Davies breaks clubmate’s record

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Rob Davies ensured another Cycle Club Sudbury record fell as he eclipsed Jonathan Weatherley’s recent best time in an open 10-mile time trial.

A record-breaking season for the club continued up in Hull as Davies shaved seven seconds off clubmate Weatherley’s 20 minutes 51 seconds time, which had broken Scott Jones’ 20-year-standing record by one second on June 21.

James Rush also made the 189-mile journey and on a 10-mile V718 time trial course, the heavens opened for the warm-up, leaving the pair with a less-than-ideal trial run in turbo trainers.

But, with the rain having stopped, Davies was first off and reached the turn averaging 29mph knowing he needed to sustain it to break the record.

At six-and-a-half miles on the way back, he began to tire and his speed fell below the average required.

But, with one-and-a-half miles to go, the course flattened and Davies’ average speed increased to above 30mph all the way home.

It was a nervous wait at the headquarters for his time to come up, but when it did it confirmed the record had been broken in a time of 20 minutes and 44 seconds.

Rush had a good ride, narrowly missing out on a personal best of 21.32 with a time of 21.41.

Meanwhile, six club riders took part in the Ron Edwards Memorial Open on the F2/10D course with Weatherley and Jody Downs winning prizes for sixth and sixth place with times of 21.36 and 21.39.

The remaining riders — Dave Crisp (24.16), Barry Lee (27.34), Len Finch (29.51) and Bob Bush (33.13) — also achieved good times in hot, humid conditions.

The club time trial took place on the Acton circuit with a good turnout of 23 riders and was won by Weatherley in 19.15, who was delayed by a low loader picking up some agricultural machinery.

Second place was Darren Rule in 19.35 with James Rush third in 19.51, whose effort was remarkable given he did not get back until nearly 3am the night before from Hull.