CC Sudbury Bishop's Stortford results

On a warm Saturday morning two Sudbury cyclists, Alan Russell and Rob Davies, headed for Bishop's Stortford to compete in a 10.2-mile open time trial on the E1/10A course.

On a warm Saturday morning two Sudbury cyclists, Alan Russell and Rob Davies, headed for Bishop's Stortford to compete in a 10.2-mile open time trial on the E1/10A course. They were entered in the veteran, over-40, two-up event in which a pair of riders start together and exchange the lead every minute or so. This is done because as all cyclists know the rider tucked closely behind the front man, 25cm or 10 inches, does 15% less work. Thus a pair of riders can achieve a faster time than either of the individuals best time. Both riders found they worked harder as a team than in their solo events and result was a time of 24 minutes and 23 seconds for the sporting, read hilly, 10.2 mile course. Both riders were delighted to discover the time was sufficient to win the open event as it has been several years since the last CC Sudbury victory in an open time trial.

The club time trial took place on the 13 mile Hitcham Hilly course and was won in a personal best time of 33 minutes and 50 seconds by Matt Shotbolt, ahead of Rob Davies and Alan Russell. Matt climbed to second place in the “Points Series” but the biggest gainer on the night, 186 points, was George Hoppit who reclaimed the lead in this trophy race. Finally Damon Day took part in a 30 mile time trial as a warm up for a challenge for the clubs 50 mile open trophy and achieved a creditable time of 1 hour 21 minutes on a sporting course.

(The photo included is Alan and Rob approaching the finishing line.)


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