Location: Wicklewood, Norfolk
Event: 7 July 2013
Report: Snowdon Sports
Making his seasonal road race bow, Joe Skipper (Strada-Sport) made up for lost time with a commanding performance to win VC Norwich’s 57-mile event for second, third and fourth categories over five laps of the Wicklewood circuit.
The former Eastern Region champion was at the head of affairs throughout – winning all the primes - and finished half a minute clear of veteran Stephen Nunn (Finchley RT) who, in turn, had a gap over third-placed Simon Alexander (Twenty3c.co.uk-Orbea).
The 25-year-old winner, from Lowestoft, went off the front on the opening lap with Nunn and, joined by three chasers, they opened up a gap of 1-30 before a group of around 15 riders formed in earnest pursuit on the third 11.4-mile lap.
With the gap coming down, Skipper attacked again and opened up a decisive advantage with 50-year-old Nunn holding the pack at bay to take a well-earned second place as Alexander claimed third spot and James Jobber (Neon-Velo.com) led in the sprinting pack.
1 Joe Skipper (Strada-Sport)
2 Stephen Nunn (Finchley RT)
3 Simon Alexander (Twenty3c.co.uk-Focus)
4 James Jobber (Neon-Velo.com)
5 Doug Coleman (CC Luton)
6 Jack Steven (East London Velo)
7 Peter Hargreaves (Strada-Sport)
8 James Brown (VC Norwich)
9 Philip Hetsell (Ipswich BC)
10 Gerard Miley (St Ives CC)
Veteran: Steven Nunn
3rd category: Gerard Miley
4th category: Jamie Booth (RAF CC)
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