Weather is a blow for cyclists

Near gale-force winds lashed Norfolk at the weekend, causing a few problems for cyclists.Riders in the East District Cycling Association's 100-mile time trial based at Morley found themselves travelling at around 40mph with the wind behind them only to be reduced to walking pace when the course turned.

Near gale-force winds lashed Norfolk at the weekend, causing a few problems for cyclists.

Riders in the East District Cycling Association's 100-mile time trial based at Morley found themselves travelling at around

40mph with the wind behind them only to be reduced to walking pace when the course turned.

The course record set in 2007 was 3 hours 44 mins 44 secs but winner Lee Bark from Stowmarket and DCC's time on Sunday was a clear indication of the conditions when he finished in 4-4:37.

Turning the fastest time overall were Cycling Club Breckland's winning tandem pair of Bobby De'ath and Iain Dawson in 4-2 exactly while club-mate Laura Robinson took the women's award in 4-51:52 compared to her winning 4-33:36 last year.

Nick Parravani with 5-00.32 and Tony Reynolds 5-10:44 completed the Breckland entry.

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Knowing there was a 10-mile open event promoted by the East Anglian CC the following evening just eight riders opted to compete in the Scoulton-based club event last Wednesday.

Bobby De'ath led the way with 24:34, Iain Dawson was next with 25:40, Darren Elliot 26:58, Mark Fairhead 28:47 and Alan Holland 30:32.

Young Adam Cross scoped maximum points in the junior section with his time of 26:42 while Peter Hamon's 29:53 beat Dave Smith's 31:58, in the second-claim members competition.

Don Saunders and 10-year-old Declan Davis put up a sterling effort in the East Anglian's event the following evening to come second in the tandem section 27:16 to the Chelmer CC pairing of G Painter and C Regan's 21:50.

Other Breckland times were Chris Nudds 22:43, Ken Price 24:21, Keith Grasby 24:30, Laura Robinson 24:39 and Tony Reynolds 25:04.

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