Forget Yorkshire – Sunday’s Road Race Action was in Great Cressingham

A bit damp, but a success, chairman Steve Swift writes:

Thanks to all who turned out and made the VCN road races a success on the 6th July, and a special note of thanks to our hosts in Great Cressingham who worked hard to make us welcome in their village and at their summer fete – hopefully this is a model that will grow in 2015 and beyond.

Despite a persistent drizzly rain for the men’s race in the morning the pace of the bunch was high and the bunch animated. There were several attempts to establish a break but the final result was settled in a group sprint up the hill to the finish just outside the fete grounds. Well done to Karl Zimmer who stayed upright to take the win on the greasy roads and commiserations to the two riders who didn’t (thankfully without serious injury).

After the men’s trophy presentation on the fete grounds the afternoon started dryer, but windier. The result was a women’s race where the pace varied widely around the circuit on the opening laps. Like the men’s race earlier the numerous attacks were swiftly neutralised by a hungry bunch. The last couple of laps were run at high speed with the pack consolidating shortly before the final run in to a sprint where Harriet Owen (Matrix Fitness-Vulpine) took the honours.

The day saw a number of firsts for VC Norwich:-

  • Our first women’s race run on the same day as the men’s race (with equivalent prize money and trophies)
  • A new circuit
  • One of the first events in the region run to the newly introduced British Cycling traffic management guidelines
  • A combined event run in conjunction with the host village.

There were some sleepless nights beforehand and we have taken some lessons away to improve next time. Thanks again to everyone including the riders who were tolerant and supportive of the teething niggles associated with any new event. Roll on next year – when maybe Helen Wyman may sling a leg over a bike to compete rather than just spectate and when we won’t be fighting for attention against that other pesky race up North!

Full results here: road race results