Cycling Club Breckland riders test their endurance

Incredible feats of the human ability were witnessed last week with the riders of Cycling Club Breckland pushing themselves to the limit over both flat out sprints and the longest of endurance challenges.

The weekend saw the finest example of mental and physical endurance with the National 400km Audax.

CCB’s Jon Periam and Mark Fairhead took part in one of, if not the, toughest event of the year.

Beginning at 9am on Saturday morning the 75 riders set off riding through day and night in an epic battle of man, machine and the elements.

Only three failed to reach the 240km checkpoint, the first just before 6pm, to then continue on until reaching the finish in Hempnall in the early hours of Sunday morning.


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Jon Periam completed the epic ride in 19 hours, with Mark Fairhead following just over an hour behind reaching the finish line just after 5am.

The midweek time trial saw a return to the club series with a 10mile event at Griston.

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Fourteen riders took to the start line, with young Declan Davis continuing his run of wins to come in first in a time of 23:34.

Mark Cox finished second in 24:19 followed by Adam Cross whose third event of the year saw a return to form of 24:55.

Other times came from Geoff Muller (25:17), Robert Walthew (26:29), Louis Gyde (26:59), in his first ever time trial, and junior Henry Periam (28:49).

Many CCB riders competed again in the EACC 10 on Thursday on one of the regions fastest courses the B10/3 that was this time thwarted with a strong Northerly wind.

Declan Davis gave a show of class once again, finishing equal 10th out of a field of 70, in a time of 22:18, only 62 seconds behind the winner Jim Burgess. The podium was completed by Glen Taylor (21:17) and Mark Solley (21:42).

Other CCB times came from Chris Nudds (22:57), Andy Tyler (23:06), Mark Fairhead (24:10), Laura Gambling (24:37), Ray Turner (25:10) and Nick Standley (25:38).

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