Club members lead special tribute to ace Weatherley

PAYING RESPECTS: Cycle Club Sudbury members were joined by riders from Hadleigh and Boxford in a minute's silence to remember talented rider Jonathan Weatherley (left)
PAYING RESPECTS: Cycle Club Sudbury members were joined by riders from Hadleigh and Boxford in a minute's silence to remember talented rider Jonathan Weatherley (left)

Members of Cycle Club Sudbury came together to pay an emotional tribute to fellow rider Jonathan Weatherley, who tragically lost his life in a road accident.

On their club night on Thursday, Sudbury members were joined by Hadleigh and Boxford riders as they held a minute’s silence in memory of the man described as ‘one of Sudbury’s finest ever triallists’.

Chairman David Fenn preceded the silence by bravely talking about committee member Weatherley’s many cycling achievements and his organisational skills that turned the club’s Semer Hill Climb into a major event on the local cycling calendar.

Following this, those who wanted to race completed the final club time trial of the season did so, and for once, the results were of little concern to anyone.

Sible Hedingham resident Weatherley was pronounced dead at the scene of a road accident in Lorkin’s Lane, Twinstead on the afternoon of Sunday, August 23.

He was a relative newcomer to the sport, having joined Cycle Club Sudbury in 2010, but within four years he held four individual club records and two team club records.

Last year he broke the 10 mile TT record three times; 20 minutes 51 seconds on the F20/10 course, 20.43 on the V227 course in Hull, and 20.31 on the slower E2/10 course on the A11 near Newmarket.

He broke the 25 mile record on the E2/25 course averaging over 28mph in 52 minutes and 42 seconds.

Weatherley also held the 30 mile record with his time on one hour and five minutes and one second on the E2/30 course, and the 50 mile record in 1.49.29 on the J5/12 course in Manchester.

In 2014 he was the fastest rider in the Cycle Club Sudbury team records over 10 and 25 miles with Damon Day and Jody Downs completing the record-breaking teams.

As well as racing on the fast dual carriageway courses, Weatherley also raced on the sporting course where he achieved several top three placings.

In 2012 he won the Victoria CC 2-up series with Simon Daw, who had encouraged him greatly in his early days, having spotted his talent for the sport. But even Daws could not have realised he would achieve so much.

A statement issued by the club highlighted one example of his outstanding attitude.

It read: “At the beginning of this year, Weatherley added another team record to his considerable cycling record of achievements, combing with Rob Davies and Downs to break the Cycle Club Sudbury 50 mile team record by 22 minutes.

“After the race Davies discovered Weatherley had been extremely unwell for the first 15 miles to the extent he missed the turn and had to run 50m with his bike down a grass embankment to rejoin the course. He had only continued racing not to let his fellow club-mates down.”

The club said Weatherley’s cycling achievements will be in their records and on their trophies forever more and anyone bettering his performances will know they have achieved a considerable milestone in their cycling career.

Tonight’s time trial meal is set to go ahead and serve as a celebration of Weatherley’s life.