Report: Velo Club Norwich RR

Chris Guy (Iceni Velo) wins the Velo Club Norwich Road Race at Wicklewood in Norfolk

Fergus Muir writes … Chris Guy of new Norwich club Iceni Velo won the VC Norwich Summer Road Race near Wymondham after sustaining a virtually race-long break with Mark Howard of PCH UK Racing Team.

Photo copyright Mark Cozens:

The pair broke clear within minutes of the start and rode a 2-Up, between 30 and 90 seconds off the front of the bunch until the final climb when Howard faded.  Guy just hung onto take the win.  Hot on his heels, the bunch charge was headed by Lee Rowe (Finchley RT), just ahead of Matthew Thurston (Iceni Velo), Hugo Robinson (XRT/Elmy Cycles) and Mark Westrup (VC Baracchi)  The sprinting bunch encountered a car on the climb to the finish and several fell, but the first aiders could find no customers.

On a fine- dry and relatively windless morning there were several attempts to chip off the front of the bunch, but none lasted more than a few miles. Very few were dropped by the bunch and most of those that did succumbed to obvious causes – punctures, or in one case, a broken chain. Second placed Lee Rowe took the prize for Best Veteran while Best Fourth Cat was Steven Neill of King’s Lynn CC.  But Guy and his breakaway partner Howard – the latter finishing 19th and leaving with only Guy’s praise in his victory speech for reward – were the stars of the day.

VC Norwich  Summer Road Race, Wicklewood 57 miles, Cat 2/3/4.
1.    Chris Guy, Iceni Velo (also points winner)
2.    Lee Rowe, Finchley RT, (also highest Veteran)
3.    Matthew Thurston, Iceni Velo, (also highest 3rd Cat)
4.    Hugo Robinson, XRT Elmy Cycles (also highest Junior)
5.    Mark Westrup, VC Baracchi
6.    Liam Gentry, VC Baracchi
7.    Gavin Moore, Stowmarket & Diss CC
8.    Trevor Ormes, Velo Schils Interbike RT
9.    James Wylie, Velo Schils Interbike RT
10.    Jeffrey Orrey, Essex Roads
11.    Marco Coppola, Gemini BC
12.    Daniel Crawley, PCH UK Racing Team
13.    Gerard Miley, St Ives CC
14.    Daniel Zagni, Ipswich BC
15.    David Barford, East London Velo
16.    Matt Garfield, Fenland Clarion CC
17.    Steven Neill, King’s Lynn CC
18.    James Brown, VC Norwich
19.    Mark Howard, PCH UK Racing Team
20.    Kierann Brady, Velo Schils Interbike RT

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