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Downs sets time trial target

BLOWN HOME: Dave Crisp recorded a respectable time on a windswept course near Cambridge
BLOWN HOME: Dave Crisp recorded a respectable time on a windswept course near Cambridge

Cycle Club Sudbury rider Jody Downs thrashed out the fastest 10-mile time trial to date, recording a 25-second personal best.

Downs averaged 29mph, to record a time of 20 minutes and 43 seconds on the fast F11/10 course, on Bank Holiday Monday.

Also in action that weekend was Jonathan Weatherley who rode the King’s Lynn CC Open on the sporting B10/37R course. Weatherley came fifth in a time of 22-33.

Dave Crisp raced on the F2D/10 course near Cambridge and had a strong ride in very difficult conditions. Crisp rode into a headwind on the way out, struggling to average 23mph, but was then blown home averaging over 30mph to record a respectable time of 23-12.

On Saturday four members of CC Sudbury took part in an open 10-mile time trial on the E2/10 course at Six Mile Bottom. The weather was mixed with heavy showers and strong winds which resulted in the course being slow to the turn and relatively rapid on the return leg.

First man off was Len Finch, now in his eighties, who recorded a time of 32 minutes and 49 seconds. Rob Davies was next off, finishing in 22-11, almost 30mph average on return leg, James Rush 22-58 and Damon Day, in his first open event this season, 23-27.

John Bradbury took part in the Wisbech 25-mile TT on Sunday coming home in 57-38.

The club TT took place on the Hitcham Hilly circuit and fastest was Andy Kennedy 32-35, from Rush 33-36 and Matt Shotbolt 33-53.

The previous week’s time trial took place on the Acton circuit. The event was won by Hadleigh CC rider P Barnes who recorded 19-59 to beat Davies 20-25, who punctured a mile from the finish.

Dan Upton had a strong ride, 21-59, beating his target time by almost 60 seconds. The leader in the points series is G Pamment 291 from Ashton Dyson 279 and Crisp 252.

Tonight’s club event is on the Lavenham 10 course starting at 7pm and is the interclub race with Colchester Rovers.

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