Cold start to TT season

Four VC Norwich riders braved wind and cold on Good Friday for one of East Anglia’s traditional TT season openers, Great Yarmouth CC’s 10. Minus two degrees at seven in the morning and it didn’t seem to get any warmer as start time approached. The return leg promised to be a slog into a strong westerly wind on the journey back to Wortwell from Clay’s RAB on the Bungay bypass.

VCN new boy Karl Read posted 24 dead to finish 25th; Neil Vaughan clocked ten seconds more in 28th; Sally Withey and Markos Janes were both midfield with 26:57 and 27:29 respectively. A full field of 112 solo bikes and 4 tandem pairs were headed by Liam Gentry for Strada Sport in 21:40, beating local favourite Jim Burgess (Anglia Velo) by three seconds. Both did well to beat the highly-rated Ian Cammish into third. Laura Gambling topped the womens’ times at 24:58.

On Easter Sunday Will Dorsett made his debut ride for VC Norwich at the Haverhill Wheelers 20 mile Hilly TT which is the second round in the Rudy Project National Points Series. He chalked up a respectable 6th in the seniors with 46:26 but he was up against theUK’s No 1 TT rider Michael Hutchinson who whizzed round in 41:44… almost 29 mph.

So a good start to the 2012 calendar which includes VCN’s own 25 mile open event in a week’s time (22nd April) for which entries are now closed with 100 riders on the startsheet!