Promising displays from Sudbury time trial duo

DISTANCE RIDERS: Riders return from a hard day cycling in the Cycle Club Sudbury Audax rides and are pictured with organiser Centre Andrew Hoppit (centre)

DISTANCE RIDERS: Riders return from a hard day cycling in the Cycle Club Sudbury Audax rides and are pictured with organiser Centre Andrew Hoppit (centre)

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Sudbury Cycling Club members James Rush and Damon Day gave promising displays in the Plomesgate 25-mile time trial near Woodford on Saturday.

Competing in extremely windy conditions the duo finished seventh and 11th respectively.

Meanwhile, the club event took place on the Acton Circuit in warm and still conditions. Rush won the event in 19 minutes and 21 seconds with a considerable margin over Matt Shotbolt (20.43), who was riding a road bike. Ashton Dyson (22.23) and James Newton (20.59) also had strong performances.

n Rob Davies competed in the Bedfordshire Road CC 10-mile TT on the F15/10 which features a ‘gift hill’.

In time trialling the start and finish have to be within 1.5 miles of each other. On this course competitors ride 5.5miles out and 4.5 miles back, enabling them to have a downhill start.

The wind strongly helped the riders on the way out, and Davies hit 47mph on the hill speed trap, but in the end took its toll on the return journey as Davies finished 12th in 23:11.

n Sudbury’s audax rides from Long Melford on Saturday saw 92 riders starting, 53 on the 100km route, which took in Woolpit, Debenham and Claydon, and 39 on the 200km route, going out to Harwich and back to Hadleigh before joining the shorter circuit.

Although most of the riders were drawn from clubs in East Anglia, there were individual entries from Eastbourne and Chichester.

Sudbury were well represented, with 82-year-old Maurice ‘Mac’ McDermott completing the 100km route.

Organisers Andrew Hoppit and Peter Whiteley, and their helpers, had a long day, opening the village hall at 7am and not checking in the last rider home until 14 hours later.

Sudbury is hosting another series of audax rides from Bildeston on Saturday, July 18, over distances of 104km, 168km and 209km. Details and entry forms can be found on the Audax UK website www.aukweb.net