Trialling season starts well

North Norfolk WheelersWe are now three weeks into the 2009 time trialling season. It looked an unpromising start to the season, with strong, gusty winds and heavy rain on Saturday and hailstorms on Sunday morning.

North Norfolk Wheelers

We are now three weeks into the 2009 time trialling season. It looked an unpromising start to the season, with strong, gusty winds and heavy rain on Saturday and hailstorms on Sunday morning.

The organisers thought they would be lucky to get riders in double figures, especially as the clocks had sprung forwards an hour, but by the start at 9am, with temperatures of 2?C, the sun broke out and a record 19 took to the start, including two riders who had cycled from Norwich through hailstorms.

By the end of the race the air temperature had risen to 6?C, but the body temperature had sky-rocketed with the effort of climbing the hills of the coast road at Weybourne to Holt on the first lap and Bodham on the second lap. The three-mile power climb to Holt softened up the riders for the nasty, steep climb past old Weybourne Station, then on for the last drag through Bodham before an eye-watering descent through Upper Sheringham and the finish of the18.5miles by the high school.

This must be one off the toughest Time Trail courses in the east district: not that Will Dorsett seemed to notice, posting an excellent benchmark of 47:30 for the season. Paul Bailey was the only rider to improve on his past two years' times, giving him an impressive handicap win. Luke Price-Jones, racing for the first time on this course, put in a time 56:36, marking him out as one to watch for the rest of the season.

The following Sunday and Tuesday 10-mile time trials attracted 18 and19 riders respectively, who enjoyed the early spring warmth and sunshine to post some exceptional early season times. Steve Rush and Jenny Childs were in especially good form both posting personal bests very early in the season.

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The early season times and number of participants indicate that this will be one of the best time trialling seasons ever for the North Norfolk Wheelers riders and the busiest for the organisers.

18� mile Hilly Time Trial, March 30

Actual times: Dorsett 47:30, Porter 49:31, Davison 55:10, Hunt 55:47, Clark 56:22, Price-Jones (neo-member) 56:36, Bailey 57:36, Spilman (Diss CC) 57:38, Reynolds 57:38, Spencer 59:20, Chapman 61:23, Rush 62:24, Walker 62:35, Platts 62:27, Hayward 63:03, McVeigh 63:37, Rivett 63:37, Rowe 65:51, Foster 81:06. Performance handicap: Bailey 44:47, Dorsett 46:53, McVeigh 48:09, Clark 48:33, Spencer 48:42, Hunt 50:14, Davison 50:22, Rivett 50:46, Rush 51:32, Platts 53:44.

10-mile Time Trial (Horsford), March 5: Hunt 24:00, Bailey 24:17, L Wright 24:50, Hollyoak 25:05, Clark 25:51, Knowles 26:07, Woodhouse 26:14, Platts 26:21, Camil Vala (guest rider, Czech Repulic) 27:02, Hayward 27:04, Etheridge 27:20, Griffiths 27:33, Thorold 29:08, Holland 31:35, Laws 31:37, Muir (trike) 31:34, Banham (trike) 33:28.

10-mile Time Trial, March 7: Finch (NCH ABC) 22:59, Dorsett/Read (2-up) 23:02, Davison 23:41, Hunt 24:04, Turner 24:44, Rush 24:57 (PB), Knowles 25:34, Clark 25:42, Platts 25:52, Chapman 26:43, G Brown 27:13, Hayward 27:21, Griffiths 27:25, Findlay 28:11, Callaby (first ride, new member) 28:18, Thorold 28m22s, Ingram (first ride, new member) 29:50, I Brown 30: 07, Jennifer Child 33: 43 (PB).