This event was incorporated into the the EDCA event promoted by Richard Reade and Iceni Velo.
In the VTTA National 25 championship on June 9th, promoted by the Group and ably organised, as ever, by John Golder in the finest tradition of Nugget promotions, East Anglian riders benefited from home advantage and local knowledge of the E2/25 – in less than benign mood on this occasion – to come away with a good haul of medals.
In the individual championships, Jackie Field took silver with 57:20 giving a plus of 17:24, whilst Peter Horsnell, with a plus of 18:53, took the Group’s second individual championship bronze of the season, Andy Grant, fourth on this occasion, having taken bronze in the 10 championship back in April.
Peter led Jackie and Andy to the Group team championship – a reprise of their achievement in 2017, (below, 2017 when Peter took individual gold, photo Kimroy) the last time the championship was held on the E2 – but this time with a combined plus some 51/2 minutes slower in 54:55, testifying to the difficult conditions.
Cambridge CC (below, photo Davey Jones) also reprised their 2017 win in the club team championship, with Andy Grant, Chris Dyason and Martin Reynolds’ aggregate plus of 52:15, nearly three minutes clear of a3crg, their nearest challengers.
In the tandem event the formidable new pairing of Ian Greenstreet and Rachael Elliott not only took the gold medal but also set a new national competition record for a mixed tandem at 25 miles in 47.09. They are shown below with John Golder the event organiser.
National VTTA Chairman Andrew Simpkins reported as follows on the VTTA web site: The new 2019 national champions at 25 miles are Kevin Tye and Angela Carpenter. Kevin took the men’s title by 17 seconds on standard plus time from Keith Ainsworth with the evergreen Peter Horsnell in bronze medal position. For the women, Angela followed up on her 10 mile championship win with another gold medal. Jackie Field took silver and Deb Hutson-Lumb bronze.
The local contingent did well with East Anglian taking the Group championship and Cambridge CC the club championship.
Medallists at the Newmarket leisure Centre HQ (photo Davey Jones)
Held on a breezy if bright and sunny Sunday morning, times were not the fastest but there were still a number of sub 50 minute rides with the fastest being James Rix in 48.07.
Thanks to John Golder and his team for excellent organisation of the championship.
Men Plus Women Plus
1st Kevin Tye +19.48 (actual 49.42) Angela Carpenter + 17.59 (actual 55.52)
2nd Keith Ainsworth + 19.31 Jackie Field + 17.24
3rd Peter Horsnell + 18.53 Deb Hutson-Lumb +14.58
Group Team champions are East Anglian (Peter Horsnell, Jackie Field, Andrew Grant) + 54.55
Club Team Champions are Cambridge CC (Andrew Grant, Chris Dyason, Martin Reynolds) + 52.15
Davey Jones took over 150 photos of riders in the event and these can be seen on the VTTA East Anglia facebook page
[from the ECCA website] It is with great sadness that we have to report the recent passing of Bill Thorncroft of Essex Roads CC whom many will remember as an organiser, timekeeper, official and President and committee member of the ECCA. He was admitted into hospital in mid-December and died on Wednesday 23rd January.
The following link “An Appreciation of Bill Thorncroft” is to a PDF file written by another ECCA President, Dick Spanton, also sadly no longer with us. The document was produced for Bill’s 90th birthday and should be seen as such but it really sums up just what Bill achieved in his life.
Bill Thorncroft’s funeral will be Thursday 21 February at 12.30pm at Bentley Crematorium, Ongar Road, Brentwood, Essex CM15 9RZ. No flowers but donations in Bill’s name to the Royal British Legion, a charity close to his heart, are welcome.
The 2018 annual luncheon and prize presentation at the Rosery House Hotel in Exning “overlooking” the E2 was a great celebration of the efforts of our members over the year. Our chairman Andy Grant did a great job as MC and introduced Guest of Honour Matt Bottrill with a very humorous analogy using Dickens’s “Hard Times”. After the presentations, Matt kindly agreed to do a Q&A session, and although there were numerous questions regarding Matt’s own racing career and training regimes, the one question he couldn’t answer was put by Wendy, wife of one of his trained athletes; “How on Earth do you manage get my husband to do what you tell him to do?”
Davey Jones was on hand to take photographs and did a great job even though he was a little unsure how to capture such slow moving subjects!!! 😉
To download a high res photo, click on the image below.