Looking for a subject now that all cycle racing is suspended, I discovered that it was exactly 50 years ago, in March 1970, that men and women were first allowed to compete together in the same open cycling time trial, writes Fergus Muir.
Time-trialists who compete under the age-related system of the Veteran’s Time Trial Association gathered at Exning near Newmarket for the East Anglia Group’s Lunch and Prize Presentation, writes Fergus Muir.
The top women’s places in the Eastern Cyclo-Cross League were settled in the penultimate round at Milton near Cambridge where Elvita Branch (Felixstowe) and Martha Lebentz (Bury St Edmunds) both made sure they were unassailable as Senior and Junior Women’s Champions.
Faced with some fiendish off-camber corners in the Stow Scramble at Haughley, women’s winner Imogen Chastell did not hesitate to dismount and run, swirling her bike round in her wake, writes Fergus Muir.
Colchester rider Cam Hurst led the Bloodwise/QSW team to a double win at the Amis Velo cyclo-cross, taking the Senior Men’s race himself while new Bloodwise recruit Max Bolton was top Junior – Junior being the 16/17 year-old category, writes Fergus Muir.
The Women’s Five-Kilometre Grass Track Championship was the centrepiece of the racing at Bredfield near Woodbridge, promoted by the Plomesgate CC and drawing contestants from far afield, writes Fergus Muir.
Liam Fenner broke the sequence of sprinter’s wins when he won the third round of evening racing at Trinity Park, Ipswich, after forging off the front of the Senior Men’s field on his own, writes Fergus Muir.
Maldon professional Alex Dowsett followed up his win in British Cycling’s time trial championship at Sandringham with fourth spot in Sunday’s National Road Race Championships based in Norwich, writes Fergus Muir.
After an eight kilometre race of attrition at West Suffolk Wheelers’ grass track meet, Laurence Lisher (Green Arrow) finally dropped his last two rivals to take the big event of the afternoon – the “8K” being the counting event in the National League.