Downs fastest at opening night time trial

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Thursday night saw the start of the Cycle Club Sudbury time trial season with 27 riders turning out on a warm sunny evening but with a stiff breeze blowing from Lavenham.

Early season times are always slower than those recorded in May and June but nevertheless, many riders beat their target times based on last year’s performance.

Fastest on the night was Jody Downs, covering the 10 miles in 23 minutes and three seconds, edging out Rob Davies (23.12).

Davies had a narrow lead at the half-way point, at Homebase roundabout, but Downs’ dedicated six months of training paid off on the return leg as he ate up Davies’ advantage to win by nine seconds.

Third home was the fast improving Dave Crisp (24.00), from James Rush (24.06) and Andy Kennedy (24.19).

Fastest lady was Sandra Mackay in 26.03 and most improved on target time was Crisp. Tonight’s event takes place on the Brent Eleigh course, also starting at 6.45pm in Lavenham from the Cock pub.

n Just two members from the club were in action at the weekend, both on the Beccles course in Norfolk.

Club chairman, David Fenn, was among the 70 competitors and was riding his first 25-mile time trial for 37 years, recording a creditable 1hr 16mins 04secs and enjoyed it so much that he intends to ride more during the season. James Rush also rode in the Wolsey RC event and posted a 59mins 20secs time which was good enough for 11th place.