Fireman Seb Herrod blazes to victory in CC London Road Race

Seb Herrod (Strada Sport) wins the CC London Road Race on Littlebury Hill. Picture: FERGUS MUIR

Seb Herrod (Strada Sport) wins the CC London Road Race on Littlebury Hill. Picture: FERGUS MUIR - Credit: Archant

Lowestoft fireman Seb Herrod took a lone win in the CC London Road Race near Saffron Walden. Next over the finish line high above the Cam valley was Gary Munro (CC Sudbury), writes Fergus Muir.

Gary Munro (CC Sudbury) takes second in the CC London Road Race. Picture: FERGUS MUIR

Gary Munro (CC Sudbury) takes second in the CC London Road Race. Picture: FERGUS MUIR - Credit: Archant

Munro is a 27-year-old from Harwich who is helping the south Suffolk club to a noticeably increased presence in mass-start racing.

Approaching Audley End after 40 minutes racing, three riders had 17 seconds lead over a bunch spearheaded by James Newton (CC Sudbury), with Herrod neatly placed, two back.

At half distance a group including Herrod, Munro and Neal Hughes (Stow and Dist) tried to bridge – but only Herrod made it across.

As the pace told, Herrod (Strada Sport) and Daniel Young (PCH) survived as the leading pair.

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As they came over the crest of the steepest section of Littlebury Hill with two laps to go, Herrod had breath to politely greet your correspondent: “Good Morning, Ferg.”

Shortly afterwards Young gave best and Herrod was lone leader..

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Behind Munro was chasing, this time with Mark Powell (Stowmarket & District) and later with Thomas Shanney (Redbridge CC)

At the line Herrod had 55 seconds over Munro, with a gallant Young coming in at 1:18, followed by Shanney at 1:24.

James Newton (CC Sudbury) heads the CC London Road Race bunch at Audley End. Winner Seb Herrod is in

James Newton (CC Sudbury) heads the CC London Road Race bunch at Audley End. Winner Seb Herrod is in green. Picture: FERGUS MUIR - Credit: Archant

The afternoon race for women over the same 51 mile course attracted a full field of 60 and was blown apart by twelve-hour competition record holder Alice Lethbridge (Drag2Zero).

At half-distance at Wendens Ambo Lethbridge had two minutes on a depleted bunch that was followed by five small groups, strung out up to 10 minutes behind.

Lethbridge finished over three minutes clear of second placed Ruth Summerford and eight minutes ahead of the shattered remains of the bunch.

Tom Fitzpatrick from Kenninghall and Morris Bacon (DAP CC) were in the six-man break that dominated the St Ives CC Road Race. Winner Arlan Vartazarian struck out alone with 30 miles remaining of the wet 80 mile race.

With ranking points awarded down to 20th place, there were decent points hauls for local riders Josh Aiken (Pedal Power Ipswich) who took 13 ranking points for his 12 place, and Laurence Kirby (ActiveEdge, 17th).

The Veteran’s TTA 25 mile time trial near Newmarket saw a 47:04 ride from Newmarket rider Matthew Smith while Andy Proffitt (Ipswich BC) was under 50 minutes with 49:48.

Alice Lethbridge’s winning women’s time was 51:46, Becky Murley (Wisbech Wheelers) returned 56:46 and Mandy Bunn (West Suffolk Whs) 57:55.

There was spirited racing at the opening round of the Lotus Cycle Racing League on at Hethel, with a group of six succeeding in establishing a break in the Senior race – no easy task on the smooth wide Lotus Cars’ test track.

Alice Lethbridge wins the women’s CC London Road Race. Picture: FERGUS MUIR

Alice Lethbridge wins the womens CC London Road Race. Picture: FERGUS MUIR - Credit: Archant

By the finish of the 50 minute blast Strada Sport’s Thomas Heal had struck out alone and won by ten seconds from Pedal Power Ipswich man Gabriel Fowden, Morris Bacon (DAP), Charlie Wright (Strada) and Mark Richards (DAP).

Nearly a minute after these finished Gary Freeman (Fast Test) won the bunch sprint from Josh Andrews (DAP)

William Cunningham (Stowmarket & District) won a bunch sprint in the race for Fourth Cats while Mathide Pauls won the Women’s race.

A total of 90 men took part in their two races at Lotus, compared to just five starters in the women’s race – an remakable contrast to the full field of 60 in the CC London women’s race at the weekend.

Meanwhile, the current potholed state of the course has sadly led to the cancellation of the 2018 edition of the North Norfolk Wheelers 100 mile time trial which was due to be held on 19th May. This event, which attracts an outstanding entry from triathletes as well as time-trial riders, is a sad loss.

But the always exciting to watch round-the-houses races in Ixworth village centre are on the afternoon of Bank Holiday Monday. Ixworth is just off the A143 Diss to Bury St Edmunds road.


Men: 1 Seb Herrod (Strada Sport), 2 Gary Munro (CC Sudbury) @ 0 mins :55 secs, 3 Daniel Young (PCH) @1:18, 4 Thomas Shanney (Redbridge CC) @ 1:24, 5 Will Swarbrick (OnForm), 6 Antoine Magaud (CC Islington) 7 Thomas Timberlake (CT OnForm), 8 James Street (CC London), 9 Bjorn Krylander (Cambridge CC), 10 Richard McShee (Islington CC), 11 Neal Hughes (Stowmarket & District), 12 Oli Edwards (VC Revolution).

Women: 1 Alice Lethbridge (Drag2Zero), 2 Ruth Summerford (TrainSharp Club) @ 3 mins 13 secs, 3 Annileen Bosma (Rapha CC) @ 7:41, 4 Kate Wootton (CT OnForm) @ 8:29, 5 Fran Cutts (CC London) @ 8:31, 6 Josie Griffin (CT OnForm), 7 Hannah Graveney (Liv AWOL), 8 Megan Panton (Project 51), 9 Clover Murray (Liv AWOL), 10 Polly Mason (Strada Sport).


1: Thomas Heal (Strada-Sport) 2 GABRIEL FOWDEN (Pedal Power Ipswich) 3 Morris Bacon (DAP CC) 4 Charlie Wright (Strada Sport) 5 Mark Richards (DAP CC) 6 Gary Freeman (Fast Test) 7 Joshua Andrews (DAP CC) 8 Seb Herrod (Strada Sport) 9 Harley Matthews (DAP CC) 10 Oliver Wood (Strada Sport).

Fourth Cats: 1 William Cunningham (Stowmarket & District) 2 James Millson (Tri Harder) 3 Charles Stringer 4 Michael Leung (UEA VELO) 5 Ivan Carr (Kings Lynn CC) 6 Sam Yates (Strada Sport) 7 Matthew Watts (Espresso Library), 8 Dan Crisp (Wensum Valley Cycling)

Women: 1 Mathilde Pauls, 2 Sophie Holmes (Velo Schils) 3 Cindy Berry (Pedal Power Ipswich).

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