Cycling: Sudbury season gets startes

Six Sudbury riders took part in the VETS 10-mile time trial, on the B10/38 course, on the A14 near Bury St Edmunds, on Sunday. The weather conditions were excellent and the times achieved were all very encouraging.

Six Sudbury riders took part in the VETS 10-mile time trial, on the B10/38 course, on the A14 near Bury St Edmunds, on Sunday. The weather conditions were excellent and the times achieved were all very encouraging. First Sudbury rider home was James Rush followed by Alan Russell and Rob Davies with times of 22-57, 23-16 and 23-37. Damon Day, Terry Law and Len Finch achieved times of 24-52, 28-09 and 28-18. The results to date suggest the club will have the tightest competition for the club trophies for many a season.

The first Cycle Club Sudbury time trial of 2009 took place on the Lavenham '10' course. Heavy rain deterred several riders and forced many others to leave pristine bikes at home in favour of an old workhorse. The race was won by Simon Wright with a very good early season time of 23 minutes and 50 seconds which is to be expected from a rider who puts in so much training in the winter months.

The next event was on the Brent Eleigh course, over eight miles. The weather was fine and several riders were testing new toys purchased over the winter. One such rider was James Rush, using a new carbon disc wheel similar to those used by the Olympic track team, who flew home in a personal best time of 19 minutes and 17 seconds. Second and third places went to Adrian Pettit (Stow & Dist CC) and Alan Russell in 19-37 and 19-59 respectively. Two junior riders performed well, George Hoppit and George Palmer, with times of 23-49 and 27-04.


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