15m TT results 16/9/18

A small but select group posted some very good times on a blustery day.  Nick Partridge posted the fastest club 15 TT of the year (despite stopping to put his chain back on) and says he will return next year to do the 10 – so be warned!  Nigel got a PB and Geoff posted a fast target for himself next year.

16-09-18 15m TT Aylmerton to Holt
Name Main Club Time Club Handicap time
Nick Partridge Plomesgate CC 33:08
Geoff Frost Velovelocity 34:24
Nigel Walsh North Norfolk Wheelers 36:02 32.58
Phil Hurr North Norfolk Wheelers 39:22


10m TT Pretty Corner 4/9/18

The penultimate 10m TT of the year saw a change to more typical autumn weather with grey clouds and a strong wind, which was reflected in the slower times. Luke Pettit was fastest (so is able to retire now!), followed by Geoff Frost and Bradley Nelson. Phil West was fastest on handicap.


04-09-18 10m pretty corner TT
Name Main Club Time Club Handicap time
LUKE PETTIT CS Velo Sport 23:41  22.10
GEOFF FROST Team Velovelocity 23:55
BRADLEY NELSON Bloodwise QSW 24:08
PAUL HARROWING NN Wheelers 24:30  22.01
WILL BAMBER Velo club Norwich 24:55
RICHARD COLLYER NN Wheelers 25:09  23.08
PHIL HURR NN Wheelers 25:25  21.52
GUY THOROLD NN Wheelers 26:07  21.53
ADRIAN JAY NN Wheelers 26:37  21.59
PHILIP WEST NN Wheelers 26:58  21.32
SARAH JAY NN Wheelers 27:54  22.14
KIM CHARLTON Tri Anglia 28:11
TIM DAYKIN Wensum Valley 29:40
KEITH BESWICK TriHarman 30:29  22.45

10m TT Thursford Fun Comp 28/8/18

Another good turnout and some good competition between the North Norfolk Wheelers and other local clubs including ten from East Coast Riders of Fakenham (mainly competing on road bikes).

The competition winners are as follows:

Overall fastest man & lady Graham Denny Kim Charlton/Amanda Marshall tied
**Fastest VET on standard man & lady Graham Denny (+4:31) Amanda Marshall (+1:57)
Fastest Club Handicap Time Philip West
Fastest on road bike (without tri-bars) man & lady Rob Kitchen Lorraine Jarvis
Fastest two-up (road or TT bike) Matt Whitaker/Sean Price
Fastest non – NN Wheeler rider (not a 1st or 2nd claim member) Jonny O’Neil

(Phil West you can collect your medal at the next time trial)

**For those who want to work out their age handicap (VET on standard time) click here:vet standard

The event was run at the earlier time to avoid darkness at the finish, however due to a couple of riders getting held up by increased traffic around Fakenham this is likely to be moved to earlier in the season next year at a later start time.

Thanks to the timekeepers, marshals and riders.  See you next Tuesday for the penultimate 10m TT at Pretty Corner.

28-08-18 10m TT Thursford Comp
Name Main Club Time Club Handicap time Notes
GRAHAM DENNY NN Wheelers 22:05 21.13 CPB
PHIL WATKINS NN Wheelers 22:50 21.08
LUKE PETTIT CS Velo Sport 23:18 21.24 CPB
JONNY O’NEIL East Coast Riders 23:52
ROB KITCHEN East Coast Riders 23:57 PB
CONNOR RUMBLES East Coast Riders 24:07 PB
CARL MACE Tri Harder 24:14 21.37
JOHN HAYWARD NN Wheelers 24:44 21.43
MATT WHITAKER/ SEAN PRICE Fat Birds/East Coast Riders 24:51 2 up road bike PB
TOM GRIFFITHS London Heathside 24:57
GUY THOROLD NN Wheelers 25:19 21.05 CPB
FOWLER East Coast Riders 25:29
ADRIAN JAY NN Wheelers 25:48 21.10
PETE FARRELL East Coast Riders 25:50
MARKOS JANES VCN 25:59 21.18
PHILIP WEST NN Wheelers 26:26 20.56 PB
AMANDA MARSHALL NN Wheelers 26:42 21.18 CPB
KIM CHARLTON Tri Anglia 26:42
CARL SAYER East Coast Riders 27:00
PAUL ELVIN East Coast Riders 27:15
THURGILL East Coast Riders 27:28
SARAH JAY NN Wheelers 27:46 22.06
SUSIE TOWNING TriHarman 28:08 22.06
LANCE WRIGHT East Coast Riders 29:30
KEITH BESWICK TriHarman 30:04 22.30
WILL DORSETT API Metro DNS Punctured warming up

10m TT Results 14, 19 and 21st August

A concentration of 10m time trials at this time of year at Pretty Corner saw the return of Will Dorsett (API Metro) with the second fastest time in recent years (20:42) on the 21st August, followed by Toby Morrell and Graham Denny. Luke Pettit continued improving with the fastest handicap time and a PB.  PBs kept falling over these races for a number of other riders achieving some late season form including Guy Thorold, Philip West and Nigel Walsh.


14-08-18 10m TT
Name Club Time Handicap time Notes
GEOFF FROST Team Velovelocity 23:23
NIGEL WALSH NN Wheelers 23:35 20:49 PB
JOHN HAYWARD NN Wheelers 24:22 21:25
CARL MACE Tri Harder 24:26
RICHARD COLLYER NN Wheelers 24:41 22:40
GUY THOROLD NN Wheelers 25:26 20:17 PB
ADRIAN JAY NN Wheelers 25:46 21:08
PHILIP WEST NN Wheelers 26:30 20:07 PB
SARAH JAY NN Wheelers 27:10 21:23
TIM DAYKIN Wensum Valley 29:13
J.VIDLER Plomesgate CC 30:13
19-08-18 10m TT
Name Club Time Handicap time
GEOFF FROST Team Velovelocity 23:35
JOHN HAYWARD NN Wheelers 24:16 21:25
PHIL HURR NN Wheelers 25:40 22:07
GUY THOROLD NN Wheelers 25:52 21:26
SUSIE TOWNING TriHarman 28:17 22:15
JOHN VIDLER Plomesgate CC 30:04
21-08-18 10m TT
Name Club Time Handicap time Notes
TOBY MORRELL NN Wheelers 21:33 20:25
GRAHAM DENNY NN Wheelers 21:55 21:03
PHIL WATKINS NN Wheelers 22:44 21:03
LUKE PETTIT CS Velo Sport 22:51 20:03
RICHARD HERRELL Iceni Velo 23:24
NIGEL WALSH NN Wheelers 23:26 20:51 PB
GEOFF FROST Team Velovelocity 23.36
CARL MACE Tri Harder 23:37
BULLEN TriAnglia 23:58
JOHN MORGAN NN Wheelers 24:27 22:16
RICHARD COLLYER NN Wheelers 24:43 22:42
TOM GRIFFITHS London Heath Deal 25:03
GUY THOROLD NN Wheelers 25:14 20:48 PB
JON MAYNARD NN Wheelers 25:46 21:29
AMANDA MARSHALL NN Wheelers 26:26 20:25 PB
PHILIP WEST NN Wheelers 26:39 21:09
JAMES SIMONS Tri Harder 26:42
BEN WALKER Tri Harder 26:44
ADRIAN JAY NN Wheelers 26:54 22:06
SARAH JAY NN Wheelers 27:30 21:50
TIM DAYKIN Wensum Valley 28:49
J.VIDLER Plomesgate CC 29:58






NN Wheelers 10m TT 31/7/18

There were 8 PBs on a perfect night for time-trialling. Thanks to the riders, marshals and timekeepers.


31-07-18 10m TT
Name Club Time Handicap time
GRAHAM DENNY NN Wheelers 22.18 21:26
HAGUE ?????? 22.38
PHIL WATKINS NN Wheelers 23.21 20:40
NIGEL WALSH NN Wheelers 23.46 20:15
LUKE PETTIT CS Velo Sport 23.48 20:50
JOHN HAYWARD NN Wheelers 23.51 20:53
DANIEL CROWE Iceni Velo 24.39
DAN WRAY NN Wheelers 25.10 20:49
GUY THOROLD NN Wheelers 26.09 20:50
JAMES JOHNSON Welwyn Wheelers 26.11
AMANDA MARSHALL NN Wheelers 26.59 20:20
PHILIP WEST NN Wheelers 27.23 20:59
KEITH BESWICK TriHarman 28.34 20:05
EDDIE ROBSON NN Wheelers 28.34 21:59
TIM DAYKIN Wensum Valley 29.20

“The Barbecue in the Sun” – 12hr EDCA Time Trail Championship Report

Bruce Williams

What a day we had for the Eastern District Championship on Sunday – the CCB 12 hour is the EDCA Championship – with brave souls from around the country descending on Norfolk early on Sunday to do battle with the clock, the roads, each other and, above all, the elements.  Men and women, stars and novices, young and old, all were there for the challenge.
I went down to the Eccles Road turn about 1030 – first rider started at 6.01 – to meet one or two marshals and helpers and then made my way up to the Browick / Mulbarton turn (the top end of circuit 2, the southern/western end being Eccles road) for 12 noon along with 4 other marshals at the same place (the turn consists of two roundabouts separated by a bridge over the A11) all doing our EDCA marshalling duty without which these events could not take place.  With two different circuits on the A11 – each about 20 miles and each being covered by the cyclists up to 4 or 5 times – followed by a cross country lane trek to the finishing circuit, plus an official feeding station, this time trial needs almost as many helpers and officials as competitors.  Half a dozen or so time keepers are located on the finishing circuit in order to time and stop the riders just as their allotted 12 hours elapses.
A unique atmosphere is found at 12 hour events with great camaraderie between the cyclists and with helpers for one or other also giving assistance to others in need, say, of spare wheels or bottles.  A large crowd assembled at the Hingham village turn on the finishing circuit with every competitor that was still going – this is an attritional race – getting a gladiatorial clap and cheer as they rode past, many of them temporarily increasing their pace as a result, despite 11 or so hours in the saddle.  I got to the finishing circuit about 5pm and would have cheered them on myself but I was too tired and dehydrated to find the energy.  Strangely, quite a few of the finishing circuit cheered me as well, leaving me wondering as to the mistaken identity that was apparently taking place, until someone more alert than me pointed out that it was because of the ‘elderly’ car that I was driving.  Funny things, bikes and cars, really, but it is the the people that are more interesting than the metal.
This would have been a fine day for the 12 hour with wind speeds below 5 mph all day, except for the unrelenting heat that made the day so attritional.  If I were doing the 12 hour (optional guffaws cost extra) I would most certainly pull out of the event after a few hours to avoid this kind of exposure.   Temperatures officially reached 30 Deg C by mid to late morning and did not drop until 5 or 6 pm, but the A11 is largely exposed and with the heat bouncing back off the tarmac, probably riders were experiencing temperatures in excess of 35 Deg C.   How they kept going is a mystery to me, but many of them did and some even looked strong in the last few hours.  Suffice it to say that my marshalling point had no shade and I got burned on the face and hands.
My 4.5 hour stint of duty started interestingly when National 100 mile champion, Alice Lethbridge, who also broke her own competition record in the EDCA ‘100’ 3 weeks earlier, turned up at Browick on a road bike asking me where she was supposed to be for her own marshalling duty.  My hopes that she had turned up to re-acquaint herself with me being dashed and much as though I am sure I would have enjoyed the company, I had to tell her that she was due at the Eccles road turn and so send her on her way 10 miles down the A11.  Despite riding an ordinary bike and with a back pack, apparently she managed to overtake one or two competitors on the way.  We never did that in my day (it was regarded as bad form) but I guess she was worried about being late to marshal!
Andrew (Andy) Wilkinson was last man off and said to be on a mission to regain the competition record (of 318 miles) that he had established in this event 6 years ago.  He has been back the previous two years but in support of his wife, Jill.  As far as I know, this was his first attempt at the 12 hour since he regained comp record in 2012, the driver for him being that Adam Duggleby had the temerity to take his record with ride of 322 miles (when the aforementioned Alice Lethbridge also broke her own national record achieving 290 miles) at the National 12 hour championship a few weeks ago.
Wilkinson first won championships and BAR’s back in the mid and late 1990’s and I assume that he is now approaching 50, so coming back for a tilt at the 12 hour record after a long gap always seemed like a tall order.   He started very fast – as he did 6 years ago – but we saw him stop on the Browick / Mulbarton bridge (his helpers were there) after 6 or 7 hours.  He later told officials that he was suffering with back pain and I noticed that his black skin suit was stained white by body sweat as he struggled to remove it.  The bike position is always tough on a long distance event – no one knows more about this than Wilko – but the heat of the day was also gruelling for the riders.
The fastest rider that I could track at my station was Charles Mitchell at number 30, a novice in the 12 hour, but the winner of the EDCA ‘100’ a few weeks before with the very fast time of 3 hours 26 minutes (an average speed of just over 29 mph) who was taking about 46 minutes to cover the 20 or so miles of circuit 2.  Mitchell also had his team mates from A3crg back, the same guys that did the ‘100’, with Stephen Williamson (number 40) looking very strong taking about 48 minutes for each circuit.  Mark Smith of Crawley Wheelers was also back after the ‘100’ and looking strong as did Victor Chetta of Artic Tacx (a man who had ridden the 24 hour event only two weeks before ….) at number 45 and likewise Matt Ivings (Buxton CC) at number 25.
Local man and vet Dave Green of the promoting club (number 20) started well but seemed to struggle in the heat, but he still finished with a fine 289 miles (provisional).  Simon Hardy of Kings Lynn was one of those that seemed to get stronger in the second half of the event and still looked fresh after completing his 240 miles, 6 miles more than he achieved the previous year.  John Swindells of Iceni Velo, however,  really seemed to struggle in the heat of the day (after starting well) finishing with 240 miles, but again he rode without a helper.  As a man on or about 4 hours for the ‘100. and covering a lot of miles as he does, I believe that he cud do 260 miles on the right day with the right back up.  This was a day only for people with remarkable resistance to heat exhaustion which, sadly, did not include me.  What was that I said about the marshals trade union?
The ever popular John Golder (Chelmer CC) chose this 12 hour over the ECCA event later this month and was chasing a national age record.  (I am guessing that he is 63 or 64).  It is believed that he achieved comfortably over 260 miles (probably about 264) and that he therefore achieved his goal, but provisional results were only available for the leading riders and all are subject to verification.
Rebecca Murley of Wisbech Wheelers, making her first attempt at this distance after a top season and a tremendous sub 4 hour ride in the EDCA ‘100’, was the subject of much interest and cheer and was provisionally given the win with 267 miles, however she believes that this is miscalculated and will be corrected to perhaps 260 miles.  Helped on the day by her loyal parents, she started cautiously and, as a result, finished strongly, as did John Golder.  She said the heat did not trouble her too much except for her feet which, at her request, her parents regularly doused with a bucket of cold water.  Many riders got the Tour de France mountain stage treatment with a bucket of water being tossed over the whole torso.  I think you possibly needed that every 10 minutes.  i know I did.  I had bottles of water with me, but they were hot….
Christina Mackenzie of the Stirling Bike Club was accredited with 266 miles, a Scottish National record, and this may be the winning distance for this event, she also having done the 24 hour event two weeks previously.  Some people just wont give up.  The men’s team win has provisionally been allocated to A3crg – Messrs Mitchell, Williamson and David Shepherd – with a combined distance of 891 miles, a new National Competition record assuming distances are confirmed.  Finally, special mention should be made for the husband and wife tandem team of Becky and Howard Lewis (mid Shropshire Wheelers) who recorded 286 miles, also provisionally a new Competition record for the mixed tandem.
Charles Mitchell won the men’s event with a provisional mileage of 311 miles, an average speed of about 26mph, an extraordinary effort on the day provided the distance is confirmed,  Mark Smith is provisionally second with 296 miles with a further 5 riders recording distances in the 290’s, Dave Green being 8th with 289 miles.
Personally, I am not sure if 12 hour events should take place under temperatures like these, but the riders, or many of them that finished, clearly have other ideas.  I got home about 8pm for a cold shower and some after sun lotion.  I had worn long sleeves and long trousers advisedly, but I should have taken a face mask and gloves.  Some might say that these accoutrements could usefully be permanent, but I could not possibly comment.   Later I switched the TV on and came across an old edition of Morecambe and Wise;  “Bring me Sunshine’, they chortled…
Photos are courtesy of Fergus Muir
12 hour Charles Mitchell12 hour Christina Mackenzie12 hour Rebecca Murley12 hour mixed tandem

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.




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