First club championship for West

TOP TWO: Leon West and James Rush
TOP TWO: Leon West and James Rush

A sunny Thursday night saw the Lavenham 10-mile course bathed in sunshine for what proved to be the tightest Cycle Club Sudbury Club Championship in several years.

Trophies were at stake for fastest rider, veteran over 40, and on standard - the biggest improvement in a year best.

James Rush thundered to the turn and results later showed he was fastest to that point by two seconds from Leon West.

The pacing by West was perfect and he crossed the finish line in 22 minutes and 33 seconds, just one second in front of Rush, to win his first club championship.

Damon Day was only 11 seconds further back in third place in 22.44, but he did win the Veterans’ Cup in +4.01. Second was Justin Bellward +2.23 and Mandy Bunn, who won the ladies’ title, was third in +1.21.

The final competition was for the rider who most improves their best for 2016 and that was won by Mike Bampton with 15.41 from Wayne Mumford 15.51 and Ian Millard 16.09.

The season’s points competition is now finely balanced with West on 748 from Molly Cutmore, 746 and Ian Millard 556.

n CC Sudbury’s three long-distance audax rides from Bildeston attracted a record 126 entries on Saturday, with riders from as far afield as Glasgow, Sussex and Australia. A light breeze kept riding temperatures reasonable.

There were 46 entries for the 130-mile Suffolk Lanes Extravaganza via Walsham-le-Willows, Halesworth, Saxmundham and Snape to Orford Quay, returning via Framlingham and Debenham. The first rider was home in seven hours and 45 minutes.

The 100-mile ride attracted 25 riders, and went to Orford Quay via Thornham and Framlingham, returning via Wickham Market and Debenham.

The biggest field, 55 entrants, was for the 65-mile Bildeston Lanes ride, linking many of organiser Robin Weaver’s favourite lanes around the village, passing through Flowton, Needham, Cotton, Buxhall and Brent Eleigh. Contributions from refreshments raised £300 for local hospices.