Wright back with a bang

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Cycle Club Sudbury’s course record holder Simon Wright returned after almost a year out to lead the team to a comprehesive victory over West Suffolk Wheelers on the Lavenham 10 course.

On a fine evening for time trialling last week, 43 riders looked to make the most of the conditions.

Wright, who is renowned for his very fast corning and arduous training, showed no signs of a lack of race fitness in posting the fastest time of 22 minutes and 41 seconds.

In second place was Darren Rule in 23.08 followed by Jody Downs 23.22, Simon Daw 23.28 and James Rush 23.33, giving Sudbury a clean sweep of the first five positions and a score of 240 points to 201.

Wright holds three of the four club time trial records and in this form could be out to claim the last on the Brent Eleigh course in a week’s time.

In open time trialling Rob Davies set the fastest 10-mile time, year to date, in the East Anglian Cycling Club event, on the A11 near Wymondham.

Davies’ time of 21.05, averaging 28.5mph, equalled his personal best but was 13 seconds behind Scott Jones’ 21-year-old club record.

It gave him 11th place overall and won the age category.

Damon Day set the fastest 100-mile time this year, in four hours eight minutes and 48 seconds, averaging 24.1mph, which was a herculean effort.

Day’s feet of endurance requires him to spend four hours in the prone position, eating and drinking to sustain energy levels, which he did with support from Downs by the roadside.

With only eight miles to go, Day had to stop for 30 seconds for tree felling on the A505 and when he started again his legs would not reproduce the form he had been showing.

It is unlikely that this extraordinary effort will be bettered by a Sudbury rider this year.

Tonight’s club time trial takes place on the Lavenham 10 course and starts at 7.30pm.