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Jody downs rivals to clean up at ceremony

Cycle Club Sudbury held their annual dinner and prize giving at the Newton Green Golf Club last weekend, with Jody Downs the main winner.

Vice chairman Bob Bush welcomed the packed audience and congratulated the club on another very successful season which saw a plethora of new rider time trial records, a burgeoning youth section and rising club membership.

Guest speaker and Bures resident Jonathan Durling entertained the audience with his experiences working on the Tour de France, Italian Giro and Tour of Britain for sponsors Skoda, which often meant he rode in the official cars during the events.

He is presently with the SweetSpot Group, who organise The Tour of Britain, Women’s Tour and the nationwide Tour Series and gave a fascinating insight into the complicated ‘chaos’ that putting on these events involves, plus some very ‘juicy’ antics and incidents about the riders themselves.

The prize giving saw Downs collect a multitude of awards which deservedly included Rider of the Year, Veterans Best All Rounder, 25 and 50 mile Open TT Trophies, Club 10 mile TT and also the 10 mile Vets’ champion cups.

The ladies’ awards went to Kirsty White, who picked up the club’s 10 mile TT Trophy; Barbara Law, who won the 25 mile TT Bowl and, finally, young Molly Cutmore, who won the 10 mile Juvenile TT Cup and the prestigious Ladies’ Trophy.

Other winners included Brian Mann - Audax Trophy; Lee Ford – senior Hillclimb champion and club 10 mile TT champion on handicap, Connor Mothersole – Juvenile Hillclimb champion, Patrick King – Junior 10 mile TT club champion, Justin Bellward – the season long Evening Points Series champion and James Rush – Evening Series BAR champion over all four courses.

The Clubman of the Year shield was awarded jointly to former chairman, David Fenn and vice chairman Peter Whiteley, who both retired recently and was in recognition for the massive amount of time and energy they have given to the club helping to make it into the success it enjoys today.

During the evening, the club raised another £150 for the East Anglian Children’s Hospices (EACH), which was on top of the £150 already raised during the Reliability Ride the weekend before.

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