Cycle Club Sudbury’s early season Reliability Ride on Sunday was a great success, attracting riders from a dozen clubs around East Anglia.
And what a difference a day made as the previous 24 hours’ snowy conditions that had threatened the postponement of this annual 27 or 48-mile event through the Suffolk lanes disappeared.
A heady nine degrees greeted more than 100 entrants with the early rain soon making way to some welcome sunshine.
There were, however, problems on both of the courses as melting snow combined with the overnight rain presented riders with badly-flooded roads with some over 15 inches deep at Rattlesden and Cockfield.
Some riders managed to navigate around these watery difficulties, but most got wet feet for their efforts with regular visits from the ‘puncture fairy’ for a lot of them from the resultant road debris.
Thirty-five riders from the home club took part with many new faces in abundance as, like our local rivers, membership continues to rise to new levels.
Although finishing times are not relevant on this type of ride, the fastest rider back on the 27-mile course took two hours two minutes and the fastest on the 48-mile course took just 2hr 18min.
CCS’s Brian Webber announced that this event was to be his last and he will be handing over the reins to David Fenn for a well-earned rest after 30 successful years in the saddle organising the ride.
Tonight sees the rearranged WattBike evening taking place at the Stevenson Centre in Great Cornard, 7-9.30pm.
Further evenings have been arranged for February 21 and March 21.
The WattBike is an interactive exercise bike that records a rider’s performance, including speed, distance, cadence and power output. The bikes will be connected to a big screen to host a fun evening of virtual racing.
All are welcome, cost £2. For more information, email David Fenn at email@example.com
n Entries are now open for the Mad March Hilly 22 mile open time trial on March 3.
CTT form should be sent to Jonathan Weatherley, CCS Time Trial Secretary, 2 Church Street, Sible Hedingham, CO9 3NS, by 6pm on February 19.
Email jonathan@cycleclub sudbury.com or call 01787 460114. Entry is £8, cheques payable to ‘Jonathan Weatherley’.
The headquarters for this event is Lavenham Village Hall, Church Street. For details of the course see www.cycleclub sudbury.com/events/open-10