Road: Norwich Circuit Series 6


Sunday 23 October 2011
Report: Sara Flatt

The final round of the Norwich Circuit Race series enjoyed fabulous Autumn weather and possibly the closest racing of the whole series.

Although numbers were down in the youth races the lead coach, Russell Parkins changed the race format and introduced accurate handicapping to keep even the youngest riders in the mix over their six races. Dan Swindells, Gt Yarmouth CC ran out the clear winner but just three points separated the next three riders with Alice Codling taking second from Christopher Haslam and Anton Garcia.

The promoting club, Iceni Velo, had a strong representation in the Go Race Omnium, taking the overall win through Simon Tabiner. Alex Lubbock, VC Norwich was second and Stefano Casaccio Iceni Velo in third having been persuaded to ride after completing the morning club run! Special mention also to John Swindells, GYCC who virtually dismantled his bike - removing carrier, mudguards, lights - before taking to the circuit.

The 3rd/4th category criterium was won by series regular, Lewis Pendle I Team CC. A leading group of five formed early containing Pendle, Mark Farrow, Strada Sport; Phil Buick, Iceni Velo; Graham Collins, Ipswich CC and Tim Money, unattached. Collins was the first to be dropped but was always in with a chance of rejoining as the lead group tested each other on the hill and then eased up - no one willing or able to make a decisive break.

At the bell, all four were still together with the final ascent of the hill looking to be decisive. Pendle lead up the hill. Buick, under attack from a large fly at the back of his throat allowed a gap to form leaving Farrow and Money unable to bridge to Pendle who crossed the line alone. Money crossed the line second leaving the hard working Farrow in third.

As the series concludes, thanks are extended to the promoting clubs; GYCC, Iceni Velo and VC Norwich. The commissaire, Barry Smith. The coaches, Russell Parkins, Peter Cornwell and Simon Edwards. And to the small army of club members and parents who have turned up to prepare the circuit, marshall, judge, encourage and cajole the racers.

Full results.


1 Dan Swindells GYCC

2 Alice Codling

3 Christopher Haslam

4 Anton Garcia

5 Sophie Wright

6 Tom Gorman Iceni Velo

7 Edmund Jones

8 Emily Haslam

9 Finn Gorman Iceni Velo

Go Race Omnium:

1 Simon Tabiner Iceni Velo

2 Alex Lubbock VC Norwich

3 Stefano Casaccio Iceni Velo

4 John Swindells GYCC

5 Olly Quinton Iceni Velo

6 Ben Howell Norwich ABC

7 Howard Jones

8 Peter Cornwell Norwich ABC

9 Martin Anderton Iceni Velo

10 David Yellop

Regional B Criterium

1 Lewis Pendle I Team CC

2 Tim Money

3 Mark Farrow Strada Sport

4 Phil Buick Iceni Velo

5 Graham Collins Ipswich CC

6 Philip Thomerson VC Norwich

7 David Lawrence Strada Sport