The Spring club meeting is to be held on 30th April, 8pm at the the White Horse PH in Trowse. For this first meeting we have a very open and informal agenda aimed at getting our season off in the right direction… so please come whether you simply want advice on how get started in a new area of the sport; you have ideas on how to contribute to the club or you simply want a chance for a social drink and chat. New, Old or prospective members all welcome. We will have a range of resources and information available on the night.
Scott Davidson’s first TT as an organiser was blessed with a 3 hour period of sunshine… which bearing in mind the weather that preceded and followed the event is amazing. We had in excess of 90 riders (only 6DNSs) and some very good times despite the headwind on the west bound leg. Peter Balls of West Suffolk Wheelers rode an excellent 53:29 to win overall but he was joined by 29 others who beat the hour. VCN’s honour was upheld by Neil Vaughan who took the vets’ competition with a time of 58:22. Full results here.
Thanks to all the VCN members who helped run the event, and thanks too to all the riders (and supporters) from the 30 local and not so local clubs who came along. Norwich ABC deserve special mention fielding 11 riders … for a rogues gallery of competitors go to Mark Cozen’s excellent website or the VCN Facebook page
Three intrepid riders set off for what had the potential to be a wet and windy evening club run. Much to our surprise the rain held off and the wind eased. The highlight of the evening (at least for Jen!) was watching two grown men do battle with the puncture fairies. 40 minutes, 2 punctures and 3 inner tubes later, a now very cold group set off but we managed 24 miles returning to Cringleford at 2030. Where did we go? No idea I just followed the others!
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!
The Cycling Post is a new magazine … launched initially on line.. it focuses on UK competition, UK riders racing abroad and the club scene. With a mix of news, race reports, race previews, interviews and feature articles it covers road racing, time trialling, cyclocross and track . It’s a bit slow to load and probably best suited to i-Pads or similar – but it’s a new slant that will hopefully cover UK cycling in the detail it deserves.
For those looking forward to the VC Norwich Evening Rides, not much longer to wait.
17th April 2012 – Tuesday Evening Training Ride & Chain Gang @ 6.30pm
18th April 2012 – Wednesday Evening Club Ride @ 6.30pm
19th April 2012 – Thursday Evening Training Ride @ 6.30pm
And every week thereafter until a date to be advised in September.
For more details, please see Rides
… so the clocks go back tonight, and the calendar is getting busier. Evening club rides will start again soon and we will see an increase in evening TT’s as well as the Lotus Cars Cycle Race League which starts in May. (Look out for the updates on our webpage over the next couple of days.) Some of our more intrepid members have started their time trialling season already and the race team have been blooded as well – reports from both those disciplines soon… along with suggestions for how anyone can get started in competition.
We are also moving into Sportive season, so make sure you let us know if you have events in your diary, (especially if they are far away) as it’s always nice to see fellow members on the course, and perhaps share travel. Do let us have reports afterwards too so we can put them in the newsletter – and if you can provide photographs that’s even better.
Keep an eye out here and on the club’s facebook page to see what everyone is up to ….. and join in…..
Keith and Sue Harrison are famous for the quality of their Audax events: their route sheets, organisation and catering are always excellent… it’s just a shame they can’t organise the weather to a similar standard. For the 6 VCN folk on the Norfolk Mardle the weather held off for the meandering ride to the Salthouse control. Here after the gloopiest mint chocolate cake ever the rain and wind set in for the climb back up the Terminal Glacial Moraine (yes it really is called that, Roly) that constitutes the Cromer Ridge and the run back to Norwich. Special mention to Matt for whom this was the first ride since shattering his shoulder… talk about easing back into it gently (not).
For anyone who fancies sampling Sue and Keith’s Audax hospitality they will be running the National 400km audax from Hempnall in June and have promised to honour all entries. Apparently they have 60 signed up already!
Sunday 11th March saw many of the club members baring their pure white winter legs for the first time! 15 VCN members joined 85 riders for the Diss CC reliability ride. 30 members turned up for the club ride splitting into two groups, the faster group headed to Cley and the club run headed for Holt where the scones were far superior to Cley!!