Record turnout for Reliability ride

ON THE ROAD: The scenic route for riders in Sunday's Reliability Trial
ON THE ROAD: The scenic route for riders in Sunday's Reliability Trial
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Cycle Club Sudbury’s Sunday Reliability Trial had a record-breaking 127 riders take part, as the event and cycling in general continues to grow .

The ride’s headquarters, the Stevenson Centre in Great Cornard, was straining at the sheer number of competitors taking part as they set out at regular intervals to ride the two courses available.

They came from most corners of East Anglia to ride the event, with the host club and the nearby Boxford and Hadleigh clubs making up a fair percentage of the entrants. With half of the riders electing to ride to the event, some doubled their mileage on the day when they finally returned home.

Most opted to ride the longer 46-mile course, taking them along local lanes as far as the outskirts of Stowmarket where they found patches of icy road causing a few anxious moments.

Only one reported incident saw an involuntary visit to the hedge after a clash of wheels by one of the CCS entrants.

The riders on the shorter 29-mile course fared better with less icy conditions although the temperatures during the morning rarely got above two degerees celcius.

The first group home from the 46-mile course averaged over 22mph, while the quickest group on 29-mile course averaged over 20mph.

With an age difference of nearly 70 years between the youngest and oldest rider on the day, and some very low temperatures, it showed again that in cycling, age does not count, just armfuls of boundless enthusiasm.