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Crowds Flock to Gas Hill

Near Norwich, Norfolk
Event: 8th July 2011
Report: Snowdon Sports

AN enthusiastic crowd of hundreds flocked to Gas Hill near Norwich for the revival event of this once-popular event.

Originally started in the 1940s as a time trial, the event stopped in 2004, but has been revived this year as part of the new Lord Mayor's celebrations.

Now a knockout competition with four in each race, the event proved a big hit with competitors and spectators alike and the unique format is now likely to be copied up and down the country.

Gas Hill was covered four times in each senior race, and the top of the climb resembled a Tour de France mountain pass - such was their enthusiasm.

The competitors, mostly fairly local, found it hard especially at the fourth attempt but ploughed on to the delight of the crowds.

The event was organised by the Lotus Cars Cycle Race League under the rules of British Cycling. Further information can be found on

1 Dan Zagni (Ipswich BC)
2 Will Bamber (Cult Racing)
3 Tim Snook (Ipswich BC)
4 Hugo Robinson (EXT Elmy Cycles)
5 Richard Dunnett (Diss CC)
6 Josh Hannan (Glendene CC)

Stars 'Best of the Rest':
1 Mark Westrup (VC Baracchi)
2 Chris Bartlett (VC Norwich)

1 Robert Chenery Lowestoft
2 Andy Steel Diss CC
3 Barney Horne Norwich ABC
4 Cameron Toms Iceni Velo
5 Matthew Mantle Mildenhall CC

Hopefuls 'Best of the Rest':
1 Bill Griffin (Cycles UK)
2nd Simon Lomax (Norwich ABC)

1 Alex McKibben (Iceni Velo)
2 Beata Ellis (Billericay)

1 Hugo Robinson (EXT Elmy Cycles)
2 Josh Hannan (Glendene CC)

Future Stars (under 12):
1 Harrison Charlwood (Great Yarmouth CC)
2 Matthew Baker (Great Yarmouth CC)
3 Sophie Holmes (Diss CC)
4 Colin Mantle (Mildenhall CC)