Cyclists show they are a hardy bunch

PEDAL POWER: Cyclists whizz around the Suffolk countryside
PEDAL POWER: Cyclists whizz around the Suffolk countryside

The stormy weather did not deter cyclists on Cycle Club Sudbury’s Reliability Ride on Sunday morning, with more than 100 entrants turning out.

All managed to get away in the dry, but then had to endure unpleasant conditions just after the start all the way back to the finish.

Two routes of 27 and 46 miles were on offer, which took riders to either Bildeston or to the outskirts of Stowmarket via some very water-sodden roads, which caused a few off-road incidents and quite a number of mechanical problems along the way.

East Anglian clubs were well represented, with the organising club accounting for a quarter of the entry and the new burgeoning local clubs Boxford BC and Hadleigh BC providing a further 10 riders between them.

The quickest riders home took a mere two hours 10 minutes (46 miles) and 1.40 (27 miles) and were probably spurred on by the thoughts of a dry headquarters and a warming drink.

Special mention should go to 10-year-old Tristan Read from Great Tey, who rode the shorter course with his dad Mark in 2.30, which was a remarkable effort for such a young rider, considering the conditions.

Cycle Club Sudbury’s next event is the aptly-named Mad March Hilly Open Time Trial, starting at Lavenham on Sunday, March 9. Riders should note entries need to be in before February 23.

This will be followed by two brand new Audax riders, starting from Wormingford on Saturday, March 29, and will have 112km or 218km distances available.

n For more information on either event, and to enter, visit the club website: