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Andy Stuart steals the limelight again

Mildenhall Cycling Club`s Andy Stuart made his first ever appearance in a mountain bike race on Sunday when he took part in the first round of the Club`s season long Off - Road Championship.

More used to track racing and road time trials, Stuart soon found himself at home on the muddy woodland tracks which had been made slippery by overnight rain, which had no doubt put a number of riders off. Lining up with him were Rodney Coleman and Ian Poole at the start of the 40 minutes race over a one mile long circuit.

It was Coleman who set the early pace, diving into first place as the course entered a long single track section. However, Stuart soon demonstrated his fitness as he rode away on a wider section of the course and was not troubled for the rest of the race. At the end he was well clear of the others and even lapped Poole, last years Off-Road Champion, on the last lap

Overall times:

  1. Andy Stuart
  2. Rodney Coleman
  3. Ian Poole
  • -
  • @ 4 minutes
  • @ 1 lap

19th November 2001

 

Nine Year-Old Matthew Cook in Cyclo-Cross Action

Mildenhall Cycling Club's nine-year-old Matthew Cook had a busy weekend riding four events in just two days!

On Saturday he rode the Norfolk Schools Cycling Association's Whitwell Series event at Whitwell Hall near Reepham. Riding in his own age category (under 10 years) he had a fairly comfortable ride to win the event, giving him overall victory in the series having won four of the five events. He was soon in action again in the under 14 years event. Here he had a much harder ride finishing a well deserved third, one lap down on the leaders, after a tussle with two other riders.

Sunday saw Matthew back in action in the Colchester Rovers event at Mistley, near Colchester. Conditions were hard with grass over much of the course and woodland testing his ability to the full. In the under 12's event he finish second to Dominic Schils riding for Interbike after leading for the majority of the race he lost it in the sprint finish. Matthew was in action again, this time in the youths event, a real test of his ability as this race was over twenty minutes plus a lap and against riders up to 16 years old. After a race long tussle with Joe Mallin, Ipswich Bicycle Club, Matthew got the better of him to finish fifth overall and first under 14 years.

19th November 2001

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Annual Hill-Climb Results

Mildenhall Cycling Club held their annual Hill Climb Championships on Primrose Hill at Moulton on Sunday in conjunction with other local clubs - Newmarket Cycling Club and Ely & District Cycling Club.

A pleasant sunny Autumn morning greeted the riders numbering nine in total. There wasn`t any help on the 985 yard climb which was reflected in the overall times, with only one competitor beating two minutes - Mildenhall`s Keith Richardson. The defending Club champion from last year stopped the watch in 1 minute 59. 07 seconds.

He was closely followed by his two clubmates, Veteran Max Pendleton, a previous winner on the hill and a former course record holder some twenty five years ago in 2 minutes 1. 29 seconds, in third spot was somewhat younger fast road-man Andy Stuart in a time of 2 minutes 1.78 seconds

Overall times:

  1. Keith Richardson (Mildenhall CC)
  2. Max Pendleton (Mildenhall CC)
  3. Andy Stuart (Mildenhall CC)
  4. Martin Holland (Ely & Dist. CC)
  5. Martin Brown (Ely & Dist. CC)
  6. Nigel Barber (Newmarket CC)
  7. Dereck Bailey (Ely & Dist. CC)
  8. Simon Larby (Mildenhall CC)
  9. Ian Poole (Mildenhall CC)
  • 1 min 59.07 secs
  • 2 mins 1.29 secs
  • 2 mins 1.78 secs
  • 2 mins 2.35 secs
  • 2 mins 14.86 secs
  • 2 mins 36.47 secs
  • 2 mins 42.87 secs
  • 2 mins 52.87 secs
  • 2 mins 53.48 secs

28th October 2001

 

Andy Stuart claims Club 30 Record

Andy Stuart has broken the Mildenhall Club's 30 mile time-trial record with an excellent ride of 1hour 6minutes 39seconds in last week's Lea Valley C.C. 30. reports Cycling Weekly.

In finishing just 14 seconds behind the winner he also broke his own Personal Best, as well as claiming the scalpes of notable time-triallists Ken Platts and Ian Cammish in the proccess.

8th October 2001

 

Mildenhall Club's Open Cyclo-Cross beats the rain

Mildenhall Cycling Club held their Riverside Scramble Cyclo-Cross on Sunday at their Clubroom headquarters in Wamil Way, Mildenhall. All categories were catered for.

The Veterans and Juniors started off the days racing in fairly good conditions, despite the recent heavy rain. But halfway through the event the heavens opened with a torrential downpour which soaked riders and spectators alike, turning the course into a mudbath. Veteran Tim Butler, riding for the Ipswich B.C., led from the start, closely followed by his clubmate Chris Jillings. In third spot was Geoff Bores from Basildon C.C. and the fastest Junior was Ben Spashett (Ipswich B.C.) who finished in fourth place overall.

In the Youth category, which saw the course getting even more muddy, schoolgirl Abbie Thorrington (Ipswich B.C.) rode a remarkable race to hold off all the male competitors to win by almost two minutes. In second place was Steven Griffiths (Crest C.C.) while several riders retired with mud bound bikes.

Third event of the day was for the under 12's, who completed two laps on a shortened course. The winner was Carl Harris (Eastern Region Velo) and in runner up spot was Joseph Perrett (Lee Valley Y.C.C.) Mildenhall's nine year old Matthew Cook rode consistently well to finish in fourth position.

Main event of the day for Seniors was run off in attrocious conditions, with riders changing bikes almost every lap with helpers working extremly hard to remove the mud and keeping their riders' bikes in operation. The race started at a very fast pace with eventual winner Russell Parkins riding for Elmy R.T. emerging from the woods in pole position which he held throughout the event. The battle for second spot was closely fought between Daryl Gooch (Team Clean Impsport) and Ian Newby (Diss C.C.). The former claiming second position by almost a minute. In fourth place was Robert Hunt (Octagon V.C.) a further 38 seconds behind Newby.

Results: (first six positions in each event)

Veterans/Juniors:

  1. Tim Buttler (Vet) - Ipswich B.C.
  2. Chris Jillings (Vet) - Ipswich B.C.
  3. Geoff Bores (Vet) - Basildon C.C.
  4. Benjamin Spashett (Jun) - Ipswich B.C.
  5. Andrew Whelan (Jun) - Eastern Region Velo.
  6. Mike Parkins (Vet) - Unattached.

 

  • 44 mins 28 secs
  • 44 mins 59 secs
  • 47 mins 14 secs
  • 48 mins 27 secs
  • 50 mins 29 secs
  • 51 mins 36 secs

Youths:

  1. Abbie Thorrington - Ipswich B.C.
  2. Steven Griffiths - Crest C.C.
  3. Ben Tinkler - Newmarket C.C.
  4. Andrew Griffiths - Crest C.C.
  5. Paul Watts - Ipswich B.C.
  6. Averil Millingan - Team Caledonia

 

  • 29 mins 39 secs
  • 31 mins 22 secs
  • 35 mins 31 secs
  • 36 mins 15 secs
  • @ 1 lap
  • @ 1 lap

Under 12's:

  1. Carl Harris - Eastern Region Velo
  2. Joseph Perrett - Lee Valley Y.C.C.
  3. Luke Newby - Diss & Dist. C.C.
  4. Matthew Cook - Mildenhall C.C.
  5. Emily Thorrington - Ipswich B.C.
  6. Michail Dunning - Colchester Rovers C.C.

 

  • 2 laps
  • 2 laps
  • 2 laps
  • 2 laps
  • 2 laps
  • 2 laps

Seniors:

  1. Russell Parkin - Elmy R.T.
  2. Daryl Gooch - Team Clean Impsport
  3. Ian Newby - Diss & Dist. C.C.
  4. Robert Hunt - Octagon V.C.
  5. Joe Waller - Eastern Region Velo
  6. Shaun Aldous - Godric C.C.

 

  • 57 mins 41 secs
  • @ 1 min 59 secs
  • @ 2 mins 51 secs
  • @ 3 mins 29 secs
  • @ 3 mins 57 secs
  • @ 4 mins 25 secs

7th October 2001

 

Andy Stuart wins the Verulam C.C. 25 Mile time trial

Mildenhall Cycling Club's Andy Stuart has done it again, this time winning over 25 miles. He won the Verulam CC 25, on the F13 ( Bicester - Aylesbury road ) in a time of 56 minutes 21 secs, reports Cycling Weekly, beating J. Adkins into second place.

Verulam CC 25m Time Trial - Top six finishers:

  1. Andy Stuart (Mildenhall CC)
  2. J. Adkins (Bournmouth Arrow)
  3. I. Brazier (Verulam CC)
  4. I. Cunningham (Verulam CC)
  5. C.Mcdermott (Verulam CC)
  6. R.Kilduff (45 Road Club)
  • 56 mins 21 secs
  • 57 mins 56 secs
  • 58 mins 28 secs
  • 58 mins 45secs
  • 1hr 01 min 01 sec
  • 1hr 01 min 18 secs

4th October 2001

 

Andy Stuart wins the North Middlesex & Hertfordshire C.A.100 Mile time trial

Mildenhall Cycling Club's Andy Stuart turned in a superb ride on Sunday in cool and windy conditions to win the North Middlesex & Hertfordshire Cycling Association 100 Mile time trial.

In doing so Stuart beat his year old personal best and Club record by 38 seconds. He finished the 100 miles just outside the magic four hours, which was outstanding for the day considering he wasn`t in top form and the course was a revised one. It followed the A1 for 51 miles, with the remainder on "B" roads around the Bedfordshire lanes.

Stuart completed the course in 4 hours 1 minute and 39 seconds beating runner up Malcolm Cox (V.C. St Raphael ) by almost 8 minutes. In third spot was Malcolm Horner (Warrington R.C.) a further one minute fifty seconds behind Cox.

The week before Stuart rode the Eastern Counties Cycling Association Tandem 10 with Clubmate Keith Richardson. They finished in fourth spot in a time of 21 minutes 25 seconds.

North Middlesex & Hertfordshire Cycling Association 100 Mile time trial - Top six finishers:

  1. Andy Stuart (Mildenhall CC)
  2. M. Cox (V.C. St.Raphael)
  3. M.Horner (Warrington R.C.)
  4. S.Prior (Eastbourne Rovers)
  5. A.Crane (Team Sanjan Design)
  6. D.Rollins (Addiscombe CC)
  • 4hrs 1min 39 secs
  • 4hrs 9mins 01 sec
  • 4hrs 10 mins 51 secs
  • 4hrs 24mins 39 secs
  • 4hrs 25mins 54 secs
  • 4hrs 28mins 25 secs

16th September 2001

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Mildenhall Cycling Rally

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28th August 2001

 

Young rider flying high in Fat Birds Don't Fly Cyclo-Cross League

Last Tuesday nine year old Matthew Cook, Mildenhall Cycling Club, finished a creditable third, against older riders, in the Fat Birds Don't Fly Hempton Summer Cyclo-Cross League.

Matthew won the League overall in the under twelve year age group beating his nearest rival by 31 points. Matthew rode all nine events of the series gaining three wins, three third places, a fifth and two sixth placings. The events held on Hempton Common near Fakenham were hard for the youngsters with the last three being held on the full senior course.

19th August 2001

 

Veteran rider gets bronze in the Masters Pursuit Championships

Max Pendleton followed up his silver medal at the British Track Championships with a bronze medal in the Masters Pursuit Championship, losing out by just 3 seconds from the silver medal and a further 4 seconds off the gold.

Meanwhile the Club's other representatives at the Championships in Manchester, Keith Richardson and Andy Stuart had good rides during the week long series of events despite being up against British Olympic champions. Unfortunately, the effects of food poisoning which Stuart picked up on a racing trip to the Isle of Man meant that his form was well below par during the week.

All the Mildenhall CC track riders will now be looking forward to the Mildenhall Rally at next week in a hope of securing a few home wins.

14th August 2001

 

Winners of Evening Time-Trial Points Series
  1. Ian Poole
  2. Dave Anderson
  3. Richard Carrington
  4. Harvey Wright
  5. Larry Moulton
  6. Adrian Turner
  7. Mandy Cook
  8. Rodney Coleman
  • 15 points
  • 13 points
  • 9 points
  • 9 points
  • 8 points
  • 6 points
  • 4 points
  • 2 points

14th August 2001

 

Final round in Club Evening Time-Trial Series

Monday evening's final Mildenhall CC evening club event of the season marked the last time trial on British soil for Dave Anderson, as he returns to the United States in October.

A breezy but warm night on the Red Lodge, Freckenham, Fordham, Chippenham circuit witnessed nine riders taking part in the 9.5 mile event. Fastest rider on the evening was Stephen Williams riding for the West Suffolk Wheelers who recorded a fine time of 22 minutes and 1 second, pushing Dave Anderson back into second place by 1 minute and 9 seconds.

Third place went to another West Suffolk Wheelers rider, Viv Smith just 9 seconds behind Anderson. The only other Mildenhall CC rider was Ian Poole who was riding well until his chain came off losing him in excess of half a minute as he recorded a time of 24 minutes and 35 seconds. However, this mishap did not prevent him securing the evening time trial points cup for the season by a 2 points margin over Anderson.

Full result:

  1. Stephen Williams (W. Suffolk Whls)
  2. Dave Anderson (Mildenhall CC)
  3. Viv Smith (W. Suffolk Whls)
  4. Ian Poole (Mildenhall CC)
  5. Matt Heywood (Cambridge)
  6. Nancy Smith (W. Suffolk Whls)
  7. Julie Snell (Mildenhall CC)
  • 22 min 01 secs
  • 23 min 10 secs
  • 23 min 14 secs
  • 24 min 35 secs
  • 25 min 05 secs
  • 26 min 42 secs
  • 27 min 38 secs

13th August 2001

 

Latest Club Off-Road event suffers in torential rain

Sunday' torrential rain forced the rare abandonment of Mildenhall Cycling Club's Off-Road event as the woodland course was becoming waterlogged and dangerous in places.

Six riders lined up for what was planned to be a 12 mile race, but as they did so the rain started falling. James Crawford was quickest away, followed closely by guest rider Richard George and championship leader Ian Poole. A small gap had opened up between these three and Rodney Colemen, Keith Crawford and Dave Bowers.

The rain started falling heavier as they turned into the first technical section and Poole, who is forced to wear glasses when racing, soon lost contact as rain and mud covered the lenses. However, misfortunate struck the two leaders as they went off course allowing Coleman to take the lead as the riders completed the first lap. At this point Poole retired as James Crawford recovered from his off-course venture to regain the lead on the second lap. With the rain getting heavier and despite having a commanding lead, James Crawford decided to abandon at the end of the second lap, leaving Coleman back in the lead with a 10 seconds gap over Richard George and Keith Crawford.

Meanwhile Dave Bowers was struggling with rubbing brakes which were collecting mud & grit and slowing him down in fourth place. As the conditions worsened the decision was taken to shorten the race to just 4 laps instead of 8, with the final positions remaining the same.

This is the first time that the weather conditions have forced the abandonment of one the Mildenhall Club's off-road events, although the final result will still stand and count towards the Club championship. This means that Rodney Coleman picks up a deserving 10 points in the championship, moving him to just 2 points behind third overall rider Dave Bowers who picked up 8 points on Sunday.

  1. Rodney Coleman
  2. Richard George (guest)
  3. Keith Crawford
  4. Dave Bowers
 
Mildenhall CC Off-Road Championship after 10 rounds
  1. Ian Poole
  2. Larry Moulton
  3. Dave Bowers
  4. Rodney Coleman
  5. Harvey Wright
  6. Keith Crawford
  • 72 points
  • 50 points
  • 43 points
  • 41 points
  • 22 points
  • 19 points

12th August 2001

 

Mildenhall Veteran wins medal at National Track Championships

Max Pendleton, riding for Mildenhall Cycling Club at the British National Track Championships in Manchester last Friday, won a silver medal in the Masters National Track Championships section.

His time for the 500 metres time trial was 38.537 seconds, just 3 seconds behind the winner Geoff Cooke riding for Raleigh Factory racing team. Cooke`s time being 35.784 seconds. In third spot was Kevin Keast riding for the Cheques Road Club in a time of 38.784 seconds.

6th August 2001

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Nine year-old Matthew does well on Grass-Track

Mildenhall Cycling Clubs nine year-old Matthew Cook, riding in the children's races at the West Suffolk Wheelers grass track meeting on Sunday was the overall winner after nine hard fought events.

Many of them were handicap events in which Matthew was starting from scratch position. Matthew also rode with two senior riders in the Olympic Sprint to make up a team, putting in an excellent performance to help the team to finish in sixth place.

30th July 2001

 

Winners of 2001 Evening Time-Trial Series
  1. Dave Anderson
  2. Richard Carrington
  3. Ian Poole
  4. Harvey Wright
  5. Larry Moulton
  6. Adrian Turner
  7. Matthew Cook
  8. Rodney Coleman
  • 59 points
  • 54 points
  • 50 points
  • 39 points
  • 32 points
  • 27 points
  • 12 points
  • 5 points
Latest in 2001 Evening Time-Trial Points Series
  1. Dave Anderson
  2. Harvey Wright
  3. Ian Poole
  4. Richard Carrington
  5. Larry Moulton
  6. Adrian Turner
  7. Mandy Cook
  8. Rodney Coleman
  • 9 points
  • 9 points
  • 8 points
  • 7 points
  • 6 points
  • 6 points
  • 4 points
  • 2 points

30th July 2001

 

Final round in Club Evening Time-Trial Series

Mildenhall Cycling Club held the last of their evening Time Trial series on the Higham hilly 10 mile circuit on a hot, humid Monday evening.

Last year's defending champion Dave Anderson, already a clear winner of the series, had an unlucky ride puncturing one mile after the start and failed to finish. This left the way open for veteran Ian Poole to take maximum points on the night returning a credible 27 minutes 31 seconds for the hard hilly circuit.

Overall winner on the night was West Suffolk Wheeler Stephen Williams in a time of 25 minutes 26 seconds.

Full result:

  1. Stephen Williams (W. Suffolk Whls)
  2. Barry Denny (W. Suffolk Whls)
  3. Adrian Grimwood (W. Suffolk Whls)
  4. Ian Poole (Mildenhall CC)
  5. Debra Grimwood (W. Suffolk Whls)
  • 25 min 26 secs
  • 26 min 15 secs
  • 27 min 08 secs
  • 27 min 31 secs
  • 37 min 34 secs

30th July 2001

 

Risby hosts latest round in Club Evening Time-Trial Series

The Risby circuit was the venue for Club's latest Evening Time-Trial series. Ben Mickleburgh riding for West Suffolk Wheelers was fastest on the night in a time of 22 minutes and 46 seconds for the 9.5 mile course followed by club mate Dale Sturman in 23 minutes and 15 seconds.

Fastest Mildenhall C.C. riders in a tie for third place were Dave Anderson and Richard Carrington in a time of 24 minutes and 44 seconds.

Full result:

  1. Ben Mickleburgh (W. Suffolk Whls)
  2. Dale Sturman (W. Suffolk Whls)
  3. Dave Anderson (Mildenhall CC)
  4. Richard Carrington (Mildenhall CC)
  5. Ian Poole (Mildenhall CC)
  6. Harvey Wright (Mildenhall CC)
  7. Julie Snell (Newmarket CC)
  • 22 min 46 secs
  • 23 min 15 secs
  • 24 min 44 secs
  • 24 min 44 secs
  • 25 min 15 secs
  • 28 min 16 secs
  • 30 min 35 secs

23rd July 2001

 

Latest in Club Evening Time-Trial Series

Ben Mickleburgh riding for West Suffolk Wheelers won the Mildenhall Club's Evening 9.5 mile Time-Trial held on the Red Lodge circuit on a wet & chilly evening on Monday in a fast time for the course in 21 mins. 13 secs.

Second place went to Mildenhall cc. member Richard Carrington in 22 mins. 37 secs. Allrounder Club chairman Ian Poole returning to good form came third in 23 mins. 39 secs.

Full result:

  1. Ben Mickleburgh (W. Suffolk Whls)
  2. Richard Carrington (Mildenhall CC)
  3. Ian Poole (Mildenhall CC)
  4. Viv Smith (W. Suffolk Whls)
  5. Nancy Smith (W. Suffolk Whls)
  6. Jerry Turner (Private ride)
  7. Celia Barker (W. Suffolk Whls)
  8. Julie Snell (Newmarket CC)
  9. Mathew Hewood (Cambridge CC)
  • 21 min 13 secs
  • 22 min 37 secs
  • 23 min 39 secs
  • 24 min 00 secs
  • 26 min 31 secs
  • 26 min 50 secs
  • 27 min 46 secs
  • 28 min 22 secs
  • 28 min 51 secs

16th July 2001

 

Mildenhall Cycling Club Grass Track Team on Form

The Mildenhall Grass-Track riders Andy Stuart, Keith Richardson, Dave Anderson and Max Pendleton were in action at the weekend at Biggleswade on Saturday and at Witchford on Sunday.

The best performances came from Stuart, the recent runner-up in the 400m National Sprint Championships held at York. His scratch wins over the weekend were over one mile and five miles at Biggleswade, then over five miles at Witchford. In each event his power was unchallenged with him easily drawing clear of the remnants of the opposition over the last few laps in each event. As well the scratch wins he also won the 800m handicap at Biggleswade on Saturday.

The subsequent reduction in his handicap left Max Pendleton to win over the same distance at Witchford on the Sunday. Besides the above wins Stuart notched up second places over 400m in the handicap on Saturday and Sunday, over 800m in the handicap to Max on Sunday. Stuart was also second in the 500m scratch sprint to National 400m Champion Rick Kennedy from Chesterfield Couriers at Witchford. Keith Richardson was third after a blistering start that left the National Champion a full length adrift after just 5 lengths.

Other places gained by the team over the weekend were for Pendleton - fifth in the Devil Take the Hindmost on Saturday and 7th in the 5 mile. Anderson came 4th in the Devil Take the Hindmost on Sunday and Richardson was 7th in the Witchford 5 mile.

The riders are now targeting various National Championships, the 800m Grass Track title will be decided in two weeks at Heckington Show in Lincolnshire with Keith and Andrew both as serious contenders. The National Hard Track Championships are in three weeks at Manchester Velodrome with all the team riding.

For Pendleton the target for the year, after the Nationals, is the World Masters Track Championships in October, where the aim is to improve on the 3rd and 4th places achieved in 2000. Mildenhall Cycling Club have been acknowledged as a force to be reckoned with on grass tracks over the whole of the country since the mid fifties. The present team, whilst not yet as successful as some in the past nevertheless present serious competition at any track meeting in the Country.

16th July 2001

 

Latest in Club Evening Time-Trial Series

Mildenhall Cycling Club held the latest round of its Evening Time-Trial Series over ten miles at Shippea Hill on Monday evening.

Eight riders turned out on a calm warm evening,with West Suffolk Wheelers once again producing the winner in the only twenty five mile an hour ride of the night. Steve Williams won in a time of 23 minutes 24 seconds. Second-placed rider was Nigel Barber from Newmarket Cycling Club in 24 minutes 26 seconds.

Third was Mildenhall CC rider Dave Anderson a further four seconds behind in 24minutes 30 seconds. Next was Mildenhall Veteran Adrian Turner competing for the first time since his cycling accident in Spain three weeks ago in a time of 24 minutes 33 seconds.

Position and times were :

  1. Steve Williams (W. Suffolk Whls)
  2. Nigel Barber (Newmarket CC)
  3. Dave Anderson (Mildenhall CC)
  4. Adrian Turner (Mildenhall CC)
  5. Viv Smith (W. Suffolk Whls)
  6. Nancy Smith (W. Suffolk Whls)
  7. Harvey Wright (Mildenhall CC)
  8. Celia Barker (W. Suffolk Whls)
  • 23 min 24 secs
  • 24 min 26 secs
  • 24 min 30 secs
  • 24 min 33 secs
  • 26 min 20 secs
  • 27 min 28 secs
  • 28 min 14 secs
  • 29 min 33 secs

9th July 2001

 

Club 30 Mile Time Trial Record Broken

Mildenhall Cycling Club`s Andy Stuart produced an outstanding ride on Sunday morning at Besthorpe in Norfolk to win the East District Cycling Association 30 mile time trial championships.

In doing so he set a new Mildenhall Club Record of 1 hour 8 minutes and 7 seconds beating Adrian Turner`s long standing record set in 1991 by 2 seconds. He also beat into second place Veteran Time-Trialling ace Martin Pyne riding for Anglia Velo just 1 second behind in 1 hour 8 minutes and 8 seconds.

8th July 2001

 

Latest round in the Club Off-Road Championship

Mildenhall Cycling Club held the latest round (Nine) of their off road championships in woodland near Brandon on Wednesday evening.

Only two riders turned out on a very hot humid evening. After a fast start at the end of the first lap, Ian Poole set a fast and blistering pace emerging ahead of super Veteran Rodney Coleman who held Ian for thirty seconds.

He went on to finish in an increadable fast time for the course of 28 minutes and 32 seconds, easing on the last lap and Coleman closed the gap to 20 seconds.

Position and times were :

  1. Ian Poole (Mildenhall CC)
  2. Rodney Coleman (Mildenhall CC)
  • 28 min 32 secs
  • 28 min 52 secs

5th July 2001

 

Latest in Club Evening Time-Trial Series

Mildenhall C.C. held the latest round of their Evening Time-Trial Series on the hilly 10 mile circuit at Higham on Monday evening.

West Suffolk Wheelers riders from Bury St. Edmunds were out in equal force as home club riders. Overall winner on the night was Wheeler Dale Sturman, just beating Mildenhall`s Richard Carrington by two seconds. Third place went to West Suffolk`s veteran Viv Smith a further eighteen seconds behind Carrington. The evening was very humid with only a slight breeze to cool the riders.

Position and times were :

  1. Dale Sturman (W. Suffolk Whls)
  2. Richard Carrington (Mildenhall CC)
  3. Viv Smith (W. Suffolk Whls)
  4. Bruce Edgar (W. Suffolk Whls)
  5. Dave Anderson (Mildenhall CC)
  6. Ian Poole (Mildenhall CC)
  7. Doug Ward (Mildenhall CC)
  8. Dean Ward (Mildenhall CC)
  9. Nancy Smith (W. Suffolk Whls)
  10. Harvey Wright (Mildenhall CC)
  11. Mike & Teresa Cross (W. Suffolk Whls)
  12. Celia Bather (W. Suffolk Whls)
  • 25 min 03 secs
  • 25 min 05 secs
  • 25 min 23 secs
  • 25 min 34 secs
  • 26 min 02 secs
  • 27 min 06 secs
  • 28 min 14 secs
  • 28 min 46 secs
  • 30 min 06 secs
  • 30 min 45 secs
  • 31 min 55 secs
  • 32 min 45 secs

3rd July 2001

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Championship not super for some

Mildenhall Cycling Club held the latest round of their season long Super Championship on Monday with a gruelling 22 mile time trial over 2 laps of a hilly circuit to the south of Newmarket. Five club riders lined up for the event along with 4 guests from the West Suffolk Wheelers.

The combination of the hot weather and the climb of Duchess Drive was certain to ensure some big gaps between the finishers. This was confirmed when West Suffolk Wheeler Ben Mickleburgh caught all but one rider to run out a convincing winner in a time of 54 minutes and 7 seconds. Over 3 minutes behind Mickleburgh was his clubmate Stephen Williams who recorded a time of 57 minutes and 11 seconds.

First placed Mildenhall rider was Dave Anderson, who followed up a fine performance in the Ixworth Road-Races the day before, to finish with a time of 58 minutes and 8 seconds. Other Mildenhall riders did not fare so well, with pre-event favourite Richard Carrington puncturing on the first lap and Larry Moulton's back giving in just as he commenced the second lap. This left Ian Poole to take second place in a time of 1 hour 4 minutes and 15 seconds with Harvey Wright a further 4 minutes back in third.

Position and times were :

  1. Ben Mickleburgh (W. Suffolk Whls)
  2. Stephen Williams (W. Suffolk Whls)
  3. Dave Anderson (Mildenhall CC)
  4. Viv Smith (W. Suffolk Whls)
  5. Ian Poole (Mildenhall CC)
  6. Harvey Wright (Mildenhall CC)
  7. Nancy Smith (W. Suffolk Whls)
  • 57 min 07 secs
  • 57 min 11 secs
  • 58 min 08 secs
  • 59 min 43 secs
  • 1 hr 04 min 15 secs
  • 1 hr 08 min 38 secs
  • 1 hr 09 min 38 secs

Meanwhile on Sunday morning the Club held the latest round of the Off-Road Championship. A small field tackled the tough woodland course with Larry Moulton coming out a clear winner in the 45 minutes race nearly 5 minutes ahead of Ian Poole with Harvey Wright a further 2 minutes back in 3rd.

Richard Carrington competed in the Diss & District Cycling Club 25 mile time trial on Sunday morning. He only just failed to beat the hour, finishing in a time of 1 hour and 54 seconds to take 16th place. He was 4 minutes behind the winner.

26th June 2001

 

Weekend Racing Round-Up

Mildenhall Cycling Club's Richard Carrington finally had a welcome return to form at the weekend in local time trials. On a wet Saturday afternoon he posted the Club's fastest 10 mile time of 22 minutes and 8 seconds on the A14 course at Risby in the Anglia Velo event.

This impressive time was followed up by an emphatic win in the Club 10 mile time trial on the Lackford - Fornham - West Stow course. His time of 24 minutes and 28 seconds was 40 seconds ahead of Dave Anderson who was a further 59 seconds ahead of third place rider Ian Poole.

With four events gone in the Evening Time Trial Championship, Anderson has a 7 point lead over fellow American Larry Moulton with Carrington 2 points further back in third. Meanwhile Anderson had been a member of the Club's Olympic Sprint team which was narrowly beaten into second place by Hitchin at the Brentwood Grass Track Meeting on Saturday. Other members of the team were Andy Stuart and Keith Richardson.

On Sunday only three members of the Club braved the elements for the up-hill and down-hill mountain bike event held near Thetford. The winner of both events was Larry Moulton with Ian Poole in second and Dave Bowers third. With five rounds gone, Ian Poole leads the championship by 4 points from Moulton with Bowers a further 5 points back in third.

Position and times were :

  1. Richard Carrington (Mildenhall CC)
  2. Dave Anderson (Mildenhall CC)
  3. Ian Poole (Mildenhall CC)
  4. Larry Moulton (Mildenhall CC)
  5. Harvey Wright (Mildenhall CC)
  6. Mandy Cook (Mildenhall CC)
  • 24 min 28 secs
  • 25 min 08 secs
  • 26 min 07 secs
  • 26 min 34 secs
  • 28 min 03 secs
  • 33 min 29 secs

18th June 2001

 

Round five in Mildenhall CC Evening Time-Trial Series

The latest round of the Mildenhall Club's time trial series was held on the Risby ten mile circuit on Monday evening.

Nine riders turned out for the event on a fine but cool night and encouragingly on the night was that three ladies rode, two from Bury based club West Suffolk Wheelers and one from Mildenhall CC. Top lady on the night was Nancy Smith from the West Suffolk Wheelers with a time of 29 minutes and 15 seconds.

Overall winner on the night was thirty year old West Suffolk Wheeler Benjamin Mickleburgh with a superb time of 22 minutes and 41 seconds, second place rider was another West Suffolk Wheeler rider Viv Smith in a time of 24 minutes and 37 seconds, fastest Mildenhall rider in third position was Veteran Adrian Turner in a time of 24 minutes and 48 seconds.

Position and times were :

  1. Ben Mickleburgh (W. Suffolk Whls)
  2. Viv Smith (West Suffolk Whls)
  3. Adrian Turner (Mildenhall CC)
  4. Dave Anderson (Mildenhall CC)
  5. Larry Moulton (Mildenhall CC)
  6. Ian Poole (Mildenhall CC)
  7. Nancy Smith (West Suffolk Whls)
  8. Celia Barker (West Suffolk Whls)
  9. Debera Gruneward (Mildenhall CC)
  • 22 min 41 secs
  • 24 min 37 secs
  • 24 min 48 secs
  • 25 min 03 secs
  • 25 min 22 secs
  • 26 min 15 secs
  • 29 min 15 secs
  • 32 min 07 secs
  • 38 min 27 secs

12th June 2001

 

Latest round in Mildenhall CC Evening Time-Trial Series

Round four of Club's Evening Time Trial Series took place on the Ashley eleven mile hilly circuit south of Newmarket.

Six riders turned out for the event, five from the home club and one from Bury based club West Suffolk Wheelers Viv Smith, who ran out overall winner on the night with a time of 28 minutes and 21 seconds. He was closely followed by Mildenhall riders Dave Anderson and Larry Moulton with only one second separating the two of them in 28 minutes 49 seconds and 28 minutes and 50 seconds respectively.

Position and times were :

  1. Viv Smith (West Suffolk Whls)
  2. Dave Anderson (Mildenhall CC)
  3. Larry Moulton (Mildenhall CC)
  4. Richard Carrington (Mildenhall CC)
  5. Ian Poole (Mildenhall CC)
  6. Harvey Wright (Mildenhall CC)
  • 28 min 21 secs
  • 28 min 49 secs
  • 28 min 50 secs
  • 30 min 37 secs
  • 31 min 10 secs
  • 32 min 57 secs

5th June 2001

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Latest round in Mildenhall CC Off-Road Championship

Round 4 of the Club Off-Road championships took place on Tuesday evening in woodland north of Brandon. Six riders turned out for the event in pleasant warm conditions.

Riders completed six laps in all and after the end of the first lap all the finishing positions were attained with double American duo Larry Moulton and Dave Anderson in the leading positions, Ian Poole closely followed in third spot, with Rodney Coleman in fourth and Harvey Wright in fifth followed by Dave Bowers.

The only change in finishing positions was between Rodney Coleman and Harvey Wright, Coleman had a bad bout of cramp allowing Wright to pass him to gain forth spot. Colman battled on to hold off Bowers for fifth position.

Position and times were :

  1. Larry Moulton (Mildenhall CC)
  2. Dave Anderson (Mildenhall CC)
  3. Ian Poole (Mildenhall CC)
  4. Harvey Wright (Mildenhall CC)
  5. Rodney Coleman (Mildenhall CC)
  6. Dave Bowers (Mildenhall CC)
  • 35 min 44 secs
  • 39 min 10 secs.
  • 39 min 44secs
  • 43 min 40 secs
  • At one lap.
  • At one lap.

29th May 2001

 

Evening 10 produces some quick times

In contrast to last Monday, this week saw a marked difference in conditions for Mildenhall C. C.`s Evening 10 mile time trial held on the West Stow course. Due to heavy rain last week the event was cancelled for safety reasons.

This week saw warm summer-like conditions which produced a strong turnout for the event, including seven riders for the home Club; with the other local club West Suffolk Wheelers fielding four riders. Their star rider, Ben Micklebugh was overall winner on the night with a remarkable time of 23 minutes 58 seconds on a course not known for fast times. Fastest Mildenhall rider was American serviceman Dave Anderson with a time of 25 minutes 10 seconds, which gained him second place overall.

Third was veteran Adrian Turner with a time of 26 minutes 4 seconds, closely followed by Larry Moulton (26 minutes 27 seconds) who was pushed hard by Club Chairman Ian Poole, always willing to have a go at any discipline of the sport. He had ridden an of road event with Moulton the day before and no doubt both riders were feeling the effects of their efforts, otherwise they might have both been closer to Turner who by comparison is having a more relaxed season after having ridden seriously for 32 years.

Full Result:

  1. Ben Mickleburgh (W. Suffolk Whs)
  2. Dave Anderson (Mildenhall CC)
  3. Adrian Turner (Mildenhall CC)
  4. Larry Moulton (Mildenhall CC)
  5. Ian Poole (Mildenhall CC)
  6. Viv Smith (West Suffolk Whs)
  7. Richard Carrington (Mildenhall CC)
  8. Nancy Smith (West Suffolk Whs)
  9. Harvey Wright (Mildenhall CC)
  10. Celie Baikel (West Suffolk Whs)
  11. Mandy Cook (Mildenhall CC)
  • 23m 58s
  • 25m 10s
  • 26m 04s
  • 26m 27s
  • 26m 29s
  • 26m 42s
  • 27m 48s
  • 29m 01s
  • 29m 15s
  • 31m 24s
  • 33m 15s

21st May 2001

 

Mildenhall riders compete in British MTB Points Series

Two riders from Mildenhall C. C. took part on the 1st round of the British Mountain Bike Points Series which took place in Thetford Forest on Sunday. Postponed from March because of Foot & Mouth restrictions, the racing attracted the top riders from throughout the UK, including Northern Ireland.

In the Masters category, for over 30's, Larry Moulton was lining up in his biggest race since moving to the UK from the United States. He made a good start on the very fast and technical course which included single track paths and technical 'bomb holes' in the 7 1/2 mile lap. Unfortunately disaster struck Moulton as he neared the end of the first of his four laps when mechanical failure forced him out while lying in a good position.

In the following Veterans race for the over 40's, Ian Poole was lining up for his first open race in over a year against some of the top mountain bikers in the UK. Despite a slow start, Poole picked up a few places as the race settled down into the fist of three laps. His Cyclo-Cross skills were paying off along the technical sections, but unfortunately his lack of speed made it difficult to stay with riders along the more open forest tracks. However, the Mildenhall Club Chairman was pleased with his performance and despite a heavy fall in the last bomb hole with just 1/2 a mile to go, failed to stop him finishing a creditable 37th, giving him 4 points in the national series.

Sunday's racing meant that the programmed Club Off-Road event was postponed, with the next round in the Club Championship now scheduled for May 29th.

20th May 2001

 

Off-Road Championship - Round Two

Mildenhall CC held the second round of their Off-Road Championship in Thetford Forest just north of Elveden on Tuesday on a cold but sunny evening.

Seven riders turned out for the event starting as a mass start of a circuit approximately 1.5 miles round. After the end of the first lap was guest rider Jerry Turner from Ely followed closely by Mildenhall rider Larry Moulton while in third spot was veteran Ian Poole of the home Club.

Rodney Coleman was having a battle holding off Harvey Wright both riding for Mildenhall cc. At the end of lap two Moulton had turned in a fast lap to overhaul Turner and led by about ten seconds. Over the next three laps Moulton increased his lead finishing outright winner in a time of 32 minutes 34 secs. Turner finished in 34 minutes 15 secs.

Ian Poole rode consistently throughout the event to finish in third spot in 37 minutes exactly. Harvey Wright and Rodney Coleman continued their battle for fourth position with Coleman just holding off Wright in a closely fought finish with only one second separating them at the line. Evergreen Club President Dave Bowers always willing to have a go in off-road events was riding his 250 bike with sheer determination, finished one lap down on the winner in sixth position ahead of thirteen year old Oliver Wright.

Full Result:

  1. Larry Moulton (Mildenhall CC)
  2. Jerry Turner (Private member )
  3. Ian Poole (Mildenhall CC)
  4. Rodney Coleman (Mildenhall CC)
  5. Harvey Wright (Mildenhall CC)
  6. Dave Bowers (Mildenhall CC)
  7. Oliver Wright (Mildenhall CC)

 

  • 32 min 34 secs
  • 34 min 15 secs.
  • 37 min 00 secs
  • 38 min 18 secs
  • 38 min 19 secs.
  • At one lap.
  • At one lap.

9th May 2001

 

Andy Stuart finishes second in Medium Gear League

Andy Stuart, riding for Mildenhall Cycling Club competed in the last of the 25 mile Medium Gear League Series on the Blackthorn-Aylesbury course.

His time of 1hour and seventeen seconds put him in second place behind Ray Hughes riding for the London based club Clarence Wheelers in a time of 58 minutes 38 seconds. In third spot was Duncan Mackenzie representing Crewe Clarion Wheelers in a time of 1hour 3 minutes and 9 seconds. Final overall positions and points of the leading riders after five events are:

  1. Ray Hughes (Clarence Wheelers)
  2. Andy Stuart (Mildenhall CC)
  3. Duncan Mackenzie (Crewe Clarion)
  4. Steve Morris (Team Spirit )
  5. Nick Guy (Vegetarian C & AC)

Top lady with was Pauline Cooper of the Trans Pennine CC

  • 479 points
  • 476 points
  • 462 points
  • 461 points
  • 459 points
  • 188 points

8th May 2001

 

Shippea Hill Evening Time-Trial

Mildenhall Cycling Club held the second of the evening time trial series on the Shippea Hill 10 mile course on Monday evening.

Winner by 27 seconds was Dave Anderson from the home Club in a time of 24 minutes 13 seconds, ahead of West Suffolk Wheeler Viv Smith in a time of 24 minutes 40 seconds closely followed by Mildenhall veteran Adrian Turner in a time of 24 minutes 44 seconds.

The evening was cold with a cross wind for the 10 miles. Lady riders were well represented with Nancy Smith, wife of Viv Smith riding for West Suffolk Wheelers and Mildenhall`s Julie Snell and Mandy Cook.

  1. Dave Anderson (Mildenhall CC)
  2. Viv Smith (West Suffolk Wheelers)
  3. Adrian Turner (Mildenhall CC)
  4. Larry Moulton (Mildenhall CC)
  5. Nigel Barber (Newmarket CC)
  6. Ian Poole (Mildenhall CC)
  7. Richard Carrington (Mildenhall CC)
  8. Nancy Smith (West Suffolk Whs)
  9. Harvey Wright (Mildenhall CC)
  10. Rodney Coleman (Mildenhall CC)
  11. Julie Snell (Mildenhall CC)
  12. Mandy Cook (Mildenhall CC)
  • 24m 13s
  • 24m 40s
  • 24m 44s
  • 26m 16s
  • 26m 28s
  • 27m 18s
  • 27m 24s
  • 28m 12s
  • 29m 35s
  • 30m 25s
  • 32m 43s
  • 35m 36s

1st May 2001

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Mildenhall's First Evening event

Mildenhall Cycling Club held their first evening time trial of the 2001 season on the Red Lodge circuit on Monday evening.

There were eight riders competing over a nine mile course on a still sunny evening. Fastest Mildenhall rider was American service man Larry Moulton in a time of 23 minutes and 35 seconds, 21 seconds faster than veteran Adrian Turner who unshipped his chain a mile after the start and consequently loosing approximately 35 seconds.

Overall winner on the night was West Suffolk rider Viv Smith in a time of 22 minutes and 55 seconds. Times and positions of all riders are

  1. Viv Smith (West Suffolk Wheelers)
  2. Larry Moulton (Mildenhall CC)
  3. Adrian Turner (Mildenhall CC)
  4. Harvey Wright (Mildenhall CC)
  5. Nancy Smith (West Suffolk Whs)
  6. Rodney Coleman (Mildenhall CC)
  7. Julie Snell (Mildenhall CC)
  8. Mandy Cook (Mildenhall CC)
  • 22m 55s
  • 23m 35s
  • 23m 56s
  • 26m 36s
  • 27m 05s
  • 27m 13s
  • 30m 47s
  • 32m 20s

24th April 2001

 

Zak Carr wins both Mildenhall's Open Time-Trial's

Mildenhall Cycling Club held their Open 10 & 25 mile time trials at the weekend on the Risby based course. Both days were bright and dry, but cold and breezy.

Winner of both events was 26 year old Zak Carr from Attleborough in Norfolk riding for the API Bikes team, his time for 10 miles was 20 minutes and 19 seconds, and 51 minutes and 26 seconds for the 25 miles. Second placed rider for the 10 was veteran Ian Cammish riding for Steve Goff Frames Racing Team in a time of 21 minutes and 1 second. Local rider Martin Pyne riding for Anglia Sport was third in a time of 21 minutes and 13 seconds. His team mate Jim Burgess was fourth in 21 minutes and 20 seconds.

Fastest lady was Rachel Horn riding for Cambridge C.C. in a time of 23 minutes and 14 seconds. Fastest veteran on standard was 64 year old Jim Perrin riding for the Ciclos Uno Racing Team, his actual time being 23 minutes and 11 seconds, which gave him a plus of 7 minutes and 34 seconds. Mildenhall C.C. was represented by Keith Richardson finishing in 21st. position in a time of 23 minutes and 22 seconds.

The 25 on Sunday was in memory of Mildenhall C.C. lady rider Rachel Glaister who was knocked down and killed by a car in 1998 whilst completing in a time trial along this same stretch of road. This competition was restricted to female riders only and was a close run battle between Nicky Peters riding for Steve Goff Frames R.T. and Rachel Horn from Cambridge with Nicky just coming out on top in a time of 1hour 1 minute and 5 seconds, Rachel`s time was 1 hour 1 minute and 14 seconds.

Mildenhall C.C. Club chairman Ian Poole presented Nicky with the Rachel Glaister Memorial Trophy. Taking overall honours for both days was Zak Carr. Duncan Alexander representing Team 0mega was second placed rider in a time of 54 minutes and 15 seconds. Third placed rider was Ian Cammish in a time of 54 minutes and 42 seconds closely followed by old rival Martin Pyne in a time of 54 minutes and 51 seconds.

Fastest veteran on standard once again was Jim Perrin, his actual time being 1 hour 1 minute and 40 seconds which gave him a plus of 17 minutes and 15 seconds. Mildenhall cc riders were Keith Richardson finishing just outside the hour in a time of 1 hour and 3 seconds. American serviceman Dave Anderson finished in 1 hour and 3 minutes and 41 seconds.

22nd April 2001

Andy Stuart gets off to a flyer

Mildenhall Cycling Club`s Andy Stuart has had a fast start to his racing season and currently leads the National Medium Gear Time-Trial Series.

Riding in the recent Manchester & District Medium Gear 8.4 mile Time Trial he rode to victory in the first round of the National Medium gear Time Trial series and with maximum points took the lead in the series. Andy finished in a time of 20 minutes and 39 seconds. Unfortunately he wasn't able to defend his lead in round two in Devon.

Andy`s next ride was in the Diss & District medium gear 25 mile Time Trial held a week later - round three of the medium gear Time Trial series. Despite suffering from the flu, he finished a respectable third with a time of 1hour nil minutes 35 seconds. He was lucky to finish at all following a slow puncture that just lasted out the event.

Although missing the second event, this ride managed to take him to second place overall in the series with four more events remaining. Zak Carr, a Prison officer from Norfolk, won the event in a formidable time of 55 minutes 59 seconds - The second fastest time ever for a medium gear 25 mile time trial.

Andy Stuart regained top spot in the Medium Gear Series after finishing second in the North Bucks Road Club Medium Gear 25 mile time trial held on the 18th March which was the fourth counting event in the series. However, he was desperately unlucky not to join the select group of riders to beat the hour in a Medium Gear '25' when he finished in a time of 1hour exactly. Also riding was another Mildenhall C.C. rider Keith Richardson who finished in a very respectable time of 1 hour 11 minutes and 5 seconds, which saw the duo take the team prize. Winner of the event was Ray Hughes of the Clarence Wheelers based in London, with a time of 58 minutes 33 seconds.

28th March 2001

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Adrian Rochford continues to impress in Cyclo-Cross

Adrian Rochford took part in last weekend's (21/1/01) Inter-Area Cyclo Cross at Ashton gate in Bristol. The conditions were very muddy after the recent thaw made worse by overnight heavy rain.

Adrian had a good start being on grass which with plenty of room favoured his style of riding. By the top of the first hill he was in 6th position and by the end of the first lap he was lying in second spot. Unfortunately due to some very tricky cornering on the adverse cambers Adrian's nerves got the better of him and he slipped down the field.

By the second lap his bike had become very heavy, laden with a mixture of of mud and leaves. He also had difficulty in changing gear, but kept going until with one and a half laps to go, he switched to his single gear mountain bike. He continued to struggle through the mud but still managed to finish in a very creditable eighth position.

Other Eastern Area riders to finish were Chris Jillings (24th), Trevor Brown (29th) and Tim Butler (31st). Overall winner was the recently crowned National Veterans Champion Martin Boothe (Ace RT).

23rd January 2001

 

Mildenhall Rider finishes 11th in National Cyclo-Cross Championships

Adrian Rochford riding for the Mildenhall Club travelled to Sutton Park, Birmingham last Saturday (13/1/01) to compete in the National Cyclo-Cross Championships. Rochford rode the Veterans event along with 73 other competitors.

To his surprise he started in the second row on the starting grid with the top seeds starting in front of him. Due to Rochford's lack of aggression (probably due to the unusually large field) he lost over a dozen places before he settled into the race. The slow start played into his favour over the next couple of laps. Being less exhausted than many of those who had passed him he passed fifteen riders to climb from 26th position, after half a lap, to climb to 11th place during the third lap.

From there the gap to 10th was quite large and as the many steep climbs and run-ups on the course began to take their toll on his speed, the gap increased. Adrian kept the pressure on until the end and managed to hold onto his 11th place until the finish line.

The event was won by Martin Boothe riding for the Ace R.T. making a hat-trick of wins for him in the Veterans class. Rochford had had a steady build-up for the Nationals, which included winning the Mistly Cyclo-Cross on 31st December. Unfortunately since then he caught a cold which may have affected his ride in Birmingham.

17th January 2001

 

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Adrian Rochford rides to Regional title

Mildenhall Cycling Club's Adrian Rochford dominated the Eastern Region Veterans Cyclo-Cross Championship at Fakenham on Sunday (3/12/2000) for riders from East Anglia and Lincolnshire.

In a race combined with the Junior and Women's title race, Rochford made a fast start on the road section of the course which had been closed specially for the race. As the riders entered the first off-road section of the course, Rochford was just behind one of the country's top junior riders, Chris Skinner of the Elmy Racing Team and as they went through the finish line at the end of the first lap Rochford was leading the veterans class by 8 seconds from Geoff Bores of Basildon.

As the forty minutes long race settled down, Rochford began to open up the gap on his nearest rivals, using his strength and bike handling skills to maximum benefit on the heathland course which contained one steep run-up and two sets of hurdles each lap. A fast starting Bores had been caught by Lincolnshire based Steve Taylor, riding for JC Cook Cycles and Chris Jillings from Ipswich, but by now the gap between Rochford and his challengers had increased to 45 seconds as he moved into top gear in the closing stages.

At the finish line, Rochford was just over one minute behind Skinner, who took the junior title for a second year, but he had done enough to bring home the first Cyclo-Cross title to the Mildenhall club since 1985 by a long margin. Taylor finished over a minute behind in second place and Jillings was a further 15 seconds back in third. The win confirms Rochford as the top veteran Cyclo-Cross rider in the region this year and sets him up to ride the National Championships at Sutton Coldfield near Birmingham on January 13th.

Also representing the Mildenhall club at Fakenham was Matthew Cook who was competing in the under 12's championship. The race, held over 4 laps of a shortened course, was contested by 14 riders and was won by Andrew Griffiths from south Essex. Cook rode extremely strongly, considering he is only 8 years old, finishing in 7th place.

3rd December 2000

 

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