Result: Fakenham Crits (April 1st)

Jo Tindley, Liam Manser, and Frazer Wallis winners at the Fakenham Crits on April 1st

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Result: Fakenham Crits (April 1st)

By Fergus Muir

Liam Manser of Pedal Power Ipswich won the Men’s Elite/1/2 /3/4 race at the Active Fakenham Criteriums in North Norfolk in one of most exciting finishes seen in East Anglia in recent years.

Senior men’s winner Liam Manser (Pedal Power Ipswich) leads Kieran Jarvis (OnForm)

Spectators in Fakenham Market Place had a good view as the top men charged into the final corners and saw Manser’s back wheel go sideways and his bike go over to around 30 degrees from the horizontal, making a crash seem inevitable. But applying skills learnt in mountain biking, he regained control and took the win ahead of Charlie Wright (Strada Sport) and last year’s winner Buauna Ball.

Earlier the field looked to be breaking up under pressure from an attack by Ball and Freddie Checketts (Rapha CC). However Checketts fell on the hairpin and Ball dropped back to the chasers and the field regrouped – to be stretched out on the final climb of Whitehorse Street by former pro Lloyd Chapman who is now coach to several of the leading competitors.

Checketts, not letting his crash entirely spoil his ride, took fourth spot, Kieran Jarvis was fifth, followed by Joshua Wallis and Freddy Pett from the Peterborough-based ActiveEdge team.

Women’s winner Jo Tindley heads the leading group through the Market Place

The Women’s race was dominated by a group originally of nine riders which formed at the head of the race. Helped by tactical blocking by NJC-Biemme teammate Maddie Gammons, Jo Tindley took the win from Lauren Humphreys (Boompods), with Holly Hoy (CT OnForm) third and Georgia Bullard (Jadan Weldtite) fifth.

Gemma Melton (Pedal Power Ipswich, ninth) was top local finisher, with Eastern Cyclo-Cross League winner Lauren Higham 10th.

Youth riders were desperately unlucky that the heavens unexpectedly opened just as their race started. Cambridgeshire rider Harley Pell (LIV AWOL) won the Girls Under 16s from Bethany Barnett (King’s Lynn CC). Eleanor Peel (Bourne Whs) took the U14 Girls’ race. Boys winners were Adam Lightfoot (U16s) and Joseph Smith (Iceni Velo, U14s).

Winner of the Fourth Cat Men’s race, held on very wet roads, was Spalding CC’s Fraser Wallis from Tom Cockerill (Rockingham Forest Whs) and Nigel Dilks (Cycle Derby CC). First lap leader Rob Kitchen brought some cheer to East Coast Riders, the club based in Fakenham, and held on to take fourth place among 29 finishers.

1 Jo Tindley NJC – Biemme – Echelon
2 Lauren Humphreys Boompods EDCO NRG
3 Holly Hoy Cycle Team OnForm
4 Georgia Bullard Team Jadan Weldtite-Vive le Velo
5 Madeleine Gammons NJC – Biemme – Echelon
6 Sarah Walker Boompods EDCO NRG
7 Polly Mason Strada-Sport
8 Jennifer Andrews Cycle Club Ashwell (CCA)
9 Gemma Melton Pedal Power Cycles Ipswich
10 Lauren Higham LIV AWOL
11 Elenor Spanon Team On Form
12 Elizabeth Catlow Team 22
13 Matilda Gurney Beeston Cycling Club
14 Donna Dale Walden Velo
15 Cindy Berry Pedal Power Cycles Ipswich
16 Amy Johnson West Suffolk Wheelers
17 Rebecca Maynard Welwyn Whs
18 Molly Cutmore TPH Racing
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1 Liam Manser Pedal Power Cycles Ipswich
2 Charlie Wright Strada-Sport
3 Buauna Ball Cycle Team OnForm
4 Freddie Checketts Rapha Cycling Club
5 Kieran Jarvis Cycle Team OnForm
6 Joshua Wallis ActiveEdge Race Team
7 Freddy Pett Active Edge RT
8 Chris Crabtree Orwell Velo
9 Roland Kiraly Velo-One Cycling Team
10 Joshua Andrews DAP Cycling Club
11 George Thompson Sleaford Whls CC
12 Benjamin Beynon Strada-Sport
13 Matthew Webster Flamme Rouge Cycling Team
14 Mark Richards DAP Cycling Club
15 Matthew Day TPH Racing
16 Ross Fawcett Pedal Power Cycles Ipswich
17 Oliver Blagden BCR Racing
18 Michael Smith Spirit
19 LLoyd Chapman Vicious Velo
20 Chris Martin Sunday Echappée
21 Connor Rumbles Strada-Sport
22 Matthew Exley Flamme Rouge Cycling Team
23 Andrew Taylor VC Norwich
24 Mike Padfield North Norfolk Wheelers CC
25 Joseph Kaye Videre Race Team
26 Matt Elworthy Velo-One Cycling Team
27 Kieran Buffham ActiveEdge Race Team
28 Jake Jackson Ellmore Factory Racing
29 Sam Bradley Alford Wheelers
30 Paul Groombridge Push Sport / Barford Van Hire
31 Ivan Carr
32 Gareth Turner VCEquipe/FlixOralHygiene/Propulse
33 Gavin Barron Tri Harder
34 Stephen Campbell Videre Race Team
35 Nathan Gibson St Ives CC
36 David Wells Cycle Club Ashwell (CCA)
37 Chris Springall VC Norwich

4th Cats
1 Frazer Wallis Spalding Cycling Club
2 Tom Cockerill Rockingham Forest Whls
3 Nigel Dilks Cycle Derby CC
4 Rob Kitchen East Coast Riders
5 Darren Evans Aylsham Road Club
6 William Cunningham Stowmarket & District CC
7 Dion Bagdonos Barking & Dag
8 John Morgan Tri Harder
9 Carl Jackson Ellmore Factory Racing
10 Miles Ogden Royal Air Force CA
11 Ian Thomas Videre Race Team
12 Bradley Dawson Rats Cycling Team
13 Leigh Matthews Chatteris Cycling Club
14 Peter Farrell East Coast Riders
15 Iain Arthurton East Coast Riders
16 Gary Pearce Iceni Velo
17 Myles Higby Kings Lynn MTB
18 Scott Williams West Suffolk Wheelers
19 Joao Rodrigues Kings Lynn CC
20 Paul Harrowing East Coast Riders
21 Chris Bettinson Spalding Cycling Club
22 Nathan Norman East Coast Riders
23 Michael Leung UEA Velo
24 Daniel Macdonald North Walsham Velo
25 Ben Biggs
26 Chris Symes Dulwich Paragon
27 Nicholas Thurgill East Coast Riders
28 Jamie Carpenter CRT Videre
29 Simon Wright Spalding Cycling Club
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1 Adam Lightfoot Cycle Club Ashwell (CCA) A
2 David Hird Halesowen A & CC A
3 Bryn Richards Bourne Whs A
4 Max Wilkins Barking & Dagenham CC A
5 Edward Lowe Bourne Whls CC A
6 Adam Allen Strada-Sport A
7 Jordan Rumbles East Coast Riders A
8 Joshua Sykes Strada-Sport A
9 Damian Dodd Barking & Dagenham CC A
10 Callum Biggs Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club A
12 Thomas Wright Spalding Cycling Club A

1 Joseph Smith Iceni Velo B
2 Samuel Leslie Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club B
3 Mark Lightfoot Cycle Club Ashwell (CCA) B
4 Callum Laborde Iceni Velo B
5 Max Avery Colchester Rovers CC B
6 Jack Charlton-Hunt Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club B
7 Alex Cutmore TPH Racing B
8 Michael Carter Welland Valley CC B
9 Jasper Dilks Cycle Derby CC B
10 Cam Hansell B

A Girls
1 Harley Pell LIV AWOL AG
2 Bethany Barnett Kings Lynn CC AG
3 Ellie Dilks Cycle Derby CC AG
4 Tilly Malbon Barking & Dagenham CC AG
5 Ellie-Mae Pledger Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club AG
6 Martha Lebentz Hadleigh Cycling Club AG
7 Bethany Spencer AG

B Girls
1 Eleanor Peel Bourne Whls CC BG
2 Amy Harvey Barking & Dagenham CC BG
3 Emily Richards Bourne Whls CC BG





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