vs evil, but it certainly made for drama.
Other top names in the women’s field included Rebecca Murley (Wisbech CC, number 35) who has had a remarkable season so far recording fast personal bests at most distance, including a one hour 54 minute ‘50’ on the E2 and Katja Rietdorf (Born to Bike – 72) a long established top performer at distance events.
Charles Mitchell of A3crg (90) was considered the scratch man in the men’s field with other noted rivals including local men, veteran Dave Green (CC Breckland -100) and Ben Stancombe of Team VeloVelocity (76) the latter enjoying a prodigious season this year over race distances of 10, 25 and 50 miles,  Other contenders included Mark Smith (Crawley Wheelers – 50) chasing a fast time for his BAR bid and who had stayed in Norfolk the night before, Gray Turnock of Finsbury Park (70) and David Sheppard and Stephen Williamson (75 and 80 respectively) both of a3crg, returning to this event having done well the previous year.  A special mention should be made for Peter Horsnell (Chelmer CC – 19) supported on the day by his wife, Mary, who covered the distance in 5 hours 22 minutes and 9 seconds (5.22.09) at the age of 88.  He told me that the heat did not trouble him; presumably nothing does.
Flying the flag for the NNW were Philip Watkins (40) who was worried beforehand by the likely heat and myself, doing EDCA marshal duty for the club at the Browick / Mulbarton turn, also worried about everything. The course essentially consists of 4 circuits, each of 22 miles (plus a stretch at the finish) between Browick at the top end and the Snetterton turn at the southern/western end.  As the competitors came past my station 4 times and at a more leisurely pace given that it is a smallish roundabout, it gives me a good opportunity to see how the race unfolds and how the contest between specific contenders ebbs and flows over the distance.
Mitchell started fast taking an early lead with in form Ben Stancombe, Mark Smith and Stephen Williamson also looking good.  Dave Green was going well too but later had mechanical trouble not being the only one not to finish this gruelling event either because of the heat or mechanical issues. The real excitement was in the women’s event with new team-mates Alice and Kimberley – Alice stayed with Kim the night before when they met for the first time – determined to trade blows, figuratively speaking.  Kim, who is a 2nd claim member of the NNW, started fast and had a slight advantage as they came past me for the first time at about 18 miles, but Alice seemed to be up by their second passing at about 40 miles.
Kim smiled and waved in my direction as she passed whilst Alice, perhaps feeling the ‘100’ in her legs from the previous week and the 12 hour competition record of 290 miles that she achieved a few weeks ago, was looking grimly determined.  She has not been beaten in a ‘100’ for some considerable time and did not look as though she wanted a loss on her record, but Kimberley looked fresher and as though she was enjoying it more.
Philip Watkins suffered in the heat and had a chain unship and lock in his bike taking minutes to get going whilst John Swindells of Iceni Velo (5) looked on his last legs with a face like a zombie as he passed me for the last time shaking his hand and his head forlornly in my direction.  He had under hydrated and suffered over the last 30 miles as a result.  As I gently chided him later, slightly unusual for an experienced competitor such as him, but he (like Phil Watkins) had no helper on the course which can be such an advantage for those riders who have this support, especially on such a hot day.
Mitchell, Stancombe, Smith and Williamson kept up a consistent high pace with Mitchell always looking the likely winner, finishing in the very fast time of 3.26.09, which I assume to be the course and event record, with Stancombe finishing in a very impressive 3.32.11 (presumed to win the EDCA championship, if not the event, as the EDCA title is won by a rider from a local affiliated club) with Smith well pleased with his pb of 3.33.59.
Meanwhile Lethbridge and Morrison – I asked them later if they were the best of enemies – were still slugging it out with Alice remaining about one minute up as they passed me for the 3rd and then the 4th and last time with 16 miles to go. and everything still to play for.  The heat did not bother these two – I was thinking of the stage and thunder and lightning by this time, but perhaps I just had a touch of heat-stoke myself?  Marshals don’t get paid enough for stress like this – a union is badly needed.  Katja also ensured that I did not doze off by hurling empty gel packets at me from uncomfortably close proximity as she passed for the 2nd and 3rd time.  Any more of that and I was getting ready to toss something back.
Mention should also be made of diminutive Rebecca Murley who maintained her form very well, as she thundered up and down the A11, to record a time of 3.58.53 for third place (presumed to be EDCA champion with a record time on this course for an EDCA affiliated rider) ahead of Katja Rietdorf in 4th place with a fine time of 4.01.08.  That gel tossing routine obviously has some benefit.
The headline duel ended with Alice winning by two minutes in a time of 3, 42.09 beating the competition record that she set in the ECCA event last year by about 30 seconds. In her 2nd hundred, Kimberley beat the time that she recorded in the NNW event last year by 20 minutes, but of course the courses and the days were entirely different.  Both Alice and Kim confirmed that the rising heat did not bother them as it did some competitors.  I chatted briefly also with Kim’s husband before I left the hq who commented, ruefully, that she had done two half Ironman’s in the week or 10 days before this championship event.
The best EDCA field and championship for some years with a large number of helpers and spectators on the course.  All results in this report are unofficial as times and winners of both the EDCA and ECCA championships have not yet been issued.

Photos are courtesy of Fergus Muir.


EDCA 100 Ben

EDCA 100 - Mitchell with Pete Horsnell behindEDCA 100 - KimberleyEDCA 100 - Alice

10m TT (and Zak Carr Trophy Race)

Although a few riders were away (walking up hills, recovering or tapering!) there was still a good turnout for Tuesday’s TT.  Unknown to most people it was the Zak Carr Trophy race which is in memory of a former club rider who tragically got killed on his bike in 2005 by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel.

Most riders were 20 or 30 seconds quicker this week due to favourable weather conditions.  Graham got a PB, Phil Watkins a course seasons PB and Paul Harrowing rounded out the podium.  Graham Denny just pipped Jon Maynard to the Zak Carr trophy to win it based on the fastest on handicap*.

It was good to have a visitor from one of the County’s premier TT teams Team Velovelocity, along with our club riders and visiting Tri clubs. Thanks to the riders, marshalls and timekeepers.

10-07-18 10m TT Pretty Corner Zak Carr Trophy Race
Name Club Time Handicap time Notes
GRAHAM DENNY NN Wheelers 22.11  20.51 PB
PHIL WATKINS NN Wheelers 23.02  21.21
PAUL HARROWING NN Wheelers 23.47  21.18
GEOFF FROST Team Velovelocity 23.54
NIGEL WALSH NN Wheelers 24.14  21.10
LUKE PETTIT CS Velo Sport 24.20  21.18
CARL MACE Tri Harder 24.58
JON MAYNARD NN Wheelers 25.33  20.55
BRIAN PLATTS NN Wheelers 26.55  22.19
GUY THOROLD NN Wheelers 27.02  21.43
FRANCIS GLAZEBROOK Un attached 27.04
JOHN MORGAN NN Wheelers 27.29  25.18
TIM DAYKIN Wensum Valley 29.41
J.VIDLER Plomesgate CC 30.19
KEITH BESWICK TriHarman 30.22
TESSA MORGAN NN Wheelers 31.01  23.33

*handicaps are based on a ‘dark art’ system devised by Chris Knowles using previous rides, the position of the moon and tea-leaf readings!

Club Run to Jules Country Kitchen Cafe at Alby 11 July 2018

Words by John D

At a distinctly chilly and damp-feeling 10:30am 5 Wheelers set off for the day’s outing, with John D leading, to Jules Country Café at Alby.

Nobody had driven to the start so with everyone warmed up and a favourable northerly, but moderate, breeze it was a fast run down to Itteringham – 8 miles completed in less than 30 minutes. From here we turned left onto the pretty lane around the north of Blickling Park which took us to Ingworth. Crossing the A140 we turned at Banningham to take a lane seldom used by The Wheelers past Colby school and left for a short section of the Trans-Norfolk Highway. Shortly after turning left again we passed the Corvette garage to head up to Antingham and over the Bittern Line. Again we turned left, noting the long-closed Suffield Arms as we passed beneath the railway to Thorpe Market – where inevitably we turned left to go through to Hanworth and then (of course) two left turns to Thwaite and finally to Alby after just over 27 miles.

Here we were met by a waiting Chris K and Dave C – who rightly judged that our delay must have been due to a p*n*t*r* (This was Andrew, some 4 miles earlier – when it was noted that Norfolk flints were really the worst – and Yorkshire tyres were the hardest).

A substantial lunch – giant doorstep sandwiches and large baguettes (with chips) was consumed, and asthma in sportsmen was discussed of course, but as no one could think of the name of a Croatian cyclist in the TdeF we moved on to pondering the outcome of an entirely different sporting fixture later in the day.

Refuelled and with the sun peeking through we re-mounted, leaving Chris K to return alone via Thwaite Hill. Fed up with turning left we opted for a right from the café and then several more to take us towards Suffield and through Colby to Erpingham where our leader left. As no-one needed to return to PC, I guess several routes were taken to home and with the temperature now in the mid-twenties, hopefully incident-free and at an enjoyable pace.


As you can see from the map we had the lunch spot (only 6 miles as the crow flies from the start) well-and truly surrounded. Thanks to everyone for a very enjoyable Ronde Van Thwaite-with-Alby!

Andrew, Jane, JohnD, Kevin and Stephen. CJ and David for lunch

One deflation but otherwise no incidents.

Had anyone returned to PC it would have been a 39 mile trip, though most will have completed around 50.